By April 14, 2015 Read More →

Modesto’s own “Fire & Ice: The Awakening” First Book in Trilogy Released


Juliana Presto is an eight-grade Modestan, who published her first book recently, “Fire & Ice: The Awakening” part 1 of a trilogy. The science-fiction adventure story follows the tale of two teenagers, Marina and Carter, who meet on an island and have recently discovered they possess powers. Described as a “Fresh take on a classic star-crossed lover story” on, it’s got a 5 star rating.

The first book leaves you craving more about the characters and storyline, but fear not: the second is currently in the last editing stages. I recently attending a book signing Juliana held at the Barnes & Noble on McHenry in Modesto, and was thoroughly impressed by this young woman.


She had landed back in Modesto less than 24 hours previous to the signing, after a school trip to D.C, yet she didn’t let jet lag interfere with her peppy, professional demeanor. She greeted every fan with a thankful enthusiasm you just don’t see everyday. You would never guess this book was written by a 13 year old, with the social and emotional issues it tackles. This series is going to grow along with Juliana into a truly magical story.


She likes to speak to other students and encourage them to follow their dreams, no matter what their age might be. She says, “Don’t put off accomplishing your dreams  later, if you can make them come true today.” And she sure is going for those dreams! I don’t know how she finds time to write a book amid her dance, flute and violin lessons, running track and swimming.You can get her book on amazon for only $10.78.

For more information, or to stay in-the-loop for release dates of book 2, visit


About the Author:

Bring on the rain, and a bottle of Wonky & Wry's Honey Braggot Ale. Loves to roast marshmallows over a fire. Enjoys the mix of cigars and whiskey.