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Blog Tour - On the Bright Side

It's the day of the funeral and 14 year old Gabby is watching everyone show up for...her own funeral. It seems everyone in her school has shown up, her best friend and crush Michael Smith and even her frenemy Angela. Doesn't Angela know it's not polite to show up to the funeral of the person you had a hand in killing? Gabby was just a normal girl before she died, she and Michael hung out all the time, she was getting ready to ask him to the Sadie Hawkins dance. At her final fencing match with Angela, Gabby had told her that she was thinking about asking Michael, little did she know that Angela would immediately go ask him herself. Gabby finds out later when she asks Michael to go with her that he's already planning on going with Angela, just before Angela starts texting her telling her not to ask Michael. While crossing a road Gabby gets one final text from Angela, unfortunately she doesn't realize that there's a car coming right then and she gets hit and dies. Gabby soon finds out that in heaven what we've known as angels are actually called Brights, and those Brights have a person on earth that they are supposed to be responsible for watching out for. Ironically Gabby is supposed to watch out for Angela. But how can she watch out for the girl that Gabby feels killed her? And how is she supposed to watch her with Michael without the jealousy that accompanies seeing them together? This was a cute story. I liked the different view of heaven S R Johannes showed in this book. I really liked the characters, Gabby seemed as though she could be a real girl and the situations with Angela were funny and seemed real enough too! This was a fun story. 

S. R. Johannes is the author of Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and On the Bright Side (a tween paranormal). She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes someday- will change the world. After earning an MBA and working in corporate America, S. R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. 

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About the CD: Award-winning tenor Nathan Pacheco has toured the world featured alongside world-class artists such as Yanni, Katherine Jenkins, and Placido Domingo. In all of his travels across South America, through Europe and Asia, and across America, Nathan often includes spiritually rooted and uplifting songs in his repertoire. This album is a collection of his favorite songs that connect with those spiritual moments from his performances across the world. These songs take the listener on a beautiful journey with classic hymns such as "Be Thou My Vision," soaring Italian epics like "Nella Fantasia," and modern classics such as "Forever," by Kari Jobe. Performing with intimate acoustic backing and often featuring piano and cello, Nathan's desire with this album is to help people reach higher, to feel deeper spiritual connection, and to find peace through songs that life the soul.

Track List
1. Forever
2. Be Thou My Vision
3. The Lord’s Prayer
4. His Love

Deseret Bookshelf Plus Review

I'm super excited to be able to tell you about Deseret Bookshelf's newest feature, Plus. I actually first heard about plus coming six months ago at Deseret Book's ladies night. I thought it sounded pretty great and now that I've tried it, I think it's even better than it sounded. It's basically a subscription that you add on top of the Deseret Bookshelf App. If you have Deseret Book's Platinum membership, you pay only $6.99 a month or $69 a year. If you don't it's $9.99 a month or $99 a year. Either way that's a really good deal for what you are going to be getting.

Here's the deal. With plus, you get to listen to all of their audiobooks...for FREE! Something I noticed on this is that you get to listen to even the newest books that are just barely in the store for FREE. I love this! Who has the time to run to the store to grab the book the very day it comes out? Not me, I'm too busy chasing kids around to do that!

Not to mention - have you…

Kayaks and Kisses

About the book: Brynn Caley is about to start her dream career running an outdoor sporting goods store when an out-of-town business guru makes his own offer on the property. Coerced into forming a temporary partnership, Brynn, with her ski experience, finds she has to work with fishing expert Gage to run the year-round shop. 

Through a series of innocent misconceptions and a few blatant lies, Brynn doesn’t realize that the handsome single guy on the construction crew is her new partner, and he doesn’t want to set her straight until he can gain her favor. She, on the other hand, would do anything not to work with the stuffy businessman she’s only met through email. 

Inspired by the movies You’ve Got Mail and The Shop around the Corner, Kayaks & Kisses is a heart-warming tale of finding love in autumn leaves, outdoor activities, and new friendships.

My review: This book was so fun! I loved that it's loosely based on one of my very favorite movies, You've Got Mail. There was at …