On The Bright Side
Coleman & Stott
On the Bright Side is a hilarious road to guardian angeldom paved with so much
drama and due-paying that it makes middle school look painless.
As if the devil’s food cake at her wake and the white fat pants she’s stuck wearing
for eternity weren’t bad enough, fourteen year-old Gabby is quick to discover
that Cirrus, the main rung of Heaven, is a far cry from the Pearly Gates. Here,
Skyphones and InnerNets are all the rage. Until Gabby finds out she has to protect
Angela, her school nemesis, in order to move up through the training levels of
heaven. Problem is, Angela is now hitting on Gabby's should-have-been boyfriend.
Instead of protecting Angela, Gabby pranks her (like tripping is a sin?) at the
hopes of cooling off the new couple. At first, they seem harmless until the school
dance sabotage gets completely out of control. Then, her Celestial Sky Agent, who
happens to have anger management issues of his own, puts Gabby on probation,
threatening her eternal future.
Determined to right her wrongs, Gabby steals an ancient artifact that allows her to
return to Earth for just one day. Without knowing, she kicks off a series of events
and learns what can happen when you hate someone to death.
PRAISES FOR UNTRACEABLE
"Grace is a spunky, independent, nature girl who doesn't need a boy to save her. With
wilderness survival, a juicy love triangle, and more twists and turns than a roller coaster, this
fast-paced novel had me holding my breath until the very last page—and still begging for
more!" -Kimberly Derting, author of the The Body Finder series (Harper Teen) and The
Pledge series (S&S)
"This thrilling story is a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance. The
action flows like a brisk mountain stream interspersed with rapids, holding suspense to last
page." - Kirkus Reviews
2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Quarterfinalist (under the original title of Grace Under
Fire) - Judges Reviews:
"This story starts out with a bang...it reads like the young woman were narrating it to a friend,
and had the ring of a young person's style and intensity. Grace sees authority people, or at least
those she knows, as a bit bumbling, which is true to age. Authentic representation of youth in
action also. Original in premise and style, and good use of background...Good story!" - Sue
Grafton, author of bestselling Kinsey Milhone series
"This murder mystery features a teenaged heroine, but she has the self assurance of a woman
twice her age. The prose is very descriptive...and the dialogue is genuine. The setting of small
town North Carolina and the surrounding woods is appealing. The story moves along at a brisk
clip, and it feels as if we already have some important clues. We look forward to seeing what's
in the case file and what Grace and her motorbike, Luci, will be up to next." - Sue Monk Kidd,
author of Secret Life of Bees
PRAISES FOR ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
"S.R. Johannes delivers a cute paranormal thrill ride for middle graders! Even in death there is a
BRIGHT SIDE!" - Addison Moore, author of the bestselling Celestra series and soon to be
Clever and charming, ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is the story of a reluctant guardian angel, her still-
breathing crush, and the frenemy she’s assigned to protect. A great read! -Suzanne Young,
author of A Need So Beautiful, A Want So Wicket (6/12), and The Program (2013)
“ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is both hilarious and heart-warming – a tale that’ll have you hoping that
there really *are* spunky and determined angels like Gabby who’ve got our backs.” - Kristin
O’Donnell Tubb, author of Selling Hope & The 13th Sign (2013) (Feiwel & Friends)
"With a smart, snappy heroine and a heart-warming crush, ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is a page-
turning new take on guardian angels that left me begging for a sequel!" - Gretchen McNeil,
author of Possess and Ten (9/12) (Balzar + Bray)
eBook will be available Jan 31st
Paperback will be available in Feb.
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S.R. Johannes is the author of Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and On The Bright
Side ( a tween paranormal).
She started out writing for her local school paper, winning a state Nutrition essay contest
for “Be a Smart Cookie”, and singing in a local Jazz band. Somewhere along the way, she
earned an MBA in Marketing and embarked on an 18-year marketing career in Corporate
America working as a marketing and communications consultant.
In 2000, S.R. traded in her expensive suits, way-too high heels, and corporate lingo for a
family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She started her own marketing & communications
business, www.bilaninc.com, and continues creating materials for a variety of large profit
and nonprofit clients, including Spanx, Goody Hair Products, Chick Filet, Delta, CARE, and
the Boys & Girls Club of America.
S.R.’s dream is to publish children’s books and magically imprint the imaginations of kids.
In addition to juggling nap schedules while attending client meetings, Shelli focuses on
her writing. She is a frequent marketing speaker at SCBWI conferences across the U.S and
runs a popular marketing blog, Market My Words (www.faeriality.blogspot.com) where she
provides marketing advice for authors in the hopes of helping them better market their
In her spare time (yeah right!) and if the kids allow (yeah right!), Shelli obsesses over
movies, reads children’s books (over and over), wishes she could squeeze in Bikram Yoga
sessions, and dreams of sleeping in on the weekends.
She currently lives in Atlanta with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge
imaginations of their little prince and princess that someday will change the world.
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