Dec 122012

 13 days until Christmas


Lisa Mangum has loved and worked with books ever since elementary school, when she volunteered at the school library during recess. Her first paying job was shelving books at the Sandy Library. She worked for five years at Waldenbooks while she attended the University of Utah, graduating with honors with a degree in English. An avid reader of all genres, she has worked in the publishing department for Deseret Book since 1997.

Besides books, Lisa loves movies, spending time with her family, trips to Disneyland, and vanilla ice cream topped with fresh raspberries. She lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy.

She is the author of the award-winning Hourglass Door trilogy and After Hello.


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LDSWBR: Do you top your Christmas tree with a star, angel, or something else? Does it have special meaning to you?

LISA: Tinkerbell sits atop my Christmas tree. My husband and I love to visit Disneyland (especially at Christmas), so when we saw Tink dressed up as Santa and sitting on a snowflake, well, we just had to bring her home.

LDSWBR: What is your favorite Christmas movie? Why is it your favorite?

LISA: A Christmas Story. I love the humor and the honesty in the story. It’s an easy movie to quote and it makes me laugh every time I watch it.

LDSWBR: What Christmas gift have you been most excited to give?

LISA: A few years ago I knew that my brother and my husband were giving each other the exact same Christmas gift—a T-shirt of “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock” from “The Big Bang Theory.” We made them open their gifts at the same time, and we all laughed as soon as they realized what they had done.

LDSWBR: That is too funny. Thanks, Lisa!

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Purchase After Hello


What if the first day of your relationship was the only day you had?

Seventeen-year-old Sara is a seeker. She’s always on the lookout for the perfect moment to capture with her ever-present, point-and-shoot camera, especially on her first trip to New York City.

Sam is a finder. He has a knack for finding what other people can’t—a first-edition book or the last two tickets to a sold-out Broadway show. In New York, there is always something interesting to find.

When Sam and Sara’s paths cross, neither one of them is prepared for what they will find out about each other—and about themselves when they form an unlikely partnership in search of a seemingly elusive work of art. They have one day to find the impossible. Fate brought their talents together, but what happens when time runs out? Will love be able to overcome fate? This new novel from award-winning author Lisa Mangum explores what happens after hello.

Have you ever exchanged the same gift with someone? 

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Prizes include a $50 Amazon gift card and the author-donated books listed below. This is raffle-style drawing where all entries throughout the contest period are entered into the same “hat” for all prizes. US only. 18 years and older please. See all contest rules and restrictions below.

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY; entrants must be 18 years or older; open to residents of continental US only; giveaway begins December 3, 2012 and all entries must be received by 12:00 Midnight December 23, 2012 Mountain Time; to enter, complete the required entry on each post and any additional entries of your choice if listed; LDS Women’s Book Review reserves the right to determine what is considered a thoughtful comment as per each posts required entry; giveaway prizes include a $50 Amazon gift card and a variety of book prizes donated by featured authors; the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning; LDS Women’s Book Review is not liable for technical problems which may affect entry into the giveaway; winner identity will be verified by email address; winner will be selected December 27, 2012 by use of a sequence generator on; winner will have until January 3, 2013 to claim their prize; if any prize winner forfeits or does not claim prize, prize will be re-awarded to next winner in sequence; all prizes will be awarded; limit of two prizes per entrant; this contest/giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other entity unless otherwise specified; by entering the giveaway you give LDS Women’s Book Review the right to publicize your name on the LDS Women’s Book Review blog; winner agrees to release LDS Women’s Book Review from any liability as a result of winning; email comments & questions to LDS Women’s Book Review – ldswbr (at) gmail (dot) com; giveaway subject to Utah regulations; VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Book Prizes (as of December 12, 2012)(more to be added- at least 20 books have been donated!)

  • Tres Leches Cupcakes by Josi S. Kilpack (signed paperback copy)
  • Not Your Average Fairy Tale by Chantele Sedgwick (paperback or ebook)
  • Deadly Undertakings by Gregg Luke (personalized paperback)
  • Turning Pages by Tristi Pinkston (personalized paperback)
  • Athena by Heather B. Moore (autographed paperback)
  • The Kindling by Braden Bell (paperback, signed if desired)
  • Sudden Darkness by Margot Hovley (personalized paperback)

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  19 Responses to “After Hello by Lisa Mangum – Countdown to Christmas 2012”

  1. I’ve never exchanged the same gift with someone, but in a gift exchange I ended up giving a gift to the person who was giving me a gift. I’ve read and loved the Hourglass door trilogy and am excited to read After Hello!

  2. I’ve never exchanged the same gift BUT I have, uh, regifted… :)

  3. I’ve exchanged the same neighbor gifts with people before, but never a one on one exchange.

  4. Nope. At least, not yet :)

  5. It wasn’t for Christmas, but when I turned 30 we had an 80’s party, and one of the prizes that night was a DVD of Girls Just Want to Have fun. The person who won it also gave me the same thing for my birthday. :)

  6. I haven’t ever exchanged the same gift with someone! That would be funny if it happened! :o)

  7. No, I’ve never exchanged the same gift, but that is a funny story! Great minds think alike, I suppose!

  8. If cash $$ counts, then I have many times. Lots of times I give money , so they can buy what they want. I also like to receive money. I usually spend the money on clothes, and I like to pick the clothes I want and make sure it fits. Money is a great gift to give and receive.

  9. I’ve never exchanged the same gift with someone but my mother in law and I gave the same gift to my husband one year. Hair clippers, and her’s were a fancier brands than mine. : (

  10. I have not done this yet, but I could picture it happening in the future as my husband and I always give each other a book and we could pick out the same one at times.

  11. I gave my roommate Fanny’s Dream by Caralyn Buehner, and she had gotten the same thing for me.

  12. That is a very funny story! I have not given the same gift that I have gotten that I can remember.

  13. One year when we were teenagers my sister and I conspired to buy each other the same thing. :)

  14. Nope, luckily that has not happened to me (yet!) but my mom and I both bought the same shirt for my son one Christmas.

  15. Not consciously, but as an unabashed re-gifter, I do worry that this might happen at some point.

  16. Nope, knock on wood. but this year I’m giving my children all the same thing so they better open it at the same time. Wish me luck.

  17. Yes. We both got each other hot chocolate gift cards. We had a good laugh and we each still loved the gift!

  18. I havent but since my two other sisters were all about the same age, we would always get the same thing.

  19. My two best girlfriends and I would pull names and exchang gifts each year from 6th grade through HS graduation. When we were in 8th grade, we each bought the exact same silky ruffled shirt for each other – in 3 different colors!!! We did not plan it at all and couldn’t stop laughing as we each took turns opening our gifts. We totally went to JC Penney’s and had our pics taken in them. It was awesome!

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