Hi all! So today I’m posting about Lisa Mangum’s “After Hello.” 

Title: After Hello
Author: Lisa Mangum
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Date of Publication: August 21, 2012
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.
About Lisa Mangum
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, sunsets, 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 Hourglass Door (which was named the 2009 YA Book of the Year by ForeWord Reviews), The Golden Spiral, The Forgotten Locket and After Hello.
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And here (drum roll please!) is my review:
I give After Hello five stars and would give it six if sites like Amazon and Good Reads would allow it. Lisa Mangum has an amazing way with words and a way of creating a romance like no other. Readers will find themselves giggling and rooting for Sam and Sara. After Hello is AMAZING.
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Posted: October 7, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Get Segolia right where the books are printed:


Segolia: Daughter of Prophecy

Get it right where the copies are made!

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My editing process

Posted: October 1, 2013 in writing
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So, since I’m in the midst of editing, I thought I’d offer some tips on the editing process. And how will I do that? By sharing my own editing process. Just keep in mind that there are other ways out there. You can use mine, or pieces of mine, or something completely different.
Once I’ve finished the first draft if the story, I start off by reading over the whole thing. If anything sounds funny, confusing, or needs more details, I put a comment in that part. You can print off the manuscript on mark the story with pen, but that uses up ink and paper. I typically add comments on the computer. You can do this by highlighting the text you want to add a comment to and then pressing the comment button up top. The computer will let you type in a comment right there. My comments usually sound something like, “confusing. Reword.” Something to that effect. I do this for the entire manuscript.
After that, I revise my character profiles, just to make sure everything fits as it should.
The next step is to begin revising. I realize its probably easier to just change the parts that need fixing. But by revising the entire novel, the story becomes that much better. I have the old document on one side of the computer and the new document on the other side. That way they’re side by side as you edit. At this point, I typically rewrite EVERYTHING, keeping in mind the comments I’ve made.
And there you go. I usually undergo this process three or four times before a final polish. If you have any questions, let me know. I’d love to answer them!


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Posted: September 20, 2013 in theme
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“Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.”

-C. S. Lewis

This quote probably means a lot of different things to different people. But, as for me, I really think it can apply to heroism.
Heroes, in my mind, are born every day. A man stands up for what he believes to be ethical. The young girl proves herself to be more than a pretty face. The child stands up for another kid against the bully. All people who have become some form of a hero. The man not only shows the example of ethical and altruistic behavior but his decision to do the right thing makes him truly a hero. As in my novel, Segolia: Daughter of Prophecy, heroes are the ones who are willing to do the right thing, no matter how hard it is. For Edgeshifter, this means healing an enemy soldier even if she knows it might get her in a lot of trouble. The woman who chooses to be more than a pretty face is a very different kind of hero. She teaches young girls that there’s more to life than being considered pretty. She becomes a heroine for girls, showing them that bravery and intelligence should be valued more than make up and fashion. The child who stands up against a bully becomes a hero for the kid he protects, simply put.
However, I also think heroes die every day. All it takes is a demeaning comment. Just a few words and a hero falls. Sure, I’m books and movies, the hero is put through a lot and never gives up, and even when they do give up, they come back fighting in the end. But not in reality. In real life, a single comment can cause the hero to fall, to shrink, when they are needed most.
My point here is not to depress you and tell you the world is an awful place. It isn’t all bad. Perhaps, the hero who falls isn’t a hero after all, but just a phony. Strength can be found in strange places. When I was writing my novel, I was told I would never get published. The fake hero, I suppose, would bow their head, fully believing the demeaning words. But not me. In all honesty, their words fueled me. I wanted to prove them wrong. And so I did. Now, I don’t bring up my own success to brag, but to make a point. A phony hero will brag and claim to be incredible, but when he is put in a situation, he runs and hides. But the hero, the true hero, will stand and stare fear in the face. They’ll want to prove them wrong, just like I did.
I hope you found my little talk helpful, maybe inspiring. Be a hero. Do not fear. As C. S. Lewis said, who will children look to, if all their heroes are fake?

So this is a link to the official review done for my novel, Segolia: Daughter of Prophecy. Check it out!

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