Lisa Mangum

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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 trilogy and After Hello.

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Lisa Mangum I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed The Hourglass Door series. Writing tips for a fellow author? (1) Read lots--both in and out of the genre you like…moreI'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed The Hourglass Door series. Writing tips for a fellow author? (1) Read lots--both in and out of the genre you like to write in. Seeing how other authors approach storytelling can teach you a lot about how to tell your own stories. (2) Write lots--both long and short. I've recently started writing short fiction and novellas, and I've really enjoyed the challenge of telling a story in a short amount of space. I think it's also helped me hone my writing as a result. (3) Trust your voice. Here is a secret: The story you are writing? Only YOU can write it. Your voice is valuable; your story is valuable. Trust that you can tell it with joy and passion--and then get to work.(less)
Lisa Mangum I'm so glad to hear that you got my inside joke about the "backside of water." I'm honored to know that you found some inspiration for your own writin…moreI'm so glad to hear that you got my inside joke about the "backside of water." I'm honored to know that you found some inspiration for your own writing. Thanks for sharing your experience with me!(less)
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There and Back Again: An Author's Tale

So this weekend, Tracy and I took a trip to St. George. I'd been invited by the Utah Library Association to be an a Teen Author Panel, and since I have a long history with libraries—my first job was shelving books at the Sandy library—I was happy to say yes. And since I hadn't yet been that far south in my book signing travels, I figured it was a good chance to stay all weekend and sign at the Bar

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“Be sure of your heart before you speak.”
Lisa Mangum, The Hourglass Door
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“Somehow difficulties are easier to endure when you know your dream is waiting for you at the end.”
Lisa Mangum, The Golden Spiral

“You can always choose to change your future.”
Lisa Mangum, The Forgotten Locket


~*Going Green Seeing Gold*~ March's Group Read

Gold Books

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins by Suzanne Collins

goodreads summary-Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
  32 votes 26.2%

The Host
The Host (The Host, #1) by Stephenie Meyer by Stephenie Meyer

goodreads summary-Now in the trade paperback edition:
New Bonus Chapter and Reading Group Guide, including Stephenie Meyer's Annotated Playlist for the book.

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOSTis a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.
  16 votes 13.1%

I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) by Pittacus Lore by Pittacus Lore

goodreads summary-n the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.

The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.

I AM NUMBER FOUR is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.

  16 votes 13.1%

Graceling by Kristin Cashore by Kristin Cashore

goodreads summary-Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight — she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme, and in her case horrifying, skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.
She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace — or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away... a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
  15 votes 12.3%

The Seven Rays
The Seven Rays by Jessica Bendinger by Jessica Bendinger

goodreads summary-You are more than you think you are.

THAT IS THE ANONYMOUS MESSAGE that Beth Michaels receives right before she starts seeing things. Not just a slept-through my-alarm-clock, late-for-homeroom, haven't had-my-caffeine-fix kind of seeing things. It all starts with some dots, annoying pink dots that pop up on and over her mom and her best friend's face. But then things get out of control and Beth is seeing people's pasts, their fears, their secrets, their desires. The images are coming at Beth in hi-def streaming video and she can't stop it. Everyone thinks she's crazy and she's pretty sure she agrees with them. But crazy doesn't explain the gold envelopes that have started arriving, containing seeing keys and mysterious tarot cards. To Beth, it all seems too weird to be true. You are more than you think you are? But here's the thing: What if she is?

The creator of Bring it On, Jessica Bendiner, brings her teen savvy writing to this paranormal romance, The Seven Rays.
  14 votes 11.5%

Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye

Eon Rise of the Dragoneye by Alison Goodman by Alison Goodman

goodreads summary-Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic for four years, hoping he'll be able to apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But he also has a dark secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been living a dangerous lie for the change to become a Dragoneye, the human link to an energy dragon's power. It is forbidden for females to practice the Dragon Magic and if discovered Eon faces a terrible death.
  8 votes 6.6%

Looking Glass Wars
The Looking Glass Wars (Looking Glass Wars, #1) by Frank Beddor by Frank Beddor

goodreads summary-Alyss Heart can't stand that "master of fantasy" bunk; she knows that Lewis Carroll was nothing more than an incompetent reporter. After she generously shared her Wonderland experiences with this fledgling author, he totally botched the retelling, even mangling her name. Alyss, however, refuses to merely grouse; she and royal bodyguard Hatter Madigan decide to make another emergency excursion down the rabbit hole, opening our eyes to parallel realms that prim Rev. Dodgson never imagined. A refreshing take on a Victorian classic.
  8 votes 6.6%

Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast
Beauty A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley by Robin McKinley

goodreads summary-A strange imprisonment...
Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.
When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?"
Robin McKinley's beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple, Beauty and the Beast.
  4 votes 3.3%

The Book Of Lost Things
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly by John Connolly

goodreads summary-High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.
Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.
  4 votes 3.3%

Hourglass Door
The Hourglass Door (Hourglass Door Trilogy, #1) by Lisa Mangum by Lisa Mangum

goodreads summary-His past. Her future. Can love bring them together in time?Abby's senior year of high school is textbook perfect: She has a handsome and attentive boyfriend, good friends, good grades, and plans to attend college next year. But when she meets Dante Alexander, a foreign-exchange student from Italy, her life suddenly takes a different turn. He's mysterious, and interesting, and unlike anyone she's ever met before. Abby can't deny the growing attraction she feels for him. Nor can she deny the unusual things that seem to happen when Dante is around. Time behaves differently when they are together - traveling too fast or too slow or sometimes seeming to stop altogether. When the band Zero Hour performs at the local hangout, Abby realizes that there's something dangerous about the lead singer, Zo, and his band mates, Tony and V. Oddly, the three of them are also from Italy and have a strange relationship to Dante. They also hold a bizarre influence over their audience when performing. And Abby's best friend, Valerie, is caught in their snare. Dante tells Abby the truth of his past: he once worked for Leonardo Da Vinci, helping to design and build a time machine. When Dante was falsely implicated as a traitor to his country, he was sent through the machine more than five hundred years into the future as punishment. As the past and the present collide, Abby learns that she holds a special power over the flow of time itself. She and Dante must stop Zo from opening the time machine's door and endangering everyone's future. More than one life is at stake and Abby's choice could change everything.
  3 votes 2.5%

One Day
One Day by David Nicholls by David Nicholls

goodreads summary-Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. From the author of the massive bestseller STARTER FOR TEN.
  2 votes 1.6%

Once by Morris Gleitzman by Morris Gleitzman

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goodreads summary-Once I escaped from an orphanage to find Mum and Dad. Once I saved a girl called Zelda from a burning house. Once I made a Nazi with a toothache laugh.

My name is Felix. This is my story.

A story of children in the Holocaust, Once is poignant and powerful without being frightening or graphic. With his gentle and utterly alive manner, Gleitzman reads the tale of Felix, a Jewish boy who runs away from the convent where his parents had him hidden and roams the countryside with an orphaned girl until they find their way to the cellar of a print shop in the Warsaw ghetto, where an old dentist has been protecting lost children.
  0 votes 0.0%

Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper by Sheri S. Tepper

goodreads summary-With the critically acclaimed novels The Gate To Women's Country, Raising The Stones, and the Hugo-nominated Grass, Sheri Tepper has established herself as one of the major science fiction writers of out Time. In Beauty, she broadens her territory even further, with a novel that evokes all the richness of fairy tale and fable. Drawing on the wellspring of tales such as "Sleeping Beauty," Beauty is a moving novel of love and loss, hope and despair, magic and nature. Set against a backdrop both enchanted and frightening, the story begins with a wicked aunt's curse that will afflict a young woman named Beauty on her sixteenth birthday. Though Beauty is able to sidestep tragedy, she soon finds herself embarked on an adventure of vast consequences. For it becomes clear that the enchanted places of this fantastic world--a place not unlike our own--are in danger and must be saved before it is too late.
  0 votes 0.0%

Behind You
Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson by Jacqueline Woodson

goodreads summary-After fifteen-year-old Jeremiah is mistakenly shot by police, the people who love him struggle to cope with their loss as they recall his life and death, unaware that 'Miah is watching over them.
  0 votes 0.0%

122 total votes

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TyCobbsTeeth TyCobbsTeeth Hi Lisa, thanks for the GR friendship. I look forward to any back and forth book banter.

message 16: by Journey

Journey Just finished The Hourglass Door trilogy and I thought I was going to die because of how much I loved it. Simple as that.

Thanks for writing it!

message 15: by Journey

Journey I just want to thank you for writing such amazing books. So far, I am in love with every single book you have written. I am reading the final book in the Hourglass Door trilogy (which is a trilogy that I am in total love with and is the only book of yours that I do not own) and I adored After Hello. Thank you for being so amazing!

message 14: by Deidre

Deidre Thanks for friending me! I was in Rick Walton's class this semester and it was awesome to hear from you and all of the other authors who came.

message 13: by Sophia

Sophia Thanks for friending me back Lisa! I am so glad I meet you at the ANWA confference, you pushed me to really start writing and to finish Winged Warrior and now I have writing more than 20 pages(hand writen) and going on! I am so exicted about writing

message 12: by Sarah

Sarah Thanks for accepting the friend request! As Shannon said I also enjoyed your books. They are (I'm not kidding one bit) the only books that have ever made me want to cry they were that good. Best books I've ever read (and I'm a really picky reader, so that's saying something). :D

message 11: by Shannon

Shannon Thank you for friending me! I really enjoyed the Hourglass Door series. How great to have a place like Goodreads where you can have direct feedback from your readers! :)

message 10: by Cindy

Cindy Davis I just finished the Forgotten Locket. Great job, loved it!!

message 9: by Melly

Melly Who's excited to go to your book signing this Saturday? ME! Can't wait :)

Bonnie Lisa,

Thanks for adding me. I just finished your fist book and really enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing your talent.


Stephanie Skeem Lisa,

Thanks for the add. I love the cover of your latest book. So nice!


message 6: by Kris

Kris Irvin Hey Lisa, congrats on the Book of the Year!!! I just saw the article on and I may or may not have shrieked and jumped up and down and yelled "I know her! I love that book!"

message 5: by Lacey

Lacey I loved The Golden Spiral, it has forever captivated my heart! Thanks!

Amelia, free market Puritan THE GOLDEN SPIRAL showed up on my doorstep today! There's nothing like a new, glossy hardback coming in the mail :) The cover design is so lovely, and I can't wait to read it! Congratulations on the release!

Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

Dreamsbane of Tamalor by Bradley James Simpson

The_Book_Queen I just finished The Hourglass Door this morning, and I loved it! I'm going to have a review up soon, telling people how good of a book it is, and I've already started spreading the word among my bookfriends. I can't wait until next year for the sequel-- I love Dante, and I want to read the rest of their story.

I'm glad that you finally accomplished your life-long dream of writing-- you do a great job at it, in my honest opinion. I'm glad that more Utah authors (which is also where I live!) are becoming published and recognized. Utah's been the butt of too many jokes from the rest of the US.

Anyway, keep up the great work, Lisa, and I hope you enjoy your weekend.


message 1: by Sheralyn (last edited Feb 24, 2009 09:12PM)

Sheralyn Sweet! You're finally publishing book? Is it YA fantasy? Good title :) I'll totally snag it when it comes out, but feel free to send it my way if you need some advance readers!


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