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Real Name vs. Pen Name
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Started this discussion. Last reply by minervaK Mar 12, 2009.

Double M


I got sidetracked writing many other books, then found AWAKE which I started quite a long time ago. It took a while to modernize it, then took even longer to edit and re-edit, send it to betas, and do more editing!

I first set my goal to get the book released by the end of 2017, but computer problems caused a delay. My next goal was by the end of January, 2018, which I barely met.

My fascination with twins, as well as my love of romance compelled me to write 
AWAKE: A Good Twin, Bad Twin Thriller.

You can download it on Amazon at:

I hope you enjoy it!

                                      Morgan Mandel


Right now, Awake - A Good Twin Bad Twin Thriller is with 4 beta readers. I'm hoping to finally have it released before the end of the year.

Stay tuned!

Time to Wake Up and Work on Awake!

Finishing my dog book, Our Fur Babies, along with the holiday hustle and bustle, distracted me from working on my good twin/bad twin thriller, Awake.

Time to get back on the bandwagon and finish that book! For inspiration, I'm putting up the cover again here.

I made the bad twin's pic on the right a little darker. I wonder if those looking at the cover will figure that out.

And their mutual love interest is all by herself on the bottom of the cover.

Morgan Mandel

Debra St. John Offers a Challenge About Her Holiday Book - New Year's Eve at The Corral

Please welcome my good friend and guest, Debra St. John, who happens to have just released a great holiday book called New Year's Eve at The Corral
First, here's what Debra has to say about her new book:

Tina Perkins thinks falling in love with your best friend is a tired cliché. She's had a flirty friendship with Nick Jameson forever, and she likes it that way. Until she's dared to sleep with him and suddenly can't stop thinking about what it would be like to cross that friends to lovers line. 
Nick wants Tina. Badly. New Year's Eve is the perfect time to make a resolution to get her into his bed. He doesn't want to ruin the friendship they share, but adding 'with benefits' to the label would make things perfect. 
As the clock ticks closer to midnight, there's a lot at stake. Will a night of passion ruin everything or lead to a lifetime of love?

When I submitted this story, my editor told me books of this length don't sell well. My immediate thought was how fun it would be to prove her wrong. (In the best way possible!)

Almost immediately an idea began to form. As crazy as it sounds, I decided to challenge myself to sell a thousand copies of this book.  Why a thousand, you ask? Simply because a hundred didn't seem like enough (LOL).
For less than the cost of a cup of coffee (and I'm not even talking about one of those fancy frou frou ones) you can help me win this personal challenge. All you have to do is buy a copy of the book.  (Passing word of the challenge along to your reader friends would be appreciated, too.)

You might be thinking: What's in this for me? Well, I'll tell you...First, you get to read a great story! You also have the chance to win  some prizes. (And who doesn't love prizes?) If you buy a copy of the book, if you tell a friend (or two or three or know, like those old commercials: And she told two friends and she told two friends and so on and so on...), if you Tweet about the challenge or post about it on Facebook, or if you leave a comment here, you can earn Rafflecopter entry points. The winner of the Rafflecopter drawing will get a paperback set (autographed of course!) of the original Corral series: This Time for AlwaysThis Can't Be Love, and This Feels Like Home (If you're outside the continental U S of A the set will be digital.) AND digital copies (in the format of your choice) of the first four books in the Holidays at The Corral series (Christmas, Valentine's Day, Fourth of July, and Halloween).

So, what are you waiting for? Go grab a copy of New Year's Eve at The Corral !

Happy Reading and many, many thanks for participating in my challenge!
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P.S. If you can't wait to find out if you've won copies of the holiday books, they are on sale for half price for  most of the month of January 2017.

The Christmas Card List by Morgan Mandel

This is a revised version of a short story I wrote in 2009 for a friend's blog. Since it's one of my favorites, I'd like to share it with you this Christmas Season.

Although this is a work of fiction, some of its aspects still ring true for me and many others who send out Christmas cards each year. I hope you enjoy it.

Abby frowned, as she set the Christmas cards on the kitchen counter and reached for her pen in the junk drawer. What used to give her joy now filled her with sadness. Once she’d groaned at the money she’d spent on cards and stamps. She wished that were still true.

Time marches on. Many of the people who’d touched her life were gone. Some had moved on and left no forwarding addresses, but too many others now resided where no mail could reach them.

I miss you,” she said aloud to the empty kitchen.

A wintry afternoon snow/sleet mix pelted the windows. The wind howled, reinforcing Abby's feelings of abandonment.

Christmastime was supposed to be a happy season, but she couldn’t shake off her melancholy. She should be grateful for those who were left, and she was. Still, she longed for the one’s she’d never see again. Mom and Dad, sis, her niece, Nancy, her good friends, Judy and Maureen, and so many others were not around anymore. At times like this, she regretted not finding someone to share her life. Then again, maybe he’d have gone the way of the others.

She padded on her fuzzy slippers to the wooden table, pulled out the matching chair and began penning notes inside the cards.

It was hard to make her stiff fingers move right, with the arthritis taking over, not to mention she was more used to typing than writing in cursive.

Forty years as an administrative assistant, first on a typewriter, then a computer, did that to a person. Five years after retirement, she still hardly wrote, choosing to use a keyboard instead.

That reminded her. She hadn’t checked her e-mail and blogs. She’d do it after she finished the cards. Her heart lifted at the thought.

All too soon she’d stamped the few cards, placed Christmas seals on their backs, and secured them with a rubber band. She’d mail them tomorrow. For now, she’d switch on the laptop computer on her kitchen desk and see what everybody in the cyber world was up to.

The usual mass of e-mails awaited her from e-groups she’d joined over the years. Also, she hadn’t gone through her blog roll yet to see what was going on there, not to mention the Facebook and Twitter posts.

Smiling, she entered the world of her cyber friends, and commiserated and/or cheered, according to what was appropriate. Janet had had a baby girl and both were doing fine, Sue’s dog was eating chair legs, John wanted suggestions for an inexpensive, caring Christmas gift for his girlfriend.

When Abby started to get hungry, a glance at the monitor’s clock surprisingly told her two hours had passed. 

The time had been well spent. Though she’d only met one or two of them in person, her online friends were real and important to her. Every day they shared secrets, triumphs and sorrows with each other. Wasn’t that what friendship was about?

She wasn’t so alone after all. A feeling of warmth stole over her, kind of like when she drank a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day. Her snail mail list may have diminished, but her Internet friends had grown. 

She was truly blessed. Smile widening, she got up to fix dinner.

Merry Christmas, Cyber Friends!

Morgan Mandel


Twitter: @MorganMandel



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Chicago, IL
About Me:
Just out - Forever Young: Blessing or Curse, a paranormal romantic thriller by Morgan Mandel -
Fresh beginnings turn tragic when Dorrie Donato’s husband, Larry, is killed in a hit and run accident a few months after starting a new job at the Life is for Living Institute. Discouraged and desperate after suffering countless setbacks, Dorie accepts an offer by Larry’s boss, the famous Angel Man, to be the first to test an experimental pill designed to spin its user back to a desired age and hold there, yet still retain all previous memories. The pill seems too good to be true. Maybe it is.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Publisher
Books And Authors I Like:
Sidney Sheldon
Mary Higgins Clark
John Grisham
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Dog Whisperer
Design on a Dime
GAC channel

Excerpt from Forever Young: Blessing or Curse

EXCERPT FROM Forever Young: Blessing or Curse - paranormal romantic thriller by Morgan Mandel Kindle


A limp object lay sprawled in the parking lot where Dorrie was to meet her husband. It looked like, no it couldn’t be...

Pulse pounding, she hit the brakes and flung open the door. A few steps, and she stood  staring in disbelief at her husband’s still form. That red streak didn’t belong in Larry’s salt and pepper hair, nor should it mar his olive skinned cheeks, and trickle onto his white cotton shirt.

She groped in her purse for the smartphone. Fingers shaking, she dialed 911. “There’s been an accident at the Life is for Living Institute. I need an ambulance. Hurry, please.”

A helpless feeling engulfed her. If only she knew first aid, but in all her fifty-five years, she’d never bothered to learn. She had to do something, but what? Bending down, knees scraping the asphalt, she touched her husband’s hand. “Larry, it’s all right. I’m here.”  She wanted to be brave for him, but couldn’t keep her voice from quavering.

He whispered something she couldn’t catch, something about his iPhone.

“I found it on the nightstand, Larry. It’s right here in my purse.”

“Dorrie, I want you to keep it. Something’s…on it,” he gasped.

She bent closer. “I know honey, all those songs and photos. They mean a lot to me, too. Don’t worry, when we get home tonight, we’ll share them together.”

“No, more…Life is for Living isn’t…Forever Young isn’t…”

He struggled to speak, but his voice faded in and out. He probably shouldn’t talk. Where was that ambulance? Her husband needed help.

Larry flashed a weak smile and looked straight into her eyes. “Love ya,” he whispered.

Stifling a sob, she completed the ritual. “Love ya, back.” In their thirty years of marriage, how often had they said those words to each other?

His lips stilled. His hand slackened. His brown eyes stared unseeingly, as his face froze into a smile.

This can’t be happening. Larry, you can’t leave me. It’s too soon.

 Blood rushed to her head. Roaring filled her ears. Larry couldn’t be gone. She’d prove it. Dorrie bent to kiss his lips. They felt warm and soft. He must be alive. Soon the ambulance would come, the paramedics would fix him, and he’d be all right.

She glanced again at Larry’s still form. The truth hit, sucking her breath away. She didn’t need a medical examiner to tell her what she could see with her own eyes. Larry had left and would never return. Her stomach convulsed, her chest heaved with sobs.

It shouldn’t end like this, not in the middle of a parking lot. Larry deserved better. So did she. - Kindle - Smashwords


Excerpt from
TWO WRONGS By Morgan Mandel - Amazon

February 12, 1996

“WHAT’S GOING ON down there?”
Danny Callaway heard the question, but couldn’t answer. His brain froze in the cold February air as he stared at the broken rag doll that had once been his sister, Mary Alice.
In his sixteen years he’d never witnessed death first-hand. Until now.
Mary Alice’s still form lay sprawled against the alley’s cement. Her head stuck out at a crazy angle like the girl in the Exorcist movie.
Hoping against hope, he checked for a pulse at her neck. Nothing. He tried her wrist, but got the same result.
His mind was all jumbled. All he could think of were stupid things, like how he’d heard guys call Mary Alice a prude because she closed the top buttons on her blouse and never wore mini-skirts.
She’d sure be embarrassed not to have anything on at all. Someone had to cover her up and make her look presentable. Maybe Mom could help.
But how could he tell her? A sob tore through his throat. He clamped his mouth shut to keep the bile from rushing out.
Through the shock and pain, one thing remained clear. Kevin would pay for this.

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Midwest Book Review Gives Killer Career 5 Stars!

I'm so very happy to report that Midwest Book Review gave Killer Career 5 stars on Amazon at

Here's the link to Midwest Book Review's site as well:

Thanks for letting me share,

Morgan… Continue

Posted on October 13, 2009 at 11:49pm

Killer Career Now at Barnes & Noble

I received some fantastic news about my new release, KILLER CAREER. It's now available in Barnes & Noble stores, as well as on their database. I'm still waiting to hear back from Borders and Books-A-Million.

Killer Career is about a lawyer whose decision to quit her day job could be a killer. That's because her mentor, a NY Times bestselling author does more than write about murders. Her law partner isn't too happy about her leaving, either. Does he mean more to her… Continue

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 9:53am


Hi Gang,

Please stop on by my blog today at to get the link for the first stop on my blog book tour at Cicero's Children, Mary Welk's blogspot. This one's about Villains and Heroes - Gotta Love 'Em.

I have prizes - gray tee shirt for a guy without the cover art on it, cap or tote bag for a gal with the cover art on it. To be eligible you need to comment at my blogspot either before or after you comment at one or more blogspots during… Continue

Posted on August 13, 2009 at 12:00am


Julie McGuire gazed intently from her table in the filled-to-capacity dining room of the Wyndham Hotel. The Love To Murder Mystery Conference had saved the best for last. New York Times bestselling author, Tyler Jensen, now approached the podium.

His entire bearing commanded attention, from his shoulder length wavy chestnut hair pushed back behind his ears, to his sexy sideburns and piercing hazel eyes. She guessed him to be thirty-five, about five years older than she. Clever, rich, tall,… Continue

Posted on July 16, 2009 at 2:40pm

I'm Being Interviewed Today at

If you've got a few moments, please check out my interview today at Mysterious People,

Morgan Mandel

Posted on March 1, 2009 at 10:30pm

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At 3:54am on July 20, 2009, Lisa Fernow said…
Let me know how I can help - love to see your thriller succeed.
At 7:55am on July 19, 2009, Lisa Fernow said…
I adore thrillers (and spy novels), and keep thinking it would be fun to write one - I've travelled all over the world and love the jetsetting aspects of the genre, but thought I needed to be conversant in blowing things up (all the 'guy' details) to write one. As a woman, do you think you bring a different sensibility to the genre? I think there has to be a market for this!
At 11:07pm on July 16, 2009, Susan Froetschel said…
Good luck with launch of Killer Career, and could attract attention on this killer of a job market!
At 4:04pm on July 16, 2009, Lisa Fernow said…
Fantastic noir photo. Do you consider yourself more a romance writer turned to suspense, or the other way around?
At 3:55pm on July 16, 2009, Roy LaPlante said…
Hi Morgan. Thanks for makin' friends.
At 5:05am on December 22, 2008, Sheri Fresonke Harper said…
I hope you have a merry Christmas and happy holiday season :) Sheri
At 2:00am on October 21, 2008, Irene Fleming said…
Hi, Morgan,
Happy to be friends. I remember Chicago with great fondness, though it's been several lifetimes since I was there. You have a cool page, a lot of stuff going on, many familiar faces.
At 5:57am on August 15, 2008, J. Michael Jenne said…

Do you think you or someone you know would be interested in my story?


At 2:17am on August 13, 2008, J. Michael Jenne said…
Ms Mandel,

You sound like the perfect person to author my story. If you review my crimespace spot, or Email me at, I promise you won't be dissapointed. If you or a friend are available to do this project, let me know and I will get you the necessary information.


J. Michael Jenne

P. S.

Google: John Jenney, for family history ( William LeBaron Jenney - The 1st Skyscraper )
At 3:39am on August 8, 2008, Beth Groundwater said…
Hi Morgan,
Thanks for befriending me. Boy, you are a busy beaver with networking and events! You've even impressed this fellow mystery author. :)

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