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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Gruner  

Pen Name: Morgan Mandel

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago

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Illinois Connection

Mary was born in Chicago and lives in Arlington Heights.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gruner is a past president of the Chicago-North RWA and the Library Liaison for Midwest MWA, She belongs to Sisters in Crime and EPIC. Before nonvel publications, she freelanced for the ''Daily Herald'' newspaper.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Two Wrongs
ISBN: 0759940657

Hard Shell Word Factory. 2006

Danny Callaway knows who killed his sister. His testimony sends Kevin Green to prison, but that¿s not enough. Danny wants Kevin dead. Kevin enters prison innocent, but emerges a hardened criminal bent on revenge. Soon the people Danny loves start dying, beginning with his parents, then his wife, and possibly his son, Sean. Danny must finish the job he started years ago, even if it means sacrificing a second chance at love.

Girl Of My Dreams
ISBN: 0759947015

Hard Shell Word Factory. 2008

When the cast of a new reality show targeted to save a foundering TV studio succumbs to food poisoning, Jillian, the temporary assistant, sets out to round up a contestant, but ends up filling the gap herself. Her boss, the producer, discovers what she's done, but it's too late to stop her. She's already there and the show must go on. Believing his loyal assistant has turned into a selfish conniver like his screen-star mother, the producer is furious. The further Jillian advances in the rounds, the more convinced he is of her deceit. Jillian faces all sorts of embarrassing situations and adventures on her way to the main prize of the millionaire. He's obviously attracted to her and she should be happy. The problem is Jillian loves the producer.

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