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As dark as The Beautiful Evil was, Dream opens as a dance in the light. A dark element watches from the trees in Dream offering the reader different  kinds of thrills and excitement. Journey into the lush Dreamworld and splash in the lake and dance in the flowered fields. All is bright and enchanting until bees darken the sky and and the wolves come out to hunt. A fantasy, suspense with a bit of romance, all come together in this book to offer my audience a read that will hook them from the start and won't let up until the surprising end.

About the Author

Bestselling author Robbi Sommers Bryant has written 1 novella, 4 novels, five short story collections, and one book of poetry. Her work has been published in magazines both in the United States and internationally. Her fiction and poetry is in several anthologies and books of poetry. Bryant’s most recent book, The Beautiful Evil, has been a bestseller on Amazon in suspense and has won Best Genre Fiction: Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. It also received a Los Angeles Book Festival honorary mention, and is a finalist in the Kindle Book Review Contest. Dream, Robbi newest novel is set for release mid October. Robbi practiced dental hygiene for many years, and worked as a licensed esthetician and massage therapist before retiring to write. She is the Vice President of Redwood Writers, the largest branch of the California Writers' Club.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478296984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478296980
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,224,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robbi Sommers Bryant was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Ohio State University, school of dental hygiene. After graduating in the top ten of her class, Robbi went on to practice dental hygiene for over 30 years. Besides her dental hygiene career, Robbi also practiced as a certified massage therapist, licensed esthetician and a Creative Writing Coach--allowing her to teach artists to tap into their deeper creativity. Robbi now offers editing services--including TEMPO EDITING.

In 1987, Robbi began a prolific writing career. Know as a women's best-selling erotic writer, Robbi also wrote both fiction and non-fiction articles for such magazines as Redbook and Reader's Digest. One of her articles was opted twice by Movie of the Week companies. After the death of her 21 year-old son, Robbi's Creative flame extinguished for 13 years. Her psychological suspense, The Beautiful Evil, was her first novel since her son passed.
Her newest novella, Dream, has won 1st runner up in the Los Angeles Book Festival, and has won the IndePENdents seal of excellence in writing.It was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review Best Books of 2013
Robbi is now the President of Redwood Writers, the largest branch of the California Writers Club.

THE FOLLOWING REVIEW FROM GOODREADS WENT MISSING SO I ADDED IT HERE:


The Beautiful Evil
by Robbi Sommers Bryant (Goodreads Author)
5.00 · rating details · 1 rating · 1 review
How well do you know yourself? If forced to either face your inner demons--escaping with a secured, inner peace or the possibility of complete emotional ruin -- how would you fare? The demons? They dwell in all of us. They watch us from our shadows. They ride us--oh, yes, they do--whispering in our ears, tempting us with our own darkness. In the end, many succumb. And you? The Beautiful Evil takes readers through the tumultuous consequences of one woman's journey into a dark, personal hell in the pursuit of passion, hope and serenity. Scarred by the death of her father at a young age, Constance is a heartbroken child with no place to turn for emotional support. Any discussion regarding her father's mysterious final days and his scandalous death are forbidden by her cold and distant mother, Madeline. Instead, Madeline dedicates herself to the mission of turning her daughter into a proper debutante. Madeline chooses Constance's friends, activities and clothing according to her rigid, high society standards. Devoid of self-expression, Constance's only true friend is her reflection in a bedroom mirror. Her adult life, however, proves to be just as passionless and controlled. Constance believes her life will stay this way forever, until a purchase of an antique vase changes everything. When Constance opens the vase, demons storm into her life. Like bloodthirsty parasites, they dig into her, quickly attaching themselves to her psyche; quietly sucking away her soul. But one of the demons, Tisiphone, befriends Constance--offering her a way out of her shut-down heart and emotionally bereft life. Desperate to feel anything, Constance's decisions catapult her into the shadowy world of untrustworthy men, illegal drugs and murder. In the mists of the wreckage, Constance finds herself staring into the abyss, forced to make one, final heart-rending decision if she is to find peace. A captivating thriller that will keep readers questioning reality until the final ultimate act, The Beautiful Evil is a surreal and tense journey into the darkest recesses of the human psyche.

Customer Reviews

There were times I felt I was a character in the story myself, observing from within.
Bethblue
Robbi Bryant's authentic characters and vivid descriptions are delightful and compelling.
Jeanne L. Jusaitis
The writing was vivid and the plot spiraled quickly to the unexpected twist in the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JGRWriter on July 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
What a remarkable story, by an exceptionally skilled writer. Robbi Bryant truly knows how to bedazzle readers with her creative writing abilities.

When I began reading "Dream", I was not sure of what to expect. Granted, the first word you came across was 'handcuffs'. I took a deep breath and proceeded on. By the end of the book, I was introduced to shape-shifting animals, conniving butterflies and a realistic dream world that could actual lead you to believe that "reality" is a dream itself. And I loved every bit of this experience. In fact, the writing toyed with my mind, as well as my perception of reality.

So, was "Dream" relatable? Heck yeah! What I found was a troubled woman by the name of Veronica. And Robbi Bryant quickly revealed that Veronica had issues, as many of us do; however, her issues were quite unexpected ones. She is married to a Joe, apparently in love, and yet highly unsatisfied. Nevertheless, her husband accepts her as the nymphomaniac that she is. Yet clearly, there is something that is missing in Veronica's life. She longs for something more, but just doesn't know what it is. So, as with many women, wing it and overindulge ourselves in unfulfilling pleasures. In all honesty, I believe there are many women in the world like Veronica that are just afraid to admit it. And consequently, that might be my reason for enjoying the book as much as I do. Veronica meets an artist named Andrew and he opens up her mind, allowing her to recapture what she lost many years ago.

"Dream" takes Veronica on a journey of sorts. It fills in the blanks that many years of therapy could never do. And although the novel is meant to be paranormal or fantasy, I believe there is much symbolism involved from start to finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Anne Lindsey on November 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
What a story teller this Bryant is! I've a wild imagination but even I couldn't come up with a tale like this. I was as addicted to Dream as the woman in the story is with her passionate nature. I read The Beautiful Evil a few months ago so knew that Dream was a must read.

Using smells and incantations to enter a dreamworld reminds you of the American Indian's history. Like smoking the hooka and and being Alice swept away in her Wonderland.

Once in that world, the hair on my skin rose from the fear Bryant's words convey. The young woman in Dream though feels no fear only wonder. To her it's all an adventure, worth puzzling out. She has no clue of the danger she is in. She vaguely remembers what she's experiencing but can't put her finger on it. Has she been there before? Has she lived this life before?

The young man that entices her in senses the danger as soon as they awake in the land. He tries his best to avoid it and help her to as well, but can't. Then before he can try even harder, he's yanked out of the dream. And worse - can't find her in the non-dream world.

As a reader, you're left wondering which life is real - the non-dream or dream?

What really put it on the top of my 'must leave a review list' is this: The ending is one of those twisting ones that leaves you clapping & shouting "Bravo Ms. Bryant!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By abracadabra on February 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
My wife began reading this book aloud to me at night. We read for two nights. We finished reading the rest of the book last night--only because I wanted her to "keep going."
Ms. Bryant's descriptions are unmatched. So wild beyond imagination. Her vivid color, scents and fragrances descriptions and the details of her characters' lovemaking made me feel like I was right there in the scene.
This book would be fabulous on the big screen. Keep up your imagination, Robbi. We want more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan Boddie on November 28, 2012
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To review the book I must reveal my view of the author. Robbi Bryant is a cauldron of creativity who lights a fire then stirs the pot of impossibility. She reaches into the multi-dimensional realm, receives several dolops of the unimaginable and folds them in with glee, as her instincts instruct. With the labor complete, the Dream is birthed, a wild ride beyond beliefs, complete with passion, sex and shapeshifting, unexpected twists and an unanticipated resolution. - Jan Boddie, PhD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc S. Lewis on November 11, 2012
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Bryant's books are full of strong characters and strong characterizations. This is as true in Dream as it was in her previous work "The Beautiful Evil." The action is sure-handed and subtle. The plot doesn't quite twist; rather, it winds sinuously forward toward a surprising, and in retrospect, inevitable, conclusion. This book is another winner from a clever new author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on November 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved this book. I mean, loved it. The descriptions made me feel like I was in the dreamworld with the characters; hanging out at the lake and running with the wolves. I'd check this book out. I'm off to buy The Beautiful Evil, her first book. Can't wait!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ferne on February 19, 2013
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This author has an uncanny ability to pull you in and transport you to another reality
with luscious descriptions and an ingenious plot. I didn't want the book to end.
If we're lucky, Ms. Bryant will write a sequel. The conclusion was so unexpected and imaginative,
that now I want to know what happens next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emi Lia on August 17, 2013
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**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
I'll start off by saying that I love the cover of this book, it actually flows very well with the storyline. Sometimes I see covers that don't really capture the story, or I feel like the cover doesn't "match" the story per se. But the cover of Dream is perfect! The author created an amazing world, I thought it was a very interesting read and totally cool and a bit twisted but in a beautiful dream like way. I liked it and disliked it at the same time, actually the only thing I disliked about it was Devan. He was a bit sneaky and I didn't vibe very well with him. But the ending was so awesome, I loved it. At first I thought I was lost, maybe I missed something, but then it all comes to light and I was like YES! So totally awesome, twisted and very cool ending.
Veronica has what she calls an addiction for extra marital affairs, her husband Joe is ok with it, as long as he isn't told about it. But she does it because she feels that she is missing something, she thinks she's finding it with some side nookie. Then she meets Andrew, a dream walker, who takes her into a world that she falls in love with and thinks she's has finally found the missing piece to her soul. Veronica is fascinated by the dream world, it calls to her, and Andrew isn't so sure they should go back in. But she doesn't care, she goes back in and that's when things get kind of crazy, but in such a good way.
Awesome read, I highly recommend it!
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