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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463709579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463709570
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,873,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In pursuit of our destiny, we often find the last things we wanted. Dreams and Nightmares follows Ruby as she tries to pull her life together, leaving her on a path of violence and uncertainty. A story of life and what's lost as we pursue our dreams, Dreams and Nightmares is a fine and much recommended read. The Midwest Book Review

More About the Author

A woman always in search of experience, Ann Werner has sampled a wide range of occupations: waitress, radio advertising sales, copywriter, voiceover work, cemetery plot sales (she thought it was a dead end job), event coordinator, packaging design and wine consultant, to name just a few. She also worked as a professional actor, best known for her portrayal of Eliana, maid to the evil Dimera family on the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives. An avid reader, she has always had a passion for writing. In addition to her novels, she has also collaborated on two non-fiction books with daughter and business partner, Kimberley A. Johnson: THE VIRGIN DIARIES and AIN'T NO SUNSHINE: MEN REVEAL THE PAIN OF HEARTBREAK. The duo has also launched the BODY AND SELF IMAGE blog, which is featured on the ARK Stories web site. She resides in Northern California, where she is at work on her next novel.

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It was a very well-crafted thriller.
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Her passion for writing was great and I really felt for her when things didn't (but eventually did) go her way.
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It was well worth staying up late to finish this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alle Wells on May 14, 2012
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This is a cleverly written tale of a writer's ultimate dream and a villain's ultimate nightmare. The story follows the lives of two people living in opposite worlds in Northern California. The reader shares the aspirations and fresh success of young protagonist, Decker Jones, as she purchases a coastal dream home in Northern California. Meanwhile, we are introduced to the dark underworld of Albert Crawford, a convicted bank robber and murderer. The author paints a stimulating, hair-raising picture of prison life and the depravity that lurks in the mind of a desperate criminal in a California penitentiary. Crawford's conniving schemes and evil deeds seem to jump from the page straight into the mind's eye. Crawford's wickedness is closely matched by his mate, Ruby, who follows him blindly until her own self-interest takes priority over her professed love for Crawford.

When Decker's dreams turn to nightmares, she prevails so triumphantly that you'll want to cheer her on and shout for joy. DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES is a unique, colorful, action-packed thriller that left me with the elated feeling I get at the end of a great movie.
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Decker’s life is like a dream. It hasn’t always been this way but after hard work and perseverance, everything is coming together for her. Success is at hand and it feels pretty darn good.

Albert’s life is like a nightmare. It’s always been this way. Years of violence and crime has made him tough and mean and hard. Failure stalks at every turn and it feels pretty darn lousy.

The juxtaposition of these two completely separate and unrelated stories gives “Dreams And Nightmares” a strange sense of discontinuity but it works. As the book switches from one story to the other, the reader is taken along on two different rides at the same time; one, a soft and cozy fantasy where things are happy and hopeful and the other a dark and dangerous adventure where nothing goes right and death waits for the slightest mistake.

When the two stories finally collide, as the reader knows they will, it is nothing less than magnificent. The fact that the collision is expected does nothing to diminish the drama of the event. This is writing at its best. As she did with her previous book, “The People Next Door,” Ann Werner has crafted a wonderful story full of adventure and intrigue and sure to hit the mark for any reader. “Dreams And Nightmares” is a total success on every level.
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Dreams and Nightmares
By Ann Werner

Decker Jones has just made it big; she is now a New York Times Bestselling Author. So what do you do to celebrate? You buy the house of your dreams and begin renovation, maybe have a date or two with a cute guy.
On the other end of the spectrum is Albert Crawford, career bank robber until it all comes to an end and he winds up behind bars for the rest of his life.
These two are on a collision course, and only one will be left alive.

Ok so I have to confess the title and the cover fooled me I thought this would be a paranormal book, man was I wrong. I really enjoyed the way that Ann Werner weaved the two stories together, two completely different lives and one epic ending. Though it is a bit predictable (well once you figure out it's a suspense/thriller not a fantasy novel) it still manages to pull a few surprises out of the bag along the way. I wish there had been more to Decker's relationship with the boy next door, due to the ending, other than that it's a great read and fun till the end.
I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review.
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Being a bookworm myself (obviously), I love reading about characters who have a passion for reading and writing, so it's no surprise that I really liked Decker, the main character of this book. Her passion for writing was great and I really felt for her when things didn't (but eventually did) go her way. What I didn't really like about this book was how the chapters alternated between Decker's story and Albert/Ruby's story. They had nothing in common and I knew that they would cross paths eventually, but that wasn't until maybe 50 pages were left in the book. So a majority of the book just dealt with two completely different lives, and I don't know how much I liked that part. Albert and Ruby were creepily disturbing, which really made them fun to read about! And I really liked Decker's relationship with Gus (even though it wasn't that big of a part in the story) but I just wish I didn't have to read two completely different stories in the same book. Maybe they could have intertwined more throughout the beginning and middle instead of jumping together at the end, so that they would make more sense together. Other than that, I enjoyed reading this book. Full of suspense, mystery, and a passion for writing, this was just a fun book to read!
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By Suri on March 22, 2012
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Dreams and Nightmares was a wonderfully written book. I loved the story that had to deal with Albert especially. His story was intriguing and kept me hooked. I loved the way it played out and how the book eventually ended. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is into thrillers.
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