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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
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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: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,131,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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By GraceinAZ on November 20, 2011
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Dreams and Nightmares
By Ann Werner
Published July 19, 2011
In the first two chapters we meet two distinctly different characters. Decker, who dreams of being a successful writer, meets her live-in boyfriend at a fancy restaurant at his request, expecting a marriage proposal, and gets instead, an awkward statement that he is leaving her for another woman and moving to Chicago. Her devastation soon turns to elation when her manuscript is accepted and she receives a check for $100,000 and a contract with a top literary agent.
At the same time, we meet Albert, a career criminal who, in a bank robbery gone horribly wrong ends up in prison again. The author keeps us guessing as he plots to escape by getting sent to the infirmary, and his hope that his girlfriend and his cousin will understand his coded message asking for their help.
I liked that the book was unpredictable. I knew these two characters must have some connection, but there seemed to be none. I didn't want to put the book down - afraid the clues I was looking for were just ahead in the next chapter or two. All strands come together in an unexpected way which will keep the reader guessing right up to the last chapters. I was not disappointed, but I'll save the ending for the next reader to discover. It was well worth staying up late to finish this book!
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By MelanieV on October 2, 2011
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The dream : A struggling writer turned bestselling author is living her dream. Recently dumped by her long time boyfriend, Decker Jones is now living the life she always wanted and has just purchased her dream home. Meanwhile, a criminal plans to escape prison life. Getting himself stabbed in jail in order to go to hospital, Albert with the help of his girlfriend and his cousin plans to run away to Mexico causing havoc wherever they go. The nightmare : Decker is taken hostage and must help Albert escape to Mexico.

Dreams and Nightmares is a fantastic read! Ann Werner has crafted a wonderfully written novel. I love that in the first few pages, the author fooled us in thinking Decker's boyfriend was going to propose to her but it turns out he was nervous and wanted a huge crowd at the restaurant so she wouldn't make a scene when he dumped her. I'm not usually grossed out while reading a book but Ann Werner did a great job doing just that in a particular scene where she describes how much Albert loves to chew on his toenails. I guess when you're in jail, there's not much you can do! She even goes on by describing that the criminal keeps his toenail clippings in marinated pickle juice for flavor! What I'm trying to say is the writing's excellent!

I finished most of the book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down! I love how both stories just came together and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out how it would all end. Dreams and Nightmares is a highly recommended read!
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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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