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Length: 301 pages

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Good job. Keep on writing! --Del Loven/Director of Myers School of Art
I had a hard time putting your book down. I was actually sad when it ended as I was getting so attached to Lindy. --MariLou Anderson - Well known teacher
I loved it, and I am looking forward to the next one! --Julie Larsen / REMAX

From the Author

This was my first book and I just put it in the closet when I finished it and went on to another. It originated from a short story and my writing friends encouraged me to keep on writing and make a book. I said 'are you crazy!' a book? Well, I kept on adding chapters to it and soon I had one. And I called it Nightmares and Dreams, as I had many during this time.

Product Details

  • File Size: 304 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Gabriels Horn (September 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PGR1D8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,861,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's been nineteen years since I started writing. Prior to that, I had just written checks, grocery lists and an occasional greeting card.
I had been watching Oprah one day and she talked about the benefits of journeling. How it could bring order and meaning to your life.
I had been a widow for several years and I was okay but I just couldn't get used to the awful silence in my home. She said go out and buy a tablet and start writing. And so I did. I bought yellow legal tablets and began to write. I wrote about my sadness, my grief and my loneliness. And, especially about my anger for being left in this situation. I had been so happy and now I had to fend for myself. I wrote and rewrote about my feelings for several years, and finally I arrived at a revolutionary discovery: I learned how to identify my feelings, describe them and put them into words.
After a lot of work I arrived at a time where I was pretty much okay with myself, and I soon began to experiment with poetry and short stories. Then to my surprise one story turned into a novel. I called it Nightmares and Dreams.

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Format: Paperback
Lindy Lewis, a woman who, understandably so, lost part of herself the day her husband died. The happiness that life brought is lost forever, and she knows it. Yet Lindy concocts the idea maybe she can attain a different kind of happiness, through wealth and a life of ease. She burns down her beloved home to collect the insurance money, sure that her new found stature will spur on a fairytale-like adventure. But her adventure holds no resemblance to the daydream she thought it would, and finds herself on the run from the law, a former lover, a con man, and a drug dealer. Desperately clinging to the illusion of happiness through money, she forges on, deeper into the nightmare disguised as freedom.

Lacoursiere is like a master painter with words, the way she can so beautifully craft descriptions of the most seemingly ordinary details. Her painted words - carefully chosen, delicate and subtle, creating the most vivid images I have read in quite some time. The words blended and flowed with each other, into an exquisite dance on the page bringing the scene to life.

The main portion of the story is based on Lindy's being on the run, hoping to vanish from those chasing her, yet slamming into hurdle after hurdle along the way. The plot moves at a decent pace, never too relaxed or sluggish, supporting the feeling of urgency Lacoursiere is trying to show. The tension between Lindy and Reed, her former lover from college, is undeniable. Something in Lindy always turns her thoughts back to him, stirring temptation to stop running and find love in his arms again. And the connection is just as strong with Reed, sensing her need for help without her even asking for it. Lacoursiere handled their history and unchanged bond very well, portraying an undying love, which perhaps might never be.
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By Amazon Customer on September 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Too many continuity hiccups. Reed and Tanner were boyhood friends from the same small town. Reed met Tanner in college.

Too many coincidental meetings.

Too many nonsensical situations. A Minnesota lawyer handles a Texas divorce? A Texas cop takes vacation to help a MN investigator? Hysterical amnesia?

The original plot outline probably looked good, unfortunately the final product is disjointed.
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By A. S. on December 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic!!! If you want to learn about insurance fraud this story has it all!!! Love, great characters and much more!!!

A. Sandford - Member of Society of Children's Books
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By KJW on December 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
The heroine just isn't very likable - dishonest, irresponsible, bigoted, disloyal - I just can't care about her.
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