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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Christian / Romance / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:248
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667812076

When Nightmares Intrude

by Nancy Glenn Powell

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When Nightmares Intrude is a mixed genre fiction novel with features of Christian, romance, and suspense. Jana West, orphaned in Arkansas at seventeen, wants to become a pediatric nurse but does not have money for college. She goes to California planning to live with her Aunt Ruby, establish residency, and attend a tuition-free state university. She arrives broke and hungry to a house with bare cupboards. Her aunt left to marry a rich man giving Jana her old home along with its monthly payments. Jana finds a part-time job working for Jim Johnson in his restaurant. At first sight, Jim falls in love with her, but love is not her goal.
It seems as if God is testing Jana with many trials. On her second day in California she finds a homeless family on the street, gets the woman and boys a job where she works, and invites them into her home until they find other shelter. She discovers three children hiding from drug dealers who murdered a man. The felons get close, but Jana guards the children. She helps Mable, a neighbor she calls Grandma who has health issues and cannot stand long enough to cook a meal. Jana finds an additional part-time job so she can save for college expenses, but she has difficulty with her boss and his jealous secretary. Butch, an ex-boyfriend, and his friend Elmer, kidnap Jana and take her on a tortuous trip to Arkansas. They will not give her water or food and continually threaten her life. Elmer falls from the truck onto the pavement, but Butch does not stop. He continues toward his destination where he receives a snake bite—a death he threatened for Jana. Elmer's sister thinks Jana pushed Elmer from the truck and wants Jana charged and prosecuted.
About the author

When Nightmares Intrude, Nancy Glenn Powell's tenth book is a Christian Suspense Novel about a teenage orphan who travels to California to live with an aunt with hopes of becoming a nurse. It seems God is testing her when problems intrude, but her spirit is strong. Nancy Glenn Powell has nine previously published books. Dark Secrets, originally called Ollie's Angels, won first place in the 2010 Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc, (OWFI) Mainstream Novel Contest. Angels for All won third place in the 2010 OWFI nonfiction category; it tells the story of an Arkansas farm family during the Great Depression. Listen for the Angels tells the hardships of a farm family during the drought years of the 1950s. The Keepers Series—Whom Shall I Fear, Protecting the Innocent, and Pursued are inspirational suspense novels. Her seventh book, Where Grass Grows High and Slaver's Hounds Don't Howl is creative nonfiction about a great grandfather and his family during the Civil War. It won a Readers Favorite 5 Star award. The Doctor's Luck, her eighth book about a doctor's hardships during the Great Depression also won a Readers Favorite 5 Star award. Sid and the Orphans, her ninth book about a teenage girl who moved with her family on a wagon train to the Colorado Territory also won a 5 Star award. In addition to her novels, Nancy has won several awards for short stories and poetry. Nancy is married and the mother of two children. She is a member of the Church of Christ, River Valley Writers of Fort Smith, Roundtable Poets, and OWFI. She retired from the City of Fort Smith with 29 years of service and is now pursuing her dream of writing.

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