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"Joanne Lewis' new novel MAKE YOUR OWN LUCK grabs you from page one and never lets go. Lewis is a practicing attorney who clearly knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Better yet, she knows people. Her characters are real in all their complexities, conflicts and contradictions. Buckle up and hang on for a great ride and a rewarding read!"
         -Joseph Teller, award winning author of the Jaywalker series

Remy Summer Woods, who wants to be a painter, practices law at her father's firm in Fort Lauderdale. She learns of the sensational case of 13-year-old Bonita Pickney; Bonita has been arrested for the murder of her own father. Remy is drawn to the case, even though her father has made it clear that he will cut all ties with her--both personal and professional--if she insists on representing Bonita. But Remy throws caution to the wind, and she's soon without a job or an apartment. Assistance arrives in the unlikely form of halfbrother Carlos. Although Bonita has confessed to the murder, neither Remy nor Carlos believes her to be guilty. Add to the mix cute Ronnie Diaz, who may be involved in a cover-up involving an organization known as SafeChild. Remy proceeds to take on the baddies while extolling the family mantra: Make your own luck. The book's intelligent storyline makes good use of its strong sense of setting, as plot twists abound amid nonstop action. The book is briskly paced, with many of the book's 94 chapters comprising less than three pages in length.
         -KIRKUS REVIEWS  

From the Inside Flap

Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.
Rumi

Product Details

  • File Size: 746 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (December 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008654RPU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,137 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When Joanne Lewis is not practicing law, she is writing. She pens murder mysteries, historical fiction and historical fantasy books and is the author of several award-winning novels. As an author, she hopes to entertain and perhaps enlighten. As an attorney, she is most proud of her work as a guardian ad litem representing the best interests of children.

Her books are available on Kindle, as paperbacks and as audio books.

Please visit her website at www.joannelewiswrites.com and email her at jtawnylewis@gmail.com.

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Format: Paperback
Remy Summer Woods is a lawyer because her father is a lawyer - a very successful and famous lawyer. Just as Remy's plotting her escape from the halls of justice she runs across the only case that could convince her to stay: Bonita Pickney, a 13 year old girl who confesses to murdering her father and insists that they put her in jail as soon as possible. Remy is fascinated by this unlikely murderer and it doesn't hurt that her father absolutely forbids her to become involved in the case. Soon Remy finds herself kicked out of her father's firm and rocketing around Florida trying to unravel the circumstances that led to the murder with an unlikely group of helpers that include her drug addicted brother, an aging hippie/dinner owner, a mobster, and a cop.

Remy isn't the only one "rocketing". That's the perfect word to describe this book. The characters are driven to discover the truth and, as a reader, I was driven to finish this book. Happily, it was never predictable. I was constantly saying, "I didn't see that coming!" I also enjoyed the fact that there were no clear cut good guys and bad guys. You were constantly guessing about people's motives which made pinpointing the murderer all the more challenging.

Although I enjoyed the mystery, the characters were also well written. I'd like to see more of Remy's struggle to decide what type of life she wants, how she'll deal with her father and I welcome more appearances by her crazy family and friends. I look forward to the next Remy Summer Woods book.
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This book had a few good characters, but got confusing at times. There were so many coincidences that made it unbelievable. Also, the family was sort of dysfunctional, with the brother being a drug addict and the over-used gay. Several times I thought surely the book was over, but then there would be another chapter that didn't seem necessary. This book started better than it ended.
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Loved this story. I kept trying to guess the end ing...never got it right... I liked the characters. They were real people who took on a situation in their own way...I ended the story with a big smile on my face...first thought at the last word was I hope she has another book....thanks I enjoyed this book.
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Remy is a star and a character everyone will want as a best friend. When Remy sees a 13-year-old girl accused of killing her father, Remy is drawn to Bonita. Perhaps because both Remy and Bonita lost their mothers to cancer. Remy decides to represent the girl. That decision is either the best or worst of her career, even her life. Yes, Remy is the superstar in this story.

The writing is crisp. The plot so crazy I wonder what the heck is going on. Did the girl kill her father? Why does Remy have all these sudden threats? What is up with Remy's father, uncle, and step mother? There are so many shady characters no wonder Remy doesn't know who to trust! Will Remy live long enough to discover the truth? Will she want to know the truth? What happens if everything comes out? There are many layers to this mystery.

Also, is Bonita innocent? If so, what will happen to her? Will she be okay or spend her life in prison? So many questions.

Nowhere in the story hints at the ending. Not one sentence. Also, I can't believe who killed Patrick, Bonita's father. Some of the shady characters are good guys. A few good guys are criminals. Whatever you think you know, you have NO IDEA!

Love an excellent mystery? Read this now! Love a feisty heroine? Read this now! Want to try and figure out the ending? Read this now, and good luck with that!
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Parts of this book were reasonable, but most of it was long-winded and convoluted. Usual story line with "poor little rich girl" who is out to save the world and distance herself from her rich father. I had a hard time finishing the book.
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Make Your Own Luck is full of action. Young attorney, Remy Summer Woods, struggles with her own desire to be an artist versus her father's expectation that she follow his footsteps in his highly successful law firm. Against dad's wishes, Remy gets entangled in a case involving a 13 year old girl who has been charged with murder. Taking the case puts Remy in the center of dangerous, secretive activity that inolves some very powerful people in her Florida town.
Interesting characters include Remy's troubled brother, Carlos, her dear friend, Lou, and Ronnie, the officer assigned to keep and eye on Remy, is he a friend or foe? Remy struggles to defend the tight-lipped Bonita. What is the 13-year hiding and why does she fight Remy's attempts to help her? There were a few situations in the book that didn't quite fit or make sense to me, but overall this is a very entertaining novel and I enjoyed reading it.
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I had not read a mystery in years! What a engrossing refreshing way to return with my book clubs selection of Make Your Own Luck by Joanne Lewis!
The main character of the story,Remy,is an independent modern woman who just wo'nt take "no" for an answer thus leadding into many interesting and dangerous situations
The writing shows that Ms. Lewis is a wordsmith with imagination and i wondered how much of the author was within the attorney Remy.
i would recommend this book selection to any mystery lover and hope to read many more about Remy and her escapdes Hopefully Ms Lewis is writing a sequel as I write!
MYOL
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