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Make Your Own Luck (A Remy Summer Woods Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joanne Lewis , Amy Lewis Faircloth
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"Make Your Own Luck, a Remy Summer Woods Mystery", is the unforgettable and moving novel of a young attorney who refuses to believe that thirteen-year-old Bonita Pickney killed her father, Patrick Pickney. Remy risks her relationship with her own father as well as her life to prove Bonita’s innocence. Along with learning what really happened the night Patrick was murdered, Remy discovers hard truths about her family and herself.

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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  

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 755 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (December 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008654RPU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rocketing with Remy July 24, 2012
By M. Webb
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty interesting story December 23, 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Make your own luck June 28, 2013
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Layered Mystery October 7, 2012
By Mitsy
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Make Your Own Luck December 19, 2012
By Elsie
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too convoluted November 6, 2013
By Bun
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars coming backto mysteries thanks to J LEWIS August 29, 2012
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make Your Own Luck
Me Lewis,
Your MYOL was a pleasure to read. All the twists and turns of story that grasps you from the beginning to the end.
I didn't want it to end.

Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars character detracts from plot
the star character was so naive I could not believe she was over twelve, no common sense.
Like a horror movie when you are yelling "do not open the door" . Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dode
5.0 out of 5 stars Good or bad luck ?
Remy is an attorney who wants to quit and go back to her Art studies. Her Dad will never speak to her again if she leaves his firm. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L.L.Goss
3.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't thrilled with the characters, too stereotypical: ...
I wasn't thrilled with the characters, too stereotypical: a first-born daughter trying to emulate her crass father, take care of a loser brother who can't seem to handle... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Ludlum, Move Over
Best mystery novel I have read in the last two years!
The plot is about a young woman lawyer who is the daughter of a successful lawyer Father. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tom Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the first three-fourths of this book
I really enjoyed the first three-fourths of this book. The main character was well-developed and interesting and there was a good cast of supporting characters. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Make your own luck.
This was a good story. I think Lewis can only get better. Connected with the characters. I would read other books by this author.
Published 7 months ago by Mahree
3.0 out of 5 stars MYOL ...If you can !
Enjoyable reading but a little hard to believe.
Published 8 months ago by oldtimecop
4.0 out of 5 stars strong character
I loved the flow a did not get bored
Very strong character for remy
Seemed a true to life story
Anyone who likes stories about powerful people and legal aspects of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by selma apovian
5.0 out of 5 stars Make your own luck
this was a great book. the star was great. it kept you entertained from the beginning. it has twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.
Published 9 months ago by Connie
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Thank you for visting my Author page on Amazon. I am a murder mystery and historical fiction novelist and an attorney. I make my living as an attorney and follow my dreams as a writer.

I hope you will consider reading my books and listening to them on audio.

Please visit my website at and email me at

Here is a summary of my published novels (and a little about books to come):

In the mystery, "Forbidden Room", new attorney Michael Tucker has few clients, yearns to be like his famous grandmother and cannot afford to move out of his parents' home. Sara Goldstein is an heiress accused of killing her uncle. When Sara hires Michael, he gets the chance to defend an innocent person, a beautiful lover and notoriety like his grandmother. But is it more than he asked for? Is Sara innocent or is she really a murderer?

"Forbidden Night", the prequel to "Forbidden Room", will be available late in 2015.

"Make Your Own Luck" is the unforgettable and moving mystery novel of a young attorney who refuses to believe that thirteen-year-old Bonita Pickney killed her father, Patrick Pickney. Remy Summer Woods risks her relationship with her own father as well as her life to prove Bonita's innocence. Along with learning what really happened the night Patrick was murdered, Remy discovers hard truths about her family and herself. This is the first book in the Remy Summer Woods mystery series.

"The Lantern" is a historical novel about a modern-day woman's search to find a girl from 15th century Florence, Italy who dared to enter the competition to build the lantern on top of Brunelleschi's dome. Across time and space, three lives collide as they battle abuse, disease, fear and prejudice in pursuit of their dreams. Along the way, they intersect with some of the most famous figures of the Renaissance including members of the Medici, Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello and a young Michelangelo.

In "Michelangelo & the Morgue", a historical fantasy novella that takes place in the fifteenth century, Michelangelo defies religious and political powers in order to find who is murdering the artists of Florence, learning along the way that the person responsible might just be himself.

"Michelangelo & the Morgue" is the first book in a five book series called "Michelangelo & Me".

"Wicked Good" is a different kind of mystery that begins in Bangor, Maine. Fifteen year old Rory is not defined by his diagnoses of Asperger's syndrome and Bipolar Disorder and lives life to the fullest. Archer, his adoptive mother, is Rory's biggest fan. Rory searches for his birth parents to find out why he is the way he is. He discovers his roots in Salem, Massachusetts where the Salem Witch Trials had occurred and in Gloucester, Massachusetts where fishermen went down with the Andrea Gail during The Perfect Storm. He also learns his true roots are closest to his home in Bangor. As Rory discovers truths about himself, Archer learns about herself too.

"Da Vinci's Dream" takes place in 1465. Thirteen-year-old Leonardo da Vinci is shocked when a mysterious probe drops from heaven, rolls into his lap and becomes his companion. When young Leonardo sketches Vitruvian Man and the four-limbed drawing comes to life, Leonardo discovers the secret of the probe. "Da Vinci's Dream" is a short story and is part of The Prometheus Saga, an experimental project composed of 13 authors and 13 stories.

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