Bad Luck Books
Press Release: This isn’t your average memoir; it’s a mixture of humor, true crime, and adventure as Suzie Ivy takes you through her mid-life career of being the first female police officer in a rural Arizona community. She’s known for pink handcuffs, a Glock named Clint, and a bad ass attitude while holding tightly to her trademark smile. Her granddaughter dubbed her The Princess Cop and she imagines her jewel encrusted tiara perched on her head at a slightly crooked angle. The reviews for Bad Luck Cadet and Bad Luck Officer have a common thread, “Emotional, heartfelt, tenacious, and motivating…I laughed until I cried.” Available in paperback and ebook.
*Actual Academy Video has been added if you scroll down the page. The first is us waiting in the lobby before hell starts (I’m the blonde). The Sgt. seen is not our class sergeant but would become one of my favorite advisers. The next video is our first introduction to Sgt. Dickens. I’m the second person in the fifth row, I’m short and in the shadows. Also enjoy fun at the shooting range. I’m the first shooter (though you really can’t see me) and Philip Rodriguez is the third.
Bad Luck Cadet – The Kindle Book Review says “Bad Luck Cadet by Suzie Ivy, takes us on Suzie’s journey through the police academy. At age 44 Suzie is recovering from a broken hip, overweight and coming to grips with her now empty nest. She sees an advertisement in a window for the police academy and decides it just might be the change she is looking for.
The story describes just what torture cadets endure to come out the other side as police officers. You’ll laugh at some of it, cringe at some and (I swear) feel the pain along with her in other parts. What will be the most compelling is her steely determination to see it through and graduate.
She is supported by her husband and two daughters, but, ridiculed by her son. Suzie’s classmates will rise to the challenge and admire her willingness to succeed.
It’s a great story that demonstrates that it is never too late to change course and that if you have the determination you can be whoever you want to be. A great read!”
Bad Luck Cadet is available at Amazon for 99 cents.
Bad Luck Officer – A Review by J Leslie (Amazon Top 500 reviewer) I read an awful lot of books. I investigate an awful lot of books before I read them. When I come across one where there are only five star ratings showing my suspicion meter starts going haywire. No way everybody can like one book that much, right? Got to be some hanky panky going on, right? Well, in this case I can answer with two resounding “no’s”. This novel IS that good and there is absolutely nothing fishy going on.
I read Bad Luck Cadet and was, quite surprisingly from my point of view, blown away. I loved it but anybody can hit the target once in a while. Ha! From now on I am going to have to check my pessimism at the door where the writing of this police officer is concerned. Not only can she tell a story but she can make you truly anticipate when the next installment will come out.
Suzie Ivy is one of those rare individuals, a natural story teller. She takes real life events and includes just the right amount of detail to allow the reader to completely understand what the situation is. She has a natural turn of phrase so that people not involved with law enforcement can understand the hilarity or futility or ridiculous nature of her first several years as a police officer. The training aspects aren’t glossed over but they also aren’t repeated so often that they become boringly redundant. The mistakes she makes, whether funny or potentially dangerous, are presented in all their truthful glory. The very human side of police work is depicted here. Sometimes it’s funny, more often it will be tragic. I can only imagine that Officer Ivy must be an incredibly wonderful person to have on your side and the victims of the crimes she investigates are lucky to have her working her brains out for them.
Read this book if you have ever been curious about what actually goes on inside a police department. Inside the parts and places we as civilians never get to see. Reading Suzie’s story is very much like doing a ride-along in the front seat of her patrol car, you never know what’s going to happen at the beginning of shift, but you know at the end that you’ve been on one heck of an adventure. For those of you who want specific information, there is some profanity in the book but probably not nearly as much as actually happens. It wouldn’t be realistic if she had tried to leave it all out. And I’m sure some of the stories have been added to or edited somewhat in order to make the novel both readable and able to pass the legal litmus test. I am eagerly awaiting the third book in the series. Too bad Suzie would have to quit the job I love to read about in order to be able to write faster. No, I don’t want that so I’ll simply learn to be more patient. Bad Luck Officer is available at Amazon for $2.99
Finally, Bad Luck Officer and Bad Luck Cadet are combined in one book and available in print. The paperback edition offers book group questions and a sneak peek at Bad Luck in Small Town. Available at Amazon $12.99. There is also a combined ebook edition available for $3.50.