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I’m thrilled to be a part of Richard Hacker’s book tour for the upcoming Toxic Relationship.  Hope you enjoy this excerpt!  Also, enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Junior looked back at Ayisha.

“He’s not my kid you know. My brother, my dear brother Caleb killed himself. The boy’s mother,” he pointed to Carl, “she ran off with some rodeo cowboy. Caleb tried to dull his pain with a load of beer and a bunch of whiskey he found on sale down at the Quik Pick liquor store. Caleb got drunk, then killed himself by rolling his truck, which of course led to me suddenly having his son Carl in my business. You got kids?”

Ayisha shook her head “no.”

“Figures. You FBI types probably don’t have time for family. Well let me tell you what. It ain’t all it’s cranked up to be. I mean, look at this situation. I’ve got you people,” he waved his gun across at Delton, “probably federal agents, snooping around my property and where’s Carl? Face down in the dirt. I tell you, the boy makes a cedar post seem really smart.


Date Published: 8/6/12

Publisher: Champagne Books


After a murdered partner, a cheating wife and a lost job in Houston, Nick Sibelius sets up a private investigation business in a small Texas town hoping to find some peace and maybe, himself. When a couple disappears and a bass fisherman turns up dead, he finds himself drawn into a web of toxic relationships:  MaryLou, a beautiful woman with a mysterious past; Junior, a failed farmer whose best intentions seem to always result in a dead body; Barry, a sociopathic dentist turned illegal toxic waste entrepreneur with visions of grandeur.  When the felon who killed his partner in Houston joins forces with Barry, Nick must not only stop the toxic waste dumping while finding his client’s missing daughter, but keep from being killed in the process. In the end, MaryLou’s dark secret will either save him or kill him — whichever comes first.

“Tight suspense with wonderful laugh out loud moments. Richard Hacker is a master storyteller.”  

Pam Binder, Pacific Northwest Writers Association President and author of the NY Times Best Selling anthology, A Season in the Highlands

“Many times I found myself getting strange looks because I was laughing out loud…Highly entertaining and sure to be enjoyed by fans of mysteries with humor. I highly recommend it and hope that there will be more stories to follow.”  

Paige Lovitt for Reader Views

Author Bio:

Richard Hacker’s novel, TOXIC RELATIONSHIP, released August, 2012 by Champagne was a 2011 Writer’s League of Texas (WLT) finalist, where in addition, SHAPER EMERGENCE won best novel in the Science Fiction category.  He is a member of both the Writers’ League of Texas and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.

After living many years in Texas where he worked as a leadership coach, public speaker and management trainer, he moved with his high school sweetheart to Seattle.  While he misses the big skies of Texas, Richard has grown pretty fond of the Pacific Northwest.  Along with his wife, Sidney, they hike, kayak and have adventures on his Vespa scooter.  His writing partner is a springer spaniel named Jazz, who helps with proofreading and ball fetching.

DIRTY WATER, the next novel in the Nick Sibelius series after TOXIC RELATIONSHIP, will be released June, 2013.  He is currently working on the third book in the series, as well as a young adult fantasy entitled INKER WARS: THE FIVE PENS OF JOHANN.

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Twitter: @Richard_Hacker


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Make sure  you keep an eye out for the other stops on this tour:

September 17 – TE Garden of Books – Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
September 18 – My Devotional Thoughts – Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
September 19 – Inside BJ’s Head – Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
September 20 – Jen McConnel – Excerpt/PROMO
September 24 – Books For Me – Review
September 25 – My Reading Addiction – Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
September 26 – Andi’s Book Reviews – Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
September 27 – Beth Art From the Heart – Review/Excerpt
September 28 – Bunny’s Reviews – Interview/Excerpt/PROMO
October 1 –  Bless Their Hearts Mom – Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
October 2 –  Up All Night Reviews – Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
October 3 –  The Story of a Girl – Review/Giveaway
October 4 –  Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – Review/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
October 5 –  Turning the Pages – Excerpt/PROMO
October 7 –  Sweeping the USA – Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
October 8 –  Kaisy Daisy’s Reviews – Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
October 10 –  The Adventures Within – Review/Interview/Excerpt
October 12 –  Mademoiselle Le Sphinx – Review/Excerpt
October 13 –  Bunny’s review – Review/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
October 13 – Lov Live Life Reviews – Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
October 14 –  My Cozie Corner – Review/Giveaway