Monday, October 8, 2012

Toxic Relationship by Richard Hacker

Thank you for stopping at my spot on the Toxic Relationship Book Tour and Giveaway. This Online Book Tour is brought to you by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.  I will provide you with a synopsis of the book, excerpt, review on the book, Richard Hacker, a small bio from her.   Visit the other blogs on this Book Tour to learn more about this book.


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



Nick’s pulse quickened at the distinctive two part sound of a 12 gauge shell being chambered.  He threw his car in reverse, the big V-8 roaring, tires eating into the dirt track, a cloud of dust enveloping him, as he put the truck between himself and the shotgun. A blast, shattering the passenger side glass, sprayed across his seat, but Nick had already opened his door, rolling out onto the ground. He made his way to the back tire, listening for Junior Pendleton’s position. Junior made it easy.
“Get the hell off my property, goddammit. You got no right to be here.”
Crouching, Nick used the rear of his truck for cover. Junior had walked up to Nick’s pick up,  sticking his head through the shot out window. Nick rushed him from behind, slamming him hard into the truck, the shotgun firing into the ground by Junior’s feet.
Junior screamed, “Sonofabitch. My damn foot. Son-of-a-bitch.”
Nick kept Junior jammed into the window, ripping the gun away from the farmer’s hand. As Junior continued to struggle, cursing, Nick noticed several pellet holes clearly visible in the man’s worn cowboy boots.
“I don’t think that’s how you want to start this conversation, Junior.”

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.

 Contact Information
Twitter: @Richard_Hacker
Purchase Links


At first when I started reading the book I thought I am not sure if it would keep my interest.  After I started reading a few pages I couldn't put it down.  Even though this is a crime novel, it was a bit humorous.  The charters were well described and the story held my interest.  

Poor Junior no matter how hard he tried things just kept backfiring on him and his nephew. They were trying to hide a toxic waste dump on the farm that Junior owns, but when a couple wondered on the property they thought they were FBI agents, so Junior captured them and hide them in his barn. This is when Nick Sibelius, the handsome private investigator becomes involved trying to find the couple. He meets up with Mary Lou a reporter from Houston.  Things start to happen. 

I don't want to give anything away - but I suggest you read this book and see what you think.  There is a lot of humor, a bit of a love story, and a lot to keep you interested.  Enter the contest below and if you can't wait buy the book here:

Please visit these other stops on the Toxic Relationship Book 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


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