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MY BAD TEQUILA [Kindle Edition]

Rico Austin
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Book Description

Mystery, Mayhem, Madness..
Margaritas & Mexico

One Man's Epic Journey across two Continents and four Countries with 50 years of Adventure. But,1986 changed everything forever. "It's all good until it turns bad." One event devastated the lives of 19 Students, 3 Chaperones and 1 Bus Driver. Was it the Tequila???

Thinking about sending your "Kids" to Paradise Unsupervised? THINK AGAIN!!!

EXCERPT from CHAPTER 1

I boarded the bus having a bit of difficulty due to the metal support brace that I had fixed to my right knee. I looked at my "amigos," a word we had learned on this trip to Mexico, we each used it loosely - each person, place or thing that we encountered was our Amigo.

"Sorry for being the last person."

It was 8:12 a.m., we were supposed to be gone and on the asphalt broken highway back to life as we knew it no later than 8:00 a.m. There was a silence of which I have never heard before nor have ever heard since. I trapped a bee with my thumb that had been swarming around my beer either attracted to the fruit inside my bottle or the rotten salsa that was smeared on the outside.

"Still nothing from Tina?" The words came slurred from my dry swollen, partly scabbed lips, which had enjoyed too much sun and salty margaritas.

My question was answered by the anguished looks of my fellow spring breakers. Tina had not surfaced. The last time any of us, including her two roommates had seen her was 36 hours earlier.

This is "My Bad Tequila."

This spring getaway was supposed to be a fun experience and a pleasant memory. It ended up being more than a memory; it was an unpleasant walk through life.

EXCERPT from CHAPTER 12

"OHH, don't blame myself. Who the hell do you think Teddy is blaming, and I can give you twenty to one odds that I know who Shelley is cursing at this very moment. So don't tell me you understand." I spit the words at her and then, for emphasis, took a huge swig from my 100% agave, hecho en (made in) Mexico bottle.

I gulped down three more over-sized shots before wiping my mouth and letting out a, "Yum, yum, me gusta tequila."

I unlocked the back door, taking much longer than it should have and walked onto the small patio with my held tightly, nearly empty glass, my only firiend. Darkness had set in and I reminded myself, "I only have two more nights in this sorry ass Mexican town and country," sounding my thoughts into words out in the open breezy air. I noticed fog had started to form and was nearly up to our motel's altitude.

"Good," I secretly thought. "This fog will hide me as I drink out here tonight," smiling for the first time since coming back from the beach that afternoon.

Faint weeping was coming from inside and I took a step sideways to look in on Tina. She was crouched on my bed, not fully in the fetal position, but close, and sobbing quietly. And once again, there wa the fu-king, tiny, blue book with the wording "Diary" sticking out of her bag.

Not wanting to hear more sounds of sorrow I stayed on the exterior side of the room and finished off my bottle. "One down, one to go," was the only thought that mustered.

"You'll see the true reflection of me when the Tequila bottle is empty," I shouted out to the wind as I tossed the sad, angry, bottle-shaped mirror to the sea.

I sat for a while and watched the fog slowly envelope the town, the surrounding mountains and everything else I could see minutes before.

After what could have been five minutes or it could have been an hour, I stepped back into the room and grabbed my other bottle.

EXCERPT from CHAPTER 13

"What in the world happened here last night?" trying to recollect the last thing I could recall.

Searching, searching my memory bank, "Aw yes, it was coming back to me now; there was fog last night, real fog, I was drinking Tequila and was trying to wake Tina up, and, and...." my mind came to a sudden halt.

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"The Novel 'My Bad Tequila' is so smooth, no Salt and Lime needed!"
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From the Author

AWARDS Won by "MY BAD TEQUILA" & Author Rico Austin

Hollywood Book Festival - Honorable Mention (Wild Card genre 2011)
Readers Favorite Book Awards - Silver (Fiction - Mystery - General genre 2011)
Amazon eKindle - #1 Top Rated Kindle eBooks (Mexico Travel genre 2011)
"Five Parrots in a Palm Tree" - Superb Island Reading award 2011
#1 Book to Read, June 2011 - NY Professional Reviewer, Fran Lewis
Readers Favorite Book Awards - Finalist (Fiction - General genre 2011)
Arizona Authors Association - 3rd Place (Fiction Book of the Year 2011 - 2012)
London Book Festival - Honorable Mention (Wild Card genre 2012)
Los Angeles Book Festival - Honorable Mention (Wild Card genre 2011-2012)
New York Beach Book Festival - Honorable Mention (Non-Fiction genre 2012)
Bibliocracy.com - Author of the Month (June 2012)

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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply the worst January 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"My Bad Tequila" may not be the worst book I've read but it's certainly one of the worst books I've read. Unfortunately, I'm not one of those people who walk out on books. I read the entire thing. I'm also not one to write reviews but this book deserves my review in return for the suffering it caused me.

The writer mauls the English language. Here's a random example: "I suggested to Tina that I would quickly wash up, (meaning my hands would have cool water ran (sic) over them with no soap and a quick splash of water would find its way (sic) upon (sic) my face)." Oh my goodness! This is not a case of appalling kindle editing but rather it's a case of a writer who has no clue how to write intelligible sentences.

The plot is thin and just plain uninteresting. I'll admit it. It is a stupid story which gives the reader nothing of value, not even a bit of entertainment. The story seems to be typed from a recording of a group of drunk fraternity boys slurring stories at one another.

Character development? Character development? What's that? The characters often lack even two dimensions and are just fly spatter on the wall.

I can't help but think that those who reviewed this book positively are either sponsors or paid reviewers.

I wasted $2.99 buying this book. Don't repeat my error.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE STORY!! December 30, 2010
By DagTag
Format:Hardcover
"MY BAD TEQUILA" did NOT disappoint, I LOVED the story!

It was very well paced ....dropping little hints as to what might happen.... leading us along, but never giving the story away. I liked how the novel subtly drifted back to Rhet's childhood and prior experiences, giving valuable insight into his character.

It came to a point in the story, where the situation begins to really heat up.... many things go awry. It was impossible for me to stop reading, until I found out what happens to everyone. There is a very clever twist, followed by a big shock that you don't see coming.

The ending was terrific!! Mr. Austin has his own unique version of Hemingway's style of storytelling. Straight-forward, describing the adventure in detail.....(I learned a few things I hadn't known about fish :-))

"My Bad Tequila" is 80% true and 20% fiction. Much of the truth is easy to figure out, but there's enough question....'mystery' that leaves you thinking,.... long after finishing the novel.

If Mr. Austin continues to write stories like this, .....He might just become 'A Legend'......like Papa Hemingway!
"My Bad Tequila is an excellent book!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Based on true experiences July 6, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Most of us have experiences in life we wish we could forget, or did because of alcohol-induced blankness. Austin calls these `bad tequila' moments, as imbibing in that particular libation seems to have more bad consequences than others. This novel, loosely based on his real-life experiences--or those he can remember anyway--is his `bad tequila' moment.
When a young jock on a college football team is cut and down-on-his luck, he is given the opportunity to travel to Mexico with a group of students and take a moment to reflect on his recent bad luck, or to get totally wasted while brooding over his own stupidity. He takes it. Life is grand, not a care in the world, white beaches, surf's up and pretty woman and alcohol are on the menu.
When tragedy strikes and a motor vehicle accident kills several members of their party, the close-knit group unravels. Rico and Tina, at one moment considering young love, suddenly turn on each other and Rico drowns his sorrows with tequila. The next day when it is time to leave, Tina has vanished. When he arrives back in the States, Rico finds himself under arrest for the murder of Tina. Her father, a US Senator, is baying for his blood, his friends from the trip are all turning evidence against him and by the end of it Rico finds himself in jail facing five long years on a trumped up manslaughter charge.
Rico takes the time to reverse his `bad tequila' moment and rebuild his life, creating a successful life after his prison sentence, until one fateful journey leads him back to San Carlos and the scene of the crime. Faced with his past, he begins drinking again. With a surprise ending, Austin takes us on rough-hewn journey on his debut novel, a 2011 Readers Favorite award winner.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Ended Far Too Soon-5 Stars June 12, 2012
By Dan
Format:Hardcover
This may have been Rico's first novel, but it certainly was a great read. I hope it's not his last. Roller coaster ride may be an overused analogy, but so true with this book. Joy to sorrow, laughter to tears and the reverse. It usually takes me a couple of weeks and several sessions to complete a book, a few pages at a time. This one took me three evenings over just three straight days; one fourth, one fourth, and the last night I read the entire last half. Couldn't put it down. I'm a slow reader, so the next day, I was cussing the author for keeping me up all night. The most telling thing for me though, was the evening after I finished, for a flash, I looked forward to reading more about Rhet Austen's life. Then it hit me that it was over and I'd have to wait until Mr. Austin gets off his butt and creates another winner. Danno
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Reader June 5, 2012
By Sammy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
One of the most Enjoyable reads I have Ever Experienced. Easy read/Entertaining/Emotional gripping/held on to each page anticipating each turn of Events. WOW
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wild ride!
For anyone who has taken a Spring Break trip, My Bad Tequila will bring back memories. The author does such a good job writing that you will feel like your are right there with the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Siverts
1.0 out of 5 stars stupid
waste of time reading it. dumb plot. even can't believe i read the whole thing. guess i didn't want to pay for the in-flight movies.
Published 2 months ago by kjfred99
5.0 out of 5 stars fFrget the grammar issues on this one!!! Read it!
Original voice. A story that had to be told. Having visited San Carlos several times, I felt the pulse of the town... but it was a pulse I never knew. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lala Corriere
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs an Editor
This, whether true or a tall tale, is an intriguing story set in one of my favorite places in the world, San Carlos, Mexico. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Susan Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite an adventure!
My Bad Tequila is a great story with a surprise ending. It kept my attention and took me along on a wild adventure!
Published 6 months ago by barb nees
2.0 out of 5 stars My Bad Choice
I give up. How does this book get such good reviews? Horrible writing. Could be a short story. Not believable to me. Waste of time.
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth H Swain
5.0 out of 5 stars My Bad Tequila
After picking up, and putting down this book several times, yet never opening it, I realized that Mr. Austin has a fantastic storytelling style. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Be a part of the adventure!
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I read My Bad Tequila by Rico Austin on my way to Cabo and finished it in my room as soon as I could in-between the party. Read more
Published 7 months ago by bryanrep
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!!
My Bad Tequila is an AMAZING story!!!! As you read the book, you can envision the people and places Rico Austin is telling the tales about. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Char
4.0 out of 5 stars My Bad Tequila Review
My Bad Taquila by Rico Austin is a twenty-something, spring-break adventure, that speaks in man-talk. Read more
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Rico Austin - Mi Vida Loca (Biography)

Born and raised in Southwestern Idaho, Rico is the oldest of five boys, growing up in a area that was ripe for several adventures for him, his four younger brothers and numerous cousins.

Rico grew up near farmland that produced potatoes, hay, hops, grain and corn. There were several fruit orchards and vineyards in the Snake River Valley as well, due to the extraordinary fertile soil. A couple of years out of high school he moved to Boise and enrolled at Boise State University as a student and walk on football player. However, he could not escape the allure of traveling the world and began writing and storing his experiences in hopes of someday becoming a novelist. He began by reading every chance he had. From contemporary novels to classical literature, Rico's love of storytelling was uncontrollable. He appeared occasionally at Boise's former Comedy Club as a "Stand Up Comedian" retelling his stories of growing up in a comedic fashion. Rico earned an Associate Degree in Marketing and Sales from BSU. After a few years of low level management positions Rico moved to Hawaii for a short time surfing the waters of Kauai and enjoying the outdoors. He then moved to Southern California for less than a year before heading back to Idaho. In 1991 Rico moved to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and continued his education receiving a Bachelors of Business Administration in International Business at Grand Canyon University and received "Outstanding International Business Graduate of 1995." That same year he was also selected as "Mr. Future Business Executive" at the State Leadership Conference which included all universities in the State of Arizona.

The summer before graduating Rico went to Vilnius, Lithuania and taught English (ESL). During fall semester of his senior year at GCU Rico attended Staffordshire University in England where he also started on the American Football Team for the Staffordshire Stallions. Rico finished his Masters, an MBA in International Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management with a focus on the Latin American Region and the Spanish language. He did
this while working full time as a feature writer and free lance journalist at the T-Bird school paper "DAS TOR." A few of his articles at "DAS TOR" were written in Spanish by Rico specially for the foreign students of Latin America.

Former Vice President Dan Quayle served as an "Invited Interim Professor by the Thunderbird School President for 2 semesters" and Rico was fortunate enough to be one of 16 students selected to attend his class.

*Special note, Rico received an "A" from the VP for the 2 credit elective class. Was it because of Rico's performance on studies or VP Quayle was afraid of what Mr. Austin might write in the paper?

Hollywood has even had an encounter with Rico. For those of you who watched Baywatch with the beautiful Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra and David Hasselhoff, Mr. Rico Austin did a cameo appearance in the episode "Night of the Dolphin" in 1997 where he played the role of a drug lord on a huge yacht with sexy chicks. He and his graduate class mates watched the episode when it aired in the "old clock tower hanger" together in the TV lounge. He was invited back for another episode by Producer and Casting Director Susie Glickman, but had to decline due to a conflict with finals at Thunderbird. Rico chose education over stardom, when questioned why, he responded, "No one can ever take your education away, everything else can come and go and, most likely will." Rico also acted in a commercial for the local market in Boise, ID as a construction worker in "That old House" sponsored by BMC West.

Rico is an avid fisherman and has traveled far and wide to cast his line into many waters; including streams, lakes, ponds, rivers, seas and oceans. He has worked for a few international companies as both a sales manager and a marketing manager. In his spare time he has worked as a Land Developer and is a Licensed Realtor in Arizona. Should you decide to make your home in Arizona or would like to purchase property to build your dream home in the future, Rico would be more than happy to show you around his Great State of Arizona.
Rico now is happily married to a graphic artist from Minnesota with a prominent company. They make their home in the "Land of the Sun" Scottsdale, Arizona. He and his wife Connie enjoy snorkeling, hiking, hanging by their swimming pool and traveling to the beaches of Mexico while sipping on a cold cerveza or margarita blended with Rico's favorite TEQUILA.

Rico Austin first began writing seriously as a seventh grader at age 13. He was elected as reporter for the "Eager Beaver 4-H Club" in Marsing, Idaho and started submitting weekly articles to the local newspaper. Rico then was elected reporter for the local FFA chapter his freshman and sophomore year continuing to expand his writing ability. As a freshman Rico took 3rd place in the Marsing High School essay contest titled "American Beef Farmers." He later would write a few short stories for Reader's Digest and become a professional freelance and feature writer for DAS TOR newspaper at Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of Global Management from 1996 - 1998. Rico also won the first and only writing essay at DAS TOR in March 1997. The essay asked contestants to propose ways for Thunderbird to be
improved. Rico used his humor, knowledge of several countries that he had traveled to and innovation to secure the winning essay. One of his most serious assignments and pieces of journalism was reporting on the Winterim class 97 "US Foreign Economic Policy" in Washington DC including the opening of the 105th Congress and the Inauguration of the President of the United States - Mr. Bill Clinton. Rico was also selected among several hundred writers and bloggers to help compile a booklet with 13 other prominent authors. "How to Create Credibility as a Freelancer - 70 Tips from a Collection of Experts" was published in 12/2009.

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Favorite movie "Gone With the Wind"
& the new movie "Hangover" for a comedy.
His favorite books are:
John Steinbeck's "East of Eden"
Ernest Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea"
J.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit"

Rico's first novel, "MY BAD TEQUILA" was published in September of 2010 and earned his first Award of Excellence in May of 2011.

On the 26th day of May, 2011, the Office of Key West Honorary Mayor Gonzo Mays was proud to present 'MY BAD TEQUILA' with the Honorary Mayor's 5 Parrots In A Palm Tree Award of Excellence for superb island reading. Congratulations to author Rico Austin and forever peace, parrots and palm trees to you!

The Hit Single Song "My Bad Tequila" co-written by Rico and Elly Garrison, who also sings and performs the song with her band QuarterDeck can be found on iTunes, Yahoo Music and Amazon Music. www.QuarterDeckCountry.com


"This Book is going to Change the World, Guaranteed to Knock You off your Axis!" - Woody Nelson, Program Director / CEO, Cowboy Bills Radio www.CowboyBillsRadio.com

"Fun, self-indulgent non fiction with a turn around every page. I've had a MY BAD TEQUILA kind of day!" - McMullen, The Oregonian


"MY BAD TEQUILA" did NOT disappoint, I LOVED the story!

It was very well paced ....dropping little hints as to what might happen.... leading us along, but never giving the story away. I liked how the novel subtly drifted back to Rhet's childhood and prior experiences, giving valuable insight into his character.

It came to a point in the story, where the situation begins to really heat up.... many things go awry. It was impossible for me to stop reading, until I found out what happens to everyone. There is a very clever twist, followed by a big shock that you don't see coming.

The ending was terrific!! Mr. Austin has his own unique version of Hemingway's style of storytelling. Straight-forward, describing the adventure in detail.....(I learned a few things I hadn't known about fish :-))

"My Bad Tequila" is 80% true and 20% fiction. Much of the truth is easy to figure out, but there's enough question....'mystery' that leaves you thinking,.... long after finishing the novel.

If Mr. Austin continues to write stories like this, .....He might just become 'A Legend'......like Papa Hemingway!
"My Bad Tequila is an excellent book!!
- Jeanne Sampson

"The Novel 'My Bad Tequila' is so smooth, no Salt and Lime needed!"
- Jay Nance, Social Media Director, Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc.
www.VegasXTrain.com

"Rico's love of storytelling is infectious", said one loyal reader and friend at a recent party.

"Once you read one, you have to read all of his short stories."
Steven Boyce - Hollywood Actor, Stunt Man, Harley Rider

Check out Bonnie Lee's review on Virtual Scribe at www.TheVirtualScribe.net/

Rico Austin is the first author to have paid Sponsors advertise on a novel.

Azuñia Tequila of Jalisco Mexico, featuring Platinum Blanco, Reposado and Anejo Tequilas, distributed by Intersect Beverage of San Clemente, CA. www.AzuñiaTequila.com

BloodyFine of Boise, Idaho, with Bloody Mary Mixes, Buffalo Shake Spices, Season Salts, Fry Mix and Salad Dressing Kickup. www.BloodyFine.com

AWARDS Won by "MY BAD TEQUILA" & Author Rico Austin

Hollywood Book Festival - Honorable Mention (Wild Card genre 2011)
Readers Favorite Book Awards - Silver (Fiction - Mystery - General genre 2011)
Amazon eKindle - #1 Top Rated Kindle eBooks (Mexico Travel genre 2011)
"Five Parrots in a Palm Tree" - Superb Island Reading award 2011
#1 Book to Read, June 2011 - NY Professional Reviewer, Fran Lewis
Readers Favorite Book Awards - Finalist (Fiction - General genre 2011)
Arizona Authors Association - 3rd Place (Fiction Book of the Year 2011 - 2012)
London Book Festival - Honorable Mention (Wild Card genre 2012)
Los Angeles Book Festival - Honorable Mention (Wild Card genre 2011-2012)
New York Beach Book Festival - Honorable Mention (General Non-Fiction 2012)
Bibliocracy.com - Author of the Month (June 2012)
Suspense Magazine Review - (July 2012)

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