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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Blog Tour- The A IS FOR ELIZABETH Series by Rachel Vail With An Excerpt & Giveaway!

I am stoked to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for The A IS FOR ELIZABETH Series by Rachel Vail! I have an excerpt to share with you today check it out and enter to win the giveaway below!

About The Books:

Title: A IS FOR ELIZABETH (A Is For Elizabeth series #1)
Author: Rachel Vail, Paige Keiser (Illustrations)
Pub. Date: May 9, 2019
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 128
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindleB&NiBooksKoboTBD

Elizabeth is in second grade. Class 2B! It's great! Friends, recess, homework!
Even a big project: Make a poster of your name.


Hang on.

The name Elizabeth has a bajillion letters in it!

The name Anna has only four letters. Plus, Anna's first letter is A, which is also the first letter of Alphabetical Order. But Anna can't always be first! That's not fair!

In A is for Elizabeth, Elizabeth makes more than a poster. She also makes some important choicesabout fairness, rules, speaking up, and glue. But the most important thing she makes is...a friend!

A new spin off from Vail's Justin Case series starring Justin's little sister.

Title: BIG MOUTH ELIZABETH (A Is For Elizabeth series #2)
Author: Rachel Vail, Paige Keiser (Illustrations)
Pub. Date: May 9, 2019
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 128
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindleB&NiBooksKoboTBD

Big Mouth Elizabeth is the second in a new chapter book series spinning off of the Justin Case books, starring Justin's little sister, Elizabeth.

Second-grader Elizabeth longs to be a member of the Big Mouth Club, which is made up of kids who have lost at least one baby tooth. Elizabeth is WAY behind on losing her baby teeth, and so is Cali, a quiet girl who is also left out of the Big Mouth Club. Elizabeth thinks Cali is so much more babyish than she is--in fact, Elizabeth SHOULD be in the Big Mouth Club because she's NOT babyish. But when she understands how bad it feels to be left out, Elizabeth's attitude shifts.

Here is a story about fitting in in unexpected ways. With copious line art by Paige Keiser, this second book in Rachel Vail's Elizabeth series is sure to delight fans of Judy Moody, Junie B. Jones, and Clementine.

Now on to the excerpt!

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About Rachel:
Rachel Vail is the award-winning author of more than 30 books.

Her newest novel for middle-schoolers is WELL, THAT WAS AWKWARD.

Her novels for teens and tweens also include UNFRIENDED, IF WE KISS, KISS ME AGAIN, LUCKY, GORGEOUS, BRILLIANT, and the Friendship Ring series.

For elementary school kids, there’s JUSTIN CASE: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters; JUSTIN CASE: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom, and, JUSTIN CASE: Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully.

Her picture books include PIGGY BUNNY and SOMETIMES I’M BOMBALOO.

Rachel lives in New York City with her husband, their two sons, and a tortoise named Lightning.

Giveaway Details:
3 lucky winners will receive finished copies of THE ELIZABETH CASE Series, US Only.

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
6/10/2019- Twirling Book Princess- Excerpt
6/11/2019- BookHounds YA- Excerpt
6/12/2019- Nerdophiles- Review
6/13/2019- BookishRealmReviewsReview
6/14/2019- The Hermit LibrarianExcerpt

Week Two:
6/17/2019- BookishRealmReviews- Review
6/18/2019- The Suburban LifestyleReview
6/19/2019- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
6/20/2019- Book-o-CrazeReview
6/21/2019- Two points of interestReview

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Blog Tour- ONCE AN ALIEN by Robin Martin With An Excerpt & Giveaway!

I am stoked to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for ONCE AN ALIEN by Robin Martin! I have an excerpt to share with you today check it out and enter to win the giveaway below!

About The Book:

Title: ONCE AN ALIEN (Book Three of The Alien Chronicles)
Author: Robin Martin
Pub. Date: April 28, 2019
Publisher: Bennett Lane Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 320
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

One super intelligent, super hot alien Zoe can handle, after all she loves Rion. But two spells trouble, especially when it's Pandora. This sassy alien has one agenda, to have as much fun as she can before her people realise she's gone rogue and materialised in human form. Pandora charms students and teachers alike as she parties her way through the term, but still aces her studies. Even Rion is influenced by her as she challenges his beliefs, and he begins to question whether he is still more alien than human. He and Zoe are finally together, but Zoe wonders for how long. She has other worries too, especially about her mother's health. Everything is changing in this final year of high school. But even though Zoe is crazy about Rion, can their new relationship last not only the ups and downs of human problems, but alien ones too?

About books 1 and 2:

Title: THE ALIEN WITHIN (Book Two of The Alien Chronicles)
Author: Robin Martin
Pub. Date: December 21, 2017
Publisher: Bennett Lane Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 292
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Rion has a secret that only Zoe knows. If only she could remember. But he won't tell her because, wellwho wants to be with a 4000 year old alien? Even if he does look seventeen. When his totally unsuitable guardian, Archimedes, forces him to return to East Valley High, he can't help but hope the bond between them is still there. Will Zoe learn to like the human he has become? Yet nothing goes the way he hopes, especially when Harry Crosby turns up and starts turning heads. Maybe even Zoe's? And then there's Jas, who makes it clear she still likes Rion and will stop at nothing to convince him they belong together. As if. Rion's heart still belongs to the one person who seems to have forgotten the connection they once shared. High school, relationships, and dealing with embarrassing 'Uncle' Archimedes cause him more problems than working out what's at the bottom of a black hole. Who knew that being human would be so hard?

Title: MY ALIEN (Book One of The Alien Chronicles)
Author: Robin Martin
Pub. Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Bennett Lane Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 195
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Zoe Brennan has everything sorted. Finally, she's good friends with the ultra cool Jas and part of her popular group. She even has plans to make new boy, Chad Everett, fall for her. But on one disastrous day at the beach all that changes when she encounters Rion, an extremely annoying alien who informs her they are connected - for life. Bossy and egotistical, he has no hesitation in telling her that exercise, studying and green tea should take precedence over boys, parties and fast food. Like that was ever going to fly. But the trouble really starts when he turns up at East Valley High. Students, teachers and parents alike fall under his spell. Only Zoe knows his secret and even if she told her friends, no one would believe her. What is she going to do about her alien? 'My Alien' is a humorous, yet touching YA book about two beings from different worlds who, despite everything, not only learn about each other but also about themselves.

Now on to the excerpt!

     I sprinted up those stairs like an Olympic athlete, just in time to see Tiberius exit the room with an expensive-looking red stiletto in his mouth.
     ‘Uh oh, those are Mummys Choo shoes,Emerson said as he followed the dog into his own bedroom. The dog disappeared under the low, queen-sized bed.
      ‘Tell me that isnt a Jimmy Choo,I said, wondering if Mrs Stewart would ever let me babysit again.
      ‘Yes, thats it.He looked at me, wrinkling his nose just like his mother did. ‘I think theyre kinda expensive.
     ‘Just a little,I said, hearing the despair in my own voice. ‘We need to get that back off Tiberius before he damages it.But the bed was too low for me to get under, and even for Emerson, it would be a tight fit. ‘Ill get the broom and maybe we can coax him out. You stay here and dont let him out of this room or were both going to be in mega trouble.
     ‘Sure. I think hes calmed down now. I can hear him chewing.
     Either Id never babysit again, or Id have to do it for free until Emerson was grown up. And even then, Id never be able to pay her back the cost of those shoes.

About Robin:

Robin Martin Thomas is an author and teacher, who writes both adult and young adult romance. Her latest exciting YA Sci-Fi romance series 'The Alien Chronicles' is in stores now.

A member of the Romance Writers of Australia and Write-Links, for children's and YA writers, Robin also connects with writers and readers on her Facebook page. Her books are available online at all major retailers and in selected bookstores in Queensland, Australia.

Giveaway Details:
1 lucky winner will receive an ebook of Once An Alien or My Alien, International.

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
6/17/2019- Stressed Rach- Excerpt
6/18/2019- Two Chicks on Books- Excerpt
6/19/2019- Smada's Book Smack- Spotlight
6/20/2019- BooksCharming- Excerpt
6/21/2019- BookHounds YA- Interview

Week Two:
6/24/2019- fictitious.fox- Review
6/25/2019- Tyto Forest- Excerpt
6/26/2019- PopTheButterfly Reads- Review
6/27/2019- Jaime's World- Excerpt
6/28/2019- Bookbriefs- Review 

Release Day Blitz- FOR THE HUNT by Debbie Cassidy With An Excerpt & Win A $15 Amazon GC!

I am so excited that FOR THE HUNT by Debbie Cassidy is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Debbie Cassidy, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $15 Amazon Gift Card, International, courtesy of Debbie and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About the Book:
Title: FOR THE HUNT (For the Blood Book 4)
Author: Debbie Cassidy
Pub. Date: June 18, 2019
Publisher: Debbie Cassidy
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 107
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

There is no pixie dust in faerie...

In faerie The Hunt is the top of the food chain, and me? I'm the head of the viper, or so they tell me. But that's a lie. Something is rising, a dread, a fear that cannot be named, and I'm about to dive right into the thick of it. Now, if only I can get the guys and The Hunt to work together then maybe we can all come out of this unscathed.

Join Eva and the guys as they adjust to life in faerie in this sequel novella to the For the Blood Series.

Buy the first 3 books!

I moved atop Elias, the tempo of my rhythm increasing as I approached climax. He thrust his hips up to meet mine, his fingers biting into my hips with pleasant intensity. I tipped my head back, and one of his hands relinquished its hold on my hip and moved to my breast. He was rough, kneading and tugging just the way it worked with us.

Close, so close.

Oh God.

Awareness rippled through me, a tugging of a different sort. The Hunt. The dead. I had to… Oh God… The orgasm ripped through me, accompanied by Elias’s moan. Green flashed before my eyes and Caister’s voice cut through my groan.

“If you’ve quite finished.” He stood at the head of the bed dressed in his inky-black Hunt gear, leather and cotton and more leather. His emerald gaze swept over my naked form with something akin to arrogant ownership. The heat of passion died as anger flared to life in my chest, along with the bite of something else that I couldn’t define.

“Get out.” Words that should have been clipped came out breathless, which annoyed me more.

Elias cursed colorfully and attempted to pull out of me.

I placed a hand on his chest to hold him in place. “Not you.” I glared at Caister, ignoring the flutter in my belly at the way his eyes blatantly roved over my body. “You. Get out now.”

He crossed his arms and raised his attention to my face, slow and leisurely. “We have a calling.” My horn materialized in his hand. “Blow this for a change.”

I glared at him, resisting the urge to take the horn even though every fiber of my being wanted to. “The dead can wait a few minutes.”

His jaw clenched and his eyes flashed emerald. “Your orgasm can wait a few hours.”

“Fuck you, Caister.”

A dark look flashed across his eyes and his lip curled. “You wish.”

About Debbie:

Debbie Cassidy lives in England, Bedfordshire, with her three kids and very supportive husband. Coffee and chocolate biscuits are her writing fuels of choice, and she is still working on getting that perfect tower of solitude built in her back garden. Obsessed with building new worlds and reading about them, she spends her spare time daydreaming and conversing with the characters in her head – in a totally non psychotic way of course. She writes Urban Fantasy, Fantasy and Reverse Harem Fantasy. All her books contain plenty of action, romance and twisty plots.

Connect with Debbie via her website or Email her at debbiecassidyauthor@gmail.com

Sign up to her newsletter to grab a free short story, and stay up to date on new releases:

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a $15 Amazon Gift Card, INTERNATIONAL.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Blog Tour- THE LIGHT: HOUSTON TEXAS by Joe M. Solomon With An Interview & 4 $20 Amazon GC Giveaway!

I am stoked to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for THE LIGHT: HOUSTON TEXAS by Joe M. Solomon! I have an excerpt to share with you today check it out and enter to win the giveaway below!

About The Book:

Author: Joe M. Solomon
Pub. Date: June 11, 2019
Publisher: NES Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 538
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksKobo

March Madness has begun and college basketball playoffs are heating up, not that Robert Walker—a graduate student from Texas—particularly cares. He has decided to skip classes for the day, sleep in, and get some rest. Unfortunately, a brief spat on the phone with his fiancée makes that impossible. Hoping to take his mind off of it, he scans through TV channels in search of entertainment and instead finds one news report after another that warns of violence erupting in the streets.

People are randomly and savagely attacking one another all along the East Coast from Maine to Florida. Some speculate it may be related to strange lights that have appeared in the sky above the outbreaks. Before any solid conclusions can be drawn, however, the brutality spreads, sweeping across the country until it hits Houston, then proceeds on to the West Coast. Robert, a handful of classmates, and a few others manage to survive the first wave and find themselves in the midst of civilization’s blackest hour, surrounded by pandemonium, bloodshed, and masses of people who have been stripped of their humanity. Hours later, as those strange lights continue to dominate the sky, the vicious horde undergoes a new transformation.

There is no escaping the horror. Unable to reach his fiancée by phone, Robert sets out to find her, joined by a small ensemble of fellow survivors. The thirty-five miles they must cover are fraught with danger, and their terror grows with each step they take as they witness the genesis of a new Earth. Can they find a way to stop it? Will they even survive it? 

Now on to the interview!

Hey Joe!! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books I’m glad you could stop by for a chat! THE LIGHT: HOUSTON TEXAS sounds AWESOME and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

Thank you for the interview. I’m happy to be here celebrating the big release.

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about the THE LIGHT: HOUSTON TEXAS and the characters? 

In The Light: Houston, Texas, a handful of college students find their worlds turned upside down when mysterious lights abruptly appear in the sky and dramatically change (for the worse) anyone who looks up at them. Chaos and violence erupt. But this is only the beginning. And these students, boasting a variety of personalities and backgrounds, will have to work together to survive.

What are you working on now? 

I am working on an anthology that will include sci-fi, suspense, and horror stories, some with humor mixed in. I am also working on my next novel, which will follow the anthology.

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life? 

No. They are a combination of personalities I have rattling around in my imagination: What if you insert this attribute into this deranged person or vice versa?

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite? 

Anthony was my favorite character to write. I wanted him to be horrible, awful, just a terrible person no one could root for. At the same time, I didn’t want him to be too terrible since everybody has a little goodness in them. However, if something unfortunate happened to him, I wanted readers to cheer.

My least favorite character to write is one who presents one face when you meet the person, but secretly possesses a nefarious motive. I know it is a simple character. We’ve all met people like that, too. But I hate writing characters like that. In Anthony’s case, he at least proudly proclaims that he is a snake so you know exactly what you’re getting.

What is your favorite passages/scenes in THE LIGHT: HOUSTON TEXAS?

This is an early scene in which Robert and Alex (Alexandria) are trying to wrap their minds around the chaos that has erupted, chaos that spilled into Robert’s studio apartment in the grad house. They are just coming out of hiding. Robert had sought refuge in a closet while Alex hid in a bathtub with a torn shower curtain thrown over her.

* * *

“Not good,” Robert told her softly. He stood slowly, the movement inspiring a moan. 

“Are you okay?”

With an almost catlike grace, she hopped out of the tub. “Are you?” she asked.
Robert gaped.

“Four years of high school basketball,” she said. “But you know that.”

He nodded.

“You want to turn that off?” Alex pointed at his cell phone. “Might need the juice later.”

“Oh. Yeah yeah,” Robert said almost as an afterthought, then nodded toward the next room. “I guess we should go out there, huh?”

“I guess.”

“Okay. I have to officially say this: I’m scared shitless. I know I’m the guy, but

“What, are you crazy?” Alex interjected. “This isn’t about opening a door or picking up a check on a first date. This is the end.”

Robert nodded and took another nervous deep breath. “Yeah. Yeah.” He expelled it. “The Doors.”

Her brow crinkled in confusion. “What doors?”

“The Doors. Jim Morrison. This is the end. You know.”

“The Doors.” Watching him with an eagle eye, she added, “Right. Right.”

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

I had to research various aspects of NASA, learn about SOFIA (The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), nuclear submarines, military compounds, and detailed mapping of certain parts of Houston that Google Maps don’t really show, as well as surrounding areas.

Who is your ultimate book villain?

Pinhead from The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker.

What inspired you to write this story?

I always begin with, “What if. . . ?” From there I plug in different ideas, and this was the result of them.

Lightening Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Cell by Stephen King. HG Wells’ Complete Short Stories.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

I’ve never read Harry Potter, so I have no idea.

Twitter or Facebook?


Favorite Superhero?

Man of Steel version of Superman

Favorite TV show?

On the air now: Modern Family.

Sweet or Salty?


Any Phobias?


Song you can’t get enough of right now?

“Duality” (Slipknot)

2019 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Endgame on dvd

Thanks so much Joe for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read THE LIGHT: HOUSTON TEXAS!

Thanks again for the interview. I hope your readers will enjoy the story.

About Joe:
Joe Solomon earned both master’s and doctoral degrees from Rice University and is a writer, a director, an independent filmmaker, and a composer.  His first novel—a supernatural thriller entitled The Darkness: Giger, Texas—reached #2 on Amazon's Best Seller list and is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook. His next novel—The Light: Houston, Texas—will release June 11, 2019. He has also completed a collection of short stories that arose from the macabre and will release next year.


An award-winning screenwriter, Joe has completed seventeen screenplays and nine stage plays. He has also been very active in the independent film industry, directing four short films, one feature film (post production), and six music videos. His screenplays have won Best Screenplay at the Mediterranean Film Festival (Cannes, France), been Official Selections at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, been a Finalist in the American Movie Awards, won the Final Draft Screenwriters Award, won the Screenwriting Showcase Award, reached the Second Round in The Sundance Feature Film Program, and been a Finalist in the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition. His music videos have won Best Music Video at the Honolulu Film Awards, the Silver Remi Award for Creative Excellence at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, won the Maple Leaf Award at the Canada International Film Festival, been an Official Selection of the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema—Milan, been an Official Selection of the Switzerland International Film Festival, won Best Director—Music Video in the Honolulu Film Awards, and been a Finalist in the American Movie Awards. They have also been Official Selections of many additional international film festivals.

Giveaway Details:
4 lucky winners will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card, International.

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
6/4/2019- BookHoundsInterview
6/5/2019- Book Sniffers AnonymousExcerpt
6/6/2019- Simply Daniel RadcliffeReview
6/7/2019- Tyto ForestExcerpt

Week Two:
6/10/2019- fictitious.foxReview
6/11/2019- Lifestyle of MeReview
6/12/2019- The Tired BuyerInterview
6/13/2019- Burgandy IceExcerpt
6/14/2019- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

Week Three:
6/17/2019- Pacific Northwest BookwormReview
6/18/2019- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
6/19/2019- Owl Always Be ReadingGuest Post
6/20/2019- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview
6/21/2019- BookbriefsReview

Week Four:
6/24/2019- Smada's Book SmackSpotlight
6/25/2019- Don't Judge, ReadInterview
6/26/2019- KayBee's Bookshelf, A Literary BlogSpotlight
6/27/2019- A Gingerly ReviewReview
6/28/2019- PopTheButterfly ReadsReview

Week Five:
7/1/2019- Reads & ReviewsReview
7/2/2019- Jaime's WorldExcerpt
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