Welcome to the Blog Tour for Slime Spewing Vampire Velociraptors, the second book in the Moto Maddie BMX Portal series, written by Kat de Falla! I also participated in the first book’s blog tour, and given the title on this one (I just LOVE velociraptors, though I am not a big fan of how they have feathers these days) I couldn’t resist signing up for this tour. 🙂
What do I have for you for today’s tour? Well, I got information on both books, the author, you can read a really fun excerpt (Chapter 3), and oh yes, be sure to join the giveaway to win an Amazon gift card!
Blog Tour a go go, watch out for those velociraptors.
SLIME ME, MR. SLIMY!
Three brightly colored creatures, slightly larger than wild turkeys, fell out of the portal and hit the ground landing on their clawed feet, blinking under the bright fluorescent lab lights. They were reptilian with some feathers, like birds.
Dinosaurs? Pea thought. Even Jules paused to check them out.
They were kind of cute, blinking their large eyes at the boys.
“What in the world…?” As soon as Dr. Gregory spoke, the creatures turned toward him.
Something tugged on Pea’s forearm, pulling him backward.
Jules was yanking him toward the exit. “Velociraptors,” he whispered.
“Velo-what?” Pea asked.
“Ve-la-sa-rap-ter,” Jules said very slowly.
“They look like turkeys.” All Pea knew about dinosaurs he learned from watching Land of the Lost, one of his favorite Saturday morning cartoons. As the theme song said, on a “routine expedition,” Marshall, Will, and Holly met an earthquake in their raft which “plunged them down a thousand feet below.” There they met Grumpy the T-Rex and other big dinos, but what stood in front of Pea now did not appear to be in his memory bank from the TV show. Maybe these little guys weren’t that bad. But unlike with the zombie rats, he wasn’t exactly going to shove them in a backpack and throw them through the now pulsating portal.
Dr. Gregory got down on his knees and held out his hand. One of the little dinos took a tentative step forward. “Come on, little fella. Never seen one of you guys in the flesh.” He turned to the boys. “Where did you say you got the rock from again?”
As soon as Dr. Gregory diverted his attention from the little dino to look at Jules, it opened its mouth. Besides revealing rows of jagged teeth which looked like they could carve a person up faster than Pea’s dad carved a Thanksgiving turkey, two other teeth slowly lowered from the roof of its mouth.
Long incisors, really long. Like vampire long. The little dino tipped his head back before lunging at Dr. Gregory.
“Watch out!” Pea yelled.
At the last second, Dr. Gregory jerked backward, stunned by the sudden attack. Instead of attacking, a gelatinous, blue goo came streaming out of his vampiric incisors. It looked like the toy slime Pea begged for at Christmas time. He loved it when the slow moving slime oozed through his fingers.
But this stuff was spewing forth like a squirt gun from the fanged teeth of a velociraptor in a back lab at the Milwaukee Public Museum! When the first shot almost hit Dr. Gregory on the arm, he backed away, taking cover behind one of the lab benches. The other two raptors looped around the back surrounding him, opened their mouths…
He grabbed his jacket off the lab bench and covered himself up. Goo oozed all over his jacket and dripped onto the floor.
“What should we do?” Jules whispered.
Every instinct told Pea to run, yet they couldn’t leave the poor Dr. Gregory here. The whole lab looked expensive with technical stuff, microscopes, and other fancy science equipment. A large set of drawers next to them revealed tons of stones. Pea picked one up and lobbed it at the closest raptor.
Jules did the same. The raptors trotted out from behind the lab bench, now looking hungrily at Pea and Jules.
“How about we run?” Jules suggested.
As soon as they bolted for the door, the raptors followed. Jules yelled when one of the raptor’s claws snagged the back of his pant leg. “There!” Pea zig-zagged through the piles of stuff.
Another right. When he figured they were ahead of the raptors, he and Jules hid behind the first unlocked door they could find. The raptors screamed, and their claws made clicking and grinding sounds while they scoured the area, searching for them.
“Shh,” Pea warned and they both held their breath.
After a few seconds, their screeches came from farther away and the click clack of their feet moved in a different direction.
We’ve lost them!
Pea peeked out the door. No raptors in sight. They rushed back to the lab where Dr. Gregory was lying on the floor, eyes squeezed shut. Jules grabbed a broom and gently pulled off his slime-covered coat. The lab coat sizzled like hamburgers on a grill.
The scientist blinked in confusion, looking back and forth between the two boys. “Are they gone?” he whispered.
“I think so. We ditched them and hid. They went down the hall,” Pea pointed. He took a good look around the lab. Uh-oh.
“Jules, the portal is gone. How are we going to send them home?”
Jules was standing by his precious meteorite, trying to separate them. “The meteorites are stuck together. I can’t get them apart.
Ouch!” He jerked his hands away. “And now they are really too cold to touch!”
“Wrap them in something and bring them here,” Dr. Gregory said, his voice shaky.
Pea saw a towel with slime still eating holes in it.
“Wait,” Dr. Gregory said, stopping Pea as he reached for the towel. “Don’t touch that! It could be dangerous.” The last of the blue slime continued to make sizzling sounds, like when Pea’s mom made bacon on Sunday mornings. “There’s clean towels in that drawer, but I also want to see that slime.” He pointed to a set of tongs for Pea to use and Jules grabbed a clean towel and brought over the paired meteorites.
Then the boys helped hoist Dr. Gregory onto a stool where he put on rubber gloves and picked up a glass vial with a rubber stopper. He scooped up some of the gross slime and recapped the vial.
The last of the slime burned holes in the lab’s linoleum floor before it turned into puffs of smoke and disappeared. Like acid!
Still shaking, Dr. Gregory managed to get his glasses back on his face. He inspected the conjoined meteorites. “Uh-huh. Hmmm. That’s interesting.” Pea and Jules stood back to give the scientist room. “It appears to me these are a perfect match. Their magnetism to each other cancels their individual forces. That must be why your meteorite—alone—didn’t attract the magnet. This twin object is fascinating. I’ll need to study these. And that slime sample, which—look at that—isn’t attacking the glass.” The blue slime was bubbling and growing in the vial, like it wanted to find a new home.
“Why not?” Pea asked. It destroyed pretty much everything else it touched.
“Glass is chemically inert, especially to acids, only reacting with very strong bases.”
Pea felt relieved. He worked here! Of course he would be able to figure this out.
Dr. Gregory continued talking, more to himself than to the boys. “But I can’t reconcile how a part of the Colby meteorite would have landed in Milwaukee. Could it have been buried here on purpose so these pieces wouldn’t meet again? Then again, why?”
The science of slime aside, this guy was pretty cool. Pea figured looking at boring chunks of rock all day might get a little old, and raptors jumping out of a portal and spewing slime might be way cooler.
“Hey Jules, I guess it’s up to us to go track down those creatures. We need to get them locked in somewhere before they—or their slime—hurt somebody.”
At that exact moment, they heard screeches and howls coming from directly above them. “My dad!” Pea exclaimed. “Let’s go.”
Dr. Gregory waved them off. “Go! I need to look at a sample of this under the microscope. Don’t worry too much about your dad, Pea. If they found Major, they aren’t long for this world anyway.”
Jules gave Pea a confused look, but there was no time to explain right now. They raced down the long hallway and back up the stairs. Grabbing the wall to round the corner quicker, they ran toward the T-Rex exhibit where they found Pea’s dad sitting on a garbage can that was shaking and making funny noises. An unconscious raptor lay on the ground next to him.
“What did you boys do now?” he asked.