Cover Shot! The Osiris Curse by Paul Crilley

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café.  I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share.  More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents.  There is an allure to a beautiful cover.  Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

I’m don’t understand how Paul Crilley could have a fictional Nikola Tesla murdered, so I’ll have to catch up on his Tweed and Nightingale series to find out.  The Osiris Curse is set in Egypt, and that right there is reason enough for me to want to pick it up.  The cover is a little busy, but it did make me curious about the book.


Steampunk Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files with a dash of romantic tension and a large dose of adventure.

When Nikola Tesla is murdered and blueprints for his super weapons are stolen, Tweed and Nightingale are drawn into a global cat and mouse chase with his killers. What’s more, it seems that the people who shot Nikola Tesla are the same people responsible for Octavia’s mother’s disappearance. As the two cases intertwine, Tweed and Nightingale’s investigations lead them to a murdered archeologist and a secret society called The Hermetic Order of Osiris. Fleeing the cult’s wrath, they go undercover on the luxury airship, The Albion, setting out on her maiden voyage to Tutankhamen’s View, a five star hotel built in the hollowed-out and refurbished Great Pyramid of Giza.

In Egypt, the duo begin to unravel the terrible truth behind Tesla’s death, a secret so earth-shattering that if revealed it would mean rewriting the entire history of the world. But if the cult’s plans aren’t stopped, Britain may lose the future.

Graphic Novel Review: Binky Takes Charge by Ashley Spires



Title: Binky Takes Charge

Author: Ashley Spires


May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:


Binky the space cat has been promoted to lieutenant. He’s now in charge of training the next generation of space cadets. But then he meets the new space kitten — who isn’t a kitten at all! Is someone trying to pull the fur over his eyes? Binky and Captain Gracie need to figure out the new cadet before the next alien attack!


I love Binky!  Somehow I allowed this installment of Binky’s space adventures to languish on my iPad, but I’m glad I finally had a chance to read it.  Binky has been given a promotion, and he’s getting a new cadet to train.  To his dismay, however, he learns that FURST (Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) has morphed into PURST (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) in an effort to diversify its membership.  He’s upset to think that he’s a Space Pet, instead of an esteemed Space Cat.  To add insult to injury, his new trainee isn’t a CAT, but a lesser life form instead.  Gordon is a puppy! What is the world coming to?

This book is hilarious!  Poor Binky is at his wit’s end.  Not only is Gordon clumsy, noisy, and an attention hound (pun intended), Binky starts to think that he’s a double agent.  Why else would the aliens be so interested in Gordon’s waste matter? Why else would he be stealing Binky’s human’s possessions?  Why else would he deactivate the anti-alien device??  Things are looking mighty grim in Binky’s world, but he needs concrete proof before he can go to his superiors.  With Gracie’s help, Binky begins a careful and thorough investigation into the motives and behavior of his new charge, and what he discovers is surprising.

This is such a cute series.  The art is comical yet expressive, and Binky’s adventures are always good for a few laughs.  I enjoyed the introduction of Gordon, and more specifically, I found Binky’s reaction to his new student amusing.  With his superior cat attitude, he is resigned to teaching a not so bright trainee, but he isn’t certain of success.  Once the evidence stacks up and Gordon looks like a double-agent, Binky and Gracie race against the clock to maintain the integrity of their space station and the safety of their humans.   This is great stuff, and now I am convinced that Bumble and Poppy are member of PURST.  They are like ninjas, albeit  occasionally clumsy ninjas, in their efforts to take out aliens.  I have never had dogs so determined to wipe out the insect population in the nearby vicinity, so I wonder – have these guys been through boot camp, possibly with Lieutenant Binky?

Recommended for animals lovers of all ages

Grade:  B+

Review copy provided by publisher

Guest Post and giveaway! Joya Fields, Author of Reunited in Danger

Please welcome Joya Fields to the virtual offices today! She’s going to hijack the control panel and tell us about her new release Reunited in Danger! Stick around after, and you can enter to win an awesome prize!


Thanks very much for inviting me to this awesome blog today to chat about my newest release Reunited in Danger, a romantic suspense. The book takes place in my hometown of Baltimore, MD and was inspired by several different local events and local people that I’ve met during my everyday activities.

Logan is a tortured hero in Reunited in Danger. He’s a Baltimore homicide detective who carries a secret and is not big on sharing emotions. Keely, a Baltimore social worker and the woman who has owned his heart since he left her ten years ago, is the one woman he thinks he can’t have. Circumstances force them together and they try to fight their buried feelings for each other without much success.

The idea for the romance in this story occurred to me as I was working out at a gym. The woman near me was heading to the airport to pick up two children whose mother was dying and had no family members or friends to raise her children. This woman at the gym and her husband had already raised their own children, but planned to raise these little ones who had nobody else. All I could think was, “do these kids have any idea how lucky they are to have someone so nice raise and take care of them and give them a chance at a great life?”

And it made me wonder…what if two people from very similar backgrounds fell in love? But one knew the value of a loving family, and the other endured a less-than-stellar upbringing and refused to believe he was capable of love? Keely is the heroine whose mom was dying. Ben and Lillian stepped in and adopted her and provided a loving, secure home. Logan wasn’t so lucky.

Keely and Logan are childhood friends, and their feelings turn into more when they are teens. But when Logan suddenly leaves town, Keely is devastated. Ten years later, Keely’s dad—the man who saved her from a lonely life, and the man who was more like a father to Logan than his own dad—is attacked. Logan can’t stay away. He’s compelled to help. But being close to Keely, and trying to keep his feelings on lockdown, becomes harder than he could have imagined.

Keely’s upbringing taught her that life can have hardships, but love can help heal. Logan, however, thinks history is going to repeat itself and he will eventually become his abusive father. What do you think? Can children raised in difficult circumstances ever overcome that upbringing? I’d love to hear your opinion.

Thanks very much for taking time to stop by today and for letting me share Reunited in Danger with you!

Reunited in Danger

by Joya Fields

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Imprint: Suspense

Keely Allen’s life goes into a tailspin when her adoptive father is viciously attacked. And the detective who offers to help her? None other than the sexy, love ’em and leave ’em man who once broke her heart.

Homicide Detective Logan North carries a haunting secret that has always kept his emotions on lockdown. But when he is forced to work alongside his former lover, the heat is still there between them, burning hotter than ever. Logan is determined to keep the luscious and tempting Keely at a distance…but he made a vow not to leave until all are safe.

On their race to solve the tangled web of crime, drug deals, and human trafficking, dangers abound—both to their lives…and to their hearts.

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Joya Fields Bio:

Joya Fields has had over 100 stories and articles published in local and national magazines. Her debut novel was a NJRW GOLDEN LEAF WINNER FOR BEST FIRST BOOK OF 2012 and is nominated for RT Book Reviews 2012 Indie Press/Self-Published Contemporary Romance award.

Joya has taught arts and crafts, worked in public relations, helped her children raise prize-winning 4-H livestock, competed in three marathons, and even spent a year as a Baltimore Colts cheerleader. She loves hanging with her high school sweetheart/husband of over twenty years, two very supportive children, and a pug who follows her everywhere.


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