Cover Reveal: A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem by Christopher Healy

Today, I am SO SO SO excited to share with you the official cover reveal for A Dastardly Plot by Christopher Healy — book one in a fantastical new middle grade series called A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem, from the author behind one of my all-time favorites, The Hero’s Guide series.

Besides revealing the GORGEOUS cover for you here momentarily, we also have the OFFICIAL synopsis to finally share with you as well. So keep reading to learn what this beautiful book is all about!

Now then.

Without further ado …

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How freaking gorgeous is that?!?! And wait until you read the synopsis:

It is 1883—the Age of Invention! A time when great men like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Nicola Tesla, and George Eastman work to turn the country into a mechanical-electrical-industrial marvel: a land of limitless opportunity. And it all happens at the world famous Inventors Guild headquarters in New York City—a place where a great idea, a lot of hard work, and a little bit of luck can find you rubbing elbows with these gods of industry who will usher humanity into the bright promise of the future.

Unless, of course, you’re a woman.

Molly Pepper, daughter of brilliant but unknown inventor Cassandra Pepper, lives with her mother in New York. By day, they make ends meet running a small pickle shop; but by night, they toil and dream of Cassandra shattering the glass ceiling of the Inventors Guild and taking her place among the most famous inventors in America. In an attempt to find a way to exhibit Cass’s work at the 1883 World’s Fair, they break into the Inventors Guild—and discover a mysterious and dastardly plot to destroy New York. The evidence points to the involvement of one of the world’s most famous inventors, and now it’s up to Molly, Cassandra, and a shop hand named Emmett Lee to uncover the truth—even if no one will ever know it was they who did it.

Christopher Healy, author of the acclaimed Hero’s Guide series, returns with the first book in a rip-roaring adventure about the inventors history remembers—and more than a few that have been forgotten.

A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem: A Dastardly Plot will be published by Walden Pond Press on September 28th!

Here’s more about the book from author Christopher Healy:

What is Perilous Journey?

It’s my new novel, coming out in fall 2018.

Fall 2018? But that’s so long from now.

Well, the story takes place in 1883, so it’s even longer for the characters.

What’s the book about?

It’s about a couple of young inventors’ assistants who stumble across a dastardly plot that will ruin the World’s Fair.

Can you tell us anything else about the plot?

Besides it being dastardly? I suppose it’s also diabolical.

No, the plot of the book!

Oh. It’s got a bunch of famous real-life historical people in it. Though they might not be depicted the way you imagine them (sort of like the fairy tale characters in the Hero’s Guide books).

Add Perilous Journey to your GoodReads here!

Christopher Healy is the author of the Hero’s Guide trilogy: The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle, and The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw. The series is a comedic adventure that follows the exploits of four different Prince Charmings in the aftermath of their not-quite-accurate fairy-tale fame. Published by Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins. A film version is currently in development at Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios.

Chris lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and a dog named Duncan. Visit him at And learn more about the Hero’s Guide universe at

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