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Friday, October 5, 2018

A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem: A DASTARDLY PLOT by Christopher Healy - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're pleased as punch to welcome back TWO "old friends" to the blog as Walden Pond Press swings by with a stop along their tour for the latest from author Christopher Healy.  That's right!  The mind that brought us the uber fabulous Hero's Guide series is BACK with a very promising start to a new set you won't want to miss.  Ready or not, here comes today's blog tour guest and book of choice...

A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem, Book 1
Christopher Healy
Walden Pond Press

About the book...
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 Cassandra’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 it’s forgotten.

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Woo hoo!  Now that's what I call an adventure!
If you've read Mr. Healy's previous works, you'll know he isn't afraid of letting the ladies take the lead, loves peppering the story with unexpected humorous moments and dialogue, and always brings the action.  So what should you expect this time around? Same...and then some!

It's hard not to like the Pepper's, both Molly and Cassandra, though maybe a bit more of Molly.  They've had to survive some hard knocks in life from the passing of her father to the ruination of their business to the scraping through mud of the family name, but as their family saying goes...Peppers never give up!  Something to remember when things are looking severely down and all seems lost....just sayin'.  I really loved Molly's spunky nature, relative quick thinking on her feet, and her ability to charm an audience when need arises.  Her devotion to her mother is heartbreaking in its strength, but it's certainly not one-sided, which brings us to Pepper number two.

Cassandra Pepper is Molly's mom, and while limited in street smarts, she's a whip at anything with gears, steam power, or otherwise inventor-ish.  Seriously, some of the gadgets and gizmos she created are astounding and I agree with her...the public deserves to know her well as the rest of the female inventors out there lurking in the shadows just waiting for their moment to shine...and shine they will!  The devotion she shows to Molly is heartwarming, and the love they have for their new family of two is present in all they do.  Even when they are exasperated with each other, you can still see how much they care, and when things turn from bad to worse, the first thing on the other's mind is seeing them safely home again.  We should all be so lucky to have family so dear...or even a friend, which brings us to our new chosen family member of sorts.

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Emmett Lee never intended to leave behind the new life he was forging.  His path was set after so much upheavel and my heart hurt for him, but sometimes fate has a different life for us in mind, and thus begins his adventure of a lifetime.  He'll rise from the shadows to leave his own footprints in the sand, telling the world that LEE WAS HERE and don't you forget it!  He's whip smart at all the mechanics of inventing and while suffering from his own losses in life, he'll find a new family to call his own because it's not all about blood relations, but about who we're willing to let into our hearts, and throw ourselves out a window with.  Am I right?  😉

In the end, we have a good bit of history with a large helping of dastardly deeds and twisty turns to spin it all together into one fabulous adventure!  Thoroughly enjoyed this installment and I can't wait for the next...but in the mean time, it's YOUR TURN!  Pick up a copy today and let me know what you think...or you know, you can always WIN one... (keep reading!)


About the author...

Christopher Healy is the author of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, as well as its two sequels, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle and The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw. Before becoming a writer, he worked as an actor, an ad copywriter, a toy store display designer, a fact-checker, a dishwasher, a journalist, a costume shop clothing stitcher, a children’s entertainment reviewer, and a haunted house zombie. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and a dog named Duncan. You can visit him online at


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Time for an unscheduled stop in your bookish fun as we give you a chance to win!

Up for grabs...(1) print edition of A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem:  A Dastardly Plot by Christopher Healy!

*Open to US residents; no P.O. Boxes please.
Entries accepted through midnight CST 10/12/18.  Winner will be selected, contacted, and given 48 hours to respond with their mailing information to be sent to the publisher for prize send out.  SFIR is not responsible for lost prizes.


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Special thanks to the Walden Pond Press team for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title just celebrated its BOOK BIRTHDAY, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Be sure to check out the rest of the stops along the tour for more bookish fun!

Novel Novice  Post by Christopher Healy
A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust
Unleashing Readers
Teach Mentor Texts
Novel Novice  Review
Maria's Melange
The Flashlight Reader
Nerdy Book Club
Book Monsters
Novel Novice Q and A with Chris
Bluestocking Thinking
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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