Harley James and the Peril of the Pirate's Curse


Harley James and the Peril of the Pirate's Curse

by Leah Cupps

GENRE: Middle Grade Fiction

Will Harley find the magic pearl before Port Royal is destroyed?

Harley James, explorer and amateur cryptologist, has just arrived in Port Royal, Jamaica—home to the Caribbean’s famous sunken pirate city. Her latest mission? Prevent a mysterious, mythical blue pearl from being discovered and prevent city’s total destruction.

No sweat for an adventurer like Harley, right?

But just when Harley thinks she’s on the right track, everything she believes is turned upside-down. Her friends become enemies; her enemies become friends; and Harley isn’t sure who to trust—including the ghost who’s started following her around.

With time running out, Harley must rely on her codebreaking expertise to discover the truth, solve the riddles, and save the city from certain disaster!

NOTE: The book is $0.99.


Standing next to Dad was the captain of the ship, Tom. He was really tall—six foot something—and had teeth that lit up against his dark skin when he grinned. 

I looked back toward the city of Port Royal, with all its boats and bustle. From where I stood, it was only about two inches tall on the horizon. Definitely far enough away that we weren’t going to crash into a wharf, especially with Captain Tom at the helm. Except for the fact that he was now standing next to me on the deck.

“Wait a minute,” I said, glancing at Tom. “If you’re here, who’s driving this thing?” 

It’s bad enough being seasick, but being seasick on an out-of-control ship? That’s even worse, I thought.

“Oh, we’ll be fine for a bit,” Tom said. “This ship, she can almost steer herself.”

I clutched my stomach, not because I didn’t believe him but because another wave hit up against the ship, sending my guts into a nosedive.

Tom laughed. “You worried about your tummy? I have some tricks that may help. Walk with me.” 

Dad nodded to me, signaling it was okay to follow. Dad is very overprotective of me, to the point where I get completely annoyed. Granted, I’m only eleven years old, but I am very capable of taking care of myself. In fact, last year, I saved the world from an army of Mayan zombies by stealing back a magical statue from a super bad guy.

About the Author:

Leah Cupps is an author, designer and entrepreneur. She came up with the idea for Harley James with her oldest daughter Savannah. Savannah had taken an interest in Mayan history and so the two of them worked together to come up with the idea for the first Harley James book; the Mystery of the Mayan Kings.

Leah lives in Indiana with her husband and three children. She is also the cofounder of Vision Forty Press, a small family owned publishing company.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09XTKVR7L

Author website: https://harleyjamesadventures.com

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  1. Sounds like a great book that my nephew would enjoy reading. I love the cover!

  2. Oh so cute. The younger audience will love this read.

  3. I like the cover, synopsis and excerpt, Harley James and the Peril of the Pirate's Curse sounds like a great story to share with my grandchildren and I am glad that this book is part of a series. We will be checking out the other titles as well

  4. Pirates make for fun reading and so do curses.

  5. Looks like its going to be a interesting book.

  6. This sounds like a fantastic read.

  7. Enjoyed learning about this book.

  8. The book sounds like a fun read. My grandkids would love it!

  9. Wonderful excerpt, Harley James and the Perils of the Pirate's Curse sounds like a very entertaining book for the kids to read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a happy, fun and safe holiday weekend!

  10. This sounds like such a great read-- I can't wait to get started! Thanks so much for sharing.


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