‘The Janus Affair’ is a bullseye for mystery, intrigue and adventure

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STOP THE PRESSES!

THE JANUS AFFAIR (A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel)is FINALLY AVAILABLE.

Maybe you didn’t hear me the first time. The sequel to “Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel” is now available in bookstores pretty much everywhere. If you haven’t read Phoenix Rising, drop what you’re doing, purchase and READ. Then immediately follow with The Janus Affair before you explode from anticipation. Because that’s nearly what happened to me in the last year that I spent waiting for this dang sequel.

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences is a top-notch, top-secret agency within Her Majesty Queen Victoria’s government in London. A sort of Steampunk X-Files if you will. Archivist Wellington Thornhill Books, Esq. and rowdy colonial field agent (now Junior Archivist) Eliza D. Braun are a match made in odd couple heaven. He prefers the quiet of the Ministry’s Archives, she prefers exotic blends of dynamite. You get the picture. Currently restricted to the Archives, these two find themselves unwittingly in the midst of a Peculiar Occurrence when Eliza’s suffragist friends start disappearing in a startlingly bizarre manner. Someone has a device which essentially teleports the victim out of the spot they are standing in to an unknown location, and these women are never heard from again. Despite the Ministry’s strict orders to leave the case alone, Books and Braun plunge headfirst into a private investigation for various reasons of their own, one of which being that the agent assigned to the actual task is deemed incompetent by Eliza. Mischief and mayhem are indeed afoot as they enlist the help of Eliza’s part-clockwork maid Alice, a ragtag group of street urchins known as the Ministry Seven, and a former lover of Miss Braun’s, one Douglas Sheppard. Tensions are high and intrigue is heavy as things start to unravel for them… but this is a no-spoiler zone, and let me just tell you that the reveals are absolutely worth it when you get to them in the book.

Authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris are absolutely hands down two of the cleverest authors I know. Phoenix Rising was a fantastic jaunt into a Steampunk world with wit and intrigue. The Janus Affair not only meets that standard but triples it. I felt my jaw drop open so hard several times that it popped audibly. I was white-knuckled gripping the pages. I was up till three in the morning to finish because I needed to know what HAPPENED. And the authors do not disappoint. I am positively drunk with excitement for the third installment, and utterly gobsmacked that I am partly involved in the development of the Ministry’s world; I will be contributing to Volume Two of their podcast/ebook anthology “Tales from the Archives” and I can’t believe it’s true. Tee and Pip are heartily my heroes, and I recommend this book to everyone all the time. It has everything, and it gets better and better with each page turn.

Be sure to read Phoenix Rising, The Janus Affair, and the Tales from the Archives podcast/short story anthology Tee and Pip produce with other authors. The podcast is excellently produced and great fun to listen to, and you can subscribe through the Ministry website or through iTunes for free. The short stories found in the ongoing anthology are available for 99 cents on Nook and Kindle. More information on Pip, Tee, and the Ministry can be found at http://www.ministryofpeculiaroccurrences.com/ and you can follow them on Twitter: @TeeMonster, @PhilippaJane and @BooksandBraun.