Blog Tour: The Janus Witch Review & Giveaway

Hey there, book nerds!

How’s everyone doing this morning? I’m super excited to be hosting the next stop along Michael Scott Clifton’s The Janus Witch book tour! This paranormal tale took me by surprise so make sure you scroll down to check out my review and enter to win your very own copy!!


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The Janus Witch by Michael Scott Clifton 

Title & Author: The Janus Witch by Michael Scott Clifton 
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy / Romance
Release Date: September 1, 2018
Publisher: Book Liftoff
Series Details: Standalone 
Page Count: 372 pages

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A beautiful witch with a violent past, forms an unlikely love affair with a compassionate young doctor…until she fears she may end up killing him.

Tressalayne is a member of a murderous witches’ coven. An attack by witch hunters forces the coven to escape through a hastily constructed portal of magic. Ripped from her medieval world, the portal hurls Tressalayne and the coven’s leader, Morganna, into present day East Texas. Critically injured in the passage, Tressalayne awakes in a hospital with no memory of her previous life.

Lucas Beckett finds himself in charge of the mysterious patient’s recuperation, and soon develops more than just a medical interest in her recovery. However, their blossoming relationship is marred by Tressalayne’s nightmarish flashbacks and uncontrolled manifestations of magic. Can their life together survive this collision of past and present? As Tressalayne’s struggles continue, other threats emerge to loom over the young couple, and the stage is set for a final confrontation. Murderous intent, or love and devotion? Only one can survive and The Janus Witch must decide.


PRAISE FOR THE JANUS WITCH:
“This book is filled with magic, intrigue, excitement, and fantasy. Michael Scott Clifton is a truly gifted author.” Teresa Syms, Readers’ Favorite
“This novel was an absolute page turner with action and great character development. I enjoyed every minute of it. I’m excited for the next work by Mike Clifton.” — Bronwyn Pegues, Librarian, Longview Public Library
“Michael Scott Clifton weaves and casts a magical spell in his fantasy romance The Janus Witch. A must read for any Fantasy Romance, Urban Romance, or Paranormal Romance enthusiast!” — Ranay James, Author of The McKinnon Legends: A Time Travel Series
“A continuous flow of witchery and energy that kept this reader captivated until the end.” — The Electric Review, 5-Star Review

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“Are you a good witch or a bad witch?” — Glinda, The Good Witch, The Wizard of Oz

Opening with a quote from a beloved witching world where things literally weren’t black and white, The Janus Witch quickly establishes its intentions to delve into morality, and what it means to be good or evil — regardless of time period or circumstance.

Beginning in a medieval setting where witches were hunted openly and without question, Clifton quickly introduces us to a murderous coven helmed by the infamous raven-haired Morganna. Leading two eager apprentices, Morganna’s ruthless nature is quickly laid out before us via murders, manipulation, and magic. Thus solidifying the
“stereotypical evil witch trope” fairly early on in the story. But before we’re taken down this all-too-familiar path, Clifton throws a time-traveling twist into the story! When a fight with a legendary Hunter goes awry, Morganna and her strongest apprentice, Tressalayne, escape through a portal landing (quite literally) in modern-day East Texas. And, I know you’re thinking that sounds far fetched, but Clifton makes the fantasy feel real and provides a setting for the characters to explore the schisms in their personalities.

Waking up in a new world and separated from her coven, Tressalayne finds herself in the care of Dr. Lucas Beckett who is immediately taken with her. Fighting to regain her memories, Tressalayne’s reliance on her easy-on-the-eyes doctor evolves pretty rapidly into romance. He helps her navigate this new world and introduces her to a life that could be full of love rather than hate.

“Witches are murderous liars, but their blood always tells true.”  

I think the most interesting part of Clifton’s paranormal story is his ability to point out that evil isn’t defined to a time period and that the same motives that could drive an ancient coven leader could also motivate a modern-day businessman.

Enter Mason Crick. The CFO of Good Shepard General Hospital by day and greedy, evildoer by night. Crick’s actions are honestly some of the most despicable in the entire novel — especially during the gut-churning aftermath of a certain binding spell. The introduction of this character helps highlight that the choices we make with the power we’re given is what truly defines our character. A message that is reinforced by the ending confrontation between Morganna, Tressalayne, and the Hunter.

Full of twists, turns, time-travel, and an ending that leaves the door open to another potential portal within this paranormal world, The Janus Witch was a truly wild ride and one I hope Clifton explores again!


Michael Scott Clifton, public educator for over 38 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator, currently lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas with his wife, Melanie, and family cat, Sadie. An avid gardener, he enjoys all kinds of book and movie genres. His books contain aspects of all the genres he enjoys…adventure, magic, fantasy, romance, and relationships. He has been a finalist in a number of short story contests. Clifton’s fantasy novel, The Conquest of the Veil, won a First Chapter Finalist award. Professional credits include articles published in the Texas Study of Secondary Education Magazine. Clifton’s latest book, The Janus Witch, the July Book Cover of the Month, is a featured book on the We Love Indie Books website. Currently, Clifton is completing Book 1 of The Conquest of the Veil, which will be released in March 2019. He can be reached at mike@michaelscottclifton.com.

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Three Winners! 1 Winner: One Signed Copy + $10 Amazon Gift Card + Bookmark

2 Winners: eBook Copies

December 4-13, 2018

(U.S. Only)

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12/6/18 Author Interview That’s What She’s Reading
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12/7/18 Review Momma on the Rocks
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12/8/18 Promo The Book Review
12/9/18 Review Book Fidelity
12/10/18 Author Interview Rebecca R. Cahill, Author
12/10/18 Excerpt Chapter Break Book Blog
12/11/18 Review Nerd Narration
12/12/18 Guest Post Rainy Days with Amanda
12/13/18 Review The Clueless Gent
12/13/18 Review Reading by Moonlight

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