Welcome to the blog tour for THE TRAITOR’S BRIDE, the first book in the adult science fiction romance series, Keepers of Xereill, Hente Cycle, by USA Today bestselling author, Alix Nichols. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.
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Title: THE TRAITOR’S BRIDE
Series: Keepers of Xereill, Hente Cycle #1
Author: Alix Nichols
Release Date: March 26, 2018
Genre: Adult Science Fiction Romance
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On her untamed gift hinges the future of a planet—and her lover’s life…
A month ago, ex-army Major Areg Sebi was thrown into prison. Now he’s on the scaffold, laying his head on the block. No public trial for the disgraced war hero. No cyborgs from the League of Realms to whisk him away. No help. No escape.
A priestess chants a prayer for the major’s soul, even as a judge cries out, “Death to the traitor!”
In the crowd below, laundry maid Etana Tidryn stares into Areg’s eyes. His lips were hot against hers last night. His hands roamed her body, worshipped her, pleasured her.
She’s falling for him, hard and fast. She’s still hoping, even if he’s given up…
Can Etana transcend everything she knows—transcend life itself—to save him?
Can she rise to meet her destiny?
She put her glass down. “Remember what you said about noble blood?”
Areg furrowed his brow.
“You said it didn’t mean much to you.” Etana gave him a sidelong look. “Is that true?”
His face brightened. “Absolutely. I’d say more—it shouldn’t mean much to anyone.”
“Two weeks ago, you found a loophole in Eia’s laws that none of my noble-born, learned friends had seen.”
She blushed, ridiculously pleased with his praise.
“And then a week later,” he continued, “you showed how strong the Ra was in your blood by transfixing thousands of people.”
The heat in Etana’s cheeks reached her ears, setting them on fire.
“And my blood?” Areg shrugged. “For all I know the Sebis are noble because one of our forefathers knew how to please Queen Glendra III.”
Etana giggled. “Why Queen Glendra III in particular?”
“Because she was… erm, voracious.” He gave her a wink. “She rewarded her most talented lovers by giving them titles and lands.”
Her eyes crinkled with mirth. “Are you saying that the first Lord Sebi was a very talented lover?”
He gave her a lopsided smile that made her want to remove all her clothes right there. It struck Etana that Areg was feeling as elated as she was. Gone was the constant crease between his eyebrows and the sadness that tinted his eyes. He looked carefree, happy to be alive, happy to be with her.
He was flirting with her, for Aheya’s sake.
Etana squinted at him. “Um… Are you saying the lovemaking talent runs in the Sebi blood?”
“As we just established, I don’t believe the Sebi blood is special,” Areg said. “So no, I’m not saying that.”
“Right.” She was unable to hide the disappointment in her voice.
“My talents are mine and mine alone. I don’t owe them to my ancestors. I owe them to years of training and arduous practice.”
“Training?” She bunched her brows, confused. “Arduous practice?”
“I was referring to my marksmanship.”
His lips twitched as he struggled not to laugh. “Why? What were you imagining, Dame Tidryn?”
About the Author
Alix Nichols is an unapologetic caffeine addict and a longtime fan of Mr. Darcy, especially in his Colin Firth incarnation.
She is a USA Today bestselling (April and June 2017) and Kindle Scout winning (December 2015) author of sexy romance novels that readers describe as yummylicious. According to Romantic Times, her books “will keep you hanging off the edge of your seat”. Kirkus Reviews claims they “deliver pure pleasure”.
At the age of six, Alix released her first romance. It featured highly creative spelling on a dozen pages stitched together and bound in velvet paper.
Decades later, she still writes. Her spelling has improved (somewhat), and her books have topped the Amazon charts around the world. She lives in France with her family and their almost-human dog.
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