Thursday, March 16, 2023

BLOG TOUR: Archenemy by Christina Bauer

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for author Christina Bauer's Archenemy, the first book in the Angelbound: Xavier Trilogy. Today, on our tour stop, we have a sneak peek with an exclusive excerpt. Plus, there's a tour-wide giveaway to enter, too! So... Be sure to check it out and start the trilogy now! Follow the tour, HERE.

Young Adult
Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Angelbound Xavier, #1
Publish Date:
March 9, 2023

Ancient Egyptians. Powerful gods. Lost loves. And one badass warrior with wings.

Welcome to the beautiful land of ancient Egypt… only it may not stay so lovely for long. The chaos god, Set, plans to destroy the human world. Fortunately, the angel Xavier has the perfect plan to imprison Set and fast. Even better, Xavier can enact his scheme alone… which is just the way he likes it. No partners. No complications. No problems.

Suddenly, a gorgeous woman materializes. Calling herself Camilla, she declares she’s from the future. All of which is strange enough, but things soon go from bad to weird when Camilla announces that she and Xavier must work together—it’s the only way to defeat Set.

Wow, does Xavier ever hate that idea.

The warrior angel decides on a strategic retreat. In other words, Xavier works to avoid Camilla at all costs. Turns out, that isn’t so easy. This mystery woman has set Xavier’s blood on fire in a way he’s never felt before. No matter how hard he tries, Xavier simply can’t desert her.

But is Camilla another element of Set’s destructive chaos magic… or is she Xavier’s only chance to save both himself and humanity?

Angelbound Xavier Trilogy
1. Archenemy
2. Archnemesis
3. Archangel




Camilla’s here. Can this be real?

Part of me fears that I’m falling deeper into Set’s trap. I should leave. Whether Camilla is an illusion or not, she’s certainly fit and alive. Even if I don’t depart now, I still can’t ignore the possibility that Camilla is an agent of Set. At the very least, I should pull out my dagger or reach for a spell packet. 

Yet, I don’t reach for any weapons or magic. It’s all I can do to watch her move closer.

She pauses before me. “Hello, Xavier. I’m Camilla.”

Her voice is a lovely mixture of sweet tones and deep resonance. Normally, it’s easy for me to grin and charm anyone, especially someone with a bit of demonic blood like Camilla. It’s one of the benefits of being an angel.

Not this time.

I simply allow her voice to reverberate through me. A deep part of me awakens. In the place where my magic just felt hollow, I now sense the spark of golden power once more.  

“Xavier?” she repeats.

“Yes, it’s me.” 

A small smile quirks her mouth. “I’d know you anywhere, even if you do look different.”

I scan myself. My angelic robes are rags and, if anything, my wings are dirtier than ever. It takes me a moment to realize the full meaning of her statement.

“You know me,” I state.

“As you know me.”

Camilla holds her arm out. A silver satchel materializes in her hand—that’s the same way it appeared in my dream. Camilla opens the bag, pulls out an onyx-dark tablet, and runs her fingers across the surface. As she scans the device, it lights up with a series of symbols. 

“It worked,” announces Camilla breathlessly. “I’ve actually traveled thousands of years into the past.” She looks at me and smiles.

At the sight of her grin, warmth floods through my soul. I want to bask in this heat, but I force myself to feel the chill of reality instead. Set is about to escape from his prison. Camilla is probably his instrument of escape. Perhaps I saw Camilla in the future, but that doesn’t she isn’t dangerous.

“The transport machine malfunctioned. I could have died.” Camilla steps closer. “You saved me. Of course, you did.”

Somehow, I ignore the adoring light in her eyes. “Why are you here?”

“We think of the past as absolute, but it isn’t. If someone has enough energy, they can change history.”

“Go on.”

“I live far in the future. Something happened in the past—in this very moment, as a matter of fact—and it’s pulling my present apart.”

“It’s Set’s chaos power. His energy is breaking loose here.”

“That’s exactly what we think as well. Chaos power is churning up here and causing a chain reaction through time. Over in my reality, everything is changing. One moment, we’re overrun with monsters. The next second, the world is fine again. The very fabric of reality is becoming unstable.”

“That doesn’t explain why you’re here.”

“I should think that’s obvious. I traveled here to stop Set and control chaos.” She points to the ground beneath her feet. “I must return to this very rendezvous point in five days.”

I try to process this news. Not happening.


**About the Author**
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too. 

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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