"A rare and spectacular futuristic romance"
The League of Planets and the Korcian Empire are the two
largest powers in the universe. Since the Treaty of Vuldarr
was signed, the two powers have peacefully coexisted. Now
they are at the brink of war, unless Danna MacFadyen can
diffuse the situation.
Danna is a Terran diplomat assigned to the Ramoran Embassy.
When the space freighter Llyndar, registered to the Empire,
explodes into stardust in League airspace on a routine
mission from Ramora to
Earth , she is assigned to the Tribunal
as the representative for the defense. Danna has
psychometric skills. By taking significant articles into
her hands she can enter the past through dreamscapes. It is
through these skills that Danna hopes to prove the
explosion to be a tragic accident.
A Japolean dwarf represents the neutral party. The Korcian
representative, Cullon Gavriel, is a surprise however. He
is no diplomat, but an Enforcer, a warrior to the marrow,
and a gorgeous one at that. He intrigues Danna, but she is
suspicious of his motives and is determined not to allow
to deter her from her goal. It is not until the Tribunal
convenes for the night that Danna discovers the Korcian's
Danna is informed that a True Blood, a member of one of the
original Korcian royal families, had been traveling
incognito on the destroyed ship. Space exploration had
diluted the Korcian blood leaving few who could claim to be
a True Blood, Two other True Bloods had recently been
murdered. Cullon, a True Blood himself, is working under
the assumption that the explosion is part of a
Fundamentalist plot. The Tribunal is merely a smoke screen.
He requires Danna's skills to lead him to the murderers. He
plans to take the information she provides him and continue
the investigation alone.
Danna agrees to cooperate but on the condition that she be
allowed to follow the process through to its conclusion.
She feels responsible for the entire crew of the freighter
not just a single True Blood. Although he hates being
thwarted, the attraction between the two is undeniable.
Cullon agrees to take Danna with him. Danna skills lead
the pair on a chase through the galaxy, back into the very
heart of the Korcian Empire. What they discover will shock
them both. Can their feelings for each other survive what
they find there?
Like Korcian True Blood Cullon Gavriel, Miss Waddell's
futuristic romances are rare, spectacular, and well worth
waiting for. TRUE BLOOD explores the depths of human
idealism, shows how it can twist the soul until it is
virtually unrecognizable, and contrasts it with pure light
hope, optimism, and love that lies in the hearts of Danna
and Cullon. This story is a mix of mystery, dark suspense,
science fiction, and hot romance that will have a broad
appeal to many readers. TRUE BLOOD is a futuristic story
that make the reader think - Is the turmoil that rocks our
world today so very different? What can we do to change it?
Posted July 18, 2006
Copyright © 2006
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted November 2, 2006
**2006 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST FUTURISTIC ROMANCE**
Someone's out for blood . . . True Blood
The unexplained explosion of the space freighter Llyndar
brings the League of Planets and the Korcian Empire to the
brink of war. The Korcian Guard is on full alert, and the
League is depending on Officer Danna MacFadyen of the
Diplomat Corps to defuse the situation. At the request of
her superiors, Danna puts her psychometric skills to work.
Was the explosion tragedy or terrorism? But Danna's soon
burdened with another question . . . Can she work side-by-
side with Cullon Gavriel, a handsome Korcian Enforcer,
without losing her heart?
Fighting isn't just in a Korcian's blood, it's in his very
soul. An Enforcer by trade and a loner by choice, Cullon
Gavriel arrives on Ramora with one purpose in mind: to find
out who's killing True Bloods. What he finds is a beautiful
Terran female with the ability to step into the past. But
can the information Danna gleans from her dreamscapes
prevent future murders?
As the pieces of an explosive puzzle fall into place, Danna
and Cullon step into a conspiracy that stretches across the
galaxy to the capital city of the Korcian Empire, where
shocking secrets are waiting to be discovered, and where
the lines between power and politics, and life and love