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Dreams of Mariposa
by L.T. Getty

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Every decade, Marie must leave her home and everything she loves to start anew. She can’t risk the locals learning the truth of her immortality, much less her vampiric need to feed off fear. Fortunately for Marie, fear comes easily, and she spends her endless days mourning the loss of her beloved.

When she is summoned to the leaders of the masquerade, she is persuaded to assist them in uncovering a mystery of powers possibly more ancient than their own order.

As a rare daywalker of exquisite beauty, there is no society she cannot infiltrate.  Having spent the last few centuries growing into her power, she expects to learn of the old powers then return to her lonely eternity of mourning.

She doesn’t expect to fall in love, and everything changes.

Rating & Review

5 out of 5

This was an amazing book. I was hooked from the first page. I’m not always a fan of steampunk, but this was done brilliantly. The characters and world are rich and well-developed. I liked Marie from the start, and it was so easy to like her. Getty has a unique voice, and the story flows well. I have to admit I was a little nervous, though intrigued when I read the blurb, but I’m so happy I read this. A brilliant steampunk novel with vampires, intrigue, and a little romance.


I spooked my horse while we travelled alongside a creek, but I managed to keep the gelding under control. It was Theo who was nearly thrown from his horse. Since Rosa and I preferred to keep no staff, the maintenance of the creatures was often something we did not do of our own volition. 

“Steady! Steady,” he said. He quickly dismounted and petted her nose. “What is wrong?” 

“Does she have a nervous temperament?” I asked. He shook his head. 

“She is my uncle’s horse, and is all the more calm in her maturity.” He made clicking noises to soothe the mare, turning his attention to the started beast. Involuntarily, I reached out toward him, I wanted to feel his hair between my fingertips. At once the mare’s eyes widened, and she reared. Theo let go of her bridle and fell backward. I almost leapt at the horse to force her back, but she didn’t come down on him. Instead she galloped the way we came. 

“Are you injured?” I asked. 

“One who is afraid of horses shouldn’t be riding them,” he told me, rolling up almost effortlessly. He dusted himself off before he caught my eyes “A twelve-year old animal, and she still rides like the wind.” 

“I shall fetch her for you.” It would be easy enough, once we were out of sight, to leap from my horse and run until I found the mare. 

“Lend me your horse. I can recover my own mare,” he said. “You would leave a lady on the road, defenseless?” 

“You and I both know you are far from defenseless. I shan’t be more than a minute, but each minute we delay only adds to the duration of this situation. She’s likely calmed down and eating berries. She knows my voice.” 

“Help me down,” I said. 

My horse was too slender a beast to pick up any real speed with two passengers, though my weight was negligible. Theo was no small fellow. I needed no help, but I knew how to play my part in my society and his. He put his hands about my narrow hips, and I put my arms around his neck, and slowly he boosted and then lowered me, ever in control. He had beautiful eyes, and I knew he could not deny mine as his gaze lingered. 

“Is this yours?” a familiar voice broke the trance, and I glanced at Hilda, who had caught the mare.

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L.T. Getty is a science fiction and fantasy writer who hails from the Canadian Prairies. When she’s not writing, you can likely find her driving an ambulance and dreaming about travel.

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