Thursday, March 5, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Dreams of Mariposa by L.T. Getty

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Dreams of Mariposa by L.T. Getty. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a guest post about paranormal creatures! There's also the tour wide giveaway for your chance to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Dreams of Mariposa
Author: L.T. Getty
Publisher: Champagne Book Group
Publication Date: February 2nd 2020
Print Length: 222 pages
Genres: Horror, Steampunk, Paranormal, Romance
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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 of feeding 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 then their own order.

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

She doesn’t expect to fall in love.

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EXCERPT:
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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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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GUEST POST:
If I Were to be a Paranormal Being I’d have Mixed Feelings on Shaving my Legs
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L.T. Getty

If I could be anything mythological, I’d be an angel.

Rather than a beautiful winged beauty or an adorable cherub, I imagine a Celestial Being with multiple faces and have to start every conversation with “Be Not Afraid”. There’s different jobs that come with being in the Heavenly Host, but I immediately think of smiting…

Then I realized that the post wanted a ‘paranormal being’, and realized that if angels existed, they’d hardly be in the category of ‘paranormal’ although they’d definitely scare any sane human being.

Looking back at my original answer, I’m not sure if my gut choice of werewolf over vampire makes much sense. Afterall, Vampires are often depicted as beautiful and immortal, often shapeshifters, and are nigh invulnerable. They also tend to be snazzy dressers and their desire to take other’s blood is a thinly veiled metaphor for promiscuity. Who’d want to be a mangy mutt compared to the beautiful elite?

Though incredibly strong, your typical werewolf tends to be weaker, or at least, easier to kill than the typically more suave and sophisticated blood suckers. Werewolves can walk among us, at least not while the moon is full (although I suppose it depends on your mythology), and although we could probably get into the variety of subspecies of lycanthropes, I think I’d stick with a classic wolf.

Wolves represent a sort of back to nature, something undomesticated or untamed that has mastery over their environment. We mostly worry about coyotes in my neck of the woods, but when I speak to those who live more remote parts of Manitoba where they have a chance to really see the wolves, there’s a sort of natural respect that most people have for them, so long as the wolves aren’t becoming aggressive and attacking livestock or people.

I think the lure of the werewolf is that something that’s yet to be tamed, that part of us that wants to return to nature as opposed to the artificial environment that’s known as city life. I suppose you may argue that it’s unnatural for human beings to be roaming around all night, but I say to you: I’ve been a shiftworker doing night shifts for years now. You get kind of used to it, and sleeping during the day isn’t so bad.

Of course, there’s the feral aspect which has an obvious drawback. One of my fears would be losing control, as well as losing my mind. I wouldn’t want to become a creature that would transform involuntarily and attack innocent people. But, unlike the classic vampire, at least it wouldn’t be intentional and scheming on how to lure people to their doom. I think if I were to learn to control the beast within, I’d make becoming a werewolf, for the most part, work.

So if you were to ask me if I’d prefer to be some sort of spooky ghost or a creepy bloodsucker, I’d still probably go with a werewolf. I mean, I could have some fun as a creepy doll, but knowing my luck, I’d immediately get punted and end up down a well for a decade or ten. Why are haunted dolls so scary again? Anyway, so long as I don’t terrorize the innocent civilians, sign me up for lycanthropy. They’re warm blooded, typically run in packs, and virtually all the guys look great shirtless. Is there much choice here?

How about you? Did I miss an obvious paranormal choice? Feel free to answer in a much larger mythological spectrum, but really: Are you team Vampire, or Team Werewolf?
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GIVEAWAY:
L.T. Getty will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, be sure to leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day.
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64 comments:

  1. Do you let your friends and family read early drafts of your book?

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing your book and for the giveaway also. Greatly appreciated!

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  3. I really enjoyed the excerpt and the cover is beautiful.

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  4. Sounds awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. My question is where do you get your ideas for your stories.

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  6. The book sounds like a great read.

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  7. Neat, saw this in multiple places today.

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  8. What is your favorite thing about writing steampunk?

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  9. This sounds like an amazing read! I'm so excited for it!

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  10. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  11. Sounds like an interesting book. I like the cover.

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  12. Just Discovered the Book, from looking at the cover, and reading about it, it looks and sounds like a fantastic Book, I Love the Cover! Thanks so much!

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  13. Love the cover & sounds like a great read!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

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  14. I love the cover. The design and colors are amazing!

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  15. thank you for hosting and love the design of your book. i cannot wait to read it

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  16. I liked the excerpt. The book sounds very intriguing. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. I love the cover, the artwork is stunning!

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  18. Looks like an interesting book.. the cover really intrigues me....

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  19. do you have friends and family read these for you?

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  20. Sounds like a great read! Love paranormal romance.

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  21. When you were a child, what authors, book series and genres did you enjoy reading?

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  22. Nice cover. This story falls under quite a few genres, intrigued

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  23. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

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  24. I do not know if I pinned the correct image. I tried to pin from the link and it says invalid perimeter.

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  25. Sounds great. Looking forward to reading. Thanks for the giveaway

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  26. happy saturday love this cover and thanks for hosting

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  27. happy saturday love this cover and thanks for hosting

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  28. i hope to see more books from you this year.

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  29. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

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  30. I love the book cover! Did you get to choose it or have a say in it?

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  31. I can't wait to read it sounds so good!

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  32. How long did it take to finish the book?

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  33. happy monday whose your fave author

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  34. happy wednesday i hope you are doing good

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  35. happy sunday thanks for hosting and i hope your week is good

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  36. happy monday thank you for hosting this

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  37. This sounds so good. The starting over so often is interesting.

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  38. This sounds like a great book. I would def curl up on the couch and get lost in this.

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  39. Sounds like an interesting read

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  40. The cover art is awesome and the story sounds like a good read for readers of this genre. Best wishes to the author on the new release.

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  41. i really like the cover!

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  42. HAPPY FRIDAY THANKS FOR HOSTING THIS

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  43. I loved the excerpt! It made me want to read more.

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  44. Love the cover! Sounds like a suspenseful story!

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  45. Great excerpt, looking forward to reading it!

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  46. I love the book cover and would love to read it too

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