Meet this Witch: Mati, from Daughters of the Stone

Mati is a Curandera, a traditional Caribbean Hispanic healer, but her neighbors didn’t call her that. Behind her back, and sometimes to her face, they called her bruja—witch. They asked for her magical aid when they were in need of healing, but when they weren’t in pain they would remember the times Mati made the earth shake, made a man’s femur snap in two with her mind, and when she brought a small animal back to life. 

Mati is not the type of witch who does as she will as long as she doesn’t harm none; if someone hurts her, they are sure to receive what they gave, times three.

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- Tell me the name of your favorite witch in fiction, and why you like him or her.

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This giveaway ends April 14th at 11:59pm. The winner of Daughters of the Stone will be chosen April 15th.

Mati is one of the main characters in Daughters of the Stone by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
Blurb: It is the mid-1800s. Fela, taken from Africa, is working at her second sugar plantation in colonial Puerto Rico, where her mistress is only too happy to benefit from her impressive embroidery skills. But Fela has a secret. Before she and her husband were separated and sold into slavery, they performed a tribal ceremony in which they poured the essence of their unborn child into a very special stone. Fela keeps the stone with her, waiting for the chance to finish what she started. When the plantation owner approaches her, Fela sees a better opportunity for her child, and allows the man to act out his desire. Such is the beginning of a line of daughters connected by their intense love for one another, and the stories of a lost land.

Mati, a powerful healer and noted craftswoman, is grounded in a life that is disappearing in a quickly changing world.

Concha, unsure of her place, doesn’t realize the price she will pay for rejecting her past.

Elena, modern and educated, tries to navigate between two cultures, moving to the United States, where she will struggle to keep her family together.

Carisa turns to the past for wisdom and strength when her life in New York falls apart.

The stone becomes meaningful to each of the women, pulling them through times of crisis and ultimately connecting them to one another. Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa shows great skill and warmth in the telling of this heartbreaking, inspirational story about mothers and daughters, and the ways in which they hurt and save one another.   

This giveaway is sponsored by the Hottest Wickedest Witch of Them All, moi!

26 comments:

  1. Hermione from Harry Potter is my favorite. The girl's got brains and guts. Ya gotta love her.

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  2. I entered the Hoodoo Shop giveaway.

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  3. Had to think about this for a moment... it would be too easy to say "Granny Weatherwax", wouldn't it... and I love Anita Blake, but she is not really a witch... I guess my favorite witch is the unnamed first-person narrator from Neil Gaiman's short story "Snow, glass, apples" - maybe better known to many as the evil stepmother from the Snowwhite fairytale...

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  4. Oh there is a few I like but I have to say Granny Weatherwax is my favourite, there will be a homage to her on my blog at some point during the witches in fiction party.

    A very very close second would have to be Mary Poppins, I mean of course she's a witch, it was just never mentioned LOL but I figured it out at a very young age.

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  5. I've blogged about the giveaway here

    http://witcherygrove.blogspot.com/2011/04/giveaways-galore-at-pagan-culture.html

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  6. Yep to being a wicked darling.

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  7. Party button happily displayed.

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  8. I've entered the Hoodoo shop giveaway

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  9. Right now it would be the Green Witch by Alice Hoffman. She writes peoples stories, and has her own. It's a really well written short story, or should I say 2 stories, I need to read the first one too. Maybe today! :)

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  10. I have a witches in fiction party button

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  11. Pretty sure I just entered the hoodoo shop giveaway.

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  12. My favorite witch in fiction? How am I supposed to decide?!?!?

    Ok, I guess that at the moment my favorite witch in fiction is Whisp, because I am still working on the story and trying to figure it out. I've got the rough draft of it on facebook, and I'll post it on my blog during this party.

    Another favorite would be Alanna from Tamora Pierce's "Song of the Lioness" quartet. She's not called a witch (they don't call many of the magick users witches) but for our purposes that's what she is. :)

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  13. tweeted. http://twitter.com/#!/SkyeSong777/status/58329133356290049

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  14. I am a Wicked Darling.

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  15. I have a blog party button.

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  16. I love the sea witch in the little mermaid. she is just so spunky almost wish evil would win...lol

    lmbrunken@gmail.com

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  17. http://twitter.com/#!/Lmbrunken/status/58677271355072512

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  18. am a wicked darling

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  19. entered the hoodoo shop giveaway

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  20. Google and my internet provider are evil; that's the only explanation. I just finished writing this long (witty) reply to all of you guys and poof! gone. Not cool.

    Anyhoo, I seem to love all the witches you've mentioned. Hermione's brains have always been an old time fave, Granny Weatherwax is my witchy hero (and The Travelers ;-) I just started listening to listening to "Snow, Glass and Apples" and oh my, Diandra! How freaking awesome!! And Sarita, it is so hard not to favor our creations and the witches whose stories we share through our current reading, so I totally get it. Lmbrunken, we likes our witches darkish, don't we? Me too!

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  21. entered the hoodoo shop giveaway

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  22. I am a Wicked Darling.

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  23. Right now it would be the Green Witch by Alice Hoffman. She writes peoples stories, and has her own. It's a really well written short story, or should I say 2 stories, I need to read the first one too. Maybe today! :)

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