The Dead Can See You Too

“‘It’s just a few cuts on your thumbs and back.’

‘I know.’

Trouble was there was no coming back from the cutting. To be cut in Palo meant that you might see all the nfuiris, all the spirits of the dead and all nkisis, the gods of the woods and the wind and even the few born lately into the street…

But more important, once you were cut, all the nkisis and nfuiris saw you.”
Outside the Bones by Lyn Di Iorio

Have you ever done something magical, dumb and dangerous for love? Fina Mata has. You see, her husband cheated on her. She… well, she might have beaten him senseless for it.

No, Fina doesn’t work a questionable fufú to get the hubby back; she is in absolute lust with Chico, her upstairs neighbor. The heat burns so deep inside her loins that the Puerto Rican witch in New York is willing to spill blood for the man.

Fina’s tale is divided in three parts. This is my take on part one: Lyn Di Iorio is a brilliant writer. This author has created a funny-as-all-hell protagonist, who keeps readers roaring like lunatics. Then, when there is no doubt that Fina’s witchcraft is just fun and games, Di Iorio slaps the reader in the face with truths like the ones quoted above.

I wrote a guest post for The Real Witches of Halloween, sharing my thoughts on Blood Magic. Blood is powerful. Blood is binding. Blood work—or fufú, in Fina’s case—is difficult to undo.

Fina Mata is getting herself in a bloody mess. And she is inviting the dead to the party too. She is brewing a spell with blood, death, passion and humor. Laughter is so wonderful in fiction; it lightens the soul and it helps the writer sneak in difficult realities.   

If you enjoy fiction that entertains with imagination and terrifies with possible truths, then you’ll probably like Outside the Bones as much as I do.

And because I have a witchy cousin who is very generous, you, my Wicked Darlings, get the chance to win your very own copy of Outside the Bones. I received two copies of the novel, one for me and the other for my cousin, but he had already purchased a copy and decided to give the second away. Isn’t he a darling?

This is all you need to do to enter the giveaway:
1. (mandatory) – Visit this announcement page for Outside the Bones, leave a comment, then copy and paste your remark on this post.

For extra entries (worth 1-3 entries each):
2. Blog about this post (leave a link/3 entries)
3. Tweet about this post (leave a link/2 entries)
4. Friend Lyn Di Iorio on Facebook
5. Like Outside the Bones' announcement page on Facebook
6. Be a Wicked Darling (follow Pagan Culture through GFC)
7. Comment on Blood Magic, then copy and paste your remarks on this page
8. Friend me on Facebook 
9. Follow Pagan Culture on Twitter

* This giveaway ends October 16th at 5:13pm. 

About the Novel
“This mystery, dark-magik driven suspense story weaves the Afro-Caribbean witchcraft practice called Palo Monte -- conjuring of spirits in cauldrons containing the bones of the dead -- with the appearance of a young girl believed dead since infancy, and the mystery of her mother's disappearance sixteen years earlier in Puerto Rico.   Anne Rice meets Cristina García.  Toni Morrison meets Alexander McCall Smith. Advance praise calls it “a brilliant love story full of magical urbanism that is sure to make Outside the Bones a modern day classic.”

But don’t take my word for it! Mystery Scene magazine says:

“Some critics of crime fiction say it’s too formulaic. OUTSIDETHE BONES could be offered as proof that it’s full of surprises. LYN DI IORIO’s first novel is a weirdly compelling, funny, sexy, and deeply strange tale of a Nuyorican practitioner of palo monte, a Caribbean form of magic with African roots. Lyn Di Iorio, a New Yorker born in the city and raised in Puerto Rico and a scholar of Latino literature, has taken the crime story to a strange and mysterious new place. Adventurous readers interested in Afro-Caribbean culture will want to follow her there.”

My Second All Hallow’s Grim post…
…deathly bloody magic has always scared me shitless. 
What about you, my Wicked Darlings? 
Does your heart pump faster when you imagine…
blood and death in your magic?

Day eleven to Get Off Your Broom, and The Real Witches of Halloween and The 2011 Countdown to Hallowe’en and yeah, party! Have you visited Danni, Lyn, Serenity and the rest of the witchy partiers yet?

Last, but NEVER least, the winner of
Stop by her cyber home and let her know
she is getting a ghostly necklace.
Email me Zombie luv!

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  1. zombiegoddess10/11/2011

    **GRIN**!!  Thank you so much!!

    BTW, who *couldn't* be totally lusty over a guy named Chico??


  2. jonquil10/11/2011

    is this what you mean?  " Jonquil Alexia · Top Commenter · Derby, Connecticutnow *this* is a book which should be made into a movie!"(& congrats zombie on your win!)

  3. Georginamorley10/11/2011

    Thought I'd already sent a friend request for facebook, but I've sent another :D 
    I'm not really a reader of fiction, unless you count "The Last Pope" which isn't sold as fiction but contains some wonderful "suggestions" and theories.

    And Chico is a childrens entertainer here, so no lust in that direction for me either :D XXX

  4. MagicLoveCrow10/11/2011

    Yeh to the lucky winner! The  book sounds amazing Magaly! I am unfortunately, am going to have to pass on this giveaway! I am still enjoying the other two I won from you ;o) It's hard to paint and read at the same time! LOL! Good luck everyone ;o)

  5. And the entire thing might thought into some kind of insane love, after you read about his choice of attire ;-)

  6. It is indeed, on both counts ;-)

  7. If suggestions is what you like, there are all  kinds in here. Some come disguised as joke that leave you (and by you I mean me) thinking... "wow, this woman is something."

  8. You are sooo responsible... when it comes to reading a great book, I lose all sense of perspective *sigh*

  9. I just posted my All hollows Grim party post...
    Sorry, nothin Tooo spooky, but I did scare myself a bit in the cemetary...

  10. I just skimmed through it and I think it's perfect; the subtle things are the scariest. I was wondering if you would like to re-title it, just to make it stand out, you know? I think "boo!" would be a very appropriate title. Let me know what you think ;-)
    Magaly“When in Darkness? Light!”

    Subject: [paganculture] Re: Pagan Culture: The Dead Can See You Too

  11. Ooh, such an introduction leaves me almost drooling wanting to read this! Congratulations to Lyn Di Iorio for becoming published with her novel! I can only imagine how thrilled she must be!

    I wasn't able to find a way to post a comment on the Announcement Page (what am I missing? I would like to leave a comment for Lyn), and I have done 4, 6 and 8 (how to enter) so far.

    Full Moon Blessings to you, your readers and family :)

  12. Aha, I found it! Here is my comment:

    Polly Taskey · 44 years oldOoh,
    this sounds wickedly wonderful! Congratulations to Lyn for becoming
    published! I can't wait for the chance to read this one - the summary
    nearly makes me drool :)~.Tomorrow, my post for the All Hallow's Grim Party will be up on my blog. I hope you enjoy. :)

  13. I also left a comment on Blood Magic :)

  14. Georginamorley10/12/2011

    Couldn't wait til tomorrow, have posted my story tonight. :D XXX

  15. I think drooling for this one was a common occurrence ;-)

  16. Left a comment!  ("Congratulations on your book! Can't wait to read it, it sounds deliciously dark :)")

    Also mentioned the giveaway in a blog post here:

    Liked the annoucement page on Facebook.

    Already a Wicked Darling.

    Commented on Blood Magic.

    Friend request pending on Facebook.


  17. the announcement page has no place to comment.

    How did the necklace get give away already the deadline has not come?

    I am confused.

  18. Outsidethebones10/14/2011

    Hi all, 
    Thank you for all these fun comments.  My character Fina does at first go too far with her blood magic but it's because she's entranced by Chico's lean hard butt and meaty lips...but the blood magic eventually leads her exactly to where blood magic should lead...  Blood magic is not only binding it snakes deep into your consciousness and your past...  
    outsidethebonesgmail .com 

  19. "Chico's lean hard butt" lol. Life tends to work itself out, doesn't it?  The same goes for blood magic; it seems to me that we just have to pay attention and listen to Nature... and like Fina, our blood magic will also lead "to where blood magic should."

  20. I just posted a new blog entry on my "real-life" accidental fufu or spell at and would welcome comments.   And, on another note, I'd like to ask you all what you consider to be the scariest novel you've ever read...  You can answer here or email me