Dora Machado


Dear Reader,

I felt right at home the first time I visited Murder By 4. It was like, "Honey, I'm home!" An instant sense of connection enveloped me as I read through this wonderful blog. I loved the way in which Aaron, Kim, Marta and S.W. approached the writing life—with wisdom, dedication and joy. I was smitten. 

So when my friend and fellow Twilight Times Books author Aaron Lazar asked me if I would join MB4, I jumped at the chance. I love hanging out with my writer friends. We all benefit from sharing information, promotion tips, support, thoughts, questions, aspirations and inspiration. That's exactly what MB4 is all about. 

So thank you, Aaron, for asking me to join MB4. I'm really excited to be a part of this community and I look forward to sharing writing's great adventure with all of you!  


About Dora Machado

Dora Machado is the award-winning author of the Stonewiser series and her newest novel, The Curse Giver, from Twilight Times Books. She is one of the few Latinas exploring her heritage and her world through the epic fantasy genre today. She holds a master's degree in business administration and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University. She was born in Michigan and grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a bilingual fascination for writing, a love for history, and a taste for Merengue. After a lifetime of straddling such compelling but different worlds, fantasy is a natural fit to her stories. She enjoys long walks, traveling, hanging out with her writer friends, and connecting with the amazing readers who share in her mind's adventures. She lives in Florida with her indulging husband and three very opinionated cats.

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About Dora Machado's Novels

Dora Machado is the award-winning author of the Stonewiser trilogy and her newest novel, The Curse GiverHer first novel, Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone, won the 2009 Benjamin Franklin award for Best Debut Novel. Her second novel, Stonewiser: The Call of the Stone, won the 2010 Independent Publishers Book Award's (IPPY) Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy book of the year. Her third novel, Stonewiser: The Lament of the Stone, won the 2012 Independent Publishers Book Award's (IPPY) Silver Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy book of the year. All three novels were finalists in ForeWord Magazine for Book of the Year in the Science Fiction and Fantasy category. Her latest novel, The Curse Giver from Twilight Times Books, is now available. For a free excerpt of The Curse Giver visit http://twilighttimesbooks.comthingsTheCurseGiver_ch1.html.

Dora Machado's books are available in print, Kindle and Nook, and can be purchased through,,, and your favorite bookseller. The Stonewiser series is also available in audio-book at


The Curse Giver

A healer on the run. A condemned lord pledged to kill her. A land torn apart by war and intrigue. A terrible curse that can't be revoked, defused, or defeated. 
Dare to meet the curse giver.

A fast, plot-twisting fantasy packed with powerful characters who will challenge the tenuous boundaries between love and hate, good and evil, justice and revenge.

Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone

Winner of the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award for best Debut Novel
·         Finalist for 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for SFF

Between truth and deception, between justice and abuse, a stonewiser stands alone with the stones. Or so begins the stonewiser's oath. But what happens when a rebellious stonewiser discovers that lies have tainted the stone tales? 

Stonewiser: The Call of the Stone

Winner of the 2010 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Gold Medal for SF/F
 Finalist for the 2010 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for SF/F

Sariah's reward for revealing the stone truth: a death sentence. The executioners have arrived and Sariah, the most powerful and controversial stonewiser of her generation, has been judged and condemned to death. For the last few months, Sariah has been hiding in the Rotten Domain, trying to find the elusive tale capable of uniting a divided people teetering on the brink of a catastrophic war... 

Stonewiser: The Lament of the Stone

Winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Silver Medal for SF/F
Finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for SF/F

In their most perilous adventure yet, Sariah, the rogue stonewiser who stunned the world by discovering lies in the stones and defying the all-powerful Guild, and Kael, the rebel leader who loves her against all odds, must find a stolen child, the only one capable of setting rule upon chaos, preserving the future of stonewising, and defeating the rot ravaging the land. The stakes couldn't be higher. The coveted child they seek is said to be an abomination. He is also their son.

Dora's Quirks and Whims

  1. I have to travel because staying put doesn't make sense to a restless mind
  2. I love thunderstorms. Nothing clears the mind and awakens the senses like thunder's epic voice.
  3. I'd be skinny if cake hadn't been invented.
  4. I think that tyrants are bullies that have taken over the play yard.
  5. I write at night because that's when my characters are awake.
  6. I think sarcasm is the cleverest form of humor.
  7. When you grow up on an island the long road and the uninterrupted journey are quite the novelty.
  8. I'm a very careful skier. In fact, people watching me from the lifts often like to encourage me in passing. "Downhill, lady," they shout. "You want to go downhill!"
  9. I haven't taught my kids half the lessons they've taught me.
  10. The spring fed river that runs through my backyard reminds me every day that change is constant and more is yet to come.

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