Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Author R. J. Machado De Quevedo on GOODDAY Sacramento!

Watch my latest interview on Goodday Sacramento with Cody Stark! We discuss the release of my new book, Sanctuary of Fire,  the third installment of The Deceiver Saga.

Author R. J. Machado De Quevedo on GOODDAY Decemb…: http://youtu.be/VZ92Yp0Ky1w


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

News Release for Sanctuary of Fire!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sanctuary of Fire Cover Release and Book Teaser!

Sanctuary of Fire
By R. J. Machado De Quevedo 

“In a sudden whoosh, fire surrounded me, a holy sanctuary of fire. My long red hair blew back, electricity crackled along my skin, and as the flames engulfed me I felt the power of the Lord descend upon me and surge forth from within me. The necklace of truth and mercy about my neck burst into a white blaze, as if it held very light of God.
The Deceiver Saga continues as Melanie Bishop struggles to remain courageous and reclaim her emotional victory after a brutal, demonic attack by her father. Her attacker is still on the run, and it feels as though the entire world knows about the mortifying ordeal as college classmates whisper, police investigate, and news crews hound Melanie about her father’s sadistic crimes. She is too humiliated to even speak to David, the man who fought off her father, though in her heart she wants nothing more than to rush into his arms.

Despite the chaos in Melanie’s life, her true calling must remain the priority. History could be changed or delayed if she refuses to obey the call: A mission ordained by God to seek and protect celestial artifacts before the enemy can acquire them and discover their true power.
Neither time nor space are strong enough to stop the forces of Hell from picking up her trail and hunting her down, as they seek annihilate her. Transported thousands of years in the past, and left to wander across the wilderness in pursuit of the artifacts, Melanie is provided protection from the enemy’s warriors by a dysfunctional, legendary family. Yet as the battle descends upon them, it is Melanie who must pick up a sword and fight to the death, or risk failing in her mission and never making it back home.

R. J. Machado De Quevedo, author of The Deceiver Saga, lives in Northern California. Having grown up with meager resources, R. J. learned early on that joy can be found in the simple things and that imagination is a wonderful escape. R.J. is also a speaker, blogger, musician and artist. She enjoys kick boxing, riding motorcycles, and taking long walks with her husband. 

The Deceiver ~ Now Available!
Broken Seed ~ Now Available!
Sanctuary of Fire ~ Coming 2014!

R. J. Machado De Quevedo
(Author of ‘The Deceiver Saga’, Speaker, Blogger, Dreamer)

Follow me on Twitter @TheDeceiverSaga

Friday, July 4, 2014

Projects, Project, Projects

The last few months I’ve been working on several projects at once. We’ve finished copyediting on Sanctuary of Fire and are presently in the cover design and layout phase of production. Both of which I expect back any day now for final review. I’ve also submitted two short stories to an anthology project that one of my writers clubs is publishing this year. I’m a member of the Sacramento Suburban Writers Club. They published an anthology last year as well, but since I was in the midst a crazy of overlap in production on both The Deceiver and Broken Seed, I had to pull my submissions until a later date. When they announced they’d be doing another anthology this year, I jumped on the chance to get a few short stories tossed in for consideration. Aspiring author out there, when you have a chance to publish something do it!

Anyway, both short stories are related to The Deceiver Saga. I wanted a chance to pass along some additional back stories I had hiding away and express the perspectives of a couple other characters in the sage. I always love reading short stories by my favorite authors that relate to their series and I wanted to give my readers similar little goodies to feast their eyes and imaginations on as well!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “anthology”, an anthology is a collection of selected writings by various authors or by one author published into one book. There are different kinds of anthologies. Some are a collection of works all written by one author. Perhaps a collection of short stories, poems or essays. Another kind of anthology is a collection with a variety of writing styles. In the case of the Sacramento Suburban Writers Club’s 2014 project, it will be everything from short stories submitted by different authors of various genres, to poems and essays, etc. I’ll let you know when and where you can buy it once it’s published. We should be done with it within the next couple months.

These aren’t the only projects I have in the pipeline at the moment. I’m also going to be starting the media production of the audiobooks to The Deceiver Saga this month. Well, for the two that are already publically released that is. We’ll start Sanctuary of Fire as we near or after the final production of the book. I’m still waiting for clarification on if they need an abridged manuscript or not for The Deceiver and Broken Seed. If they do, then I’ll be putting in some crazy hours to shorten the books a bit. Typically, they ask for about a 20-25% reduction in manuscript. I really hope I don’t have to! When I went through the first edit overhaul on them I trimmed them up with as much professional indifference as I could muster and even took out little parts that I loved but knew I needed to sacrifice as they were slowing down the pace. The idea of having to do that again makes me a more than a little nervous. I don’t want to cut out anything else! Besides, the stories are complete in nature and I don’t want the listener getting lost along the way. So we’ll see what they say!

I’m still new at this, but from what I understand of the production process for the audiobooks, they will send me some samples of narrators reading. If I like what I hear, they start recording. If not, they try to find me someone else. I had the option to read them myself, but I’m not a trained voice actor no matter how much I like the idea. Besides, I want people to want to listen to them! It’d be much more entertaining being read to by a professional. Yup, no lisping into the microphone for me—or you.

I had to do some upfront prep work already too, mind you. They asked me to list all the character’s names and foreign words and write them out phonetically so the narrator would know exactly how I want them pronounced. I also had to give a brief description of each character and their particular characteristics as well as explain the way they speak (any accents or tone of voice) so the narrator would have a better idea of how to start reading as them.

Once they start recording, they’ll send me an unedited sample to listen to and give any feedback or pointers on to ensure that they are starting off on the right foot. And after that, they’ll edit it and send me the entire audiobook to listen to and review. It’ll be my job to inform them of any necessary changes I hear as the author and send it back for final clean up. They will also have to tweak the books’ current cover designs a bit to fit the CD cases. And don’t worry, they will be available for audio download as well!

After this, I have a few other projects I’m waiting to start. Not only do I need to start writing book four in The Deceiver Saga, but I will also be working on some companion journals to go along with each of the books that are out so far. The companion journals will be like a workbook or study guide that book clubs and readers can use to further dig into the Saga and the research behind it. It will also be a place where I can pose questions to the reader to invoke thought and discussion with a partner or as a group.

I’m looking forward to starting these companion journals as well! It’ll be great to dig back into the research I did when writing these books and express more of my personal feelings and train of thought behind them, rather than just having to worry about it as a fictional storyline. It’ll enable me to write in another element—realism, internal reflect and our outward perspective.

So stay tuned! I’ll post more about all these projects I’ve got rolling as time moves forward.

Thank you for reading and thank you for following! I truly appreciate you, my readers.

R. J. Machado De Quevedo

(Author of ‘The Deceiver Saga’, Speaker, Blogger, Dreamer)


Follow me on Twitter @TheDeceiverSaga


Sanctuary of Fire is in production! (Book three in The Deceiver Saga)

I’ve been amazed at how fast things are going with these books of mine. From a dream (literally), to scraps of scribbled notes, to the laptop, to the publisher, the printed page, out to the public, and soon, recorded into audiobooks! If you haven’t read my earlier blogs about how all this wonderful madness got started, I invite you to please take a scroll through my previous posts that take you along with me through the wonderful journey I’ve been on. Nothing has been handed to me. It’s taken a lot of hard work, dedication, and ignoring the naysayers—but I will say this, God’s hand has been in it and his blessings undeniable. And I wouldn’t be where I am today without the love, encouragement and support of my family and friends.

Back in February I sent the manuscript in to my publisher for the third book in The Deceiver Saga, called Sanctuary of Fire. There will be more books in the Saga than just three, so don’t panic. You wouldn’t be without a good book to read when you get done with this one. I’m guessing there will probably be about six or seven in The Deceiver Saga, but since there seems to be more and more evolving every day in my beady little mind, I’d can’t say there won’t be more than that! You’ll just have to wait and see! Well, read, wait and see.  ;O]

We started production on Sanctuary of Fire in April. We’ve been through the major copyediting and are finishing up the cover design and inside layout right now. In the next week or so I expect to have the cover art revision back and the digital file of the layout to review. The fun part of this phase is that they will also send me a printed proof copy to rub my anxious little hands over and feast my dry eyesies upon. Of course the purpose is to read it off the printed page so that whatever I don’t catch in the way of lingering errors or typos in the digital file will pop off the page and present itself from the 3D book. That, and they want to make sure I’m happy with how the actual physical book looks as a whole. I can’t wait!

It’s always fun to work with the cover designer/artist and try to get what I have in my head presented in the physical world. On each of the books so far, I have been asked to fill out a questionnaire that my project manager sends me. I have to tell them things like: What mood I want the cover to project and what feelings I want it to invoke, how I want my pen name listed, what my final decision is for the book title (if I wasn’t sure already), what symbolism I feel represents the theme in the books(s) and of course, what I see in my mind when I think of this book’s cover.

Sanctuary of Fire has proven to be a difficult book cover to nail down. Not for me, I’ve known what I want on it since before I was finished writing it. I know what I see in my mind, and I’ve tried to express that as articulately as I can to them. But everyone’s interpretation of what they read and what they see in their head is different. So even though I may try to explain in detail exactly what I want on this cover, what they see in their mind as they read my questionnaire, may not be exactly what I myself was envisioning. So far, they’ve sent me a few different cover designs and revisions. They’ve done awesome work, there’s no doubt about it! But, it wasn’t quite right. It wasn’t fully expressing what I was imagining or wanted expressed. So I sent them more notes and they’re working on it again. Each time they revise it, they get closer. Just a few more little tweaks and we’ll be there! I can’t want to post it once it’s done!

The thing to remember is that if you don’t speak up about what’s important to you, people won’t know they’ve let you down or disappointed you. You have communicate openly and honestly to those you are relying on to make your dreams come true. Especially for something as important to you as these books are to me. I guess my message to you today is, don’t settle, be honest, and don’t be afraid to communicate. Don’t have to be intimidated to communicate your needs. Just don’t do so in a manner that’s rude or condescending. That isn’t “honesty”, that’s just called being a jerk. And no one wants to help a jerk and no one wants to work with on either.

Keep on, keeping on! And be blessed!

R. J. Machado De Quevedo

(Author of ‘The Deceiver Saga’, Speaker, Blogger, Dreamer)



Follow me on Twitter @TheDeceiverSaga

Sunday, March 9, 2014

'My Writing Process' blog tour!

Welcome dear reader and fellow writers! Tonight I’m going to share a little bit about my writing process and introduce to you a couple fellow authors that I think you should check out! You won’t be disappointed!

First, let be pay homage to a dear friend of mine. You see, this ‘blog tour’ was passed along to me by none other than fellow author and wordsmith, Dover Whitecliff. She and co-author Vicki Rorke, just released a new young adult book called ‘The Stolen Songbird’ (click here to find it quick on Amazon). It’s the first book in a series these two cohorts are writing and I am so eager to see where this takes them. They hit a home run with this book! To check out Dover’s blog, please visit her website at http://wildandwoollywordsmithing.wordpress.com/ I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! She’s a witty, mischievous one, she is. Cracks me up every time I read her blog.

At the end of my blog tonight, I’m going to share with you a little bit about another author as well who is going to join this ‘blog tour’ next Monday and pass along the ‘author’s torch’ as it were. I’m really excited for you to meet him! As a sneak peak to down below (since I don’t like holding back the goodies), let me just tell you his name. Casey Sean Harmon. He’s a best-selling author, soldier, family man, and all around stand-up guy. He serves his country and is serving his fellow man with books that entertain readers of all ages. But more importantly, he’s also writing books to reach out and touch the lives of soldiers and their families who have suffered from, or are impacted by, PTSD.

If you’ve read the second book in The Deceiver Saga called Broken Seed, than you know that my main character’s love interest (David) is a former soldier who came back from the war wanting to help his fellow comrades reclaim their lives and peace of mind. This topic is heavy on my heart. So I’m very honored and truly proud to share Casey Sean Harmon with you.

Now, back to my blog at hand! Ahem…

1) What am I working on?

Well, for those of you who’ve been following me on Twitter and Facebook, you already know that I just finished writing book three in The Deceiver Saga called Sanctuary of Fire. Folks, this one is WILD. I totally take you out of this realm and through spacetime into places you never even imagined and into epic battles of spiritual warfare in which light and dark collide. I can’t wait for you all to get your paws on this one! It’s going to raise the hairs on the back of your neck and make your eyes water when it blows your mind.


Oooh, I can’t wait to get it into production! Soooo close! I sent it to a publisher a few weeks ago and now we’re just waiting for the production schedule to start. So later this year, maybe October or November it should be out (fingers crossed! I already know what I want on the cover! It’s all buzzing around my red-headed little brain in an electric swirl. But alas, I must be patient. One step at a time. The publishing process has many steps to follow after all and cover design isn’t initiated until we’re almost done with the copy editing. Auh! (Wringing hands and rocking) I am so excited to get it in production!


2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?


It is my humble opinion that my work is different from others in it’s genre for a couple reasons. For me, my writing isn’t just about entertainment and enjoyment (for me and the reader). Even though I thoroughly enjoy hearing positive feedback like, “Holly crap! That was crazy! I can’t believe that happened! Where do you come with these ideas? Is that really in the bible?” For me, it’s also about revealing hard truths, exposing lies commonly accepted, and bringing a message of hope to the lost, hurting or confused. Yes, I want my readers to be entertained and hungry for more of the continued story, of course I do. What author wouldn’t? But I also want them to be able to close the book at the end and feel fed. I want a part of their soul to be touched in some way that only God would know about. After all it’s between them and Him anyway.


Now, as you’ve probably seen on the advertisements and book trailers, my books are fictional supernatural mystery thrillers. It was hard to fit them into just one genre. In fact, my publisher even expanded it to include suspense, spiritual warfare, religion and Christian Life. The story is a mystery first and foremost. It just had to be. I don’t want to write something that gives away all the madness blundering around in my head at once! What fun is that? I like to prolog the suspense and drive the reader crazy with juicy tidbits, tease them with details here and there that make they think one thing and then, BOOM! Knock them off their feet with the unexpected. To me, that’s a blast! Especially when I get it right and I hear that exact reaction in way of feedback.


Now, the other part is thriller. Don’t worry, for all the scarier moments humor will also abound. I can’t help it. That’s just who I am. Mischievous, witty and a little twisted (That’s why I’m fun at parties)... I know some aspects of the story are also raw, real and very brutal. But again, there’s enough humor and good stuff to balance it out. Just be happy you’re reading the toned down versions.


(Spoiler alter) The supernatural side of the books bring our realm and dimensionality, colliding into the spiritual realm and dimensions beyond where angels and demonic beings thrive. In book three, the main character, Melanie gets to cross over between the realms and into another time all together. It’s gonna be great guys! (Auh…okay self, stay on track) I just get so excited thinking about it.


Now, I’ve done a lot of research into the spiritual side of my novels as well as location scouting, research into the military, FBI, equipment, weaponry, law enforcement, the judicial system, crime, biblical studies, etc. I even investigated (and still am) the biblical historic references and dived into the angelic as well as demonic. It was twisted, dark and at times illuminating in the research process. But I also learned a lot more about spiritual warfare and as a Christian, I find that empowering and liberating. I enjoy the research process almost as much as I do the writing. I love learning, so for me it’s being in heaven twice as long when researching and writing!


3) Why do I write what I do?


Simple. I’m addicted to writing! I LOVE to experience the discovery of the story yet to be told, even that in which my own mind has not yet fully revealed to me. It fills me with such joy and satisfaction to finish a scene that I’ve envisioned in my mind and felt the emotions of. And it is even more thrilling to follow my instincts into avenues I hadn’t anticipated and watch as the two ends of the thread connect.


It’s my mission and desire, that with each book I write, to stir up one’s curiosity and a desire for more hidden truths about the things of God. But I do so in a way that isn’t meant to be preachy or “holier than though”. I can’t stand that arrogant crap. And for those who’ve read my books, that message should be very clear. We’re not here to be judges. I don’t want that job anyway. What I want is to be a writer, an author, and say what I feel needs to be said to tell my story. But if my reader can feel one step closer to hope and knowing a little bit more about God in the process, that that’s cool with me.


After all, I believe we’re all made up of made of up four parts. Our minds (soul), our spirit, our body, and a part that is left open and empty, waiting for God. It’s a place only he can fill. People often go wandering for something to stuff in that hole or fill in the gaps. They think they can find it in their work, their kids, their partner their hobbies, drugs, sex, food, you name it. But the reality is, those things will only bring temporary satisfaction. And you are left wanting more and feeling empty once more. Only God can fill the void in your hearts permanently.


He created us that way to ensure that we would seek out a relationship with him. Think of God as the ultimate lover of your soul. He designed us for fellowship and relationship. He woes and calls, we run and he chases. Then we stop and he catches us, and we fall into his arms. “God” doesn’t have to be a big scary monster in the sky. He’s your friend and father. A protector and a vindicator. The judge and the redeemer. The giver or grace and life.


4) How does my writing process work?


Writing is a 24 hour-a-day state of being. It’s like my brain is always thinking on multiple levels, no matter what I’m doing or where I’m at. Everything could potentially be relevant to my novels which keeps my mind in a continual state of process and analysis of the random thoughts and vivid imagery I have lingering from dreams I’ve had or images I’ve seen. It isn’t uncommon for me to find myself humming a song that somehow relays the emotions of my characters in the latest scenes was working on. I find myself empathizing with them and wanting to articulate their emotions or describing their experiences in a way that my readers can also feel what they feel and come to understand them.


I’m always scribbling down notes so I don’t forget an idea that I want to use. However so far, that hasn’t been a problem. Once an idea has declared itself and my mind has inserted it into the story in my imagination, it’s there for good. And when I sit down to write, it’s almost clawing its way out onto the page. When I get it right, it’s like I’ve released all this internal pressure and I’m filled with complete satisfaction and an abundance of joy when I write out these stories.


Often, I’ll reread the chapter I just wrote, or go back every three chapters to reread it back up to the point where I left off to review it and make sure I got it right. But even when the book is done, it isn’t “done.” There is much left to do. I read it all over again a couple times and try to get it as perfect as I can, even before it gets to my editors. I make sure I’m satisfied and don’t see any blinding developmental errors or inconsistencies in the details.


Even though I already sent Sanctuary of Fire to my publisher, I’m still rereading it one more time. I want to read it again from start to finish from a higher lever perspective and make any subtle changes I think it needs.


There is never really a point in which I feel it is perfect. Books are never perfect. There will always be some small error missed, that’s just life. But when I reach the point that the story feels right and feels complete, I know I can let go and focus on the next one.


Right now I’m both excited and anxious to get working on book four in The Deceiver Saga but I’m making myself wait until I’ve finished going through Sanctuary of Fire one more time. I already have the title for book four, but I’ll be holding on to that for now…gotta leave you all curious just a little bit longer. Ha!

Introducing the next author in the ‘My Writing Process Blog Tour’:

Now, as promised! Here is some more information about fellow author Casey Sean Harmon that I’d like you to please take a moment to check out! His kids books are imaginative and adventurous, not only for kids but to adults too! I know you’ll enjoy them!  And as I mentioned before, his drive and passion to help his fellow soldiers who have suffered from PTSD and have suicidal thoughts is both commendable and heroic. I am very proud and honored to introduce him to you here tonight. I have no doubt, his writing career will go far and the lives he touches forever changed for the better…  

Casey Sean Harmon’s Bio:

Casey Sean Harmon is a bestselling author and an active duty SGT in the U.S. Army. He spent seven years on a Unit Ministry Team in the Army, where he gained hands-on knowledge and experience with PTSD and other common issues that Soldiers and family members face. In 2010, following a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he started showing signs of PTSD. It wasn't until three years later, after he was admitted into the hospital for severe panic attacks, that he was diagnosed with PTSD. In an attempt to help others understand and cope with PTSD, Harmon is currently working on a series of books for children. The first book in the series, titled, "My Daddy Has PTSD," will be published by Tate Publishing winter 2014. (However, you can pre-order your copy now until April 10th, 2014 by supporting his Kickstarter campaign.)

Harmon has a degree from American Military University, and is a certified Army Equal Opportunity and Suicide Intervention counselor. He is an alumni at the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as a proud member of the VA's Vocational Rehabilitation program. Over the years he has written and published four books, three of which are
Amazon.com bestsellers. He is currently stationed with his wife and son in Fayetteville, NC.

His published books include:

Becoming PVT Harmon, Amazon Kindle Publishing, 2013
The Everafter Chronicles: Reign of the Night Creatures, Tate Publishing, 2013
The Earth is a Floating Sphere, Amazon Kindle Publishing, 2012
The Thousand Year Voyage, Innovo Publishing, 2009
My Daddy Has PTSD--Coming Soon!


Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful night!


R. J. Machado De Quevedo

(Author of ‘The Deceiver Saga’, Speaker, Blogger, Dreamer)


Follow me on Twitter @TheDeceiverSaga