am Julia S. Mandala,
fantasy and science fiction author, editor of The Fantasy Writers
Asylum, an imprint of Yard Dog Press, reformed lawyer, belly dancer,
scuba diver, amateur photographer, cover model and cover artist (okay,
for my own books, but still. . . ), and Apocalyptic Redhead.
I live in Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, with my husband
Larry (an unrepentant attorney) and two cats, Apollo and Athena.
Check out my 2017 convention schedule!
What I'm working on now:
Linda Donahue and I are doing revisions on Spirit Poles, the sequel to Gateway to Corimar, with another amazing Kevin Hopkins cover.
On my own, I'm working on a sequel to Blood Songs,. where Jhett, Kadar and their friends try to implement Leshan's plan to reform the priesthood. Blood Songs
was inspired by the events of 9/11, and my wondering why even educated
people would follow blindly and do atrocious things. The new book will
look at people who use a valid protest as an excuse to vandalize and
am now the editor of a new Yard Dog Press imprint, The Fantasy Writers
Asylum, which will focus on epic and young adult fantasy novels. The
imprint's first three books are now available in print and Kindle formats: my novel Blood Songs, Tale of the Black Heart, by Linda L. Donahue, and Gateway to Corimar, by Julia S. Mandala and LInda L. Donahue.
In a war between goddesses, can one woman's choices really make a difference?
Jhett, a young healer with a deadly past, the goddess Leshan’s temple
is a prison that she’s promised, on pain of death, never to leave. But
when her actions endanger her former lover, Tarik, Jhett embarks on a
perilous journey across the southern desert to save him. Pursued by
assassins and warrior-priests, she learns the stakes are much higher
than Tarik’s life. Leshan and the dark goddess, Selure, have sent their
dragons to battle each other, and Jhett’s choices will determine the
outcome–and the fate of her people. Blood Songs, is available from
Yard Dog Press's new imprint, The Fantasy Writers Asylum and Amazon, with a
fantastic Kevin Hopkins cover.
dragon queen's bard comes with a bundle of strings attached.
In a dragon’s view, something is either truthful or a
lie; they have no concept of fiction. Through a centuries-old misunderstanding,
dragons are convinced that bardic tales are history, and the scholar's guild
and bard's guild have agreed never to reveal this mistake to their dragon overlords.
Unfortunately, Bard Deverel becomes caught in his own web of invented
“histories” when the dragon queen he serves decides she must possess the magical black heart stone from Deverel’s tale. Queen
Lin Lien sends him and her favorite dragon lord on a quest to recover the nonexistent
stone. Deverel's travels carry him across the entire continent of Rothra and
lead to startling revelations about himself, his family and the true nature of
magic--and dragons. But how can he return home when the very item he was sent
to retrieve doesn't exist? Tale of the Black Heart is now available, with an awesome Mitchell Bentley cover, from Yard Dog Press and Amazon.
Trapped in a world of magic and monsters!
While playing with a book of spells, Skyla, Theo, Jackie,
Alyssa and Marcus accidentally transport themselves to the magical world of Corimar.
The locals consider them adults, which sounds exciting
until they realize they must pay for food and shelter with
hard labor. Too bad Skyla and her friends are all prone to the usual—and some unusual—problems and misjudgments of
youth. Skyla, who is bipolar and without meds, must fight the erratic behavior
spawned by her mood swings. Aspiring
country singer Alyssa discovers she has uncontrolled bardic magic, which she
must harness or the Bards Guild will sever her vocal cords. Theo’s rigid honesty leads him to make a
bargain with the elves that may strand his friends in Corimar forever.
When the five seek the help of a local wizard, he dispatches
them on a cross-country journey to collect items needed to send them home. During
their travels, the group learns that something sinister is bringing chaos and evil to Corimar. They encounter bat-like creatures
that carry people off, killer mermaids and vicious weretigers, as well as
pixies and unicorns. Drawn into the intrigues of the mysterious Mordian, they discover their special
talents could be the key to restoring balance to a world spinning out of
control. Gateway to Corimar, with a fantastic Kevin Hopkins cover, is now available from Yard Dog Press and Amazon.
The new Four Redheads novel, The Four Redheads: The Wrath of Satan, is now available from Yard Dog Press and Amazon.
Those crazy Redheads have found a new loophole: if they can convince
blood relatives to take their jobs as the Four Horsewomen of the
Apocalypse, they get to retire--with pensions!
But Satan has plans of her own. Out of the generosity of her heart, Satan gives the Horsewomen
"vacation on Earth," which just coincidentally renders them all mortal
and subject to being sent to oblivion. But surely Satan is just being
nice, right? Right?
Villains in Training, a humorous fantasy novel by Linda L. Donahue and me, will be published by Yard Dog Press in late 2016. Villains
is set at the University of Dark Arts and Arcane Sciences, established
to train evil sorcerers and mad scientists. Unfortunately for
them, the Transdimensional Supreme Court has issued an order of
integration, requiring them to admit superheros, princes and knights.
But that doesn't mean the evil students have to welcome the
newcomers. . . .
My story, "A Warrior Looks at 40" is now in the most recent Chicks in Chainmail anthology, Chicks and Balances, edited by Esther Friesner and John Helfers, from Baen Books.
All of my Yard Dog Press titles are now available in ebook format on Amazon
Kindle. Links to each title are on the author page.
Acknowledgments and Thanks
See my Four Redheads of the Apocalypse page.
Read a free sample of my work or check out my newly revised Revision Checklist.