The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse [also available at Amazon Kindle] was co-authored by myself, Linda L. Donahue, Rhonda Eudaly and Dusty Rainbolt.  We came up with the idea during ArmadilloCon a few years back.  We all write for Yard Dog Press, a small but fierce publishing house based in Alma, Arkansas.  Their best-selling series is the Bubbas of the Apocalypse anthologies. During the weekend, Rhonda started calling us the Four Redheads of the Apocalypse. On the drive back (we'd had about three hours of sleep between us all weekend), we got to thinking it was a great title.  By the time we got back to the Dallas area we all call home, we had an outline.  We based several of the characters on friends.  For example, Satan is patterned after our fearless leader, Yard Dog publisher and editor-in-chief Selina Rosen.

While discussing ways to promote the book with Selina, someone suggested doing a skit, with Selina playing Satan and the four of us playing our characters.  Selina said she would do it, but she wouldn't wear the high-heeled boots we described Satan wearing.  Then she said, "No wait.  If you all sell 200 books, I'll wear the boots."  (200 books is pretty good sales for a chapbook).  Later the bet evolved to if we sold 300 books, Selina would wear the boots and a miniskirt.  Thanks to the assistance of Midwestern and Southwestern fandom, especially the FenCon concom, we sold over 300 books in four months, with almost all the saleYacoming at conventions.  Currenly, The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse has sold over 1000 copies.



Left to right - Julia Mandala (Famine), Rhonda Eudaly (Death) Dusty Rainbolt (Plague- Pestilence), Linda Donahue (War), Selina Rosen (Satan)











We've been pleased that sales continue to be good even after the bet was over.



In 2010, the four of us finished a novel-length sequel, entitled The Four Redheads: Apocalypse Now!  If you think it's hard for two people to collaborate, try it with four. Instead of writing individual novellas on the same theme, all the plot lines are interwoven and run simultaneously.  Yes, that was challenging.  But we're all still friends <g>.   The novel is now out from Yard Dog Press and at Amazon Kindle.









The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse and The Four Redheads: Apocalypse Now! are now available as ebooks at Baenebooks.com.  You can buy them individually or as part of a bundle, along with Tracy Morris's books Tranquility and Bride of Tranquility.






In Redheads in Love, another novel in four viewpoints, the Four Redheads have found a new level of fine print in the contract that saddled them with their dead husbands' jobs as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  If they can find men who are acceptable to God and Satan, and who are willing to marry them, those men will become the Horsemen and the Redheads are free of their burdens.  Men beware!  The Redheads are on the prowl.

Redheads in Love is also available at Amazon Kindle.







 The Four Redheads: The Wrath of Satan
From the Desk of Satan:
Re: The Four Redheads

Gentlemen:

For TEN years I’ve had to put up with these bit—girls doing crap jobs at being horsewomen and being a giant pain in my as—everything. (Lynn says I can’t cuss in official memos. Screw that!) But it ENDS NOW! I’ve had enough of their fancy dresses, their incompetence, and just them. Don’t even get me started on all that PINK! I’ve had it with the loopholes to get rid of their jobs that they constantly FAIL at achieving. Like this new one—if they can con a blood relative into taking their jobs, they can retire--with  PENSIONS, no less! Like I’d want anyone from their bloodlines. And the thought of them happily retired makes me want to blow up something--or someone.

Well, I’ve found my own loophole! Out of the goodness of my heart, I’m giving those bimbos vacation on Earth. That’s right. They’ll be mortal again and able to enjoy their vacation. So what if that also happens to leave them vulnerable to being sent to oblivion?

You shi—gentlemen have ONE shot to Make Hell Great Again! Bring me their four red heads on a platter, and I’ll reward you. Fail and you’ll find out what “the bowels of Hell” really means. Got it? Good. Now get moving!!!

Linda Donahue did an excellent job putting the horns, wings and Khan hair on Satan (our publisher Selina Rosen). The cover presented some real challenges, as our characters don't age, but sadly, the models do. This cover is so doctored, it could practice medicine.




Links to my favorite sites:

Author Friends:
Linda L. Donahue
Rhonda Eudaly
Dusty Rainbolt
Selina Rosen
William Ledbetter
Mike Resnick
Lawrence Watt-Evans
Walter Jon Williams
Esther Friesner
Shanna Swendson
Gloria Oliver
Margaret Bonham
Laura J. Underwood
Bill Allen
Robert Brown
William (Billy) Eakin
Melanie Fletcher
Tim Frayser
Beverly Hale
Gary Jonas
Brian A. Hopkins
Lee Killough
Katherine Kimbriel
Tracy Morris
Lee Martindale
Bradley Sinor
Glenn R. Sixbury
Dave Smeds
Mel Tatum
Mark  W.Tiedeman
Jeff Turner

Artist Friends:
David Lee Anderson
Kevin Hopkins
Brad W. Foster
Rocky Kelley
Allison Stein
Matt Taggart
Frank Wu

Other Friends:
Ann Loggins Pet Portraits
Stuart Jones, Photographer
Babes with Blades

Publishing Houses:
Yard Dog Press
Baen Books
Benbella Books

Conventions:

FenCon
ConDFW
ApolloCon
SoonerCon
ConQuesT
ArmadilloCon
MidSouthCon
Archon
WorldCon
World Fantasy Con
A-Kon

Belly Dancers:
Amora
Kismet Dance Stage
Meleea
Obsidia
Visions in Dance