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
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
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!!!
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.