I 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 our cats Diana and Apollo.

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What I'm working on now

Linda Donahue and I are about to start the as-yet-untitled fourth book in the Corimar series. And the Four Redheads are gearing up for another Hellish adventure!

The Fantasy Writers Asylum, an imprint of Yard Dog Press, is pleased to announce the release of two new novels, a military fantasy by Christopher Donahue and an urban fantasy by A.D. Guzman.

In The Battle Between Darkness and Light, Justice Must Be Served!

Karro, a world-weary Knight, has served the True God as an instrument of Justice for three hundred years. His new quarry is Voskov, a dangerous sorcerer with a mysterious book of evil spells. Although Duke Voskov’s attempted coup against the emperor fails, he stumbles upon new allies―necromancers with an easily replenished army of undead soldiers and other ancient evils. Karro must challenge Voskov and soon, before the sorcerer and his allies solidify their power and destroy all that the Knight holds dear.

Death's Paladin is available on Amazon.com in both print and Kindle formats. The amazing cover is by Mitchell Bentley of Atomic Fly Studios.

“It's like you’re two different people, Mr. Knight. One of you is a brilliant young man with a bright future, and the other is a slacker with no greater designs for his life than to see how badly he can fail. … You need to decide which of those people you will be."

College student Corbin Knight uses video games to escape a childhood mistake that destroyed his family. Then his past resurfaces when an elf called Shadow returns with an ultimatum for his Beholden: honor your oath or die. Under the Truman-Aelfking Accord, a pact between elf and Beholden, even a minor, is perfectly legal. Before Corbin can complete his task, he runs, literally, into Subtle Jewel. The shape-shifting dragon is on the run from a secret military laboratory. Her experiences there have left her with anger-management issues and a deep-rooted hatred for humans. Out of desperation, Corbin and Subtle Jewel form a shaky alliance as they unearth dangerous secrets–secrets that both the human and faerie governments will kill to protect. Corbin and Subtle Jewel must rise above their troubled pasts and work together to stop a potential war between the realms. Or will their personal demons destroy them both and the worlds they love?

Chaos Heir: Beholden is available on Amazon.com in both print and Kindle formats. The
beautiful cover art is by Brad W. Foster.

Check out all books from the Fantasy Writers Asylum here.

Recent Releases:

The second and third books in the Corimar series, with beautiful covers by Kevin Hopkins.

A World Descending into Chaos!

When Skyla, Theo and Jackie return to Five Bridges to reunite with Alyssa and Gena, they find the city in turmoil. People fight in the streets, and murder has become commonplace. Could this
be the growing chaos their friend Marcus warned them was coming to Corimar?

The elves sent Theo to be their ambassador to the human king and queen to seek an alliance against the sinister Mordian, who has been blending humans and elves with animals to make an army of monsters. But the king is acting strangely and shows no interest in the dangers Mordian and his creatures pose to his subjects. Then someone tries to kill Wizard Bernaugh at Theo’s welcome banquet, leaving the wizard poisoned and in a coma. Are the murder attempt and the king’s strange actions a coincidence, or is a traitor playing a deadly game at court?The five friends are on their own to seek a cure for Bernie. They must also solve the mystery of the king’s bizarre behavior so an alliance can be formed to save both humans and elves from Mordian’s insane plans, before it’s too late.

Traitor's Game
is now available in print at Yard Dog Press and in print and Kindle formats at Amazon.

A monstrous plot! When Theomata Hunt left his friends from Earth to go live with the elves, he thought he’d be leading a peaceful, uncomplicated life. Wrong! A new danger threatens the village—abominations of nature, chimeras composed of several animals blended together by Mordian’s evil magic. When Theo undergoes “the Trial,” an elven ritual where he must find his totem animal or be exiled, a chimera appears to him. Could this horror be his totem animal? Even the wisest elves don’t know what that would mean, except that it’s trouble. Up to now, Mordian has left the elves in relative peace. But when Theo’s Earth friend Skyla arrives on a mission to catalogue Mordian’s hideous creations, she and Theo discover that Mordian plans to experiment with elves the way he has with humans, dwarves and goblins. When the investigation leads them on a perilous journey into Mordian’s fortress, they find they may have bitten off more than they can chew.

Spirit Poles is now available in print at Yard Dog Press and in print and Kindle formats at Amazon.

Yard Dog Press has released a new humorous fantasy novel written by myself and Linda L. Donahue, Villains in Training, witha  beautiful Brad W. Foster cover.

After six books and seven movies, we know where good wizards go to learn their craft. But what about the bad guys? They attend the prestigious University of Dark Arts and Arcane Sciences, where they enjoy such classes as Escaping From Angry Mobs, Monster Husbandry and Vivisection.
 But when Dex, a student mad scientist, and Drake, an evil sorcerer in training, arrive at the university for their junior year, they discover that the Transdimensional Supreme Court has ordered the university to integrate–i.e. it must establish a college for heroes and superheroes.
 Determined to drive the nosy do-gooders from their campus, Dex and Drake instigate a series of vicious pranks. “Cooperation” isn’t a recommended course for villains, though, so their ventures don’t turn out quite as planned. Meanwhile, a determined villain has hatched a plot that only Dex and Drake can stop. But how can they work together when cooperation isn’t in their evil natures? As usual, the devil is in the details…

Villains in Training
is now available in print from Yard Dog Press
and in print and Kindle format at Amazon.

More books from my imprint, The Fantasy Writers Asylum:

In a war between goddesses, can one woman's choices really make a difference?
For 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. 

Being a 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.

Other Recent Releases:

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?

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.

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


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Belly Dancers:
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