JC Cassels


JC Cassels, a native of Tampa, Florida, traces her lifelong fascination with SF/Adventure to watching Star Trek on a tiny black and white portable television aboard the family boat as a child. The Space Opera trend that followed the release of Star Wars fed an obsessive need for swashbuckling adventure set in deep space. Today, JC feeds that need by writing her own adventures, heavily inspired by 1960's television shows like Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, and Wild Wild West and fueled by Firefly reruns.

When not writing in her haunted hospital, JC lives with her husband, three children, five dogs, twenty chickens and a horse in a century-old house in a tiny rural community, and enjoys spending her free time sewing, camping, and heckling theoretical physicists on the Science Channel.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A full bladder...and my husband shaking me and telling me I have school lunches to prepare. It's the writing that keeps me from crawling back between the sheets.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Tampa, Florida during the height of the Space Race. The pirate culture of Tampa mixed with all the high tech excitement of moon landings and shuttle launches. Space opera just seems a natural byproduct of that environment.

Tampa is a great place to grow up, and even better place to come of age. With Gasparilla, Guavaween, and all the events in between, there is always something going on. One weekend you're dressing like a pirate, another you're at a Renaissance Festival, another and you're in a kilt watching a caber toss. In the morning you can drink cafe con leche in Ybor, go sailing and have fresh seafood, take your pick of restaurants and martini bars, then dance the night away.
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Where to find JC Cassels online


Hero's End
Series: The Black Wing Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 124,260. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
A nearly successful attempt on Blade Devon's life makes him question his priorities, his career, and his allegiances. Bo Barron's quest to find her father and clear her name uncovers betrayal by those closest to her, making her wonder whether Blade loves her, or is she only an asset to be used? Given the choice between love and duty, which does one sacrifice for the other?
Tales From the SFR Brigade
Price: Free! Words: 76,360. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Experience love and adventure among the stars in ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade,’ a free digital anthology of eight Science Fiction Romance stories.
Sovran's Pawn
Series: The Black Wing Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,000. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
When Bo Barron's father is kidnapped, she'll do anything to get him back...including walking into a trap. United by extortion, divided by duty, someone wants them both dead. They want each other. The catch is, nothing is what it seems...

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Smashwords book reviews by JC Cassels

  • The Whispering Tombs (Quality Times #1) on May 23, 2012

    Love Quality Times! She's a tongue-in-cheek time-traveling adventurer. Her sidekick, Tim, is a great foil for her jaded demeanor as she's dragged into an ever-increasingly dangerous adventure with twists and turns to keep you turning the pages!Tim, an unapologetic Whovian, tries telling people he's a Timelord from Gallifrey, much to Quality's chagrin. In their first adventure (of many, I hope) Quality Times and Tim are on a quest to see the universe. With a time machine/space ship that shrinks down to the size of a child's toy, all of time and space are theirs for the exploring. So where do they go? Why to a resort, of course. That's where they meet Bob, a self-styled archaeologist complete with safari outfit and pith helmet. Bob's hunky assistant Qez, a.k.a. Bluey the "sexy police siren" catches Quality's eye. Joining forces with Bob and Qez, Quality and Tim try their hand at grave robbing, I mean archaeology, and end up taking on more than they'd anticipated. The Whispering Tombs is a rollicking good romp complete with betrayal, greed, grave robbing, gunplay and extinct critters that keep popping up at the darnedest moments. It's a quick and fun escape that ends all-too-quickly and leaves you turning the page looking for more. You'll gasp with surprise, laugh out loud at some parts and groan at others. All-in-all, expect to be delighted and entertained.