J.J. Mainor


I can talk about my characters and stories far more easily than I can talk about myself. The best way to learn about me is through those stories. Writing primarily science fiction, I enjoy worlds and universes that aren't so black and white. Every story has something to say, and every message is not as straight-forward as it seems. We tend to boil ourselves down and define ourselves according to neat labels, whether by race, gender, political identity, or whatever; and the truth is, we're more complicated than that. I try to write worlds and characters that reflect that complexity and diversity of belief.

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Best friends Jakarta Jones and Colton Wells own and operate one of twenty-two supply depots in orbit around the planet Durango. Depot-14 is a series of completely standalone stories. The book does not end in the middle of the story. You won't find any annoying cliffhangers, forcing you to buy the next book just to find out what happened. You don't even have to read the series in order! Depot-14 is a series giving you, the reader, the choice in how you tackle it.
In the timberlands of Northern Maine, a killer hides in the woods. Who is the killer? It could be your friend, your brother, even you!
Freedom Reigns
In the early 23rd century, four nations dominate interstellar travel. Their programs have remained a mystery to the people of Earth, including their own people, and the UN wants to know why. Previous inspectors have yielded little insightful information. Dr. Remy Duval is the latest to venture into the unknown.
The Vorman Insurgence
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Subject D-20
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The Fifth Fleet
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Freedom's Wake
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Target: Earth
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Depot-14 The Complete Series
Series: Depot-14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 287,520. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Collects all 10 stories in the Depot-14 series! Jakarta and Colton own and operate a supply depot franchise, but how can they run their business when the universe seems to be against them?
Covfefe Syndrome
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,010. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
What is a man without his memories? That is a question Colonial Ship Captain Eznik D'brosian faces when a rare disease attacks his brain. As he witnesses his family, friends, and career fade away, he struggles to hold onto something...anything of the man he is.
Depot-14: Badge of Honor
Series: Depot-14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,760. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Jakarta teams up with the constable of a small town to track down a gem thief, unaware her new friend plans to keep the gems for himself.
Depot-14: General Dumont
Series: Depot-14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,080. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
When the biggest hero of the Separatist War decides to run for President of the Republic, he sets up on Depot-14 while campaigning on Durango. Unfortunately for Jakarta and Colton, there are those who can’t forget the War and want revenge for losing…and they’re not concerned about anyone who gets in their way.
Depot-14: The Dream That Never Was
Series: Depot-14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,780. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
When Depot-14 requires an expensive repair, Colton and Tucker head to a supposedly abandoned supply depot in orbit around a dead colony seeking salvage, only the depot is not as abandoned as he thought. In order to save his brother’s life, Colton must thwart a terrorist plot.
Depot-14: The Boy From Hen
Series: Depot-14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,920. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A ship docks with Depot-14 carrying an injured, young Hennite. When the Army arrives, demanding Colton and Jakarta turn him over, Tucker slips away with the alien, hoping to save his life.
Depot-14: Dead or Alive
Series: Depot-14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,350. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A constable from Marsden arrives with a warrant for Jakarta’s arrest. Her innocence is not in question, but with the lawman’s reputation, Jakarta may not survive long enough to clear her name.
Depot-14: Revenge With a Kiss
Series: Depot-14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,390. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Jakarta falls for a traveler Colton doesn’t like. Are his feelings justified, or is it a case of simple jealousy?
Depot-14: Crash Landing
Series: Depot-14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,290. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A security job turns into a fight for survival when a passenger ship crash-lands on the hostile world of Hen. While Jakarta struggles to defend the survivors, her biggest threat may not be the natives.
Depot-14: Legacy of Vengeance
Series: Depot-14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,340. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Upon learning his father was murdered, Colton returns home to the family estate to confront not only the killer, but a lifetime of family secrets and lies.
Depot-14: Broken Saber
Series: Depot-14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,470. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
When Colton goes down for murder, it’s up to Jakarta to find the evidence that will free him.
Depot-14: The Americium Shipment
Series: Depot-14. Price: Free! Words: 30,040. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
An armed gang boards the depot, taking Jakarta, Colton, and their clients hostage while they await the arrival of a cargo ship carrying a valuable load of americium.
They Knew
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,770. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
An ancient race called the Oegyein once ruled this galaxy, but today, very little remains of their empire. Most of what we know is the stuff of legends and myths.
The Timberlands Trilogy
Series: Timberlands. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 69,340. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Collects all three Timberlands novellas: Blood and Prey Fatal Friendships Inferno
Timberlands 3: Inferno
Series: Timberlands. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,230. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Undead
A team of hotshots move into the timberlands to battle a wildfire, but they march straight into a grudge match as two killers battle for dominance – and bodies!
Are There Heroes In Hell?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 79,640. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(5.00 from 1 review)
USMC Lance Corporal Jackson Freebourne served on the front lines before his position was overrun and he was captured by Canadian forces and sent to an icy prison. If the elements don’t kill him, the guards might, and the only chance for survival involves keeping his head down and staying invisible.
Rebel of Sonick
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,800. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American
When a local uprising threatens her hometown and the National Guard occupies her college campus for their response, Angela Cassini finds herself torn between the friends who want a cause to support and the troops offering hope for the family trapped behind the lines. Bodies start piling up on campus and Angela finds herself questioning her own decisions, but does it come too late?
The Greenburg Timelines: Prisoners of Utopia
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 101,650. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Researcher Michael Greenburg, his son Cole, and his assistant Jessica Fulton wander the multiverse aimlessly after a lab accident. Their only hope for getting home lies in an Earth more advanced than their own, but this utopia is not what it appears to be.
Dione's War
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 322,830. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A chance discovery reignites old conflicts and thrusts an unwilling Dione Pafford into the center of it all.
Dione's War Part 1: End of Order
Price: Free! Words: 28,880. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
End of Order documents the final hours of the EDF battle carrier Legacy and her crew as a force of disenfranchised Earth expatriates calling themselves the Vandals wage a final assault to implement their Final Solution on the planet Legacy has sworn to protect.
Freedom Reigns: The Complete Series
Series: Freedom Reigns. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 319,840. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Collects all 6 books in the Freedom Reigns Series and the 4 bonus short stories.
Target: Earth
Series: Freedom Reigns, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 77,720. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The race is on! Remy Duval must rely on every trick and tactic picked up during his long ordeal if he expects to stop the Vorman attack on Earth, but first he must deal with his own demons and the nagging fear that to win the day, he must sacrifice the last bits of his own morality. In the end, he may be more like the monsters he spent his life prosecuting than he cares to admit.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,640. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A murderous ghost stalks the guests and staff at a bed and breakfast.
Subject D-20
Series: Freedom Reigns, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,940. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
When the Acerna threaten an Independent Union facility, the RS Freedom is called in to extract the Republic’s liaison. During the mission, Remy Duval witnesses the most heinous act yet, and decides he’s had enough. With a new ally by his side, he takes advantage of the growing chaos to attempt a mutiny.
Freedom's Wake
Series: Freedom Reigns, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,940. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Remy Duval's one chance to save Earth lies in navigating the Freedom across a deadly patch of concentrated radiation known as the Crucible. His sanctuary lies in a hidden dimension while the ship travels unguided. But when a race of mechanical beings slips aboard and threatens their plans, Remy and his crew must suffer exposure to repel this new menace.
Compared to What
You set the price! Words: 92,240. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Dale Ridgewick comes to Hades Garden with the cops on his tail and a bagful of cash in his truck. Trying to start a new life, he buys a house, finds a girlfriend, and gets a job. But when a workplace rivalry threatens the peace he seeks, Dale harnesses his dark past to wage war, unaware his nemesis harbors his own deadly past.
While Time Can Wait
Price: Free! Words: 41,330. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A lighthearted short story of a god-like alien who shows up in one man's back yard with a message.
USS Krakowski
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 90,860. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Disgraced Lieutenant Jace Modeen takes a team aboard an alien drone ship for what should have been a routine mission of study and discovery. But it quickly becomes his chance to demonstrate his leadership and redeem his past mistakes when he learns the ship heralds a larger attack force with a world-shattering origin.
The Fifth Fleet
Series: Freedom Reigns, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,600. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
With the Freedom under his control and repairs nearly complete, Remy Duval and his small crew of rebels find their plans to return to Earth placed on hold when a Vorman ship discovers their location. His old friend Sake seeks peace, but determining his true intentions will expose everyone’s secrets and betrayal.
The Vorman Insurgence
Series: Freedom Reigns, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,450. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Broken and humiliated, Remy Duval must play the defeated prisoner to the sadistic Colonel Freedom while he plans his escape and return to Earth.
Timberlands: Blood and Prey
Series: Timberlands, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 27,000. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
After witnessing his brother's death and fleeing from the killer in the woods during a camping trip, Gunner returns to the remote timberlands of Northern Maine with three friends to recover the body. He feels he's ready for the killer this time, but he's not ready for the surprises the forest hides.
My Internet Nightmare
Price: Free! Words: 39,080. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
A moderator for an internet message board holds a grudge against me. There's nothing he can do about it though, right?
The Siege of LX-925
Series: Freedom Reigns, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 58,230. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Republic Ship Freedom has been ordered to remove a group of defiant miners from the dead world LX-925. As UN inspector Dr. Remy Duval marvels over the advanced technology at the crew's disposal, he quickly understands the horrific downside to these wonders. Risking everything, Remy schemes to bring a peaceful end to the stand-off before it escalates into genocide.
Timberlands 2: Fatal Friendships
Series: Timberlands, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,750. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A real estate agent selling the timberlands finds eight trespassers searching for their missing friends unaware that the curse of the timberlands has transformed one of those missing friends into an angry killer.

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Smashwords book reviews by J.J. Mainor

  • Rika! on April 24, 2016

    Some of the craziest movie and TV shows come out of Australia, so when I noticed the language for this book set at Australian English, I jumped on it; and it lived up to my expectations. Do not let the cover fool you, it is an interesting story set in a very imaginative world. If there is one disappointment, it's that this is the first in a series and we'll have to wait for the next part. But don't let that bother you. I found it free on Smashwords, it's certainly worth the time, and I'd say Fogarty is one of those indie authors worth watching.
  • The TEABAG Goblins on Jan. 14, 2018

    From the cover, I expected this to be everything you want to see from a true indie author - it was a delightfully amateurish image, such as to bring a smile to my face. But when I read the story, I was surprised to find it was done in an ironic sense. The story itself was funny and fun - the author doesn't take himself too seriously. To say he shattered the 4th wall is a bit misleading as it was never there to begin with. Only thing that detracted was that this was a piece in a broader universe, however at no point did I feel I missed anything having not read the other works. The characters here were largely original to the story, and the adventure entirely self-contained. I didn't think it would be easy to exceed my expectations from the cover, but I was wrong - I loved this story!
  • A Robots Tale on May 09, 2020

    Loved the story. Author takes a standard robots-rebel-and-take-over-the-world story, and by shifting the focus between the humans and the robots, he is able to turn these otherwise evil robot characters into beings we can understand, and sometimes sympathize with. And the author showcases some moments of horror that I wouldn't have expected from this story trope. The images bookending the chapters really accentuate the story and I thought they were beautiful. Many authors can't pull off images in a prose book, but I loved the images in here.