by Elise Stokes
Book 1: Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula
One Girl. One Accident. One Incredible Superhero. Cassidy Jones is your typical fourteen-year-old— that is, until a seemingly harmless accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist turns her world upside down. Discovering incredible strength, speed, and enhanced physical senses that defy logic, Cassidy embarks on an action-packed adventure that has her fighting for answers…and for her very life.
Book 3: Cassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant
Book 4: Cassidy Jones and the Luminous
They need. They seed. They breed.
An inhuman evil lurks in the depths of Lake Washington– an evil that walks among us. They look like us…they talk like us…but they are not us. And when Cassidy Jones discovers that they threaten life as we know it, can she summon the power to stop them? In her greatest test yet–and her greatest adventure– the world hangs in the balance against a relentless and insidious adversary: the Luminous.
“Elise Stokes proves she’s more than up to the task of evolving the lives of her characters and upping the stakes in the process.”
“WOW! Cassidy Jones is the best heroine of all time!”
“Being a fan of the entire series, I dared think I could predict where the story was going. Wrong! Stokes only added more layers to each of the memorable characters surrounding the intrepid Cassidy Jones.”
Book 5: Cassidy Jones and the Eternal Flame
Some boundaries should never be crossed…
The diabolic Metal Woman takes three people hostage. Her ransom demand: the location of a mysterious and unprecedented weapon, rumored to have been a gift to the Third Reich from Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
When a rescue attempt goes sideways, Cassidy Jones seeks justice. Her quest leads her to the Seattle Underground, where she falls into the grip of an inexplicable evil. Cassidy learns too late that her desire for revenge may cost the life of someone she loves.
Vividly written and heart-stoppingly tense, the action scenes really set the pace and keep me turning pages, well past my normal bedtime.
“I love how the characters are all changing and growing up.”
“Cassidy Jones is growing up, and she’s taking no prisoners. Wow…this book delivered an intense mix of girl power and intrigue, combined with complex relationships and story lines. I ate it up.”
CIR: You have created some very unique villains throughout the series. Where do you get your ideas, and which of the various “bad guys” do you think is most formidable?
STOKES: Thank you, and great question. I just started writing and there they were— in all of their outlandish, evil glory. However, I do picture Stanly Tucci as Arthur King Jr. and David Niven as Arthur King Sr. when writing scenes with those two villains. Regarding who is the most formidable, that’s a toss-up between Arthur King Sr. and Patrick Grimm. King is a brilliant psychopath who views himself as noble and Grimm is the leader of an alien-human hybrid species; both pose an existential threat to humanity (and to one another— hint hint).
CIR: The Cassidy Jones series, written for teens, has the expected elements of fast-paced action and light romance. What do you include that is not so common, either thematically or plot-wise?
STOKES: A strong family unit. My family members are precious to me, and I wanted Cassidy’s to be to her as well. However, I had no idea how important a tight-knit family would be to my target audience until I’d received feedback from beta readers for Secret Formula. All six teenage girls had mentioned how much they appreciated Cassidy’s closeness with her parents and brothers. Also— though they are flawed, just as we all are— I do try to make my main characters good role models. Cassidy, Emery, and Jared exhibit loyalty, courage, kindness, and respect for others and for themselves. Both boys treat Cassidy in a way that I would hope every female would expect to be treated by a male, and visa-versa.
CIR: If you could have any one of Cassidy’s super powers, which would it be, and why?
STOKES: Well, not immortality. I’ve thought a lot about this and agree with Cassidy’s conclusion. It would be awesome to have super strength. I’d be the coolest mom in the world if I could fight like She-Hulk, without the rage, of course.