Jacquelyn Smith is an indie fantasy author, who lives on the outskirts of Toronto, Ontario, in the frigid expanse that is Canada. She escapes to tropical havens whenever possible, and to alternate, fantastical realms when real trips aren't in the budget. Her guiding principle in life is WWXD (What Would Xena Do?), and her interests include Ancient Egypt, Nine Inch Nails, and jazz hands.
In addition to contest-winning fantasy short stories, she is also the author of the epic fantasy World of Lasniniar Series:
Light Chasers -- A Novel of Lasniniar (Book 0)
Legacy Hunter -- A Tale of Lasniniar (Book 0.75)
Soul Seeker -- A Novel of Lasniniar (Book 1)
Shadow Stalker -- A Tale of Lasniniar (Book 1.5)
Storm Rider -- A Novel of Lasniniar (Book 2)
Bond Forger -- A Tale of Lasniniar (Book 2.5)
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VideosLight Chasers Book Trailer
This is the book trailer for the upcoming fantasy novel, Light Chasers, by Jacquelyn Smith.Storm Rider Book Trailer
This is the book trailer for the fantasy novel, Storm Rider, from the World of Lasniniar series.Soul Seeker Book Trailer
This is the book trailer for Soul Seeker (Book 1 of the World of Lasniniar Series).Wave Runners Book Trailer
This is the book trailer for the epic fantasy novel, Wave Runners, from the World of Lasniniar Series.
Legends of Lasniniar: A Close Shave
Never come between a dwarf and his whiskers...
Dwarvenhome’s annual Bristle Brawl is in full swing when Iarion visits Barlo, and emotions are running high. Even though it’s Iarion’s first time witnessing the facial hair competition, he senses there is something more behind the mounting tension—something unnatural.
Legends of Lasniniar: A Solstice Tale
The holidays can be a stressful time for anyone. Iarion and Barlo are no exception.
While most residents of Lasniniar are busy shopping, feasting, and drinking, the two friends find themselves dealing with a rampant thief and two enemy tribes on the brink of war. It looks like their own Solstice celebrations will have to wait...
Legends of Lasniniar: A New Kind of Magic
Be careful what you wish for...
After years of trailing faithfully at Barlo's side, Paige is finally off to find adventures of her own. But when she arrives in Nal Nungalid, she gets more than she bargained for when she finds herself ensnared by an unfamiliar magic.
Can she escape a life of slavery a second time?
This 8,300 word fantasy novelette adventure takes place after Wave Runners.
Legends of Lasniniar: The Wild Side
Sometimes an act of desperation reveals qualities we never knew we had...
Iarion is hoping to learn more about his missing connection to the Quenya by visiting the Fey Wood, but he is too tame by Wild Elf standards to be made welcome. The only way to prove himself is against impossible odds.
This 8,900 word fantasy adventure novelette takes place before Legacy Hunter from the Lasniniar Series.
Legends of Lasniniar: The Bearded Ones
The elves are newcomers to Lasniniar when they learn of a new race of short, bearded folk living beneath the mountains to the north. Most of the elves aren’t interested in their new neighbors, but Iadrawyn senses the fates of both races are intertwined.
All she has to do is convince these stubborn and untrusting people—who speak an unfamiliar language—that the elves are not the enemy.
Wave Runners (The World of Lasniniar Book 3)
In Western Lasniniar, a new power is rising.
Far to the east, the Sea Elves hear its siren call. But when an expedition led by Feoras goes missing, it fills them with a growing sense of unease.
What darkness lurks beneath the surface?
Iarion and Barlo are about to find out.
Legends of Lasniniar: Lady Justice
Sometimes a single act of violence can set off a chain reaction, triggering outcomes no one would expect.
Men and women from the villages surrounding Belierumar are going missing. Some are even being found dead.
When a trader carries the news to Dwarvenhome, Barlo and Iarion decide to investigate. But nothing could prepare them for the tragedy they are about to uncover.
Legends of Lasniniar: What the Cat Dragged In
Cats may use their tongue for toilet paper, but they also have an uncanny knack for seeming to know far more than they should. Lucky for Barlo, Sinstari is no exception.
When a fever strikes Dwarvenhome and claims Narilga as one of its victims, Sinstari suspects he knows how to help. But getting Barlo to understand him is only the first of his challenges...
Legends of Lasniniar: Possession
The line between love and obsession can be a blurry one.
Long before he earns infamy under another name, Golvanyar knows he and Iadrawyn are meant to be together. She has a hard time accepting the idea, but Golvanyar has to believe she senses it too.
Even if Iadrawyn won't see reason, Golvanyar is determined to do whatever it takes to make her his...
Legends of Lasniniar: Trial by Fire
The difference between a hero and a villain usually depends on who is telling the story.
Years have passed since Lysandir's escape from Mar Valion, but aside from the Light Elves, few believe him a victim of circumstance. When some dwarves are found dead with the Learnéd One camping nearby, Lysandir immediately becomes the prime suspect.
Will Iarion be able to prove his innocence in time?
Legends of Lasniniar: Her Rightful Place
Arinmalia has always known she is destined for great things. It's hardly her fault her fellow Wild Elves don't share her vision...
Just when she begins to think no one will ever understand her, a journey beyond the borders of her forest home sets the wheels of fate in motion and changes everything.
This 8,600 word dark fantasy novelette takes place in the realm of Ralvaniar.
Legends of Lasniniar: Close Quarters
There's nothing like a crisis to bring strangers together.
Narilga's brother has gone missing again, and it's up to her to find him. This time, the task proves more difficult than usual. Dwarvenhome is a vast city, and not every chamber beneath the mountain is safe.
She soon realizes she has little chance of succeeding on her own but a chance encounter with a dwarf named Barlo changes everything
Keeper of Secrets (Fatal Empire Part 1)
In the Dharakmeni Empire, nothing is as it seems.
Raziel has many questions. He has long wondered about his absent mother's fate, but even his wildest imaginings couldn't be further from the truth. Little does he know her secrets will change his destiny, and have the power to alter the future of the empire itself.
Perhaps some questions are better left unanswered...
Legends of Lasniniar: Shipwrecked
Feoandir is having a bad day.
The maelstrom that destroyed Ralvaniar has also become the ruin of his ship, stranding him on the shore of a strange and perilous land. Worse, his elven crew and passengers have fractured into their former tribes and can't seem to agree on anything--except to elect him as their leader.
Legends of Lasniniar: A Deadly Wind
Family relations can be a complicated business.
Although Linwyn and Golaron are twins, they don't always see eye to eye, and their father's blatant favoritism of Linwyn doesn't help matters. But now a plague has come to Belierumar, and the twins may be the only ones who can save the city--if they can return with help in time.
Legends of Lasniniar: The Vow
Promises are easy to make; the only hard part is keeping them.
Journey back to Ralvaniar to the time of dragons, demons of blood and fire, and the Sea Folk to learn the chain of events that brought two kindred spirits together, and set the destiny of the elves in motion.
This 8,600 word fantasy novelette adventure takes place just before Light Chasers in the World of Lasniniar Series.
Legends of Lasniniar: Mum's the Word
Iarion and Barlo are back together and on the road, this time on a straightforward journey from Melaquenya to Dwarvenhome. Lasniniar is at peace, and for once, they aren't burdened by any life-threatening tasks. What could possibly go wrong?
This 10,000 word fantasy novelette adventure takes place between the prologue and first part of Storm Rider in the World of Lasniniar Series.
Bond Forger (The World of Lasniniar Book 2.5)
Secrets can be heavy burdens. Barlo has been carrying his for years.
Frustrated and restless, he seizes a chance at freedom by taking his father’s place as envoy to the exiled clans of Dwarvendeep. But he soon learns their tenuous allies have a secret of their own...
This 12,000 word fantasy novelette adventure takes place shortly after Storm Rider, and includes an excerpt of Wave Runners.
Storm Rider (The World of Lasniniar Book 2)
The elves think the years of terror and darkness are finally over. They believe they have already witnessed the worst evil the world has ever known.
When Iarion senses a growing malice in the uncharted south, his people think him a fool for seeking it out.
They couldn’t be more wrong.
This 113,000 word epic fantasy novel is the sequel to Light Chasers and Soul Seeker.
Light Chasers (The World of Lasniniar Book 0)
Beware the darkness...
In a time before the moon and sun, dragons and blood-drinking demons freely roam the land, and two elves discover a magic that will change their world forever. But power is a tricky thing, luring friend and foe alike.
Will it be their salvation or their doom?
This 101,000 word epic fantasy novel is the prequel to Soul Seeker, and includes an excerpt of Storm Rider.
Shadow Stalker (The World of Lasniniar Book 1.5)
The unknown enemy is the most dangerous enemy of all...
A mysterious letter summons Barlo to Belierumar, leaving him unsure what to expect. He soon discovers a dark force plagues the city once more—this time from within. Danger lurks around every corner. Can Barlo unravel the mastermind’s plot in time to save his friends?
This 13,000 word fantasy novelette adventure takes place after Soul Seeker.
Soul Seeker (The World of Lasniniar Book 1)
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
What if, in a world where every elf’s destiny is an open book, you were the only one whose fate was unknown?
Iarion’s quest for meaning has spanned millennia. Now ancient, dark powers are rising, and he may be the only one who can stop them. Joined by the unlikeliest of companions, treachery looms from within and without.
How far would you go in your search for answers?
Legacy Hunter (The World of Lasniniar Book 0.75)
How do you trust a complete stranger? Barlo has never had to find out—until now.
A mortally-wounded elf brings news of a relic that could change Barlo’s destiny, and Barlo has no choice but to put his faith in him, which is no easy task. Little does he know where the new relationship will lead him...
This 7,700 word novelette is the first adventure of Iarion and Barlo, and leads into Soul Seeker
Rubicon -- A Short Story Collection
Decisions can be dangerous. In worlds where mages, assassins, and usurpers run rampant, your next move might be your last.
This fantasy short story collection contains three tales of characters whose fates are forever altered by passing a point of no return: The Unclean (3,200 words), The God’s Eye (5,000 words), and Wayward Scribe (2,700 words). Also includes an excerpt of Soul Seeker.
Wayward Scribe -- A Short Story
No one ever notices the humble scribe. But when an ancient enemy invades the kingdom, wit and words become more than just tools of survival; they are a catalyst with the power to shape the future.
Download of this 2,700 word fantasy short story of loyalty and betrayal includes an excerpt of Jacquelyn Smith’s debut fantasy novel, Soul Seeker.
The God's Eye -- A Short Story
Thievery can be profitable work; the higher the risk, the greater the reward. But when a wizard comes looking to hire someone to steal one of the world’s most well-guarded and mysterious relics, even the local outlaws are nervous. Only one woman is willing to take on the task. Raena never could resist a challenge...
The Unclean -- A Short Story
Jared always wanted to be noticed. Now a secret summons from the Mage-Lord promises to make all his dreams come true. Finally, his magical talents will be recognized. But he soon realizes all is not as it seems.
This 3,200 word fantasy short story placed third in the Writers’ Journal 2010 Fiction Contest and was published in the July/August issue of the magazine. Includes an excerpt of Soul Seeker
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Smashwords book reviews by Jacquelyn Smith
- Flash Gold
on Oct. 10, 2011
I'm new to steampunk and I really enjoyed this book. Kali is an appealing character, and I love the chemistry between her and Cedar. I downloaded Hunted right after I finished reading Flash Gold to find out what happens next!
- If I Die, Please Bring Cheesecake To My Funeral
on Sep. 22, 2012
I really enjoyed this collection of misadventures. Donloree's writing is honest, funny, and completely relatable. I especially empathized with her skiing story (which is so similar to my own experience), and her step aerobics story made me laugh out loud. Overall, this is a fun read that leaves you both admiring and shaking your head at the author's persistence.