Appearance on The Rhode Show on WPRI-TV
discussing, "The Vampire"
Rhode Island Author Raina C. Smith Releases Latest Novel
(Cranston, RI) - Rhode Island author Raina C. Smith has released her latest novel, The Vampire.
“After writing furiously for over a year, I am thrilled to finally share The Vampire with the public. This is so much more than just another vampire novel, this book is about humanity, struggle, the quest to explain one's place in the universe, the search for evidence of a higher power, and hope for redemption. While I love all my books, I feel especially attached to this eccentric vampire character whom I know readers will love, admire, find terrifying, yet for whom their hearts will bleed,” Smith said.
“Readers will be drawn into dramatic scenes set in historic Rhode Island, where its rich, yet dark history is oftentimes scarier than fiction. The Vampire may also lead readers to wonder if, in fact, an elegant, sophisticated vampire named Rex truly does live in Newport, roaming around and interacting with unsuspecting mortals,” she added.
Author Raina C. Smith, a former television news reporter and director of communications for several political offices, is a native Rhode Islander and writer of The Vampire, as well as The 13th Apostle trilogy series. Smith draws creative inspiration from personal experiences, an innate curiosity of the universal energy force that connects all life, a love for her home state’s storied history, and from a source which she considers of another realm, but cannot explain or identify, to create dramatic and intense storylines for her books. Smith feels that she, herself, must be spiritually moved and riveted by every scene and chapter she writes, before ever considering it worthy of sharing with her readers. Writing novels highlighting mankind’s struggle between good and evil, touching on the supernatural, is Smith’s life’s passion. Readers will always find deep human emotion, brutal conflict, unbridled love and sex, interesting world history, and unique characters wildly driven by their own sense of purpose, within the pages of her books. A lover of nature and all animals, Smith’s writing illustrates her inborn quest to understand why human beings, born to a breathtaking earth, blessed to share it with the most fascinating creatures, meant to inspire and teach, take it for granted, depleting themselves, and each other along their life’s journey. While Smith knows she will never fully uncover the secrets of the universe, she feels with certainty that to begin to understand who we are and why we’re truly here, as well as start to heal the planet, we must all embrace the conscious intelligence of the natural environment surrounding us, and look into the eyes and feel the hearts of sentient beings, who already have the answer. Smith intends to spend the rest of her life observing and writing about the evolution of the human soul.
Hundreds of years ago, Rex, one of the world’s rarest and most powerful vampires, decided to quietly settle in Newport, Rhode Island, where the public still has no idea he lives among them. Rex, however, is no ordinary vampire. A tortured soul, he roams Rhode Island’s most historic locations, tracking down some of the state’s most detestable human beings, to rid the area of those he considers contemptible, while leaving others in ignorant peace. Yes, this vampire kills, but he does so in such spectacularly chilling fashion that it’s poetic. His sensitive side though is what sets him apart from his cold-blooded brethren. Connecting to living things upon the earth, he develops a newfound appreciation for the natural world, all of which he feels mortals mostly take for granted, but which he no longer does. It is because of this, Rex, a vampire, ironically finds himself searching for evidence of a higher power to explain the deeper meaning of his existence, and if one such as him deserves a place in the universe, let alone redemption. Rhode Island’s vampire is complex beyond measure. Not only is he a lover of nature, and the arts, he even has the capacity to fall passionately in love with a woman. Through his lifestyle and immortal experiences, Rex’s heart-wrenching story is a reminder of the beauty, yet complexity of the human experience. As Rex learns, living as a vampire can be difficult, but dying is even harder.
The Vampire is 453 pages. It is available on Amazon.com (paperback/kindle), Barnes & Noble (NOOK) and Apple iBooks.
For more information about author Raina C. Smith, her novel The Vampire or her other books, The 13th Apostle and its sequel Divine Providence (the first two installments of her religious thriller trilogy series), visit her website and blog at www.rainasmith.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
Amazon.com (paperback / kindle)
Barnes & Noble (NOOK)
The Rhode Show on WPRI-TV
Steve Klamkin & The Saturday AM News (WPRO radio)
Warwick Beacon and Cranston Herald newspapers
The Pawtucket Times (Photo Credit: Ernest Brown / The Woonsocket Call)
WSBS radio with host Ron Carson
Photo credit: Ernest Brown / The Woonsocket Call