Rachel R. Smith

66 Flips | 4 Magazines | @RachelRSmith | Author, scientist, lover of books, video games, roses, minerals, and all things shiny.

What’s in a name?

Every day, all across the globe, parents-to-be ponder, mull, and agonize over choosing the perfect name for their baby. Some choices are easy–taking …

Happy Book Birthday, Harbinger!

It’s been one year since my second book, <i>Reflection: Harbinger of the Phoenix</i>, was published! It took me ten years to write <i>The Stranger in the Mirror</i>, …

The Stranger

In the beginning there was Charis…

Having now finished the revisions to Book 1 and handed them off to my editor, I’m back to working hard on Book 4. I actually finished the outline and …

Libraries

Music and an Author’s Brain

I was so excited to discover today that one of my favorite artists, Lindsey Stirling (check her and her music out here if you haven’t heard of her), …

Soundtracks

The Cicadas are Driving me Crazy! (An Author’s Coping Mechanism)

Cicadas. Our periodic “friends” that provide the charming evening sounds characteristic of late summer.<p>Occasionally (every 17 years or so, depending …

Insects

Science Fantasy–Not-so-magical crystals part 2

To continue with my series on “not-so-magical crystals,” today’s post is is about the real scientific concepts that inspired Renatus’ magic system. …

Reflection: Dragon’s Bane Cover Reveal!

As promised, today is cover reveal day for <i>Reflection: Dragon’s Bane</i> (Records of the Ohanzee Book 4). Even though the release is still months away …

Books

I finally did it!

As a treat to myself to celebrate the release of Book 3, I finally took the plunge and went for the ombre hair that I’ve been longing for since …

Hair

Nail Polish Sunday #13

Now that book 3 is off into the world, I finally have some time to have a little fun with my nail polish again! I thought this would be the perfect …

Hobby Lobby

A Book Look for Harbinger!

You might recall a post I made a few months ago about “Book Looks”–a pairing of book covers with fashion. Back then, Mikky V of Nocturnal Predators …

Graphic Novels

Goodreads Deals

I just learned about this today and wanted to share!<p>Goodreads users: did you know there’s a new feature available called Goodreads Deals? Sign up for …

iBooks

Nail Polish Sunday #14

It’s time once again for Nail Polish Sunday!<p>But before that–a quick Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Today also just so happens to be a …

Coats

Not-so-Magical Crystals (Part 1)

This is a post I’ve been looking forward to writing for quite some time–discussing the relationship between science and fantasy in my book series. I …

Crystals

Nail Polish Sunday #12

It’s that time again–Nail Polish Sunday! I’ve been extremely busy lately with the final preparations for the release of book 3 and doing the usual …

Nails

Like a shower of falling stars

The release date for Reflection: Thorn of the White Rose (Records of the Ohanzee Book 3) is rapidly approaching! Leading up to the release on May 31, …

Travel Writing

The Spirit in the Cave

The Scorch Mark (and a Goodreads giveaway!)

Today I’ll be sharing quote #3 from Reflection: Thorn of the White Rose (Records of the Ohanzee Book 3). Also, a new Goodreads giveaway has kicked …

Creative Writing

Over the Wall

My Phoenix

Last quote! Tomorrow I’ll be adding Chapter 1 – Ink, Paper, and a Secret Meeting to the book excerpts–stay tuned! ^_^

Travel Writing

Nail Polish Sunday #10, Sumo, Giveaway Reminder, and an Upcoming Promo (Oh my!)

It’s time for Nail Polish Sunday! This week I want to start out by sharing a story. It may not seem relevant to nail polish at first, but stick with …

Nails

Happy National Library Week!

Happy National Library week!<p>I came across this video marking the occasion and had to share. “Don’t feel guilty. Just read!”<p>PS-For those of you who …

Lord of the Libraries

Libraries

Renatus’ Calendar (And How I’m Just as Bad at Remembering Fictional Birthdays as I am Real Ones)

Updated 4/20/16–I’m pulling this one back up from the archives. I’m ashamed to say that I forgot to mark Raysel’s birthday. (Sorry, Raysel!) It falls …

Planetary Habitability

Nail Polish Sunday #11 and a Book Giveaway!

It’s time once again for Nail Polish Sunday! Today, I’m continuing my obsession with Fun Lacquer nail polish by wearing Bachelor’s Button–a …

Sometimes…

There really is a monster under your bed.<p>And sometimes the monster just happens to be a cute one who hates thunder. ^_-<p>Once the storm is over, he …

Cute

This is Not What I Needed…

I intended to spend the day editing today, but the universe had other plans.<p>I’ve been putting the finishing touches on the description for Book 3 …

Parking

Happy 1st (Book)Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my first book, <i>Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror</i>! The book was released one year ago today, and it’s hard to believe how much …

Nail Polish Sunday #8

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already that time again–Nail Polish Sunday! Since I’ve been focusing on new colors a lot lately, this week I decided …

Disaster Strikes! (Or maybe it was just rabbits…)

Just when I finally thought it was safe to declare that the pansies had survived the winter, Mother Nature sends her cotton-tailed minions of doom to …

Rabbits

Something Green (Book 3 Cover Reveal!)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As I promised earlier this month, today I have something green to share with all of you: the cover for book 3, <i>Reflection:</i> …

Travel Writing