Former Colleyville resident Victor T. Foia has launched his first book, Dracula Chronicles – Son of the Dragon, and the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce has snagged him for its next speaker at its monthly member luncheon.The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. May 2 at the Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Dr. in Colleyville.Born in Transylvania, Foia’s interest in Dracula began at age six when he first visited the birthplace of what could be considered one of the most recognizable men in the world. That visit sparked an interest and passion that would last until today.After escaping from the Iron Curtain at age 22, Foia defected to Italy where after months in U.N. refugee camps, he immigrated to the United States. Once here, he graduated from the University of Illinois and the University of Dallas, which led him into a life as an international corporate executive. Today, Foia is a full-time writer of historical fiction.Foia spent four decades researching Dracula. His book unfolds vivid details about how Dracula transformed from a prince to the ruthless king that led to the legendary vampire stories.This is his first book in a multi-volume novel. The second book, Dracula Chronicles – House of the Crescent Moon, is due out in December.Adding to the excitement is that the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free book signing cocktail party for the author. The book signing will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 1 at the Piazza in the Village at 77 Piazza Lane in Colleyville.Celebration of smilesI want to give a big shout out to Southlake’s own LUCE Photography. They have come up with a special “Celebration of Smiles” fundraiser to benefit Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities around the world.Purchase your Operation Smile mini-session by April 20 and redeem it by Oct. 31 to receive a free 5x7 mounted print. All of your $24 session fee will be donated to Operation Smile. The best part is that if you don’t have any family members you want to have a photo taken with, you can dump them and grab some friends or get one a portrait of yourself.Did you know that for as little as $240 a child’s smile can be repaired? Give Luce Photography a call at 817-424-5823 and help put smiles on some deserving faces today!