Before and After


Before and After

Dust, Book 1

A powerful boy and an unlikely group of misfits face a deadly enemy after fragments of a comet hit the Earth creating an action packed adventure.

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Dust wakes to discover the world as he knew it is gone after fragments of a comet hit the Earth. It isn’t the only thing that has changed, though, so has Dust. He now possesses powers that continue to grow, but also come with a price. A deadly encounter after he leaves his home leads to a new discovery – other survivors.

Dust soon learns that another creature has risen from the ashes, one that is determined to possess the powers that he has. On a journey filled with danger, it will take the skills of not just Dust, but those of his friends, if they are to survive.

This time the race is not to the swift, but to the deadliest in a world where a changed human boy and an odd assortment of friends must face their worst nightmares, and accept that life on Earth will never be the same again.

Join Dust and his friends as they fight to overcome an evil force determined to create a new species unlike anything the world has ever known.


Turning down aisle number ten, she quickly grabbed everything she could off the shelves. Once the basket was filled, she released a frustrated groan. She would need to get more baskets. Food and medical supplies were essential. How they would carry everything, she didn’t know, but for now, she wasn’t going to worry about it. Remembering the blood covering Dust, she turned and hurried back down the aisle to where she had left him.

“I found some…,” Sammy’s voice died when she saw the four empty cans of green beans next to Dust. That wasn’t what froze the words in her throat. “What happened…? How did…? What are you?” she asked in a trembling voice, staring at his chest.

Sammy’s fingers instinctively searched for the bow she always carried. A curse swept through her mind when she remembered that she had set it down to gather the medical supplies. Swallowing, she dropped the basket in her hand and took a step back as Dust rose to his feet. Her eyes remained glued to his chest. There was dried blood on his skin where the devil dog had clawed him. The front of his shredded T-shirt was proof that she hadn’t imagined the attack a short while ago. Only now, instead of ripped flesh there was smooth, unmarred skin.

“I don’t know,” Dust replied, staring back at her with an intense expression on his face. “But, I know that I won’t hurt you or Todd.”

Sammy shook her head, her eyes flashing from his face to his chest. She bit her lip, trying to decide if she should scream for Todd to run or stand her ground. Her gaze flickered to the front door. If they ran, how far could they get? That thing was still out there and they needed food. She was also out of arrows. In here… There was food, medicine, and… Dust. Swallowing, she locked gazes with Dust again. Could she trust him? That was the real question.

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  1. Lisa Fristrom says:

    Dust: Before and After: Will this be a stand lone book or is there more to come….I hoping for more.

    1. S.E. Smith says:

      Definitely more. The next book will start where this one finished as they are searching for Dust’s Aunt and Uncle. It is a whole new world!

    2. S.E. Smith says:

      There will definitely be more! The series will follow Dust into adulthood and when he fully comes into who he is to become.

  2. Sarah says:

    My son loves this book! Any ideas when the next one will be available?

    1. S.E. Smith says:

      By this fall. I’m working on the continuing adventures. 🙂

    2. S.E. Smith says:

      Hi Sarah, I’m sorry I took so long to find your post. Head bang on the desk! I’m hoping later this year to early this coming one. Dust will be back!

  3. John says:

    LOVED your book!! cant wait for more XD

    1. S.E. Smith says:

      Yay! Thank you, John! I’m hoping to have the next book in Dust by the end of this year. Dust, Sammy, Todd, and Josie are awesome and I can’t wait to see what new adventures and challenges they meet, plus what else is in store for Dust!

    2. S.E. Smith says:

      Argh! I’m just seeing this! Thank you, John! There will be more in the series!

  4. Jackson says:

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    Last time i heard the new book was coming out in September. Is it almost here?

    1. S.E. Smith says:

      Hi Jackson. I may be a little delayed. I fractured my right arm and sprained my left wrist which has thrown my schedule a little crazy, but I’m getting back on track.

  5. Sonja keesee says:

    Hello. Loved how this book folded out. When is the new one coming. It’s sept almost oct 2017. Oh I just can’t wait. I loved loved loved this book. :-).

    1. S.E. Smith says:

      Thank you, Sonja! Dust: New World Order will be out June 26, 2018. I’m very excited about the story and the changes and challenges Dust, Sammy, Todd, Josie, and the others will face.

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