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Capture of the Defiance

Capture of Defiance

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New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author S.E. Smith returns with an emotionally charged action adventure thriller filled with suspense.

Makayla Summerlin is excited to join her grandfather, Henry, in Hong Kong during a college break. She plans to help him sail the next leg of his journey around the world on the Defiance, but events take a frightening turn when her grandfather is kidnapped and the Defiance disappears! Unsure of what to do, Makayla reaches out to an old friend for help.

Brian Jacobs’ work at the Consulate General in Hong Kong is just a stepping-stone for his political career. His life for the foreseeable future is carefully optimized for success, but everything is turned upside down when he receives a frantic call for help from a friend. Their meeting quickly turns to one of survival when Makayla is almost kidnapped in front of him. Seeing Makayla again awakens old feelings inside Brian and he knows he will do everything he can to help her, no matter the cost.

When the situation turns deadly, both Brian and Makayla find unexpected help from another old friend and a Hong Kong detective. Together, the four race to find Henry and protect Makayla. Their efforts to unravel the mystery of why a wealthy crime lord would target Henry and Makayla and to find the Defiance will take them further than they ever expected to go, but will they be able to discover the truth before time runs out for Henry?


Dust is out now in audiobook

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Dust Before and After



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.

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Voyage of the Defiance – What was I thinking?!

Have you ever had a thought that ran through your mind over and over and over until you thought you’d go crazy? It could be a story that has played in your head, a song, or something that you’ve been wanting to do around the house. This happens to me all the time. Most of the time, I can box it up, but other times, I have to do something about it. Just like with Gracie’s Touch, Touching Rune, Choosing Riley, and countless other stories, I knew that Voyage of the Defiance had to be told. I’d pushed it back until it wouldn’t be boxed up and set back up on the shelf any longer. I’ll warn you, I have a 7-9 book Children’s series swirling in my head as well! It is an action/adventure/fantasy series. I’ve already started it, shelved it, and peek at it every once in a while, but I have also promised my grandson that I would finish it, so watch out! LOL.

When a story becomes so powerful that it leaves you laughing, crying, and fighting to stay awake so you know what happens next, you know it has to be written. My poor husband gave me a lot of weird looks as I excitedly told him different scenes that were happening, gave him a quick kiss, and said I had to go write more so I could see what Makayla did next. I’ve shared the story with a few close friends, nervously biting my nails as they did for fear they would tell me my baby was ugly. Yes, that is how protective I am of this story. I feel the same way about each one, but this one was especially close to my heart, maybe because it has been with me for so long or because it is a little different from my other stories, I’m not sure.

When I announced the pre-order for Voyage of the Defiance, I received a few comments expressing readers’ disappointment that I had not written another book in one of my existing adult series which is why I’m sharing this post. I’m not giving up on my other series, I’m simply adding to the collection. I’ve also had comments from readers who said they can’t wait for their kids to get old enough to read some of my stories. This is simply a bridge for kids of all ages who enjoy reading. If you enjoyed the Dragonlings’ stories, and there will be several stories of them as teenagers, then you’ll enjoy VoD. For those who may not have seen it yet, Voyage of the Defiance, is a YA book that tells the tale of a sixteen year girl, Makayla, and her coming of age. As with my other stories, it contains interaction between characters who value family and friends and who will do the right thing rather than the easy thing. Irregardless of whether my stories are set in space, on post apocalyptic earth or modern day Florida, you will find they have the common threads of family and friends, love and acceptance, and honor and integrity.

Voyage of the Defiance has these same qualities wrapped in an amazing tale. It is a wonderful story of a young girl/woman struggling to find who she is in the world. The journey of self discovery is a common theme to us all. Who else remembers what it was like to be sixteen?! The only way I’d go back to being that age is if I could take all my knowledge with me! Maybe it was because of my experience, but I thought it was important to show that teens can do amazing things and experience adventure (think of the young Australian girl who sailed around the world on her own).

As a mother and a teacher, I have seen many young people struggle to cope with all that life could throw at them. It isn’t so much the curve balls it throws, but the way we handle it that defines who we are. This is what Makayla and Tyrell, the two main characters in Voyage of the Defiance, discover. They learn that things are not always what they appear to be and are willing to fight for their respective families while still trying to discover their own identity in this world.

So to wrap everything up, if you’ve enjoyed my other stories, loved reading the Dragonlings, and are ready to read something a little different, you’ll probably love Voyage of the Defiance as much as I do!