I am happy to announce a new series, The Missing, from Sourcebooks coming in 2019!

Here’s the announcement posted in Publisher’s Marketplace:

The Missing by Piper J. Drake

Piper Drake’s THE MISSING series, about a diverse group determined to find the lost men, women, and children who slipped through society’s cracks, to Mary Altman at Sourcebooks Casablanca, in a nice deal, in a four-book deal, for publication in fall 2019, by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary (world).

The Missing

I’m very excited to write this series and also incredibly happy to be coordinating with my editor at Sourcebooks. Ever since I met her, I’ve been hoping timing and the right project would coincide for us to work together. And here we are!

This series will kick off with a novella to introduce readers to my premise, a couple of my main characters, and the main themes of The Missing. Then there will be at least three full length, single title novels.

For those who’ve loved my other books for the heart-warming canine characters, stick with me. While The Missing does not feature working dogs, I will definitely have some distinctive canine personalities to herd the humans in the right direction. 😉

What about the True Heroes?

There are two more books still coming in the True Heroes series, both currently scheduled for release in 2019. Trust me, I’d love to write even more. We’ll see what the future brings, but the best way to let my publisher know you want more (of my books or any author’s books) is to buy the books as they release. Don’t wait for the series to complete.

That’s a long time to wait!

It is, but I will do my best it make it worth it. In the meantime, the best way to get the latest news on any of my books, get sneak peeks or draft snippets, and the most up to date intel before I mention it anywhere else online is through my newsletter. If you enjoy quotes and snippets, also consider liking/joining my FB page and reader group.

trr party

the romance reviews 7 anniversary partyThe Romance Reviews (TRR) is celebrating their 7th anniversary with games and giveaways in a month-long event!

I’m participating with a giveaway of ABSOLUTE TRUST.

Pop over to TRR and check out the quiz questions and giveaways throughout the celebration. There’s book cover matching, hangman games, and of Q&A to play and win.

Good luck!

Closing out the year on Twitter by sharing a few Piper Tips on social media for authors looking to build their brand/platform in the coming year. I’ve captured them in a Twitter Moment for reference.

Finding our way on the internet and in social media is always a work in progress. I’m continually learning too. I hope these tips are helpful.

Contracted Defense by Piper J. Drake

The post title says it all. CONTRACTED DEFENSE joins the Safeguard novels in Print in 2018!

Back in June, I was able to share the news that HIDDEN IMPACT and DEADLY TESTIMONY were picked up by Harlequin’s Direct to Customer (DTC) program. This meant subscribers to the program would be receiving print copies.

Print editions will be available on some third-party dot-com retailers, including Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, for those who are not subscribed to the DTC program.  Now, I’m happy to say that readers will be able to order all three of the Safeguard novels and receive those print copies they’ve been requesting!

Check each book’s page for added links to order the print formats. I’ll be updating those as they become available!

Thank you, readers, for wanting the Safeguard novels in print and ebook formats. It’s because you’re out there and buying my books that these became available. <3

Haven’t read CONTRACTED DEFENSE yet? Here’s the blurb…

Time is running out and the enemy is at the gate.

Adam Hicks may be the rookie at Safeguard, but he’s no novice in the field. Retired from active duty after multiple tours and back fresh from a brief rest in New Zealand, he’s itching to return to action. But the challenge he hoped for arrives in an unexpected form: his sexy yet stern new partner.

The last thing Victoria Ash wants is to work with the new guy—especially one as gorgeous as Adam. His relaxed attitude about their first “easy” assignment together—setting up a private home defense network for a reclusive client—doesn’t impress her. Easy usually means trouble. She’s proved right when Adam discovers that the multiple incursions on the physical and cyber security systems aren’t just glitches. They’re under attack…and there’s a traitor in their midst.

As tension mounts, so does the attraction between Victoria and Adam. They must protect their client and the research he’s desperately trying to keep secret. Working together, they have to find the mole before their defense measures, in the fortress and online, are compromised and the deadly secrets they’ve sworn to protect are revealed.

Sourdough Waffle Recipe

I’m always looking for new recipes for my sourdough adventures and recently, the Piper Mommy and little sister were in the mood for sourdough waffles. I loved the way this sourdough waffle recipe turned out. The waffles were crisp on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, with just a hint of sour from the sourdough and buttermilk. Really, the buttermilk made the difference in making this recipe light and airy.

Overnight sponge

2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

2 tablespoons sugar

2 cups buttermilk

1 cup sourdough starter, unfed

Waffle (or pancake) batter

all of the overnight sponge

2 large eggs

1/4 melted butter

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

Small amount of water or buttermilk set aside

Directions:

Prep overnight sponge –

Stir down starter and measure out 1 cup.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together 1 cup starter, flour, sugar, and buttermilk.

Cover and let rest at room temperature overnight.

Waffle batter –

In a small bowl, beat together eggs and melted butter.

* Careful to temper eggs when combining or allow melted butter to cool slightly so as not to cook the eggs as you beat them together.

Add beaten egg and butter mixture to overnight sponge.

Add the salt and baking soda to small amount of water or buttermilk to dissolve evenly, then add to batter, stirring to combine. Let sit for a few minutes and the batter should begin to bubble more actively.

Pour batter onto your preheated, greased waffle iron, and bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Serve waffles immediately, to ensure crispness. Or hold in a warm oven till ready to serve.

Yield: about 1 dozen 8″ waffles or about 2 dozen medium pancakes.