Matthew J. Drake and I are moving from the Baltimore area in Maryland to the Phoenix area in Arizona. 🙂

My day job remains the same and so my Piper’s Travel Hijinx will continue. Perhaps because of this, the move isn’t a big deal in our minds. I’ll still be spending my days on my day job projects, 85% of the time on site. If anything, flying out of Phoenix will result in more direct flights for me and fewer connections.

The biggest changes for us will be the space. We’ll be going from a single bedroom to a bedroom and an office. It’ll be separate areas for sleep and for work and for creative content – writing, podcasting, vlogging – with no neighbors upstairs stomping around at all hours. There’ll be a bigger kitchen for my stress cooking. There’ll be a garage to park our car in and a small backyard to turn into an outdoor creative space (in the winter).

All of that at a lower cost of living.

Another factor to consider is that we’re a bit nomadic. We start to twitch if we’ve lived in a single location for more than two years. Change is good to keep our minds stimulated and our hearts inspired.

And so, for us, this move isn’t a huge moment so much as an exciting change of pace in our ever-progressing forward momentum.

It’s our next adventure. 🙂

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Happy New Year! This is going to be a big year for me as Piper J. Drake so I figured it’d be good to do a quick preview of this years plans, appearances, and All.The.Things.

Plans for 2016 Elevator ClingComing soon…

The first of the True Heroes series, Extreme Honor, releases on January 26 in bookstores everywhere! This title is a big milestone for me: my first print book in traditional bookstores.

Two more books are scheduled to release in 2016 for the True Heroes series, so if you enjoy Extreme Honor (and I very much hope you do!) then watch for Ultimate Courage in July and Absolute Trust in December.

For those of you who enjoyed Hidden Impact, released last year, the Safeguard series also continues with Deadly Testimony in May and Contracted Defense in November.

That’s 5 books releasing this year.

Yup. o.o

Appearances…

No book tours scheduled yet, but I will be at RT Booklover’s Convention in Vegas and the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon in Wisconsin this spring. I’ll be updating my Events as the year goes on as well.

Goals…

Both the True Heroes and Safeguard series were originally contracted for 3 books each. I haven’t heard yet whether either of these will continue with more in the series but I do have outlines ready in case there’s a request to continue them.

In the meantime, I’m preparing a proposal for a new romantic suspense series to be ready for my agent in Q1. It is different and edgy with quirky characters and dark heroes. I’m very much hoping to share more in the near future.

In 2016, I also have personal goals to improve my health and get more fit. These seem fairly mundane, but they’re incredibly important to the success of my plans for the year. I’ll be continuing to travel for the day job and I need to keep up my stamina as I dive into plans to write even more stories.

Switching gears here from celebrating the release of the first in the Safeguard series to spotlighting the first in the upcoming True Heroes series. Extreme Honor releases on January 26, 2016 from Forever Romance.

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This will be my first book in print available in brick and mortar book stores. As much as I love digital books and the convenience of being able to carry a single ereader with me in my travels, loaded with hundreds of books, there’s something very special about holding a print book in your hands.

Today, my publisher and I are doing a blitz to share two treats with you all, a sneak peek excerpt of Extreme Honor, first in the True Heroes series -plus- the cover reveal of Ultimate Courage, second in the series.

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COVER REVEAL!

Here’s a list of the wonderful bloggers participating in the blitz:

Books to Breathe
Herding Cats & Burning Soup
Good Choice Reading
The Book Hoarders
Mommy’s a Book Whore
Wicked Lil Pixie

Giveaway!

Forever Publishing is generously giving away five (5) advance review copies of Extreme Honor to five winners. Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.

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mast_logoHeroes and Heartbreakers is revealing my cover for the first True Heroes novel from Grand Central Publishing’s Forever Imprint!

Check it out…

http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/blogs/2015/05/cover-tuesday-exclusive-reveals-from-piper-j-drake-jackie-ashenden-and-claudia-connor

mast_logoHeroes and Heartbreakers is revealing my cover for the first Safeguard novel from Carina Press!

Check it out…

http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/blogs/2015/04/cover-tuesday-exclusive-reveals-from-madeline-hunter-lauren-layne-katie-rose-and-piper-drake

Also, don’t miss the link to the interview with Carina Press Editorial Director, Angela James! 😉