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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.

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.

Last fall, I announced my very first contracted romantic suspense series: The Centurion Corporation.

I’m happy to say I’ve turned in the manuscript for the first book on time and have been working with the awesome teams at Carina Press to prepare for the launch of the series in fall of this year. As a result of all our brainstorming, we’ve decided to re-title the series and the books. (This happens fairly frequently in the publishing world.)

I’m super excited about the new series name and the new book titles. What do you all think?

Series Title: Safeguard

Book 1: Hidden Impact
Book 2: Deadly Testimony
Book 3: Contracted Defense

And as a fun bonus, here’s an unofficial blurb for the first book. 😉

Military veteran turned mercenary, Gabriel Diaz doesn’t want to get emotionally invested in missions anymore. Been there, done that, almost died. 

When Maylin Cheng asks him to help her find her missing sister, Gabe tells her to invest in a private investigator…or a memorial service. But he can’t stand by and watch Maylin be run down by a hit and run driver either. As he looks further into Maylin’s story, there’s too many red flags about her dilemma and her missing sister for him to ignore. 

Plus, the dark beauty has gotten under his skin further than he wants to admit. The sparks flying between them have ignited a hunger neither of them is able to extinguish regardless of their dubious futures. 

Only one thing is certain: without the help of Gabe and the Centurion Corporation, not only will Maylin never find her little sister, but someone out there will have their hands on the brilliant mind behind the research that could create the next level of biologic warfare.

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