330_BW 1123x1123RT Book Lover’s Convention is huge and one of the events I attend as both my alter-identities. It get’s pretty confusing sometimes, but I answer to both Piper and PJ and love to meet readers of any of my books, no matter what name they call me by. 😀

This is the most involved I’ve ever been in this convention and I’m looking forward to all the opportunities to meet readers. I’ve been told I’m so energetic that it can be a bit intimidating…please don’t let this stop you. I very much love to say Hi and look forward to meeting new people!


Scheduled Appearances on Panels and at Events:

First Timer (aka RT Virgin) Orientation

This convention orientation is designed for all first-time RT attendees. We’ll give you the “quickie” seminar experience. Trust us: if this is your first-ever RT Booklovers Convention, this could be the most important 60 minutes of your week! After you head to registration, get your bag of goodies and experience the initial shock and awe, you’re going to have questions. That’s where we come in. Come join us for an hour that, for some, has been a life-altering experience. We understand what it’s like — your virgin year at RT! Here is where you get your questions answered, meet other first-timers and become part of a special group like no other during convention week.

Event Date:

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – 8:45am to 9:45am

Panelist(s):

Location:

Lobby Level

Room:

Reunion A

SCI-FI: THE STRANGENESS BUDGET — Overloading on Weird

Singing starships, pouting planets and alien languages that consist only of punctuation … When is the strange just too strange even for science fiction? Can an author’s love for all things alien alienate the reader? Come explore the weird, the wacky and the why not with this panel of top SF authors!

Event Date:

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 11:15am to 12:15pm

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Panelist(s):

Location:

Atrium Level (2nd Floor)

Room:

McMillan

HORROR: One … Two … We’ve Got Something Scary for You

Horror is making a come back in literature and TV. Why do we love to scare, and to be scared? What’s the difference between horror, dark paranormal and urban fantasy? Join authors of YA, romance and historical fiction as they discuss the appeal of this creepy genre, and why it’s becoming more and more popular with women writers and readers alike.

Event Date:

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Captain:

Panelist(s):

Location:

Atrium Level (2nd Floor)

Room:

Bryan-Beeman A

Fun and Games with Forever!

Come play with us! Forever Romance is throwing a Wild West carnival that features classic games with a romance twist. Don’t miss your chance to mingle with authors, win fun prizes, and enter our epic raffle to win a full year’s worth of books!

Event Date:

Friday, May 15, 2015 – 10:00am to 11:00am

Host(s):

Location:

Lobby Level

Room:

Reunion E

Working That Tension in All. The. Ways.

Join popular & bestselling authors as we explore how we build the tension, draw out the suspense and let the action loose in the stories we love. We’ll share behind-the-scenes research, have fun with TV/movie clips that inspired us and answer questions from the audience!

Event Date:

Friday, May 15, 2015 – 11:15am to 12:15pm

Panelist(s):

Location:

Atrium Level (2nd Floor)

Room:

Gaston

Intergalactic Bar & Grille

Attention starship crew! Charge your blasters and get ready to repel the invasion of the dastardly alien space ducks as we drink, snack and indulge in sci-fi silliness at RT’s only sci-fi party. Win prizes! The first 200 crew members to report for duty get goody bags loaded with swag. Brought to you by Captain Linnea Sinclair and her trusty space commando authors: Cathy Clamp, KM Fawcett, Pauline Baird Jones, Stacey Kade, Monette Michaels, Janet Miller, M.D. Waters, First Officer PJ Schnyder and more!

Event Date:

Friday, May 15, 2015 – 2:45pm to 3:45pm

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Panelist(s):

Location:

Exhibition Level

Room: 

Cumberland F


Giant Book Fair

Event Date:
Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 11:00am to 2:00pm
Location:

Lobby Level
Room:

Landmark Ballroom & Reunion Ballroom

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! 😉

Whew! It’s been a while. I had some serious deadlines taking priority and unfortunately, other things got put on hold. But I’ve turned in my latest manuscript and plan to clear my head by working on the next #EMEPiper podcast and a few Piper Note videos.

Check in over the coming weeks too, because there’s a couple of fun things to share coming down the pipeline. 😉

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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The year 2014 flew right by me in a whirl of book releases (as PJ Schnyder), new series proposals, and exciting book deals (as Piper J. Drake).

Even though I’ve only existed as Piper J. Drake since September of 2014, I’ve been very busy.

  • 3 book deal with Carina Press for a new romantic suspense series
  • 3 book deal with Grand Central Publishing’s Forever imprint for a new romantic suspense series
  • turned in book 1 of the new romantic suspense series with Carina Press to my editor

tweegramWhew. And 2015?

I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions.

And let’s face it. No matter how quickly a year seems to fly by, a year is a long time and things can change. So a year long resolution might not be applicable 6 months in. Setting my goals on a quarterly basis gives me time to reassess and set new goals completely applicable to what I want to accomplish. How I set them, what they are…that’s probably the topic of a podcast.

Goals aside, I have made commitments.

Those, I need to meet and they give a pretty decent snap shot of what I’ll be up to this year.

So what’s in store for 2015?

  • turn in book 1 of the new romantic suspense series with Grand Central Publishing Forever imprint to my editor*
  • turn in book 2 of the new romantic suspense series with Grand Central Publishing Forever imprint to my editor
  • turn in book 2 of the new romantic suspense series with Carina Press to my editor*
  • Edits, promotion, and celebration for the RELEASE of book 1 of the series with Carina Press in November
  • create more Piper Travels and Piper Notes on my YouTube channel
  • consistently produce episodes for my new podcast – Every Minute, Everywhere: Time Management for Authors with Piper J. Drake
  • fulfill commitments as my alter-identity, PJ Schnyder

*Note: my editors for Carina Press and Grand Central Publishing are two different, very talented people. I am incredibly excited to work with each of them.

What are you up to in 2015?

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