Bayard & Holmes

~ Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes



Sometimes life is what happens while we’re making plans. This time, the Coronavirus happened. Whether it is one of the more exotic creatures to crawl out of an open air meat market or a bioweapon that got off a dictatorial leash, it’s here, and we are all living the first chapters of what we would like to believe will have no remote resemblance to The Stand.

Usually, we would joke about how your problems are our opportunities; however, we’re in this together, and it’s only by sticking together that we will get through it. So we asked ourselves what we could do to help you, our readers, endure these next few weeks.

Of course, the first thing we thought of was toilet paper, since, to our surprise, that seems to be the number one essential on everyone’s mind at a time like this. The other essential is a good book.


In response to these needs, on April 3, we will randomly choose one of our newsletter subscribers to receive a roll of toilet paper and a signed copy of the Bayard & Holmes or Piper Bayard book of their choice. Enter to win by subscribing to Bayard & Holmes Covert Briefing at our Covert Briefing page. *Click Here*


In addition to the giveaway, we will help people pass the time by putting the digital versions of our nonfiction SPYCRAFT: Essentials and our fiction, The Spy Bride and Firelands, on sale for only $0.99. Paperbacks are also on deep discount.

So tuck in with a good read and stay safe. As Granny always said, “This, too, shall pass.”



What do the main intelligence organizations do and where do they operate? How do they recruit personnel? What are real life honey pots and sleeper agents? What about truth serums and enhanced interrogations? And what are the most common foibles of popular spy fiction?

With the voice of over forty years of experience in the Intelligence Community, Bayard & Holmes answer these questions and share information on espionage history, firearms of spycraft, tradecraft techniques, and the personalities and personal challenges of the men and women behind the myths.

Though crafted with advice and specific tips for writers, SPYCRAFT: Essentials is for anyone who wants to learn more about the inner workings of the Shadow World.

“From novices to experts, I suspect everyone will find something in this book that they did not know before.”
~ Doug Patteson, Film Technical Advisor and Former CIA Officer



Shoes? Check. Flowers? Check. Cake? Check. Restore power balance of Western Hemisphere? Working on it.

When CIA officer Sonia Pérez goes wedding shopping with her mother, she gets more than she bargains for. Not only is a national security crisis dumped in her lap, but she discovers that a knack for espionage runs in the family. With a top-level government traitor and no one on the inside to trust, she teams up with an old partner and a new one – her mother, a veteran Cold War spy. Her country is in jeopardy, her family is in the cross hairs of a madman, and Sonia must choose between her own future and the future of her nation and its people.

“The Spy Bride starts with a bang and never lets up . . . a fantastic debut thriller.”
~ Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of the Lucy Kincaid series




Eighty years in the future, America has devolved into a totalitarian theocracy. The ruling Josephites clone the only seeds that grow in the post-apocalyptic climate, allowing their Prophet to control who eats and who starves.

Subsisting on the fringes, Archer risks violation and death each day as she scours the forest for game to feed her people. When a Josephite refugee seeks sanctuary in her home, Archer is driven to chance a desperate gamble. A gamble that will bring down the Prophet and deliver seeds and freedom, or end in a fiery death for herself and for everyone she loves. Seeds are life. . . . Seeds are power. . . . Seeds are the only hope of a despairing people.

“Thrilling, moving, and ultimately hopeful . . . A novel to be savored.” 

~ James Rollins, New York Times Bestselling Author