Bayard & Holmes at Play

What we do while we're plotting ... books. Yeah. That's it. Books.

Shooting in the open land is one of our favorite pastimes.

Actual picture of Jay Holmes.

Image by Piper Bayard

Our favorite bit of North Korean memorabilia found in a local store.

Yes. This is real. We have it on good authority that these were included in the participant goodie bags at the Summit of June, 2018 . . . Okay. We made that up. But they are real, and they should have been included.

Often, we meet up in remote places and drive where the road takes us. This was one of those days. We didn’t shoot this sign, but we laughed when we read it. It says, “Mobility Impaired Persons have priority use of this shelter.” We’re thinking they need a different shelter.

Holmes and Piper in the yard after a morning of skipping stones at a nearby river.

Holmes is wearing a jalabiya gifted to him by a Moroccan hill tribe.

Image by Piper’s Husband

Holmes’s all-time favorite Christmas present from Piper and her family. He’s a private person, to say the least.

Image by Piper Bayard

Piper with Bayard & Holmes attorney and fellow author Susan Spann.

Image by Piper’s Daughter

Piper with good friends and fellow authors Jenny Hansen, Donna Collins, Ingrid Schaffenburg, and Kristen Lamb at the 2012 Writers Conference.

Image Piper Bayard’s

Piper and daughter, DD, 2016 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Awards Banquet

Image by the person sitting next to us on Piper’s camera.

Piper with good friends and fellow authors James Rollins and Janet Fogg at Jim’s book signing.

The glowing thing in Piper’s hand is a chunk of amber Jim got in Europe. It’s sitting on a lit disk.

Image Piper Bayard’s

We are in a perpetual quest for the world’s best chocolate cake recipe. This was our latest attempt, cashew brownie cake from the Death By Chocolate cookbook. If you have a favorite chocolate cake recipe, please send it to us at

Image by Piper Bayard

Piper belly dancing with a group on the sidelines of a 10k run. She still dances and drums for herself and her friends.

Image Piper Bayard’s

Piper playing Dirty Harriet with Holmes’s .44 magnum.

Image by Jay Holmes

Our first novella, The Spy Bride, was published in the Risky Brides Bestsellers Collection. The collection enjoyed much success in the Romance genre.

Me: “Hey, Holmes. You’re a bestselling romance author.”

Holmes: “Now THAT was predictable.”

When out for a short morning drive with DD, Holmes suggested we go all the way to Arizona. DD didn’t believe we would do it. Ha . . . Ha. Ha.

DD at North Rim of Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

Image by Piper Bayard

Signing our first paperbacks of SPYCRAFT: Essentials. Holmes is quite the gardener, and he grows the roses for his wife.

Note the stickie over Piper’s computer camera. We highly recommend you do the same.