NIGHT OWL by M. PIERCE ~ Blog Tour (Author Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway)

Night Owl (Book #1, Night Owl Trilogy)
Author: M. Pierce
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Paperback Release Date: July 1, 2014 (ebook previously released October 2013)
My review is HERE 

"Tautly written, complex, and vibrating with a dark sensuality that will have you at once blushing and anxious. You'll think you have this book pegged . . . but you'll be wrong."—Christina Lauren, New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors of The Beautiful Bastard series

From bestselling ebook author M. Pierce comes the first novel in a provocative erotic trilogy where an anonymous online writing partnership turns into an uncontrollable, passionate obsession

At twenty-eight, Matt Sky has the perfect life. He has a beautiful girlfriend, a massive inheritance, and four national bestsellers -- all penned under his airtight alias, M. Pierce.

At twenty-seven, Hannah Catalano is a train wreck. Her boyfriend is a deadbeat and her job is abysmal.

Matt and Hannah meet online as writing partners. Their relationship is safe, anonymous, and innocent...

Until Matt sees a picture of Hannah. Hannah's picture sparks an attraction Matt is powerless to ignore. When circumstance brings Matt and Hannah together, the strangers begin a love story that's passionate, poignant, unforgettable, and unstoppable.



M. Pierce is the bestselling author of Night Owl, book one in the erotic Night Owl Trilogy. The author lives in Colorado and owns a rabbit named Laurence.

Thank you for stopping by RG! We are excited to promote the release of Night Owl in paperback!!! Night Owl was truly one of my favorite reads in 2013.
Thank you so much. I couldn’t be more excited for the paperback release on July 1. And, of course, I’m thrilled to be stopping here on my tour. Thanks for having me.

RG: It was thrilling to see Night Owl climb the charts and not surprising to hear you were signed with St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan. How did you celebrate the exciting news?
MP: How sad is it that I can’t remember? I recall doing one or two “celebratory” things, like going out for a nice meal and also buying an iPad for someone in my extended family, but that’s about it. I recall feeling very overwhelmed. It was surreal to see my dream coming true. And most days, it still feels surreal.

RG: We can’t wait for more Matt and Hannah; can you give us a sneak peek/excerpt from Last Light?
MP: Sure I can. Here’s a little piece from Hannah’s POV:

“The garter slip fit me like a sleeve. It hugged everything and covered nothing. My nipples showed plainly through the sheer cups. The ruffled hem flared around my hips.
I spun before the standing mirror.
I thought of Matt’s gaze and curled my toes.
I don’t know when I decided to drive up to the cabin in nothing but lingerie and a coat, but the idea excited me. Maybe I saw it in a movie: A sexy woman shrugging off her coat, nothing beneath but skin and lace.
Besides, knowing Matt, I’d be lucky if he didn’t fuck me against the car. So why not give him a treat on our way to bliss? I rolled up my black thigh-highs and clipped on the garter straps. I grinned as I slid my feet into pumps. There.” 
RG: When you are creating characters do you pull from people in your life or picture a model/actor?
MP: In terms of physical traits, I’ll blend my ideals or ideas with reality, whether in terms of an actor/actress or someone I know. Hannah, for example, has a real-life muse – both for her physical and emotional/interior features.

I’ll often base characters on multiple people I know, so that one character might represent an amalgam of friends and acquaintances. Then I’ll add purely fictional traits. Whether or not we realize it, I think all authors do this a bit. We’re so influenced by what we know – who we know – or what we read in books, see in movies, etc. My own emotional landscape isn’t mine; it’s been shaped by the world around me. So, too, are our fictional landscapes and characters shaped by the world.

When I do use a real life individual for the basis of a character, I consider it homage, not satire.

RG: In your books, which character has been your favorite to date?
MP: That’s a close tie between Matt, Hannah, and Nate. And Pam. Okay, I clearly can’t choose. Matt was easier to write than Hannah, though I don’t think he’s a simple character. Hannah was a challenge to write, and rewarding because of that. Nate was just a pleasure to write – he’s a cool character and reminds me of my oldest brother. As to Pam, she’s strong, successful, and one of few characters who can “handle” Matt. I respect her character.

RG: Have you always been a “writer” or did you come to realize your passion for writing later in life?
MP: I’ve been writing since, well, before I could write. I used to fill composition books with squiggly lines. My love of reading blossomed late (and I’m still an incredibly slow reader), but I was writing stories as early as 2nd grade. I’m glad you call it a “passion for writing,” because that’s what it’s always been – a consuming passion. I used to go out for writing competitions in middle school, started trying to get published and taking creative writing classes in high school, read all about the world of publishing and the lives of writers I admired, and then in college I studied writing a bit and continued trying to publish and competing on the state and national level with my creative writing. So many of my writing colleagues in college gave up on their dreams and settled into other lines of work, relegating writing to the realm of a “hobby.” I could never do that, which was a blessing and a curse.

RG: Can you tell us a little about your writing style? Do you typically create an outline or just start writing and let the story take the lead?
MP: Hahaha. For a moment I was afraid you were asking me to discuss my prose style. Whew.
I never outline, but I always have some vague idea of where and how my novel ends. I also place a lot of importance on where and how the novel begins – the first lines, the tension set off by chapter one, the pace and urgency or slow build and dramatic tautness of the plot. So, with a strong start and an idea about the end, I feel confident getting into a novel.

From the first line onward, I “plan ahead” about one or two chapters at a time. The “plan” of a chapter might just be a sentence – “Matt’s identity is revealed, he freaks out” – something like that. If I outline anything too carefully, that knowledge deadens any sense of surprise – both in me and in the prose. And that pretty much kills my desire to write.
Instead, I place my characters in the scene and let them go. What they say and how they react to one another and the situation dictates where the story goes. I am often surprised.

RG: What’s on your TBR right now?
MP: A couple things. I’m trying to read The Gargoyle, Gone Girl, Taipei, and to reread a piece of science-fiction/fantasy (Sword and Citadel). I am the slowest reader I know, owing to the fact that I can’t read much while I write. I’m very susceptible to the influence of other styles. If a book has strong style (like Taipei by Tao Lin) it can easily influence my style, and then I lose my voice.

RG: What is your guilty pleasure where books are not concerned?
MP: Oh, probably watching HBO series like Game of Thrones, Deadwood, and True Detective.

And now for the quickfire round.
RG: Writing or Typing?
MP: Writing for correspondence, typing for everything else.

RG: Cocktail or Coffee?
MP: Coffee (I’m an alcoholic, so no booze for me).

RG: Flying or Driving?
MP: Driving. I have to be medicated to fly.

RG: Texting or Calling?
MP: Calling I guess. It’s situational.

Thank you for joining Rude Girl’s Couch Confessions.
Thank you again for having me.

- LELO Elise 2
- 3 signed SMP Night Owl paperbacks 
- 1 signed original/indie Night Owl Paperback 
- 4 sets of signed bookmarks 
- 3 Night Owl Ebooks 
- 2 Last Light Ebooks (delivered on release day)
- Oh Whimsical Me Night Owl bracelet (with original cover) 
- Oh Whimsical Me Night Owl bracelet (with new ebook cover) 
- Night Owl Inspired Necklace 
- Night Owl bottle cap magnets (set of 4) 
- Night Owl Trilogy Bookmarks & Night Owl paperback cover magnet 
- Night Owl Trilogy ribbon bookmarks (set of 3) 

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  1. Love this interview. Thanks for sharing the excerpt from LL, M. Fantastic. Can't wait to read it.

    I completely agree with the world influencing a person and their writing, whether they want it to or not.

    I enjoy learning new things about my favorite. ^_^

    Also, the giveaway is phenomenal. *gazes longingly at the mention of the OG*

    Oh, and favorite thing about Matt? Oh so many things... for the moment, I'll say his love.

  2. Great interview. It's always fun to read what M is going to say. Thks

  3. Loooove this! Thanks for this spotlight and the teaser. My fave thing bout Matt is that he exudes sexy, crude yet sweet and lovely persona. And the fact that I find him such an enigma. Can't wait to find out more of him and Hannah. :)

  4. I've heard nothing but great things about Night Owl. I've met several people through writing and can totally see this happening! Awesome interview and thanks for the great giveaway!

  5. Oh man I want to sit with M and chat about Deadwood! How devastating that it just ends with no closure. I own the collection of what aired and I was OBSESSED. Now I plan to take a month off of doing reviews on my blog to read the GoT books before the next season starts.

    Another lovely post!

  6. I havent read this book but I heard lots of things about it and I love to check it out :)

  7. I love Matt's list making.

  8. heard ALOT about this series! love the cover and is the author male or female? :)

  9. I really want to read these books.

  10. I've heard good things about these books so I want to read them also.