July 04, 2015

The Night Owl Trilogy by M. Pierce ~ INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY


We're so excited to have M. Pierce on the blog today!
Check out our series interview below & don't forget to enter the giveaway for the chance to win a signed paperback of AFTER DARK!!


ABOUT Night Owl:

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.

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

ABOUT Last Light:

Tensions rise, secrets grow bigger, and passions run deeper--and hotter--in Last Light, the second novel of the Night Owl Trilogy from bestselling author M. Pierce.

Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead.

Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret: she knows Matt is alive. After Matt's memorial service, she lingers on the East Coast with his family, but it soon becomes clear that his brothers' motives are less than gracious. Nate Sky is bent on tracking down the author of Night Owl, a book that charts the last days of Matt's life with uncanny and scandalous accuracy, and which appeared only after his death. Seth Sky is bent on getting Hannah into his bed.

Hidden away in the woods, Matt and Hannah strive desperately to maintain their ruse and their relationship--but their web of lies only tightens as Matt struggles with the consequences of his decision, and Hannah tries to escape Nate's libel suit and fend off Seth's advances...until Hannah is put in danger, and Matt must make a life or death choice.


ABOUT After Dark:

In the final novel of the Night Owl Trilogy from bestselling author M. Pierce, can a passion that has withstood many ordeals become a love strong enough to last a lifetime?

At twenty-nine, Matt Sky is trying to return to normal, having faked his death and come back to life. He and Hannah move to a simple house in the suburbs, and strive to grow their relationship into something durable and honest. They become more and more entangled, in the best ways possible.

At twenty-eight, Hannah finally has the life she's always wanted: she's pursuing her career as a literary agent at Granite Wing Agency, she is writing her first solo novel, and she is living with her hot, passionate lover. For the first time, Matt and Hannah are able to explore intimacy without inhibitions—without lies, secrets, or jealousy—and the results are explosive.

Still life together is not as easy as it seems. Matt is estranged from his brothers in the wake of his cruel stunt; Seth Sky, embittered by his failed pursuit of Hannah, makes a play for Hannah's sister; and the topic of Hannah's novel—her relationship with Matt and the Sky family—is driving a wedge between her and Matt. The lovers are devoted to one another, having come through many ordeals, but is their bond strong enough to last a lifetime?


- - INTERVIEW - -

  Matt a.k.a M. Pierce is the author of four bestselling books -Ten Thousand Nights, Mine Brook, The Silver Cord and Harm’s Way.  Are there plans to release parts of these books for the fans of the trilogy?  Are there plans to release parts of The Surrogate?

Interesting question. I’ve thought about how cool it would be to write The Surrogate, and also how intimidating. I grew up reading epic fantasy novels and tried my hand at one (thank God the world will never see that). The truth is, speculative fiction is a huge challenge. World building, culture building – I’m not sure I’m equal to the task.

That said, I sometimes get an itch to write the first few scenes of The Surrogate. If I did, I would definitely share them with my readers.

I have no plans to write the other books in fictional M. Pierce’s oeuvre, but who knows? I’m fond of the titles. One in particular.

  How did Pamela Wing of The Granite Wing Agency first come to represent Matt?

I envisioned Matt querying a bunch of agents with his first novel, Ten Thousand Nights, and getting a lot of rejections, as is usually the case. The agent who finally sparked to his work was Pam Wing.

It’s funny; I would swear I wrote about this process in one of the Night Owl Trilogy books, but do you think I can remember now? Maybe the scene got cut. I recall my agent telling me that a few moments in the trilogy felt too much like “insider baseball,” so I trimmed some “publishing world” material. My editor also advised me that the inner workings of the publishing world are not of a general interest to readers. That was hard for me to understand, because I’ve always been fascinated by publishing. I remember cutting a scene where Matt recollected something Pam told him about Ten Thousand Nights. It was something my agent said to me about Night Owl. “It’s good, but you can do better.”

  Even though Bethany signed a confidentiality agreement and later revealed who M. Pierce really is – how come Matt didn’t sue her?

Good question. I sort of left that open in Night Owl. Yes, Matt had an NDA with Bethany, and yes, she breached their contract. To my mind, Matt knew he’d done a terrible thing to Bethany (cheating on her), and I believe he felt that he got what he deserved. She exposed him, but in a way, he exposed her, too—to his cruelty, to embarrassment and pain. The fallout from Matt’s loss of privacy (temporarily losing Hannah and permanently losing his anonymity) couldn’t have been restored by a lawsuit, and he definitely didn’t need monetary compensation.

  The very last scene in Last Light, Hannah asks Matt a very important question.  It seems very much out of the blue – what made her ask?  Can you tell us what Matt’s says?

At that point in Last Light, Hannah has seen some pretty bad sides of Matt. He’s done crazy things. Really, nothing has been easy for the couple. But Matt comes back to Hannah, and he makes sacrifices for her. I maintain that love is a choice more than a feeling. Maybe it begins as a feeling, but lasting love is always a choice. At the end of Last Light, Hannah asks the question she asks because she’s made her choice.

And I can’t tell you what Matt says, but After Dark can.

  It is apparent there is some conflict between Matt and Seth.  Can you tell us more about why they don’t get along?

At some point in the Night Owl Trilogy, Matt describes his brothers’ reactions to his past substance abuse. He says that Nate was always steadfast, patient, and loving, whereas Seth didn’t seem to care. That didn’t set up Seth and Matt for a great adult relationship.

Seth, of course, falls for Hannah in Last Light, and that’s a big problem for Matt.

  What has caused Matt’s severe introversion and fear of people?

Good question. I am not sure Matt is afraid of people so much as disappointed in them. He doesn’t meet many people worth knowing. I view him as a young man who was always very feeling and ambitious, who had no patience for fools, no patience for gossip, etc. Hannah occasionally picks on Matt's snobby attitude, and she’s right about that. He’s a snob. He secludes himself from people because he doesn’t want to know most people.

  If you had to describe the finale of this trilogy in three words, what would they be?

Passionate
Emotional
Resonant

   What was the most memorable moment for you while writing this addictive, break your wrist page turning, and electrifying trilogy?

I’ve been sitting here for a few minutes, dwelling on this question. It’s a great question. The most memorable moment . . .

You know, I think finishing Night Owl was the most memorable moment. An author can never go back to that time, before publication. Most authors are very eager to get out of that time—I know I was—but as with many things, we can’t fully appreciate what we have until it’s gone.

I will never forget writing Night Owl. That silent, exhilarating freedom. When it was done, I knew I had something good on my hands. I just knew it. Then I revised it and revised it and revised it. And I never got tired of rereading it. It’s a real piece of my heart, that book.

  Will we be seeing these characters again? Any spin-offs in the works? (please don’t let this be the end!)

I hate to disappoint, but I don’t plan to do anything more with Matt and Hannah. Who knows, though? Maybe I’ll change my mind in the future.

Thank you so much for stopping by FMR Book Grind 
and taking the time to answer some questions for us!

Thank you so much for having me. I enjoyed these questions.


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GIVEAWAY:

(1) Paperback copy of AFTER DARK




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