Title: Night Owl (Book #1, Night Owl Trilogy)
Author: M. Pierce
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Paperback Release Date: July 1, 2014
“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.
I reviewed this book after I finished reading it the first time back in November 2013. Since this is a blog tour for the new and improved Night Owl (that is now available in paperback) I am going to write a new review.
I loved this book from beginning to end. I loved Matt’s POV best (I am a girl so seeing into the mind of a male is always fun.) I loved the intensity and swiftness that Matt became enthralled with Hannah right from the start just from a small picture.
Even though Matt has a girlfriend when he meets Hannah, I was never angry at him for being with her. We never actually meet her and by the end of the book I felt she could go play in some traffic.
Hannah is swept up into Matt’s intensity right from the start (…just like me only she gets to actually be there with him. Lucky.) This isn’t just a boy meets girl, they fall in love, the end type of book. So much happens and it will have you craving more.
This is such a great story. Very well written and 900% worth the read.
I now consider M. Pierce to be one of my favorite authors. I do believe while reading, I sent a message to my book bestie (she was also reading it) and saying, ‘I am loving this book!’ to which she replied, ‘I know!’ (We are enthusiastic about books.)
– 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)
Prompt: Your book is a huge success. Now you are having a Blog Tour (!), a thing that you didn’t even know was a thing. What other things have you learned or wish you had known before clicking publish?
Yes, I’m finally having a blog tour! This is a momentous occasion, especially considering that in September 2013, as you noted, I had no idea “blog tours” existed. I didn’t know about the pivotal role of book blogs and social media in the indie book world. In fact, I barely realized I was entering “the indie book world.” That’s how naïve I was.
There are many things I wish I had known before hitting publish on Night Owl.
Here are my top 10.
1. I wish I had known about the huge aversion to cheating prevalent among many readers of indie romance. As is, I had no idea that cheating, which of course is a bad thing, was such a deal breaker in the romance reading community. Had I known, I might have chosen another source of conflict.
2. I really wish I had known that publishing exclusively to Amazon with KDP Select screwed me out of my chance of making the NYT or USA Today bestseller lists, which I would have made. Oops.
3. I wish I’d known about digital ARCs, book blogs, and blog tours. I published completely alone, with not a single person ready to give me my first positive review, and with absolutely no announcement anywhere. Sometimes, I can hardly believe Night Owl succeeded. Given my ill-prepared state, the book should have languished in obscurity.
4. I wish I had solicited early reviews from bloggers or friends. Anyone. It was hell to hit publish and sit there, days passing and reviews trickling in, with no one to advise me – no one even aware of my publication.
5. I wish I’d known how tightknit the indie community is. I also wish I’d known that indie authors are generally supportive of one another, and I could easily have joined any number of author or writing groups so that I didn’t feel so isolated.
6. I wish I’d known about social media and its role for authors. I didn’t have a Facebook page when I published Night Owl. I never used Goodreads. I had a website ( mpiercefiction.com ) and I think Twitter. (And my idea of “building an online platform” consisted of spam-following strangers on Twitter until I got an “aggressive following suspension.”)
Here I am after my Twitter suspension:
7. I wish I’d known that I had a book deal in my future. That would have made my life a lot simpler. As is, I planned to self-publish the whole trilogy, so I gave readers deadlines/publication dates that I was unable to keep when St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan took over my books.
8. In the same vein, I wish I’d known that Macmillan planned to jack up the prices on my books so much. Do I believe books are worth eight bucks? Sure. Would I ever have sold my own e-books for that much? No way. At most, I’d price my own books around 2.99 or 3.99 or less. That’s no longer my choice.
9. Speaking of pricing, I wish I’d never written a rather self-indulgent blog post airing my views on pricing. I wish I’d known that when I wrote that blog post, a lot of people in the indie community were reading my blog, and that my opinions would be perceived as hurtful. It was a stupid move, and moreover, I was wrong.
10. Finally, I wish I had known that trying to “hide” myself in/behind Night Owl by using my character’s pen name and essentially putting myself in the book… would backfire so terrifically. Instead of obscuring myself, I motivated curiosity about my identity. I never anticipated that being a problem because I never anticipated Night Owl being a success. So… I learned a lot of lessons the hard way. I hope someone can learn from my mistakes.
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.
Matt had a sprawling, high-rise apartment in downtown Denver. I probably should have guessed. The rooms were clean and modern, harshly white, with light hardwood floors and gorgeous area rugs. The fixtures were all of matching brushed metal and the décor was spare but tasteful. I recognized a framed John Singer Sargent print on the wall.
Matt loomed as I padded through the neat, quiet rooms. Each time I smiled at him, I thought I caught a glimmer of anxiety in his expression. Why would he be nervous? Was my opinion really that important to him?
“This place is lovely,” I said. “It’s amazing. I can’t believe it was ever messy.”
“Oh, I had a maid come through,” he said.
“Laurence!” I squealed when I saw the rabbit’s hutch in the living room. The hutch was as swanky as Matt’s apartment, made of beautiful varnished wood with little gold knobs.
“Your lady love is back,” Matt said to the rabbit.
We watched Laurence hop around his hutch for a while. Matt’s hovering was making me uneasy—and strangely aroused. He hadn’t touched me yet, but I knew he planned to. I assumed his bedroom was down the hall.
Was something wrong? Tension and desire made my stomach clench.
We drifted into the kitchen, Matt right at my back.
“Nice.” I swallowed and brushed my hand over the granite countertop. Even the kitchen was immaculate.
I could feel Matt behind me. I thought I heard him take a soft breath. My skin prickled. God, if he didn’t touch me soon—
I exhaled in a rush as Matt brought his chest flush against my back. He pinned me to the edge of the island and cupped my breasts from behind. I moaned.
“Are you ready?” he whispered in my ear.
|July Flame — Laura Veirs||Blue Caravan — Vienna Teng|
|Body Electric — Lana Del Rey||The Ghost On the Shore — Lord Huron|
|A Message — Coldplay||A Love Song — Amanda Blank|
|Blinding — Florence + The Machine Dog||Days Are Over — Florence + The Machine|
|In the Sun — Joseph Arthur||Not Dark Yet — Bob Dylan|
|Ride — Lana Del Rey||The First Days of Spring — Noah & The Whale|
|Flowers in Your Hair — The Lumineers||Oh Take Me Back — M. Ward|
|10 Mile Stereo — Beach House||Blood — The Middle East|
|Man in the Long Black Coat — Joan Osborne||Damnit Anna — The Morning Benders|
|Jigsaw Falling Into Place — Radiohead||Billie Holiday — Warpaint|
|Civilian — Wye Oak||Love Is Blindness — Jack White|
|Only Now — JBM||Born to Die — Lana Del Rey|
|Gods & Monsters — Lana Del Rey||Burning Desire — Lana Del Rey|
|Blue Jeans — Lana Del Rey||When I Grow Up — First Aid Kit|
[Notes: July Flame — Chapter 16, M & H on The Fourth.
Blue Caravan — Ten Thousand Nights. The First Days of Spring, Oh Take Me Back, & When I Grow Up — Matt in Geneva.
Only Now — Chapter 19, M. Pierce’s Identity Unveiled.
Beach House, The Lumineers, & Warpaint — songs M & H listen to in the car.
Love Is Blindness — Chapter 21, trying to get Hannah back. Civilian — Hannah going to NY.
The Ghost On The Shore, Not Dark Yet — Hannah’s hollow life, Chapter 22.
Jigsaw Falling Into Place — Dancing at Lot 49, Chapter 6.
Gods & Monsters, Blue Jeans, Ride, Born to Die — M & H getting it on.
(Unspecified songs contributed to or relate to themes and atmosphere throughout the book.)]