Thursday, May 19, 2016

Power Play by Avon Gale: #Excerpt #SportsRomance #Giveaway @avongalewrites @PridePromo

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Power Play
(Scoring Chances, Book 3)
by Avon Gale

Length: 200 pages
Genres: Contemporary, Sports, Romance, Gay (M/M), Bisexual
A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.

After spending guilt-ridden years for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.

Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime to forget, but also a sleazy GM determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets the team, Misha revisits his darkest days, which might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.

Today I'm pleased to be welcoming Avon Gale, author of Power Play, who's graciously agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her writing!

Are any of your characters inspired by people you know in your life? How and in what aspects? 
Sometimes I think there are aspects of certain people in my writing, but I’m a people person just in general.  

Are there any issues that resonate personally with you that you touch on in your writing?
I do like to write positive, joyful and affirming stories about bisexuality – that is something that is very important to me both as a writer and as a bisexual person. I want to write stories about characters who are discovering that their sexuality might be more fluid than they’d originally thought, and who find this an exciting and joyful experience. 

Was it always your dream to become a writer?
Always, ever since I was a little kid. 

If you could become one of your characters who would you become and why?
Probably Isaac Drake, so I could play a game as a goalie and be good at it!! 

Which of your characters would you like to spend a week on a desert island with?
Probably Avery Hextall, though I’m not sure which of us would talk ourselves hoarse first!
“I’d never watched this, you know.”

“The YouTube video?” Misha had seen that too. It was filed with angry commenters yelling that he should be deported back to Russia.

“The hit.”

Misha blinked. “You’ve seen the commercial, though. Yes?”

“Yeah, I wish I could say I haven’t seen that. But I meant, I didn’t watch this until a few months ago. They played that game on the NHL channel, so I watched it.”

It never occurred to Misha that Max wouldn’t have seen it, but then he remembered that Max was the hero, not the villain of the story. Misha watched the hit play out on the screen. What must that feel like, to watch the moment it all ended? When Max hit the ice, did he know that game was his last? Did Misha know it was his? How had he felt? He couldn’t remember.

The scene switched to the replay. Misha watched dispassionately, retreated into the blinding pain of his migraine, and told himself that it was all right to suffer, that he should, that he deserved it.

Max paused the video. “Look. See what I have there?”

Misha blinked. He had not expected questions. “I—what?”

“The puck, Misha. The puck. Your hit wasn’t late.”

Oh. “Yes. I know.”

Max stared at him. On the television screen, their younger selves were suspended at the moment everything changed.
Avon Gale was once the mayor on Foursquare of Jazzercise and Lollicup, which should tell you all you need to know about her as a person. She likes road trips, rock concerts, drinking Kentucky bourbon and yelling at hockey. She’s a displaced southerner living in a liberal midwestern college town, and when she’s not writing you can find her at the salon, making her clients look and feel fabulous. She never gets tired of people and their stories -- either real or the ones she makes up in her head.

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