Thursday, May 19, 2016

Power Play by Avon Gale Book Tour & Giveaway !!!!

Power Play
Avon Gale

Series: Scoring Chances #3
This book can be read as a standalone
Pages or Words: 240 pages
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Release Date: May 9, 2016


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.

“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. 

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Q&A with Avon Gale
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Avon Gale author of Power Play
Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

1) Is there a character in your books that you can’t stand? (Antagonist for example) And what makes them someone you don’t like?
I really don’t like Denis St. Savoy, the coach for the Asheville Ravens. You’ll meet him in Power Play and see him again in the fourth Scoring Chances book, Empty Net. He’s a bully who hates to see other people succeed.

2) Are there misconceptions people have about your genre?
People think that romance is easy to write and super-formulaic – and that’s totally not true! Crafting believable, interesting and relatable characters takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears…and then you have to make those characters find their way into a relationship! People and their interactions with each other are never easy, either in real life or fiction, and it always surprises me when people think it’s so easy to craft an entire story based on that.

3) Is there message in your novel that you hope readers grasp?

The value of forgiveness – of one’s self and others – and in putting the past behind you and moving forward.

4) How has your writing evolved since your first book? 
Hopefully I’ve gotten better when it comes to incorporating backstory as part of the story instead of just telling the reader – I tend to write the draft that way as I figure out my characters, then go back and see where I can incorporate the backstory more naturally into my writing and the story itself.

5) One food you don’t care if you never eat it again.
I could easily go my whole life without ever eating meatloaf again. Yuck.

Meet the author: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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Tour Dates & Stops:
9-May: My Fiction Nook, Open Skye Book Reviews, Inked Rainbow Reads, Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings, Oh My Shelves
10-May: Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy, Joyfully Jay, Jessie G. Books, Rednecks and Romance, Anna Butler Fiction
11-May: MM Good Book Reviews, Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews, Posy Roberts, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
12-May: Love Bytes, The Novel Approach, Unquietly Me, Happily Ever Chapter
13-May: BFD Book Blog, The Hat Party, MM Book Escape
16-May: Havan Fellows, Divine Magazine, Outrageous Heroes, Prism Book Alliance, Boys on the Brink Reviews
17-May: 3 Chicks After Dark, Full Moon Dreaming, Butterfly-O-Meter
18-May: Foxylutely Book Reviews, Three Books Over The Rainbow, V's Reads
19-May: Book Lovers 4Ever, Charley Descoteaux, Mikky's World of Books, Carly’s Book Reviews
20-May: Making It Happen, Kirsty Loves Books, Bayou Book Junkie
21-May: A.M. Leibowitz, Alpha Book Club, Molly Lolly, Man2ManTastic

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