Title: Save of the Game
Author: Avon Gale
Series: Scoring Chances #2
This book is a ‘Scoring Chances’ novel. It can be read as a standalone.
Release Date: January 29th 2016
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Sports
After last season’s heartbreaking loss to his hockey team’s archrival, Jacksonville Sea Storm goalie Riley Hunter is ready to let go of the past and focus on a winning season. His new roommate, Ethan Kennedy, is a loud New Yorker with a passion for social justice that matches his role as the team’s enforcer. The quieter Riley is attracted to Ethan and has no idea what to do about it.
Ethan has no hesitations. As fearless as his position demands, he rushes into things without much thought for the consequences. Though they eventually warm to their passionate new bond, it doesn’t come without complications. While trying to financially help Ethan, Riley must hide his family’s wealth so as not to hurt Ethan’s immense pride. For their relationship to work, Ethan will need to learn when to keep the gloves on and let someone help him—and Riley will have to learn it’s okay to let someone past his defenses.
**GUEST POST** – AVON GALE gives us 10 tips to be a better writer
1. Read a lot. Read outside your genre, in your genre, read non-fiction, song lyrics, whatever. Just read a lot of words.
2. Write a lot. Try your hand at different genres, poetry, song lyrics, whatever. Play with words whenever you can
3. Don’t try to sound like anyone but yourself.
4. One thing I always have to keep in mind is to just write the story I want to tell. It’s easy to get caught up in things like “what will people think when they read this?” But just tell the story, and that’s (in my opinion, anyway) how you develop an authentic, unique voice.
5. Share your writing. It’s scary, believe me, I know. But for me, it was the one thing that really made me a better writer.
6. Find and talk to other writers. Having a support group who know and understand what it’s like to spend ten minutes crafting one sentence is so important!
7. If you think something is terrible, don’t just delete the file! Keep it, take parts out of it, go back to it sometime and see what you think. Chances are it will be a thousand times better than you remember. There’s value in all your words so keep ‘em around somewhere in case you need them.
8. One thing I’m working on is incorporating backstory into the main flow of the narrative in a way that reduces info-dumping. I think this makes for a better story, but I’m definitely still working on it myself!I like reading how-to write tips and tricks and all that stuff, and you can find a lot on Pinterest. Just don’t let yourself get so bogged down reading them that you don’t write anything!
9. I like reading how-to write tips and tricks and all that stuff, and you can find a lot on Pinterest. Just don’t let yourself get so bogged down reading them that you don’t write anything!
10. Editors are literally the most amazing people in the world. A good one will help you refine your voice, not try and change it. They’re invaluable!
His phone beeped, alerting him that he had a new text message. It was from Ethan Kennedy, the defenseman the Storm had acquired before the trade deadline last spring. The rowdy Kennedy, who had a heavy New York accent and was a huge fan of the New York Rangers—a team Riley hated, by virtue of being a New Jersey Devils fan—had bunked with him for a few weeks during the finals. He’d gone back to New York after the Storm lost in the playoffs. Riley hadn’t been sure if he was coming back or not, but the text message indicated he’d just gotten back to town, and would Riley mind picking him up from the airport?
And oh, he got a cheaper rate by flying into Tampa, which was three hours away. Was that a problem? And one last thing. Riley didn’t need a roommate by any chance. Did he?
Riley looked around his apartment, which was nice and clean and quiet. Just like it always was, except for those few weeks last spring when Ethan was there. He was loud and messy and always in Riley’s space, left half-full cans of Pepsi everywhere, drank whiskeys with dubious-sounding names, and smoked like a chimney.
be there in 3 hrs, Riley texted and grabbed a few boxes of coconut water out of his fridge. The idea of coming home alone after games reminded him of those car rides in Wyoming, and he was getting tired of the silence.
About 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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