Title: Power Play
Author: Avon Gale
Series: Scoring Chances #3
This book can be read as a standalone
Release Date: May 9th 2016
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction
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 very lucky to be interviewing Avon Gale author of Power Play
Q: When did you write your first story/book? How old were you?
A: I was about five or six. It was a thrilling tale about a space hat hanging on a rack and waiting for someone to show up and take it home. I think I’ve been crafting quirky characters waiting for their perfect match since before I even knew what romance was, haha!
Q: Are you a plotter or pantser?
A: A pantser until I sit back and go, “Where am I going, what is this, I hate everything.” That’s usually about ¾ of the way through, then I get myself an outline for the rest of it.
Q: What do you think makes your book stand out from the crowd?
A: I do tend to focus a lot on bisexual characters, as it’s important to me to write a positive portrayal of bisexuality in my books. Also I like writing about the hockey minor leagues, because while I love the NHL, I think there’s something awesome about playing for what amounts to $500 a week just because you love the game so much.
Q: How do you find or make time to write?
A: Since I’m a full-time writer, I try to keep a schedule M-F to do work – and I try to write a bit every day, though sometimes I am not as successful as other times at that! I also have a dedicated “office space” so that I feel like I’m in work-mode when I’m there.
Q: What do you like to read in your free time?
A: I love all kinds of books – I read mostly m/m romance, but also horror, YA and non-fiction.
“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.
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.
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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