#BlogTour - Power Play (Scoring Chances) #3 by Avon Gale + Author Interview
Author Name: Avon Gale
Book Name: Power Play
Series: Scoring Chances
This book can be read as a standalone
Release Date: May 9, 2016
I'm honored to have Avon Gale here today, and she graciously answered all of my nosy questions and I want to share them with you. My first question was...
1. If you had to do it all over again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?
I don’t think so! Ask me in a few months, though. It’s always hard to think too much about that right before it comes out, since I’ve read it so many times by now!
2. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I’m working really hard at avoiding the “info dump” and how to incorporate backstory in a natural way. I tend to create my characters as I write, so that’s a bit of a struggle. I edit a lot before I even have a first draft to send to a publisher.
3. Are there any new authors that have grasped your attention?
I’m pretty new myself, so there are a lot of new-to-me authors I’ve been discovering – Suki Fleet, Garrett Leigh, Roan Parrish, Tal Bauer, Jude Sierra – I could go on and on. I have so been enjoying meeting and discovering new authors! Definitely one of my favorite things.
4. If you had to kill a character in your book, who would it be and why?
Denis St. Savoy – the coach of the Spitfires’ rivals, the Asheville Ravens. He’s not a very nice man, and he definitely doesn’t go away.
5. How did you come up with the title for your book?
Hockey books are great because there are so many awesome phrases/words to choose from! I chose “Power Play” because there is an element of power struggle in the novel – between the coaches and their history, their general manager, and their own issues.
6. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
With a lot of my novels, I think I try and emphasize that the foundation of any good relationship is friendship and communication. There’s also an element of forgiveness – self and others – that I hope comes across, too.
7. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m working on the fifth Scoring Chances book, which features the Asheville Ravens and, for once, a hockey player having a romance with a non-hockey player ;) I’m also working on a novella about a quirky small town bourbon distillery in Kentucky, and plotting a ballet series that I’m totally excited about. I also have a story in an anthology to raise money for the You Can Play Project, which will be out in October.
8. What book are you reading now or have read recently?
I’m currently reading a lot of books about ballet for research purposes, one of which is fiction but is wonderful called “Various Positions.” I just finished “Shutdown Pair” by Vicki Locey, and started “The Bones of You” by Laura Stone.
9. Did you learn anything from writing your book, and if so, what was it?
I always learn something! I learned that you shoot good vodka, you don’t sip it. And I also learned all about the fines and rule violations associated with a full-out line brawl ;)
10. What do you do when you are not writing?
Read mostly, and watch hockey when it’s on. I also have been running lately, or trying to. I’m mostly a walk/jogger at this point.
11. Is there a scene that is harder for you to write than others? Such as love? Action? Racy?
I’ve been working on a book for several months that has a mystery angle, and I have so much respect for mystery writers. It’s hard to put clues that aren’t too obvious, but that are subtle enough to give readers that “aha!” moment. It’s really difficult and I don’t know that I’ll ever really get it – I’m much better at writing sports!
12. Do you read your reviews? Do you have any advice for how to deal with the bad?
I do read them, and getting a bad review is just part of the whole thing. There is something kind of awesome about that, it makes me feel like part of the tribe because we all get them. As for advice, go find your favorite book and read the negative reviews people have written for it. It definitely helps put things in perspective.
13. Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What it is?
Never say never, LOL.
14. How hard is it to send your characters out into the world?
Seeing people talk about my characters is definitely something I had to get used to! I don’t know that’s hard, exactly – it’s one of my favorite things – but it’s so different and I had no idea how it would feel when it happened, if that makes any sense. As a writer, of course I get nervous and want people to love my characters as much as I do. But even when people definitely do not love them, there is something kind of awesome about creating a character that people have such an intense reaction to.
15. Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the bathtub)?
When I’m plotting out a story, I talk out loud – in the house, in the car, in the shower – and do it as if I’m writing the blurb for the novel. That’s about the extent of my pre-planning, haha!
16. What is the biggest lie you’ve ever told?
Probably when I worked at my last office job and pretended I’d been paying attention on all those conference calls, and not writing at my desk! I’m a horrible liar, though.
17. Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a similar situation, and what did you do?
I quit my job at 36 and went to beauty school, because I needed to do something creative and I was stifled in a career that made me sad and upset all the time. When I finished and became a junior stylist, I also had my first book published. Building a career as a stylist takes as much work as building a career as an author, and I realized at one point that I couldn’t do both. Giving up hair styling was hard because I honestly loved it – but nothing will ever take the place of writing in my heart, and I’d never dreamed it would be possible to do this for my job. (Since, as I mentioned above, I spent so much time doing it instead of my *actual* job, haha)
18. If you had a free day and your mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do with your day?
Read, or go on a drive (I love road trips!) or have sushi with a group of friends.
19. When you are driving down the road, what music do you listen to?
I have pretty eclectic music taste, but driving I like things I can sing along with. My favorite band is Murder by Death, and I know all their songs by heart. I also love pop music for the sheer fun of it.
20. Do you find yourself scrolling through Facebook more than you should? How do you balance Facebook time vs. writing time?
Twitter is really my biggest distraction, because I love it. I love interacting with people and I love the short conversational style of Twitter. I put my phone on mute and I have a Chrome extension that you can “block” certain websites for a certain amount of time, and that’s definitely one that I put on my block list! I’m a social person and sometimes not the best at putting the social media stuff on the backburner! But once I get into a groove, I’m usually good to go.
Thank you for being here today and for giving your readers a chance to know you better.
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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.
Pages or Words: 240 pages
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, 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.
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.
Where to find the author:
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson