Author Name: Avon Gale
Book Name: Power Play
Series: Scoring Chances
This book can be read as a standalone
Release Date: May 9, 2016
Blurb: 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
Power Play is the third book in the Scoring Chances series, but can totally be understood and enjoyed as a standalone. There are some cameo appearances by characters from the previous stories, and it’s great to meet the guys once again.
This story is about the changing relationship between Max and Misha. They are very different characters. Different from each other and different from anyone I’ve ever read. I couldn’t really get into their heads right away but with time I started to accept and appreciate them. First I thought that Max being geographically challenged meant he was ignorant as well, but it was just a first impression. He proved to be a pretty great guy. I had only one problem with him though… He has quite a bit of inner monologue about his bisexuality and there’s one line that simply made me cringe. I believe there are some pretty controversial ideas going around his head, and I’m not sure whether it was on purpose, showing his changing ideas of himself or that’s what the author believes in…
Misha is a sweetheart. I love his humor, his reserved, brooding personality. The way they slowly tune to each other is very well written. Their chemistry is mixed as well. At first I wasn’t convinced, they had some awkward moments, but they also have some pretty hot scenes together. There’s enough hockey thrown into the mix to make the story fun, and the fans entertained. I truly enjoyed the coaching angle. Max and Misha make a great team together. My other favorite element is he family storyline which is very refreshing and heartwarming. I’m a sucker for reading about sporting events, family and team gatherings, so the second half of the book was definitely written for my taste.
“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.
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Avon Gale author of “Power Play”
Hi, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
- Talk to us about your characters in this book. What makes them unique?
Misha is a Russian hockey coach who played in the NHL for nearly two decades as a defenseman. He retired after his team, the Boston Bruins, won the Stanley Cup – though Misha was suspended for a hit on a player earlier in the playoffs, and had to watch from the press box. Max is the player who Misha hit, and played for the Bruins’ rivals, the Montreal Canadiens (known as the “Habs”). The injury was a freak accident but it kept Max from ever playing hockey again, which was a blow given he was at the beginning of a promising career. After a stint coaching with his old college team, he’s taken a job as the assistant coach in the ECHL. These two characters find themselves working together and having to put the past behind them….though the person who has the hardest time doing that isn’t who you might think.
- What was one of the most surprising things you learned in getting your book from start to publish?
One thing I learned from the Russian readers who read over the MS before the book was published – you don’t sip good vodka, you shoot it! As a bourbon drinker, I was surprised by that because we definitely like to sip the good stuff.
- Have you ever gone to a convention? If so, how was it? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to do in the future?
I have! Just this year I went to the Romantic Times convention in Vegas. It was awesome but so overwhelming!! Even for me, and I’m super extroverted and love to talk to people. There were just so many of them in one place! It was awesome, and I got to meet authors and readers, as well as attend some really interesting and valuable sessions on writing and other aspects of publishing.
- Would you like to be a full-time writer?
I just became a full-time writer this year, actually, and I love it! It takes a bit of getting used to, the whole being at home all day thing. I definitely love being able to wear yoga pants, though, even if it is becoming slightly concerning how many conversations I have with my cats on a daily basis.
- Design the ultimate pizza.
Pepperoni, pineapple and banana peppers! And extra cheese. Always extra cheese. With parmesan cheese on top! J
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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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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
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