Friday, May 20, 2016

Virtual Book Tour: Power Play (Scoring Chances #3) by Avon Gale (Excerpt, Guest Post, Guest Review + Giveaway)

Virtual Book Tour: Power Play (Scoring Chances #3) by Avon Gale (Excerpt, Author's Interview, Guest Review + Giveaway)

Author Name: Avon Gale

Book Name: Power Play
Series: Scoring Chances
Book: Three
This book can be read as a standalone

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.

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.
“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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Kim Hay's Review:

*** Copy provided to the reviewer via Bayou Book Junkie in exchange of a fair and honest review.***

  Avon Gale is a new author for me and I can't wait to go back and read everything from her.

      Power Play is about putting together two retired hockey players, Max, forced to retire due to an injury and Misha, the one the blame was put on for Max's injury, add in one media hungry GM and you get an amazing story.

      I loved Max & Misha, the banter between them and also the way Ms. Gale gave the reader insight into their private thoughts. Max comes from a loving family and holds no hatred toward Misha but on the other side of this relationship, Misha can't stop the guilt that eats at him everyday, it amazes him that this man wants to be with him regardless of their past.  Let's talk sexual tension and you have it in spades with these two, but when labels (bi, relationship, boyfriend) start to get thrown around, it's Max that has to show Misha that those words don't matter, what matters is them in the long run.

      I give Power Play 5 stars.  The MC's were amazing with a great set of secondary characters. Throw in some humor, hot hockey players, a glimpse at a future story and plenty of off the charts sex and you have a winner of a story.  Will be put on the re-read shelf. 

Write a dinner scene combining characters of your choice from different books.

Avery Hextall, Let the Wrong Light In
Malin Lacroix, Let the Wrong Light In
Max Ashford, Power Play
Misha Samarin, Power Play

If Avery Hextall came to dinner with Max and Misha, Avery would probably ask Max a million questions about hockey – since he’s a Penguins fan – and also about the Habs, since Malin is a Habs fan. He’d also want to know about Russia and ask Misha to teach him curse words in Russian, since Malin won’t teach him ones in French.

Malin will point out that he does teach Avery those words, Avery just forgets them. This is probably one of the only things Malin says at dinner, as Avery and Max keep up a steady stream of conversation. Misha and Malin probably get along very well and offer to do the dishes, simply so they can have some peace and quiet and escape all the talking!

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.

Where to find the author:

Twitter: @avongalewrites
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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

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