Blog Tour Stop including Excerpt, Author Interview & Giveaway – Save of the Game by Avon Gale

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Author Name: Avon Gale

Book Name: Save of the Game

Series: Scoring Chances

This book is a ‘Scoring Chances’ novel. It can be read as a standalone.

Release Date: January 29, 2016


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.

Pages or Words: 200 pages

Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Sports, Hockey

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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.


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Author Interview:


qaToday I’m very lucky to be interviewing Avon Gale author of Save of the Game.

Hi Avon, thank you for agreeing to this interview!

Q:  Tell us something no one else knows about your characters.

A:  Before he made the roster as an enforcer for his first team, the Las Vegas Blackjacks, Ethan Kennedy played hockey for a team in New York called The Thousand-Island Privateers.

Riley Hunter has never once in his entire life been camping.

Q:  Have you ever had writer’s block? How did you overcome it?

A:  I tell myself “you’re just going to write for ten minutes. Just type and see what happens.” Usually that helps. If not, I start reading the book I’m working on at the moment – at some random point – and usually start tinkering with it. But the number one reason I get writer’s block is when I’m not sure where something is supposed to go, which means there’s a problem in the narrative. So I either go back a few chapters and mess with the book leading up to the part where I’m blocked, or I sit down and begrudgingly make an outline. This inevitably happens at about 40-50K with me.

Q:  What book you’ve written would you like to see made into a movie?

A:  Breakaway! I think Let the Wrong Light In would have to be on Cinemax After Dark, haha!

Q:  Do you work on an outline or plot or just let the story takes you where it wants to go?

A:  I just write and see where it goes. As I said above, there’s always a part where my zest runs out and I have to outline the rest, at least vaguely, so that I have a road map to get where I’m going. I generally always know the start and the ending, but I’ve been surprised more than once. My favorite thing about writing is watching my characters develop, though, so I don’t plan too much ahead of time.

Rapid fire questions:

1 – Favorite meal: Coke Zero! Kidding. (Er. Kind of.) Cincinnati-style chili!

2 – Favorite color: Red

3 – Favorite ice cream flavor: Vanilla (seriously. I know.)


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.


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Twitter: @avongalewrites


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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press


Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson


Tour Dates & Stops:


Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy, Posy Roberts, Book Lovers 4Ever, Mikky’s World of Books, Jessie G. Books, Gay Book Reviews


Boy Meets Boy Reviews, Kirsty Loves Books, Love Bytes, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, Divine Magazine, Hearts on Fire, Open Skye Book Reviews


Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Inked Rainbow Reads, V’s Reads, Nautical Star Books, Foxylutely Book Reviews, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, BFD Book Blog


Bayou Book Junkie, Alpha Book Club, Molly Lolly, Happily Ever Chapter, Unquietly Me, MM Good Book Reviews, 3 Chicks After Dark


The Novel Approach, Boys on the Brink Reviews, Three Books Over The Rainbow, Carly’s Book Reviews, The Hat Party


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2 Responses to Blog Tour Stop including Excerpt, Author Interview & Giveaway – Save of the Game by Avon Gale

  1. kp says:

    Love Baseball!

  2. Serena S. says:

    I like tennis. But I’m not into watching sports, I rather play them. 😉