(Scoring Chances #1)
by Avon Gale
ebook, 240 pages
Expected publication: November 27th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
edition language: English
series: Scoring Chances #1
Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, twenty-year-old Lane Courtnall’s future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He's put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It’s a strange way to begin a relationship.
Jared’s been playing minor league hockey for most of his career. He’s bisexual and doesn’t care if anyone knows. But he’s determined to avoid another love affair after the last one left him devastated. Out of nowhere a one-nighter with rookie Lane Courtnall gives him second thoughts. Lane reminds Jared why he loves the game and why love might be worth the risk. In turn, Jared hopes to show Lane how to be comfortable with himself on and off the ice. But they’re at different points in their careers, and both men will have to decide what they value most.
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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Please welcome Breakaway author Avon Gale to Diane’s Book Blog.
What is your favorite part of the story, Breakaway ?
My favorite part of the story is how Lane and Jared really are each other’s biggest fans. They support each other and their relationship enables both of them to grow as an individual and as a couple. My idea of romance is when two people are better together than apart, and I really believe that’s true with Lane and Jared.
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
I like telling stories, and my mom was always encouraging me to do that. I’m an only child, so making up characters was very natural and I did it even before I thought to write them down. I love people and their stories and I think that’s probably why I’m both a writer and a hair stylist!!
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author is Shirley Jackson, and I love the way she writes dread. Her writing is poetic and beautiful and has this sinister undertone, a subtle kind of unease, that just gets me every time.
What's your favorite book-turned movie?
The Haunting (the old one!), also by Shirley Jackson. I think the movie did a phenomenal job capturing a lot of what I loved about that book -- the dread, the claustrophobia, the sinister nature of that house and Eleanor’s slowly unraveling sanity. I watch it every year around Halloween and I always forget how scary it is!
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure! I sent the third Scoring Chances book, Power Play, into Dreamspinner for publication consideration a few weeks ago so I’ve been working on the fourth book, which is called Crash the Net. The first two Scoring Chances books are about the same team, and the second two books switch to Spartanburg, South Carolina, and the Spitfires. The book I’m currently working on is about the Spitfires goalie, Isaac Drake, and his new back-up….who he despises.
What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading “The Disassembled Life of Duncan Cole” by S.K. Hart. It’s hilarious and so, so clever. I highly recommend it -- it’s a bit of romance, a bit of steampunk, and a lot of awesome.
Who is you favorite real life hockey team?
My favorite real-life hockey team is the Boston Bruins. When I got into hockey, I had the luxury of being able to pick my own team. I decided to pick the team everyone hated, because I’m contrary that way. The Bruins are also an Original Six team with a lot of history, and I love that. They’re a bunch of overly-emotional failbots, too, and sometimes I do NOT love that, haha. My Western Conference “girlfriend” team is the Blues.
Please welcome Lane Courtnall from Avon Gale's Breakaway to Diane’s Book Blog.
What is your full name? Do you have a nickname?
Lane Edward Courtnall. Usually just “Courts”. Because of my last name. Hockey players aren’t very original. My best friend sometimes calls me “Laney” but I never told her she could do that.
Who is your funniest friend?
Zoe, probably. Jared thinks he’s really funny, but sometimes I just laugh to make him feel better. But he does make me laugh a lot. My mom says that’s important in a relationship. It’s probably even more important when you’re in one with me.
What is your most treasured possession?
Ugh, it’s too embarrassing. It’s a...copy of a movie. A present. From Jared. That and my Leafs hoodie he got me for Christmas when we just started dating. I have other Leafs hoodies, and maybe they’re technically better, but the one he got me is still my favorite.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Jared, and hockey. And after that, probably Dr. Pepper.
Which talent would you most like to have?
The one where I say things and they sound like I meant them to. Whatever you call that.
What do you most value in your friends?
That they don’t give up. On me, or anything.
What is your favorite thing about hockey?
I’m really competitive, so I like that part. I also like being a center because I like setting up plays and putting them in motion, not just score goals. Though obviously I like doing that, too. I’ve always felt like I could be this better version of myself, you know? Like I didn’t have all the awkward stuff tripping me up all the time like I do off the ice. And if it happens, you have to get up and go forward. There’s no looking back.