Thursday, February 4, 2016

INTERVIEW: Avon Gale plus #Giveaway! #Bisexual #Hockey


Hello Avon and welcome to The Hat Party! <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hat, and let's get this party started!



Tell us about a time you were done a great kindness.

My mentor at my job was the one who encouraged me to pursue writing full time, after she’d spent a year training me in the salon. It was selfless and kind of her to encourage me to follow my passion, and I will never be able to thank her enough.

You’ve been given the opportunity to go back in time and give your 13-year-old self a message. What do you say?

Stop using so much hairspray. (It was the early nineties, okay!) And keep writing.

So, you were editing along and zombies attack. And they are on fire! What do you do?

It depends. Are they edits from my editor, or am I editing the first draft right after I finish something? Because that is when editing is so much of a struggle for me, so I’d probably welcome the excuse to stop. As to what I’d do…I’m kind of a klutz, so sadly, I’d say I’d probably catch on fire accidentally while trying to put the zombie!fire out with Coke Zero.

Describe yourself using a literary quote.

“She wants her cup of stars.” –Shirley Jackson

You have 200 words—Make. Me. Swoon. (PLEASE!)

I have absolutely no idea what to do for this one. (What am I, some kind of writer?) I keep going back and forth between writing about free books or free candy, both of which would make ME swoon, but you know. I’m terrible at this game. Okay, how about -- OH LOOK, A ZOMBIE ON FIRE, BRB.

What makes you inexplicably happy?

Red pandas! OMGSOCUTETHEIRLITTLEFACES!!!

Sing us a song!

I sing to you, “I Came Around” by Murder by Death.  

This song is about a guy who goes to a dude’s funeral, mainly to be smug that the guy is dead and he isn’t. But while there, he drinks with the dead guy’s friends, tells stories, and ends up weeping over the guy’s casket and drinking bourbon until dawn.

This is basically what I want my funeral to be. Maybe attended by less smug people with vendettas, though.

What one food item do you consider to be your arch nemesis?
Shellfish, because I’m allergic to them.
Water, because it’s not Coke Zero.

Biggest mistake you’ve made in your writing career and what you’ve learned from it.

I had two finished manuscripts lying around for two years before I submitted one to see if I could publish it. I learned that at some point you have to stop editing (even if there are fire zombies) and take a risk and see what happens.

And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds?

I’m a cat person. But my cat just threw up on my rug, so I’m willing to consider a change of affections. Tell me more about these dachshunds of which you speak.

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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
Pages or Words: 200 pages
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Sports, Hockey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson


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.


Excerpt:


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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BONUS QUESTIONS:
*What inspired you to write Save of the Game?
My two favorite hockey positions are goalie and enforcer. I always love when you see the tough, fourth-line fighter guy shoving someone out of the crease and protecting the guy that has more padding on than anyone else on the ice. I love goalies because they are bendy and hot. And I would love to play goalie, but I don’t have that kind of concentration or focus. Also I skate really slowly.
But I always knew I wanted to write a story about the goalie, Riley, from Breakaway, and I loved the idea of pairing him with the team enforcer. He and Ethan seemed a natural fit.
*Is there anything special you’d like us to know about your book?
It is the second in the series, but you can read it without reading the first one as it focuses on different characters. All the books in the Scoring Chances series follow a season-long storyline.
*What are your hopes for this title?
I hope people enjoy the time they spend with Ethan and Riley! And if it got a few new hockey fans, that’d be okay with me, too. ;)
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
Other: (join my mailing list) http://eepurl.com/bGLSrD

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