Today I am so pleased to welcome Avon Gale to Joyfully Jay. Avon has come to share an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, Power Play. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Avon a big welcome!

Excerpt

One of the Jackhammers, obviously irritated that they were losing to the “sure win” team, threw a hit on the Spitfires’ goalie. That was a bad idea for a multitude of reasons, the two main ones being that you didn’t throw hits on goalies, and if you did, you probably didn’t want to do it when Isaac Drake was in net.

Misha changed the lines to send Matt Huxley onto the ice. He should, in the time-honored tradition of hockey, defend the goalie by beating up the player who’d thrown the hit. He was also Drake’s best friend, as far as Max could tell, as the two lived together. He’d even seen Huxley with blue dye on his hands, presumably from helping Drake make his hair that unnatural color.

Before the line change, though, the Jackhammers’ player did it again. And that time he scored a goal. Max was certain it would be disallowed, but for some reason, the linesmen and the refs didn’t want Max to have any kind of celebratory making out and ruled it a good goal. Misha was angry and argued as best he could, but to no avail.

And that’s when the Spartanburg Spitfires finally had enough.

Two minutes later Max stood slack-jawed and stupid next to Misha while they watched their entire team make a beeline for the Jackhammers’ bench.

“Oh, my god,” Max said. He turned to Misha. “We don’t have to go fight their coaches, do we? I got in two fights in my entire career and I lost them both. The hockey fight website said so. Unanimously.”

Max could see the brawl on the ice escalating. Both benches were clear, which was a relief only because it wasn’t just Max’s team out there incurring a million penalties and thousands of dollars in potential fines.

Max saw a goalie stick raised high like a call to arms amid the crowd of brawling, angry hockey players. He laughed. He couldn’t help it.

Misha looked at him. “This is funny? This is not funny.”

“It’s funny,” Max gasped. “In that way things that aren’t funny are funny.”

Misha muttered something under his breath in Russian, which was probably “My assistant coach is crazy.” But then his lips twitched. “Our team is in a bench-clearing brawl, Max.”

I like the way you say my name.


Blurb

Power Play by Avon GaleA 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.


Bio

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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Avon has brought a copy of books one and two in the Scoring Chances series to give away to one lucky reader on her tour. Just follow the Rafflecopter below to enter. 

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