We are so excited to have Riley and Ethan with us today from Avon Gale’s latest novel Save of the Game, book #2 in her fabulous Scoring Chances series.
Character Interview with Riley Hunter and Ethan Kennedy from Save of the Game
Ethan, Riley, so glad you could join us. To start off, how do you feel about being the stars of your own book?
Ethan: It’s pretty cool. Me and Riley are definitely entertaining. I think, anyway.
Riley: We’re also a lot better with feelings than Lane was.
Ethan: That’s true. We’re pretty awesome all around. Maybe a little confused at first.
Riley: “A little”, haha. You could say that.
Ethan: I’m just saying, it’s a good thing I’m nosy or else it’d be a short book.
Riley: And I’m just saying, it’s a good thing I organize my porn folder and you drink cheap whiskey.
Ethan: Shhh! Don’t spoil the details of our epic romance, Riley. Also, dude, my mom might read this. You know how she gets about cheap Irish whiskey.
Do you feel as though you wouldn’t have found each other if you had been roommates first? Or are we talking about destiny here?
Ethan: Definitely destiny. Even if I was playing on another team we would have met eventually. I would have accidentally crashed into Riley or something during a game.
Riley: “Accidentally” ?
Ethan: You know I’m not that graceful. I wouldn’t have done it on purpose, I follow the code. But I’m just saying, if I had accidentally crashed into you I would have come by later to apologize.
Riley: By making out?
Ethan: Depends on how sorry I was. *winks*
Riley: I don’t know what I think about destiny, but I think you would have snooped in my porn folder on my laptop even if you didn’t live with me.
Ethan: That’s probably true. Again with the spoilers, Riles. We want people to actually read the book, you know.
Tell us what was most surprising to you about the beginning of your relationship. And what’s most surprising now?
Ethan: That I liked guys, probably. I had no idea about that.
Riley: I did. Just...not any specific guys.
Ethan: Until me.
Riley: Until you. Or maybe I just have a thing for tattoos.
Ethan: Ha, ha. Seriously, though, it was surprising but it was cool. Being bisexual is actually the best ever. It’s like winning the lottery. Who wouldn’t want to be bisexual? I can’t imagine why anyone would freak out about finding a guy like Riley hot.
Riley: Ethan. Shhh.
Ethan: He’s so modest. But hot. Don’t you think it’s great to be bi, Riles?
Riley: Obviously. Ethan’s right, though. I’m happy about it, even though everyone apparently thought I was into guys before I did.
Ethan: You’re kind of stubborn. I mean, you do spend all your time stopping people from scoring.
Riley: I don’t think it’s fair to say I always stop people from scoring. *significant look*
Ethan: You have the lowest goals-against average in the -- oh. Oh! Ha! I get it. Right. Well, you stop me from scoring any goals at practice.
Riley: Ethan? That’s not really hard. I’ve seen you miss an empty net when you were the only one on the ice.
Ethan: The most surprising thing about our relationship is that I’m an enforcer and he says shit like that, and I don’t punch him.
What’s the biggest point of contention between you two? Do you ever fight about anything?
Riley: Ethan hates when you try and do nice things for him.
Ethan: No I don’t! It just takes me a little while to get used to it. Riley doesn’t like it if you don’t immediately move your clothes from the washing machine to the dryer .
Riley: By “immediately” he means, within a day or two. Ethan won’t drink water and thinks hydration is for lesser men.
Ethan: There’s plenty of water in Pepsi. You can keep that coconut water you like so much, it’s gross. I guess we fight about laundry and beverages? Ugh, that’s lame, Riley. No one is going to want to read our book.
Riley: We kinda fought about other stuff before we got to this point, though. Also, we fight about hockey. Not playing it, but watching it. Ethan’s a Rangers fan, and I’m a Devils fan.
Ethan: Natural enemies. I thought Riley would stop cheering for them after Brodeur retired but he didn’t.
Riley: We play on the same team, dude. We don’t need to cheer for the same one, too. And you don’t stop supporting a team just because your favorite player suddenly decides to play for the St. Louis Blues for a hot minute before he retires.
Ethan: Brodeur fanboy.
Riley: That’s true. He’s the best goalie to ever play the game. Ethan, who is your favorite Rangers player? I don’t think I’ve ever asked you that.
Ethan: *smirks* Sean Avery.
Riley: ...and that’s why we fight about hockey.
What would you most like readers of your book to take away from your story?
Ethan: If you think you may be bisexual, you absolutely should kiss your hot roommate to find out. Or, you know, sometimes you have to learn to let someone in past your defenses.
Riley: And sometimes you have to fight for what you want. And kiss your hot roommate back.
Ethan: And fuck the Devils.
Riley: The Rangers suck.
Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2)
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 29th January 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary Sports M/M Romance
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.
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Meet Avon Gale 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 she never gets tired of people and their stories -- either real or the ones she makes up in her head.