Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Featured Guest Author: Coach’s Challenge (Scoring Chances #5) by Avon Gale. Includes Interview with Coach Troy Callahan and Excerpt.

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We are happy to welcome Avon Gale back to Sinfully today to celebrate the release of the latest Scoring Chances Novel, Coach’s Challenge. Go check it out!

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Asheville Life! Magazine Interview with new Ravens Head Coach, Troy Callahan

We at Asheville Life Magazine are excited to welcome Troy Callahan, the new coach of Asheville’s ECHL hockey team! Troy comes to us from Hartford, Connecticut, where he was previously a coach for the Hartford Wolf Pack.

ALM: Hi, Coach Callahan! Welcome to Asheville!

TC: Thank you. It’s nice to be here.

ALM: How are you finding the city so far?

TC: It’s very pretty. Looks like a movie.

ALM: They’ve filmed quite a few movies here, in fact. Last of the Mohicans, Cold Mountain, Hunger Games….

TC: Is referencing The Hunger Games a good marketing point for your town?

ALM: (Laughs) Oh, well, of course we don’t have anything like that, here. Asheville is a great town, and we’re happy you have decided to move here. Did your family come with you?

TC: My parents live in Florida, and I’m single. So no.

ALM: We have a very active nightlife!

TC: I’m also gay. I don’t know if you have a problem with that, because I’ve heard some bulls*** about this state. And my team. But at least I can do something about that last one.

ALM: We have a very active LGBTQA community here in Asheville, Mr. Callahan, don’t worry.

TC: I’m not worried. I’m probably going to be too busy fixing this train wreck of a team to even think about dating.

ALM: Well, if you change your mind, check out Contacts. It’s a lively, fun LGBTQA+ club with karaoke, a monthly drag show and great drink specials. And if you haven’t tried our barbeque yet, you really need to get on that.

TC: I tried some today, yeah. But it’s weird. Why’s the sauce so runny? And isn’t barbeque sauce supposed to be red?

ALM: North Carolina barbeque uses a vinegar sauce, and we happen to think it’s the best in the world. Are you much of a chef in the kitchen?

TC: Why, are you trying to get me a date? Uh. I’m all right, I guess. I make a mean pot of spaghetti. Seriously, try anything and it’ll bite your hand off.

ALM: Ah…

TC: That was a joke. I know. It’s hard to tell with me.

ALM: So tell us about your past as a hockey coach, and what makes you excited about the new season as the man in charge of the Ravens?

TC: I’ve been with the Hartford Wolf Pack for the past six years. I was the assistant coach for my first three years, and the head coach for the last three. And I always like being in charge, especially since it seems someone here really needs to be.

ALM: Was your last team sad to see you go?

TC: They said they were. Threw me a party and everything. Then again, it might have been a ‘we’re glad you’re someone else’s problem now’ party.

ALM: I’m sure that wasn’t it!

TC: Yeah, well, you just met me. Spend twenty more minutes with me then decide.

ALM: (laughs) So what made you decide to take the job here in Asheville?

TC: The new GM (general manager) of the Ravens, Gabriel Bow, is a longtime friend and former teammate of mine. He played goalie for the Rangers when I was with them, and we’ve stayed friends ever since. He called me up after he was hired and asked if I’d be interested in taking over as the head coach.

ALM: What is it about taking over a new team that excites you? Is it the challenge?

TC: Yeah, something like that. Look, I don’t know if you want to talk about the last guy who was in charge, since I read a copy of this magazine and the main article was about keeping potbellied pigs as pets. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, even though I think it’s kind of f****** creepy since there was an article about the “10 Best Barbeque Spots in Western North Carolina” on the next page. Just that I’m not sure what kind of tone you’re going for, here.

ALM: The ‘getting to know you’ kind of tone, of course! And to welcome you to Asheville and say we’re excited you’re here.

TC: Pot bellied pigs, though?

ALM: They’re very popular as pets.

TC: And with vinegar, apparently.

ALM:  We all know the last coach left amid some controversy.

TC: That’s…a real diplomatic way to put it.

ALM: Welcome to the south, Mr. Callahan.

TC: Touché. Okay, yeah, the last coach was a – very terrible human being. And I think it’s awful what he did to this team. There’s a lot of talent here, and I love hockey. And I hate seeing people waste potential by exploiting fear and homophobia. So I respected the hell out of Gabe for taking over, and I admit, I wanted to see if maybe I could do some good here. I’m kind of a loudmouth but I’ve got a lot of passion for hockey – and for making sure this bullying s*** stops for good. Also, I’m a pretty good hockey coach when it comes to the fundamentals. So partly it was the challenge, sure, and partly it was because I hated the last guy in a way you definitely don’t want me to start talking about.

ALM: Have you spoken to your new team captain, Xavier Matthews? He’s a local boy.

TC: That’s what I’ve heard. I’ve not met too many southerners who play hockey, to be honest. But yeah. He’s a good kid, strong skater, soft hands. That’s a hockey term, by the way. Don’t go getting the wrong idea or anything, okay?

ALM: Of course not! So what are your hopes for this season?

TC: I have hopes that the players will listen up and do what I say, knock off the bs on the ice and remember this is a game you’re supposed to play hard, but fair. I hope that I will get used to vinegar being an integral part of my diet, and that I don’t ever have to pretend to be okay with someone keeping a pig as a pet.

ALM: Any plans to go up into the mountains and do any hiking? I can recommend some great trails!

TC: I think I’ve got quite a large enough mountain to climb, but thanks. Maybe next season.

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Excerpt

There was enough room on the charter bus for everyone to have a row to themselves, but that didn’t help, since Troy never had been able to sleep on a bus.

So, at three in the morning, Troy watched coaching videos as he slumped down in his seat with a pair of earbuds. He was scowling at the videos and muttering under his breath about how stupid they were when he felt someone slide into the seat next to him.

Shane, of course.

“You are fucking kidding me with this,” Troy hissed as he yanked his earbuds out. He looked around the bus, even though it was obvious from the silence that everyone was asleep, and even if they weren’t, Troy was up near the front, and the person closest to him—Quinn—was snoring with his head on the window and had one of those sleep-mask things covering his eyes.

“You ever stop working?” Shane slouched down in his seat, which made him barely visible to anyone in the darkness of the bus’s quiet interior.

“I can’t sleep on these things. And no. Not really. I even dream about fucking hockey.”

“Yeah? You sure it’s hockey you dream about fucking, and not… something else?” Shane leaned in closer, and his breath ghosted against Troy’s neck. “Like my mouth?”

“What the hell are you doing?” Troy’s cock hardened immediately. “You trying to get me fired?”

“Everyone’s asleep, Coach. Thought you could show me some of those videos.” Shane’s smile was sly. He reached out, took Troy’s phone, and magically made the videos reappear. He grabbed one of the earbuds and put it in his ear. “You should really passcode lock your phone.”

“You should really go back to your own seat.” Troy flipped to the next video. “Hang on. Let me find one about not making stupid fucking choices on a moving bus while your teammates are asleep at o-dark-thirty.”

“Mmm. Sounds good.” Shane dropped his hand to Troy’s lap. “Come on, old man. Dare you to let me.”

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Coach’s Challenge

Avon Gale

coachs-challengeSeries ~ Scoring Chances (Book 5)

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Release Date ~ 26th June 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

It’s been decades since blackmail forced Troy Callahan to retire from playing professional hockey, and he’s built a successful career behind the bench. When he’s offered the opportunity to coach the Asheville Ravens—the most hated team in the ECHL—he’s convinced that his no-nonsense attitude is just what the team needs to put their focus back on hockey. But Troy is disheartened when he finds that the Ravens have signed Shane North, a player known for his aggression—especially when Shane’s rough good looks give Troy inappropriate thoughts about a player, even if Shane’s set to retire at the end of the season.

Shane’s career in the majors never quite took off. Wanting to quit on his own terms, Shane agrees to a one-year contract with the Ravens and finds himself playing for a coach who thinks he’s an aging goon and with a team that doesn’t trust him, the coach, or each other. Despite his determination to not get involved, Shane unwillingly becomes part of the team… and is just as unwillingly drawn to the gruff, out-and-proud coach. As the Ravens struggle to build a new identity, Shane and Troy succumb to the passion that might cost them everything.

::: Debra’s Review :::


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Meet Avon Gale

 

avongale_thumbAvon Gale wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it — even if it was a bit weirder than the other, more normal hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after — though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.

Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy.

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.

Avon is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.

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