Series Recommendation: Avon Gale’s Scoring Chances

So, if y’all follow me on twitter (@judesierra), you know that I have a long standing love affair with Avon Gale’s Scoring Chances series. I’ve read and re-read the first two books in the series (Breakaway and Save of the Game) at least five times — no exaggeration.

This series follows hockey players (OMG HOCKEY ROMANCE, YAS) who play in the ECHL. I’ve been lucky enough to get an advance copy of her newest addition to the series, Power Play.

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I have so much love for this series, and this book was such a great addition. Gale has a gift with character voices: they are always clear and unique and each character is so well written. They’re flawed and funny and quirky and passionate and so deeply lovable.

Power Play is the story of Max Ashford and Misha Samarin, who are paired to coach the worst team in the ECHL, the Spartanburg Spitfires. They’re hired by a smarmy GM who is more interested in getting his team attention through sensational media, and Max and Misha’s past offers ample fodder. Years ago, Misha accidentally caused a freak accident in a Stanley Cup playoff game that ended Max’s career. Determined not to let their past — or their GM — affect their desire to help their team, Max and Misha slowly navigate their relationship, from being coworkers to friends to lovers, over the course of the novel.

Max is like sunshine in this book, and it doesn’t feel contrived. I love that he went through something heartbreaking but found a way to manage it, live his live, redirect with a positive attitude. I really loved that, because that’s a really realistic option for dealing with setbacks, but it can seem insurmountable. It’s not! Max makes that clear.

Misha is complicated and deep; he has a painful backstory he doesn’t know how to handle, and lingering guilt over the accident that ended Max’s career. The way he comes to trust Max and forgive himself is handled beautifully, as is his commitment to protecting and caring for his players (AKA Isaac Drake, who will be featured in her upcoming novel).

I have a weakness for hockey romance and this series hits every sweet spot. I cannot wait for book four, Empty Net, which will be available in the fall. I might cry in the interim months. I so highly recommend this series and this book!

Coming in October of 2016, Idlewild

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In a last ditch effort to bring the downtown Detroit gastro pub he started with his late husband back to life, Asher Schenck fires everyone and hires a completely new staff. Among them is Tyler Heyward, a 23-year-old recent college graduate in need of funds to pay for med school. As their relationship shifts from business to friendship, Tyler falls for Asher and finds himself caught between the things he thought he wanted and the things he hasn’t allowed himself to dream about. Working together, they get to know each other’s dreams.

Idlewild is a story about love and healing set in the backdrop of Detroit’s revival.

I am so excited to share this amazing cover C.B. Messner designed, and my story with you guys. I am so constantly floored by the quality of the book covers Interlude Press gives my books, and once again, standing ovation. This one captures the book so beautifully.

 

Romantic Times Booklovers Convention

It’s almost time! Next Tuesday you’ll find Jude out in the big wide world of Vegas. I’ll be the one with the wide eyes wandering the Rio Hotel in a daze.

But not to fear, come Wednesday I’ll be pulled together and SO READY to meet people and learn all kinds of stuff. And that means I’d love to meet YOU.

SO. If you want to find me, I’ll be at:

The Interlude Press Publisher Spotlight, 11am Wednesday morning

ClubRT at 11:30am Wednesday morning

I’ll be signing books at the Giant Book Fair (weeeee), Saturday from 10:30-2pm

Otherwise, I’ll be flitting about from Tuesday to Sunday, bamboozled and thrilled by the whole experience. If you are going to be there, gimme a shoutout on twitter @judesierra and maybe we will find a way to cross paths!!

 

 

 

30% off Sale!

Today only you can grab a copy of my books Hush and What it Takes (along with all other Interlude Press titles) at 30% off! Official work from Interlude?

“Forget the vernal equinox. For some of us, spring hasn’t really started until Opening Day of the baseball season. So in honor of our love of hot dogs, Cracker Jack, cold beer and hot pitching, we’re celebrating the start of the baseball season with a 24-hour flash sale for 30 percent off everything in the IP Web Store.

What does baseball have to do with LGBTQ fiction? Nothing that we know of…yet.

Enter the discount code—please, no giggling—PLAYBALL at checkout for 30 percent off through Monday night at store.interludepress.com.”