RT Con Recap, Hockey, and upcoming releases!

I’m literally the worst at blogging, I know. I tend to be on Twitter and Facebook a lot, though, sharing my every thought without censure. (Way to promote yourself, Avon >>) But I do want to do a quick recap of my experiences at RT Con, talk about the pain and sorrow that is being a hockey fan, and share some news about my upcoming releases 😀

RT Con:

Wow. WOW. This was my first convention, and very like me that I would choose to go to the biggest one of them all to get my feet wet. I’ve always been that girl that just jumps in the pool instead of wading in slowly, so I guess it makes sense. Also, I’m pretty extroverted so I loved the idea of meeting a lot of people who loved romance — and I did! But I gotta tell you, even for Ms. Super Extrovert, it was a overwhelming! SO many choices for panels, so many people I wanted to see and spend time with, so many hallways and rooms with vaguely similar names.

My catchphrase for RT Con would have to be, “What’s that line for?” I said it about 23492342 times.

The panels were awesome (I *loved* “taking your writing to the next level” with Madeline Hunter — MADELINE HUNTER!! — and she was a great speaker, really engaging), and I of course adored the LGBTQ focused panels and hearing some of my favorite people talk about LGBTQ issues and romance. I’m not that great at sitting still so panels are hard for me (I don’t know how I ended up with a Masters degree because I can barely handle sitting through movies), but these were so awesome that I didn’t notice it and only fidgeted a LITTLE. It did make me really excited for GRL in October, though, as I’d love to have more conversations about LGBTQ romance.

I participated in my very first book signing at the Giant Book Fair (like I said, jumping right in) and that was *awesome*! I loved meeting readers and being asked to sign a book made me all flaily. It’s so strange to think about fifteen-year-old me and how I never would have believed if you’d told me that when I was 38, I’d be signing my own romance novel for people who’d read and enjoyed it. But I especially loved meeting and talking to people whom I’d only interacted with online, and as you can imagine, talked myself hoarse by the time it was over. Dreamspinner was lovely and gave all us authors who were signing a little goodie bag with water and snacks. How great is that?

Here is a picture, taken by Jules Lovestoread, of me signing my FIRST EVER BOOK in person at the book fair!
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Thanks so much for the picture, Jules!! 😀

I also got to do a little escaping into the wilderness (er, via clearly marked roads and things — I’m not that much of an outdoorsy person) and that was awesome. I’m not really a casino fan or anything, and I’ve been to Vegas before. So getting to explore the gorgeous Snow Canyon State Park in Utah was fantastic, and on Sunday we took a little side-trip to Hoover Dam and the strangest place ever, Nelson Ghost Town, which was an old mine with Americana kitch of all years scattered about, used primarily for photoshoots. I am writing a story about this place as we speak, it was so strange and awesome!

I was very tired after I got back, mostly because I forgot being almost 40 meant that my ability to stay up all night and travel is severely diminished from being, say, almost 30. But it was a great trip, I’m glad I went, and I brought home WAY too much swag and way too many books. Seriously, if you’re a reader, you are going to end up with a huge haul of books. Fifteen year old me was also salivating at the free romance novels. 38 year old me despaired of her already-over-the-limit suitcase.

I returned home to hockey playoffs, and of course, the Bruins were failbots and are not gracing us with their presence for the second year in a row 😐 I know things have to change in the organization, and I’m fine with that, but I do hope both Chara and Krejci remain Bruins. I am admittedly glad not to have to agonize over their playoff appearances, which would have ended either in the first round or with a Stanley Cup appearance, since my stupid team never does anything by halves.

The Blues, on the other hand, are in the playoffs and playing Chicago. Historically, the Blues will lose either to Chicago or in the second round, whichever comes first. Despite being up 3 games in the series and needing one more to win, I am not optimistic that the Blues will finally slay their Blackhawk-shaped dragon and move on…only to be out in the second round. I’d settle for the Blues defeating the Hawks, then someone knocking out the Kings and the Ducks. Then I am happy with whoever wins the whole shebang, though of course I’m cheering for the Blues. Being a hockey fan is horrible and wonderful, is what I’m saying. I have been enjoying watching playoff hockey featuring not-my-team just to appreciate the sport, because I spend most of my time while the Blues play trying to resist the urge to gnaw all of my fingers off or drink a bottle of bourbon. Why do I do this to myself? I don’t even know.

In happier hockey news, my third Scoring Chances novel, Power Play, is set to release on May 9th! Yay! The book is available for pre-order on Dreamspinner’s website (where it is currently part of a 25% off sale, I’m just saying) and also on Amazon and other retail outlets. If you are interested, here are the links:

Dreamspinner || Amazon || All Romance E-Books || B&N

Finally, the fourth Scoring Chances book, Empty Net, is undergoing edits and should be out sometime in September. There’s a sneak preview in the back of Power Play, too.

Thanks everyone for reading, and as always, for the kind words and messages! It really means a lot to me, and I appreciate it very much.

That’s all for now! I have some new projects coming up, too, but more about that later. For now, happy reading and Let’s Go Blues!!

  7 comments for “RT Con Recap, Hockey, and upcoming releases!

  1. Bren
    April 27, 2016 at 2:22 am

    So happy to hear that there’s a fourth book in this series! I’m not good with words so I’m not sure how to put it, but I love how authentic the stories are. Like, I don’t think I’ve read any hockey fiction that captures the love of the game, with like (what seems to be) a realistic take on what it actually means to play it professionally, without sacrificing the main focus being character development. I haven’t used the words character development since high school but I’m feeling it here haha. I just feel like your love for hockey is obvious, and it’s very authentically included as part of the story, like world building almost even though it’s reality, but that you’ve got characters I feel like I could meet in real life and they’d be fully formed human beings, in a world that feels very real and very full to me even though it’s not? OK I tried, point is, I love your books, can’t wait for May 9th, can’t wait for September!

    ALSO can you believe the Kings AND the Hawks are out?!

    • Avon Gale
      April 27, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Oh, thank you so much!! What a lovely thing to say, really, this means so much to me – I’m so glad the stories ring true for you and hearing that they’re authentic pretty much makes my whole day. I really appreciate this comment and that you took the time to leave it for me — as a writer, there’s pretty much nothing better than hearing this from someone, so thank you so much for totally making my day and for your kind and thoughtful words!! <333

    • Avon Gale
      April 27, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      OH AND I KNOW RIGHT? I’m not a fan of either team but the Hawks almost made me kind of like them in that series, they were such good opponents. But it will be nice to see another team win the Cup, even if it isn’t the Blues 😉 (Or the Bruins, who are made of fail 🙁 )

  2. Keri
    May 5, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Just read an ARC of Power Play (shamefully I hadn’t read the first 2, which I quickly snapped up and read before this one and OMG! instafan, so here I am searching and you became autobuy). I’m with Bren above all the way in that…YAY!!! a fourth book!!! Also with Bren in that this series is quite authentic. I felt like I was right there skating with the boys, (although I will skip the bag skates…haha…I cringe every time I hear those words…I do enjoy living and not feeling like I’m dying) Being a hockey girl all my life, I’ve been on both sides of the ice so reading Power Play from the coaches perspective was refreshing. The combination of these men growing into themselves, romance, and hockey…total sweetness.

    I’m homegrown St. Louis living in Alaska, so go BLUES all the way!!!!

    • Avon Gale
      May 17, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      YAY! OMG I’m so sorry this has taken me like 238423423 days to reply to — eeek!!! I appreciate the comment and it’s so good to know that the books are authentic!! Especially since I can barely stand up on ice skates, LOL (but I can rollerblade, so, what’s up with that??) and when I heard about bag skates I was like /WELP THAT’S ABOUT THE WORST THING I’VE EVER HEARD D: so I can’t imagine actually having to do one!!

      AND GO BLUES!!! Gah, I can barely stand it, I get so nervous on gamedays O___O I am so hopeful they can pull off a Cup win this year, but gah, I’m so proud of them!!! As much as I miss my Bruins I don’t know if I could handle the stress of two teams in the playoffs (luckily the Bruins seem determined to save me from that, thanks guys 😐 )

  3. Emily
    May 9, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I hope we don’t have to wait until September for book 4, but it’ll make a good birthday present to myself.

    • Avon Gale
      May 17, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Hopefully it won’t be any later than that!! It has gone through editing though so I’m hopeful it will be sometime in Sept. 😀

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