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The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story by Scott D. Pomfret

The Second HalfThe Second Half: A Gay American Football Story
by Scott D. Pomfret

Release date: June 12th 2016

Published by: Lethe Press

Page count: 286 pages

Link: Amazon

Blurb:

Division I college football coach Peyton Stone has a secret. It’s not so much that he’s gay. It’s that he’s fallen in love with his older Iraq-War-vet-turned-starting-QB Brady Winter. Willing to deny himself for the sake of the Golden Eagles football team, Peyton focuses helping his team score touchdowns, but when he discovers the attraction is mutual, he jumps in with both feet.

For each, the stakes are high: bowls, limelight, press, and the NFL. But Peyton and Brady find time during the season to carve out their own private and sexy refuge. Only jealous whispers force the head coach to see what he didn’t want to see and he tears the two apart. It’s only when Brady’s war injuries threaten his health that Peyton reluctantly returns to the team — under cover! The two concoct a plan to pass off Peyton as Brady at the bowl game, thereby preserving Brady’s health and perhaps earning a national championship. Will anyone notice the difference? Does anyone really want to? Most of all, can the pair’s sense of honor outlast the deception?

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Our thoughts:

The most unusual novel I’ve read this month! If I could use one word to describe all of the characters in this novel it would be, unapologetic. Every single character is self-absorbed. They each have their motives for what they do, how they are, how they speak, and how they act. Some of the behavior is rather appalling. There’s misogyny, homophobia, heterophobia, and self-loathing sprinkled throughout the different personalities. They’re all interesting and bring a bit of realism to Peyton’s story.

Peyton isn’t much. Yes, he isn’t much. A former football player that let his first love (or more like infatuation) pretty much ruin his chance of playing professional football. A closet case and kind of spineless. Peyton comes across as self-absorbed as the rest, but once you really get into the story you realize he’s just lost. Not only lost, but a big oaf of a guy that just wants to live his life as a gay, poetry fanatic, football player.  He became quite endearing as the story progressed.

He also desperately wants the quarterback.

As offensive coach, he shouldn’t fraternize with a player. He knows he’s doing everything wrong, as he always does, yet he just can help himself. That’s how Peyton loses his job but gains a boyfriend, Brady. The starting quarterback!

Things with Brady spiral out of control as Brady is sideline with a potentially life threatening injury and they decide to masquerade Peyton for Brady. It helps that they look so much alike. Which should be creepy but really, it’s just part of all the wheels and cogs necessary to make this harebrained idea plausible.

The story ends perfectly because in life not all things work out. Someone has to lose something for someone else to be the winner. Right as Peyton and Brady are getting in deeper in the charade, there’s a big shift. It’s no longer what Peyton wants but what Brady needs. Peyton finally figures it all out and that’s what made the journey through this story worthwhile.

A truly unique football story. I loved the play on the two lead protagonists names. I could totally appreciate the irony of the name choices. Sadly, I feel that this story is kind of true representation of society today. The younger kids, heck even the older generation like Hackett, are all just in it for themselves for their own goal for their own victory for their own fulfillment.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!

Blog Tour and Review: Power Play (Scoring Chances #3) by Avon Gale

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Power Play by Avon Gale
Series: Scoring Chances book 3
(This book can be read as a standalone)
Release Date: May 9, 2016
Pages or Words: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction

We’re happy to host Avon Gale today as she tours for her newest release in the Scoring Chances series, Power Play. Today, Avon Gale shares a fun playlist of songs from within the pages of Power Play. These songs are pominent during some of the funnier, outlandish, and sometimes bizarre moments that Misha and Max face as coaching staff for Belsey, the GM of the Spitfires. Definitely read the excerpt, partake in the playlist, and pick-up a copy of Power Play.

Blurb:

A 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.

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Excerpt:

“I’d never watched this, you know.”

“The YouTube video?” Misha had seen that too. It was filed with angry commenters yelling that he should be deported back to Russia.

“The hit.”

Misha blinked. “You’ve seen the commercial, though. Yes?”

“Yeah, I wish I could say I haven’t seen that. But I meant, I didn’t watch this until a few months ago. They played that game on the NHL channel, so I watched it.”

It never occurred to Misha that Max wouldn’t have seen it, but then he remembered that Max was the hero, not the villain of the story. Misha watched the hit play out on the screen. What must that feel like, to watch the moment it all ended? When Max hit the ice, did he know that game was his last? Did Misha know it was his? How had he felt? He couldn’t remember.

The scene switched to the replay. Misha watched dispassionately, retreated into the blinding pain of his migraine, and told himself that it was all right to suffer, that he should, that he deserved it.

Max paused the video. “Look. See what I have there?”

Misha blinked. He had not expected questions. “I—what?”

“The puck, Misha. The puck. Your hit wasn’t late.”

Oh. “Yes. I know.”

Max stared at him. On the television screen, their younger selves were suspended at the moment everything changed.

A playlist from Avon Gale for Power Play:

Here’s a song playlist for Power Play! If you like, I’ve made one on Youtube here:

These songs are referenced in the book in various ways:

“I Need a Hero” – Bonnie Tyler

“It’s Raining Men” — The Weather Girls

“One Night in Bangkok” (Chess the Musical) – Murray Head

Champion (in which Alexander Ovechkin raps for a bit at about minute 3:00)

Soviet National Anthem (the version from “The Hunt for Red October”)

Other songs:

“Rose Tattoo” – Dropkick Murphys (I highly recommend the video about the

Habs/Bruins rivalry that premiered at the Winter Classic – and was way better than that travesty of the game https://youtu.be/PbkfV-iR0nA

“Time to Go” – Dropkick Murphys (this one’s for the Bruins, and for Isaac Drake, the Spitfires’ feisty goalie!)

And because no hockey playlist should be without it:

“The Hockey Song” by Stompin’ Tom Connors

Meet the 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 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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Our thoughts:

A stoic, brooding, and sexy Russian. A sweet, energetic, optimistic American. Hells yeah! Bring it Avon Gale! Power Play, the third installment in the Scoring Chances series is a must read for sport romance lovers!

Misha Samarin has been hired as the head coach for the ECHL team, the Spartanburg Spitfires. The team with a losing record. The bottom of the barrel. The new owner is looking for some drama and hires Max Ashford as the assistant head coach. These two have a tragic history. Misha is responsible for the career ending hit on Max. Misha has never been able to move past the event and never played another day of professional hockey following it. Neither did Max. It seems their fate was similar but one has moved past it and there other has not.

Max finds himself attracted to Misha and is determined to get to know him. Doing so requires more than just delving into his newly discovered bisexuality, it also requires navigating a man who’s brooding and fierce. Misha is also hesitant due to their past and Max has to show Misha that he’s not angry over what happened, he never was  angry at him.

All the hesitation and self loathing from Misha turns out to be more deeply seeded than Max realized. I was surprised by what the big reveal from the past was. I expected it to be the obvious father connection to crime but it was much more personal for Misha and his self-inflicted disgust with himself. Max is ever the sweet, understanding, practical man and he helps Misha pick himself up from this as well.

Power Play is multifaceted: Max has to come out to his family; Misha must face and accept multiple things from the past; the team has to win hockey; they have to protect their goalie from extortion. Never a dull moment to be had! When they’re not navigating all of that, Max and Misha are tearing it up in the bedroom. They move slowly but it never lacks heat or connection. Once they become comfortable and ready to give it all, there’s no holding them back. It’s fiery romance and eager enthusiasm laced with a sultry verbal Russian, a perfectly sexy combination.

A truly enjoyable novel from start to finish! An added bonus is the first chapter from the next book and it’s sure to be a treat! I’ll be anxiously awaiting its release!

Tour Dates & Stops:

9-May:

My Fiction Nook, Open Skye Book Reviews, Inked Rainbow Reads, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings,

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10-May:

Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy, Joyfully Jay, Jessie G. Books, Rednecks and Romance,

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11-May:

MM Good Book Reviews, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Posy Roberts, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

12-May:

Love Bytes, The Novel Approach, Unquietly Me, Happily Ever Chapter

13-May

BFD Book Blog, The Hat Party, MM Book Escape

16-May

Havan Fellows, Divine Magazine, Outrageous Heroes, Prism Book Alliance, Boys on the Brink Reviews

17-May

3 Chicks After Dark, Full Moon Dreaming, Butterfly-O-Meter

18-May

Foxylutely Book Reviews, Three Books Over The Rainbow, V’s Reads

19-May

Book Lovers 4Ever, Charley Descoteaux, Mikky’s World of Books, Carly’s Book Reviews

20-May

Making It Happen, Kirsty Loves Books, Bayou Book Junkie

21-May

A.M. Leibowitz, Alpha Book Club, Molly Lolly, Man2ManTastic

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EXCERPT TOUR: The Sixth Chukker (Polo #3) by Mickie Ashling

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The Sixth Chukker is the third book in my Polo Series. It continues three years after Ride-Off and fans of the first two novels will be in for a treat as the entire cast of characters—plus one sexy new addition—reunite in this ongoing saga of the Fawkes-Schnell clan. Reading the first two novels, Fire Horse and Ride-Off, will give you a better appreciation of the family dynamics. I hope you’ll come along for the ride as retired polo players Preston and Konrad deal with former lovers, demanding children, and old enemies.

I’d like to thank 3 Chicks After Dark for giving me an opportunity to appear on this wonderful blog and share an exclusive excerpt of The Sixth Chukker. A special shout-out to my publicist J for her consistent good work in organizing all my blog tours. As usual, I bring a few giveaways, which you’ll find in the Rafflecopter widget.

We would like to thank Mickie Ashling for having us on her excerpt tour for The SIxth Chukker! It’s been our pleasure!

ABOUT THE SIXTH CHUKKER

Retired polo players Preston Fawkes and Konrad Schnell have finally found the happiness that eluded them for years. Their stud farm is a big success, and their marriage couldn’t be healthier. Unfortunately, this idyllic life is disrupted by several unexpected sources.

Paloma, Preston’s twenty-one-year-old daughter, is determined to be a 10 goal player before she turns thirty. Bandi, Konrad’s son, dreams of starting a family with his partner, Ned Temple. Paloma offers to surrogate if her father and stepfather come out of retirement and team up with her for one season.

Preston and Konrad would do anything to make their children happy, but they’re confronted with a stumbling block. Trauma specialist Dr. Rayne Carlisle refuses to sign off on the necessary paperwork unless Preston agrees to be his submissive for one week.

Caught between the proverbial rock and hard place, Preston and Konrad deal with disgruntled lovers, demanding children, and old enemies in this sequel to Ride-Off.

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EXCERPT

Preston sighed but walked out of the room with his pillow in one hand and a blanket in the other. He traversed the long corridor and took the stairs two at a time. In the library, he made a small nest on the sofa closest to the fireplace. There were a few glowing embers remaining on the grate, and he threw a new log on top of them and watched as it slowly caught fire. After adding one more for good measure, he toed off his boots and slid down on the sofa.

Once more, he recalled the heated exchange with Carlisle and his earlier outburst with Konrad. He hadn’t exaggerated when he complained about being preoccupied with family matters. He wouldn’t have it any other way, but they had to admit he’d been carrying a massive load. And to be honest, he doubted that Carlisle suffered from a broken heart. It was more likely a bruised ego. People like him weren’t used to being rejected in favor of a scarred and traumatized ex-lover. It was unheard of, and Preston was certain that anger and revenge were the driving forces behind the man’s unreasonable behavior. And that was the kind of emotion Preston could understand.

His next move would be determined by the outcome of his visit to the new doctor. If the guy gave him a clean bill of health, he’d move on with his life and turn his back on Carlisle. If the results were unfavorable, he’d reevaluate his situation and pay Carlisle another visit. Preston had no qualms about using his powers of persuasion, i.e. his body, but he’d promised Konrad. On the other hand, desperate times…. If he could show up with the papers he needed, a fait accompli, would it really matter how they were obtained? Konrad might not like the idea of sharing Preston, but the happiness on Bandi’s face would trump his anger, wouldn’t it? Christ, he was much too old for this shit.

He woke up to warm heat engulfing his cock. Tantalizing licks around the base, up the underside, and then down again. Konrad’s hair gleamed in the shadow of the soft flames still dancing around in the fireplace, and Preston reached out to run his fingers through the soft silk. Konrad looked up, and their blue eyes locked. The emotion radiating from Konrad was so powerful, Preston forgot to breathe. He sucked in a lungful eventually and shut his eyes, overwhelmed by the intensity. Konrad continued to tease around the tip of Preston’s cock, and he slowly sucked him down. When the spongy head hit the back of Konrad’s throat, he swallowed.

Preston moaned with pleasure, and then whined pitifully as Konrad eased off, but he sighed with happy relief when the warm mouth engulfed him once more. He sucked and released several times, turning Preston into a throbbing, needy mess. Konrad cupped Preston’s balls gently and slid a finger behind them, stroking the perfect spot, knowing when to press, rub, and flick that finger, all the while sucking and twirling his tongue around Preston’s cock until his muscles contracted and he shouted out his release. Konrad swallowed greedily as Preston came in hot spurts, and after he was finally done, Konrad slithered up his man and lay his head on Preston’s thumping chest.

“I love you, Flea.”

“I know, baby… I know.”

“Sorry for being such an ass.”

“No, it’s okay. This situation sucks.”

“Come upstairs with me. I can’t sleep without you.”

“In a minute.”

They fell asleep on the sofa within seconds, and when Preston woke up, Konrad was gone. He couldn’t remember if he’d dreamed the entire event, but he reached down and found his jeans undone, his flaccid cock hanging out of his underwear, and he realized it had been real after all. He sat up with a groan, cursing old age, arthritis, and the stupidity of falling asleep in such cramped quarters.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mickie B. Ashling is the pseudonym of a multifaceted woman who is a product of her upbringing in multiple cultures, having lived in Japan, the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East. Fluent in three languages, she’s a citizen of the world and an interesting mixture of East and West. A little bit of this and a lot of that have brought a unique touch to her literary voice she could never learn from textbooks.

By the time Mickie discovered her talent for writing, real life got in the way, and the business of raising four sons took priority. With the advent of e-publishing—and the inevitable emptying nest—dreams of becoming a published writer were resurrected and she’s never looked back.

She stumbled into the world of men who love men in 2002 and continues to draw inspiration from their ongoing struggle to find equality and happiness in this oftentimes skewed and intolerant world. Her award-winning novels have been called “gut wrenching, daring, and thought provoking.” She admits to being an angst queen and making her men work damn hard for their happy endings.

Mickie currently resides in a suburb outside Chicago.

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Blog Tour: Save of the Game by Avon Gale

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Save of the Game by Avon Gale
Series: Scoring Chances
Release Date: January 29, 2016
Pages or Words: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Sports, Hockey

We welcome author Avon Gale to 3 Chicks After Dark! We share a common love of hockey so we’re excited to help promote her new release Save of the Game. Thanks for sharing with us today, Avon Gale!

List five of your favorite TV shows (past or present) and tell us what you loved about them.

  1. Mystery Science Theatre, 3000. This is my favorite show of all times. It was a guy in space with two robots making clever quips about bad movies.
  2. The X-Files. I loved the monster-of-the-week episodes more than the conspiracy arc, and of course I shipped Mulder/Scully like it was going out of style.
  3. Freaks and Geeks. To this day it remains the most accurate depiction of high school I’ve ever seen. Brilliant writing and absolutely amazing character development.
  4. Futurama: I’ve seen every episode of this show about 59 times. Seriously, I can sing along with the song from Fry’s Holophoner opera. I love the wittiness and how the plots unfold. Brilliant. Also, the Robot Devil is my favorite!
  5. HOCKEY! Obviously that one goes without saying ;)
Blurb

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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Excerpt

His phone beeped, alerting him that he had a new text message. It was from Ethan Kennedy, the defenseman the Storm had acquired before the trade deadline last spring. The rowdy Kennedy, who had a heavy New York accent and was a huge fan of the New York Rangers—a team Riley hated, by virtue of being a New Jersey Devils fan—had bunked with him for a few weeks during the finals. He’d gone back to New York after the Storm lost in the playoffs. Riley hadn’t been sure if he was coming back or not, but the text message indicated he’d just gotten back to town, and would Riley mind picking him up from the airport?

And oh, he got a cheaper rate by flying into Tampa, which was three hours away. Was that a problem? And one last thing. Riley didn’t need a roommate by any chance. Did he?

Riley looked around his apartment, which was nice and clean and quiet. Just like it always was, except for those few weeks last spring when Ethan was there. He was loud and messy and always in Riley’s space, left half-full cans of Pepsi everywhere, drank whiskeys with dubious-sounding names, and smoked like a chimney.

be there in 3 hrs, Riley texted and grabbed a few boxes of coconut water out of his fridge. The idea of coming home alone after games reminded him of those car rides in Wyoming, and he was getting tired of the silence.

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Meet the 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 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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Tour Dates & Stops:

29-Jan

Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy, Posy Roberts, Book Lovers 4Ever, Mikky’s World of Books, Jessie G. Books, Gay Book Reviews

1-Feb

Boy Meets Boy Reviews, Kirsty Loves Books, Love Bytes, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, Divine Magazine, Hearts on Fire, Open Skye Book Reviews

2-Feb

Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Inked Rainbow Reads, V’s Reads, Nautical Star Books, Foxylutely Book Reviews, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, BFD Book Blog

3-Feb

Bayou Book Junkie, Alpha Book Club, Molly Lolly, Happily Ever Chapter, Unquietly Me, MM Good Book Reviews, 3 Chicks After Dark

4-Feb

The Novel Approach, Boys on the Brink Reviews, Three Books Over The Rainbow, Carly’s Book Reviews, The Hat Party

 

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