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Title: Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp
Author: Jeff Adams
Publisher: JMS Books
Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
Simon and Alex, now between their junior and senior years at The University of Michigan, decide to put their jobs on hold for a month and take the opportunity to coach hockey at a summer camp for teenagers.
They’ve got a cabin full of good players to work with and the focus is to get them ready to win the camp championship. One camper, sixteen-year-old Dylan, requests extra help because he needs to get a scholarship and the guys make it their mission to help him succeed.
With their best friend Leo along for the trip, Simon and Alex are setup for a great time at camp, until another coach tries to seduce them. How they respond to the unwanted advances, while balancing commitments to their campers, will test them both.
Sending “Hat Trick” to “Summer Camp”:
Tremendous thanks to Brandilyn for letting me come talk about the latest installment in the Hat Trick series. I hope everyone takes a moment to leave a comment. I’ll stop by periodically during the next couple days to answer any questions that may come up. Plus, one lucky commenter will get a free ebook: you’ll have the choice of either Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp or, in case you’re new to Hat Trick, you can opt to receive the original Hat Trick novel to start at the beginning.
Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp was a fun story to write. I enjoyed getting Simon and Alex out of their usual scene of school and their hockey season. I love where I sent them, too.
As a kid I didn’t go to camp. I wasn’t very athletic. I marginally enjoyed the act of camping in the woods. The camp I wanted to go to was SpaceCamp, but that was not financially viable when I was growing up. The camp in this story, however, is one I designed based on the idea of a camp I wish I’d been interested in as a teen, and certainly one I’d go to if they had an adult program. Sadly, this place doesn’t exist as far as I can tell by my research.
I created this camp as a combo sleep-away summer camp, meshed with a hockey program. I put it in the woods of Michigan and gave it a feel of the camp from the film Camp, but then I put some hockey rinks on the property too. That way the campers get to hang out in cabins, spend some free time by the lake or goofing around in the woods, but also get an intensive hockey workout. Logistically, I imagine the place couldn’t exist, or at least not without a ludicrous admission fee. But in the Hat Trick universe, I decided it could.
Camp for Simon and Alex is part vacation, since they’re out in the woods and away from normal life, and part work since they’re coaching a group of teens. I also used the summer trip as a way to bring their best friend Leo back into the action. Leo had a cameo in Hat Trick 2, but here he’s along for the ride. The guys coaching is something that’s been hinted at in some of the other stories, but we see them at work here. For Simon, as he works closely with one of the campers, it’s a glimpse at what his life after college might be like as he gets more entrenched in his social work major. Of course, being a part vacation, Simon and Alex do find some time for each other in what is now one of my favorite intimate moments for them in the entire series (you’ll have to pick up the story to see what that is…).
So as we’re all going through winter right now, I hope you’ll decide to come hang out at Summer Camp for a bit of fun, hockey and romance.
The excerpt below takes a peek at the hockey side of the story and shows Simon and Alex working with their campers, including Dylan who they are doing some extra work with so he becomes scholarship material.
As Dylan’s group cycled up for another go at the drill, I blew my whistle to stop things and then did two short blows, which was a signal Alex and I needed to talk. I told my guys to hang out for a second, and take shots on our goalie. Alex’s did the same as he skated over to meet me in the ref’s circle.
“‘Sup?” Alex said, as he approached.
“Dylan’s excellent at standing up these guys,” I said.
“Yeah, now if he’d only carry the puck instead of icing it.”
“Exactly. You’ve talked to him?”
“He says there hasn’t been the right opportunity, which is bogus. A couple of the other guys have told him to carry it, too.”
“Okay. We’re going to have to switch sides soon and I really want to see him carry once. Let’s you and I run one and show them what a carry can look like, with the setup he’s doing. You take his spot, I’ll drive down with my guys and you’ll take it from me. Then I want to do another where you and I do it again, but I show how to avoid you. Sound good?”
“Yup, yup,” he said. “See you on the blueline.”
As I skated back to my guys, they stopped shooting and gathered in the corner we were taking off from. I explained that I was taking wing position for two runs because we wanted to show something specific. The only thing they needed to do was make sure I got the puck near the redline.
We setup to go. I nodded at Alex and he blew his whistle so everyone got moving. Everything went perfectly. Alex stepped up and caused me to lose the puck, leaving it behind me. He immediately charged forward to pick it up, giving him a breakaway. He headed towards our goalie as one of our defensemen moved to cut him off. To the defenseman’s credit, the kid got in Alex’s way and forced him to take a bad shot that the goalie was able to glove.
Alex and I bumped fists and we crossed center ice back to our starting sides. Another set of guys were ready to drive down with me. I gave the same instruction as before and we went. This time, despite his best efforts, I out maneuvered Alex and managed to get a pass to the guy playing center. He made a quick shot, sending the puck under the goalie.
“Perfectly executed, Butler,” I called out to the scorer as there were cheers from the other end of the ice. I spoke up louder so everyone would hear, “We’ll run everyone through one more cycle and then we’ll switch up offense and defense.”
I loved going against Alex. It only happened during practices, but it was fun. We loved each other, but we took our competition with each other seriously when we were pitted opposite each other. Even for this demo, I felt the spark between us and we wanted to do our absolute best against the other.
Alex sent Dylan out on the very next run. I saw them talk before Dylan took his position, this time as forechecker. That was unexpected, but I figured Alex had a plan. I blew the whistle to get the drill going.
Dylan took immediately to being the active forechecker and picked the puck off one of my guys just as he crossed the red line. He proceeded to skate the puck and fire a slap shot from just inside the offensive zone. He skated towards the goalie, even after the shot, which was exactly right. The goalie gave up the rebound and Dylan was on the puck before the goalie could do anything to clear it. Dylan’s shot sailed over the goalie’s outstretched leg. It was a beautiful goal.
About the Author:
Jeff Adams caught the writing bug in middle school and finally became a novelist with the Hat Trick series. He’s currently working on the final novel in the series, Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot, which is due out this summer. He’s also written a number of m/m romance shorts, including the recent re-release of Rivals. Jeff and his husband, Will, live in the peaceful, coastal beauty of Humboldt County, California. He also covers the Detroit Red Wings, as well reviews books that feature LGBT hockey players, for PuckBuddys.com. To learn more about Jeff, visit jeffadamswrites.com and follow him on Twitter at @hockeyguynyc. You can also sign up to receive email updates from Jeff (no more than two per month) at http://eepurl.com/7TJC9.
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