You’re Gonna Be the One that Saves Me: The Empty Net Playlist – Post + Giveaway

September 8, 2016

You're gonna be the one that saves me


Hello! My name is Avon Gale, and my newest release, Empty Net, came out on September 2nd. The book is a hockey romance, and features two goalies for the Spartanburg Spitfires of the ECHL. The characters, Isaac Drake and Laurent St. Savoy, first appeared in the third book of the series, Power Play. In that book, Laurent St. Savoy was the starting goalie for the Spitfires’ rival team, the Asheville Ravens.

In Empty Net, Laurent finds himself traded to the Spitfires and having to compete with Isaac for the starting spot on the team. The two had an altercation in the playoffs the previous season that was decidedly less-than-friendly, so as you can imagine, neither of them are very happy about this turn of events. Laurent has a bad attitude and Isaac can’t for the life of him figure out why, but he does his best to ignore it and focus on hockey. Of course, that doesn’t happen and at some point, Isaac figures out what’s really behind Laurent’s behavior…and everything changes.

Today, I thought I’d share a few songs on my Isaac and Laurent playlist, which you can find here on Youtube in its entirety. I love making playlists, and there are a lot of songs on there. But for brevity’s sake, here are a few that remind me specifically of the two of them.

Headstrong by Trapt

This song is totally Isaac. “I see your motives inside/Decisions to hide/Back off I’ll take you on/Headstrong to take on anyone.”

It’s also the kind of “arena rock” you’ll hear if you go to hockey games.

(Isaac wants me to point out that his favorite band is the Arctic Monkeys, but it doesn’t change the fact this song reminds me of him. Sorry, Isaac.)

Crucify by Tori Amos

And this song is totally Laurent. “Nothing I do is good enough for you/Crucify myself/Every day/And my heart is sick of being in chains.”

One Thing by Finger 11

There’s a very pivotal scene in the book where Isaac finds out exactly why Laurent is such an asshole all the time, and this song reminds me of that moment. “I promise I might/Not walk on by/Maybe next time/But not this time.”

Make Damn Sure by Taking Back Sunday

This song is definitely Isaac/Laurent to me. “A long night spent with your most obvious weakness/You start shaking at the thought you are everything I want/’Cause you are everything I’m not.”

True story – I heard this song because my friend sang it while we were playing Rock Band, stopped, immediately went and sent myself a text message with the name because I was shrieking at how well it fit the two of them.

It’s Been A While by Staind

If there was one song that Laurent would say makes him think about his relationship with Isaac, it’s probably this one. “And it’s been awhile/Since I’ve gone and fucked things up just like I always do/And it’s been awhile/But all that shit seems to disappear when I’m with you.”

Wonderwall (by Oasis), sung by Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams is probably one of my favorite musicians, and I love his version of this song. It’s sad and wistful, with just a little bit of hope in it. The aching quality of this song really fits Isaac and Laurent’s relationship. “Because maybe/You’re gonna be the one that saves me/And after all
You’re my wonderwall.”

Call Me by Shinedown

“I’ll always keep you inside/You healed my heart and my life.”

Good Morning, Magpie by Murder by Death

“Just follow some other storm/Cause I’ll only weigh you down/You carry me home/My love.”

This is my favorite song by my favorite band, and I have a tattoo of the lyrics “follow some other storm” because it’s always resonated strongly with me. I thought the song fit well for Laurent, who seems cold on the outside but is definitely a storm of emotions on the inside.


And there you have it! Those are some of my favorite songs from my Isaac/Saint playlist, and like I said, there are a lot more on there if you’d like to check out the YouTube link.

Do you have a strong association between music and fictional characters/relationships? If so, let me know your favorite in the comments! I’ll choose one random commenter to win a title from my backlist. Thanks so much for reading!

Check out Empty Net today!

Empty Net


Spartanburg Spitfires’ goalie and captain, Isaac Drake, ended last season with an unexpected trip to the playoffs. He’s found a home and a family with his coach and mentor, Misha Samarin, and he’s looking forward to making a serious run for the Kelly Cup. But things take an interesting turn when Isaac’s archnemesis, Laurent St. Savoy, is traded to the Spitfires. After Laurent’s despicable behavior in the playoffs last year, Isaac wants nothing to do with him—no matter how gorgeous he is. But that changes when Isaac discovers the reason for Laurent’s attitude.

Laurent St. Savoy grew up the only son of a legendary NHL goalie in a household rife with abuse. He was constantly treated like a disappointment, on and off the ice. When a desperate attempt to escape his father’s tyranny sends him to the Spitfires, the last thing Laurent wants is to make friends. But there’s something about Isaac Drake that he can’t resist. Laurent has an opportunity to explore his sexuality for the first time, but he’s cracking under end-of-the-season pressures. When facing the playoffs and a rivalry turned personal vendetta, Isaac’s not sure he’s enough to hold on to Laurent—or their relationship.

About Avon Gale:

Avon 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.

Twitter: @avongalewrites

10 Responses to “You’re Gonna Be the One that Saves Me: The Empty Net Playlist – Post + Giveaway”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I love some of the songs mentioned above and especially their link with the characters! :D
    I don’t tend to associate music with specific characters or relationships but if I’m listening to a specific song or album when I’m reading I will tend to associate that book in my head when I hear it… I had a massive Cascada binge when I was reading Terry Goodkind’s Sword Of Truth Series so that’s forever in my mind. ;)
    Also, I tend to associate some songs with specific scenes – which, if they’re action and the song has a good tempo they can get me really hyped and even more into the scene I’m reading. Music is a great addition when reading… Makes it even more of a ‘movie’ in my imagination, I guess. ;)
    I’ll look forward to checking out the rest of the playlist on YouTube later! :D
    Congrats on your release!

  2. H.B. says:

    Congrats on the new book in the series!

    I love playlists. It’s a great way to discover new music. I haven’t heard of these songs or band so I’m looking forward to checking them out.

  3. Avon says:

    Elizabeth, thank you so much! I hope you’ll enjoy the playlist, and I haven’t heard of Cascada so I’m going to have to check them out!!

  4. Avon says:

    HB, thank you so much!! I hope you enjoy the songs, and I have to tell you that I want everyone in life to love Murder By Death like I do :D

  5. Gail says:

    New artists! I look forward to listening to the playlist and getting to love new music. I already love Empty Net, and I’ll be rereading it again SOONEST. Thank you for the link to the playlist, Avon! :-D

  6. Caitlyn Dean says:

    I find that if music is a large part of the characters life, then I will hear a song and think of those character/series. If I hear certain 80′s songs, I think Dex from THIRDS series by Charlie Cochet. I also have the problem where if I read a book for the first time while listening to music in order to tune out the people around me, I will always think of those songs when I reread, like Sail by Awolnation I associate with Catalyst by Claire Russet. If I hear certain hockey themes, I do think of this series :)

  7. Avon says:

    Yay! I hope you like the songs!! And I’m so happy you liked Empty Net <33

  8. Avon says:


    Yay! I love that you think of this series when you think of hockey songs :D That makes me super happy!!

    Oh man I love that series by Charlie Cochet — Dex is wonderful <333

  9. Trix says:

    I’m loving the series (and I think I’m a little bit hooked on Misha, hope he and Max don’t mind)! I’ve always thought of Todd Rundgren’s “Couldn’t I Just Tell You” when reading a lot of m/m. The music manages to be chimingly romantic and chargingly urgent at once, and while you can tell the guy is in love, the lyrics are pretty wary too (“couldn’t we pretend that it’s no big deal/and there’s really nothing left to hide”). Definitely going to check out the rest of the playlist…

  10. Avon says:

    Trix –

    Thank you!! And Max is always pleased when people like Misha, as he can hardly blame them :D D I am now going to go look that song up AT ONCE so thank you for the recommendation!

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