Welcome to the blog tour for Lessons in Gravity, a stand-alone new adult contemporary romance, by Megan Westfield. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.
About the Book
Title: Lessons in Gravity
Author: Megan Westfield
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Release Date: October 24, 2016
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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All eyes are on Josh Knox…Fearless. Guarded. Cut-to-perfection. Daredevil rock climber. The best in the world.
This time he’s poised to scale Yosemite’s notoriously treacherous Sorcerer Spire, with Walkabout Media & Productions filming every move.
April Stephens’s dream to be a documentary filmmaker rests on her acing her internship with Walkabout, and that means getting the abrasive Josh to give her more than one-word answers in his interviews.
The problem is, with every step forward professionally, she and Josh are also taking a step forward personally, and after watching her stunt pilot father die in a fiery crash, a guy who risks his life for a living is the last person she should be falling for. Especially because in one month her internship will have them dangling three thousand feet in the air from the side of the Sorcerer. She’ll be filming. He’ll be climbing without a rope..
Josh was still over on the tailgate, pressing his fingers along the top of his laptop like it was a ledge on a climbing route. The wind whipped her ponytail and blew her bangs into her eyes. It was all for the best, she reminded herself. Seriously, what did she think would happen here today? That he’d push her against the side of his truck and kiss her like in Gone With the Wind?
“Okay, well, I’ll see you tomorrow,” she called.
His fingers froze on the edge of the laptop. His eyes were large and troubled. “I have the pictures that go with the speech,” he said. “Do you want to see them?”
She’d already seen the pictures, last week, when she mailed a CD of them to Vera. He had to know April would have checked them over before sending them. Hope rose up and filled her chest. Yes. He had to know she’d already seen them, but he had still asked. This was a good sign. Maybe he wasn’t mad. Maybe he wanted her to stay as much as she did. If she was smart, she would leave now. She would go back to the Walkabout campsite immediately.
“You’re right. I guess I should take a look.”
She climbed back on the tailgate, this time letting her legs swing free. He set the laptop between them, and she had to scoot closer to support her side of it. Although she’d seen the pictures before, tonight she saw them in a new light. These weren’t at all like the action photos that dominated climbing magazines. These were pictures of sunbursts behind jagged rock-and-ice Sierra peaks, pristine alpine rivers, and vistas from the eastern reaches of the park down into wide deserts, breathtaking views of the park as it could only be seen from the sides of its trademark formations, thousands of feet in the air. Views she had gotten a taste of only because she’d been to Flying Sheep Lake. His photos were of solace, beauty, and peace.
Freedom. Reverence. Challenge. Commitment. Exploration.
As Josh arrow-keyed through the pictures, his arm was floating above her bare thigh. He stopped clicking, and she prayed it wasn’t because he could hear how fast her heart was beating. “What happened to your hands?” he asked.
She looked down at them, wondering if she had been fidgeting.
“Looks like you crawled through razor wire.”
Indeed, her palms were a patchwork of torn blisters and fiery splotches. Her fingertips were hatched with scratches. “Madigan is teaching me how to ascend,” she said.
He raised an eyebrow.
“I’m filming on the Sorcerer.”
He looked surprised. “You are?”
She thought he knew. “Are you okay with it?”
“Might be kind of a distraction.”
Danny should have asked Josh before changing up the plan on the climb! He elbowed her. “I’m joking, April.”
She laughed like she had known it all along.
As they looked at a few more of his pictures, she was grateful for the warmth of the laptop on her leg. She was still dressed for the daytime heat, but it was getting chilly with the approach of sunset, and the winds were stronger than usual. Josh grabbed his gray hooded sweatshirt from the back of the truck and held it as she slipped her arms into the sleeves. The softness of the sweatshirt and the intensity of his familiar scent weakened her knees. It was almost as if she had him wrapped around her.
He cocked his head. “It’s a little big.”
She pushed the sleeves up and connected the zipper at the bottom. It got stuck midway up.
“Sorry, it’s really old,” he said. “But there’s a trick.”
He carefully reached for the zipper pull, tugged down twice, wiggled it, then yanked it the rest of the way up. Her goose bumps from the cold refreshed themselves with goose bumps from his touch.
About the Author
Megan Westfield has dabbled in many hobbies and pastimes over the years, ranging from playing the cello to cake decorating (i.e., icing-eating) to a dozen different outdoor adventure sports. Eventually, she discovered the only way to do it all was though writing—her first and strongest passion. She writes new adult fiction because she loves exploring the powerful and formative years between high school and the quarter-life crisis. As a reader, her favorite books are those with a truly unique, real-world setting, and, of course, a love story.
Megan grew up in Washington state, attended college in Oregon, and lived in Virginia, California, and Rhode Island during her five years as a navy officer. She is now a permanent resident of San Diego where she and her husband count family beach time with their two young kids as an adventure sport. Megan was formerly the editor of a small weekly newspaper in Southern California and is represented by Melissa Edwards of Stonesong Priest Literary Agency..
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