Sometimes you fly. Sometimes you fall.
A dream at Olympic gold in ski jumping. It’s a dream that’s been the exclusive property of male Olympic athletes
For seventeen-year-old Ellie Engebretsen, the 2011 decision to include women’s ski jumping in the Olympics is a game changer. She’d love to bring home the gold for her father, a former Olympic hopeful whose dreams were blown along with his kneeson an ill-timed landing. But can she defy the pull of gravity that draws her to Kate Moreau, her biggest competition and the girl of her dreams?
How can Ellie soar through the air when all she feels like doing is falling hard?
Here’s video of Sarah Hendrickson, Olympic Ski Jumper and member of the US Women’s Ski Team, greeting my guests at the Launch Party for GRAVITY!
Praise for Gravity:
“A spicy novel about two young women daring to fly free in life and love while accurately depicting the thrill of ski jumping!”~ Sarah Hendrickson, Olympic Ski Jumper and Member of the US Women’s Ski Jumping Team
“Filled with vivid imagery—from describing the heat between the sheets to the cold of ski jump slopes—coupled with teen girls leaping deeply into love, betrayal, and the chasm between, Rich’s frequently funny and sometime philosophical novel Gravity soars.”~ Patrick Jones, author of Chasing Tail Lights and Minnesota Book of the Year Runner up
“Juliann Rich has taken as much care in crafting Gravity as Ellie has taken in honing her sport of ski jumping and exacting revenge on her ex. Gravity is the intriguing tale of old love, new love, losses and gains. Rich executes an intense inrun, a brilliant take-off, a demanding freefall, and a graceful landing with this novel. If storytelling were an Olympic event, and I were a judge, I’d award Gravity a perfect 10.”~ Eva Indigo, author of Tilt-a-Whirl and Laughing Down the Moon
“Diamonds and denim?” Mason grips the steering wheel as fat flakes of snow splat on the windshield of his Subaru. “What kind of a prom dress am I supposed to design around that theme?”
Sketch cracks up in the back seat. “Better take cover, Jonathan. Mason’s about to fire his Tim Gunn at us.”
Nobody loves giving Mason shit more than Sketch. Theirs is a decade long friendship based on varsity level insult volleyball and the bond formed by being the first two students suspected of being queer at our school, East Bay Christian Academy. It’s a title Mason wears with Pride with a capital P while Sketch still refuses to label herself, insisting she is who she is and she’ll date whoever the hell she feels is worth dating, which—so far—is apparently no one. And me? I’m relatively new to this trio, not to mention being out publicly. Read more…
Published by Bold Strokes Books