Today we welcome Lia Riley to Romancing the Book. Before we get to her playlist, let’s learn a little about her and her newest release.
About the author: After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, Lia Riley traveled the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence, and a terrible sense of direction. When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, and daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books. She and her family live mostly in Northern California.
With Every Breath releases on December 29.
BREATHE DEEP . . . AND JUMP IN
At the ends of the earth, Patagonia is a land where ambition trumps reason and the savage summit of La Aguja lures the most determined climbers. It’s also the last spot a “play-it-safe girl” like Auden Woods expects to find herself. But she’ll lace up her brand-new hiking boots and do whatever it takes to secure a dream job at an adventure magazine . . . even if it kills her. And it just might. When disaster strikes, her only chance at survival comes in the form of the surliest, sexiest mountaineer ever to come out of Scotland.
After a climbing accident cost him his brother, professional mountaineer Rhys MacAskill is at the end of his rope. Redemption is not in his future. That is, until a terrifying storm blows a budding journalist into his tent and it’s up to him to make sure they both survive until morning. Despite the demons weighing on him, Rhys can’t resist the temptation of the charming American and one wild night just isn’t enough.
Auden and Rhys soon learn there are no shortcuts as they navigate their way between life, death, and atonement, and discover something they never expected—love.
And here’s Lia’s With Every Breath playlist:
1. Society by Eddie Vedder: It’s a haunting song about alienation, distance and self-discovery that really connected me to the heart of With Every Breath’s disaffected hero, Rhys McAskill
2. Rolling in the Deep by Adele: The dark, blues-y vibe has an earthy sexiness to it that sort of held the same intensity as Rhys and Auden’s relationship.
3. Blue Eyes by the Cary Brothers: Rhys makes a lot of references to Auden’s eyes in the book, it’s the first part of her that he notices. This song seemed like the kind of thing he’d listen to (secretly, not telling anyone else).
4. Such Great Heights by Iron and Wine: This song is so sweet, aching and tender, everything that Rhys and Auden’s relationship has the potential to be if they can only climb over their walls.
5. The Cave by Mumford and Sons: This song is really romantic and sad. It really sums up how Auden feels toward Rhys and what drives her to have faith in their very unlikely relationship.