by Amanda Forester
While the rest of the country has been sweltering, here in the Pacific Northwest it has been downright cold and rainy - even more than usual. Winter was cold, Spring was cold and wet, and Summer has been, well I'm still waiting for Summer. Last week the Seattle Times published an article called the "78 minutes of Summer". Apparently, there have been only 78 minutes so far this summer when the temperature was over 80 degrees. My poor kids want to know when summer is going to start. I'd like to know too! Of course, if you have been suffering through the record temperatures, I can't expect sympathy... still, I'd like to find a little warmth.
In desperation to find Summer, I took the family on a vacation to California. Despite only going so far as the bay area, the heat did not disappoint I am happy to say. The first day I began the thaw. The next few days I soaked up the vitamin D. And now as I write this my naturally pasty white skin looks more like cooked lobster. It's so sneaky when the wind keeps you cool, but the sun is just baking you away!
Back in our hotel room, my husband and I have had some rather "heated" discussions on what temperature the air conditioner should be set. After so much cold and wet, I'm happy to be a bit warm. My husband has a different internal setting for comfortable - he'd like to live in an igloo. We've been having air conditioning wars; I turn it down, he turns it up.
This has got me thinking about the heat levels in books. Everyone has their own preferences about what is just right. Some like the pages to singe their fingers as they turn the pages. Others prefer a little warmth. It all depends on each person's individual preference. Fortunately in romance, there are so many great books (insert shameless plug for fellow Casablanca writers here) you can often find the kind of book you like with the heat level that makes you comfortable. When it comes to books, everyone can be "right". Unfortunately, this is not true about the temperature of a room. Must dash and change the temperature gauge before my fingers freeze into icicles!
What heat level do you find most comfortable? Feel free to comment on whatever kind of heat you want!