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Love By Numbers #2
Hi, I’m Tia Fielding, and I’m here to talk to you about things and stuff, because the second story in my new Love by Numbers universe, called Four, is out. Before you dive into the blurb of the story, here’s some rambling….
So you know how people, when they don’t know what to talk about, just start talking about weather? Right, that….
I live in Finland, where the yearly extremes can be, well, extreme. Where I live in the eastern part of the country, it can still get momentarily around or even over 90F in the summer. Not for long, usually, maybe for a day or two, luckily, because I don’t care for heat at all.
But the other extreme can be even worse to some people, or at least it’s usually the one that makes people shiver delicately and tell me “I could never do that!” We can have snow for 5 months every year. And yes, the cold, when it hits us, can be very, very cold. Like around -30F.
Here’s an example for you: Last year, we had a record-breaking hot summer. There hadn’t been a summer as hot in over a hundred years, if I remember correctly. And trust me, I don’t remember much about last summer at all. Why is that? Because my old apartment had poor ventilation, it was impossible to get a draft going to cool the place down, and we don’t have ACs here in Finland, not by default.
Last summer, I lived 2.5 months in an apartment that was 80F or hotter all that time. It made me and all of my fur kids lethargic and miserable. It didn’t help going out, because it was hotter there on many days, and I took the dogs for walks during the nighttime, because at least we have the “nightless nights” here.
This summer has been different so far. I’m writing this on the thirteenth of July, and in the last couple of weeks we’ve had really low temperatures for July. To a point where 60F has been feeling incredibly warm, and during the nights, it’s dropped as low as barely 42F.
Yet still, I, who hates heat, have been loving it while other people hate this kind of weather for being so cold. I’m thriving, I have energy, and boy am I grateful for the cold because I moved apartments last week, and I got to do all that without boiling to death!
This new apartment I’m writing this in, has been okay with the ventilation bit so far. Still no AC, but we have a fancy floor heating for the winter months, which I’m eager to get to use.
In Finland, houses are built for the cold. We have double, oftentimes triple windows. There’s plenty of insulation and other ways to combat the cold. Nothing feels drafty and the buildings are sturdy and well-heated.
People also know how to dress for the cold, and on the other hand, for the heat too.
It annoys me greatly when someone gives me the “oh I could never live there!” speech when they hear about our temperature extremes. If you haven’t actually experienced what it feels like here, you couldn’t possibly know how it is in practice.
From my point of view, I’ll always take the extreme cold before the extreme (for us at least) heat. You can put on more clothing and crank up the heat, but when it’s hot and you don’t have AC, well, it’s a living hell for sure.
A friend in the States asked me, last summer, why we didn’t have ACs, when it got as hot as it did last year. The easy answer is, ACs are expensive. We don’t have heat like that often at all. Our usual “really hot days” climb to maybe low eighties in Fahrenheit and last only a few days at the most.
When extreme weather, at any end of the scale, is an anomaly, it’s hard to be prepared.
And then, there’s the thing us Finns always talk about, Sisu. When you google the definition, it says:
“Sisu is a Finnish concept described as stoic determination, tenacity of purpose, grit, bravery, resilience, and hardiness and is held by Finns themselves to express their national character. It is generally considered not to have a literal equivalent in English.”
So whether it’s the weather or something else, we’ll manage.
But please, please no more of those hellish summers like last year! I couldn’t even read on some days, let alone write, and that, more than anything, is hell on earth.
About the book:
When unlikely attraction blossoms between a twentysomething genderqueer tattoo artist and an older, small-town veterinarian, both are forced to face their pasts for a chance at a loving future.
Four years ago Padraig Donovan lost his husband, the only man he’d ever been with. Now his life consists of the work he loves, a big empty house, and the possibility of a lonely future.
Kaos’s experiments with makeup landed him in the hospital at the hands of his disapproving ex. With nowhere else to turn, he flees to Acker, Wisconsin… and runs into a sexy widower and the kindest man he’s ever met.
Padraig and Kaos know there’s something worth exploring between them, and as they raise a puppy and deal with the ups and downs of their respective jobs, they fit into each other’s lives in ways they never expected. Being with Kaos—who is so different than the guys he’s always been attracted to—opens up an exciting new world for Padraig. But can he convince Kaos to trust another man with his body… let alone his heart?
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About the author:
Tia Fielding is a Finnish LGBTQ+ romance author. She lives in a small middle-of-nowhere town surrounded by nature and silence, just like she prefers. Tia identifies as genderqueer, but isn’t fussy about pronouns, because her native language doesn’t have gender-specific ones. She’s a lover of caffeine, sarcasm, peppermint, cats and dogs, sleeping and witty people.
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