I love both seasons – especially extreme forms of both – but if forced to choose, then I think I’d pick winter over summer. Mainly because I think it’s easier to warm up than it is to cool down – so long as you have access to electricity or a fire or… something! Yeah, we can all think of a fun way to warm up, right?!
I love a very specific kind of winter though – where it is very cold but also very dry. I live in the South Island of New Zealand and we often get winter days where there is a massive frost in the morning and it’s cold enough to freeze water pipes, but then the sun comes out. And while that sun may only be at ¼ strength, it slowly traverses a beautiful, brilliant blue sky that is so clear and sharp it lifts your heart. So much nicer than the grey-day kind of winter!
But imagine a summer where the world is still frozen – where the days stretch on endlessly beneath the bright blue sky. Where it’s freezing, but you can still be sunburnt. Remote, inaccessible, you’d be dead within hours if stuck out there alone. Is that extreme enough?
We all know Antarctica is frozen year-round, but it’s also an amazingly dry place. The snow that seems to fall in storms is actually snow that has fallen years ago being picked up and blown around by those fierce winds. Antarctica is so dry it’s actually a desert.
So how do people warm up in that kind of climate then? What if both those people are a little frozen inside themselves already? And okay, while they might get a little hot, can they truly MELT?
And what about you – does winter do it for you, or are you more of a beach-bikini lover?!
When two frozen hearts collide…
Emma Reed closed her heart to love years ago after a lifetime spent getting kicked around foster homes and bad relationships. Now she’s on a mission to prove she deserves her recent award to paint a mural for a research base in Antarctica. Nothing and no one is going to get in her way.
After months working in recovery zones around the world, Hunter Wilson planned to escape everything this holiday season by rebuilding a lab at the Kiwi Research Base. Alone. No to family, no to fun. It’s isolation not intimacy he’s aching for. But when he sees the determined artist, that ache becomes an urge – after all, shouldn’t someone show her what two people can do with twenty-four hours of brilliant sunlight?
In the coldest place on earth, even the most frozen hearts can melt.
USA TODAY bestseller Natalie Anderson writes fun, frisky, feels-good contemporary romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon and Entangled. With twenty books published, she’s also been a Romantic Times Award nominee & a finalist for the R*BY (Romantic Book of the Year).
She lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with her husband, four children and what feels like a million ducks.
Picture credit: I Love Snow by Tina Phillips