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Ally Broadfield: Musings on…the Weather?
Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Musings on…the Weather?

Huge thanks to Delilah for hosting me today. I’m excited to be here!

I grew up in Michigan and Ohio, but I’ve been living in Texas for nearly a decade. We were warned about the weather, but at first Texas tried to deceive us. Two weeks after we moved in, we had a snowstorm on Valentine’s Day with five inches of snow. And that summer, it rained for almost the entire month of June. By the time July rolled around, Texas started to show its true colors, and we knew we were in trouble. I’ve been known to offer to trade my firstborn for a cloudy day during the summer. Needless to say, I still haven’t adjusted to the weather.

During mid-July this year, with afternoon highs well into the 100s, nighttime lows hovering in the 80s, no rain to speak of, and backyard swimming pools as warm as bath water, I was diligently working on edits to my forthcoming debut release. It’s a Regency historical set in London. So naturally, I started daydreaming about the weather there as I edited.

I visited London in June 2009. Average highs were in the mid-70s, and average lows in the 50s. I wore jeans! And sweaters! It was cloudy much of the time, and drizzled a bit. Never mind the sights – the trip was worth it just for the weather. But the sights were pretty fabulous, too.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle – check out those gorgeous clouds!

So you’re probably wondering if I added rain and below average temperatures to my story. I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until November to find out.

Ally’s Bio:

Ally Broadfield lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, five dogs, two cats, a rabbit, and several reptiles. Oh, and her husband.  She likes to curse in Russian and spends most of her spare time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She writes historical romance and middle grade/young adult fantasy. Her first book, Just a Kiss, is coming from Entangled Publishing in November 2013.

Please stop by my website in November. I’ll be participating in a blog tour with giveaways in celebration of my debut release.

website: http://allybroadfield.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/allybroadfield
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7 comments to “Ally Broadfield: Musings on…the Weather?”

  1. Marsha R. West
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      · October 13th, 2013 at 10:09 am · Link

    Hey, Ally! I’m so with you on our Texas weather. It’s the pits. However, I celebrated the February you mentioned. Any time I can get snow and not our regular ice, I’m thrilled. I think it was about two winters ago, I was floating on a cloud. We had 4 snows that winter. I’ve lived here all my adult life and much of when I was a kid. This was unheard of.
    I’ve only been to England once, but I also loved the cool damp. I get to New England as often as possible to escape our dreaded heat which last so much longer than just the 3 months of summer. It’s the April/May and Sept/October thing that really ticks me off. Oh, heck I hate all hot weather. LOL
    I’ll be checking out your book as soon it arrives, Ally. Good luck with it.



  2. Mary Malcolm Duncanson
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      · October 13th, 2013 at 10:16 am · Link

    Oh, I remember that Valentine’s day. I hate to say it, but that’s actually the day I left my ex-husband. Eek! I did love the snow, though. I miss snow. I grew up in the Northwest, so to go from that (currently snow on the ground, just sayin’) to North Texas was quite a culture and weather shock. Still, the wonderful people make the trade almost worth it. Almost.



  3. Ally Broadfield
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      · October 13th, 2013 at 10:19 am · Link

    Marsha,

    I agree. I love the cold weather and snow. I even enjoyed the big ice storm the year we hosted the Superbowl (though I was lucky and didn’t have to drive anywhere since school was cancelled for an entire week).

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Ally



  4. Ally Broadfield
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      · October 13th, 2013 at 10:24 am · Link

    Mary,

    Eek is right! Moving to Texas is a culture and weather shock for sure, but I have met a lot of wonderful people here. The good news is, we’re about to move into the best time of year in Texas – winter. My characters will soon be jealous of me!

    Thanks for coming by!

    Ally



  5. Becky H
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      · October 13th, 2013 at 12:56 pm · Link

    Hi Ally,

    A fellow Michigander her in Texas land! Although, I will admit, I came to get away from the snow! I have a definite aversion to snow, and cold! However, Texas does take a bit too far in the other direction! Now I complain about the heat and no color! *sigh* Never happy. Hey! But it is raining today! Lovely weather! ;-) I look forward to the release of your book. Thank you for sharing with us today!



  6. Ally Broadfield
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      · October 13th, 2013 at 2:11 pm · Link

    Hi Becky,

    I really miss the snow, but I’ve been in Texas for so long now I might be too much of a wimp to go back. Fall color is one of the things I miss most.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Ally



  7. ELF
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      · October 16th, 2013 at 10:33 pm · Link

    Ha…I am a wimp from Southern California…I complain when it rains so I would never survive in the snow! Congrats on your debut, you must be so excited!