Sacrifice, by Jennie Lucas

by Jennie Lucas, author of A Reputation for Revenge (Harlequin Presents, March 2013)

I’ve been thinking a lot about sacrifice lately, probably because I’m on a diet. Yes – again. But this time it will work. No, really. I know I can do it – sacrifice short-term pleasures (bread, chocolate, cookies) for longer-lasting ones (being able to fit in my clothes again).

Er… at least I hope I can. The question always is: what are you willing to sacrifice? Do you have the self-discipline? Do you have the faith?

In Dealing Her Final Card, the first book of my Princes Untamed duet (which came out last month), Bree Dalton is very disciplined. She’s tough, smart, capable. She eats very healthfully. Nuts and seeds, like a bird, according to her somewhat

plumper younger sister Josie.

I can relate a little better to Josie, who is always craving something delicious and fattening. She tries out any international cuisine she can, Moroccan, Thai, Indian, whenever she can find a half-off lunch coupon.

Josie’s book is out this week, A Reputation for Revenge.

The two stories happen almost simultaneously, as the poverty-stricken sisters are each separately whisked away (or kidnapped, depending on how you see it) by two estranged brothers, Vladimir and Kasimir. The Dalton sisters are meant to be pawns in the war between the two powerful, wealthy Russian princes.

Instead, Bree and Josie will bring both men to their knees.

Bree is willing to sacrifice her freedom, offering her body as the prize in a card game, in order to save her younger sister from a terrible fate.

Josie is willing to marry a man she doesn’t love, dangerously sexy Kasimir, in order to save her sister from the disastrous consequences she set in motion.

In both cases, there is pain and sacrifice. In both cases, faith, courage and above all, love, are ultimately rewarded.

I am inspired by this. I hope I can ignore the chocolate in my cupboard. I hope I can beat the temptation of short-term pleasure for something I want more. I hope by the next time I blog, I will have lost what I want to lose and gained what I want to gain.

Have you ever wanted something so much

you were willing to pay the price to get it? What did you sacrifice? What did you gain?

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Comments ( 4 )
  1. Melanie Milburne
    February 27, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Hi Jennie,

    The ability to sacrifice something is such an honourable character trait. I so admire people who can put their own needs and wants aside for others.

    Good luck with the diet!

  2. Indigo
    February 27, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Hi Jennie, this sounds like my kind of story! Like you I have struggled with my weight over the years, and very often find myself having to sacrifice favorite foods I grew up with in order to be more healthy. My Mother was a foodie and loved to cook rich foods; she was like Paula Dean, but not famous…for me it’s been a matter of relearning habits, and even though I know what healthy foods are, I still miss my Mother’s cooking. Can’t wait to read your book!

  3. Jennie Lucas
    February 28, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Thanks Melanie! And it’s so nice of you to comment. 🙂

    Hi Indigo! Wow… I can’t imagine growing up with a mom who cooked like Paula Deen. (I’m a big fan of Paula!) On the one hand it would be amazing (YUMMMM!!!) but on the other, it would be really hard to not gain weight on all that amazing, butter-licious food! Holy cow!

    But if Paula can learn to make her recipes healthier, hopefully we can too. I know we can do it! … And thanks for your kind words about my book. Hope you like it!


  4. Kai W.
    March 1, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I wanted to own a house so badly ten years ago. I was in a middle of buying one of those spanking brand new homes that were being built outside of the city. My brother was wrongly accused of being a beating a gay roommate. He was acquitted when the police discovered that the gay roommate was lying and the motive behind it.

    None of my other sisters wanted to help. They kept reminding me that it is my responsibility to take care of this mess because I was the eldest.

    I gave up my house because I have to co-sign a loan for him to finished college and at the same time, he was paying his attorney to defend him. I did lose my space on the waiting list for the new homes and because of that loan, I couldn’t qualify for a home loan. My parents was disappointed in me but I couldn’t tell them what happen. To this day, my parents do not know what happened to my brother.

    After the housing bubble burst, I did eventually was able to buy a house. It may not be a brand new home but it is my home.