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?