We all face them. Some people fall down as they are going uphill and never get back up. Some people surge right to the top as if there was no hill at all. I root for the first group to get up and keep going. The second group just pisses me off with their ability, which other people might call “jealousy” or “envy.” Whatever.
Forgive me for talking about my half marathon AGAIN, but it’s only been three days, and I am still very proud of the fact that I did it, more than I would be, I think, if the weather had been nice, as it’s supposed to be in Florida this time of year. Unfortunately, an arctic front blew in–and I mean blew in a manner that reminded me of my childhood spent on the plains of West Texas. I have never been so miserably cold in my life. And why would I subject myself to it? Because we had paid to come to Florida and run in this race. Because I had trained for three months to run that race. I even made Julie Kenner go home one night so I could get up at dawn and run! I was determined to run but I honestly didn’t know if I could finish. I told myself that attempting it was important, and really, if I didn’t finish, the weather was a legitimate excuse.
I plodded along, frigid mile after frigid mile, and I realized around mile 10 that I was going to make it! But then came mile 12. Mile 12–the last mile before the 13.1 mile finish line–was up a bridge that spanned water, and into that arctic wind. I mean UP. In training, they teach you to shorten your stride and use the same effort when you come to hills. My effort at that point was just trying to put one foot in front of the other, which I did, one miserable step at a time. No one was more surprised than me when I not only finished the race, but I set a personal best for that distance.
In THE REVENGE OF LORD EBERLIN, Lily Boudine has learned that out of the blue she inherited an estate and a title. But the estate is losing money left and right, and like in Downton Abbey, the servants depend on her estate for their livelihood. From page one, Lily is facing an Uphill Battle. She doesn’t know how to conquer the hill, she has not trained for three months. She only knows that falling down is not an option because too many people are depending on her. She only knows that she has to keep moving forward, step by bitty step, treading carefully around a man who is hellbent on ruining her for revenge. But she keeps going, and when she gets to the top of that hill, she can see the finish line. She knows she has to go the distance. Which she does. And she definitely gets her prize (check out her neck).
I am so excited that Lily and I both conquered our hills. It feels really good to go up and over. Tell us about a hill you’ve had to climb with little bitty steps and tears streaming down your face as you cursed the people shouting “You can do it!” Or just tell us about a hill you’ve climbed in your life.
The Revenge of Lord Eberlin is on sale 2/21! If you haven’t read Year of Living Scandalously, now is your chance–$5.99 for print and $3.99 for ebook. Read those and look forward to The Seduction of Lady X on March 27!