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I apologize for not being more active, but not having other reviewers or books to review, it's been a little difficult. However I want to let you know about this wonderful DVD "God's Not Dead." Working at the library I found it on our shelves and took it home. When I brought it back I raved about it. I wanted to take it out again, but it seems word gets around. It's always on hold for someone else. That's great.

The opening scene is in a freshman college philosophy class. The professor states he is an atheist, and asks that if everyone will sign a paper with 3 little words on it he can dispense of the dust and get to the subject. Those 3 words are "God Is Dead." One student cannot sign that. He is given 3 chances to argue the case of the existence of God before the class.

Fueled by hate on one side and a determined love of God on the other this is not your simple movie. The poor kid researches and goes off on a journey of his own to state his case. The end is nothing short of amazing. I guess telling people stuff like this is one of the reasons I can't get a hold of it a second time. It's really that good.

For more you can go here:
http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/synopsis

To purchase a copy try these links:
Amazon
ChristianBook.com
Barnes & Noble

May our Lord be with you now and always. Remember, God is in control, even when things look like they're crashing all around you. David

Saturday, July 10, 2010

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, by Caprice Hokstad


Saturday - Finally, a special treat.

We’re here with Caprice Hokstad, author of The Duke’s Handmaid. Caprice has been a member in good standing with the Christian Fiction Review Blog almost since its inception. She had some doubts about touring her book in 2007, and after some correspondence she allowed us to tour her work. Back then her work was self-published, and the treatment of the publisher she used did not set well with her. She has now republished with Splashdown Books, run by yet another member of the Christian Fiction Review Blog, although she probably would lay greater claim to her membership with the Lost Genre Guild, Grace Bridges. That being the case, and Caprice’s work being so wonderful, we decided to tour her again, this published by Splashdown Books. (You may remember another Splashdown Book, The Muse, by Fred Warren). In any event we’d like to open things up and let Caprice Hokstad give us some of her very special thoughts about such a marvelous piece of literature.

CFRB: You state that The Duke’s Handmaid is a “sword opera”. What do you mean by that, and could you give us a working definition of what a sword opera really is?

Caprice: Most fantasy falls into two broad categories: quest or sword & sorcery. The Duke's Handmaid is really neither. So I had to come up with something else to describe it for people to whom "fantasy" just wasn't enough. I borrowed from the science fiction term, which is relatively new, ostensibly to describe Star Wars's genre: Space Opera.
The Duke's Handmaid is very much an adventure story about characters. But they aren't on a quest to save the world or to obtain some valuable object. There's very little magic, so any mention of "sorcery" is also misleading. I used "Sword" in conjunction with "Opera" to help place it squarely in fantasy and a bit as a warning. There is some blood in this book. I don't think it's too much, but if even a small amount of blood or killing bothers you, then my books is definitely not for you.
However, the title character is a simple farmgirl who does NOT become a warrior. She saves the lives of the king, queen, and duke without ever touching a weapon herself. Her heroism is more of a quiet strength that comes from her heart, not physical strength or skill with weapons.

CFRB: Did you intend for this to be a sword opera, or did things just happen to fall into place that way?

Caprice: All I intended from the beginning was to write a fantasy story. After it was written, people kept trying to narrow down what box it fit into and I think this was the best fit.

CFRB: You create a wonderful planet of Byntar, although we are confined basically to the country of Latoph in your book. Can you tell us a bit about Byntar and it’s people that we should know?

Caprice: The world of Byntar has twin suns, twin moons, and twin continents, though neither continent knows of the other’s existence because they are separated by vast ocean like two islands on opposite sides of the globe. The continent of Raeru is the one I've focused on in my books and I have a rough map of that continent inside the books and also on my website (http://latoph.com/raeru.html). Latoph is located on the western coast, probably because I'm from California, so I feel more comfortable using that particular landscape.


CFRB: I notice that you have 2 suns, 2 moons, 2 races of humans, and that even Duke Vahn Rebono is a twin. Does this translate into the way they refer to God or Heaven and Hell? If so, could you explain it for our readers.

Caprice: Well, there are two races but neither one of them is "human". I assume you just meant "sentient" or "humanoid", which is true. I didn't try to make them too different from humans because I wanted readers to be able to relate to them. I wanted to use duality and differences as a running theme, so much of this was intentional. My characters actually refer to the difference as "breed" rather than "race", which I did to try to minimize readers thinking Itzi and Elva were like Caucasian and African, it's more like Humans and Vulcans; the differences are much deeper than just appearances.
And yes, since Latophians have not done a lot of interbreeding, they each have their own cultures and traditions. I have figured out a LOT more points of their cultures than is practical to go into here or even in the novels, but yes, they each have their own ways to refer to their Creator and his realm. They both use a sort of majestic or royal plural when speaking of deity ("the Heavenlies" for Elva and "the Nymphs" for Itzi) but this is the same type of thing as the passages in Genesis where God talks with a "we/us" construction even though neither Jews nor Christians consider themselves polytheists.
The Heavenlies and the Nymphs are roughly equal to the Christian idea of the Trinity. Christians break down the Trinity into Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and talk of them separately, but Byntarians NEVER do anything similar. They don't fix any particular number (like 3) nor do they ever pray to a single part of what is one whole, for them.

CFRB: One thing I like about The Duke’s Handmaid, is that it works like a parable, giving you a picture of one thing at one time and another at other times. How intentional was this?

Caprice: Well, I guess that depends on how many parables one finds. Some of it was intentional and a lot of it just flowed naturally out of the story. About the closest I had to an agenda was I wanted to show that a female could be strong without becoming "just like men" and that choosing to serve is not weakness.

CFRB: I know that you will tell us that the Duke is not Jesus, but he does have Christlike characteristics. How like Christ did you wish to make him, or did you wish to make him more like a servant of Christ, or was it neither?

Caprice: I don't think I could have made voluntary servitude believable if the person to whom the slave pledged herself to didn't have a lot of Christlike qualities. She had to see him as benevolent and wise in order to be willing to do what she did. Otherwise, she just looks monumentally stupid (which some readers still argue for, and they're entitled to that opinion. Being a servant is not widely seen as "popular" in our society.) However, I could not make Duke Vahn completely like Christ because then he'd be first of all unbelievable (too perfect) and not very relatable. He has faults. He makes mistakes. Just like every reader on the planet.


CFRB: I love the way you created, then defined a complicated society of 2 races, among which were the free, the slaves, the servants, and the free will slaves. How did you manage to come up with such a rich, colorful, and believable society?

Caprice: A lot of trial and error. I had some ideas which just expanded as I worked on the stories. I wrote up slave laws. I imagined how a slave trade might work if it was not based on birth circumstances, but on things like indebtedness or criminality. How would something like indentured servants fit into this idea? I used some traditions from the Bible and history and then expanded and built on those ideas.

CFRB: Caprice, it’s been wonderful having you here with us today. Can we look forward to more of your work in the future? What would you like us to say to others about your work?

Caprice: Nor Iron Bars a Cage, the sequel to The Duke's Handmaid, will be coming out from Splashdown Books in November. As far as what to say about my work to others: just say what you think. If you liked the story or the writing or both, then please do recommend it. If you didn't enjoy it, then I hope in that case you'll just say, "It isn't for everyone." I think the very idea that slavery comes in other shapes and sizes and hides under other names is uncomfortable for people and not everyone wants uncomfortable situations in their fiction. But don't read my books looking for social commentary or sermons. Only read them if they truly entertain you and engage you (and then email me and tell me I did something right!).

CFRB: Thank you again for taking the time out to be with us. I pray that God will bless this tour and the sales of your book to His honor and glory.

Caprice: Thank you for having me a SECOND time.

Visit Caprice's website.

Purchase The Duke's Handmaid from
Splashdown Books.

(Coming soon to Amazon and Barnes & Noble) For a limited time, the .pdf eBook is FREE from Lulu or get the Kindle version from Amazon for just 99 cents!



Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.



IMPORTANT:
According to Federal law I have to tell that I received this book for free so I can do a review. Such a statement is meant to question the actual value of the book, so I want to set your minds at ease. Although in 2007 I did receive a free, pre-release copy of her book to do a review I have deemed it, even in its original form, of a quality high enough to give Caprice Hokstad a 2nd tour with CFRB. In other words, for this tour I have used the older version, knowing that the work deserved another tour. As far as a fantasy is concered The Duke's Handmain a book that, by it's quality, stands alone among many naturally gifted and well known writers. If you own a copy of this book, I believe that somewhere down through time you are going to say, "Caprice Hokstad? Of course I've heard of her. Her work is amazing." And you will feel a special glow because you will have purchased this book before she became famous, which I totally believe she will become. No one paid me to say that.

Friday, July 09, 2010

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, by Caprice Hokstad


Friday - Fathers and their children. Hidden deep within the folds of the tapestry of The Duke's Handmaid is another story, that of a father's love...and the love of a son for his father. For Duke Vahn is not just the Duke of Latoph, he is also a prince, the son of a king. I'm not going to get into that part, but Prince Vahn Rebono, Duke of Latoph, also becomes a father in this work, and his love for his son is clearly evident. He would do anything for his son. kee also shares a love for the duke's son, but on a different level. Even so, this love for his son clearly enhances an already growing closeness he has for his Itzy slave.

Do you see the parallel here? Unintentional or intentional, it really doesn't matter because it's there all the same. It is the love that our Heavenly Father has for His Son, Jesus. Also, if you look closely, you will find that if anyone would share that love for His Son, the God loves them as if they were His children. I find this truth one of the most amazing truths in Scripture. The Creator, the Almighty God, this King of Kings and Lord of lords, has chosen to love me. Because I have accepted that love and love His Son, He counts me as His child. Amazing. John 1:12 says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." The apostle Paul stated even more adamantly in Romans 8:14-17, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." Now this is the old King James Authorized Version, so where you see "sons of God" it can easily and correctly be translated "children of God". How wonderful and marvelous it is to, as a free will slave, come into the household of God and find that we are counted as His children, and not only that, but made to be heirs of all that is His.

Caprice Hokstad tells me that this is really a love story that happens to take place on a fantasy planet. Yet the power of her love story is so much greater than any other I've ever read in any genre. She seems to understand what it means to be a child of God and has put that into her work. It is the difference between a romance and a story about true love. It is like two painters who painted the exact same picture, but while one simply made a copy of what they saw, the other added light and shadow to let the marvel of the image break out beyond the frame of the painting. She has done that with The Duke's Handmaid. She has taken love and displayed it to us in a way that it breaks out of the frame and helps us catch a glimpse of the glory of God's love for us. Would that other Christian authors could achieve as much.

Visit Caprice's website.

Purchase The Duke's Handmaid from
Splashdown Books.

(Coming soon to Amazon and Barnes & Noble) For a limited time, the .pdf eBook is FREE from Lulu or get the Kindle version from Amazon for just 99 cents!



Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.



IMPORTANT:
According to Federal law I have to tell that I received this book for free so I can do a review. Such a statement is meant to question the actual value of the book, so I want to set your minds at ease. Although in 2007 I did receive a free, pre-release copy of her book to do a review I have deemed it, even in its original form, of a quality high enough to give Caprice Hokstad a 2nd tour with CFRB. In other words, for this tour I have used the older version, knowing that the work deserved another tour. As far as a fantasy is concered The Duke's Handmain a book that, by it's quality, stands alone among many naturally gifted and well known writers. If you own a copy of this book, I believe that somewhere down through time you are going to say, "Caprice Hokstad? Of course I've heard of her. Her work is amazing." And you will feel a special glow because you will have purchased this book before she became famous, which I totally believe she will become. No one paid me to say that.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, by Caprice Hokstad

Thursday - Prince Vahn Rebono, Duke of Latoph. We are first introduced to Duke Vahn, not because of his own greatness or fame, but because of a distress that is visited upon the life of one of his people. Throughout the book we see a variety of different things. We see, first of all, a Christ-like personality who protects his own, visits judgment on those who would harm those under his protection, a love that loves beyond reason, and one who takes pride in showing off those who serve in his house. In all of these things we can see Jesus. Then there are those places where we see a good man making the wrong decisions and finding himself less than what he should be. This is more like us, as we follow Jesus and make many mistakes we can learn from the Duke that the one bad choice we must not make is to repent and make things right again.

Duke Vahn finds himself surrounded by slaves who fairly worship him on the one hand, and family members who harbor a deep hatred of him, even though they might mask that that hatred for a time. As we walk through this world we must recognize that we are also surrounded by those who are loyal to us, and to our Lord, and those who would put on a good face, but behind our backs would like better than to see our destruction. In John 8:37 Jesus says to the Pharisees, "I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you." Then we see a discussion between Jesus and these people where Jesus clearly says that although they are Abraham's seed, they are not of Abraham, because they seek to kill Him. In verse 44 Jesus finally states, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." So we see that those who claim to be part of the family of God are many times pretenders, but God knows their hearts and their evil will be revealed. Just as the worst enemy Duke Vahn faces in this work arises out of his family, we should also be on guard against evil that tries to rise up against us within our families. If we are children of God then that means more than who our father and mother is, and it should mean more than what particular church we attend. If we put our own family first or our denomination, then we will give place to the enemy working in us and those around us. Let us find our place among the slaves, those who work for the Lord with a free will and a joyful heart, for these are our true brothers and sisters.


Visit Caprice's website.

Purchase The Duke's Handmaid from
Splashdown Books.

(Coming soon to Amazon and Barnes & Noble) For a limited time, the .pdf eBook is FREE from Lulu or get the Kindle version from Amazon for just 99 cents!



Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.



IMPORTANT:
According to Federal law I have to tell that I received this book for free so I can do a review. Such a statement is meant to question the actual value of the book, so I want to set your minds at ease. Although in 2007 I did receive a free, pre-release copy of her book to do a review I have deemed it, even in its original form, of a quality high enough to give Caprice Hokstad a 2nd tour with CFRB. In other words, for this tour I have used the older version, knowing that the work deserved another tour. As far as a fantasy is concered The Duke's Handmain a book that, by it's quality, stands alone among many naturally gifted and well known writers. If you own a copy of this book, I believe that somewhere down through time you are going to say, "Caprice Hokstad? Of course I've heard of her. Her work is amazing." And you will feel a special glow because you will have purchased this book before she became famous, which I totally believe she will become. No one paid me to say that.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, by Caprice Hokstad

Wednesday - A new slave. In The Duke's Handmaid, an Itzi free woman is taken in by the Duke of Latoph while he avenges the deaths visited upon her family. Here Keedrina sees life much differently than she imagined. The duke is kind and just with all members of his household, and treats even his slaves with gentleness and kindness. She decides that she wants to be his slave forever. This is the basis for this book. It's not that Keedrina, who later is known simply as kee, is romantically in love, but that she can think of no other place she would rather be. She's not about to fight with the duchess over him, but will content herself to serve in his house.

We are all slaves, the Bible tells us. Like kee, we have the ability to choose who we wish to have mastery over us. Most of us feel like we are trapped by some cruel task master, or don't even know we are acting like slaves. Yet Jesus says that no one can serve two masters, either you will love the one and hate the other, or you will cling to one and reject the other (my own paraphrase). The apostle Paul takes this further, saying that what we do shows who we are slaves to. Do you work for money, and place it above everything? Then money is your god, your master. Do you speak foul things? That is because those foul things have become your master. How about the many other carnal desires that we have? We are all under the same temptations and have the same choices placed before us. Yet if we will let our spiritual eyes be opened we will see One greater than Duke Vahn, who wishes to be our Master, our Lord, and it is Jesus. If we would only allow Him to come in and be our Master, then we would share in all the honors that are associated with His house, but more importantly, we would have a special fellowship with this most loving of all Masters. You see, we were created to be "mastered" and molded into the Bride of Christ. But it takes making not simply one decision, but a daily commitment to the true Master. He will never force Himself on us, but if we truly wish to please Him then we will ask what He would like for us to do and then see that it is done. No master better deserves our servitude than the Lord Jesus Christ. Will you choose this day which master you will serve? Will you continually submit yourself to the Lord that He might be pleased with you in all things.

When kee went to the Institute for Training and Correction (ITC) Lord Blackthorn reported to Duke Vahn that the only fear that she has was being rejected from his household. What about you? What about me? As Christians our only fear should be that somehow we would be so dishonorable in our service to our Lord that He would refuse us. We should serve Him out of a love that fears being separated from that love. The question is, are we? For this reason kee becomes the most dynamic and powerful character I've ever read about in contemporary fiction. Interesting, because she doesn't have superpowers or is she especially talented more than others. No, everything is tied into a love that refuses to fail her master. I challenge myself, and I challenge each of you, to enter into service to the Lord with as much dedication.


Visit Caprice's website.

Purchase The Duke's Handmaid from
Splashdown Books.

(Coming soon to Amazon and Barnes & Noble) For a limited time, the .pdf eBook is FREE from Lulu or get the Kindle version from Amazon for just 99 cents!

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.



IMPORTANT:
According to Federal law I have to tell that I received this book for free so I can do a review. Such a statement is meant to question the actual value of the book, so I want to set your minds at ease. Although in 2007 I did receive a free, pre-release copy of her book to do a review I have deemed it, even in its original form, of a quality high enough to give Caprice Hokstad a 2nd tour with CFRB. In other words, for this tour I have used the older version, knowing that the work deserved another tour. As far as a fantasy is concered The Duke's Handmain a book that, by it's quality, stands alone among many naturally gifted and well known writers. If you own a copy of this book, I believe that somewhere down through time you are going to say, "Caprice Hokstad? Of course I've heard of her. Her work is amazing." And you will feel a special glow because you will have purchased this book before she became famous, which I totally believe she will become. No one paid me to say that.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, by Caprice Hokstad


A Sword Opera and a Love Story. Caprice Hokstad tells us that this work is a work of fiction that doesn't quite fit in normal fantasy subgenres. She has opted, and wisely so, to go with calling it a "sword opera", while it really is a romance. Let's look at these two genres and see what light they can shed on The Duke's Handmaid. Calling this work simply a romance would be a crime worthy of punishment in my opinion. To me most romances, most love stories, are trashy. They often overlook what love really is and promote a kind of sexual lust rather than true love. Not only does The Duke's Handmaid promote sexual purity, but it does so in a most definitive and emotionally powerful manner. Also, most romances we read are of people living on our world, usually in the present, although some like to do historical romances. By taking this work and placing it on another planet where different social structures are in place dramatically removes it from the simple romance and lifts it up above contemporary romance novels. Now then, the sword opera, on the other hand, is something that uses the sword to move the plot along. In this sense the sword is both intentional and unmistakably correct for this work. We see the sword of evil first being used, and then a sword of justice taking vengeance against that evil. Like The Three Musketeers, The Duke's Handmaid is a swashbuckling tale filled with excitement and action, but at its core we find both are really romance novels.

I'd like to direct your attention to another sword opera, that is also a romance work. This one, however, is not a work of fiction. It is a widely known and read piece of the highest quality non-fiction. The work I am talking about is, of course, the Bible. The Bible itself is referred to as "The Sword of the Spirit", while at the same time the story is not so much about that sword, but about the greatest romance ever shown to any race or breed of intelligent life in all creation. It is the story, the True Story, of God's love for us, particularly for those who call upon His name. Those of us who call upon His name He has made His children...and has betrothed to His One and Only Son. We read in Genesis that God made man, and out of that man God built woman, but when a man and a woman come and join together in marriage they become one. This was done so that we might understand, at least in part, how great God's love for us is, for from His Word He created and called us to Himself, and we have been joined to Him; the Bride and the Bridegroom. The Holy Romance. We have been made one with our Creator through the blood of Jesus. Nothing can compare to this love.

It is because of this love that people like Caprice Hokstad write such moving works as The Duke's Handmaid. We have something to say that other authors cannot say because they have not been united in Him (yet). They do not see the fullness or richness or glory of being united with all that truly is Love. In that sense only the Christian can properly tell a true romance. Read The Duke's Handmaid and immerse yourself in all that it has to offer. You will find more than I can fit in these posts simply because it is built upon a love that is limitless.



Visit Caprice's website.

Purchase The Duke's Handmaid from
Splashdown Books.

(Coming soon to Amazon and Barnes & Noble) For a limited time, the .pdf eBook is FREE from Lulu or get the Kindle version from Amazon for just 99 cents!

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.



IMPORTANT:
According to Federal law I have to tell that I received this book for free so I can do a review. Such a statement is meant to question the actual value of the book, so I want to set your minds at ease. Although in 2007 I did receive a free, pre-release copy of her book to do a review I have deemed it, even in its original form, of a quality high enough to give Caprice Hokstad a 2nd tour with CFRB. In other words, for this tour I have used the older version, knowing that the work deserved another tour. As far as a fantasy is concered The Duke's Handmain a book that, by it's quality, stands alone among many naturally gifted and well known writers. If you own a copy of this book, I believe that somewhere down through time you are going to say, "Caprice Hokstad? Of course I've heard of her. Her work is amazing." And you will feel a special glow because you will have purchased this book before she became famous, which I totally believe she will become. No one paid me to say that.

Monday, July 05, 2010

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, by Caprice Hokstad

Monday - Today is a first for CFRB. It's the first time we've ever toured a book twice, so those of you who've been with us for a while, please let me explain. In August of 2007 we first toured The Duke's Handmaid, by Caprice Hokstad. It was, and still is, an excellent work, yet at the time it was self-published, and Caprice had some difficulties with the company that did the printing for her. The cover you see at the left is a bit different than the cover on her first book, and is far better. The book is now being published by Splashdown Books, a new publishing company. It's primarily for this reason that I wished to tour The Duke's Handmaid again, both for her benefit and for Grace Bridges, founder of the new publishing firm. Also it will give all those new to CFRB the chance to be introduced to one of the most delightful books I've ever read. I'll heap more praise on her as we go through these posts, but for now let us take that journey to the world of Byntar, to the country of Latoph.

Caprice Hokstad classifies this work as a "sword opera", something we may get further into at a later date. Basically it is a love story, but it's not quite the same as most romances you read. This one has a few twists to it. Byntar is a planet of twins; twin suns, twin moons, twin continents, even the Duke is a twin. The inhabitants are of 2 breeds, Elva and Itzi. The Elva are considered to be the superior race or breed, and so hold most of the important positions. The prevailing opinion among the Elva is that whether bound or free, they are still better than the Itzi. The Itzi are considered lowly, dull, yet useful for hard labor. There are other differences, some visible in nature while others general physical differences that can not been seen, such as normal lifespan. By and large they are brought up to believe their place in society is, by rights, lower than the Elva. Caprice paints this social order with such distinction you can painfully see the line of delineation between the two breeds. Then she adds a few twists that complicate things. Among the Elva are the nobles, the freemen, the bond servants and slaves forced into service because of criminal actions and such. Among the Itzi are the same levels within their own breed, barring nobility. When an Itzi freewoman loses her family to marauders an Elva "healer" brings her case before Duke Vahn Rebono. Unlike many of his breed he feels all breeds deserve certain basic rights. This creates a noble household, but also an occasion for discontent, which his own short-sightedness, only aggravates.

With the flair of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, minus the need for constant threat of war, and the imagination of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, minus the magic, Hokstad delivers a story of incomparable beauty in the midst of tremendous turmoil and against incredible odds. Yet instead of the "sword" winning the day, whether aided by the magic of the wizards or the miracle of Aslan, she shows us the burning power of love. I don't mean that to be a statement about sexuality, but one of that explores the true meaning of a selfless love. Sometimes tender, sometimes tragic, but always steadfast, always growing stronger, always becoming victorious. Journey with us through a land whose magic lay in the pen of its author, much like the real magic in our world lay in the Word of its Creator. For He also beat the swords of the enemy with the sharpened edge of His love, and He did it for all of us. As the Apostle Paul states, "Love never fails."



Visit Caprice's website.

Purchase The Duke's Handmaid from
Splashdown Books.

(Coming soon to Amazon and Barnes & Noble) For a limited time, the .pdf eBook is FREE from Lulu or get the Kindle version from Amazon for just 99 cents!

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.



IMPORTANT:
According to Federal law I have to tell that I received this book for free so I can do a review. Such a statement is meant to question the actual value of the book, so I want to set your minds at ease. Although in 2007 I did receive a free, pre-release copy of her book to do a review I have deemed it, even in its original form, of a quality high enough to give Caprice Hokstad a 2nd tour with CFRB. In other words, for this tour I have used the older version, knowing that the work deserved another tour. As far as a fantasy is concered The Duke's Handmain a book that, by it's quality, stands alone among many naturally gifted and well known writers. If you own a copy of this book, I believe that somewhere down through time you are going to say, "Caprice Hokstad? Of course I've heard of her. Her work is amazing." And you will feel a special glow because you will have purchased this book before she became famous, which I totally believe she will become. No one paid me to say that.

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