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What can I say? I'm so pleased that you've come here. I've spent 5 years blogging, more than that building websites and have been writing "professionally" since 2003. I'm here to help writers with their writing, encourage people through this life, and point them to Jesus. That's the most important thing. So stay tuned. Check this site regularly as "some of the features" may change. I'll need help from time to time, because I'm not perfect. If you're perfect, please go to another site. I'm pretty sure you won't fit in here.

Unbalanced Scales

I'm sure everyone in the U.S. already knows that we are in danger. The problem is that so much of the rhetoric and the old rules are just antagonizing things.

For instance, only weeks ago all the media could do was talk about going over a fiscal cliff. Now, however, that cliff seems to have disappeared and they are talking about spending ceilings. I don't know about you, but this tells me that the people in Washington (D.C) don't know what they're talking about.

Then comes the IRS looming on the horizon. It's hard enough to get around with their hands in our pockets year round, but they expect an extra-special bonus via our Income Tax. We've been gritting our teeth and baring this for years, but now it's becoming harder and harder to find the forms to fill out, even if you can understand them, so you can send them in and pay that tax. I'm of the inclination that if they want my money they should come and fill out all the forms and make it easy. I'm not one of these people who expect freebies. It's just that the founding fathers didn't get paid, and if they did it was by their district, and probably in feed or livestock. I say we go back to that. You want to get out of our $15 trillion debt, then stop paying the people who aren't listening to us when we say, "No taxes."

I know, that's idealistic, but this country was built on ideals, and hard work made it work. That is until the government decided to pay for those who didn't want to work. Take a good idea and present it to Congress or the Senate and the first thing they do is appoint a special task force to investigate the problem. Oh, and all those tax problems we face, they do not face. How'd that happen. Whatever happened to "We the People..?"

Monday, August 9, 2010

August CFRB Tour

CFRB, that's the Christian Fiction Review Blog to those who are not familiar with the site (found at http://cfrblog.blogspot.com) just ran a review of Caprice Hokstad's first book, The Duke's Handmaid last month. This month we are allowed to pick past books that we liked instead of all doing the same book. One of the books I've chosen is Nor Iron Bars a Cage, the sequel to The Duke's Handmaid. I have a great appreciation for Caprice's literary skills. She will be one of those writers people will look back on and say, "Did you ever read anything by Caprice Hokstad? She's fabulous. In my opinion she forged a whole new sub-genre in writing fantasy." They'll be right, of course, only I know her, at least by association with CFRB and through reading her books. And I know her before she's famous, which has a great appeal to me. I feel the same way about several of the authors.

Getting back to the book, we continue following the lives of Duke Vahn Rebono and kee. In this book we get really deep into some wonderful, and not so wonderful things. For anyone who wants to know that God is in control even when things seem to be falling apart at the seams, this is a book they can read to encourage them, although that wasn't the reason she wrote it. She simply wanted to take the reader further into the tales of the Duke and Kedrina (kee). The main thrust of the book is the Duke's attempts to locate and retrieve his son, who was stolen by his now estranged wife, and taken into Ganluk. He can't go looking for his son himself, because of the political powder keg crossing into that country would create. His faithful servant kee comes up with a bold plan, one in which she must subject herself to all kinds of cruelty just to learn about her master's son, and where the child might be found. Meanwhile, back at home, the Duke trips over his ego and finds himself in an extremely awkward situation. I don't want to say too much other than if you like The Duke's Handmaid you're going to love Nor Iron Bars a Cage. Sometimes when people come out with sequels they are less exciting, but it's as if she used the first book to build up to this story. You'll love it.

Pay special attention to the various Christ-like attributes you will find here, from mercy to righteous judgment. She sneaks these in without the least compromise to her storyline.

You can visit with Caprice and even read the first few chapters of either The Duke's Handmaid or Nor Iron Bars a Cage by clicking HERE.

You can purchase Nor Iron Bars a Cage at:

Books a Million
Barnes & Noble

Legal stuff:
Hey, I already had the book, so I'm just telling it like it is. No one paid me to do anything I didn't want to do. This was my choice.

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