Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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For Love and Country 

When A Man Is Torn Between Honoring His Country And The Woman He Loves, The Best Option Might Be To Choose Both.  

When Maggie du Woernig willfully ignores her parents’ admonitions and entangles herself with Nik Koenig, she is certain he’s the only man who will make her happy. Blind to Nik’s real intentions, she throws herself recklessly into a situation that could not only destroy her life but compromise the safety of her country.  

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“What are you going to make?” Sonia asked with interest.
            “A love potion,” Han said as if it were nothing out of the ordinary.
            “Really?” Sonia asked with a little laugh.
            “And just what is this love potion supposed to do?” Maggie asked skeptically.
            “It makes people fall in love, of course,” Erich said as he busily poured a number of different liquids into a vial.
            “Baggage!” Maggie said, and Han chuckled.
            “All right, Han,” Erich said, “you know what to do now.”
            “Are you sure you got everything in there?”
            “Of course I’m sure.”
            Han picked up a small vial and poured a drop of something into the mixture. Immediately it began to bubble and smoke.
            “Good heavens,” Maggie said, but Han only rubbed his hands together. Erich looked positively satisfied, and Sonia was quite amused.
            “That should do it,” Erich said, then he poured the liquid into a drinking glass and it gradually stopped bubbling. “Maggie would you hand me that . . . that rag over there?”
            “What, this?” she asked, turning to pick up a little piece of cloth, which distracted her and Sonia for just a moment.
            “Yes, thank you.” Erich took it from her and wrapped it around the glass. “This stuff is kind of hot.”
            “Well,” Han said with his hands on his hips, “let’s see if it works.”
            “Here goes,” Erich said. He took a deep breath and lifted the glass to his lips.
            “Wait!” Maggie cried. “You can’t drink that!”
            “Why not?”
            “It’s probably . . . poison!”
            “Oh, let him drink it.” Sonia smirked. “It would do him good.”
            Grinning, Erich glanced toward Han and took a deep swallow of the drink. His face went into several exaggerated contortions. He shivered visibly from head to toe. Then he squeezed his eyes shut, opened them dramatically and coughed. When the initial effect seemed complete, Erich held his breath and the other three stared with wide eyes.
            “Whew!” Erich said. “That stuff is potent.”
            “How do you feel?” Han asked with expectation.
            “No different.”
            Erich gazed quite obviously toward Maggie and then Sonia, as if he expected something to happen. “Nothing!” he nearly shouted. “What could have gone wrong? We did all the right things. It should have—”
            “Give me that!” Han said, abruptly taking the glass from Erich. “They’re your sisters. You can’t expect to fall in love with one of your sisters.”
            “What is he talking about?” Maggie asked her brother.
            “After a man drinks that stuff, he’s supposed to fall in love with the first woman he sees.”
            “Baggage!” Maggie uttered.
            They all became silent as Han took a big swallow of the golden liquid and did an exact imitation of the reactions Erich had performed. When he opened his eyes they were set on Maggie. He seemed quite stunned and overwrought with emotion.
            “What do you feel?” Erich asked with intense anticipation.
            “Erich,” Han whispered, “I never realized your sister was so beautiful.” Erich chuckled with satisfaction as Maggie’s eyes widened and she backed away. “She’s like an angel. I feel all tingly . . . and oh, Maggie!”
            Han deftly swept her into his arms, and despite her efforts to get away, he held her to his advantage.
            “Let go of me!” Maggie shrieked, barely aware that Erich and Sonia were laughing intolerably. She didn’t find it funny at all!
            “Don’t speak to me that way, my love. Oh, Maggie . . . say you’ll be mine. I need you in my life.”
            “You are mad! This is baggage!”
            “How can you say such things?” Han looked genuinely hurt. “Can’t you see how much I love you?”
            “Erich! Get him away from me!”
            “But he’s in love,” Erich laughed. “You can’t blame a man for being in love.”
            “Ooh!” Maggie hissed, but Han pressed his mouth over hers with a kiss that forced her into momentary silence.
            “Let go of me!” she shouted louder when he set her lips free.
            “One more kiss, my love,” he whispered, then overcame her with a kiss more passionate than the first.
            Maggie forced back the memories stirred by his kiss and finally managed to turn her face away. Han chuckled, but she briefly caught something severe in his eyes that left her uneasy. “You’d better give her some of that stuff, Erich,” he said. “She could really use some. She’ll be betrothed soon and needs a little romance before the dreaded thing takes place and it’s too late.”
            Maggie wanted to retort that she was in love and there would be no betrothal. But she bit her tongue, remembering her father’s admonition to keep it a secret.
            Sonia laughed and said, “I’ll try some.”
            Erich handed her the glass without hesitation while Han continued to hold Maggie close, ignoring her continued effort to free herself. Sonia took a careful sip and chuckled. “That’s nothing more than scotch whiskey. You switched glasses!”
            Erich and Han laughed boisterously while Maggie finally managed to squirm out of Han’s arms.
            “And how do you know?” Erich asked. “Has my little sister been thieving from the duke’s liquor cabinet?”
            “Just a little taste here and there,” she admitted with a smile.
            “Well, at least you get some adventure.” Han chuckled while Maggie brushed the front of her dress with exasperation. “That kiss is the most adventure Maggie’s had since—”
            “Han!” she stopped him.
            “Sorry,” he whispered and briefly put his hand over his mouth. “I won’t tell. I promise.”
            Erich’s brows went up, and Han added, “Don’t ask, Erich. I won’t tell a soul—not even you.”
            “If he does,” Maggie said, starting up the stairs, “I’m certain that Georg Heinrich would be interested to know what his son has been doing in the dungeon.”
            “Threats?” Han called after her, but she ignored him. “Do be careful on those stairs, my love. Oh, and if you hear any serenading outside your window, it’s me. I’ll never forget that kiss. I could live on it for the rest of my life. But I may get desperate and come searching for more and—”
            “I don’t think she can hear you anymore,” Erich cut him off. “If she can, she’s not listening.”
            “Too bad,” Han said. “I had so much more to say.”
            “Give me some more of that,” Sonia said, taking the glass again from Erich. She took another sip and did her best to imitate the required reaction. Then she opened her eyes and jumped comically into Han’s arms.
            “Oh, Han, my love,” she said, batting her eyelashes. “Let’s run away together and get married.”
            “I think I looked at the wrong girl.” Han grinned.
            “Kiss me, Han. Kiss me!”
            “If you insist.” Han smiled and kissed her every bit as passionately as he had Maggie. But when he pulled away and Sonia started twirling around the room, he glanced toward the stairs where Maggie had gone. There was no question about it. Maggie was a better kisser—even if they were both sorely out of practice.

Elizabeth About Author Elizabeth D. Michaels 

Elizabeth D. Michaels began writing at the age of sixteen, immersing herself ever since in the lives created by her vivid imagination. Beyond her devotion to family and friends, writing has been her passion for nearly three decades. While she has more than fifty published novels under the name Anita Stansfield and is the recipient of many awards, she boldly declares The Horstberg Saga as the story she was born to write, with many volumes in the works. She is best known for her keen ability to explore the psychological depths of human nature, bringing her characters to life through the timeless struggles they face in the midst of exquisite dramas.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Apple Crafts for Preschool and Early Elementary Learning

Apples, apples, apples! Apples are everywhere in September! Did you catch my apple book recommendations? If you missed out, check out Apple Books for Preschool and Elementary Learning. Pinterest is my go to place for inspiration when it comes to crafts. I'm not a big crafty person, but I have done tons of crafts with my own kids and preschool kids. I've compiled these 10 apple crafts to make it easy for you to find some cute ones to do with the preschoolers or early elementary kids in your lives! Though they are from Pinterest, I've linked to the site they came from originally to make it super easy!

10 Fun Apple Crafts for Kids

Tissue Paper Apple Tree

I've made this tree many times! It is great for small motor skills. Scrunching up tissue paper is harder than it looks for little hands! We never used buttons though. We either used little red pom poms or red tissue paper. Just picking up the pom poms helps with small motor skills. If you don't want to use a toilet paper roll, you can always use brown construction paper or let the child paint a trunk on the paper first.

apple prints closeup apple

Apple Stamping  

As you can see, this is super easy. Just cut an apples in half! Be sure you cut some lengthwise and some through the middle, so they can see the different ways apples look. Dip them in paint and stamp them on paper or cloth. Easy!

Handprint Stemmed Apple

For this one, I'd have a preschooler/toddler rip the red construction paper rather than cut it. If it's an elementary aged child, they are more than capable of cutting the paper into little squares. I love how this uses a handprint for the stem!

Apple Core Art

Again, depending on the age of the children making this apple craft, you could cut the sides out for them, or they can do it themselves. Always let them try :) I'd make this into a finger painting craft letting the child dip his or her finger into paint and dotting it themselves.

Handprint Apple Tree

This is a great MESSY craft! I love handprint crafts and so do kids! Every time we would do a craft that required painting a child in anyway, they loved it! They loved the ticklish feeling it gave them :) As you can tell, you're going to need a lot of wet wipes/paper towels/a garden hose to clean up after making this!

Footprint Apple Tree

Talk about a tickly project.....Here's another messy one! Be sure to have them sit down after you stamp their foot or you'll end up with some nice brown floors! This is a great project for fine motor again requiring them to carefully dot the green and red. Allow each step to dry before moving on or you'll end up with a smeared mess!

Cloth Apple Collage

This one will probably require a bit more prep work on the part of an adult. Use some sturdy card stock or cut apple shapes out of an old cardboard box (reduce,reuse, recycle!) for the apple pattern and some apple colored scraps to make this cute cloth apple.

Seasons of An Apple Tree

I love this project for a thematic unit on apples or seasons. You could use The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree for this since it talks about how the tree changes throughout the year.

Clothespin Apple Tree

As you can tell from the image, this is  great project for training many skills! It's one you could do with several different ages, as some kids still need fine motor practice when they are in elementary school.

Apple Basket

This would be a great project to make while reading Apple Picking Time. Isn't it so cute? I love how you can tell a child made this entire project! No prep work required for mom or the teacher!

Do you have a favorite apple craft to do with your child? I'd love to hear about it!

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