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These French Vending Machines Sell Short Stories | Smart News | Smithsonian

I wanted to share this for Nationa Reading Month. Unfortunately, that isn’t until March and this is way too cool to wait!

I’d support this in a heartbeat!

Definitely healthier all the way around than the candy bars and chips you can find in most vending machines. Or even that AWFUL vending machine coffee! Yuck!

This might be an idea for museums, historic trails and such. It would give us a tangible memento of where we were as well as reference material for the writers, researchers and students who have to do a paper.

What say you all?

Super-short fiction that’s as good as any snack

Source: These French Vending Machines Sell Short Stories | Smart News | Smithsonian


What Are You Reading

What Are You Reading

I started Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston yesterday.

So far I’m enjoying it, but I kind of expected to considering how much I enjoyed The Witch’s Daughter.

I’ve got several books on the go, including Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly In Amber Gabaldon-Dragonfly-in-Amber-220x332.

This one is a slow slog for me for some reason. Maybe because I keep getting distracted by new and shiny :D.

Indomitable by Terry Brooks. indomitable

Plus my many fanfictions, lol.

Free ePub eBooks


This is the link to where you can go to sign up for free Kobo books. They’ll since you a list of 15-20 links per day. A lot of them are first in a series and they range from Romance to Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Kids and Teens, other fiction and non-fiction.

I don’t know how well it’ll work for non-Kobo users since the links take you directly to the Kobo Store but it’s worth a shot, isn’t it?


Review: The Stone of Valhalla

The Stone of Valhalla


Mikey Brooks

Four Stars!

The Stone of Valhalla is targeted at 8 to 12 year olds and Mr. Brooks has done a wonderful job of pulling them in.

The story starts off with 13 year old Aaron standing outside an elderly woman’s house and contemplating his life.  He’s a loner with no friends to speak of, four older brothers who always get to do everything first and parents whom he loves very much.  He’s also thinking about exactly why he’s standing outside Mrs. Timble’s house:  he’s supposed to steal something valuable so he can be part of the ‘in’ crowd.

Aaron manages to get into Mrs. Timble’s basement and does find something he believes is valuable but before he can make good on his escape the light comes on and someone starts coming down the stairs.  The lights miraculously go out and he manages to hide in an old root cellar where he finds something even more valuable.

Follow Aaron as he is transported from his known reality to a totally different reality where he is mistaken for a witch and taken to be burned at the stake, to his rescue and go along for the adventure as he makes friends and discovers that he is one of three who is destined to save that reality.

If your children are reluctant readers because they can’t seem to find something that grabs their attention this might just be their ticket to a world we all love:  reading.

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