Refried Beans, Blogging from the Kitchen & Diving for Pearls 3


It occured to a blogger, on a brisk mid-August afternoon that cooking and blogging from the kitchen were a real, reasonable, an efficient use of time. They said in a distinctly Game of Thrones narrated voice.

So we made burriots – yes actually made, not warmed up – complete with fried zuchinni, re-fried red beans and corn tortillas from one of our local small grocers, shredded cheese and a Hilda salad on the side.

Hilda salad is simpley cubed tomates & cucumbers, shredded parmesan & chedder cheese, greens (like chard & lettuce) and greek dressing. It’s always sad when someone leaves this existance, but their memories always crop in in new and unexpected ways.

Diving for Pearls is well timed book, or maybe, it’s just the book I find easiest to read right now becuase all my reading is really just coping with other facets of life thematically.

I enjoyed the character development of the other protectors and angels in this part of the story, and frankly I didn’t stop reading and just opened part 4 and read it in the same sitting.

This is a great plot and action oriented book, it doesn’t make assumptions about religions, or pander to any particular following. While you might naturally think of angels as a christian creaation, I never have. They’re all just spirits or echos of other realms to me. I love Diving for Pearls part because it allows me to make some of my own rules.

It also allows one to think about loss and grief without dwelling on the people in the ‘real’ world who have just left us.

About the Book & Author

Diving for Pearls 3

Although Elizabeth died giving birth to her daughter, her death wasn’t the end. She awakens to find her sacrifice has transformed her into a special kind of angel—a protector—and if she is able to help her charge through the Pearly Gates, she too will be welcomed into Heaven.

Elizabeth is both heartbroken and overjoyed when she finds she’ll be watching over Daisy, the daughter she never got to meet. She’d like nothing more than to live with her little girl in paradise, and being a guardian is hard work. Will Elizabeth be reunited with her daughter, or forced to suffer in silence as she watches Daisy make mistakes that place her just out of Heaven’s reach?

This tale of sacrifice, redemption, and unyielding love is for anyone who believes in angels—or is looking for a reason to believe.

Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second. She used to write under a pseudonym, but finally had the confidence to come out as herself timageo the world. Her fiction is highly personal and often based on true stories. Writing is Melissa’s way of showing her daughter just how beautiful life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us.

Melissa loves books so much, she married fellow author Falcon Storm. Between the two of them, there are always plenty of imaginative, awe-inspiring stories to share. Melissa and Falcon also run the business Novel Publicity together, where she works as publisher, marketer, editor, and all-around business mogul. When she’s not reading, writing, or child-rearing, Melissa spends time relaxing at home in the company of her three dogs and five parrots. She never misses an episode of The Bachelor or her nightly lavender-infused soak in the tub. Ahh, the simple luxuries that make life worth living.

Why Diving for Pearls 4 Made me Angry


Don’t get me wrong, it’s the best of the 4 parts so far. It still makes me angry. I’ll continue to stew until I get another installment.

The ending was gut-wrenching, and left me with so many questions, and annoyance at the sheer thought of having to WAIT for the next part.

I kid.

Only a little

In other news, I can color.
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That knowledge will just have to satisfy you until there’s more to review!

About the Book & Author

Diving for Pearls 4

Although Elizabeth died giving birth to her daughter, her death wasn’t the end. She awakens to find her sacrifice has transformed her into a special kind of angel—a protector—and if she is able to help her charge through the Pearly Gates, she too will be welcomed into Heaven.

Elizabeth is both heartbroken and overjoyed when she finds she’ll be watching over Daisy, the daughter she never got to meet. She’d like nothing more than to live with her little girl in paradise, and being a guardian is hard work. Will Elizabeth be reunited with her daughter, or forced to suffer in silence as she watches Daisy make mistakes that place her just out of Heaven’s reach?

This tale of sacrifice, redemption, and unyielding love is for anyone who believes in angels—or is looking for a reason to believe.

Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second. She used to write under a pseudonym, but finally had the confidence to come out as herself timageo the world. Her fiction is highly personal and often based on true stories. Writing is Melissa’s way of showing her daughter just how beautiful life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us.

Melissa loves books so much, she married fellow author Falcon Storm. Between the two of them, there are always plenty of imaginative, awe-inspiring stories to share. Melissa and Falcon also run the business Novel Publicity together, where she works as publisher, marketer, editor, and all-around business mogul. When she’s not reading, writing, or child-rearing, Melissa spends time relaxing at home in the company of her three dogs and five parrots. She never misses an episode of The Bachelor or her nightly lavender-infused soak in the tub. Ahh, the simple luxuries that make life worth living.

Diving for Pearls 2


Short stories are a great way to pass some limited free time.

I really enjoyed the first part of Diving with Pearls, so when I found myself with a few minutes this morning, a thunderstorm and a cup of coffee, I decided Diving with Pearls II would be a great way to wake up.

Short stories are not easy to write. The common definition is: A story with a fully developed theme but significantly shorter and less elaborate than a novel.

Diving with Pearls is more of a serial, and not a stand alone short story. When I finished the first part I definitely wanted to keep reading and get to know Elizabeth, Theo and Daisy. What I enjoyed most about the second part was the addition of new characters. The ending left me wanting to know more again, so I’m sure I’ll be picking up part 3 soon.

About the Book & Author

 

Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second. She used to write under a pseudonym, but finally had the confidence to come out as herself timageo the world. Her fiction is highly personal and often based on true stories. Writing is Melissa’s way of showing her daughter just how beautiful life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us.

Melissa loves books so much, she married fellow author Falcon Storm. Between the two of them, there are always plenty of imaginative, awe-inspiring stories to share. Melissa and Falcon also run the business Novel Publicity together, where she works as publisher, marketer, editor, and all-around business mogul. When she’s not reading, writing, or child-rearing, Melissa spends time relaxing at home in the company of her three dogs and five parrots. She never misses an episode of The Bachelor or her nightly lavender-infused soak in the tub. Ahh, the simple luxuries that make life worth living.

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Although Elizabeth died giving birth to her daughter, her death wasn’t the end. She awakens to find her sacrifice has transformed her into a special kind of angel—a protector—and if she is able to help her charge through the Pearly Gates, she too will be welcomed into Heaven.

Elizabeth is both heartbroken and overjoyed when she finds she’ll be watching over Daisy, the daughter she never got to meet. She’d like nothing more than to live with her little girl in paradise, and being a guardian is hard work. Will Elizabeth be reunited with her daughter, or forced to suffer in silence as she watches Daisy make mistakes that place her just out of Heaven’s reach?

This tale of sacrifice, redemption, and unyielding love is for anyone who believes in angels—or is looking for a reason to believe.