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PitchWars 2017 #PimpMyBio

PitchWars – The Serious Side of Me

It’s PitchWars! Let me tell you a tiny story first. My real name is Tammy. Because of my job, I blog anonymously. My blog name is Hestia Athena. It’s safer. Just go with it.

I love learning. At 6, we moved again. I threw a tantrum. They packed my encyclopedia. The mover marked my page and put it in the last box on the van. When we got to our new home, it was unloaded first. He handed me the book and I went to a corner to read.

When I got in trouble, my punishment was to put my books away and go play outside. I did extra credit in school, not for the grades, but to learn and write.

I have a BS in Accounting (in 3 years), an MBA, and am a Certified Forensic Accountant. Online writing classes? Check. I’m a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and I’ve been involved with NaNoWriMo for a decade.

I’m not just a boring nerd…

PitchWars

7 Reasons Girls Just Want To Have Fun!

  1. I’m a single mom.
  2. I do my own home repairs.
  3. I read every type of mystery there is.
  4. Classically trained pianist (quit my Philharmonic path with an accident at 15).
  5. I refurbish antiques and vintage items.
  6. I cook from scratch in a tiny kitchen.
  7. Turned my living room into a library with shelves I designed and built myself.

7 Reasons to Pick Me!

PitchWarsWhy should you pick me to mentor, you may be asking. I asked myself that same question as I thought about doing #PitchWars. So I created a list to convince myself I could try this contest. I thought I’d share it with you.

  1. I know I have a lot to learn. I beg for a little patience. It might take me 2 or 3 tries, but I will get it.
  2. I want whatever morsels you are willing to feed me. Give me a push, and I head off for research and work.
  3. Don’t be vague. Don’t sugar-coat. The best boss I had told me straight what I was doing wrong. I’d sulk for a while, but I’d admit he was right and move on.
  4. If you want me to kill someone off, or nix a scene, I might fight you. But if you state your position, I will listen.
  5. I want someone to help with the comedy. I am funny, I swear. But it’s harder to write funny than to say it.
  6. I strive on stress and deadlines. Give it to me!
  7. I’m really friendly. Not stalker friendly, but I take chocolate chip cookies to my local Starbucks Christmas morning friendly.

What I Write

PitchWars

I write cozy mysteries. I have always loved them. They can be easy or complex. Think Agatha Christie, but imagine how much fun the old bird would have had in Las Vegas.

Ashley Compton is all the latest buzz with her new radio show on relationship advice. But when the advice she gives connects her name to the caller’s death, Ashley is determined to save her new job and track down a killer. Talking to the wrong people at the wrong time about the wrong things forces her into the seedy side of Las Vegas, where she is surrounded by adultery, gambling problems and the mob.

7 Reasons I Wrote Call in for Murder

  1. People always give me advice. So I made that my main character’s job.
  2. I’m fascinated with Las Vegas and everything it can represent.
  3. Not big on sex scenes and cozies don’t have much.
  4. I’m not into graphic violence, and neither are cozies.
  5. Love humor! This kind of mystery gets away with it.
  6. I’m trying Pulp Fiction (the teach said I have talent), but my heart’s in the cozy.
  7. Like with everything in my life, I dared myself to write well enough to publish.

There You Have It

I wish all the hopeful mentees good luck. Those who do get picked, take advantage of every tidbit you get from the mentors. They are truly a blessing to do this.

If you want to see more awesome candidates for PitchWars, check here.

If you want more info on PitchWars, check here.

Hank Phillippi Ryan’s The Other Woman

Hank Phillippi Ryan

HanK Phillippi Ryan’s ‘The Other Woman’

Do you like to read suspense novels? Thanks to my insomnia, I just finished ‘The Other Woman’, by Hank Phillippi Ryan. This is not my usual cozy mystery review, but it’s worth reviewing.

It’s an awesome novel with a Senate campaign race, an alleged secret mistress, and killing allegedly caused by what the news gang is calling a serial killer. Notice how I keep using the word allegedly? I don’t want to give anything away.

The stars of the novel include a disgraced television reporter now working for a newspaper, and a police detective who has to draw the lines between business, friendship and a personal relationship. I really liked this reporter. I felt for her. Imagine having to lower your standards, trying to get back into the big time when everyone is feeling sorry for you, but not wanting anything to do with you!

The way Hank keeps bouncing between the multiple plot lines keeps us turning the pages. Snappy dialogue, great characters that were fully developed, and a plot keeping me guessing at who the bad guy really was, made me not want to put it down. She really knows how to make you think. No wait! It can’t be! That’s not right! Oh yes it is! How did she do that? That is what you will be thinking when you read this.

Seduction, betrayal, murder. Who could ask for more?

Hank’s Bio

And before you ask, no this is not an amateur novelist I’m trying to plug. Hank is an investigative reporter in Boston with over 30 Emmys, and a dozen Edward R. Murrow awards. Her noveling efforts have netted her 5 Agathas, 2 Anthonys, 2 Macavitys, the Daphne, and the Mary Higgins Clark award, amongst others the last I heard.

This gal knows her stuff! And she’s a nice lady, having met her a couple of times at conventions.

You might wanna check out this book, or any of the other like 8 she’s written.

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Undermount Lights Attachment

Undermount Lights

Attaching Undermount Lights

As you know, kitchen lighting for the counters can really suck, depending on how your kitchen is laid out. I have some under-mounted lights that are life-savers for me, in my tiny kitchen. However, have you ever noticed how sometimes when you attach undermount lights, they don’t stick all that great? Here’s a post I did discussing when I purchased my undermount lighting.

My Story

I have undermount lights that are great in an emergency. They are battery operated. If there’s ever a power outage, which happens ALL THE TIME where I live, they become emergency flashlights. I tried to use the adhesive to stick them underneath the cupboards.

Undermount lights

Look what happened!

 

I put them up after I had painted the cupboards, using the adhesive, instead of the screws, which I had used before I painted. After a few months, the adhesive lost its grip, and they started falling. Bam! It scared the crap out of this diy home goddess the first couple of times. It must have the same problem the puck lights have. The heat causes the adhesive to corrode. On top of that, the paint was being removed with the adhesive! Look at what they did!

What To Do?

The tape light strips are hidden. They look very sophisticated. I don’t have those, because you need a power strip, and I need my outlets!

The puck lights have the same problem, they will steal my precious outlets! These cannot be adhesive attached because of the heat. They need screws. Read more

Recipe Change and Substitutions

Recipe changeRecipe Change and Substitutions

My Story

Sometimes I have to do a recipe change up. Not for any specific reason other than because I want to.

I wanted a crumble, but I wanted strawberries, not apples. Could I do that?

There are times the mood strikes me to make something, and I get started. That’s when I find out I don’t have all the necessary ingredients. Half way through the preparation. It’s too late to go to the store then. So I punt and do a recipe change up.

Or the recipe has something in there I just don’t like. Or there was too much of something and not enough of something else. So I changed it.

Yes, my diy home goddesses, a recipe is not set in stone. At least for the most part. Baking, yeah, that’s a little harder to do, except for flavor profiles. But most recipes you can do what you want. Do a recipe change up!

Why Talk About Changing Recipes?

Well, let me give you the scoop. Read more

PitchWars 2017 #PimpMyBio

PitchWars – The Serious Side of Me

It’s PitchWars! Let me tell you a tiny story first. My real name is Tammy. Because of my job, I blog anonymously. My blog name is Hestia Athena. It’s safer. Just go with it.

I love learning. At 6, we moved again. I threw a tantrum. They packed my encyclopedia. The mover marked my page and put it in the last box on the van. When we got to our new home, it was unloaded first. He handed me the book and I went to a corner to read.

When I got in trouble, my punishment was to put my books away and go play outside. I did extra credit in school, not for the grades, but to learn and write.

I have a BS in Accounting (in 3 years), an MBA, and am a Certified Forensic Accountant. Online writing classes? Check. I’m a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and I’ve been involved with NaNoWriMo for a decade.

I’m not just a boring nerd…

PitchWars

7 Reasons Girls Just Want To Have Fun!

  1. I’m a single mom.
  2. I do my own home repairs.
  3. I read every type of mystery there is.
  4. Classically trained pianist (quit my Philharmonic path with an accident at 15).
  5. I refurbish antiques and vintage items.
  6. I cook from scratch in a tiny kitchen.
  7. Turned my living room into a library with shelves I designed and built myself.

7 Reasons to Pick Me!

PitchWarsWhy should you pick me to mentor, you may be asking. I asked myself that same question as I thought about doing #PitchWars. So I created a list to convince myself I could try this contest. I thought I’d share it with you.

  1. I know I have a lot to learn. I beg for a little patience. It might take me 2 or 3 tries, but I will get it.
  2. I want whatever morsels you are willing to feed me. Give me a push, and I head off for research and work.
  3. Don’t be vague. Don’t sugar-coat. The best boss I had told me straight what I was doing wrong. I’d sulk for a while, but I’d admit he was right and move on.
  4. If you want me to kill someone off, or nix a scene, I might fight you. But if you state your position, I will listen.
  5. I want someone to help with the comedy. I am funny, I swear. But it’s harder to write funny than to say it.
  6. I strive on stress and deadlines. Give it to me!
  7. I’m really friendly. Not stalker friendly, but I take chocolate chip cookies to my local Starbucks Christmas morning friendly.

What I Write

PitchWars

I write cozy mysteries. I have always loved them. They can be easy or complex. Think Agatha Christie, but imagine how much fun the old bird would have had in Las Vegas.

Ashley Compton is all the latest buzz with her new radio show on relationship advice. But when the advice she gives connects her name to the caller’s death, Ashley is determined to save her new job and track down a killer. Talking to the wrong people at the wrong time about the wrong things forces her into the seedy side of Las Vegas, where she is surrounded by adultery, gambling problems and the mob.

7 Reasons I Wrote Call in for Murder

  1. People always give me advice. So I made that my main character’s job.
  2. I’m fascinated with Las Vegas and everything it can represent.
  3. Not big on sex scenes and cozies don’t have much.
  4. I’m not into graphic violence, and neither are cozies.
  5. Love humor! This kind of mystery gets away with it.
  6. I’m trying Pulp Fiction (the teach said I have talent), but my heart’s in the cozy.
  7. Like with everything in my life, I dared myself to write well enough to publish.

There You Have It

I wish all the hopeful mentees good luck. Those who do get picked, take advantage of every tidbit you get from the mentors. They are truly a blessing to do this.

If you want to see more awesome candidates for PitchWars, check here.

If you want more info on PitchWars, check here.

Hank Phillippi Ryan’s The Other Woman

Hank Phillippi Ryan

HanK Phillippi Ryan’s ‘The Other Woman’

Do you like to read suspense novels? Thanks to my insomnia, I just finished ‘The Other Woman’, by Hank Phillippi Ryan. This is not my usual cozy mystery review, but it’s worth reviewing.

It’s an awesome novel with a Senate campaign race, an alleged secret mistress, and killing allegedly caused by what the news gang is calling a serial killer. Notice how I keep using the word allegedly? I don’t want to give anything away.

The stars of the novel include a disgraced television reporter now working for a newspaper, and a police detective who has to draw the lines between business, friendship and a personal relationship. I really liked this reporter. I felt for her. Imagine having to lower your standards, trying to get back into the big time when everyone is feeling sorry for you, but not wanting anything to do with you!

The way Hank keeps bouncing between the multiple plot lines keeps us turning the pages. Snappy dialogue, great characters that were fully developed, and a plot keeping me guessing at who the bad guy really was, made me not want to put it down. She really knows how to make you think. No wait! It can’t be! That’s not right! Oh yes it is! How did she do that? That is what you will be thinking when you read this.

Seduction, betrayal, murder. Who could ask for more?

Hank’s Bio

And before you ask, no this is not an amateur novelist I’m trying to plug. Hank is an investigative reporter in Boston with over 30 Emmys, and a dozen Edward R. Murrow awards. Her noveling efforts have netted her 5 Agathas, 2 Anthonys, 2 Macavitys, the Daphne, and the Mary Higgins Clark award, amongst others the last I heard.

This gal knows her stuff! And she’s a nice lady, having met her a couple of times at conventions.

You might wanna check out this book, or any of the other like 8 she’s written.

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Undermount Lights Attachment

Undermount Lights

Attaching Undermount Lights

As you know, kitchen lighting for the counters can really suck, depending on how your kitchen is laid out. I have some under-mounted lights that are life-savers for me, in my tiny kitchen. However, have you ever noticed how sometimes when you attach undermount lights, they don’t stick all that great? Here’s a post I did discussing when I purchased my undermount lighting.

My Story

I have undermount lights that are great in an emergency. They are battery operated. If there’s ever a power outage, which happens ALL THE TIME where I live, they become emergency flashlights. I tried to use the adhesive to stick them underneath the cupboards.

Undermount lights

Look what happened!

 

I put them up after I had painted the cupboards, using the adhesive, instead of the screws, which I had used before I painted. After a few months, the adhesive lost its grip, and they started falling. Bam! It scared the crap out of this diy home goddess the first couple of times. It must have the same problem the puck lights have. The heat causes the adhesive to corrode. On top of that, the paint was being removed with the adhesive! Look at what they did!

What To Do?

The tape light strips are hidden. They look very sophisticated. I don’t have those, because you need a power strip, and I need my outlets!

The puck lights have the same problem, they will steal my precious outlets! These cannot be adhesive attached because of the heat. They need screws. Read more

Recipe Change and Substitutions

Recipe changeRecipe Change and Substitutions

My Story

Sometimes I have to do a recipe change up. Not for any specific reason other than because I want to.

I wanted a crumble, but I wanted strawberries, not apples. Could I do that?

There are times the mood strikes me to make something, and I get started. That’s when I find out I don’t have all the necessary ingredients. Half way through the preparation. It’s too late to go to the store then. So I punt and do a recipe change up.

Or the recipe has something in there I just don’t like. Or there was too much of something and not enough of something else. So I changed it.

Yes, my diy home goddesses, a recipe is not set in stone. At least for the most part. Baking, yeah, that’s a little harder to do, except for flavor profiles. But most recipes you can do what you want. Do a recipe change up!

Why Talk About Changing Recipes?

Well, let me give you the scoop. Read more