Pressing the Issue (A Cookbook Nook Mystery) by Daryl Wood Gerber – Blog Tour and Giveaway!

pressing the issueAs the annual Renaissance Fair comes to Crystal Cove, Jenna Hart’s Cookbook Nook is packed with tasty treats and all things medieval, while her pal Bailey is ready to swoon over her upcoming nuptials at a local vineyard. But when the two friends discover the body of the vineyard’s owner bludgeoned by a winepress, all their merriment fades, along with their hopes for a vintage year.

Which churlish varlet did the deed? Was it the victim’s errant brother, who stood to inherit the vineyards? Or the owner’s crestfallen ex-girlfriend? Mayhap it was the newly arrived comely wench, or her jealous husband. Fie on them all! Verily, Jenna can’t rest until justice is served, and she vows to track down the killer. But can she sniff out the truth before the villainous culprit strikes again?

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Review – Spektrum Glasses

I know, I know, not a book review, but any of you who read on a Kindle, Nook, other e-reader, tablet, or anything with a screen may appreciate this!

I was contacted a few weeks ago by Spektrum and asked if I would be interested in receiving a pair of their glasses to review.

I read a LOT, and more than half of my reading is done on some type of electronic device. Besides reading in my free time, I also sit in front of a computer screen for 8 hours a day. I have had a problem with severely dry eyes for quite a while now. My eye doctor told me it was most likely because of the time I spend in front of a screen combined with my contact lens use and recommended some drops for me to try. Since I can only use them when I’m not wearing my contact lenses (so a little while before bed each night) they haven’t done much for me.

I wasn’t familiar with Spektrum’s glasses, so I visited their website before I agreed. The Spektrum glasses block either 50% or 99% of blue light from your device, depending on the model. They claim to reduce eye fatigue, headaches, dry eyes, and even help you to get to sleep easier. This definitely sounded like something I needed, so I agreed to check them out.

I received 2 pairs of glasses from Spektrum – the Artist and Elite models. Note – I did receive these glasses for free, but was not paid to endorse or review them.

Artist

These are the 50% blue light blocking glasses, and the ones I have been wearing all day at work, and most of the time when I pick up my phone or Kindle at home. They are surprisingly light-weight and comfortable, and I even like the style. They do impart a very slight yellow tint while wearing them, but it’s not at all unpleasant. Now for the important stuff – do they work?

I’ve been wearing them for almost a week now. I admit that at the end of day one, I didn’t notice any difference at all. At the end of day two, however, I realized that my eyes didn’t feel as dry or scratchy as normal when I left work for the day, and by day 3, I was not going through nearly as many contact rewetting drops as usual. They totally cut the glare, but don’t interfere at all with my vision. I am hooked and will be wearing these at work all the time now!

Elite

The elite glasses have a much more pronounced tint when you wear them which you would expect since they are supposed to block 99% of blue light. I have tried using the built-in blue light filter on my phone an on my kindle, but I always turn it off since the color appears way too distorted and I just can’t stand to look at it. These do have a strong tint, but I still preferred looking at my screen through these glasses rather than using the built-in filter.

I don’t normally have issues falling asleep even after reading on a screen in the evening, so I can’t say whether these glasses will help if you do. I can say that they are as light-weight and comfortable as the Artist glasses, and the slim style makes it easy to look over the top if I want to look at something other than my screen and don’t want the yellow tint.

I’d have to give these glasses a 5-star rating and highly recommend them to anyone who spends a lot of time in front of a screen. My eyes are much more comfortable after just a week of use. That means more time I can spend reading in the evening!

 

 

Cover Reveal – Dead as a Doornail by Tonya Kappes

Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone. And doesn’t our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things.

Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes.

But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body.

His presence can only mean one thing: Murder!

Since Kenni’s relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move.

Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost of her poppa?

It’s blowin’ up a storm and only Kenni knows how it’ll end.

 

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Dead as a Doornail by Tonya Kappes
will be available May 15 from Henery Press!

It is Available for Pre-Order Today!!

Pre-order here:   Barnes and Noble  |  Amazon  

 Goodreads: Dead As A Doornail

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Class Reunions are Murder by Libby Klein – Blog Tour and Giveaway!


For fortysomething Poppy McAllister, taking a stroll down memory lane in Cape May, New Jersey, isn’t just awkward—it’s deadly.

Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. There’s no way on earth she’s attending her twenty-five-year class reunion—especially after receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school. At least, not until Poppy’s best friend practically drags her to the event . . .

Using the dreaded homecoming as an excuse to visit her eccentric Aunt Ginny, Poppy vows to leave Cape May with pride and Spanx intact. Too bad Barbie is still the queen of mean at the reunion. And worse, that her dead body is lying right in front of Poppy’s old locker. Singled out as the killer, it’s up to Poppy to confront her past and clear her name. But between protecting her aunt from disaster and tackling a gluten-free diet, can Poppy crack the case before she’s voted “Most Likely to Die” by the murderer?

Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!

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