Friday, August 17, 2018

Author Interview- Sweet Neem by Mohini Durgampudi

Hi, guys! On the blog today, we have author Mohini Durgampudi who has a book about food called Sweet Neem. We interviewed her on her book, so without further ado, let's find out more about the book and the author. 


The groom died in a celebratory gunfire after the wedding. What to do with the big fat Indian wedding feast already prepared for the hundreds of guests?! Sri and Mia have to hit the ground running when they move to India to take over the struggling family business, Restaurant Annapurna. 

Set in Hyderabad, also known as the City of Pearls, this is a story of three generations coming together in the span of a year across cultural, social and generational divides. The family deals with life and death and grapple with love and loss. They celebrate the many festivals of India, a wedding and their grand reopening. The younger ones are awed by the ancient city with it’s ultra modern trappings while the elders witness the magic and power of digital revolution and social media. 

They also sample their way through Hyderabadi cuisine, an intoxicating mix of Mughalai, Turkish and Arabic influences on Andhra, Telangana and Marathwada foods; street food at midnight, a mango feast at the Taj, Anglo Indian at an old friend’s, eclectic gastro-pub fare, Indian Chinese, fusion desserts at the latest bakery, cheeseburgers in a tropical tree house…but, what about Annapurna? And why Sweet Neem?



Mohini Durgampudi is an entrepreneur, food safety instructor and assists at a culinary incubator. She started her career in the IT sector but took a very happy and eager detour into the food industry. 

An avowed bookworm, her writings so far have been anonymous contributions to travel and food blogs and crowd-sourced websites. Sweet Neem is her first book, and it brings together her love for food, travel, family, history and culture.

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Hi, Mohini! Welcome to The Readdicts. We’re super glad to have you here! Let’s start with the interview.

       Tell us a little bit about yourself.

o   Like many people I started in the IT sector. When we were blessed with twins I  decided to take a short break. During that time I got involved in the food business through a friend. After dabbling in a few food ventures I settled into writing about food.

       Tell us about your book, Sweet Neem.

o     Sweet Neem is about food, for foodies by a foodaholic. If you dig a little bit deeper, it’s about family dynamics, uniquely Indian social situations and the bond people have with food. It’s about three generations; one Indian, one born and raised in the West and one straddling the two, trying to revive their family restaurant while dealing with their complicated web of life.

       Give us a brief insight into your journey with food.

o     My first confused memories were of people calling me laddu, even though my name was Mohini. My journey with food starts there, and it’s very simple. I love it - always have, always will.

       What inspired you to write your book?

o     I am a bookworm. I believe behind every reader is a writer waiting to come out. I always loved food and when I got involved in the food industry I learned so much more about food than I ever thought possible. Since I cannot write a recipe, or even follow one faithfully, I decided to write a story built around food.   

       What kind of research went into writing your book?

o     Most of it was anecdotal and personal experiences. I had to research some facts and thank God for family, friends and of course the internet. People are very helpful - in some cases I just emailed the owners or managers and they got right back to me with the information I needed.

       Tell us why readers should pick up your book.

o    Because it’s about food and travel, which most people love. And there are so many beautiful travel guides and amazing cookbooks out there already. Sweet Neem is unique - part armchair travel, part cultural immersion and all about food - it is interesting, funny and relatable. Even though it is set in a particular city, the foodscape and urban culture is very similar to many metros in India today. For Hyderabadis it reaffirms all they love about their City of Pearls. For expats it fulfills their nostalgia for home, of which food is a huge part.

       What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

o    Seeking out new ingredients, trying new recipes… and eating! I like to read, and I spend way too much time researching my bucket list restaurants and foods I am going to eat when I win the lottery.

       Tell us about your writing style. 

o     Although I admire the writing styles of many authors, I don’t consciously emulate anyone. When I am writing the story I write without any attention to grammar, punctuation etc. When I have writers block or am distracted, I edit. I edit a lot, obsessively even, I actually spend more time editing than I do writing!

       What is next in store for you? Do you plan on writing more?

o     Absolutely, I will be writing more. My next novel is a historic food fiction. It is also set in Hyderabad, during the late eighteenth century when Hyderabad as a kingdom was taking shape and Hyderababdi cuisine as it is popular today was coalescing.

       Give us a glimpse into your bookshelf.

o     Anything that catches my eye. More fiction than non. Mystery, Drama, Historic, Sci-fi… I go through genre stages and right now I am fascinated with fiction  (alternative retelling really) based on Indian mythology.  In my younger years I used to read established authors. Now I read a lot of debut authors.

Let’s move on to two fun rounds now where we have a favourites and a this or that in store for you!

       Favourite drink? 
Just squeezed orange juice

       Favourite food? 
Anything with eggs ;-)

       Favourite snack? 

       Favourite cuisine? 
Indian and similar spice profiles

       Favourite time of the day? 

       Favourite book? 
Keeps changing!

       Favourite book character? 
Bagheera from the Jungle Book

       Favourite bookstore? 
No longer in existence :-(

       Favourite book cover? 
Sweet Neem :-)

       Favourite author? 
Hard to pick just one!

For this or that, you get to pick just one!

       Tea or coffee? 
Coffee - I am a Southern girl!

       Coke or Pepsi? 
Pepsi, but from a fountain

       Sweet or salty? 
Sweet, with a sprinkle of sea salt on top

       Desi mithai or continental desserts? 
Continental, with a Desi fusion twist

    Home cooked food or restaurant food? 
Home cooked, by a restaurant chef. Wouldn’t that be just perfect?!

That’s all for now! Thank you so much for stopping by our blog, Mohini. We wish you all the luck, love, happiness and success.

Thank you so much for stopping by, everyone! I hope you enjoyed the interview and I sure hope you check out Mohini's book. Happy weekend and happy reading! 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Readdicts Sixth Blogoversary Celebration Giveaway! (IN only)

Yes, you read the title of the post right! It is our sixth blogoversary! Both Janhvi and I find it extremely hard to believe that we've been blogging since the pasy 6 years. Who knew we'd last this long since we first started in 2012? 

But we are so happy that we stuck with it, and that you guys stuck with us. So thank you to each and every one of you who has read, stopped by or simply seen our blog. It means the world to us. 

To celebrate six years of blogging, we have a giveaway for all our Indian readers! Sorry to our international readers. Here's what's up for grabs! 

Before we finally get to the form, here are some rules: 

*The giveaway is open for residents of India only. 
*Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form below. 
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*Once winners are picked, they will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond. If we don't hear from you, we will be compelled to pick new winners. 
*There are three book duos up for grabs. Let us know which one you'd like to get if you win in the comments below. We'll try to give you the pack you pick! 
*Give us a week to ship out the prizes. 

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Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your support through the years. We hope you continue reading our blog. Happy reading! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Book Tour + Giveaway- Unleashed by Two Sharpe

Road Rage: The Blog Book 1
by Two Sharpe
Genre: Murder Thriller

On October 30th, a man calling himself Simon started a blog, Road Rage. He claimed that he was going to kill several people that offended him with their belligerent driving style. After several claimed murders, the FBI assigned Special Agent Monique “Nikki” Sebastian, to the case to monitor the blog and see if she could start a dialog with the suspected serial killer, to possibly verify his claims. Very quickly, Nikki realized that not only was Simon doing exactly what he claimed, she found that he is not your run of the mill serial killer. Simon seems to function with some sort of moral code and the victims he chooses may very well be deserving of the attention given. Nikki also found that she was not sure who was hunting whom, as the communication between her and Simon became very personal.

As you get to know Simon and the Rage that he carries with him, you will find there is a lot more to this man than some random serial killer. He is a man with very unique “problem solving” skills and he really enjoys his work and the mission he has taken on to help rid the world of some really unnecessary… bad drivers…

Unleashed” is the first in the Road Rage the Blog series of novels. The books contain adult language and graphic violence. Enter at your own risk because you just might agree with Simon’s mission.

Two Sharpe Publishing was created as a company to publish some books that my daughter and I wrote together.  This was not something Amanda nor I had ever even dreamed of, but then life has a way of sending you down the path that it wants… regardless of where you were planning on going.
On September 16, 2015, Amanda’s husband Kevin was on his way home from work late one night and was waiting for traffic to clear in the left turn lane about a mile from their home.  A drunk driver coming from behind Kevin, at what was estimated 75 mph in a 45 mph zone, veered out of the travel lanes and struck Kevin in the rear of his Dodge Neon with a full-size SUV.  Kevin was killed instantly in the crash.
Several months after Kevin’s death, Amanda wrote an autobiography of her life with Kevin called Stolen and she asked me if I would help edit the book.  Once we put the finishing touches on Stolen, we decided we would cowrite a fictional series called The Charly Stevens series.
People deal with the loss of a loved one in many different ways. After starting the Charly Stevens Series, we came up with another fictional series called Road Rage The Blog. It is a real time blog written by Simon, a man who has a great deal of rage, especially when he gets in a car.
Once we had an idea for the above projects, we needed a Social Engineer to handle publishing, website development, cover art, and social media for our company.  We were lucky enough to convince Kris Spoon to join our team.  Kris has a wide range of experience in the world of publishing and social media and has used those unique skills to create a platform for not only the works we have created to date, but for those to come.  We hope in the future to be able to help other authors bring their works to life through our company.
Thank you for reading about Two Sharpe Publishing!
-Amanda, Kris, & Scott-

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Blog Tour- The Azrael Initiative by K. Hanson

The Azrael Initiative (Kayla Falk Series #1)
by K. Hanson
Genre: Adult/New Adult Thriller
Release Date: March 2017


Best friends Kayla Falk, an engineering student, and Olivia Bellamy, who is studying nursing, are nearing the end of their college career when terrorists attack their university. Through a combination of cleverness, bravery, and luck, the two manage to foil the deadly plot. A mysterious man from the United States government, Mr. Hightower, sees their potential and attempts to recruit Kayla and Olivia for a program to take on ISIS. They initially refuse, but another terrorist attack that strikes close to home pushes them to change their minds and join the Azrael Initiative.

After several months of hard training, the two women are dropped into Al-Raqqah, the capital of ISIS, in Syria. Once there, they must blend in with the locals as they strike from the shadows to kill ISIS leaders, destroy their facilities, and free captives. As Americans deep within enemy territory, they know that they will be killed if discovered. As women, they also know that they would suffer before death. Walking the line between vengeance and justice strains their relationship. As they work to resolve their differences, the symphony of brutality around them ultimately pushes them closer together and forges them into the warriors that they were meant to become.

About the Author:

K lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he works as a software developer. In his spare time, when he isn’t writing, he enjoys reading, working out, playing video games, and spending time with his wonderful fiancee, Bobbi. Some of his favorite authors are Tom Clancy, George R. R. Martin, and Sarah Maas.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

(Late!) Cover Reveal- What If Duet by Nina Lane

Cover photography: @Sara Eirew Photographer
Cover design: @Concierge Literary Designs & Photography

We fell in love. Then our world fell apart. I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first boyfriend, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last. But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered. After ten years, I've returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain. Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I'd loved is gone. Now he's a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my resentment and my lust. Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm. But this time, there is no escape.   


  BOOK 2 in the What If Duet releasing September 13th 

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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Cover Reveal- SeQuence Unbound by Lorraine M.L.M.

SeQuence Unbound (The Heart of the Ocean #4) 
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance


When Alessia saves not only Tuscania, but Dante as well, she hopes it will set all the Sequences in order. But things rarely turn out the way Alessia hopes. Instead, she finds herself torn between two princes as the voices and visions in her head become stronger than ever.

While Dante and Jadherey vie for her heart and her hand, a part of Tuscania's protective shield collapses and it is attacked. The invaders have a proposition though—they’ll leave the realm intact if Alessia and her foretold mate are turned over to them in chains. With Alessia and Dante as their key, the Njuzathians plan to break open the gate to Earth and wreak havoc on two worlds at once.

But the Reverse Sequence has other plans—plans that will twist the fate of everyone involved beyond reckoning.

Want to dive into this enchanting world filled with #magic and discover the power of undying love? Get the first book SeQuence, a #YA #FantasyRomance book for #FREE, today only!
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About the Author:

Lorraine M.L.M grew up in the Heart of Africa among a rich storytelling tradition. This is where her love for Fantasy was born. She writes heartfelt young adult romantic fiction. Her love for reading prompted her passion for writing. She loves all genres of romance but has a special and inherent interest in Fantasy/Romance in particular uplifting and thought provoking fiction. 

She relishes the dual role of being an author and a creator of new worlds. She loves stretching her imagination to the ends of the world, but her utmost goal is to bring characters to life. She craves to find the magic in the ordinary, the enchantment in the plain, and the dreams in the reality.

Lorraine lives with her family in the charming Norfolk city of Norwich in England. Norwich is England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, and she's truly honoured to be part of this community. 

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