Thursday, February 6, 2014

Aloha to Megan Mulry and R IS FOR REBEL


Megan Mulry joins me today with a guest post to celebrate the release of R IS FOR REBEL, Book 4 in her Unruly Royals series. Please join me in welcoming Megan!

I lived in London for nearly four years and it was a great inspiration for my writing. The first time was a two-year stint early on in my marriage, before we had kids (’97-’99). Both my husband and I were working full-time for different investment banks and I went to business school at night. It was a very high-flying expatriate lifestyle—I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. About a year after returning to the U.S., my husband got another job offer from a different investment bank in London, so we moved back (’00-’01). I’d had our first child by then and it was a completely different experience—I hung out with other new moms and occasionally worked part-time. Mostly, I spent my time strolling around the city with my little girl while my husband worked insane hours. It was a different kind of bliss (that I wouldn’t trade either!)

I think the two different experiences influenced the Unruly Royals in lots of ways: I love writing characters who manage demanding jobs in big cities, like my husband and I did in those early days; I love writing characters who manage difficult or unforeseen transitions (from single to couple; from childless to parent; etc.). I also just love imagining my characters (and myself!) strolling through the streets of Mayfair or Chelsea, eating at one of our favorite restaurants, or staying at one of my favorite hotels. 

Thanks again for having me!

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Claridge's, 1897
Public Domain (link)

Megan Mulry writes sexy, stylish, romantic fiction. Her first book, A Royal Pain, was an NPR Best Book of 2012 and USA Today bestseller. Before discovering her passion for romance novels, she worked in magazine publishing and finance. After many years in New York, Boston, London, and Chicago, she now lives with her family in Florida.

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NASA photo of London
Public Domain (link)

Mahalo, Megan, for sharing your London experience with us!  I am giving away a print copy of R IS FOR REBEL to one randomly selected commenter:

Being royal isn't all it's cracked up to be...

Abigail Heyworth, youngest daughter of the 18th Duke of Northrop, is not your typical British royal—she'll take a recycling drive over a charity ball any day. She can't stand hats and heels. Abby's not getting much sympathy, of course, because everyone thinks the life of royalty is so charmed.

But to Abigail, keeping up appearances is unbearable, while running away doesn't seem to work either. Just when she feels like she's getting whiplash from swinging between flat-out rebellion to miserable capitulation, Abigail meets an all-American self-made millionaire who challenges her on every level.

It may turn out that what Abigail is searching for kind of resembles the American Dream...

To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about London - what do you know about it?  What do you love about it?

2.  This giveaway is open to all readers.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, February 8, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 9.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Books 1, 2, and 3 in the Unruly Royals series ....

A Royal Pain (Unruly Royals, #1)1594261918515923


  1. Well now, that's a difficult question. LOL - I grew up in London, went to school in London, and worked in London. I love everything about London. Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner, that I love London town.............There's a song called that too.

  2. Jennifer HuelsebuschFebruary 6, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    I love everything about London! I visited for the first time last May and can't wait to go back!! This is a very fun series!!!

  3. I have never been to London, but totally want to visit someday in the next couple of years. I want to see all the sights!

  4. The history is just fascinating - loved seeing it first hand. The food not so much lol.

  5. I've never been to London but I'd love to go. I love seeing the old buildings and if I was lucky maybe I'd catch a glimpse of a Royal. ;)

    Marcy Shuler

  6. I do know that London has been on my travel wish list forever. I'd want to see it all, especially the historical sites.

  7. I have never been to London, but would love to go. I'd love to see all of the historical sites and Buckingyham Pallace. In the back of my mind, I am thinking there was some whiskey vat flooding which killed some people many years ago, but don't know if that is right or not.

  8. I just checked it out and the London Beer Flood was on October 16, 1814, in St. Giles parish.

  9. I love all the history of London and watching the changing of the guard.

  10. I've been to London a couple of times back in the 80's... It has such a wonderful vibe. I envy anyone who has lived there...

  11. I know a lot about London, I read a lot of historical books and they all take place in or around London. I love Harolds and Bruberry!

  12. My mother took me to London after my high school graduation. I hate to think about how long ago that was, 30 years. I'm sure it has changed, but I still remember all the museums and Buckingham Palace.

  13. I haven't been to London, but if I ever go I would definitely do the touristy thing. I probably like to Hyde Park. I don't know.

  14. I don't really know anything about London except that is the home of my favorite sleuth - Sherlock Holmes!

  15. a little bit; like the scenery

  16. I actually went to England as a summer exchange student. Unfortunately, I didn't have a lot of extra cash or organizational skills, so I feel I missed out on a lot of sight-seeing opportunities. I did take the Britt Rail around a bit. I would love to go back now with a better itinerary.

  17. I loved, loved, loved A Royal Pain :) Congrats to Megan on her series! I'm desperate to catch up! I love the idea and romanticism of London. It's a dream of mine to visit! Thanks for sharing!

  18. I love this series... Love if the shoe fits,,,,

    I went to London ys ago. My best friend live there!