Megan Mulry in #litchatLove makes the world go round. Or is it romance that moves the earth? Either way, February is the month we recognize Eros, or if you prefer his Roman cousin Cupid, and their magical, mischievous, mesmerizing effects on the hearts of humans. On Wednesday, we’ll discuss love and romance in literature, from Shakespeare to Steele to Spencer and beyond. Then get ready for Friday when Megan Mulry joins us as guest host to discuss her novel, A Royal Pain.

In Mulry’s debut novel, A Royal Pain, heroine Bronte Talbott follows all of the exploits of the British royals. After all, they’re the world’s most preeminent dysfunctional family. And who is she to judge? Bronte’s own search for love isn’t going all that well, especially after her smooth-talking Texan boyfriend abruptly leaves her in the dust. Bronte keeps a lookout for a rebound to help mend her broken heart, and when she meets Max Heyworth, she’s certain he’s the perfect transitional man. A Royal PainBut when she discovers he’s a duke, she has to decide if she wants to stay with him for the long haul and deal with the opportunities—and challenges—of becoming a royal. This book is the first in a brand new series of women’s fiction featuring modern Americans marrying British royalty.

Mulry’s second yet-to-be-titled novel in this series of sexy, playful women’s fiction imagines what it might be like for a modern American woman to fall in love with a British aristocrat. Sarah James is an accomplished American woman who heads her own chic shoe company. Devon Heyworth is the rakish, ne’er-do-well younger brother of the 19th Duke of Northrop. When the two meet at the Duke’s wedding they embark on a whirlwind weekend romance. And what begins as a casual fling at a royal wedding quickly proves to be far more meaningful. But when a string of misunderstandings threaten to tear them apart, their meddling aristocratic relatives join forces to reunite the star-crossed lovers.

Mulry writes sexy, modern, romantic fiction. She graduated from Northwestern University and then worked in publishing, including positions at The New Yorker and Boston Magazine. After moving to London, Mulry worked in finance and attended London Business School. She has traveled extensively in Asia, India, Europe, and Africa and now lives with her husband and children in Florida.

Follow Megan Mulry on Twitter: @MeganMulry.

Photo of Megan Mulry by Wheaton Mahoney.