Saturday, July 6, 2013

Event: READ HOT and BOOM - Megan Mulry's If The Shoe Fits

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Welcome back to our Independence Day weekend event, Read Hot & Boom! Today I would like to welcome author Megan Mulry who joins us with her fun new book, If The Shoe Fits!

Happy Independence Day!

I've always loved the Fourth of July: no pressure to buy presents, lots of beer (or wine, in your case), and of course the fireworks. Plus the whole philosophical idea behind Independence Day appeals to me, a celebration of breaking away from the past and forging a new future. Ever since I was a little kid I've loved trying new things, but there was (still is!) always an element of fear. I think that's why my heroines and heroes tend to take risks, because I love that double-edge of excitement about what is to come and fear about what you might be leaving behind.

In the case of Sarah James, the shoe designer/heroine in IF THE SHOE FITS, she led a pretty sheltered life as an only child in Lake Forest, Illinois. After her mother dies and her father withdraws into his own sadness, she decides to spend the summer in France with her eccentric grandmother. This is the beginning of her breaking away. The first time she sees the shoe department at Galeries Lafayette in Paris (the largest in the world with over 12,000 pairs!), Sarah quickly realizes she has discovered her passion. (When she meets British-bad-boy hero, Devon Heyworth, she's not as easily convinced!) 

I think we all have these moments of feeling like we are standing on the edge of something, of doing something totally independent of what our family or friends expect us to do--whether it's dating the "wrong" guy or pursuing a career (like writing books lol) that does not fit into everyone else's idea of who we are or what we are meant to be. Sarah's grandmother thinks designing shoes sounds like the most preposterous idea she's ever heard. I LOVE that moment on the edge. I love when my characters find themselves pulled into the flood, of having to make those decisions about what they are and aren't willing to give up for their dream. 

Of course, once you add steamy sex to the equation, people tend to be willing to give up quite a lot, initially at least. But after a relationship develops, that battle for independence can begin all over again and repeat throughout the decades. My husband and I have been together nearly twenty years and we are still mindful of when and how we negotiate our independence. Do you have certain things you would never give up no matter what? Certain philosophical ideas or hobbies? These are the questions I love to ask (and then force my characters to answer!)

Happy Independence Day! Enjoy the fireworks!

If the Shoe Fits
by Megan Mulry
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN 1402270003
Second in a sexy, playful new series of women's fiction imagining what it might be like for a modern American woman to fall in love with a British aristocrat, from new author Megan Mulry.
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.

Sourcebooks is giving away one print copy of the book to one reader. (US/CA only please, please see terms & conditions at the bottom of the Rafflecopter.) To enter,  just show some love for the author by leaving her a comment or question and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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  1. Is this a standalone novel or does book 1 need to be read first? Sounds like a great, fun read!


  2. Congrats to Megan on the newest release! I loved her previous book :)

  3. I love the premise of this book. I will have to check it out.

  4. Megan, I love the idea of a contemporary story modeled after an old fair tale! After all, HEA endings are what keep this reader reading! If the Shoe Fits sounds like a Cinderella story so count me interested!

  5. this sounds like great fun - the mix of cultures opens up so many opportunities for humor.

  6. This book sounds so good! I'll have to go and check out book 1 first. Congrats on your release! Can't wait to read it!!!

  7. If the Shoe Fits sounds like an totally fun read -- I can't wait to check it out!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  8. Hi Megan,
    congratulations on the new book. I love the cover, it's beautiful and the story sounds wonderful. just the kind of thing I love to read on a weekend afternoon. :)

    thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway.

    tammy ramey

  9. Love the title of this book.


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