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ARC GIVEAWAY: The Captive by Grace Burrowes

I got to looking at the Cover Contest winners and they were all pretty dresses. It got me to thinking about what I’d choose if I were on the cover. That’s today’s contest question. My choice would be a pencil skirt and great heels.

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“Might I have a bite of your orange?” She didn’t meet his eyes, and Christian had the sense her question was some kind of test.

Women were the subject of many a campfire discussion among Wellington’s soldiers, and a point of rare agreement among men who drank, fought, swived, and killed daily: there was no understanding women. Not their minds, not their moods, not their passions or lack thereof. Christian was confident the French soldiers, the Dutch, the Russians, the Hessians, they all had the same discussions, and all came to the same conclusion.

“I am happy to share.” He held up a section, and she leaned over and took it between her teeth, as he had previously.

And she chewed tidily, sparing him a small, smug smile.

She was staying. That’s what her little demonstration was about. She wasn’t running off because of an awkward moment, wasn’t succumbing to matronly vapors, wasn’t flinching at the sound of distant cannon.

He offered her another section.


He’ll never be free…

Captured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.

Until he surrenders his heart…

Gilly endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any cost. Christian’s devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form. Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian’s heart is only beginning.

The Captive releases July 1, 2014.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Monique D
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 10:30:28

    A nice slinky black dress.

  2. Camilla
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 10:30:55

    A flowing dress to cover my butt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Linda
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 10:34:03

    Skinny jeans & a tank top.

  4. LauraL
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 10:35:04

    One of my signature sweater sets with a flowered skirt.

  5. Sheryl
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 10:46:06

    Love all graces books and can’t wait for this new series

  6. Lauren
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 10:56:17

    This is harder than I thought! I think I would wear kick butt boots and a sleek, able-to-kick-butt-in-but-actually-covers-my-butt dress. So, like knee length.

    And I know it’s not technically something you wear, but I’d also have a sword.

  7. Erin Burns
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 10:59:13

    Bootcut jeans and a tank top. I am a low maintenance kind of gal.

  8. Kylan Alexander
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 11:02:39

    I’d wear a loose, flowing tank top with a thin shawl jacket and comfy jeans. And my awesomely comfortable high heels that I love. Can’t wait for the new book series! :)

  9. Kim
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 11:59:41

    I’d wear a nice dress with high heels.

  10. susan
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 12:15:38

    I just can’t picture myself on any cover–I can’t even pick one thing.

  11. Lindsay
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 12:26:58

    Jeans and a geeky t-shirt, and preferably heavily armed. Because I know I’d wind up in PNR somehow.

  12. Fallen Professor
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 12:35:53

    Since my daily outfit is usually some combination of jeans and t-shirt, I’d have fun imagining myself in something more glamorous, like a ball gown. But no heels, thanks. I’ve never been able to wear anything other than flats.

  13. Jikie
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 13:24:24

    A dress that fits well with a nice swishy skirt (all the better to twirl around in!).

  14. Violet Ingram
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 14:16:34

    Well, since my upcoming release is DEATH BY HIGH HEELS, I’d have to pick high heels and a little black dress.

  15. Janina
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 14:23:43

    A nice little black dress and some red killer high heels

  16. CarolynHP
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 14:44:49

    Definitely something Steampunk!

  17. Justine
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 15:35:02

    It would be fun to wear something I would never wear in real life. Like a mermaid tail. Or a painfully heavy poofy ballgown. Or chain mail or metal armor.

  18. MrsJoseph
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 15:50:54

    Oooh! I’d wear a pair of sensible heels with a kick ass dress. And a sword. (Don’t judge me)

  19. erinf1
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 16:00:48

    I’d want to be comfortable, so I’d be a fun, contemporary romance cover where they are sitting on something and hugging :)

  20. Zoebro
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 16:02:35

    A summer dress, patterned with red flowers!

  21. Nancy
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 16:22:05

    A nice sundress with cowboy boots.

  22. Alison
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 16:23:48

    Well … if I were on the cover of an historical novel I’d like to wear one of those big silk period dresses unbuttoned all the way down the back as I lean seductively in some fashion. Otherwise, really sexy heels and a sexy wrap dress

  23. Karin Shaim
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 17:03:29

    a red long dress with a slit!

  24. Laura
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 17:04:41

    My black maxi dress and red shawl.

  25. Billie
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 17:20:49

    Something blue to bring out my eyes. My best feature, I think.

  26. Elizabeth
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 17:22:15

    I am imagining a historical cover. The author would have to have written an interesting heroine. Since I hate wearing heels, I would be barefoot. I currently use a cane, so let’s have that in one hand. I really love the nightwear more than the layers of dresses and petticoats, so filmy white it is!

  27. msilk
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 17:36:17

    Pirate Lady all the way! I think I would need some big wind blowing hair that looks like it weighs more then the hero and while we’re at it, toss me in some magenta scrolling letters of a title.

  28. Julie
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 18:28:20

    Really high-heeled boots and a snug corset.

  29. Kathy N
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 18:41:08

    Dark blue gown and a CROWN.

  30. jenn
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 18:44:27


  31. Ducky
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 19:12:33

    A well-fitting pair of jeans with a pretty blouse or t-shirt and some nice sandals.

  32. Soft Fuzzy Sweater
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 19:55:37

    I would imagine myself in a voluminous Victorian dress printed a rainbow of colors.

    I adore Ms. Burrowes books. She transports me.


  33. Dani
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 21:18:42

    One of those empire dresses made from fake velvet that they sell at Hot Topic. Sweet!

  34. jessP
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 22:33:15

    those yards and yards of fabric on historicals have got to cover a multitude of figure flaws, so I’m good with that part … and comfortable sandals so I can try not to trip over the yards and yards of fabric.

  35. Nicole
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 23:23:40

    I would wear a lovely dress, a la one of Julie James’ characters. I like to wear yoga pants around the house, but when I picture my grand romance, I’m generally wearing a cocktail or formal dress!

  36. ML
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 23:57:11

    I’d wear a lovely dress in my favorite color–green.

  37. Diane C.
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 00:04:24

    I’ve always wanted to wear something with a bustle!

  38. Kokolo
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 01:52:18

    I’d love to wear a georgian style dress on a historical romance cover!

  39. cayenne
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 09:34:04

    The biggest, hoopiest, bustle-iest dress in Romancelandia, cos when else would I have a chance to wear something over-the-top like that?

  40. Julie
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 12:21:28

    A man, a cover-model man. That’s all.

  41. Suz_Glo
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 16:20:03

    A dark purple gown with a plunging neckline — to better display a beautiful (and large!) diamond necklace.

  42. Barbara Elness
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 18:11:21

    I’d want to wear something flowing and long in a deep jewel color, probably dark blue or purple, because of course I don’t get to wear that sort of thing ever. :D

  43. Katrina
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 19:02:46

    A midnight-blue velvet gown with pearls and sparkles!

  44. Jennifer
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 19:51:01

    A spectacular evening dress, maybe in red, and comfortable shoes (I have this hope that rather than the impossible heels which featre in many books I will find a scene where a hero in a romance will look at the heroine’s comfortable shoes and think ‘sexy’)

  45. Alexandra
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 21:29:50

    I think I’d wear thigh-high boots with a dress and top it off with massive pink sunglasses. Yeah.

  46. MikiS
    Jun 18, 2014 @ 00:26:18

    Neener, neener. I already have it…(DANL offered it as their early bookclub offering this month).

  47. Jen M
    Jun 18, 2014 @ 02:40:32

    I would want a beautiful ballgown like on a historical cover. While I may not want to actually live back then (hygiene!) I would love to wear those clothes for a spell!

  48. Nupur
    Jun 18, 2014 @ 03:52:50

    I would wear a beautiful red gown. Wear a light necklace, earrings and a heart ring. And I would be myself not someone else. And no makeup.

  49. Patricia M.
    Jun 18, 2014 @ 08:00:11

    Something flowing and slimming. Definitely flats since I chose my back over heels decades ago.

  50. denise
    Jun 18, 2014 @ 21:45:50

    a red dress and a rogue

  51. Becky
    Jun 19, 2014 @ 20:50:31

    Something slimming. Or at least something that I felt was slimming…

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