‘Department 56’ Time — What’s on Page 56 of the Book You’re Reading?

It’s Friday, so it’s time for “Preternatura Department 56.”

If you’re new to these pages, “Department 56” is where we take a book we’re currently reading or recently finished and look on page 56. Then share the fifth and sixth complete sentences. You can add a little context if you want. If you’re reading on an eReader, use whatever page notation your reader employs as long as it ends with a ’56’. I have a Kindle and am happy to say they’re going to start featuring real page numbers of their books! Not sure about the other readers.

Want to play? Post your sentences, and I’ll enter you into a drawing for a wide-open Reader’s Choice giveaway. Yep, anything you want (well, almost). Read more below.

First, I’m reading a book that’ll show up as a giveaway on March 8–an all-new “Author’s Cut” edition of Christine Feehan’s Dark Prince, the book that started the Carpathian empire. You’ll read more about it on the 8th, which is its release day, but here’s a teaser from page 56, where Mikhail is pondering the fate of his sister Noelle and her disastrous marriage to Rand:

Mikhail had thought that, in time, each would find their truth lifemate, but Noelle only grew more dangerous and Rand worse in his promiscuous behavior. It was impossible for Rand to feel anything with the women he bedded, yet he continued, almost as if it were a punishment for Noelle’s tight hold on him.

I have to admit this is my first time reading this book (I know, for shame), so I was surprised to see a character named Rand, since one of the major characters in my upcoming book River Road is named Quince Randalph, and he goes by Rand.

So, what are you reading? (See, this is a sneaky way to hear about some new books.) If your name is picked by our old pal random.org to win this international giveaway, you can literally pick out any book you want to win. My only stipulations: that it be less than US$15 and be available from either Amazon or Book Depository and qualify for BD’s free shipping to your country. As always, +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweeting the contest. Share with me!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

21 thoughts on “‘Department 56’ Time — What’s on Page 56 of the Book You’re Reading?

  1. I’m reading The Enemy by Charlie Higson and it is really, really good so far! I’m on page 315 at the moment.

    Here’s a teaser from page 56:
    ‘I know a place that’s safe,’ he said. ‘You don’t have to live like this.’
    ‘Safe?’ said Arran. ‘How safe?’
    ‘Food. Water. Clean beds. Medicines. No grown-ups. Does that sound safe enough for you?’
    ‘Where is this place?’
    The boy grinned, his face all teeth.
    ‘I thought you’d never ask.’

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  2. I’m reading AFTERTIME by Sophie Littlefield. These sentences are Smoke talking to Cass, about the chances of making it out of the state, in their post-apocalyptic world.

    “… The one she’s talking about. Tried to talk him out of it, but he was determined, was one of those new roaming prophet-preachers.”

    This book is SO good! I laughed when I read a description that called it “Stephen King’s THE STAND in bra and panties.” But, ya know, that’s not a horrid premise – it got *me* to read it! 😉

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  3. I’m reading Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory. I’m raeding it on a Kindle so the page is approximate. I haven’t gotten this far yet so I don’t know the context.

    “Waht I owe you and a…tip.”

    I smiled, trying to keep up the appearance of being okay, trying to mask the fact that I would miss him…I could feel it already-like a screamsounding from the bottom of a long well.

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  4. I’m reading Mage in Black by Jaye Wells

    Pg. 116:

    ” Aw, Sabina. Does that mean you won’t kiss my boo-boos?”

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  5. “I don’t know where we went wrong with them,” said Mrs. Weasley, putting down her wand and starting to pull out still more saucepans. “It’s been the same for years, one thing after another, and they won’t listen to — OH, NOT AGAIN!”

    She had picked up her wand from the table, and it had emitted a loud squeak and turned into a giant rubber mouse.

    (I’m re-reading Harry Potter 🙂

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  6. I’ve just finished reading Jewel of Atlantis (Atlantis #2) by Gena Showalter.

    Guy’s trying to find the girl who has been communicating with him via telepathy.

    Again, silence.
    Damn it! He didn’t like this. Didn’t like not knowing. Didn’t like the feeling of helplessness working its way through him.
    The crowd began to disperse, and he soon found himself alone, staring up at the black castle through slitted eyes. He released a heated sigh. “Be ready, babe. I’m coming in.”

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  7. “My stepmother was never big on the whole nurturing thing. I think she used up all the good stuff on my older sister, and by the time she got to me, she was fresh out of nurture.”

    Darynda Jones, “First Grave on the Right.


  8. I just started reading Dayhunter by Jocelynn Drake.

    “I’d suspected that my kind had been betrayed somehow. During my travels the past few days, the naturi remained one step ahead of us, always knowing exactly where to find me. The only way they could have managed such a feat was if someone were informing them.”

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  9. I’m reading Altar of Bones by Philip Carter.

    He knew he looked scary as all get out, a real badass with his long hair and tattoos and biker’s black leather jacket. This part of Columbia Heights has been flirting with gentrification for years, but enough stubborn pockets of crime and poverty remained so that at cocktail parties the biggest topic of conversation was how to get a permit to carry.

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  10. I’m reading Wild Desire by Lori Brighton

    “Apparently, the British Army deemed it appropriate to use cow and pig grease on the rifles, which, of course, upset the locals,” Leo said, as if that explained everything. “British are slaughtering the Indians.

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  11. I love these! Thanks to everyone for commenting. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to check back in during the day–got stuck in a board (or would that be BORED) meeting all day. *Le sigh* Day job. Winners announced tomorrow!

  12. I’m reading Summer of Night by Dan Simmons. I’m almost up to page 56

    “…And he’d kill us if he found us following him.”
    “I’ll take Van Syke,” said Mike.

    So summer’s just begun and a little boy has gone missing. His sister insists that he never left the school, which, incidentally, is being closed for good after this last school year.

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  13. Reading the anthology Bite.
    Page 56 is part of Charlaine Harris’ story, One Word Answer.

    “Yes,” I said. The shortest answer was definitely the best.

    “He forced your hand.”

    Since I just started this book last night and I’m still on the first story, I can’t say what is really going on. 🙂

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  14. I hope I’m not a day late. Dark Prince was a great read and it got me to read the whole Carpathian series. My book now is Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix…pg 56

    words Epstein had said less than forty-eight hours ago as they’d stood together in front of the filing cabinet in his office, audio jammer burbling away to guarantee that their words remained secret, burned bright in Caterina’s mind- a torch carried by a solitary runner.

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  15. I’m reading Forgotten by Cat Patrick – which has become one of my favourite books! I love it!

    “My eyes are stuck for a moment on a small black brooch attached to the older woman’s sweater. From where I stand, it looks like a jeweled beetle, and it seems oddly fancy for a funeral.”

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  16. I am reading THUD by one of my favorite authors, Terry Pratchett.
    Don’t know if you have read this British satirists work ?

    Page 56 starts:

    “Good morning, Insert Name Here! I am the Dis-Organizer Mark Five, the Gooseberry. How may I–” it began, speaking fast in order to get as much said as possible before the inevitable interupption.

    “I swear I switched you off” said Vines.

    Carol T

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