Preternatura Department 56 & Reader’s Choice Giveaway

It’s Friday, so it’s time for “Preternatura Department 56.” Last week, it was Department 256 and I realized people were having to risk spoilers to move ahead in their books, so we’ll take it back a few pages.

So, “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. Read more below.

First, I’m reading two books this week, so I’ll do two “Department 56” entries.

From Tamara Hogan’s new paranormal romance Taste Me (and Tamara will be a guest here on the blog in a couple of weeks), which I just finished. Scarlett, a siren/rock star who’s hung up on a guy from her past, is talking catching up with her sister Annika after coming home from a year-long tour with her band:

No long-term relationships for Annika–not yet, anyway.Β 
Her sister was an erotic adventuress, always on the hunt.

And I just started Mark Hodder’s steampunk novel, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, so I have no idea what the context is:

Burton lunged forward and caught the glass as it dropped from her loose fingers.Β 
Her eyes rolled up into her head and she began to rock slightly in her chair.

Hm…wonder what that’s about?

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 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. 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).

36 thoughts on “Preternatura Department 56 & Reader’s Choice Giveaway

  1. Reading a how-to book on Newspaper Internships called Breaking In: The Guide to Newspaper Internships with everything you need to know about applications, cover letters, resumes and interviewing for media jobs not very exciting but here it goes:

    Once you’ve identified a new research wrinkle, try to find a market for an article about it. The place to look is Writer’s Market.

  2. I’m reading The Iron King by Julie Kagawa…

    “What are you talking about?”
    “You weren’t supposed to see this, any of this,” Robbie went on, to my utter confusion.

    I think that’s a good two lines actually as it piques your interest! I’m really enjoying it so far but I can’t decide what team I’m on.

    I’m a blog follower and on Twitter. I’ll retweet you πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Suzanne! My excerpt is from “Bloodfever” by Karen Marie Moning:

    “It was the “beautiful girl” part that flung a noose around my foot, the voice that snagged it tight. I raked a hand through my recently butchered hair and looked down at my dark, baggy clothes.”

    +1 gfc follower
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  4. Just finished “Heart of the Dragon” (Atlantis #1) by Gena Showalter

    Heroine’s made a wrong turn & ended up in a place where she REALLY shouldn’t have through no fault of her own.

    “Perhaps a little time in my chamber will make those answers of yours improve. Surely you can do better than ‘I don’t know.'”
    “Improve? Improve! If I’d given you different asnwers, I would have been lying.”
    “We shall see”

    (bottom of the page)
    Sooner or later, the woman would have to die… by his own hand.
    Just started “Indulgence in Death” by JD Robb (Nora Roberts). It’s #20-something in her futuristic police / Eve Dallas books so I’d start with Book 1 – Naked in Death.

    The sections on pages 56, 156, and 256 are all descriptions & no action.

    Cool air and the scent of flowers greeted them. A counter held the flowers and a compact data-and-communications unit. On a table glossy brochures fanned out. A couple of cozy scoop chairs ranged beside it while a gold sofa and a couple more chairs formed a conference area.

    +1 for comment
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    tialessa [at] yahoo [dot] com

  5. Hi Suzanne,

    Just saw your tweet. What a fun thing to do! I am reading Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth:

    “He appeared sober. That was a pity.”

    A great 2 lines in any book!

  6. I’m reading Chelsea Cain’s second book, Sweetheart:

    Monroe lowered his head so he was only inches from the nest, and examined it carefully. Then he asked, “Where’d you find it?”

    Started this one last night and actually am not quite up to page 56 yet so I’m not sure what’s going on.

    (I’m a blog follower)

  7. I’m reading “Cat’s Claw”, by Amber Benson (book 2 of the Calliope Reaper-Jones series). I’ve just begun, so no context…

    “Interesting,” I murmured, wondering how best to put Jarvis’s information to use while I was down in Hell.
    “How long do I have before I have to go down there?”

    +4: comment, follower, follower, retweeted.


  8. Hi! Well, I got Night Betrayed by Joss Ware this week, which I won here (THANK YOU!!!) πŸ˜› I haven’t finished it, because I had a lot work to do, but here is the two sentence from page 56.

    “Hell, this man put him to shame. He was a freaking machine.”

    +1 comment
    +1 blog follower
    +1 twitter follower (@mikkimano)
    +1 retweet

    Thanks again,

  9. I’ve just started Sanctus by Simon Toyne.

    “The starkly magnified view of the empty summit and the distant wail of sirens gave her all the confirmation she needed.
    She ducked back inside and grabbed the phone from the sofa, stabbing the redial button as numbness closed around her.”

    I’m a blog follower, I follow you on twitter (@gloriousbooks) and I tweeted the contest!

    m-hussein at hotmail dot co dot uk

  10. I’m currently reading Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.

    “Then, after making me swear to call at least three times a week, mom was gone. And I lay down on my not-pink bed and cried like a huge dork.”


  11. I just finished The Ghosts of New Orleans by Terri Reid. The page is approx since it’s an ebook.

    Before she could reply, he covered her lips briefly with his own. It was over before she could respond and left Eloise hungry for more.

    sgiden at

  12. Gah, I’m a slow reader and I’ve been so busy that I’m still on the same book – Pegasus by Robin McKinley. Last time I believe I quoted from page 156, so here’s page 56:

    She tried to guess its age: Her brothers’ pegasi were all within a year or two of their age. She thought this one was probably near her own age too; maybe a little older.

    +4 comment, blog follow, twitter follow (lesleyboogie), retweeted

  13. “If you kiss me covered in blood,” she informed him with brutal honesty, “I’m going to yark on your shoes.”
    Master of Smoke by Angela Knight. I love humor in the books I read πŸ™‚

    +1 comment
    +1 twitter follower

  14. Right now I’m reading When Good Wishes go Bad by Mindy Klasky.

    “I forced myself to take a steadying breath, to move past the pain that had flash-dried the tears in my eyes. And then I was able to see the fog pouring out of the brass lamp’s spout.”

    +1 Comment
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    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. At this moment I’m reading nothing but am planning to start Monica Burns’ Assassin’s Heart

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  16. I just finished reading Across The Universe but unfortunately didn’t like it as much as I hoped.
    +1 comment
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  17. I’m reading The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove

    “Hurry up, okay? I’ll pull the car around.”

    +1 for comment
    +1 blog follow

  18. I’m reading “Shadow Kiss” by Richelle Mead:

    “The hair on the back of my neck stood up. I froze, unable to move or finish going fore my stake.”

    Pretty suspenseful, huh?

    +1 comment
    +1 follow blog
    +1 twitter follower @andrealynnt
    +1 retweet


  19. Ah, so much fun to read all these! (And so many books I haven’t read yet.)

    @Lynsey…I have all three Julie Kagawa books on my TBR pile. I’ve heard great things about them!

    @Theresa…Same with the KMM Fever series. On my TBR pile forever. When am I ever going to catch up!?

    @tialessa…Ooh. That is an enticing quote from the Gena Showalter book. Sexay.

    @The Beaded Pillow..I haven’t read any Ken Follett in ages, but those are two great lines. Wish I’d written them πŸ™‚

  20. @Mikki-Mano–glad the Joss Ware book is good! Another author I haven’t read. I really do read books, y’all.

    @Books Glorious Books…I don’t know this one! *makes note to look on Amazon and see what it’s about*

    @van_pham. Rachel Hawkins and I live about two miles apart in this little bitty town of Auburn, Alabama. What are the odds? Hope to have her on the blog one of these days.

    @sandyg…I don’t know this one either, but if it’s set in New Orleans, I’m there.

    @elaing8…I’m going to be in that boat next week. The book I’m reading is kind of a slow read. Heard good things about Green-Eyed Demon.

    @Lesley…Curious what you think of Pegasus. I’ve heard mixed reviews but haven’t read it.

    @Mary Ellen…Another new one for me! *making notes*

    @CLMcCune…Love Angela Knight–and that is a GREAT quote πŸ™‚ Took an online workshop with her recently about writing good love scenes. I still suck at writing love scenes, but she’s awesome.

    @Mariee…Don’t know this one either, but great quote. I’m seeing djinn and a bottle?

    @Jeanette…Get to reading, girl! LOL.

    @Kulsuma. Sorry to hear you didn’t like ATU. I haven’t read it because it sounded a little too “spacy” for me. I just don’t get into space books. Sorry, Mr. Spock.

    @mssammydean…I’m really intrigued by that book, and those sentences make me even more so. How are you liking it?

    @Marta…MARTA! Thank you, and thanks for sending folks my way from Vampire Wire! You rock, my Tor pal πŸ™‚

  21. @Carmel..thanks for entering!

    @Cait…Man, killer quote. Another one that’s on my TBR pile.

    @Twilighter and @Amanda…Sheesh…Two more books that are new to me!

    @Mariska…You know, Joy Fielding has tons of books and I haven’t read any. You like?

    @Spav…A little nymph, eh? Sounds, um, interesting πŸ™‚

    @Rachel…Don’t feel badly..I’m going to be in that revision boat very, very soon. Just waiting on my editorial letter.

    @Andrea…Very suspenseful! Love her writing!

    Amazing, guys. More than 30 of you, plus me, and none of us are reading the same book!! What are the odds?

  22. I loved reading everyone’s teasers! But they’re making my wishlist grow ever so larger…. *sigh* LOL.

    Mine is from Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale by Ramona Wray:

    Ever had one of those moments when the world around you slows down to an almost stop? When time feels pliable and inconsequential, and there is nothing, nothing but the person in front of you, that seems real and self-explanatory anymore?

    I’m loving the book so far!

    Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!

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    +1 Twitter follower @peacelovebooksx
    +1 Tweeting –!/peacelovebooksx/status/41444584861073408


  23. I’m currently reading The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter by Sharyn McCrumb – a mystery. Page 56, line 5 & 6.

    “There was some mercy in that. The bottom sheet was soaked to the waist level with blood from the head wound, but below that was perfectly clean.”

    +1 for comment
    +1 for blog follower.
    cheleooc at yahoo dot com