Saturday Quick Five – Book Fun!

Last gameHappy Saturday! There is much happiness in the Sugden household today as the English football (soccer) season kicks off for our Premier league. Doc Cambridge and I will be at Old Trafford to welcome our new manager and cheer on Manchester United, so I’ll answer comments when I get back. In the meantime, here’s a pic of the two of us at the last game of last season.

Several of our BBs reminded me that I hadn’t done any Book Fun Quick Fives lately, so I thought today would be a good day to get you all playing Book Fun. It’s very simple – as with all Quick Fives, just answer the questions to play along.

1. What are you reading at the moment?

2. What have you just finished reading and what’s up next on your TBR pile/bookshelf/mountain?

3. What’s the opening line of your current book?

4. What are the names of the main characters?

5. What’s the sentence on page 15, line 15? If there isn’t a line 15, use the closest line number to it. If you’re reading an ebook and there aren’t page numbers – choose the page at 15%

Bonus question: What’s on the cover?

To get the ball rolling, here are my answers to the questions:

TheSeventhVictim_2801. Mary Burton’s The Seventh Victim – the first in her Texas Rangers series.

2. So many to choose from! I got a stack of books for my birthday, including CS Harris, Lisa Gardner and the latest JD Robb, so possibly those. Although I did bring back some fab books from RWA in San Antonio. Decisions, decisions!

3. The man crouched by the unconscious woman lying on the dewy grass by the highway and tilted her pale, still face toward the moon.

4.Texas Ranger James Beck and Lara Church, the victim who survived.

5. He lifted his hat and smoothed his palm over his damp brow before replacing it. “Sh*t. I should have just kept driving.”

Bonus: Well, you can see the cover for yourself!

Over to you – tell us about your books.

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  • Helen says:

    Is he staying with me must be the Tim Tams 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • flchen1 says:

    Helen, I’d be staying with you, too 😉 Mmm… good company and Tim Tams 😉

    As for book fun… I’m finishing Rebecca York’s story in the Cravings anthology–it’s a little spooky and pretty interesting…

    I just finished Tawny’s A SEAL’s Fantasy, and have a couple books to read for work up next.

    The opening line of Rebecca’s story, Burning Moon, is:
    Some people glory in the warmth of the afternoon sun.

    The main characters are Antonia Delarosa and Grant Marshall.

    Page 15 of the story, line 15 is…
    When he said, “All right,” she felt almost dizzy with relief.

    The cover is a shiny-ish deep red, with an arc of silver moons in shown in different phases…

    • Anna Sugden says:

      We’d all like to stay with Helen, Fedora – she’d spoil us rotten!

      I used to love Rebecca’s 43 Light Street series for Harlequin Intrigue – she’s a great suspense writer. I’ve never read her paranormal work, though.

      I’m saving up Bandita books for when my proposal is in, including Tawny’s yummy SEALs!

  • Helen says:

    Anna

    Have fun at the footy 🙂
    1. What are you reading at the moment?

    Christie Kelley’s Vexing the Viscount

    2. What have you just finished reading and what’s up next on your TBR pile/bookshelf/mountain?

    Hot Ice Cherry Adair 🙂 and next up is Bec McMaster’s Forged by Desire

    3. What’s the opening line of your current book?

    The door to Braden Taver’s study hurled open and crashed against the wall.

    4. What are the names of the main characters?

    Braden and Tia

    5. What’s the sentence on page 15, line 15? If there isn’t a line 15, use the closest line number to it. If you’re reading an ebook and there aren’t page numbers – choose the page at 15%
    Not another word Tai saidbefore setting to work at removing the woma’s dress and stays

    Bonus question: What’s on the cover?
    I got this one from NetGalley and there is nor cover LOL

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Aww how nice that you’re reading Christie’s book, Helen! She’s here next month talking about it 🙂

      The footy was fun, despite the score – nice to see familiar faces as most people in our section were back for the new season.

  • Jane says:

    Hello Anna,
    I’m in the MUFC camp. I know Van Persie is missing the season opener.
    1. Cara McKenna’s “Lay it Down.” It’s the first book in the Desert Dogs series.
    2. Just finished Barbara Freethy’s “That Summer Night.” Not sure what’s next.
    3. “Alex Dunn studied the bottle before him.”
    4. Vince Grossier and Kim Paget.
    5. “He hooked his finger around the chain, toying.”
    The cover features a buff, tattooed guy on a motorcycle.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hi Jane! Yay – glad we’re not on opposite sides for the footie! 🙂

      Ooh the cover of Cara’s book sounded yummy, so I had to go and look it up! Sounds like one for my TBR mountain! You’ll have to let me know if it’s good.

  • 1. Cress by Marissa Meyer

    2. Just finished listening to Legend by Marie Lu. Next up will probably be Prodigy by Marie Lu, second in that trilogy.

    3. Her satellite made one full orbit around planet Earth every sixteen hours.

    4. Cress and Thorne; Wolf and Scarlet; Cinder and Kai (It’s the final book in the Lunar Chronicles YA trilogy based on fairy tales, and the three couples are all included, though this is Cress’s book (Rapunzel).

    5. Wolf stretched his neck to either side, eliciting a few pops, before shaking it out.

  • Deanna says:

    What fun!!

    1. What are you reading at the moment? Slade by Laurann Dohner. It’s book 2 in her New Species series.

    2. What have you just finished reading and what’s up next on your TBR pile/bookshelf/mountain? Just finished Book 1 in the New Species series, Fury by Laurann Dohner. I’m also part way through Temptation by Fire by Tiffany Allee but struggling with that one, and The Cage King by Danielle Monsch is next on my list. Seriously though, so many books, so little time.

    3. What’s the opening line of your current book? “Didn’t you used to work for a veterinarian, Trisha?” (from first line of the Prologue”

    4. What are the names of the main characters? Slade and Trisha.

    5. What’s the sentence on page 15, line 15? If there isn’t a line 15, use the closest line number to it. If you’re reading an ebook and there aren’t page numbers – choose the page at 15%. “She inwardly cursed, realizing it appeared to be a crush injury. The skin was torn and she guessed his hand must have been thrown through the window that had been smashed out when they rolled.”

    Bonus question: What’s on the cover? Picture of a hunky guy with his hands crossed over his head. I’m assuming it’s Slade, the hero of the story.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Glad you enjoyed the Quick Five fun, Deanna! 🙂

      Ooh Slade sounds interesting. I see you’re like me, with several books on the go at once. I know what you mean about too many books! And I just discovered a box of unread books from when we were in NJ that had been misplaced – oops!

  • Amy Conley says:

    1. THE WHISKY LAIRD’S BED by Donna MacMeans.
    2, A HUNDRED SUMMERS by Beatriz Williams, next is THE TRUTH ABOUT LORD STONEVILLE by Sabrine Jeffries.
    3.Alcoholic fumes and the painful memories they envoked nearly unnerved Claird Starke as she entered the masculine domain of the Bull and Beast.
    4.Claire Starke and Cameron Macpherson.
    5.”Over here.”
    Bonus.Half of a man’s naked chest.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hey Amy! LOL a man’s naked chest is always a good bonus!

      Yay that you’re reading Donna’s book. That’s one I’m saving up until I can read it without interruptions!

  • SecretNinja says:

    1. Twilight With An Infamous Earl by Alexandra Hawkins (book 7 of the Lords of Vice series)

    2. Just finished Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis (book 8 of Lucky Harbor) and next up is Daring Miss Danvers by Vivienne Lorret.

    3. “Am I boring you, Frost?”

    4. Vincent Henry Bishop, Lord Chillingsworth (aka Frost) and Emily Cavell

    5. “Just the way he preferred his life.”

    Bonus question: The hero and heroine are partially shown

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hi Ada! Such fun to ‘meet’ your sister!

      I’m late to the Jill Shalvis Lucky Harbour party – just downloaded the first book in the series a few weeks ago. On the upside, look at all the books I can enjoy!

      • SecretNinja says:

        I’m quite jealous she won The Perfect Trade. I’m plotting the ways that I can steal it from her so I don’t have to wait until she’s done lol

        Oh you’ll love Simply Irresistible and the following books! I’ve finally caught up on all the books so now I”m just dying for the last 3 to come out. Sadness that the series is ending but it’s too good to be sad ’cause I can re-read 😀

  • Becke says:

    Anna,
    My bet is your team colors are red!

    1. Current: Current Book: Rock Your Revisions

    2. Just finished: Bound by Moonlight
    Next on the mountain: A Perfect Trade

    3. Since it’s nonfiction, I’ll skip

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hey Becke! It was so cool to meet you! Wish we’d had more time to chat, though. Next time!

      LOL yes, my team colours are indeed red … and my mascots are bot devils!

      I loved Bound by Moonlight and am one of the people hounding Donna for the sequel! Aww – hope you enjoy Tru and Jenny’s story!

      Good luck with those revisions!

  • Shannon says:

    1. What are you reading at the moment?

    I don’t know. I’m looking at several, Donna MacMeans Redeeming the Rogue, Shophie Jordan’s A Good Debutante’s Guide to Ruin, Truly, Madly Regency,Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series.

    2. What have you just finished reading and what’s up next on your TBR pile/bookshelf/mountain?

    I have just finished two books: Grace Burrowes The Traitor which is one of those good books that becomes absolutely excellent, gush worthy because of its emotional ending. The bad thing is the book will make little sense if you haven’t read the previous one, The Captive.

    I also polished off Kate Noble’s The Game and the Governess. It is a good book, really well written, and uses an unusual trope of people exchanging places. The problem is that the two male characters who set up the game are just not very likeable until at least the hero gets a clue or two late in the story.

    3. What’s the opening line of your current book?

    I’m going to cheat and use The Traitor since I was good and did not dive into a new book at bedtime last night.

    The bullet whistled past Sebastian’s ear, coming within an inch of solving all of his problems, and half an inch of making a significant mess instead.

    4. What are the names of the main characters?

    Sebastian St. Clair, Baron of something;and Millicent Danforth.

    5. What’s the sentence on page 15, line 15? If there isn’t a line 15, use the closest line number to it. If you’re reading an ebook and there aren’t page numbers – choose the page at 15%

    He was leaning toward his English side today, which was odd, because of all of his funerals, including the many he’d presided over as any commanding officer might, had been in French.

    Bonus question: What’s on the cover?

    The heroine in a red dress leaning against the chest of the hero against the background of a red yellow sunset or sunrise. I like the idea of a sunrise, and a new day for them.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Sounds like you have the same trouble I do, Shannon! I can highly recommend Redeeming the Rogue – in a totally unbiased way! 🙂

      I’ve heard a lot of good things about Grace’s books – looks like my TBR mountain just loaded up some more! *sigh* 🙂

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Reading Cypher by Cathy Perkins. Just finished Christmas in July by Debbie Mason and will probably read Against All Odds by Angus McKeon next. Line 1 The dead bolt retracted smoothly. Main characters Caroline Wainwright and Detective David Morris. Line 15 One of them is people’s inherent goodness. The cover is the heroine’ s face with an apartment building in the background.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Anna, just wanted to say I love your quick fives. Always fun!

  • Laurie G says:

    1. What are you reading at the moment?

    SUMMER NIGHTS-SUSAN MALLERY

    2. What have you just finished reading and what’s up next on your TBR pile/bookshelf/mountain?

    I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU-BELLA ANDRE

    THE MANHATTAN ENCOUNTER- ADDISON FOX

    3. What’s the opening line of your current book?

    “Shane Styrker was DETERMINED enough to never walk away from a fight and smart enough to know when he’d been beat.”

    4. What are the names of the main characters?

    Shane Stryker and Annabelle Weiss

    5. What’s the sentence on page 15, line 15? If there isn’t a line 15, use the closest line number to it. If you’re reading an ebook and there aren’t page numbers – choose the page at 15%

    “No one like the bar-dancing goddess.”

    Bonus question: What’s on the cover?

    A couple cuddling on the beach at sunset.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Ah, you’ve just mentioned my favourite author, Laurie! I think I have every book Susan’s written 🙂 I’m a big fan of her Fools Gold series, but have been good about not diving into the latest books yet!

  • Caren Crane says:

    Ooh, I love a Book Fun Quick Five!

    1. Currently reading Concealed In Death by J.D. Robb. Picked it up at Turn the Page bookstore in Boonsboro, MD last weekend. Also saw Jeanne and Donna and Shannon! 😀

    2. I’ve just finished A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex (adore her!). Next up is An Encounter In Hyde Park, an anthology of Regency novellas featuring Claudia Dain, Deb Marlowe, Ava Stone and Karen Hawkins! I can’t wait to read it!!

    3. Opening line: “Neglect could kill a building brick by brick.”

    4. Main characters are, of course, NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke the gazillionaire.

    5. Sentence on page 15, line 15. “Again, we have a mix of ethnicity,” DeWinter told her, “and again, all female, all in the same age range.”

    What’s on the cover? well, the J.D. Robb books don’t tend to have much on the cover these days besides her HUGE NAME and smaller title. But there’s part of an NYPSD badge, a helicopter, the number 12 and some tiles. Lime green background, bright blue letters. Meh.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I’m so glad, Caren! I enjoy reading everyone’s answers and picking up new authors and books!

      Ooh lucky you! Hope you gave our lovely gals big hugs from the rest of us!

      I’d so love to go to Turn the Page (okay I’d love to be in one of those signings!) One day!

      I got Concealed in Death for my birthday and am itching to read it … but I’m being restrained!

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Hope you’re having a great time at the game, Anna. Love that photo of you and Doc Cambridge!

    1. Still savoring the book I just finished. See #2.

    2. I just finished an ARC of Anna Campbell’s WHAT A DUKE DARES. Wonderful! Fabulous! Kept me up reading until 2:30am! One of those books I need a few days to sigh over before I can start reading again. I loved it!

    Next up is SNOW ON THE BAYOU by Sandra Hill. Can’t wait to see what Tante Lulu is up to this time. 😉

    3. What’s the opening line of your current book?
    “Every young lady dreamed of a proposal from the heir to a dukedom.” (prologue of WHAT A DUKE DARES)

    4. What are the names of the main characters?
    Cam and Pen (Camden Rothermere, Duke of Sedgemoor and Penelope Thorne)

    5. What’s the sentence on page 15, line 15?

    “Cam had arrived in Calais a few hours ago and rushed straight here to find the doctor in attendance.”

    Bonus question: What’s on the cover? The hero and heroine grace the gorgeous cover and are just about to kiss. ::sigh::

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hey PJ – thanks! It was so good to see you in San Antonio – can’t wait until next year!

      Ahh so glad you enjoyed our Anna’s book – she’s getting rave reviews everywhere for it. It’s on my pile to be read. Blasted work gets in the way of reading!

      I love Sandra Hill’s series with Tante Lulu – can’t wait for the next book.

  • catslady says:

    1. What are you reading at the moment? Shadow Woman – Linda Howard

    2. What have you just finished reading and what’s up next on your TBR pile/bookshelf/mountain? Thornbrook Park – Sherri Browning. What’s next – who knows lol.

    3. What’s the opening line of your current book? It was a normal morning.

    4. What are the names of the main characters? Lizette and Xavier

    5. What’s the sentence on page 15, line 15? If there isn’t a line 15, use the closest line number to it. If you’re reading an ebook and there aren’t page numbers – choose the page at 15% Now that she was over it, she felt pefectly well.

    Bonus question: What’s on the cover? A lady laying on a bed with eyes wide open (dead or alive?)

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Ah I see you’re reading another of my all-time favourite authors, catslady! Linda Howard is a master writer! 🙂

      Isn’t it funny what’s on the covers these days – sometimes they’re quite hard to fathom!

  • Minna says:

    1. What are you reading at the moment?
    Vikings by Neil Oliver.

    2. What have you just finished reading and what’s up next on your TBR pile/bookshelf/mountain?
    Cavannaugh’s Bodyguard by Marie Ferrarella. Next… I don’t know. I have so many books and even more ebooks to choose from.

    3. What’s the opening line of your current book?
    ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain.’

    Roy Batty, Blade Runner

    4. What are the names of the main characters? No main characters in this one.

    5. What’s the sentence on page 15, line 15? If there isn’t a line 15, use the closest line number to it. If you’re reading an ebook and there aren’t page numbers – choose the page at 15%

    But for all of that, whatever information has been suggested by words, coins or other artefacts, we know where the Vikings came from but not necessarily when, far less why.

    Bonus question: What’s on the cover?
    Vikings, Viking ships, the countries where they came from and some other Viking things, like axes and shields.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      How interesting, Minna. There seems to be a resurgence in interest about the Vikings lately – there was a big exhibition at the British Museum which I meant to go to, but ran out of time!

  • Anna, love that photo of you and your delightful spouse in your Manchester red! Definitely your colour, dear!

    Love your reading quick fives so here are my answers:

    1. What are you reading at the moment?

    The Art of Character by David Corbett. I’m teaching a class on characterisation this weekend so I’m getting into the swing of the subject.

    2. What have you just finished reading and what’s up next on your TBR pile/bookshelf/mountain?

    Just finished The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths, the latest Ruth Galloway mystery. I love these books, especially the wonderful way Griffiths writes the moody Norfolk setting. Ruth Galloway is a forensic archeologist and there’s always fascinating historical detail too.

    Next up is The Tycoon and the Wedding Planner by Kandy Shepherd. I loved Kandy’s first Harlequin Romance, The Summer They Never Forgot, so I’m looking forward to returning to Dolphin Bay.

    3. What’s the opening line of your current book?

    Every story worth telling in some key way mirrors our lives, and to that extent explores four key questions. Wow, sexy.

    4. What are the names of the main characters?

    Hmm…

    5. What’s the sentence on page 15, line 15? If there isn’t a line 15, use the closest line number to it. If you’re reading an ebook and there aren’t page numbers – choose the page at 15%

    Lev, the luckless, fearful, starving seventeen-year-old, and his flamboyant companion, the sex-crazed and literarily ambitious Kolya, could only come from examination not just of circumstances but of human nature.

    Bonus question: What’s on the cover?

    Yellow and white writing on an azure background with a little Penguin logo.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Why thank you, Anna! I love that pic. We got a great one yesterday too – all smiles before we lost!

      You’re making me feel guilty by reading a craft book – I really must find time to do that!

      I’m looking forward to Kandy’s next book too – so enjoyed seeing her again in San Antonio.

  • Mozette says:

    1. What are you reading at the moment?

    Not much at the moment… but I am proofreading a few things for friends.

    2. What have you just finished reading and what’s up next on your TBR pile/bookshelf/mountain?

    I haven’t been reading much this year because I’m ‘busy making other plans’ (as John Lennon has been famous to say)… so I’ll answer your second question: I have lots of book on my Mt TBR it’s just a matter of picking what I feel like reading and jumping in.

    3. What’s the opening line of your current book?

    4. What are the names of the main characters?

    The main character is Thursday Next…

    Yep still reading Jasper Fforde

    5. What’s the sentence on page 15, line 15? If there isn’t a line 15, use the closest line number to it. If you’re reading an ebook and there aren’t page numbers – choose the page at 15%

    I’m afraid I can’t answer this one, I’m house sitting and have packed my current read away to take it home with me. So, it ‘s currently in the car boot with the rest of my stuff… 🙁

    Bonus question: What’s on the cover?

    On the front cover is a lot of trees, a garden and the front end of a VW Beetle bursting through painted blue, green and red! Wow, what a colour combo! 😀

    • Anna Sugden says:

      It’s always good to make plans, Mozette – hope they come off well and you enjoy what the future has in store for you!

      Doc Cambridge is a big fan of Jasper Fforde – must get around to reading him one of these days!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Sorry I’m late responding everyone – late back and a migraine to boot (not brought on because we lost!). Thanks for taking part in the fun!