Brenda Novak’s Auction for Diabetes

Barbara Vey -- May 3rd, 2011

It’s that time of year again.  Every May Brenda Novak puts on the spectacular Auction for Diabetes that started as a fund raiser for her son’s juvenile diabetes,  everyone in the publishing industry seems to get involved and now it’s spreading outside the community.  As for my part, since I don’t have guest bloggers all year here, I offer up Beyond Her Book to one lucky bidder.  They have 24 hours to post whatever they’d like on the blog, including pictures and video.  Brenda was kind enough to share just a taste of the wonderfully amazing items up for bid.

Brenda and her son, Thad

Brenda and her son, Thad

This is the seventh year that I’ve been raising money for diabetes research. The event might be named Brenda Novak’s Online Auction, but I don’t really feel as if it’s MINE anymore. Because of the tremendous outpouring of support I’ve received from the romance community, the auction has become OURS. It’s only successful because of the people who come together to make it happen, and I’m so grateful to every single person who contributes on either end (donating or bidding). Our very first day we raised a whopping $42,000!!!

Celine Dion Package

Celine Dion Package

This year we have bigger and better items than ever before. We have some razzle- dazzle in the way of Celine Dion tickets WITH A MEET & GREET and an invitation for four to the taping of the new hit TV show, THE BIG BANG THEORY. There’s an $8500 18k white gold tanzanite/diamond ring that looks just like Kate Middleton’s engagement ring and an exclusive Kate Middleton dress. There are quilts created by professional quilters and bestselling authors, trips & stays, including a weekend in Susan Wiggs guest house on Bainbridge Island or a whole week in Cherry Adair’s guest house on the lake. And that’s before I get to the whole category of antique jewelry donated by Dianne Drake or all the Coach purses donated by Anna DeStefano.

Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love & Mary Buckham always sign up for a category that has fabulous items, KM Daughters always donate some very cool electronic item (this year it’s the iPad 2) and there’re even more business opportunities for aspiring writers—we have over 120 evaluations by some of the most influential agents and editors in publisher as well as author mentorships and critiques and publicity opportunities for those who are already published. With 2000 items, we’re bound to have something for everyone and every budget. This is a fabulous way to help the 26 million people who suffer from this terrible disease.

Michael Green Heart

Michael Green Heart

Cherry Adair Guest House

Cherry Adair Guest House

Flying Getaway

Flying Getaway







This year we have something I’ve never done before. Luxury accessory designer Hayden-Harnett have designed a scarf featuring a romantic passage from my next book, INSIDE, and my signature. With scarves being all the rage this season, I’m hoping this limited edition will be hot and raise even more money for the cause. They’ll be selling on the auction as commemorative items for those who have supported it all these years—and they will also be featured on May 3 – May 10th.

Susan Wiggs Guest House

Susan Wiggs Guest House

Designer Scarf

Designer Scarf

Beth DeGuzman, VP of Grand Central Publishing--read of a proposal and follow-up conversation

Beth DeGuzman, VP of Grand Central Publishing









Thanks so much for your support! We’re off to a great start!!

Wow Brenda, those are some amazing donations, but please, take the time to check out all the donations because there is something in everyone’s price range.  Lots of autographed books, lunches, and special items offered up by your favorite authors.  You can also join in on Twitter with @bnovakauction and use the hashtag #brendanovakauction. Or follow the auction on Facebook here.

If you’ve donated something, feel free to list it in the comments and let everyone know about it.

Bottom Line: A painless way of giving to a worthy charity while pampering yourself with a little gift.  Everyone wins!

73 thoughts on “Brenda Novak’s Auction for Diabetes

  1. Anna DeStefano

    Hey Barbara–Thanks for spotlighting such an amazing chance for everyone to give a little back.

    I’m hosting my “Coach” purses again this year! The bids are already flying for the yummy and trendy purses and totes and wristlets I snagged for Brenda this year. Don’t miss your chance to win ;o)

    Special Bonus! My romance cover model/actor friend Bill Freda’s teamed up with me to offer a Dream Dessert getaway during this year’s RWA Nationals in NYC–the winner of this auction item will accompany with me and Bill to New York City’s famed Serendipity for something sweet and great memories to bring back to share with your jealous friends!

    Check out the pictures (especially of Bill ;o) and details in my Coach Boutique at the auction:

    See you there!

    Anna DeStefano

  2. Kristen Painter

    This is such a great cause and there’s so much awesome stuff up for bid! I’ve got three things in the auction this year:

    An autographed ARC of Blood Rights, my urban fantasy coming out this Oct from Orbit Books:

    An autographed set of the first three books in the Blood Rights series:

    A one chapter critique of your book by me:

  3. Brenda Novak

    Thanks for the plug, Barbara. Things are hopping at the auction. I forgot to mention that the person who places the highest number of bids will win a huge prize package that includes a brand new laptop, a mystery box full of fun surprises, an advanced reading copy of my new book, INSIDE, and a registration to FAN 2012, the reader appreciation weekend I throw with Christine Feehan each year. FAN 2012 will be March 2 – 4th in 2012.

    Here’s to making a difference!


    1. Debby Giusti

      Waving to Missy. I was stopping by to mention the Seekerville Kindle and saw Missy had already left a comment and link.

      We hope lots of our Island friends will bid on the Kindle and raise more money for diabetes!

      Thanks, Brenda, for all you do! Thanks, Barbara, for telling all your fans about the auction.

  4. Bertrice Small

    And on the more modest end of the auction is one year of Godiva Chocolate, i.e.
    one delicious goodie package per month, donated by your most faithful author,
    Bertrice Small. It’s worth between $350. and $400. There must be one or more
    chocoholics like me out there. LOL!

  5. Dianna Love

    Great blog, Barbara and thanks for inviting everyone to post.

    As usual, we have a big page for the auction and so appreciate the fans supporting this great event by already bidding on items. Our page is – A Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love and Mary Buckham Extravaganza – plus I have the My Feenix Art Contest page this year, too. Those are both on the left hand side of the page under Categories.

    I won the Barbara Vey Blog donation a couple years ago and it was a great get. The fun thing about this auction is that you can bid on a book for $2 or a family vacation for much more. Everyone can participate. Brenda Novak and her team is to be commended for the outstanding job she’s done to not just continue this event but make it bigger every year.

  6. Lori Wilde

    Thanks for showcasing Brenda’s auction, Barbara. My 14 year old nephew was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last year so this charity is especially meaningful to me. I’ve donated six months of mentoring valued at $1500.

  7. Nancy Naigle

    I’m a huge fan of this auction. I participate every year, and I’ve been the winning bidder on alot of wonderful things. One of my favorites from last year was a bracelet made from antique typewriter keys. Adorable.

    This is the first year I’ve donated something. I’ve donated an autographed copy of my debut novel, SWEET TEA AND SECRETS, and a beautiful red silk box that contains 4 tins of specialty tea sachets from Harney & Sons Tea company.

    See you at the auction!

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  9. Suzanne Barrett

    This is my second year participating. Last year it was wire-wrapped jewelry. This year I’m donating autographed copies of two of my recent books and a detailed critique of a partial manuscript–contemporary or historical.

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