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Brenda Novak Auction For Diabetes

Barbara Vey -- May 1st, 2013


The month of May not only brings flowers and the promise of spring, but also the Brenda Novak For The Cure of Diabetes Online Auction.  This auction has something for everyone and is for a wonderful cause.  According to the press release:

Every year, for the month of May, New York Times and USA Today Best-selling Author Brenda Novak runs an online auction for diabetes research. The auction takes a full year to plan and pull off, but it’s a labor of love—an effort to help all the people who, like her youngest son, suffer from diabetes.  Her very first auction ran in 2005. It started small but has grown every year by leaps and bounds.

The Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Research is the biggest online event for diabetes
research in the world. Each year, with the help of generous donors–which include some of the
biggest and brightest stars in publishing, like Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, Diana Gabaldon, Steve Berry and Janet Evanovich–Brenda offers up over 2000 fabulous items, creating a shopper’s paradise. As a cumulative total, she’s raised $1,675,280.

But the auction is more than your everyday charity gala. It’s a blast to participate in–
a real community. They do drawings and give away prizes. Shoppers quickly become donors and donors quickly become shoppers. It’s an outstanding fundraising model!

Here’s to making a difference…

Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels

When asked what makes her auction model work so well, Brenda said, “I think it’s the unique items that are offered, as well as the community. At the auction, readers can bid to win unique experiences–like having lunch or dinner with their favorite author, or staying in their favorite author’s guest house, or reading their favorite author’s book before it’s ever even published. We also offer opportunities to aspiring writers of all genres–and millions of people want to write a book. Some of the most powerful agents and editors in publishing have donated their time to read submissions and give feedback, some with a turn-around time of twenty-four hours! In addition to these unique items, we have everything from trips & stays, to antique jewelry to celebrity items.  Also, the friendships we form, the prizes we give away, and the spirit of fighting back together brings us closer as a community each year. I’m not the only one driving this. We’re all in it together.”

Some unique items include tickets and backstage meet and greet packages with Bret Michaels and Celine Dion, a stay at Nora Roberts Inn, an African safari and hot air balloon ride.  But there’s also jewelry, lunches, trips, and stays in author’s guest houses.  And you just won’t believe all the books offered.  This is a book lovers fantasy shopping trip.


Meg Cabot Book Basket

My offerings this year are a day to be featured on my Beyond Her Book blog, a ticket and hotel stay for the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon 2014 and a complete makeover at a premiere salon in Wisconsin.  You can bid on these items here. Just search Barbara Vey.

No donations are too big or too small, so check it out and bid often.  You’d be surprised what you can get and do some gift shopping while your at it.  Spending money on fun things is easy when you know it’s going for a good cause.

Bottom Line:  “How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment; we can start now, start slowly changing the world!” ~ Anne Frank

Charitable Authors

Barbara Vey -- September 12th, 2011

One of my favorite things about authors is how much of themselves they give back to the community.  No matter where the need is in the world, it seems you’ll find an author willing to give their time, energies and even their works for a good cause.

Being generous seems to be second nature to authors.  Many of you are familiar with Brenda Novak’s yearly auction for juvenile diabetes.  She has already raised over $1 million so far.  But there are a number of other authors who support many different charities.

Eleven authors have banded together to support breast cancer research with their writing. Authors4theCure, which includes award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors, as well as two breast cancer survivors, is donating proceeds from the sale of their paranormal anthology, Entangled, to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).  I recently talked to them about the making of an anthology for charity.

BV:  How did this anthology come about?

Edie Ramer: Misty Evans and I wanted to do a collaboration together, and in three or four emails we decided to do a paranormal anthology of short stories and have the proceeds go to breast cancer. Everything about this went that smoothly. Except the writing. (I’m speaking for myself there.) Misty and every writer involved was a joy to work with.

BV: How did you decide what authors would be involved?

Edie Ramer: Who wouldn’t want Allison Brennan, Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep and Nancy Haddock? All of the other authors, too. They’re friends whose writing we admire and books we buy. There were a lot of cyber squeals in emails between Misty and me as we received acceptances. It was great fun to read the stories as they came in. They’re all so good!

BV: Any special reason for a Halloween theme?

Misty Evans: We wanted the release of Entangled to correspond with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, so Halloween was the perfect element to tie the stories together. We have a nice diversity of suspense and romance mixed with ghosts, witches, demons, vampires, psychics and other fun paranormal characters. The stories will put you in the mood for a fabulous Halloween!

BV: Can people donate to your cause if they aren’t able to purchase the ebook?

Liz Kreger: Absolutely. All the proceeds are going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.   You can go directly to their website and make a personal donation. Make it memory of someone you’ve loved and lost … or for that matter, someone currently going through this horrid journey. Finding a cure for breast cancer is BCRF’s number one goal and a goal that’s near and dear to my heart. I’m a fifteen year survivor and am currently going through chemo yet again. Cancer is a tenacious bitch which can appear (and reappear) when
you least expect it.

Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal stories from authors Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, Michelle Miles, and Edie Ramer, plus a novella by Allison Brennan. Stacia Kane contributed the foreword and the book’s formatting and cover art were also donated to the project.  Today is the release date and it will available as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other online retailers.

Karen Marie Moning just finished up a contest on her site with all proceeds going to relief for Japan.  In July, Karen raised over $8,000 by offering tickets to her FeverCon and critiques to authors.

Author Paul Levine is devoting 100% of all royalties from TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD to Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital for pediatric cancer treatment and research.  Paul says, “That was my first book (1990), which was out of print until I published it on Kindle and Nook last summer.  It hit number 1 on Kindle’s hardboiled list, and continues to sell well a year later.”

These are just a few of the many causes that authors support.  Please feel free to offer your charity in the comments section along with the link to it.


Bottom Line:  “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  ~Anne Frank


Monday Giveaways


From Hope Tarr:  VANQUISHED, the first book in my Men of Roxbury House Victorian-set trilogy, as a free e-book across platforms!   Readers can download VANQUISHED for free for two weeks, starting this Monday, September 12th through Monday, September 26th. :

From Jana Oliver:
To celebrate the debut of SOUL THIEF, the second book in the Demon Trappers Series, Jana is giving away lots of goodies. Enter for a chance to win an Apple iPad 2, signed copies of both Demon Trapper books, a $50 bookstore gift card and swag. Contest ends Sept. 15.

From Romance University:  Romance University has a giveaway-packed, content-rich week!

Mon, 9/12 – Thriller writer PAM CALLOW shares what she has learned from her agent, Al Zuckerman of Writers House Literary Agency. Pam will give away a copy of her book INDEFENSIBLE to one lucky commenter!  #giveaway
Tues, 9/13 – Historical author HOPE TARR joins us to discuss strong heroines in a historical setting. Has their time finally arrived? Stop by to find out and to learn how you can get a free e-copy of VANQUISHED.   #giveaway
Fri, 9/16 – Author BETH KERY (aka Bethany Kane) discusses the submission process. She will be giving away copies of ADDICTED TO YOU by Bethany Kane and LIAM’S PERFECT WOMAN by Beth Kery. Join us!  #giveaway

From Samhain Publishing:  In September, Samhain Publishing has three great ebook giveaways representing fantasy romance, paranormal romance and red hot contemporary romance on Kindle at Amazon.com and Nook at BarnesandNoble.com.

The first date is the day the book price flips to $0.00 and the second date is the final day when it will return to regular price.

9/1/2011             9/30/2011           Alexandra’s Legacy         N.J. Walters

9/1/2011             9/14/2011           Once a Princess              Sherwood Smith

9/15/2011           9/28/2011           French Quarter              Lacey Alexander