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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Guest Blog: Brenda Novak: A Personal Appeal from Brenda Novak...

Most of you know me from my annual online auction for diabetes research. A great many of you have probably participated and helped me raise the $2.4 million that’s been raised so far. If that’s the case, thank you! And if this is all new to you, it’s not too late to get in on the action. This year I won’t be running the auction. After ten years, I’m taking a break. BUT…I’m not sitting back, doing nothing. For 2015, I’ve come up with another plan to raise money, and I’m so excited about the possibilities! Because…what’s better than getting a great deal on a great book? Getting a steal of a deal on a whole bundle (less than $1/story)! And what’s better than having all the proceeds go to diabetes research?

Well…nothing. Nothing I can think of, anyway. That’s why I’ve curated THREE fabulous box sets filled with BRAND NEW stories from some of today’s most popular authors—so I could launch my fundraising initiative for 2015 and contribute to the effort of finding a cure for my son (who was diagnosed at five) and all the other people who have to cope with this terrible disease. The good news is that you can help simply by doing what you love most—visiting Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Kobo.com, Apple or wherever you buy your e-books and picking up a copy of at least one set. (Well, you can also post on social media and invite the world to join forces with us, if you want to do more… )

Here’s what’s available:

SWEET TALK. This is a limited edition contemporary romance collection featuring ten brand new stories by such amazing authors as #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Sherryl Woods of Chesapeake Shores series fame. We also have the magnificent Linda Lael Miller, as well as Melody Anne, Violet Duke, Steena Holmes, Gina Maxwell, Molly O’Keefe, Melissa Foster, Rosalind James and Nancy Naigle. Great lineup, right? As a bonus, I’ve thrown in the prequel to my Whiskey Creek series, WHEN WE TOUCH—and megastar Robyn Carr has written the foreword.




SWEET DREAMS. This is limited edition set contains thirteen new thrillers. Allison Brennan, Cynthia Eden, JT Ellison, Liliana Hart, Heather Graham, Alex Kava, CJ Lyons, Carla Neggers, Theresa Ragan, Erica Spindler, Tiffany Snow and Jo Robertson have all contributed. I’m in this box, too. I’m including a brand new story that’s nearly 200 pages long—HANOVER HOUSE, the start to the new suspense series I just sold to St. Martin’s Press. And none other than the amazing Lee Child has written the foreword.





SWEET SEDUCTION. This box is for those who like their romances with some HEAT (a la FIFTY SHADE OF GREY). It features new work from erotica greats Lexi Blake, Nicole Edwards, J. Kenner, Megan Hart, JS Cooper, Karen Erickson, Nina Lane, Roni Loren, Elisabeth Grace, Julia Kent, Mari Carr, Lauren Hawkeye and Avery Aster. Lisa Renee Jones, another popular author in this subgenre, has not only written the foreward, she’s provided one of her full novels as a bonus!

Are you excited yet? Each set is only $9.99 (less than $1/story) and they’re on sale wherever e-books are sold. It’s important to note that they will only be available for a very short time (until June 30th), so download yours today. For more information, visit http://brendanovakforthecure.org.

According to the CDC, nearly 10% of the American public has diabetes.  That’s an outrageous figure! So let’s do something about it—read and raise money at the same time.

BRENDA NOVAK’S EVERY OCCASION Cookbook -
(Proceeds To Benefit Diabetes Research)

22 comments:

Polly McCrillis said...

Brenda, what a creative way to raise money for diabetes research! It's a win/win situation for everyone. All the "Sweet" series books sound fabulous. Thank you for being here today and telling readers about the great deals they'll be getting with these collections, and your cookbook. Stay healthy and happy writing!

jean hart stewart said...

Good for you! A spectacular way to raise money for a worthy cause. I'm borderline diabetic, and eat very carefully. I'm well aware of this sneaky disease...

Melissa Keir said...

Thank you for coming and sharing such a wonderful way to help so many. I've always been touched by your dedication to the cure and wish you much success with this endeavor!

Carly Carson said...

Wow. Three great sets of books and all for a great cause. Bye-I'm on my way to my Nook!

Sandy said...

What you do is wonderful, Brenda, and to add the book sets from so many authors is amazing.

stanalei said...

I've been enjoying the FB events and the fun way everyone has been involved in the cause. I hope the book sets knock it out of the park for you this year, Brenda. You are a rock star!

Alanna Lucas said...

What a wonderful way to raise money!

Sharon Hamilton said...

Love all you do for diabetics and diabetic research. Proud to call you friend, Brenda! Being a diabetic myself, and the sister of one, granddaughter and daughter of diabetics, this is near and dear to my heart. Thanks for all you do.

As a person, Brenda is one of the most giving and honest people on the planet. Everyone who knows her benefits from that bright ray of sunshine. She was most encouraging to a newbie writer some years ago, and I will forever be in her debt!

Paris said...

Brenda,
Thank you so much for stopping by to share this year's event to help raise money for diabetes research. All of the collections sound wonderful and there is truly something for everyone.

darlene deluca said...

I've been seeing some buzz about this on Facebook already. Sounds awesome! Hope it's a smashing success and moves us one step closer to conquering diabetes.

NLB said...

Awesome as usual, Brenda! We met on Skype when you were our Raleigh NC book club guest. Keep up the good work!
Nancy Lee Badger

Marianne Stephens said...

Wonderful how you support your cause every year. Glad to have you here to tell everyone about it!

Janice Seagraves said...

Great books for a great cause.

Janice~

Kimbra Kasch said...

Brenda: My hubby has diabetes so I appreciate this fund raiser! Wonderful idea.

Rose Anderson said...

What a wonderful thing to do and a worthy cause. Thanks for joining us today, Brenda.

Marianne Rice said...

As a writer and a mother of a Type 1 diabetic, THANK YOU!.

E.L. F. said...

Great idea, Brenda! And thank you for the years of tireless work on your auction, not only were they great fundraisers, but they gave me a chance to learn about the talents and hobbies of many authors!

J.M. Maurer said...
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J.M. Maurer said...

What great books and a great fundraiser!
It's a Win-Win! :-) Thank you for all that you do.

jbiggarblog said...

Hi Brenda, I was happy to attend the FB parties the past couple days and bought each of the boxed sets in support of Diabetes research. You've done so much to bring an awareness to this serious disease, and are an inspiration to many. My 7 yr old grandson was diagnosed last month so now I'm getting a close-up of just how frightening type 1 can be. I hope and pray one day soon they can find a cure.
Jacquie Biggar

E. Ayers said...

I'm going to miss the auction but I'm off to buy some great books!

I realize just how much work the auction was and this looks like it will be much easier!

Lynn Crain said...

I thank Brenda for years of dedication to the Diabetes cause. Her fundraisers have been awesome and wonderful over the years. She was instrumental in helping me the first year my youngest had Type 1. It was a tough year but she was always there with answers when asked.

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