Brenda Novak's Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research is geared up for its biggest year yet. Thanks to all who have participated in the past — both donors and shoppers — we've raised a cumulative total of $1.6 million. This year we hope to surpass $2 million to help all those with diabetes, including my son, Thad, and little Ben, whose picture you see here.
Lauren Hawkeye Jameson is a fabulous author who has supported my auction year after year. She had no idea when she first got involved that she'd soon be fighting the diabetes battle in an even more personal way. Ben is only two years old but started showing symptoms of Type 1 just a few months ago. I'll never forget the night Lauren texted me with his symptoms to see if I thought she should take him to the ER. He had the constant thirst and the excessive urination. Fortunately, she was familiar enough with these symptoms to know something was wrong — and to guess at what it was. She got him the help he needed and now he's on insulin and doing the daily regimen faced by so many with diabetes. So I would like to dedicate this year's auction to Lauren, her husband, and to Ben. Join with me in fighting for a CURE on his behalf, and on the behalf of millions. Chances are you will be helping someone in your own family.
I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to my co-sponsors:
MJ Rose and Authorbuzz Writer's Digest
New York Times Bestselling Author Gemma Halliday
Author K.M. Daughters Pierce Mattie Communications, Inc.
Publisher’s Weekly RT Book Review Magazine
Some Information You Should Know:
iPad Drawing! : This year we're doing something new. Each person who registers as a shopper for the 2013 auction will be entered to win a brand new iPad (Value $499). If you are already registered as a shopper, all you have to do is log in, verify your shipping/billing information and email Anna that you have done so (firstname.lastname@example.org), and you will also be entered! Previous registrants must confirm with Anna before May 1st. New registrants throughout the month will be included. Drawing will be held May 31st!
Grand Prize!! : Each year we offer an amazing prize package to the person who places the most bids over all. This year we've decided it will consist of:
A brand new MacBook Air ($1100 Value)
An Autographed Advanced Reading Copy of my new book, Home To Whiskey Creek, the fourth book in my new Whiskey Creek series
An Amos Auto Body T-Shirt in honor of Dylan (from When Snow Falls, which won RT Reviewer's Choice for Best Contemporary Romance of 2012)
A one pound box of Just Like Mom's cookies (best cookies you've ever tasted!)
A Black Gold Coffee mug
And a $200 gift certificate to Macy's!
Opportunity Drawings: There are only four Opportunity Drawings each year. We have these because they are a fun, inexpensive and easy way to participate, but please be aware that occasionally we may (or may not) put the tickets on sale. This will not change the price or number of the tickets you have already purchased. It will just be a fun perk--a chance to get more, if you have bought some, or a chance to jump in and buy all you can if you haven't. Whenever you decide to purchase the tickets is completely at your discretion, of course, so you could wait to see if they go on sale, or you could buy whenever you think it will be luckiest.
Shipping: Shipping inside the United States is covered by the donor unless otherwise specified on the individual item page. (Thank you, donors!!) Buyer will pay shipping costs for anything that must be mailed out of the country.
Payment: We accept Paypal and all major credit cards.
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