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It’s Time for Brenda Novak’s Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research

By Marilyn Baron

Tomorrow, May 1, is the launch date for Brenda Novak’s 9th Annual Online Auction for Diabetes. Why is that important? First, it raises money for a great cause, which is near and dear to me personally. Second, the prizes you can bid on and win represent a writers’ and readers’ bonanza. They include lunches and dinners with bestselling authors, eReaders, iPads gift baskets, trips and stays, or you can have your work read by the industry’s most influential agents and editors. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Every year, the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales are big supporters of the auction. Here, for example are my two donations.

First, to celebrate the August 9, 2013, release of my new book, Under The Moon Gate, a romantic thriller set in contemporary and WW II Bermuda, I’m offering a signed copy of my book and a Bermuda Gift package that includes:

An 8”x10” Moon Gate Print by local Bermuda artist

1 package of Rum Swizzle Mix

1 20cl Bottle of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum

One Luxurious, Embroidered Bermuda Beach Towel

Presented in a Bermuda Gift Ideas Signature Lime Bag with coordinating tissue

I’m excited to reveal the cover for my new book and a blurb about the book.


Dashing sea captain Nathaniel Morgan sails into the life of prim and proper Bermuda heiress Patience Whitestone and threatens to expose her family secrets–ruinous secrets she wasn’t aware of. The two are immediately at odds when Nathaniel moors his vessel in front of her estate and refuses to leave until he finds the cache of Swiss gold he’s convinced was buried somewhere on the property during World War II. Can Patience save herself and her family’s reputation when she finds herself reluctantly drawn to this determined “pirate”? Or will someone from the past make good on his threat to destroy them both? Their fate is inextricably linked to Nazi plots and to the beautiful moon gates of Bermuda in this compelling tale of love and intrigue.

Available soon from The Wild Rose Press. Watch for an announcement on my Web site at Don’t miss the prequel, Destiny: A Bermuda Love Story, which is scheduled for release in September 2013.


See a picture of the gift package at:


My second offering relates to Murder at the Outlet Mall, a comedic mystery I coauthored with my sister, Sharon Goldman.

The item: A Black COACH “Signature C” Large, Flap Wristlet and a print or E-Book copy of Murder at the Outlet Mall.  

Here’s a blurb about the book.

Murder at the Outlet Mall

Shopping can be murder. In this soft-boiled suspense tale of love, revenge and big spenders, things get deadly when three ladies from China come to blows over a single Coach handbag at the St. Augustine Premium Outlets®. Murder at the Outlet Mall gives new meaning to the phrase, “Shop ’Till You Drop.”

Available in eBook and Print Format

Here’s the link to the item.

Hope you’ll check out these two offerings and more and bid on some fabulous items May 1 through May 31 at See you online.

Mary Preston - April 30, 2013 - 3:41 am

It is a great cause!!

Marilyn Baron - April 30, 2013 - 5:03 am

You’re right and each year the auction is bigger and better.

Linsey Lanier - April 30, 2013 - 7:59 am

What a nice offering, Marilyn. Good luck to all the bidders! This is a great cause. :)

Marilyn Baron - April 30, 2013 - 9:09 am

Thanks, Linsey.

Maxine - April 30, 2013 - 10:29 am

Marilyn, love the cover of your new books! Can’t wait to get my copy of Under the Moon Gate. Got to go look over the auction offerings. Great cause and great things to win in a bid.

Susan Carlisle - April 30, 2013 - 10:45 am

What great offerings. I’m giving away afternoon tea with me at the St. Regis in Atlanta.

Marilyn Baron - April 30, 2013 - 10:46 am

Thank you, Maxine. I love the covers, too.I can’t wait to hold the book in my hands.
I’m sure you’ll find some great things at the auction.

Marilyn Baron - April 30, 2013 - 11:20 am

I saw that Susan. I love the tea offering. That sounds wonderful.

Hildie McQueen - April 30, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Lots of great information and good announcements. I’m with Marilyn Tea is yummy and so are your covers!!

Marilyn Baron - April 30, 2013 - 11:48 pm


You are an expert at having a tea, since you recently gave such a lovely one at your church, so you should know.

Thanks for your kind words about the covers. Actually, tea does bring to mind Bermuda, where Under the Moon Gate and the prequel are set, since it’s very British. I remember having tea at 4 p.m. every day while we were in Bermuda on vacation. Brings back memories.

Carol Burnside - May 1, 2013 - 12:29 am

Due to my inability to include all the pertinent info, my basket hasn’t made it in the lineup yet. Thanks for shining the spotlight on this worthy cause, Marilyn.

Marilyn Baron - May 1, 2013 - 10:55 am

Thanks for commenting Carol. I’m sure your basket will be great. Mine was pretty involved since I had to get my gifts from Bermuda and that involved overseas tariffs, etc. it is a very worthy cause.

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