Author Brenda Novak holds an annual online auction to benefit diabetes research. All types of auction items are available to bid on, including books, critiques, lunches, artwork, jewelry, gift cards, and once-in-a-lifetime vacation getaways.

The auction items are provided through donations made by authors, editors, agents and others.

The auction began May 1 and will run through the end of the month. The goal this year is to raise $300,000 for Diabetes research.

You can view the listing of items available for bidding by visiting the online auction site at

I’ve been given the opportunity to participate in the auction by donating an autographed copy of my debut novel, "Fire at Midnight."

The prize package I've put together includes the following:
1)An autographed copy of “Fire at Midnight”

2)A tote featuring the storm-swept lighthouse design from the cover of the book, artwork by artist Adam Mock

3)A microwave and dishwasher safe mug with the artwork from the book cover
4)Hot Chocolate and Popcorn

My auction item can be found under the heading Gift Baskets and Collections. It is auction Item # 1379137 (you can use the advanced search feature to search by auction item number).

I hope everyone will consider looking at the online auction items to see if there’s something being offered that you find appealing and would like to bid on.

It doesn’t matter to me whether you bid on my item or not, but I’d love to see as much money as possible raised to find a cure for this terrible disease.

Lisa Marie