Have you ever been to an auction or yard sale that offers “mystery boxes”? They’re officially called box lots and contain many different items combined into one package. The box lot method lets auction houses liquidate many miscellaneous items fast. I’ve always been fascinated by these surprise packages. There’s such potential. Who knows what might be in there? Maybe trash, maybe treasure. For example…
A postcard-sized landscape painting bought as part of a box of trinkets costing $50 at auction was valued at almost $400,000.
While rummaging through a box of kitchen gadgets she’d bought at a storage auction, a woman discovered several medals — including a Purple Heart — and discharge papers belonging to a World War II veteran.
Another intrepid shopper bought a box of books from an estate auction for $1, and found a first edition signed copy of Mark Twain's Omnibus inside.
One box procured at an auction contained a 177-year-old journal containing a church’s history from its founding in 1834 to 1865.
It’s like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.
So here’s your chance. Share the tale of a favorite surprise in your life and win a mystery package of five romances. Some I got at conferences, some through judging contests. They could be any kind of story – contemporary, historical, inspirational. It’s a surprise! And maybe you’ll find a new author to cherish forever. One sure thing: the package will include a copy of my new book The Bride Insists.