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ARC and a Good Cause

posted by Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy

As some of you know, I am a type 2 diabetic (also called adult onset or insulin resistant diabetes), but my best friend of over 20 years is a type 1 (usually called Juvenile diabetes) and a very special one at that. She was diagnosed with diabetes when she was only two years old, and is one of only about 1,000 people in the USA who has lived with diabetes over forty years!

Five years ago, shortly after her young son was diagnosed with diabetes, best selling author Brenda Novak started an online auction to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Association to do research for a cure for this devastating medical condition. Every year, Brenda's online auction has grown. So far, her auction has earned a half a million dollars for diabetes research! This year Brenda and her supporters would love to set a new record.

People donate hundreds of items of every sort.

There are things of interest to readers, writers, and everybody.

Everything from exotic vacations, to jewelry, electronics, and critiques by authors, agents, and editors!

This year several of the "CasaBabes" have donated items to Brenda's auction, including our editor, Deb Werksman. I have donated a critique of a first chapter and synopsis, and an autographed Advance Review Copy of my September release The Treasures of Venice.

That's right, you don't have to wait until September 1st! All you have to do is submit the winning bid.

And just to whet your appetite, here's the back cover copy:

He's a charming Irish rogue who never met a lock he couldn't pick... Keirnan Fitzgerald is desperate to locate the missing Jewels of the Madonna. With danger at every corner and time running out, he must use whatever means possible to uncover the stolen jewels in time to save his sister's life...
She's simply in Venice to relax and heal her broken heart...
Samantha Lewis is shocked when a dashing stranger approaches her in a Venetian cafe pretending to know her. She's ready for something new and exciting in her life, so she throws caution to the wind and accompanies the Irish charmer into his dangerous world of intrigue, theft, and betrayal... As the centuries old story behind the Jewels disappearance is revealed, Samantha must decide whether the man she's so compellingly drawn to is her soul mate from a previous life or if they are merely pawns in a relentless quest for a priceless treasures...

Brenda's auction starts May 1st and you can check out all the goodies here:

I hope you'll support this very worthwhile cause that is very near and dear to my heart.


  1. Great book for a great cause! WTG, Cindy!

  2. I donated two full romance MS copy edits like I did last year. Brenda and I were astounded when they went for more than some of the agent offerings! Who knew there was such a need for copy editing services?? I wish I had more time to do freelance editing! Great idea to donate a book, too!

  3. Ah, wish I'd known! I would have donated!

    My Mom is a Type 2 diabetic, and I have a good friend who is Type 1 for over forty years.

    Very worthy cause.

  4. You probably still have time, Donna. The auction begins on May 1. You can reach Brenda at

  5. I'm can't remember whether I've donated a book to this one or not, but if Cindy asked, I probably did. LOL! There goes that bad memory again!

  6. I donated a hexy basket of goodies related to the first three witches and a full manuscript critique.

    I donated a hexy basket last year and it's a wonderful auction for a great cause!


  7. A wonderful, heartfelt post. My mom, one sister, and one brother are also type 2.

    I didn't donate to the cause but I'll go online and bid on something May 1.

    Linda, I might bid on that full manuscript critique--I'd love to have someone catch all my typos, and point out inconsistencies before it gets to Deb!

  8. Bid on me, too, Amelia! That's what I do in the day job--copy editing!


  9. How did I miss this opportunity? It probably came when my head was near to exploding during my launch month. I hope it goes very well. Diabetes is a bad disease. I know from family experience as well as through my work. I wish your friend luck, Cindy.

    And congrats on the new novel. I can't wait to read it, although I am sure my daughter will beat me to it like she always does.

  10. I probably missed it, too, Sharon. I've been in a bit of a daze for months!

  11. Hi Everyone!

    Sorry I haven't been around, but my best friend whom I mentioned in the blog had surgery this morning. Luckily they were able to do it on an outpatient basis, so I took her and am now at her house using her laptop. She's doing fine, and is asleep right now. :-)

    It is defintely not too late to donate something to Brenda's auction. Thanks so much for posting her email address, Marie.


  12. Wow, Donna!
    You know another looong term diabetic! Fortunately, the advances they have made in diabetes treatment means will have a lot more of these folks in the future!

    My BFF is determined to be around when they find the cure! I'm betting she will be!


  13. Linda and Marie,
    I remember you both donated last year and figured you would do the same this year. You are both VERY GENEROUS with you time for those editing/critiquing donations! I would love to donate more than one, but figure with deadlines breathing down my neck, I better not push it!

  14. Amelia/Gloria,
    Type 2 does tend to run in families. My mother was a type 2 and I was diagnosed at the same age she was when she was diagnosed! Also, my former father-in-law had 11 brothers and sisters and 8 of them were type 2 diabetics! Very scary.


  15. Sharon,
    Looking forward to seeing you and Emily soon!

    TToV was actually written BEFORE TWS. Hope you both enjoy it!


  16. Cindy,
    I love doing the MS copy edits/critiques, so I am happy to donate. Last year I ended up with this big, gory horror MS, so Brenda and I agreed to limit it to romance this year. Live and learn! LOL

  17. Thank you for letting us all know about this great cause Cindy!


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