Sunday, April 27, 2014

The SFR Brigade Joins Forces with Brenda Novak "For the Cure"

This year, the SFR Brigade is throwing their creative forces behind the Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Research by sponsoring a category of science fiction and space exploration related bounty.

The bidding fun begins this Thursday, May 1st, and runs through the entire month of May for most items, with special one-day offerings and big-ticket item drawings happening as part of the main auction.

From the Brenda Novak Auction site:

"As a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Brenda has been able to count on her fans and her peers to support her annual online auctions, which runs May 1 – May 31st, helping her raise over $1.6 million so far! 

Brenda is an active mother of five whose youngest son, Thad, was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at the age of five. There began her personal crusade to fight a disease that affects millions. The 2011 statistics on diabetes are alarming — and clearly establish a challenge Brenda is trying to meet: improve lives by helping to raise money to battle this devastating disease. Data released by the ADA January 26, 2011 reveals there are 25.8 million children and adults in the United States — thus 8.3% of the population have diabetes. Another 79 million people have prediabetes. In 2010, 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed."

In addition to supporting this great cause, the Brigade hopes the offerings of special sci-fi and space memorabilia, collectibles and just downright "fun-to-have-stuff" will draw in a throng of new readers who might be enticed to give SFR a try.

Or if they're already a fan, they can follow the links to join the SFR Brigade as we continue a quest of "Conquering the Universe...One Story at a Time."

So what sort of treasures did we dig out of our storage holds to donate to this truly worthy cause?

Well, how about this:



Or this:


A colorful montage image of the Star Wars characters, perfect for your desk
--or the desk of your favorite Star Wars fan.

Or this:


This softcover book will never be offered for sale by the SFR Brigade. 
Only a few copies of the anthology exist.

Or this:



six item package including a bestselling hardcover novel, 
The Courtship of Princess Leia
Han Solo has some competition for the feisty princess's hand!

Or this:


When We Left Earth, 4 DVD set of the spectacular Discovery Channel series of space exploration.

Or this:


An exciting new "Pick Your Path to Romance" concept of multiple plot path stories.

Or THIS!

and circuit boards to adorn your wall or compliment your costume.

Plus many more fun or historic items to discover.

And Science Fiction Romance books? Oh my yes, we have a plethora. A haul, if you will.

You can start out by checking out the digital (Amazon .mobi) SFR smorgasbord in the Boldy Gone E-Book Bonanza, a collection of over 30 Science Fiction Romance novels featuring Linnea Sinclair's just re-released classic with a totally cool new cover, The Down Home Zombie Blues. (Don't worry, ya'll. This type of ZOMBIE is not the undead, half-rotted, brain-eating paranormal variety, these ZOMBIES are an acronym for a very terrifying force from outer space.) Oh yes, and there's a $25 Amazon e-gift certificate that comes with the e-book package, so you can buy even more great SFR books when you've finished all of these (in about the year 2025).

But how about print books, you say? Ding, ding, ding!

Our own Sharon Lynn Fisher is offering a package of autographed copies of both of her Tor Science Fiction Romance novels, Ghost Planet, the just released The Ophelia Prophecy, and a nifty bonus...a future Advance Readers Copy of her next novel, Echo 8, to be released in early 2015.

And you can have a sneak peek at the Echo 8 blurb, too.

Linnea Sinclair is offering autographed print copies of two of her best-loved SFR novels, Games of Command and Finders Keepers. As a bonus, get a special mug featuring all of her covers.

Marcella Burnard, another previous RITA nominee in SFR is offering two SFR novels in her series, Enemy Within and Enemy Games.

Pauline Baird Jones has put together a Project Enterprise package of five print SFR books and teamed up with Anabanana on a selection of delicious custom soaps and lip balms.

Veronica Scott has a Titanic-themed package that includes her "space shipwreck" novel, The Wreck of the Nebula Dream and a copy of Escape from Zulaire, along with a genuine piece of coal from the real Titanic, and a reproduction White Star line mug as used on the actual ship.

And Spacefreighter's Pippa Jay is offering a Keir Gift Set including an autographed, print copy of Keir with a very special custom-made charm bracelet and bookmarks.

There are also other SFR book offerings from Brigade members Melisse Aires, Cathryn Cade, Eva Caye, K. M. Fawcett and Joni Hahn in the Brigade category.

But the Brigade doesn't have a monopoly on all the fun. The auction offers many chance-of-a-lifetime items such as meet-ups with famous authors, critiques by well-known authors, editors or agents, amazing trips, jewelry, decorative items and fun experiences.

Please join us on Thursday for the exciting start to the 2014 auction. Together we can make this the best auction yet and help make a difference in so many lives.

It's all for one and one for all....For the Cure!

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