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Our fundraising initiative for this year is an exciting one!

My very first cookbook contains all of my healthiest recipes—the ones I used to raise my five kids, not recipes I hired someone to create—along with some recipes contributed by friend and co-author Jan Coad, who once owned a restaurant and has published other cookbooks. The digital edition of LOVE THAT! is currently available for pre-order at all vendors, so order yours now. The print version will be up for pre-order soon at Amazon.com.

In addition, I’ve curated three limited edition box sets containing BRAND NEW stories from some of today's most popular writers! These sets will provide you with hours and hours of reading pleasure, all for the low price of $9.99 (that's less than $1/story), and, as with the cookbook, all the money goes to the Diabetes Research Institute. Even better news, these box sets are available wherever you typically purchase your digital books, so it doesn't matter which kind of reading device you own. Pre-order your sets now so that you receive them on May 1st, when they release. Don't wait! Once they go on sale, they will only be available through June 30th.

We only need to sell 20,000 of each set to reach our goal of sending The Diabetes Research Institute another $300,000!

You're invited to a big Facebook party on May 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th!

We are celebrating the release of LOVE THAT! Brenda Novak's Every Occasion Cookbook and the release of the three box sets--SWEET DREAMS, SWEET TALK and SWEET SEDUCTION by throwing a huge multi-day Facebook party! There, you will meet me and the other authors who are participating in the box sets, as well as many other authors who will be making various recipes in my cookbook. They will be joining us with videos and pictures of the results, and you will have the opportunity to do the same. The best video/picture will win a brand new Kindle or Nook (winner's choice) on which to read the stories in our amazing box sets. And there will be many, many other prizes given away! So don't miss the fun!

How does a Facebook party work? It's easy! If you're on Facebook, just like this page https://www.facebook.com/BrendaNovakDiabetesAuction and RSVP for the event. Then mark your calendar to swing by for an hour or two on May 1st, 2nd, 3rd and/or 5th. I'll be posting more details about who's coming and what we'll be giving away as we get closer.

Post a picture of yourself with one of the recipes in LOVE THAT! and be entered to win a prize!

You can participate in this drawing by posting your video or picture of yourself making one of the recipes in LOVE THAT! Brenda Novak's Every Occasion Cookbook on the Brenda Novak for the Cure Facebook page any time during the month of May. Or, if you don't have a Facebook page and don't want to participate that way, you can email the picture or video to danita.moon@comcast.net, and she can post it for you here and on Facebook. Whether you post it yourself or send it to us, you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

The Annual Auctions that Gave Us Our Start

$2.4 million raised in ten years!

Thad and BrendaWhen my youngest son, Thad, was diagnosed with diabetes at only five years old, and I learned of the terrible side effects he would likely face, I could not just hope for the best. I had to do something to fight back.

The drive to protect my child led me to start an online auction for diabetes research in 2005. It started relatively small--we raised only $34,500 or so our first year--but it grew quickly. I ran Brenda Novak's Annual Online Auction for ten years and managed to raise $2.4 million, thanks to the fabulous support I received from readers, writers, publishing professionals and advocates. I won't be running an auction in 2015, but I am not giving up the fight. I'm just shifting my focus to curating and selling my new cookbook--LOVE THAT! Brenda Novak's Every Occasion Cookbook--and various collections of stories from big-name authors (like SWEET DREAMS, SWEET TALK and SWEET SEDUCTION) as my fundraising vehicle.

According to the CDC, nearly 10% of Americans have diabetes. That's just an unacceptable number. So I thank everyone who has supported my efforts in the past--and I ask for your help in the future. Together, we can raise the money necessary to beat this terrible disease.

Click here to view a list of Award Winners -- people who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to help.

For a 2015 press kit, click here.


Brenda Novak
P.O. Box 3781
Citrus Heights, CA 95608