Brenda Novak’s Fight Against Diabetes and Avon Addicts! Hummingbird Place News 05/04/2015

First tonight on Romance News, I want to let our listeners know about New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Brenda Novak, and her crusade against Diabetes. Brenda is an active mother of five whose youngest son, Thad, was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at the of five. His diagnosis led Brenda to begin a personal crusade to fight this debilitating disease that affects millions. For the past ten years, Brenda’s fans have stepped up and supported her annual online auction to raise funds for the Diabetes Research Institute. The auction has so far helped her raise over $2.4 million so far!

Now, after ten years, Brenda is taking a break from the annual online auction, But don’t worry, she’s still hard at work on another big fundraising effort. She has curated THREE limited edition box sets that are up for sale, each containing ten or more BRAND NEW stories from very big-name authors.

The three are… SWEET DREAMS (13 thrillers, including stories by Erica Spindler, Allison Brennan, Brenda Novak, Alex Kava, JT Ellison, Carla Neggars and many others,) SWEET TALK (11 contemporary romance stories with a forward by #1 NYT Bestselling author Robin Carr) and SWEET SEDUCTION (13 hot contemporary stories a la FIFTY SHADES OF GREY with not only a forward but a full-length novel by Lisa Renee Jones) are currently up for pre-order at all major e-tailers online.

Brenda tells us that these sets will provide hours and hours of reading pleasure, all for the low price of $9.99 (that’s less than $1/story), and all money will be donated to the Diabetes Research Institute. These box sets are available wherever digital books are sold, so no matter which reading device you own you can get the sets. Brenda cautions everyone to order now, because once the sets go on sale May 1, they will only be available through June 30th.

In addition to the 3 boxed sets, Brenda has written her very first cookbook. She says, “This book 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! Brenda Novak’s Every Occasion Cookbook, is currently available for pre-order at all vendors, so you can order yours now. We’re told the print version will be up for pre-order soon at

If you want to be involved in this very worthy endeavor, check Twitter and Facebook to find out more information and get links to the three boxed sets.

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So how many readers out there have heard of Avon Addicts?

Can you say that Books are your passion and Authors are your obsession?

If so, you should apply now to become an Avon Addict, for the chance to become part of Romance’s most desirable super reader community!

Avon Addicts take their love for Romance to a whole new level. But how can you know what it takes to become part of this elite group of readers?

Here are a few signs that you have the addiction:

  • Were you one of the first people to pick up Jennifer Ryan’s sizzling contemporaries, and share them with your friends?
    • When Lisa Kleypas came home to Avon, were you among the first in the know about her upcoming historical romance, Cold-Hearted Rake (coming out in October 2015)?
    • Were you thrilled when Ilona Andrews launched a new romantic urban fantasy series with us, and you’re already planning your online review of the second book…even before it hits your eReader?
    • Do you sign up for every Jennifer L. Armentrout cover reveal?
    • Are you among the super-readers who know that Lorraine Heath has a Young Adult alter ego?
    • Do you bookmark Avon’s multi-author Facebook parties, and celebrate every release day with us like it’s a holiday?

If you answered yes to any (or all!) of these questions, you are definitely Avon Addict material.

Many will apply, and only 25 will be accepted into the fifth sisterhood of Avon Addicts. If you became part of Avon’s social media-savvy inner circle of romance lovers, you will help spread the love of favorite Avon authors via blog, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads posts, as well as be given the ability to pass along physical copies to the other bibliophiles in your lives!

Avon Addicts receive special invitations to meet authors behind-the-scenes at book events, and to mix & mingle with all the Avon ladies at our special events at RWA, RT, BEA and other bookish gatherings.

If you think you have what it takes to be an Avon Addict, apply here to achieve official status!

What you’ll receive:

Over the course of a year, Avon Addicts will receive six special packages containing advance copies of forthcoming books to read and share with friends; fun promotional items (swag!), and other goodies. We will send our Addicts early copies of hand-selected Avon, Avon Impulse, Avon Red and William Morrow titles.

Addicts, in return, should share their feelings about these books on their social sites, on the Avon website, Edelweiss, and online retailers!

We hope the Avon Addict program helps us reward our most devoted readers – and we know your enthusiasm is infectious…so we hope you’ll help make everyone as excited about our extraordinary books and talented authors as you are.

Apply below!

25 Avon Addicts will be selected by the Avon Editorial and Publicity/Marketing group. Applications should be submitted to us from May 1 through July 1, 2015.

Does being an Avon Addict sound like all that and a box of romance novels to you?

Then go for it. Apply at