I just assembled a basket of signed books and goodies. It will be auctioned off at the Fur Ball in a few weeks, which is the gala fundraiser of our local Merrimac River Feline Rescue Society, a no-kill shelter, cat adoption center, and feral project.
I love doing this. I get a colorful basket at the discount store and line it with green tissue paper. I sign copies of my books. I include the Fish Nets anthology, which has my short story of murderous revenge, “The Stonecutter.” I slip in bookmarks, a bottle of local beer, a packet of organic salad green seeds, a pair of gardening gloves, and voila!
And finally, I drew up a certificate for the right to name a character in the book I’m writing now, Farmed and Dangerous. How fun is that? They want to put that item in the live auction. I offered the same thing at a different auction for a character in ‘Til Dirt Do Us Part and someone named Diane Weaver won it. I met her in person this weekend at Boucheron!
I’m going to put together another basket and certificate for an auction to support our local art cinema, the fabulous Screening Room.
What kinds of things do you bid on in auctions? Have you ever had your name attached to a character in a mystery?