Australian authors and people in publishing have come together to host Twitter auctions under the hashtag #AuthorsForFireys, to raise money for the brave firefighters battling the catastrophic fires across Australia. Many members of the romance community are participating. The auctions opened on Jan 6 and will conclude on Jan 11, with winning twitter bidders generally needing to send proof of a donation to the CFA (Country Fire Authority) to the donor in order to receive their item.
We’ve collected items we thought might be of interest to our readers in this blog post to help spread the word. Please feel free to share other good items in the comments.
- Sandra Carmel’s “sexy paranormal” romances Capture and Discover
- Sarah Mayberry’s set of five fan favorites
- Signed ARCs of 2020 releases from Penny Reid
- Romances by Aussie authors including Sandy Barker
- Signed At Your Service and Forever In Your Service by Sandra Antonelli (with a bonus apron!)
- Rural romances by Catherine Evans
- 29 signed books collected by Kerri Turner
- Copies of Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project in many languages
- Signed Victoria, Oz mystery romance set by Phillipa Nefri Clark
- Signed books and bookmarks from Lucy Parker
Books, especially signed and collectibles:
- Dr. Julia Baird is offering “my big fat biography of Queen Victoria, called “uncommonly frisky” by The New York Times.”
- Sabaa Tahir is offering “signed/personalized special hardcover edition of EMBER, a limited edition bookmark, pouch, Laia poster & a print of Jay Bendt’s beautiful art.”
- The Book Fairies are offering a copy of Little Women signed by Emma Watson
- Bloomsbury Australia is selling “a deluxe illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, with a signed bookplate from illustrator Jim Kay”
- Anna O’Grady is offering signed Harry Potter hardbacks.
- Wai Chim is offering beautiful side-painted copies of The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling.
- Min Jin Lee has 5 signed copies of Pachinko.
Manuscript edits /feedback from:
- Romance novelist Sarah Mayberry here
- Matt Davies here
- Emily Gale (kids/YA) here
- Alex Adsett (literary agent) here
- Angela Meyer here
- Lili Wilkinson here
- Dervla McTiernan here
- Danielle Binks here
- Pamela Hart/Pamela Freeman here
- Kate Gordon here
- Lisa Heidke here
- Meredith Costain here
- Eleanor Limprecht will research for you at the NSW State Archives!
- Emma Campbell will research for you at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra!
- Chris Monnox will research for you at the National Library of Australia!
- Indie and ABIA-winning poet laureate Maxine Beneba Clarke is offering a poem commission – wedding vows, birth announcement, birthday gift!
- A “private, white-glove viewing” for you at 9 guests at the State Library of Victoria!
- Jo Renfro will draw a caricature of your pet!
- Nat Amoore will make you a book trailer!
- You can be a named character in Liane Moriarty’s next book!
- Get climate research from Ketan Joshi!
- A hand-knit hot water bottle cover!
- A guest spot on the Words and Nerds Podcast!
What other #authorsforfireys items have you seen for auction? Do you have any other ways to help that you’d like to share? Please join us in the comments!
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