Durham Library Foundation will auction off the chance to be a character in a soon to be published romance novel. The live auction, which will benefit the Foundation’s $1.5 million Campaign for the Library, begins at 9 a.m. on Oct. 1, and the bidding will continue until 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. The opening bid is $100. Donors can bid online and watch their bids update in real time. The winner will be notified by Durham County Library on November 1, 2013.
The romance novel, written by Jennifer Lohmann, Southwest Regional Library’s Adult Services Manager, is titled Weekends in Carolina. The story follows new landowner Trey Harris, who returns to his childhood home after the death of his alcoholic father. Trey is desperate to sell the farm and cut his ties to Durham. If a developer razes the farm to the ground, even better. Standing in his way is Max Backstrom. She’s been farming the land for five years and wants to buy it, but she can’t afford Trey’s price. The more time Trey spends at the farm, the more he is attracted to Max – and impressed by the changes she’s made to the land. He swore he’d never live in North Carolina again, but can he find happiness without Max? Harlequin will publish the novel in January 2014.
Lohmann has published two previous romance novels, Reservations for Two and The First Move, both Harlequin Books. As a librarian, Lohmann is committed to helping her patrons find just the right book. She hosts an annual romance tea with local romance authors and runs a popular romance book club. In 2011, she was named Librarian of the Year by the Romance Writers of America.
For more information about the auction call 919-560-0193.