The David Gemmell Awards have a auction every year, and this year they are offering non-attendees of the award ceremony the chance to bid on lots. Among the items on offer is the chance to appear in Scott Lynch's fourth Gentleman Bastard novel, The Thorn of Emberlain (it being too late to arrange the same thing for the forthcoming third novel, The Republic of Thieves). Usually the person who wins these kind of events gets killed off in a nasty manner, but Scott has thrown in a twist: your character will survive! But only by the narrowest of the margin.
For a full list of items, including the complete Dresden Files from Orbit Books (complete in their swanky new covers) and the chance to have your manuscript appraised by publisher and editor Jo Fletcher, check out the link.