Essence Magazine named Ms. Banks "Storyteller of the Year"
She is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program, and alumnae of Temple University's Master of Fine Arts in filmmaking program. Ms. Banks began her career in corporate marketing for several Fortune 100 firms and worked as an executive for over a decade at Xerox, Hewlett Packard, and Digital Equipment Corporation. She then subsequently evolved her veteran marketing experience into a solid entrepreneurial career as a marketing consultant within the economic development and community-based organization environment.
Banks' writing career took a new twist in 2000 when she won the coveted contract with Paramount/Showtime in collaboration with Simon & Schuster/Pocketbooks to write a book series for the popular cable network television series, Soul Food. From there, Banks transitioned into another hot genre"the world of vampire fiction, where she is currently penning a six book series for St. Martin's Press: "Minion," (June 2003), "The Awakening," (January 2004), "The Hunted," (June 2004), and "The Bitten," (January 2005), "The Forbidden" (June 2005), book#6 to be titled and released January 2006. In addition, Banks was recently signed to a St. Martin's Press inspired paranormal romance anthology, entitled, "Stroke of Midnight," contributing with Sherrilyn Kenyon, Amanda Ashley, and Lori Handeland. Banks other works include a crime thriller with Kensington/Dafina released November 2004 (Betrayal of The Trust) and numerous romances and women's fiction works with BET/Arabesque, Kensington Publishing, and Genesis Press. Banks also contributed her inspirational personal story of triumph over tragedy to the upcoming anthology, African American Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Ms. Banks is a native West Philadelphian and entrepreneur, who is fervently committed to her community. She writes and lives in University City, Philadelphia, with her husband and blended family of four children.
Leslie Esdaile BooksBetter Than (Dafina Contemporary Romance)
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Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Dafina (June 1, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
For a woman on the verge of a new life, romance is at the bottom of her To Do list.
With a New Year beginning, twenty-five-year-old Deborah Lee Jackson has a major list of resolutions. Newly divorced, unfulfilled by her job, and carrying a few extra pounds, Deborah's ready for a mind, body, spirit makeover, and she's starting at the local University. From yoga to painting to healthy cooking, finding a man is the last thing on her mind. But fate has other plans.
A successful, free-spirited painter-not to mention gorgeous afro-wearing black king-Jason Hastings is devoted to his career. He's agreed to do a teaching stint to help out a friend, but nothing's going to mess with his concentration, which is why he's sworn off women-until a tall, voluptuous, sultry voiced sister adds a splash of color and spice to his bland classroom of conservative bored housewives. Now, despite Deborah's wounded heart and Jason's celibacy, a magical romance begins. But can it hold up when real-life interferes.?
LA Banks Books
A. Banks' Vampire Huntress: Dawn and Darkness
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
on Arrival (Crimson Moon, Book 3)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Sasha Trudeau knows all about working beneath the
shadows, back-alley deals, and things that go bump in the night. She
also knows that the world is unaware of the existence of the
paranormal and that the government would like to keep it that way.
Paperback: 304 pages
Bites: A Werewolf Romance Anthology
by L. A. Banks, J. M. Jeffries, Seressia/Natalie Glass/Dunbar
Vegas Bites, a werewolf anthology comprised of four romance novellas, takes place in the French Quarter casino'the only black owned, werewolf casino in Las Vegas. With a backdrop of a weeklong Texas Hold'em tournament, the full moon approaching and the retirement of the alpha couple, battles of love, loyalty, and lust abound.
Join L.A. Banks, J.M. Jeffries, Seressia Glass and Natalie Dunbar in exploring this high roller fantasy world of feuding werewolf packs, high-stakes thieves, a sexy djinn and a mystical medallion.
from the Other Side: Dark Dreams II
THEY WALK THE NIGHT...prepared to face terrors humans were never
meant to confront. Chant with an African mystic as he protects his people from
an entity of unbridled malice. Ride the dusty trails of the Old West in pursuit
of monstrous legends. Sail on a ship of damned souls as it languishes in the
depths of forbidden waters. From the untamed wilderness of ancient times to the
concrete jungles of today, these seventeen excursions into nightmares will keep
you awake long past the midnight hour--and praying for daylight...
Forbidden (Vampire Huntress Legend Series #5)
"Fifth in the Afro-American hip-hop Damali Richards Vampire Huntress series.
Damali's lover, Carlos Rivera, was turned. So what's a Vampire Huntress gonna do
when her lover's on the other team? In Bitten (2004), Carlos was led by the
chairman of the Vampire Council, on the Dark Force's sixth level of Hell, to
impregnate Damali (after having bitten her) and thus to cause the Neteru (Damali),
a creature born once in a millennium, to give birth to an Antichrist who will
fight for the Dark Force when Armageddon bursts forth. But Carlos is lured by
angels to fly into the Light and hence gets reduced to ash. Now, Damali plunges
the powerful Isis blade into the heart of the ashes and Carlos bubbles up,
rebuilt and confused but human once more. Damali has a miscarriage, bloodying
herself, and Carlos vows revenge against the chairman. But Hell's in turmoil.
While Carlos, their master, was still ashes, many of his pack's top vampires
also turned to ash. And so the chairman has his problems. The seductress Lilith,
next in power to the Devil, rises from the seventh and deepest level and tells
the chairman that the Devil, fed up with him, has issued a bounty on Carlos and
has freed were-cats and other demons from the upper five levels to hunt him down
and return the Neteru so that a new Antichrist may be born. Carlos, no longer a
master, worries that he's human again, with no income and seemingly no
superpowers. And he knows that Damali is the Neteru. About to be sterilized on a
plane to the Vatican, Damali is carried off in an electric cloud to a conclave
of goddesses in Philadelphia, among them the Eve whose Adam was seduced by
Lilith, who then gave birth to demons. Now Lilith's stolen Damali'smiscarried
fertilized egg and will herself give birth to the Antichrist. The goddesses
assign Damali one task: smoke the bitch. Wow. Gripping. But smoke Lilith? Not
likely. Next: The Damned."
The Bitten (Vampire Huntress Legend Series #4)
The vampire civil war has been averted, deadly were-demons have been beaten back and now it Damali Richards and Carlos Rivera (now a Council level vampire) will finally have the chance to settle in and explore their deeper, sexier love. But Carlos and Damali should know by now that there is no rest for the saviors of the known world. One of the four topside Master vampires has stolen one of the Keys-the living blood of Christ---that opens the sixth seal as foretold in Revelations. He who possesses the Key and the Seal can decide to the outcome of the Final War, a.k.a. Armageddon. With a vampire in possession of the Key, the balance between the Light and the Dark have been thrown off and even Damali is deeply effected. She is now sporting a pair of fangs. In order to retrieve the Key, Carlos and Damali are quickly thrust into a web of vampire politics and intrigue. And when Carlos's secret drug, Oblivion, finds its way into the hands of the enemies, even the seventh level of Hell comes calling.
The Hunted (Vampire Huntress Legend Series #3)
Each millennium brings a new Neteru, a vampire huntress whose mission is to
vanquish evil from the world. This millennium's savior has come in the form of
Damali Richards, a hip-hop diva with the heart of a warrior and an attitude to
match. But a war in Hell has cost Damali both her powers and her past love,
Carlos Rivera. Still, Damali can't let her grief stand in her way. Several
gruesome deaths, starting with an American research team, have come to Damali's
attention in Brazil. The nature of the deaths leads Damali to believe that the
killer is anything but human...
The Awakening (A Vampire Huntress Legend Series #2)
There is a vampire war brewing in the underworld and at the center of it all is Damali Richards, spoken word artist and Vampire Huntress. But she is not just any Vampire Huntress, she is the millenium Neteru. A woman so potentially powerful that the vampire world is about to invoke a bloody battle that threatens to spill over onto her streets in order to posses her. It's just a matter of who will get to her first. Fallon Nuit, a rogue vampire, is one of the most powerful Damali has ever encountered and he has allied himself with the deadly Amanrath demons in order to claim her. But the Vampire Council has plans for her as well. And now an unlikely variable has entered into the equation, an ex-lover now turned vampire with an agenda of his own. And she must risk trusting him once more if they are to survive.
Minion: The Dark Legends Begin (A
Vampire Huntress Legend Series #1)
All Damali Richards ever wanted to do was create music and bring it to the
people. Now she is a Spoken Word artist and the top act for Warriors of Light
Records. But come nightfall, she hunts vampires and demons-predators that people
tend to dismiss as myth or fantasy. Damali and her Guardian team cannot afford
such delusions, especially now, when a group of rogue vampires has been killing
the artists of Warriors of Light and their rival, Blood Music.
More Books by Leslie Esdaile Banks
Paperback: 304 pages
Financial genius Laura Caldwell seems to have it all--beauty, brains,
wealth, and love with her courageous husband, detective James carter.
But between nature's wrath and criminals who just won't give up, will
these newlyweds ever have peace in their marriage?
of the Trust
Veteran author and Philadelphia native, Leslie Esdaile-Banks, turned in a hot new crime/suspense thriller manuscript to Kensington Publishing, entitled Betrayal of the Trust, eight months before the FBI's 'Blackberry' probe of Philadelphia's City Hall.
This tale of corruption, scandal, contract fixing, and sordid relationships amongst Philadelphia's black elite was supposed to be 'just fiction,' according to the author. Esdaile-Banks thought she was only creating 'A Black version of Dallas' like the old TV show''that is, until the newspapers hit and the headlines touted betrayal after betrayal of the public's trust, as if the reporters had researched the back-story for her novel.
Having penned 17 novels and 6 novellas, Esdaile-Banks is no stranger to fiction, and has a huge following of readers and fans. A Wharton grad, much like her main heroine in the saga, she also worked in the city's economic development community for years'where she claims she met 'characters' galore. Esdaile-Banks also thought she was writing a fictive tale about the 'old' Philadelphia, replete with scams and corruption from yesteryear. Betrayal of the Trust pulls its rich characters straight from this experience, and weaves political office and media assassinations together at a pace that leaves readers breathless. Believing that things had changed since new politicians were put in office, she made the erroneous assumption that it was a safe bet to work with character prototypes of the past in this current drama. However, this was not the case, and it seems that the smarmy underbelly of Philadelphia politics was still in full effect.
Ironically, life imitates art in this scintillating tale that mirrors the currently unfolding investigation plaguing City Hall, replete with under-the-table deals, not-so-philanthropic foundations, greedy entrepreneurs, and shady real estate developers. When asked what she thinks about the eerie coincidence, Esdaile-Banks laughs and says, 'I guess I'll have to move to Jersey now!'
Betrayal of the Trust is in stores now. The sequel Blind Trust, due out in the summer of 2005, will delve into the new casino gaming charters coming to the state of Pennsylvania' We can only imagine what she'll do with that rich backdrop as fodder for her new thriller.
From the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean to Philadelphia's halls of power, this suspenseful sequel to Betrayal of the Trust follows gutsy Laura Caldwell, a financial genius and brilliant beauty who is ready to put a dangerous chapter in her life behind her but whose enemies clearly are not
When Laura set out to bring down Philadelphia's most prominent and most corrupt families, she wasn't sure she'd survive. But now she's ready to enjoy the fruits of her victory'millions in the bank, a sumptuous villa in the Cayman Islands, and a steamy new romance with detective James Carter, who is ready to make her his wife. However, fate deals a harsh blow as natural disaster devastates her new-found paradise and James goes AWOL. The loss of her home, her man, and something even more precious has Laura reeling. It seems her adversaries have started taking their revenge'and they'll do worse if given half the chance...
When her cousin's car explodes in a Center City parking lot and her uncle is implicated as the prime suspect in a high-profile murder, Laura knows her past is coming back with a vengeance. These multiple threats are meant to be a hateful message from the City of Brotherly Love: the families want their money and their power returnedand they want to destroy Laura in the process. Now Laura, James, and their allies will have to outsmart and expose the murderous extortionists behind the scenes. But can they do it without anyone paying the ultimate price? When sinister casino mob bosses enter the equation, the prospects seem doubtful. It's the biggest battle of Laura's life because it's the first time she has so much to lose
First the hit movie.
Sisters at heart. Sisters through it all....
Baby sister Bird and her husband, Lem, are having a rough time. Lem has a secure job with his brother-in-law Kenny, but he still feels like the charity case of the family -- and he wants to make it on his own with his own business. But with his checkered past, Lem knows it will be tough to find anyone to front him the cash -- legally, at least.
Lem's attempt to get the money on the sly brings him into conflict with Bird's eldest sister, Teri, who finds out that Lem may be slipping into his old, shady habits. When Bird learns of this, the stress of worrying about her husband, her business, and her future proves too much, and her health begins to suffer badly -- bringing her family together, and forcing Bird and Lem to decide how much they mean to each other, and whether they're willing to risk losing their dreams and everything they've worked for.
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