As many may know by know, our own Leslie Banks has been diagnosed with late stage adrenal cancer. This came as a shock to those of us who know and love Leslie, as well as to Leslie herself. 

Leslie never flinched when asked to help a fellow author in need. Now is the time where we can come together and show her how much we love and appreciate her.  As a single mother, and a full-time self-employed author, Leslie is in dire need of not only our prayers and good vibes, but also donations to help pay her growing medical bills.  For this reason authors Kimberly Kaye Terry, Vivi Anna and Delilah Devlin have organized a writing contest (see details below) where all proceeds for entering will go directly to the Leslie Esdaile Fund.

A New York Times bestselling author, Leslie has penned over 40 novels and 12 novellas in an eclectic range of genres from contemporary, hot romance, to out-of-this world, brilliantly written stories in the paranormal genre.

She is the recipient of several awards including the 2009 Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Paranormal Fiction and the 2008 Essence Magazine Storyteller of the Year Award, she is also the recipient of the 2008 Best 50 Women in Business Award for the State of Pennsylvania.

Shifting, growing, changing, evolving…she is a phenomenal talent, writing under several pseudonyms: L.A. Banks, Leslie Esdaile, Leslie E. Banks, Leslie Banks, and Leslie Esdaile Banks. Although always chasing one dead-line or another, Leslie always made time for her many, many fans, as well as her fellow authors, lending a sympathetic ear when needed, a cover quote when asked.

The Romance community has come together like never before to support our dear friend and fellow author. It is our hope that writers, both published and unpublished, will take advantage of this great opportunity to have your book read by some of today’s top, best-selling authors, representing all genres, while helping Leslie through her personal battle. Nothing is too good for our own warrior woman, Leslie Banks, and we hope you will find it in your hearts to support this worthy cause, the Warrior Writing Contest.


Ultimate Warrior

This morning I imagine what makes a warrior
Each time you got up and found a way
One inch, one foot, one step at a time
No matter how much the pain racked your body, soul and spirit
No matter how much you wanted to give up you persevered
The life you had to live was too great to frown when a smile was what was needed

This midday I question what makes a warrior
Did you despair that things would not be the same?
Did you give up when hope could have been lost?
Did you change your unselfish way?
Did you stop giving to those who needed a friendly ear?
Did you curl up and say what use is there?
A resounding no, no, no, no and no

This afternoon I got a revelation on what makes a warrior
It is not what fighting you have done
It is not the things you have gone through
The way each obstacle that seemed to block each path you took
was invisible
The path was hard treacherous and sometimes
unending winding lane  without an end in sight
It is the way that you have gone though each trial and tribulation

This evening I know what makes a warrior
A warrior does as you have done and are still doing
Go through each and everything with grace under pressure
Find a tender touch on the shoulder for those in need
With a loving glance that says more than words can ever say
you bring peace to the needy
The unselfish giving soul that finds all that is in need
and fills them up with hope
A face that is dear to my heart and so many others
That smile that lights the room with its glow
The ultimate warrior is my mother

written by Taige Crenshaw for her mother, who was stricken with cancer…