Auction for L.A. Banks

Barbara Vey -- June 14th, 2011

Yesterday, Michaela Basham contacted me and asked for my help in spreading the word about L. A. Banks.  As usual, the romance community is rallying around one of their own in her time of need.  According to Michaela:

L.A. Banks has been diagnosed with late stage adrenal cancer and is very ill.  She is currently in a Philadelphia Hospital receiving treatment, but it is an uphill battle. Her best friend, Tina Wise is asking for donations on a Facebook page and a page specifically for Leslie (L.A.) here.

I had the pleasure of meeting Leslie a few years ago and although she didn’t know me, she wanted to get to know me.  She was incredibly kind, supportive, and encouraging to me as an aspiring author.  So, I have decided to set up a charity auction on eBay to help her family cover the astronomical medical costs she is incurring.  I am a reviewer on the Wicked Lil Pixie blog, so we are using that as a staging area to ask for donations and direct people to the auctions on eBay as soon as they start. If we receive enough donations, we hope to hold the auction next week, otherwise we will hold it the week after RWA.  Right now you can get information about donating here.

All of the proceeds earned from the auction will go to Leslie’s family, save for the amount needed to cover the posting costs and commission eBay charges (I don’t have the funds to cover that myself).  It will be posted when the auction is set to begin.  Right now we are looking for anyone who would like to donate books, critiques, or anything else, please e-mail me at

I met L.A. at the first RT convention I attended just weeks after starting this blog.  She was gracious and welcoming.  Over the years Leslie has written many wonderful books and been very generous with her time.  Now it’s time for us to be generous.  Please consider offering something or bidding on an item if you are able.

Bottom Line:
“We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa

51 thoughts on “Auction for L.A. Banks

  1. Dianna Love

    Thanks for spreading the word, Barbara. This is one of the most supportive communities in this country. I know all the links are in this blog, but for those who might want to send a check donation (and not search through links), this is the place to mail a check:

    Leslie Esdaile Fund
    Account #81538801
    Police and Fire Federal Credit Union
    Operations Center
    901 Arch Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107-2404

    I met Leslie back when I was first published and have run into her at conferences and events over the years. She’s a very sweet person, always nice to everyone she meets and full of joy. I pray she beats this.

    1. Yolanda Wilson

      Thanks Dianna for the address where I can send a donation.

      I have never met the author, but I have read at least one of her books. As a healthcare professional I know that this is a serious medical condition. My prayers are with the author and her love ones during this difficult time. I will keep them in my prayers.

  2. Delilah Devlin

    I met her for the first time this past RT in LA. We sat on a panel together talking about multi-cultural romance. She is one of the sweetest, most openly giving authors I’ve ever met. This is horrible. I’m sending my donation now. Thanks for letting us know, Barbara.

  3. Heather Bennett

    Decadent Publishing authors are already sending donations, I offered to make one for each author or staff member who contributed. We’ll also be contributing to this wonderful auction.

    Barbara, you know cancer is a cause that hits close for us, and Leslie’s gorgeous smile and bright personality is a welcomed site at RT. I hope to see it again next year.

    Thanks, Barbara, for letting me know. I will be emailing the organizer right away.

    Heather Bennett
    Decadent Publishing

  4. Deanna Jewel

    Barb & Michaela – I will be donating books for you, emailing Michaela and will be sure to watch for auction dates and post on my sites. Thank you for letting us know about this event for Leslie!

  5. Michaela

    Thank you everyone, for your support! I appreciate it, and I know that Leslie and her family do as well! Please continue to spread the word about the auction to as many people as you can, both prospective donaters and bidders, so that we can raise as much money as possible to help with Leslie’s medical expenses so that we can relieve her and her family of at least that worry.

  6. Diana Brandt

    So sorry to hear about this. I am a jewelry designer as well as a voracious reader, though I have not read her books. I have done a lot of ebay charity auctions donating my jewelry. Please let me know how I can donate or set up ebay or etsy listings to donate the proceeds to this cause. My specialty is picture charms. I would probably do some charm bracelets using the pictures of her book covers.

  7. Hilleary Peterson

    I sent an e-mail to the girls at Seekersville to see if they could help get the word out. Alot of authors and industry people visit their blog everyday. So hopefully that helps a little

  8. Sienna Mynx

    I am so sad to hear this. I met LA Banks this April at RT. She posed for pictures with me and gave me such wonderful advice. I’ve read most if not every book she’s released. She’s a talent and a gracious spirit I want to support.

    I would like to donate to the auction and I will advertise the auction on my blog. Thanks again!

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