It is with great sadness that I make an announcement concerning my friend and New York Times bestselling author, Leslie Esdaile, a.k.a. L. A. Banks. She is battling a grave illness. I received the following e-mail from her friend, Tina Wise:

It is with profound sadness that we have to inform you that our beloved sister and friend, Leslie Esdaile, (“L.A. Banks”) is most gravely ill. She is facing an uphill battle in her struggle with serious illness. Please know that as Leslie needs all of her energy in this fight, she is absolutely not able to receive visitors, answer emails, texts or phone calls, or receive flowers. What she is able to receive is your continued prayers.
Also, Leslie’s medical expenses are mounting at an astronomical rate. If you wish to assist Leslie, a fund has been established to help with these ever increasing expenses. If you wish to send donations (please note that donations are not tax-deductible) to help Leslie, please see the information listed below:
Leslie Esdaile Fund
Account #81538801
Police and Fire Federal Credit Union
Operations Center
901 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2404

If you live in Philadelphia, PA, you may take donations directly to any Police and Fire Federal Credit Union branch. Please be sure to note the account number. You may also send them to the P.O. Box listed below*.

Police and Fire Federal Credit Union Branch Locations:

Main Branch:

901 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Additional Branches:

Leo Mall, 11705 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116-2515

Davisville Shopping Center, Street Road, Philadelphia, PA

Andorra Shopping Center, Ridge and Henry Avenues, Philadelphia, PA

City Avenue Shopping Center, 7604 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19151-2007

Mayfair Branch on Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Northeast Branch, 7500 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Grant and Academy Shopping Center Branch, Philadelphia, PA

You may send good wishes and cards to*:

Leslie Esdaile
c/o Tina Ryan Wise
P.O. Box 37189
Philadelphia, PA 19148-9998

 On behalf of Leslie, her daughter Helena, her sister Liza and all of her family and friends, we sincerely thank you for all of your continued prayers and support.

Tina Ryan Wise

Also guys, writers and other publishing professionals are holding an auction to raise funds for Leslie’s hospital expenses. This is a link: 
Anne Elizabeth and Jo Carol Jones are the persons to contact if you have a service or item you’d like to offer here:
Any paypal information should be updated there. Thanks!


  1. Robin,Yes, it is. Not that this should happen to anyone, but she is such a sweetheart and is so nice to everyone she meets. :-(Charles,I'm certain Leslie and her family thank you.Trisha,She's an icon in the urban fantasy genre.Mary,She is battling late stage adrenal cancer.Chris,Her family thanks you.

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