Leslie Ann Peterson was born on 11 December 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program with a Master's in Fine Arts from Temple University. Under different pennames, she wrote over 40 novels, 20 novellas y some non-fiction books in a wide range of genres and. She mysteriously shape-shifts between the genres of romance, women's fiction, crime/suspense thrillers, and paranormal lore. She wrote as Leslie Esdaile, Leslie E. Banks, Leslie Banks, Leslie Esdaile Banks and L. A. Banks. In 2008, she was the recipient of the Essence Magazine Storyteller of the Year Award, as well as the Best 50 Women in Business Award for the State of Pennsylvania. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Romantic Times Booklover's Career Choice Award for Paranormal Fiction, and in 2010 was named Living Legend by the Black Alumni Society of University of Pennsylvania. This full-time writer passed away in 2 August 2011.

Book List in Order: 20 titles

  • 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 ext...


  • Love By The Numbers Everything in life has to add up for CPA Karin Michaels. Her checkbook--balanced. Her day planner--precise. Her doctor boyfriend--predictable. So why, on a scale of one to ten, is her happiness rating a zero? And the last thing K...


  • in Valentine's Day Is Killing Me

    Lost roses. Cancelled reservations. Broken dates. Arrests. Dead bodies. There's always some reason to hate Valentine's Day...unless the scene of the crime starts really heating up.... Jocelyn Jefferson is one sister who is not falling for any rom...


  • Love Boat New TV producer Natasha Ward has landed the reality show that can make--or break--her career. She's putting five beautiful women and five gorgeous guys on a luxurious chartered yacht. Each stop at a steamy Caribbean port includes a challen...


  • Hello, Stranger... Philadelphia newcomer Darien Jackson may be young, gifted, and beautiful, but she's also maxed out on her credit cards, behind on her car payments, and unable to make the rent on her swanky apartment. Worse, her older (less flas...


  • in The Sistahood of Shopaholics

    Single mother Della Mitchell is going to Victoria's Secret for the first time after a year of abstinence from shopping. . .and men. But now it's time to get her groove back on. Then she meets Byron Fulton, buying a "breakup" gift for his girlfriend. ...


  • in Candlelight and You

    Gift shop owner Denise Blake spends her days helping others find the perfect gift for that special person in their lives. But with no one to call her own, she's beginning to think she'll never find Mr. Right--until Cupid strikes and brings her the l...


  • Freelance journalist Lynette Graves has always had a way with words, but the sight of Foster Scott Hamilton, Jr. leaves her speechless. After the recent breakup of her marriage--and seeing everything she owned washed away by a hurricane--romance is t...


  • Tina Johnston, Lieutenant Colonel of the J. A. B. Corps, meet the man of her dreams in the form of her brother's longtime friend and business partner, Mark Hicks, while on holiday in China. Mark is a newly retired Military Intelligence Officer and ha...








  • Over Buffalo wings and cheap wine, Nicole Gordan and her girlfriends cook up a scheme to host private psychic-reading parties each week as an added source of income. Nikki, a telemarketer who has recently moved to Philadelphia from Delaware is a bit...


  • Two friends divorce-each leaving their spouses to rekindle their high school flames in the midst of chaotic change and children. Antoinette Wellington once had it all - a beautiful home, solid career, handsome husband, and gorgeous little girl. But a...


  • LIFE'S MOST PRECIOUS LESSONS... Having spent years caring for her sick mother, Corey Hamilton is afraid her own dreams of love, travel, and excitement have been permanently deterred. The brightest spot in her lonely life is her classroom full of boi...


  • in After the Vows


  • CAN THEIR LOVE REACH... Artist Nina Carpenter knows her marriage is in trouble--and part of her wants to blame the jazz club her handsome husband Tony Williams owns. Between Tony's late nights and her own early mornings spent painting, Nina suspects...


  • in Midnight Clear (Genesis)

    An Indigo holiday anthology by four of the most accomplished authors writing African-American romance today. Rumor, folklore, town gossip? No one knows for certain. Perhaps you will discover the magic of love for yourself...upon a Midnight Clear....


  • SOMETIMES A WOMAN HAS TO LOSE HER HEART... Bad things can happen to good people, and lovely, divorced Claudia Harris has had more than her share. Now, her sister's sudden death in a freak medical accident has sent her into the depths of despair she ...


  • Plagued by strange dreams about seductive Victor Duarte, corporate consultant Liza Nichols finds herself drawn to her sexy business rival, not realizing they are linked not only by passion but by an ancient curse that has followed their families for ...






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