That’s what friends are for. . .

It is with a heavy heart that I come to you today. The romance community has received news that my friend and fellow author, Leslie Esdaile (“L.A. Banks”), is 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.

While your prayers and thoughts are most welcome and needed, a special support website.has been set up in order to help Leslie with the mounting medical expenses facing her and her family.

In addition, as we do one of our own needs help, there are several auctions running to help raise funds for Leslie’s mounting hospital costs. I am participating in one of these at

    * Share Your Heart Auction for Leslie On Ebay
    *June 21-July 1, 2011
    *Bids begin at : 9 AM EST (6/21)
    *Auctions end: 9 PM (7/1)
    *you must register with Ebay to place bids for the auction (if you are not registered)

Thank you all for taking the time to read this. If you’d like to send Leslie any notes, you can do so at the guest book at the Leslie Esdale Fund website.

Please feel free to share this information with others.