L.A. Banks, I will miss you

Long before I dedicated my reading passion to Young Adult novels I was an avid reader of Adult Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy novels. Because of the reading community I became involved with, I found out about RT conventions and attended a few of them. One year in particular, my friends and I attended a dinner when this woman with the most fantastic necklace sat down with us. Not only was she gorgeous, but she was down to earth, warm and so friendly that we all ended up adoring her and it was not until the end of the dinner that we found out that she was the well known author L.A. Banks.

Today I found out about her recent passing. I know that she had been very ill, but it is still such a shock. So, it is with a heavy heart that I write this post. I will always have very found memories of her and send her family my heart felt condolences.

I have severe Arachnophobia and she had this gigantic spider cuff that scared the crap out of me


but I adored her cross necklace and she was commenting on mine


L.A. Banks, I will miss you. Rest in Peace.

3 comments on "L.A. Banks, I will miss you"

Andrea C. Lira-Martinez wrote: August 2, 2011 at 6:08 PM

May she rest in peace.

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xoxo


booklady35 wrote: August 2, 2011 at 6:25 PM

I didn't know her, but that is still very sad.


~THE OPTIMISTIC PESSIMIST ~ wrote: August 2, 2011 at 6:31 PM

I am truly saddened by her passing, she was a beautiful soul.

I will never foget the look on your face.


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SABAA TAHIR Book Launch: AN EMBER IN THE ASHES
Kepler's in Menlo Park
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A Great Good Place in Montclair Village
Wednesday, April 29 @ 7 pm

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California BOOKSTORE Day |Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, May 2, 2015
At your local Indie bookstores. Please come and join them at various locations throughout the SF Bay Area for their BOOKSTORE day celebrations.
Books Inc.
Great Good Place
Green Apple Books
Hicklebee's
Kepler's
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Just to name a few. If you would like to know about more bookstores in the SF Bay Area check out this page that will show you all those bookstores that are participating http://indiemap.bookweb.org/

YA Event of Awesome with authors TRICIA STIRLING, ANNAMEEKEE HESIK, STACEY LEE, HEIDI KLING, TAMARA IRELAND STONE AND LYNN CARTHAGE
Hickleebee's in San Jose
Friday, May 8 @ 7pm

NYMBC YA Hoopla
Featuring: Tamara Ireland Stone, Virginia Boecker, Stephanie Keuhn, Alexis Bass, Veronica Rossi, Katherine Longshore and many more
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Saturday, May 9 @4pm

MICHAEL BUCKLEY
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Saturday, May 9 @ 3pm

Fierce Reads 2015 Spring Tour with Katie Finn, Lynne Matson, Marie Rutkoski and Lindsay Smith
Keplers in Menlo Park
Tuesday, May 12 @ 6pm

NYMBC Presents the Summer of Swoon Tour: SANDY HALL, KATIE VAN ARK, TEMPLE WEST and KIMBERLY KARALIUS
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Thursday, May 14 @ 7pm

JODI PICOULT & SAMANTHA VAN LEER
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, May 22 @ 6pm

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MICHELLE TEA
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, June 3 @ 7pm

VIRGINIA BOECKER
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, June 4 @ 7pm

BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL
Berkeley, CA
Saturday & Sunday, June 6-7, 2015
Paolo Bacigalupi
Lauren Oliver
Judy Blume
Kresley Cole
Jenny Han
Morgan Matson
Tamara Ireland Stone
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PAOLO BACIGALUPI
Borderlands Cafe in San Francisco
Sunday, June 7 @ 3pm

MARY PEARSON
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, June 12 @ 7pm

MICHELLE TEA
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, June 12 @ 6:30pm

STEPHANIE KUEHN
Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
Saturday, June 13 @ 7:30pm

ADAM SILVERA and JANDY NELSON
Green Apple Books (Clement street location) in SF
Thursday, June 25 @ 7pm

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SAN FRAN GOLDEN GATE AUTHOR EVENT
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway San Francisco
Saturday, August 8 11:30-4pm

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