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Guest Author: L.A. Banks (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Please join me in welcoming author Leslie Banks here today to Dark Faerie Tales.  The first book in her new urban fantasy series, Surrender the Dark, will hit shelves on March 29, 2011.  You can read an excerpt here.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster, two lucky commentators will have a chance to win a copy of Surrender the Dark.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Author Bio:

L. A. Banks – Ms. Banks is a New York Times and USA Today Best-selling author and has written over 42 novels and contributed to 23 novellas.  As a novelist, she fluidly moves between the genres of YA/Fantasy, Romance, Suspense, and Urban Fantasy, but is also skilled in comic script writing and screenwriting.  Banks is a proud member of The Liars Club of Philadelphia, is a Board of Trustee member for the Philadelphia Free Library and serves on the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy.  Banks is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program with a Master’s in Fine Arts from Temple University. She is a full-time writer living and working in Philadelphia. Visit her on the web at Vampire Huntress or at Leslie Esdaile Banks.

Welcome Leslie!

Surrender the Dark

by L.A. Banks

This was by far one of my most challenging projects, even though I have a long list of paranormal/urban fantasy titles.  But when you’re working with “angels” you have several landmines to avoid.  First, you don’t want to offend people’s religious perception of this entity.  For me, that’s key.  So, then how in THE WORLD can you make them sexy… without crossing some proverbial hard line?  I was frankly bewildered.

After an anything goes environment with The Vampire Huntress Legends series (vampires can do it all without too much public outcry), and the same with the Crimson Moon Novels (my bad boy werewolves/shadow wolves) and the Fae… hey… I was spoiled.  My heroes didn’t have “sex rules” – they just oozed sensuality.  They made it do what it do, so to speak, ha ha ha!  But now I had to create celibate angels and figure all that out, and how to allow them to ultimately have sex in a way that didn’t violate Heavenly edicts… sheesh… like how an author supposed to figure out something like that, huh?  Oh, and to do so in the regulatory space of the three major religions I was pulling research from—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam… all the old books/texts that reference angels!

That’s where world-building and story-telling comes to bear.  But then again, you also don’t want to use tried and true tropes to “get out of” going to the edge of the envelope – BIG SMILE.  That was the second challenge for me, finding the edge and then dancing over it, LOL!  We’ll see if I did okay as people read this sexy story… but at the end of the day, my job as a writer is to entertain—to take you on a ride that leaves you smiling when it’s all said and done.  I hope I did that.

Now, here’s also another fair warning… this particular story begins dark.  But isn’t that where we want angels to enter our lives—not when everything is rosy, but when we are in our darkest hour?  And don’t we want them to stand up for us, shield us, and help us, even when we’re frightened to death of who and what they are?  Yep…. (nodding) that’s how I envisioned it, therefore how I told the tale.  So I ask you to bear with me, give it a few chapters before you say, “Geeze, this is really gonna depress me,” LOL!  I promise an upswing—and anyone who has ever read me will tell you, LA Banks starts reeeeaaal dark, but then climbs into the light until at the end you are cheering.  My rollercoaster writing style, I guess (laughing at myself here—until I blogged this I hadn’t realized the pattern.)

So I hope you’ll give Surrender the Dark a try, and when the sequel comes out in October—Conquer the Dark, you’ll get a first hand, actual traveler’s point of view on the ancient ruins of Egypt.  Enjoy, and thanks for allowing me to blog with you today!

Hugs, LA Banks (Leslie)!

You can visit Leslie around the web here: Website | Facebook | Twitter


Two lucky commentators will have a chance to win a copy of Surrender the Dark.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

When would you most want an angel to come into your life—and to help with what?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents ONLYNo P.O. boxes.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Tuesday, April 5th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of

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15 Responses to “Guest Author: L.A. Banks (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Tami JacksonNo Gravatar

    I don’t want to enter this particular giveaway contest but I thought the whole article was very well written and presented. Wanted to say I love what you’ve done here with the design of Dark Faerie Tales too. It’s really such a beautiful blog design! Wow.

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  2. Robin KNo Gravatar

    Oh that’s easy. To clean and cook :)

    I follow.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

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  3. Sara MNo Gravatar

    I would like an angel to come visit me today with some soup. Especially if he or she could also cure me of this cough and sore throat. :mrgreen:

    +1 blog and twitter follower

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  4. Christy M.No Gravatar

    I’d really like it if an angel would show up when I’m really down and just hold me. Wrap me up in their warmth and beauty and help me chase away the blues and loneliness.
    I follow on google, facebook and twitter. Will twitter the give away.
    what.are.ya.readin @ gmail . com

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  5. Viki S.No Gravatar

    I want an angel in my life all the time to guide and protect me. +1

    Follower here and twitter (Jovial_1) +2

    Tweeted:!/Jovial_1/status/50257956972933120 +3

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  6. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar

    I’d most want an angel to come into my life when I was in trouble and needed help getting out of it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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  7. Keisha TalleyNo Gravatar

    I would want an angel to enter my life on those days that I am down and need a pick me up .

    I have to say I am so glad to see an African American paranormal cover..<3


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  8. AmyNo Gravatar

    I would want an angel to come and help when I’m in big trouble and need help.

    +1 answered question
    +2 GFC follower


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  9. lulilutNo Gravatar

    +1 I would want my angel to be near me at all times but especially when I’m troubled and I need guidance.
    +2 twitter and blog follower
    +3 Tweeted here:
    d.septer at

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar

    +1 I want an angel in my life, when someone that I love is in danger. I would want the angel to protect them.
    +2 GFC follower
    +3 tweeted!/mbreakfield/status/51010029733675008

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  11. Beth C.No Gravatar

    I’d love to have an angel in my life right now, to help me get CPS out of the lives of my daughter and granddaughter.

    GFC follower

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  12. Danielel GormanNo Gravatar

    I would want an angel to visit when I was upset and needed someone. Probably after someone in my family has become sick. I am sure that I would definitely need them the most then.

    +1 comment
    +2 blog follower

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  13. Maria S (Mariah)No Gravatar

    I think I (like anyone else) would need an angel’s help the most when I hit rock bottom…like if anything happened to one of my children or husband or my house is damaged.

    +1 for answering the question.
    +2 for being a follower of this blog (Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother…) & Twitter (Maria_Smith_76).
    3 for tweeting:!/Maria_Smith_76/status/51644780077260800

    Thank you! moc.liamgnull@htimsfamm

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  14. Magaly GuerreroNo Gravatar

    When I’m single and the angel is extremely hot. Other than that, I don’t trust the winged things all that much.

    + 1 comment
    + 2 Follow her and on Twitter

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  15. Traci GoodwinNo Gravatar

    I would love a angel when I need to get places.. i cant drive due to my eye sight and that limits my being able to leave the house a lot.. ( i can still read :) )

    GFC follower and following on twitter!/Raynekitten/status/54746648340987906

    and i tweeted. :)



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