L. A. Banks

L. A. BANKS was the author of the Vampire Huntress Legend series and the Crimson Moon Novels, including Left for Undead and Never Cry Werewolf. She had a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a master’s in fine arts from Temple University. Banks considered herself a shape-shifter, writing romance, women’s fiction, crime and suspense, and of course, dark vampire huntress lore. She lived with her daughter in Philadelphia until her death in 2011.


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A book trailer for author L.A. Banks' The Wicked, the 8th book in her Vampire Huntress series.

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The Awakening by L.A. Banks--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from L.A. Banks' paranormal fantasy novel The Awakening. A battle is brewing in the underworld, and at the center of it all is Damali Richards, spoken word artist and vampire huntress. But she is not just any huntress; she is the millennium Neteru, a woman so powerful that the vampire world is about to start a war-one that threatens to spread onto her streets-in order to possess her...

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1. What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to hang out with family and friends at a great house party--BBQ, beer, music... or go to the movies--I LOVE THE MOVIES. And the crazier action/adventure flick, the better!  But my ultimate thing is, I love to travel. The Caribbean is sacred space for me. :)
 
2. What kind of music do you like to listen to? Why?
I listen to a wide variety of music to match the range of my moods and emotions.  I can listen to something as wild as Pit Bull "Miami' (Culo -- ha ha ha), then get deep and listen to Seal or India.Arie or Kindred, then go toward Terrell Carter, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, or Celine Dion, then double back on some Yung Joc, Yin Yang Twins, and raw hip hop, then go straight Kirk Franklin or Yolanda Adams, with Mary Mary.  It depends on what I'm writing, where my head is, and how I'm feeling on any given day. :)
 
3. What's your all time favorite movie? Why?
That's hard... I would have to answer that question based on category.  For vampire flicks, I'd have to go with Frank Langella's Dracula, but From Dusk Till Dawn, for the comedic value is a strong runner up, then Salem's Lot for the real chill factor.  For action flicks, I loved Alien and Aliens (the classic line, "Game over, man!" Loved that!)  But then there are flicks like Gladiator, Independence Day... the list goes on. And how can you leave out The Sixth Sense, or Like Water for Chocolate or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Kill Bill 1 & 2, stuff like that?  I guess I like films the way I like music--eclectic, wide range... Come on, Sin City is a classic, then so is Scarface -- see, I can't decide!
 
4. What's your all time favorite novel and/or writer? Why?
I'm not even going to try this one, LOL... because of all my vices, my bookshelves are so ridiculous it isn't even funny!  (Same dealio there, too—eclectic, wide range of tastes from non-fiction to fiction titles.)
 
5. What do you like best about being a writer?
I LOVE building worlds, getting lost in them, and allowing the characters to run away with the story... seeing where "they" go.  It's an incredible journey when it happens the way it should--and I love to write what I like to read and see in flicks.  So the process is very close to having a mini-series running in my head, LOL.  (That didn't come out right--now I really seem crazy.  The secret is out!)
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Left for Undead
Crimson Moon Novels
L. A. Banks
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Secret government operative Sasha Trudeau earned a long vacation with her lover and fellow Shadow Wolf, Hunter, after the brutal wolf-like attacks that left...


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Never Cry Werewolf
Crimson Moon Novels
L. A. Banks
St. Martin's Paperbacks

The last fight between the werewolf clans spilled onto the streets of New Orleans—and now the whole city’s on red alert. Martial law has gone into effect....


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The Thirteenth
Vampire Huntress Legends
L. A. Banks
St. Martin's Paperbacks

The entire Neteru Guardian team is on the run, having now been labeled as America’s most-wanted terrorists following the gruesome demon battle that felled the...


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Cursed to Death
Crimson Moon Novels
L. A. Banks
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Secret government operative Sasha Trudeau arrives at the scene of a murder, only to discover that a Fae creature has been killed—in a whole new kind of way....


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Undead on Arrival
Crimson Moon Novels
L.A. Banks
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Just one month ago, secret government operative Sasha Trudeau thought she’d tasted victory. Orchestrating détente between the warring factions of the...


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The Darkness
Vampire Huntress Legends
L. A. Banks
St. Martin's Paperbacks

After the battle at Masada, the Neteru team returns to San Diego believing forty-thousand demons had been eradicated and that Lilith's spawn has been killed....


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Bite the Bullet
Crimson Moon Novels
L.A. Banks
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Sasha Trudeau considers herself a soldier first and a werewolf second. But while her secret government-sanctioned task-force faces its greatest challenge so...


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The Shadows
Vampire Huntress Legends
L. A. Banks
St. Martin's Griffin

In the newest Vampire Huntress novel from national bestselling author, L. A. Banks, more than vampires are coming out to play. . . The Dark Realms are taking...


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The Cursed
Vampire Huntress Legends
L. A. Banks
St. Martin's Paperbacks

The Chairman has been slaughtered, along with Hell’s first almost-successful attempt at creating an Anti-Christ, using Carlos Rivera’s body-double. Dante’s son...


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Bad Blood
Crimson Moon Novels
L.A. Banks
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Sasha Trudeau knows all about working beneath the shadows, back-alley deals, and things that go bump in the night. She also knows that the world is unaware of...


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The Wicked
Vampire Huntress Legends
L. A. Banks
St. Martin's Paperbacks

There is no happily ever after for Damali and Carlos, even though they have finally tied the knot. There are bigger problems on the horizon: A band of human...


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The Damned
Vampire Huntress Legends
L.A. Banks
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Damali Richards knows all about a blood rush. The kind that happened when she first went skin-to-skin with former vampire Carlos Rivera. Or the kind that...


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Love at First Bite

Sherrilyn Kenyon, L.A. Banks, Susan Squires, and Ronda Thompson
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Until Death Do Us Part” by Sherrilyn Kenyon Over five hundred years ago, Esperetta’s soul was bound to her husband’s by dark magic, and when Velkan became a...


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My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding

Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charlaine Harris, L. A. Banks, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, P. N. Elrod, Esther M. Friesner, Lori Handeland, and Susan Krinard
St. Martin's Griffin

Werewolves, vampires, witches, voodoo, Elvis---and weddings An “ordinary” wedding can get crazy enough, so can you imagine what happens when otherworldly...


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The Forbidden
Vampire Huntress Legends
L.A. Banks
St. Martin's Paperbacks

The Body of a Goddess...with the Heart of Hell itself. The devil is a dead-beat dad and his consort Lilith couldn’t care less. A stolen embryo stirs in...


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The Forsaken
Vampire Huntress Legends
L. A. Banks
St. Martin's Griffin

The Chairman of the Vampire Council is dead, and Lilith, the consort of the Unnamed One, and the Unnamed One himself are out for revenge against Damali...


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The Bitten
Vampire Huntress Legends
L.A. Banks
St. Martin's Paperbacks

She is a woman who lives between pleasure and pain—the pure, scintillating pleasure of the flesh and the kind of pain that has rocked the world and left it...


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The Hunted
Vampire Huntress Legends
L.A. Banks
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Each millennium brings a new Neteru, a vampire huntress whose mission is to vanquish evil from the world. This millennium's savior has come in the form of...


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The Awakening
Vampire Huntress Legends
L.A. Banks
St. Martin's Paperbacks

A battle is brewing in the underworld, and at the center of it all is Damali Richards, spoken word artist and vampire huntress. But she is not just any...


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Stroke of Midnight

Sherrilyn Kenyon, Amanda Ashley, L.A. Banks & Lori Handeland
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Winter Born by Sherrilyn Kenyon Two enemy Were-Panthers discover that fate has destined they become lovers. Pandora must learn to trust Dante's foreign...


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Minion
Vampire Huntress Legends
L.A. Banks
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Minion: The Special Huntress Edition In this exciting new edition of the first book in the Vampire Huntress Legend series, both fans and newcomers alike will...


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