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Some of Leanne's longtime favorite quotes are:

"Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts."

"Sometimes you're the dog. Sometimes you're the hydrant."

"When choosing between two evils, I like to try the one I've never tried before." -- Mae West

Did you know......
Leanne has written 60 books (including Footloose). Favorite book? The one I'm getting ready to write!

Leanne wrote and sold her first romance novel within two years and used the advance for that book to take her family to Disney World. Favorite Disney ride: Pirates of the Caribbean. Least favorite Disney experience: A seagull pooped on me -- no lie. Now it's instinct for me to duck whenever one is flying overhead.

Leanne has a Pomeranian named Bijou (which means little treasure).

Leanne graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Business. She says her degree qualifies her to treat only fictional characters.*g* Favorite course? Interpersonal Communication.

Leanne has special collections of Broadway musical-theme plates, champagne flutes and magic wands that don't work. She waves her magic wands every once in awhile, but unfortunately she hasn't been able to shake any magic out of them. Favorite Broadway musical? Depends on the day, but I can sing (not necessarily on key) all the songs from THE SOUND OF MUSIC. I know, frightening, isn't it? *g*

Leanne has ridden in a hot air balloon, gone indoor skydiving and para-sailing, ridden an elephant, snorkeled alongside a barracuda and swam with dolphins, but her big excitement on a daily basis is completing her writing goal for the day and getting dressed to walk to the mailbox.*g* Favorite adventure? A tie. Swimming with the dolphins and parasailing with my daughter.

Leanne owns a little condo in South Carolina where she sometimes escapes to write during the off-season. Favorite things to do at the beach? Sit on the balcony and admire the view (the ocean AND the hot bods!)... eat wonderful seafood... walk on the beach.

Leanne loves a bargain, but hates to haggle. Favorite bargain? My parents! Hey, I didn't pay anything for them. I got them FREE! I was blessed with the best parents in the world. My mama and daddy were married for over fifty years and instilled in me a combination of faith, persistence and empathy.

Leanne has the best readers in the world.

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About Leanne
Leanne Banks is a national #1 best-selling author of romance novels. She is the winner of the Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards in Series Sensuality and Love and Laughter. She is also the winner of the Florida Writers Beacon Award, the Golden Quill Award, the Georgia Romance Writers' MAGGIE Award and Booksellers' Best Award. Her books have been recognized by the Award of Excellence Contest, the Romance Writers of America Rita Contest, and the National Readers' Choice Awards.

Leanne is a popular speaker to many kinds of groups. One of her workshops was featured on the CBS Morning Show. Drop Leanne an email if you would like to find out more about having Leanne speak to your group.

Leanne believes her readers work hard on the job and for their families, so she tries to lighten the load with stories featuring a strong sense of fun, emotion and sensuality. Reader response is heartwarming. One of her favorite letters was from a woman who had been suffering severe health problems: "[Your books] did more for my health that all the medicine in the world -- as corny as this sounds, [your heroes] made me feel like life is `worth it'."

Leanne lives in Virginia with her family. She loves music, chocolate, quotes, and new adventures.

Indulge
What's better than a yummy recipe that you can indulge your sweet tooth with? Maybe a great book but hey why not have both? Indulge in a great book and this...well let's face it, FATTENING recipe. Enjoy and come back for another yummy recipe!

Strawberry and Chocolate Cream Angel Food Cake

Ingredients:
Prepared angel food cake
2 cups whipping cream
2 tsp. vanilla
1+ cup Confectioners sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 quart strawberries

Directions:
Buy or make a white angel food cake

Make Chocolate Cream:
For a small cake (double this recipe for a large cake).
2 cups Whipping Cream
2 tsp. Vanilla
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 cup cocoa

Using a mixer, mix together whipping cream and vanilla. Beat until thick. Add sugar and cocoa, increasing speed to high until stiff peaks form. Slice half a quart of strawberries and save other half for topping. Fold the sliced strawberries into the chocolate cream you have prepared. At the top of the cake, cut a tunnel about 2" deep. Remove pieces of cake dug out to form the tunnel. Spoon whipped cream/strawberry mixture into tunnel. Either frost cake with remaining whipped cream/strawberry mixture or sprinkle with confectioners sugar.

Refrigerate for 1-8 hours. Top with strawberries and eat!