La Toya Hankins


La Toya Hankins is a native of North Carolina and currently resides in Raleigh, NC. A graduate of East Carolina University, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in political science. During her college career, she became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and later served as second vice president for one of the largest graduate chapters in North Carolina.

After working as a regional reporter and features editor in the Charlotte metro area for seven years, she entered the world of banking. Presently employed with the State of North Carolina, she divides her time between being a proud pet parent of an 8-year-old terrier named Neo and volunteering in the community.

Currently serving as the co-chair of Shades of Pride, organizer of the annual Triangle Black Pride, Hankins is an active supporter of LGBT issues and addressing health disparities that affect her community. Her literary influences and loves include Zora Neale Hurston, Walter Mosley, Anne Rice, and Pearl Cleage. Her motto, borrowed from Hurston, is “I do not weep at the world, I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”


Challah and Callaloo
Series: Love Wins. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,620. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2016 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Leah had no way of knowing the informational interview she had with shapely marketing manager Patricia would lead to their planning a same-sex Southern wedding complete with a rabbi and rum cake seven years later. They come from different faiths but their love knows no bounds and, with the permission of the United States Supreme Court, they plan to make their love legal.
Heat Wave: Southport
Series: Heat Wave. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,170. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2015 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
An encounter at a Fourth of July food truck brings together two elementary school classmates for an afternoon delight that takes eating cotton candy in a totally different direction. Zora and Sarah spent twenty years on opposite side of the state but reconnecting during the Fourth of July inspires them use their town library in a totally different way that doesn’t require a library card.
K-Rho: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 76,870. Language: American English. Published: April 21, 2014 by Resolute Publishing. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Track star Kiara Michaels didn’t expect to find lifelong friends at her sorority membership interview. But life had other plans, leading her to meet Donna—a Bible quoting straight talker—and Gloria—a loquacious high achiever. Discover how these friends find happiness through sorority redemption, relationship forgiveness, and best friend intervention as you savor the sweet taste of sisterhood.
SBF Seeking ...
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 71,260. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2012 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Yvette Thurman never thought placing a personal ad to meet a white man for a fling four months before her wedding would lead to her becoming a lesbian.

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