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Elysa Hendricks
"Love will hunt you down!"

Elysa Hendricks is 5'6" tall. She has curly hair and brown eyes. She's an author, a wife, a mother and a daughter. Everything else is subject to change without notice.

After trying her hand at a variety of careers, insurance underwriter, video store owner, home day care and domestic goddess for other people, Elysa Hendricks, a longtime reader sat down to write a short contemporary novel. When her heroine turned out to be a winged, telepathic alien, Elysa decided she enjoyed writing stories set in different places, times and realities.

While living in north east Illinois she helped found the Windy City Chapter and the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapters of Romance Writers of America and taught workshops on writing at writer's conferences and at local community colleges.
Futuristic/Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Western Historical and Contemporary
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" An investigator masquerading as a high school student falls in love with a hot teacher and his sad, sweet daughter. A successful conclusion to Maggie's investigation is important to her career, but it might destroy the man she loves. And even if it doesn't, how will he feel when he learns about her deception?
Counterfeit Love is an intriguing story that kept me involved and reading faster and faster to see how the situation would work out. And I breathed a satisfied sigh when it was over. A thoroughly enjoyable read."

" Investigator Maggie McCade is undercover as a Council Falls high school senior trying to figure out who hacked into the local software company. Included in her suspects is the hunky math teacher who has a history that gives him opportunity and could provide her with leverage. Jared Blake moved back home to build a life with his daughter. Unfortunately, the little girl has been distant to him since her mother died and Maggie seems to be the best thing to get through to her.

Maggie insinuates herself into their family for the good of her investigation, but their home life brings out a longing that could jeopardize her case and her plans for starting her own investigative business. Jared must keep his distance from Maggie. Their attraction threatens not only his livelihood and reputation but, more importantly, his plans to raise his daughter.

Maggie needs to stay and Jared needs her to leave. But love teaches according to its own rules.

Counterfeit Love is a sweet love story about the true meaning of home and love. Both Maggie and Jared have a past that has taught them harsh lessons about trust. Ms. Hendricks delivers a page turner where both character's past wars with their desires and I couldn't help but root for their happy ending."
                                         MAGGIE UNDERCOVER

Growing up on the mean streets of LA didn't prepare computer security investigator Maggie McCade for life in a small Midwest town - picnics, high school football games, pumpkin carving, lost puppies, and Trick or Treating. Sent to sniff out a hacker, she never expected or wanted to fall in love with her prime suspect - Jared Blake

When widower Jared Blake gave up his big city, high powered career in computers and returned to his home town to raise his daughter and teach high school math, the last thing he expected or needed was to fall in love with California girl - Maggie McCade.

Add in nosy neighbors, meddling family, amorous high school boys, a lost puppy, and a sad little girl, and anything goes.