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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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"Having read the other two Council Fall's books, I had a fairly good idea of what to expect although they were both shorts so I was interested to see if Ms Hendricks could my hold my attention over a longer story.

Well, she can. The Council falls stories are all sweet, genuine romances and this is no different. There are hints of steaminess in descriptions of each character's attraction to each other - the mention of a curve of a breast for example - but that's pretty much where the sensuality ends and actually that works perfectly for this story because the barrier between Maggie and Jared is a tricky one to cross, considering Jared is meant to believe she is an 18 year old student. Jared manages to retain his honour whilst still seeming every inch the romantic hero and not at all like an old pervert!

Maggie is easy to like and is a fun character although occasionally I felt her bubbly side drowned out the darker side of her life, but I guess this was really the effect of Jared and his daughter's company, so it was understandable.

Honestly, there's not much more I can say. If you like honourable, well-crafted heroes and interesting plots along with a sweet, slightly sexy romance then this is for you. I would have liked a few more kisses at the end, but mostly because I wanted to see more of them together - they went very quickly from misunderstanding to HEA, but I loved that Ms Hendricks went against the trend and added an epilogue. As much as these are slated, it was a perfect little ending and rounded it off nicely. Recommended!"
                                       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.