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ELYSA HENDRICKS resides in west-central Florida, but her imagination allows her to visit 1870’s Texas, alternate universes and other planets.  A voracious reader, she began writing in the early 90s. She helped found both the Windy City and the Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal chapters of RWA and is also a member of the Central Ohio Fiction Writers and Tampa Area Romance Authors, chapters of RWA.

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

 

         


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A Contemporary
Fantasy Romance

Thomas Cash (TC) Riley is mad, bad and – dead. Killed in a one car wreck, the twenty-nine-year old playboy is given one last chance to redeem himself for living a selfish, unfulfilled life and to determine his soul’s final destination.

To help his young daughter recover from the loss of her mother, Daniel Bishop, a widower who dislikes the country and is allergic to anything with fur, has moved back to his wife’s rural hometown to be close to her large family.

Katherine Sinclair, the local veterinarian and the single mother of an adventurous ten-year old son, is wary of the handsome newcomer. Once before she’d given her heart to a wealthy, charming man and she’d ended up pregnant and alone.

With the help of a lonely little girl and a brash young boy, can TC find a way to bring these two damaged people together? Can he remember his past and save his soul in the allotted time?

And can he do it all as a cat?


MUST LOVE CATS
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An Exciting, New
Contemporary Romance

Race Reed doesn’t want a wife, but to save his ranch he needs a baby. To gain custody of her stepsister, Claire Jensen needs a husband, but she wants love. Wants and needs are bound to clash when they run The Baby Race.

Race Reed reserves his love and attention for the abused horses he cares for on his ranch. Because his mother changed husbands as often as she changed clothes, she doesn’t believe in wedded bliss. Now to save his ranch he needs the money his paternal grandmother is offering as a marriage incentive. The bizarre contest she’s set up between him and his two cousins to produce her first great-grandchild is another matter. His only option – cheat in The Baby Race.


Claire Jensen wants two things out of life, home and family. During her younger years she never questioned her father’s nomadic lifestyle as he hunted for treasure, but as she grew older she longed to put down roots. When her father remarried and gave Claire a stepmother and baby stepsister, she’d thought her prayers were answered. Instead, she took over the parental role to her stepsister as her father and stepmother continued to search the world for treasure. In every way that matters, the six-year-old is Claire’s daughter. When Claire’s father and stepmother are killed on their latest quest for treasure, without a steady job, husband or home, Claire is about to lose custody of her young stepsister. Her only option – run the The Baby Race.


THE BABY RACE
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A Traditional,
Small-Town Romance.

 

(Previously titled Counterfeit Love)

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.


MAGGIE UNDERCOVER
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A Fast-Paced,
Adventure-Filled Romance.

 

At nearly 40, JASON BLACKHAWK feels too old to be working as a mercenary in the steamy jungles of South America. His mission - monitor the situation in the small country of Paraiso so the US government can decide whether to quell the rebellion and solidify the current dictator's regime. He can't let the right or wrong of the conflict concern him. He gave his word to his commander, the man who mentored him and saved him from wasting his life.

Looking for adventure and a change from her quiet life as a small town grade school teacher, 29 year old DARCY "DC" CAMDEN travels to Paraiso as a nanny for a businessman. Her idealism and compassion for the downtrodden populace draws her into supplying them with food and medicine. Her involvement increases and she agrees to help the rebels overthrow the dictator by hacking into his computer to find information they can use against him.

When the conflict escalates into war DC finds herself on the run with a man she doesn't know whether to fear or trust, hate or love.


TANGO IN PARADISE
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TANGO IN PARADISE
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A light-hearted,
Christmas Short Story.

A Holiday in Council Falls, Christmas Short Story

Two Christmases ago when Dani Martin lost her parents and fiance in a car accident she gave up on love.

Jackson Connor has finally realized his dream of owning a farm when he's presented with the result of a one-night stand he had years ago - a son.

On Christmas Eve, a snow storm, a little boy, and a kitten bring together two lonely, damaged people.


A KITTEN FOR CHRISTMAS
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A short, Christmas romance
 

While waiting to purchase another house for her Christmas Village collection, Sara falls and hits her head. Transported to a fantasy world she falls in love with a man in her dream.

Is she willing to give up real life to be with him? Or should she trust that he'll be there when she wakes up?


THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE
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A short, Christmas romance
 

A sad and lonely little girl discovers a way to make all her dreams of home and family come true.


CHRISTMAS WINDOWS
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CHRISTMAS WINDOWS
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A short, Valentine's Day romance
 

A Holiday in Council Falls Short Story
 15,000 words.

To earn her wings, Cupid's apprentice Medarda "Dar" has until Valentine's Day to match two-time Loser Laura Quinn with Boring Brian Hoffman. When Dar's love arrow goes astray and hits the sexy PE teacher Flynn Sullivan instead things get interesting.

Laura loves teaching high school in the small town of Council Falls, but knows it's only a matter of time until her famous mother shows up and the quiet life she's created comes crashing down around her ears.

PE teacher Flynn Sullivan's been interested in the shy history teacher for a long time, but it isn't until they're forced to chaperone the Valentine's Day dance together that he gets the opportunity to make his dreams come true.

With time running out can one bumbling Cupid's Apprentice bring together a Jock and a Brain?


CUPID'S APPRENTICE
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A short, St. Patrick's Day romance
 

A Holiday in Council Falls Short Story
7,000 Words

Lucky no longer believes in wishes, hope or dreams. Cheated by his bookkeeper and his ex-girlfriend, he's resigned himself to losing everything.

Twenty-five years ago curiosity about a small human trapped Diamond, a leprechaun, inside a crystal paperweight. Now she has one day left to grant Lucky his final wish or perish.

Can a chance meeting between a little boy and a leprechaun result in love?


LUCKY'S LEPRECHAUN
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A short, Science Fiction story
 

This is a short, short sci-fi story.
Approximately 4000 words.
Excerpts from two full length sci-fi novels - STAR CRASH and STAR RAIDERS are included.

Amy Starr knew asteroid mining was dangerous. One small error could kill you. But her desire for the stars outweighed common sense and fear. Now trapped in her disabled ship far from the chance of rescue she has two choices: a lingering half-life filled with pain and disfigurement or a quick merciful death.

Which would you chose?


THE BEAST WITHIN
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THE BEAST WITHIN
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Star Crash was the
2006 winner of the
Maryland Romance Writers
Reveal Your Inner Vixen
contest in the
Alternative
(Time Travel/Futuristic/Paranormal) Category

Book One of
The Star Chronicles

 

When Planet of the Apes meets Star Trek what's a girl to do?

After recon pilot Cora Daniels crash lands on an alien planet she finds herself a prisoner of the Flock: a race of birdlike humanoids. Trapped in their zoo she discovers they intend her to mate. To breed. To be part of their human herd.

She's placed in a cage with a man - a powerful, virile man, but not just any man - Alexander. Was he her lost love, who'd disappeared so long ago? Here he was: naked, glistening, a warrior trained by the Flock to fight for their amusement. How could the brilliant man, the tender lover she remembered have become this animal born to dominate and destroy? Was he a pawn of the Flock or would their flight to freedom be a long-sought reunion?


STAR CRASH

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Book Two of
The Star Chronicles
 

A FIERY ENCOUNTER
Like two ill-aligned stars, Shyanne Kedar and Greyson Dane were destined to collide. She was a smuggler’s daughter, and he, an interstellar lawman. Their affair was scorching, dazzling…and ended like a supernova, in a blaze of betrayal.

A LOVE REKINDLED
Ten years later, the flames haven’t cooled. Shyanne’s lush body, the twist of her lips and the fire in her eyes—all radiate the same magnetism that ensnared Greyson before, and now he’s truly her prisoner. But as much as things have changed, they remain exactly the same. Danger threatens. Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance. And though his tempting captor doesn’t know it, if Greyson’s plan succeeds, it will save mankind…and lose him the only woman he ever loved. This time, forever.


STAR RAIDERS

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What would you do if
your fantasy became reality?
 

It was time. After penning ten popular sword-and-sorcery novels, Brandon Alexander Davis was ready to move on. Ready to stop hiding in his fictional world. Ready to start living a real life. There was just one problem: as he plotted the noble death of Serilda D'Lar, his fictional creation, complete with mile-long sword, skimpy leather outfit and badass attitude, appeared in his study.

Was she nothing more than a crazy fan, or had Brandon finally cracked?

This warrior woman whom he knew so well, so strong yet vulnerable, was both fantasy and reality. She was an invitation to rediscover all he once knew--that life is an incredible, magical journey and, for love, any man can be a hero.
 


THE SWORD AND THE PEN
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THE SWORD AND THE PEN
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This Heart for Hire was the 2007 winner of the Utah RWA Heart of the West contest in the Published Author Category

A Gritty, Western
Historical Romance.

A convent reared innocent and a gunslinger with no memory struggle to survive and find love while crossing the dangerous west Texas frontier.

Abandoned by his father and betrayed by his half-brother and fiancee on the eve of his wedding, JAKE GALLAGHER no longer believes in love. Though he longs to go home, his undercover work for the Texas Rangers keeps him in a lawless Texas border town. Even though it jeopardizes his mission he refuses to stand by and watch outlaws rape and murder a young woman. Getting shot and losing his memory wasn’t part of his plan.

While fleeing from her stepfather’s plans to steal their ranch, CHRISTINA GOODWIN witnesses her brother’s murder and is left in the hands of a merciless band of outlaws. Raised in a strict convent, Christina has little knowledge of men or the world, its dangers and temptations. Frightened and alone, she is forced to accept the help of the dark gunslinger who rescues her. Though drawn to Jake’s potent masculinity, she hesitates to trust him, fearing her stepfather has sent him to bring her back. Unsure of Jake’s motives for helping her, she struggles against him, determined to find a way to avenge her brother’s death and regain control of her ranch from her stepfather.


THIS HEART FOR HIRE
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THIS HEART FOR HIRE
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A Gritty, Western
Historical Romance.
 

In a lawless west Texas border town, a woman has two choices: death or dishonor. Doctor's apprentice and former Comanche slave, KC O'Connor finds a third--she buries her femininity and longing for love beneath a boyish disguise. But the arrival of an injured greenhorn shatters the shell around her hidden heart.

"HER WILD TEXAS HEART (previously published as Rawhide Surrender) is a romantic tale that takes you into the untamed Wild West, with characters that are brought vividly to life in the descriptive narrative. All of the characters come across as believable in their actions for this time period. There are several side plots that blend smoothly in with the main plot. HER WILD TEXAS HEART is an adventurous story with light and dark moments. I found it an entertaining read. With every page I turned I became more involved in the story. If you are a lover of Western Historicals I am sure you will find this an enjoyable read." ~ Carol Durfee, Romance Communications


HER WILD TEXAS HEART
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HER WILD TEXAS HEART
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A Short, Contemporary Romance
 

To promote her floral business, love-phobic Erica Brier reluctantly participates in Council Falls first bridal show. When she's conned into modeling the show piece wedding gown for the charity auction, Erica's life takes an interesting turn when she meets another woman's groom.

BRIDE FOR SALE is a very short romance story. Approximately 1700 words.
Excerpts from two full length novels - MAGGIE UNDERCOVER and THE BABY RACE are included.


BRIDE FOR SALE
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BRIDE FOR SALE
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Second Place Winner
2001 Laurel Wreath Award
Volusia County Romance Writers

 


Book I
Moon Series Fantasy Romance
 

A warrior by nature, a prince by birth, Ash del Gar resigns himself to a loveless, political marriage with the princess of a neighboring country. On his wedding night he discovers his bride is Raaka-one without a soul. For peace to reign, the marriage must produce children, so when a holy man tells Ash of a way to retrieve the princess's soul, he agrees to try. In the midst of a storm, through the power of a crystal medallion, Ash is struck by lightning and transported to Earth.

Lame since childhood, Cathy Lawrence expresses her longings for love only in the imaginary world and the imaginary lover she's created in her art. When the naked embodiment of her dream lover appears in her studio, Cathy fears her fantasy world is becoming more real than reality. Using the power of the storm, Ash abducts Cathy to his world. Cathy struggles to find her way back to Earth and sanity, while Ash fights his growing love for the woman whom he must convince to save his world by sacrificing her soul...


GEMINI MOON
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GEMINI MOON
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Awards:

Finalist: Greater Detroit RWA's
2002 Booksellers Best Award

Third Place: Indiana Region 2's
Two Hearts Contest (1998)


Book II
Moon Series Fantasy romance
 

On Tareth, the small country of Dramon is in the throes of a rebellion. When Sianna DiSanti is called home from the semi-religious order where her father has hidden her since birth, she is eager to know her estranged father and become part of a loving family. His plan to use her as a marriage pawn in his quest for power devastates her. While seeking comfort in the garden, she is mistaken for her half-sister and abducted by her father's enemies.

Kyne Cathor lusts for vengeance against DiSanti, the man who murdered his brother and threw Dramon into turmoil. To draw DiSanti into the open and restore the country to peace, Kyne uses Sianna as bait. Though she proclaims her innocence, Kyne believes she might be pregnant with his brother's child. To keep her half-sister safe and protect herself, Sianna conceals her true identity. Once at the rebel stronghold, Sianna's gentle, innocent, nature and heroic actions fuel Kyne's growing attraction to a woman he can never have and puts them both in jeopardy.


CRYSTAL MOON
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CRYSTAL MOON
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Book III
Moon Series Fantasy romance
 

Distraught over her sister’s disappearance and the illness that threatens her young daughter’s life, Dale Stuart-Taylor seeks solace on the banks of the river that flows past her home. In the midst of a storm, a mysterious force transports her to an alien world. A man called Shadow rescues her from certain death, but then he takes her captive. Though he claims to consort with slave traders, he nurses her injuries and affords her gruff respect, awakening emotions she thought had died long ago with her husband. Unsettled by her unexpected and unwanted attraction to her captor, and frantic to return to her sick daughter, Dale fights to find a way home.

Marooned on an alien world she must rely on Shadow’s help—a man she fears she cannot trust. Determined to end the traffic in human flesh that destroyed his family, warrior Raf de Jakar of the planet Tareth poses as Shadow, a slave trader, to find the slavers’ leader. In the mountains, he finds a naked woman in the snow whom he believes the slavers have sent to test him. With her short hair, fiery temper, and unlikely warrior skills, Dale arouses more than his suspicion and grudging admiration. Uncertain of her motives and struggling against his attraction to her, Raf is forced to take her prisoner.

As they traverse the dangerous mountain terrain, he comes to appreciate her true inner strength and sense of honor. But he cannot let his attraction to her distract him from his ultimate goal—the destruction of the slave trade.


SHADOW MOON
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SHADOW MOON
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Book IV
Moon Series Fantasy romance
 

Laila DiSanti trusts no one. Betrayed by her father’s ambition and greed, she lost her family, her home, and her lover. Forced into exile in the lawless mountains surrounding Dramon, she eases her guilt by using her skill with sword and knife to hunt down outlaws and slavers and rescue the innocents they prey upon.

Pace Alastar is devoted to two things—his daughter, and the welfare of his home, the legendary hidden valley of Andacor. His world was upended when a ground quake damaged the crystals that protect Andacor and grant its citizens near immortality. Unless the crystals are restored to power, Andacor and its inhabitants will die. Only Pace’s daughter can save them, and she is lost in the outside world.

To rescue a young girl and save a world, Pace and Laila join forces in battling outlaws and the harsh mountain terrain, but can they conquer the insurmountable obstacles that mean Pace’s certain death?


FORBIDDEN MOON
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FORBIDDEN MOON
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A Sci-Fi Romance

Victoria “Tori” Hart doesn’t know it, but she’s the key to saving the universe. After a childhood of moving from place to place, first with her paranoid, restless mother and then in foster homes, Tori has finally found a home in Hope, Ohio running her antique shop. Then a man who claims she’s the answer to the plague that’s destroying his world invades her peaceful if boring life. Abducted into space and facing death, Tori tries to escape as she fights against her growing attraction to her kidnapper. But can she fight her inner obligation to save a people she’s never known?

Reese Taren’s emperor has sent him on what Reese considers an insane mission—to find the Heart of Destiny, a mythical object said to have the power to save the Empire from alien invaders. Reese has lost everything in this war—his wife and son, his home, his planet. Now he lives to find a way to destroy the entity that threatens the Empire, even if it is chasing after fantasy objects.

His search for the Heart of Destiny leads him to Earth and Tori where he discovers that her very body chemistry is the key to defeating the invader. But as they travel through space toward their enemy, Tori somehow manages to heal his damaged heart. Now Reese is once again faced with losing everything because to save the universe and all of humanity, he must sacrifice Tori.
 


DARK STAR DAWNING
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DARK STAR DAWNING
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