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 storeowner, 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. She's published 14 full-length books, ranging from sweet contemporary to sexy sci-fi, as well as numerous short stories.
While living in north east Illinois she helped found the Windy City Chapter and the Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal Chapters of Romance Writers of America, and taught workshops on writing at writer’s conferences and at community colleges. Recently relocated to sunny Florida she’s happy to be part of the TARAN family.
Her "real life" motto is: Boring is good. Excitement is vastly overrated, so she saves the adventure and excitement for the characters in her books.
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Must Love Cats - Book 1 - The Nine Lives of Thomas Cash Riley
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Thomas Cash (TC) Riley is mad, bad and - dead. Killed in a one car wreck he's given one last chance to redeem himself for living a selfish, unfulfilled life and to determine his soul’s final destination.
With the help of a lonely little girl and a brash young boy, can TC find a way to bring two damaged people together? Can he remember his past and save his soul? And can he do it as a cat?
A Kitten For Christmas
On Christmas Eve a snow storm, a little boy, and a kitten bring together two lonely, damaged people.
Tango In Paradise
(4.00 from 1 review)
Jason Blackhawk wants to complete his mission, collect his pay and retire from being a mercenary, but when he has to rescue naive, idealist school teacher, Darcy Camden, from a South American revolution his plans crumble, along with his resolve to remain alone.
A Holiday in Council Falls Short Story
Lucky no longer believes in wishes, hopes or dreams.
Diamond, a leprechaun, has one day left to grant Lucky his final wish or she'll perish.
Can a chance meeting between them twenty-five years ago result in love?
(4.00 from 1 review)
A Holiday in Council Falls Short Story
To earn her wings, Cupid's apprentice 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.
With time running out can one bumbling Cupid's Apprentice bring together a Jock and a Brain.
The Christmas Village
A Short Christmas Romance. Approximately 3000 words.
First Sara fell and hit her head then she fell in love with a man in her dream. Will he still be there when she wakes up?
(3.00 from 1 review)
A short holiday story. 2772 Words.
A lonely, neglected little girl finds a home for the Holidays.
Bride For Sale
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
This is a very short romance story. Approximately 1700 words. File includes excerpts from two full-length romance novels - Maggie Undercover and The Baby Race.
Erica Brier gave up on love a long time ago, but a chance meeting at a bridal show changes her world.
The Beast Within: A Sci-Fi Short Story
(4.00 from 1 review)
This is a short, short sci-fi story. Approximately 4000 words.
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 or a quick merciful death.
Which would you chose?
Her Wild Texas Heart
(4.00 from 1 review)
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.
This Heart For Hire
(4.40 from 5 reviews)
A convent reared innocent and a gunslinger with no memory struggle to survive and find love while crossing the dangerous west Texas frontier.
(4.14 from 7 reviews)
The last thing high school teacher Jared Blake needs or wants is his attraction to his student - high school senior, Maggie McCade.
The last thing computer security consultant and pretend high school student Maggie McCade needs or wants is to fall in love with her prime suspect – her teacher, Jared Blake.
The Baby Race
(4.00 from 5 reviews)
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.
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- A Question of Fire
on Oct. 04, 2011
Arson. Murder. Mystery. Adventure. Romance. Ms. McCullough blends them all seamlessly together in A QUESTION OF FIRE a fast-paced, engaging tale.
When a young man is murdered and dies in her arms news reporter Catherine Bennett is thrust into a dangerous situation. The mystery of the man's final words and the fate of his younger brother Danny compel her to investigate even after she's kidnapped and her life is threatened. She's joined by Peter Lowell, Danny's lawyer. Though Catherine's and Peter's relationship starts off rocky the romance that develops between them is believable and fits in well with the mystery plot. I also enjoyed the dynamics and growing relationships between Catherine and Danny and Peter and Danny.
As Catherine and Peter try and determine where the murdered man hid evidence that would clear Danny of an arson/murder charge, the murderer is determined to do whatever is necessary to stop them. I liked that the characters acted and reacted to each situation like real people. They weren't perfect or able to kick-ass without breaking a sweat. It took them time and effort and lots of investigating to discover the truth and find the missing evidence. And when the hiding place was revealed I smacked my head in surprise. Talk about hiding in plain sight.
Ms McCullough has a talent for telling an exciting story that will keep you up past your bedtime to find out what happens next.
- Rescued by a Rake
on Oct. 17, 2011
RESCUED BY A RAKE is a fun read. The moor sets a Gothic mood, but the tone isn't dark or heavy. For such a short read Ms Haines has managed to create likeable and believable characters. Lydia is feisty and bold, capable of taking care of herself, but when she finds herself on the run from a lecherous employer she accepts the help of Jack, a man harboring guilt for the death of his brother's fiancee. The sexual tension and love scenes between them are well done and definitely steamy.
- Redaction: Extinction Level Event (Part I)
on Nov. 14, 2011
REDACTION by Linda Andrews gave me the chills. She's crafted a scary, well-told tale of what "will" happen to our world "when" the next pandemic hits.
Ms Andrews' story jumps in just as people believe the worst of the pandemic, that's killed over thirty percent of the people infected, is over. How wrong they are. A new wave is about to devastate the fragile remains of society. And there's nothing anyone can do to prevent it. The best they can do is try to be among the one percent predicted to survive.
Ms Andrews story follows five main characters - a scientist, her teenaged niece, a soldier, a young Hispanic boy, and a creepy insurance salesman (love the type-casting here.) Their stories start out separately then merge together as the tension mounts. And boy does it mount!
Sheep. Dogs. Wolves. Lobos. This is how according to one character the human population breaks down after society collapses. Which would you be? All I know is that when the pandemic hits those who die first will be the lucky ones.
So if you want a book that will keep you up reading, and then if you're lucky enough to fall asleep, will give you nightmares, pick up and read REDACTION by Linda Andrews.
- Dragon Blues
on Nov. 18, 2011
The question of what happened to all the dragons of old is answered in Edie Ramer's wonderful book DRAGON BLUES. Noah, a 2500 year-old dragon turned human has retreated from truly participating in life. He hides in his antique shop hoarding his treasures and only comes alive through the music he makes with his saxophone. All that changes when Lila, a woman with a tragic past and a troubled present, bursts into his life.
Ms Ramer has taken an old myth, dragons, and a classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, and given them a fresh new twist. Take a sexy, soulful dragon-man, a kick-ass heroine, a suspenseful plot and some dragon hot sex and you've got a must read book.
on Nov. 25, 2011
I just reviewed CATTITUDE.
Edie Ramer knows cats and people. Her book CATITUDE is a fun read with interesting characters and a plot that keeps you guessing until the very end as to how Belle and Max will get their Happily Ever After. I enjoyed watching Belle grow from a four-legged feline female to a full-fledged human woman. Ms Ramer skillfully weaves the strands of all the subplots without losing track of the main story line. The secondary story of Sorcha and Gwen will tug at your heartstrings. If you like cats this is must read. And if you don't like cats reading it just might change your mind.
- The Most Unsuitable Wife
on Dec. 21, 2011
I enjoy Western romances and "marriage of convenience" stories. Ms Clemmons' A MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE combines the two and doesn't disappoint. Drake Kincaid needs to marry to secure his inheritance of his ranch and Pearl Parker needs to escape a town that is determined to destroy her family. The romance between the two is believable and the secondary characters, Pearl's half brother and sister are nicely drawn. There's a good balance between action and romance.
Aside from some copy editing problems and typos toward the end of the book, I enjoyed A MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE and look forward to reading more stories from Ms Clemmons.
on Dec. 22, 2011
Action! Adventure! Romance! Ms Justlin's INTRUSION has it all. Life has left Cameron Scott and Dr. Audra McCain damaged - Cam on the outside, Audra on the inside. When Audra is arrested and charged with stealing her own invention, her carefully constructed life falls apart. Things only get worse when she's "rescued" by security expert Cam. On the run, together they attempt to locate the thief and recover Audra's invention. Though Cam offers Audra the means and opportunity to salvage her reputation, he intrudes into her life in ways she's not emotionally equipped to deal with.
I love the way Ms Justlin weaves science into the storyline in a believable way without bogging down the action and romance with technical details. Cam is a perfect blend of alpha and beta. He's tough and protective of Audra, but smart enough to listen when she talks. I liked that he wasn't perfect, that at times he was impulsive and made mistakes and that when he did he was man enough to admit them. I also enjoyed watching Audra rise to the occasion and rescue him.
Even the villains were believable characters with credible, sometimes sympathetic goals and motivations.
INTRUSION is a fast-paced, exciting romantic adventure story that I thoroughly enjoyed.
- Shattered, Western Romantic Suspense
on Jan. 02, 2012
SHATTERED by Kate Kelly is a entertaining romantic suspense story.
The heroine Tess is strong and capable, but willing to bend when necessary. The hero, Jay is an emotionally wounded warrior. Because he was unable to save his sister and accept his failure he pushes away the one woman who could heal his heart. When a killer targets Tess she goes to the one man she believes will be able to help her, the only man she's ever loved, the man who chased her out of his life - Jay.
I found the premise interesting, the western setting well described, the characters engaging and the story action packed. Ms Kelly kept me guessing as to who the real villain was until the very end.
- A Vampire's Christmas Carol
on Jan. 03, 2012
In an attempt to save his soul from the damnation of becoming a true vampire, for a hundred years Michael has restrained from drinking human blood. He only has to make it through one more night and come Christmas morning he'll die with his soul intact. Carol is on her way to see her family for Christmas when she's stranded in a snow storm. Afraid that when faced with an agonizing death he'll succumb to the temptation to drink her blood, against his better judgement Michael allows her to take shelter in his home.
Through their sharing of Christmas memories the author uses the holiday season to show the reader how, Michael, a reluctant vampire and Carol fall in love with each other. Throw in Michael's evil vampire sire and you've got a great story that will keep you turning the page until the Happily Ever After.
Though Ms McCullough's story A VAMPIRE'S CHRISTMAS CAROL is set on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it's a vampire romance that can be read and enjoyed anytime of year.