Awake in Elysian Fields

“It’s the mistakes and imperfections that make things truly beautiful.”

Haunted by fractured childhood memories and trauma born from her mother’s death and her father’s abuse, Elyse Brennan Wylder journeys to Paris hoping to find answers about her mother’s past and perhaps her own future. With only an old photograph to guide her, she is thrown into a world far beyond anything she’s ever imagined—both good and evil.

After meeting Jérôme Sauveterre, an intriguing and passionate Parisian artist, Elyse quickly finds her life, her world, and her heart opening wide as they delve deeper into her mother’s story and learn what love and intimacy really mean.

As Elyse and Jérôme dig into the past, how far can they go before it’s too late to turn back? Will they find a light at the end of the darkness and awake in Elysian Fields? Find out as this story of love and loss enfolds as the conclusion to the Hearts Drawn Wyld trilogy (Book 1, In Death We Part; Book 2, Running in the Mists).

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About Author

Victoria J. Hyla (Victoria Hyla Maldonado) has been writing all her life and has worked professionally as a writer and editor for more than 20 years. She is the author of the substantive women’s fiction Hearts Drawn Wyld trilogy (“In Death We Part,” “Running in the Mists,” “Awake in Elysian Fields”) as well as several anthology-published short stories in several genres, including romance, crime thriller, horror, postapocalyptic, and drama. She also is the author of several children’s books: “Bartleby the Brave” (“Miedosin el Valiente” in Spanish), “Tears for the Butterfly,” “Monstery Donstery Dock,” and “Tempest the Turtle.” She lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband and children and is working on a new romance series as well as several other short stories and more children’s books. Learn more about her books, editing and consulting services, and more at Sign up for her newsletter at:

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