When Oceans Rise

WHEN OCEANS RISE is a Filipino Little Mermaid coming out May 2023. Malaya barters with a seawitch; her voice for a new life—one in which she was never with her abusive boyfriend. But when Malaya timeshifts into her new existence, she discovers she shipped a happier version of herself off to her crummy, old life and that Filipino Mythological creatures now run rampant in both worlds. The Sea Witch used her voice to unleash the beasts. Malaya must fight to get her voice back if she wants to save both worlds. But as she gets further away from her ex and closer to Salvador and Gabrielle, her ability to save the world becomes impossible.

Description

By the time seventeen-year-old Malaya’s toxic boyfriend hits her, she can’t leave him. So disconnected from her family and friends, she turns to the sea to decide her fate. Its decision? Toss her to the Sea Witch.

Because Malaya has a death wish, the Sea Witch barters her voice for a new life—one in which Malaya was never with her abusive boyfriend. But when Malaya timeshifts into her new existence, she discovers she shipped a happier Malaya off to her crummy, old life and that Aswangs, Tikbalangs, and other assorted Filipino Mythological creatures now run rampant in both worlds. The Sea Witch used her voice to unleash the beasts. With the help of Salvador, the God’s champion who pulled Malaya out of the ocean, and her alternate timeline sister, Gabrielle, they fight the discovery of these mythological beasts before the next full moon when the Sea Witch will use the collective power of belief in mythical creatures to escape her underwater prison. Malaya can end it all if she truly wants to return to her old life. But as she gets further away from her ex and closer to Salvador and Gabrielle, her ability to save the world becomes impossible.

The Story

Because Malaya has a death wish, the Sea Witch barters her voice for a new life—one in which Malaya was never with her abusive boyfriend. But when Malaya timeshifts into her new existence, she discovers she shipped a happier Malaya off to her crummy, old life and that Aswangs, Tikbalangs, and other assorted Filipino Mythological creatures now run rampant in both worlds.

The Heroes

Malaya: A seventeen-year-old mixed race Filipina who time-shifts into another reality.

Salvador: The Gods champion meant as a fail-safe if Malaya doesn't succeed in correcting her mistake.

Gabrielle: Malaya's other-world sister tasked with hosting a fake virtual series to debunk the Filipino mythological creatures they are battling.

The Location

The shores of Corpus Christi, Texas

An underwater prison

An alternate timeline of Corpus

Content Warning

This story contains mental, emotional, and physical abuse. Malaya is gaslit by an abusive boyfriend in When Oceans Rise.

For more specific information, please read this blog post:

http://robinalvarez.com/content-warnings-for-when-oceans-rise/