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The Sage 2022

The Sage is an award-winning literary journal of creative expression. It will be available for free Fall 2022 in Alpine, Texas.

Literary Editors:

Robin Alvarez

Kiahna Garcia

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When Oceans Rise

WHEN OCEANS RISE is a YA contemporary fantasy – Filipino Little Mermaid meets The Butterfly Effect 🐚🌊
Malaya barters with a sea witch; 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 monsters now run rampant in both worlds. The Sea Witch used her voice to unleash the beasts and now Malaya must fight to get her voice back if she wants to save both worlds.

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What people are saying:

“A gorgeous debut about gods, monsters, and the courage it takes to love (and free) yourself. When Oceans Rise deserves a place on every shelf.” — Gigi Griffis, author of The Wicked Unseen

“A spellbindingly fresh reimagining of The Little Mermaid that will bewitch readers until they reach the final page. Malaya is a compelling protagonist entrapped in a conflict that will resonate with the realities of many young women. You can’t help but to root for her as she traverses through alternate timelines rife with creatures from Filipino folklore and her own personal demons. Alvarez is a brilliant new voice to watch in the world of fantasy fiction.” — Priyanka Taslim, author of The Love Match

“Malaya, you are the captain of your life. You decide which oceans to sail. You don’t wait for the ocean to take you.” (This has to be my favourite line in the book.)

In a nutshell, this is an emotional ride that navigates the waves of an abusive relationship. The emotions in this cautionary tale are raw and relatable, and will sweep you off your feet. Beautifully woven with the magic of rich Filipino culture, Alvarez’s remarkable debut will stay with you beyond the last page.” — Joyce Chua, author of Land of Sand and Song

“Simply stunning! Robin Alvarez weaves together the perfect blend of modern retelling and mythical fantasy in When Oceans Rise. Prepare yourself to be swept away in this gorgeous and courageous story of loving yourself after heartbreak.” — Dana Swift, Author of Cast In Firelight

When Oceans Rise is an exciting story with a lot of heart and emotion. Malaya’s emotional journey rang true.” — Wendy Parris, author of Field of Screams

“Set against a rich and beautiful setting, When Oceans Rise is a stunning book both inside and out.” — Rebecca Ryan, author of My (Extra)Ordinary Life


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