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Isla Emerged

Anger. Betrayal. Exile.

Isla always knew she would be queen. One day. But after the death of her mother, matriarch of the Southern Pacific merfolk kingdom, that day grew much closer than she was prepared for. Worse, to become a mermaid queen, she must marry. It is the only way to protect her kingdom.

Forcibly betrothed to her childhood friend and father’s fiercest warrior, Isla is desperate for an escape—no matter the cost. But until she marries, her father is filled with a power his body cannot handle, and his control is steadily slipping.

After an explosive fight with her father, Isla flees to the surface, only to find herself in the middle of a violent storm with two choices: swim to safety or save the human man she sees drowning in the tumultuous waves.

Her decision will change her life, as well as her kingdom, forever.

A story inspired by “The Little Mermaid” like you’ve never seen before.


"My first thought on this book is that it should be a film. I'm serious. A full length feature film with big Hollywood actors and the whole caboodle. It is rare that I come across books like this but when it does happen I like to say so."

Sumi's Books

"This was a fast paced and very enjoyable novel. I love reading fairy tale retellings, but this one took the cake. Isla is a fantastic character. She had the ability to grab onto me through the page and not let go."

Bookshelf Adventures

"I was worried it was just going to be your basic retelling of The Little Mermaid... I am glad to say that this book takes such a turn away from the traditional story and it is really interesting!"

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"The characters and storyline are impeccably done and the author's storytelling immediately captivated me. I did not want this story to end."

- L. Hernandez, YA Book Divas

"A beautiful, immersive coming of age. I loved Isla and the cast of characters Sequeira created."

- Olivia Wildenstein, USA Today Bestselling Author

"Sequeira gives fresh and thought-provoking coming of age classic. Through her descriptive world building and character development, Isla Emerged is a beautifully written debut novel."

- Ryder Lyne, Religious Science Fiction Author

"It is a thrilling, engaging, and wonderful mermaid tale- unlike any I’ve ever read! It was refreshing and everything I never knew I needed!"

- K. Jurdi


"I thought I knew what I was getting myself into but I was way wrong! So many twists and turns that kept me wanting more!"

- K. Johnson


Secret Submerged

Pain. Deception. Family.

Eleven months ago, Isla became the matriarch of her merfolk kingdom. Unfortunately, transitioning from being an exiled princess to being a queen is tougher than she anticipated. Isla is haunted by the trauma her mistakes have left behind, the sacrifice her father made, and the glimpse Anita gave her at a secret that had been buried for nearly thirty years.

Only Anita and the secret she holds close to her heart can give Isla any measure of closure and make the road ahead clearer for Isla to grow as Queen. But, much like the young mermaid, Anita is wracked by guilt because of her past complacency, the lies she believed, and the damage that was done.

Do they dare risk their friendship—and Isla’s fragile sanity—by exposing a truth that could change everything?This novella bridges the gap between the series' first book, Isla Emerged, and the full length sequel.


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"It was instantly captivating form page 1. I loved learning more about Anita and her past and getting insight on Isla’a mom! The book had a lot of unexpected twists that I didn’t foresee, but that just made it more enthralling! The writing and details, were so descriptive and brought me right back into the story, regardless of how long it’s been since I’ve read about these characters."

- Kristina

"Learning who Anita was and became was heartbreaking at times and inspiring at others."

- A. White, Bookstagrammer, @certified_book_nerd 

"Anita is such a powerful character. Being able to learn of her past was amazing. The horrible situations Anita went through in her life gave great perspective on her when we met in Isla Emerged.

I loved the ability to find out more about Anita and find out more of Isla’s mother... I can’t wait for the full length sequel to come!"

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Currents Converged
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Peril. War. Power.

Isla has been queen for five years, but time has not made ruling any easier. It also hasn’t erased the guilt she feels over her part in the pain her people suffered. But as queen, she has more important things to worry about than her feelings and some gruesome flashbacks. She must atone for her sins and help the merfolk of the Southern Pacific heal from the wounds her mistakes left behind.
Unfortunately, achieving that will be harder than she ever imagined. Theo, a prince from a faraway kingdom, arrives with a harrowing warning that a new tyrant has emerged and old enemies have risen from the grave—and they’re working together to terrorize the mer world.
Now, Isla must gather her friends, rally her army, and battle her own demons in order to protect her people and put an end to her enemies before it’s too late.

War is coming. The survival of the seas rests on Isla’s shoulders.
And victory is the only option she has.

Currents Converged is the final book in the Isla Emerged Trilogy.


"The author did a great job with character development and recognising the horrible truth of PTSD and how it can crop up at any time. Both Isla and Maryn are having a hard time dealing with the events in their past, but that doesn’t stop them from continuing to do what they feel is right... I loved this conclusion to the Isla Emerged series and am sorry to see it end. I look forward to seeing more from the author."

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"Sequeira captures the constantly evolving emotional states that consume the conscious and subconscious thoughts in this action-packed finale to Isla Emerged. From her depth of survivors guilt to overcoming the internal struggles to rise above and lead her kingdom once and for all, Isla is the mermaid queen we need in a growing pro-feminine society. Sequeira embraces her ethnic roots and beautifully bridges the gap between fantasy and POC."

- Ryder Lyne, Dystopian Author

"In Currents Converged, Deidre Sequiera employs the full run of emotions to bring the trilogy to an exciting and profound conclusion. I honestly could not put this book down! I love how she brings us alongside Isla to experience her insecurities and how she grows through them. The relationships feel so real, I often found myself laughing out loud at the banter between characters, or nearly crying with them. She’s made me a fan of mermaids again."

- Kristen Aitken, Owner of Between Pages Editing

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