Hiding Haelo (book one)
Haelo Marley lives every day as a lie.
She is a mermaid, but not the fishtail-and-seashell-bra type. A real mermaid. A Candeon, posing as a normal, San Diego teenager in her last year of high school, while secretly diving into the sea in order to survive.
But Haelo’s not the only one keeping secrets. There’s a lot she doesn’t know about the Candeon world, and about the vital role she’s expected to play in it. Every mystery she unravels—from the meaning of the mosaic of scales on her back, to the identity of Dagger, the mysterious boy down the street—draws Haelo closer to a fate that she never chose, and to danger that she never imagined.
No longer able to safely stay in San Diego, Haelo makes her way toward the destiny (and the secret fiancé) waiting for her in the Candeon capital of Pankyra, with Dagger as her guard. But as she and Dagger grow closer, the lines between duty and desire become blurred, threatening the future of the entire Candeon Empire.
She’s been in hiding her whole life. But this is the first time she’s felt hunted.
Haelo is a long way from high school. As a Candeon princess, and the key to the future of her race, Haelo’s choices are no longer just about her. After learning that her father is still alive—and may know something about the traitor in Pankyra—Haelo is determined to find him. Hoping to win her affection, Prince Griffin grants Haelo the freedom to leave Pankyra’s hidden Mediterranean palace to track down her father, with Dagger as her guard.
But Haelo’s journey will reveal more than she bargained for—like the truth behind her fated marriage; the motivation of the sociopathic villain Massaude who will stop at nothing to find her; and her true feelings for Dagger, which may run deeper than she wants to admit.
With her heart torn in nearly every way, Haelo is faced with an impossible decision: a loveless marriage with Prince Griffin, or her own happiness. As Massaude closes in, Haelo’s choice becomes more urgent, more complicated, and more painful than ever before.
While others hunt for Haelo, Haelo hunts for answers. Whoever finds what they’re looking for first will control the destiny of the Candeon Empire.
Haelo Rising (book three)
Buried under the weight of an empire in peril, will she sink, or rise?
For weeks, Haelo Marley has done everything she could to prepare herself to be the queen her people need. She’s trained, worked, pushed herself beyond all expectations, and most of all, distracted herself from thinking about the man she’s marrying—and the one she’s not.
In the last days before her wedding, Haelo’s confidence is shaken in more ways than one, until she finds the clarity she needs from sources she never would have expected.
But just when Haelo is starting to hope for a bright future, Massáude’s dark shadow returns to smother the Candeon Empire. And this time, he’s threatening to bring the monarchy to its knees.
Sacrifice after sacrifice, Haelo fights to save her people. As the losses mount, Haelo must decide how far she’s willing to go to win this war. Her pain could bury her—or it could allow her to rise higher than ever before.
Either way, time is running out.