The Birthday Present (with MC) is a pair of evocative short stories about girls whose worlds are coming to an end. Lucy (The Birthday Present) and Alyce (Millhaven Castle) both belong to tiny subcultures that were created in a violent, dimly understood past. Lucy’s futuristic world is ruled by mutants called GMFs. She is supposed to blend in with a colony of humans, but she is actually a time-traveler with a built-in mission of her own. Alyce lives in a small rural kingdom, reminiscent of fairy tales, ruled by a dynasty that took over the country questionably. Her people, the Sherbans, are still locked in a humdrum argument about that succession, and the king cares about those old politics quite as much as they do. Each girl owns a special item, like a box or a bracelet, that could resolve centuries-old disputes as unexpected friends and surprising events accompany the end of an era and the start of something new.
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I am a country girl living on a fourth-generation family farm in Texas, United States. My home is on a rural road surrounded by cultivated fields that rapidly give way to wild flowers, wild plants, and wild life and I can always be found scribbling away at a new project. I get most of my ideas while drifting innocuously around my house. And sometimes I exercise my beloved, blind Pomeranian, although Pom prefers to vegetate indoors. In addition to The Birthday Present, my works include 4 science fiction and fantasy books, 3 historical books, and a contemporary YA novel. My website is www.sarahscheele.com