France, 1940. An unexpected gift of an old motorcycle with a tragically romantic past hurls a young orphan into the thick of things as war breaks out and his life changes forever. Half-French/half-German Daniel must find a way to survive in a world that mercy seems to have abandoned. This book transports the reader to Nazi-occupied France, where Daniel unwittingly and unexpectedly finds himself working for the Resistance, and ultimately to the Russian Front in a twist of fate so startling that no one can see it coming. In turn quirky, heartwarming, beguiling and uncompromising, author Marc Sercomb weaves together many moods and colors to tell young Daniel’s story. Beyond engaging, Picasso’s Motorcycle has been hailed as a genuine “page-turner” by those who have so far encountered it.
If you like “The Book Thief” and “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” you’ll love this book!
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Did you ever look at your parents when they got back from work and thought, “there’s no way I’m going to end up like this?” Did you ever look around you and felt disgusted by the things people look up to? Did you ever ask yourself, “that’s it? That’s life?” Well, so did they! Elton, Donna, Carole, John, Rick, Woody, and Michelle are utterly different young people who asked themselves these very questions? What did they do about it? Left everything behind and formed a community? Did it solve everything? Did it work? Read and find out!
BEST BOOK I’VE EVER READ!” Mom
“I’M NOT REALLY INTO BOOKS, BUT IF OTHER BOOKS ARE HALF AS GOOD AS THIS ONE, THEN I’D BETTER START READING!” Zoey, Sean’s twin sister
“IF I WERE AN ASTRONAUT AND THERE WAS ONLY ONE GIFT I COULD GRANT AN ALIEN, IT’D HAVE BEEN THIS BOOK!” Dad
“THE BEST BOOK TO COME OUT SINCE A TALE OF TWO CITIES! TRUST ME; I WAS A BETA READER FOR BOTH ” Grandpa
“WHEN GUTENBERG CAME UP WITH THE FIRST PRINTER HE TOLD ME, ‘there will come a day when your grand-grand-grand-grandson will publish a book so good it’d make all my hard work worthwhile!’” the only paragraph to survive from Sean’s great-great-great-great grandmother’s diary; circa 1450.
Meet Sean Bloom
Sean Bloom has always been an avid lier, so, naturally, the next step for him was writing books. His first book, The Community, is out now and has already been praised as the greatest book of all time by his immediate family and friends. When he’s not writing–which he would’ve loved to do ALL THE TIME–and not reading, Sean likes to root for soccer teams that always disappoint their fans, spy after his dogs to see if they possess super-powers they keep as a secret from him and exercise (in eating ice-cream).
Despite his belief, Sean does NOT live in an attic by the Seine, but several big apparel retailers offer a bounty for his head–they claim he’s constantly stretching clothes then putting them back on the rack–so he won’t disclose where he lives.
Shockingly, Sean is single (offers are most welcome), but he finds comfort in reading about characters with worse fates.
“Life is chaos,” says Nana. “Just as it should be.” “Should it?” I try to hide my disagreement. A smile lifts her wrinkled cheeks. “Yup… Without chaos, there is no growth.”
Elle Fox is a twenty-three-year-old dog mom living in a tiny house outside of Portland, Oregon. With a newly divorced mother next door who is starting over at fifty and a wealthy, narcissist father she hasn’t been able to look at since “the incident”, adulthood has become more chaotic than anticipated.
When an old friend invites her to join a group “zencation” to the Oregon Coast, Elle finds herself in the charming town of Newport in a picturesque mansion with her former high school peeps… and another man she can hardly stand to look at: her ex, Scott Darcy.
Five years ago, Scott had pulled Elle in like a rip tide. A rebel with a taste for adventure, he swept her away from small town life into the vast beauty of the outdoors. They had plans to see the world together… until he left her for someone else.
But sometimes things are not as they appear. When Elle finds an old trinket box in Scott’s truck that tells another story about their breakup, she must choose between shunning the past – and two of the most important men in her life – for good, or digging it up to heal a love that should’ve never been lost and a bond that should’ve never been broken.
Told in dual timelines, FIVE YEARS LATER explores the trials of true love, the ties of a family divided, and the challenges of forgiving those who unintentionally hurt us- including ourselves.
Meet Sarah Kraft
Sarah Kraft was born and raised in Oregon. By day, she designs jewelry for Portland’s premiere brides. By night, she writes novels and designs prints for her fashion line, KoutureDeLeKraft. She is the author of four major novels for teens and adults. Follow her online for dog mom stories, wine reviews, and fashion tips.
It’s the summer of 1953. Calvin Jefferson Coolidge is thirteen years old when the ghost of Joseph Stalin appears to him in his Aunt Evelyn’s cluttered Cleveland attic and wants to dictate his memoirs to him. “I want to tell my side of the story,” Uncle Joe tells him. “They’re giving me one year to set the record straight, so we need to get started right away.” Calvin’s life is falling apart at the seams. He’s a misfit and loner whose only friends are famous dead people. He loves polka music and Westerns and sometimes wonders what it would be like to kiss a girl. His con man father is in Florida looking for his bipolar runaway mother. His cousin Buck is abducted and experimented on by aliens. The lady next door wants to coach him in the ways of love. His pastor thinks he’s headed straight for Hell. His English teacher thinks he’s a savant. The school psychologist wants to have him committed. His shrink thinks he’s just plain nuts. Sometimes, Calvin believes it too. Everybody’s trying to figure out what makes Calvin tick in this quirky, fast-paced metaphysical romp through the heart and soul of 1950’s America.
She’s sixteen. She’s alone. And the world thinks she’s crazy. What could possibly happen next? Well, she’s going to show them…
When sixteen-year-old Connelly Pierce wakes up inside an unknown psychiatric hospital with both her wrists slashed, she begins the arduous task of piecing together the events of her life that led her there. Her own cognitive behavioral therapy (as she had learned so well from them). Beginning with the sudden death of her mother and father when she was six, and the only world she knew disappeared, literally, overnight. That’s when, with no known or, at least, close relatives, she and her nine-year-old brother Eric find themselves cast into the nightmare quagmire of government child protection agencies, and Connelly begins her incredible fourteen-year journey—her dark odyssey—into her own brave new world. A world, she realizes, she must not only quickly adapt, but fight back as well, if she hopes to survive.
Meet James Snyder
James Snyder was born in Memphis, Tennessee and lived in many parts of the United States before settling with his family in Napa Valley. Among a variety of careers and occupations, he was a soldier with a tactical mobile operations unit in Germany, as well as an executive for a Fortune 500 company.
He has published short stories in the Houghton Mifflin Black Mask anthologies, the Ginosko Literary Journal, and was a finalist in the New Letters’ Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction. He is the author of the military thriller AMERICAN WARRIOR, the suspense thriller DESOLATION RUN, the literary coming-of-age THE BEAUTIFUL-UGLY, and the short story collection TALES OF THE LATE TWENTIETH CENTURY
His latest novel, the historical thriller FRENCH QUARTERS, was just released by Milford House Press.
He occasionally blogs at jamessnyder.net and currently lives in Texas where he writes full time.