Into the Vines by Kim Troike

YES, it’s here! I did it and believe it or not, I want to do it again. What is IT that is so fascinating? IT has taken three years to write my full length novel titled “Into the Vines.” The ideas came from everywhere and I loved it. Sometimes the novel wrote itself; I kid you not!

What’s it about you ask? Well, I heard this around the net water cooler. “Go read it for yourself.”

That is wonderful advice. As soon as the links are available I’ll have them here with confetti and ribbons and music. Yes, of course there will be music. I’ll need to think of a few songs.

Over the next few months I will be promoting this beautiful endeavor that consumed me, as I wanted to put forth the best effort I could. Now that’s just who I am, you know … born that way. Saddle up and go for a ride as I take you through trails far, far away, from January 21st until May 1st about ‘how and why’ on earth did I ever decide, write and finish my novel. Now that’s a long sentence, phew!

I’m smiling and laughing and kinda thinking that this is a lonely business, writing and all. But, I’m not a loner just comfortable in my own skin. That is until I start writing and then I come out of my skin like a snake. Ha-ha, gotcha. Seriously, thanks for stopping by. I’ve entered my novel in a few contests to see if it measures up to my own expectations. I’m self published and thank XLibris for formatting my masterpiece. I wanted that professional look for an easier read. See you around the campfire listening to a couple of guitar melodies.

Please visit and theivorytide for the cover release!

Kim Troike

Into the Vines



The release is IMMINENT!

I am done with the novel and waiting for the publisher. Very soon, I will promote this masterpiece for you here and on other blogs. I am so grateful and encouraged in this endeavor. Having just re-read the entire feature … I believe it to be good. Yes, I’m proud. Do authors really love their own work? Well, I do. Now I will wait to see if others do. Actually, I will move forward again and begin something else.

Please stay tuned. The above header is a view along the Seine in Paris. I am so sorry about their recent tragedy involving terrorism, and wish them a true recovery. My writing reveals the Paris I’ve known my whole life from afar, here in America.





cropped-cm800px-claude_monet_-_the_magpie_-_google_art_project.jpgThough sometimes one feels like the lone magpie on the fence … the blogging world has many sites to visit, read and leave comments. To help expand the reach of my written words, I turn to others, and promote their work while continuing my own.

I have three Indie authors with published works for sale on Amazon. You get a feel for the person behind the writing with links to their product. The writing is real and imaginative, and as good as the big guys. My latest interviews are here.

Gardenlilie is my primary and oldest blog celebrating authors and artists. If you would like to be posted contact me here. I would love to showcase your talents, Indie or Professional.

Theivorytide is my newest blog and I post journalism-quality news articles, some relate to the novel I just completed, and others are just inspiring. Have a look. Included are pickles (preserved, treasured, museums) and color (photos, artwork).

AuthorsIndie Author, Michael Brookes, showcases others on his blog. He has displayed my outlook for theivorytide. Have a look.

~Caroline Clemens~pen

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~Google pic credit~Magpie

~Kim Troike pic credit~French expression “I have two loves”



Women Behaving Badly.


I’ve recently followed this blog and was delighted to come across this little poster. For me it is not about behaving poorly but rather stand up, and still be pretty wonderful while doing so. After all, we have brains and lungs and hearts, even stomachs just like men do. When will they listen to us?

Originally posted on Feminism Through Cinema and Literature:

"When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman 
gives her opinion she's a bitch."

-Bette Davis.

Scarlett O'Hara/Vivien Leigh, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Taylor, Maya Angelou, Susan B Anthony, Gloria Steinem, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Dolly Parton, Amelia Earhart, Billie Holiday, Grace Kelly, Princess Diana and Annie Oakley

Scarlett O’Hara/Vivien Leigh, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Taylor, Maya Angelou, Susan B Anthony, Gloria Steinem, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Dolly Parton, Amelia Earhart, Billie Holiday, Grace Kelly, Princess Diana and Annie Oakley.

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Decatur Book Festival

Decatur Book FestivalThe Decatur Book Festival was this past weekend in downtown Decatur, Georgia. This is the second year I have attended this event. Last year my family and I attended; we walked around for hours listening to some of the speakers. Google Images.

Decatur Book FestivalThis year I entered my books and participated in the emerging authors venue. Our books were displayed on tables and sold by volunteers in the tent. Some authors purchased time to give a short speech or blurb about their books; this helps to sell books. Last year the emerging authors tent sold 7,000 books, a huge encouragement for new authors. That’s a lot of books! Google Images.

Decatur Book FestivalJoyce Carol Oates was the keynote speaker and here is a cover of one of her books. Other speakers gave talks at various places around downtown Decatur. My sister and I had hoped to hear Mary Kay Andrews, who spoke at the Presbyterian Church, but missed her talk. They had skits and poetry for children and also shopping and eating available. Google Images.

Decatur Book Festival Several breweries are nearby and this is a big draw for beer lovers. We tasted several kinds here at the Brick Store including Three Taverns Single Intent. Google Images.

Decatur Book FestivalThis is the Brick Store upstairs inside view with an extremely cozy atmosphere. I think the stone and wood combined with the glasses and lantern lighting make this a pretty photo by Kirk Adams.

Decatur Book FestivalThe festival is eclectic and has something for everyone. Vendors from all over offer authentic tastes and gifts, not to mention books galore. My daughter purchased a necklace handcrafted by a lady using silver, pearls and leather. It is beautiful and original! This is definitely a family affair. I talked with an art store owner and she is interested in my bird houses. I can send her my pics right to an email and she’ll let me know. How cool is that? Google Images.

The Decatur Book Festival is sponsored by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Decatur, Georgia. We, of course, reminded our younger folks that Coca-Cola was invented right here in Decatur by a pharmacist at a soda shop. My brother-in-law came along for the afternoon, I mean beer, and after a stroll of the books we headed to Twain’s and ate lunch.

The youngest member of my entourage (lol) on Saturday and one of my biggest supporters is my own daughter. No, I didn’t have to careen or cajole or promise her anything. She wanted to go. A big thanks to my sister and brother-in-law and my husband and daughter for their support of my writing and authorship. It is nice to know that people appreciate others pieces of work in their creative endeavors. Mwah!!


~Google Images Credit

~Photos by me



Georgia Author of The Year Awards

50th Annual Georgia Author of The Year

One hundred and eighteen authors from Georgia were honored back in June at the 50th Annual Georgia Author of The Year Awards. Spouses, children and parents came together for this celebration at the Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Center lending their support for the authors. The event is sponsored by The Georgia Writers Association and The Kennesaw State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

This made it real for me. My novel ‘Bleu Moon’ was nominated and frankly I was excited to be there. I know all the hard work that I contributed to making this the best product ever. The whole event was professional and enjoyable; I met some lovely folks. I am grateful that I didn’t miss it. When you sit at your desk, counter or wherever by yourself for hours, then turns into days and months you begin to wonder will others enjoy your creative end? This ceremony reinforced that I am on a beautiful path of enlightenment, not to mention storytelling.

I am a member of the Georgia Writers Association and will be attending my first Writers Conference this fall in the historic city of Savannah. I know Savannah but will probably learn much more through the eyes of writers; this will probably be visually and lyrically somewhat theatrical. I’m excited, can you tell?

Many writers were honored and won the award for their genre. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to the country’s own poet laureate, Natasha Trethewey, who writes poetry related to her upbringing, namely her mother and father’s biracial marriage. More information can be obtained at

Bleu Moon was nominated in the Fiction category for the Georgia Author of The Year Award.

~Caroline Clemens~pen

Radio Interview

Blog Talk Radio

Blog Talk Radio … Have you heard of it? I hadn’t but now I know. Latisha McDougal from MWHY Blog Talk Radio did an interview for me about my writing. I wasn’t sure how to prepare for this, so I made notes, had my books handy, lit a candle and reported in.

By that, I mean I called in to her program and she prepped me as to when we would start. From that moment there was no turning back. How would I be interesting? Boring, yes that word crept into my mind. But once we started, I couldn’t stop. I tried to let it flow. I must learn to use my pen name and not refer to myself as Kim.

I was so relieved after it was over; are you kidding? Panic almost set in … do you sense a wee bit of drama here? Yes, that helps to make more of it than it actually is. Latisha was professional and put me at ease, I guess I would do it again. Thank you so much Latisha.

Radio Interview

Here’s the link to see the site where she holds Blog Talk Radio!

Click this link to listen to the author interviews from Feb. 20th, mine included.

By Caroline Clemens~pen





Images by Google

Bleu Moon


This beautifully compelling story of family and love is surrounded by mystery and intrigue. The blue moon which occurs so infrequently is a picturesque ride to behold by honor and grace as the magnitude of the mission rests upon their shoulders.

Olivier continues his Special Forces involvement as he and Brie unite and find out how families come together in a crisis.

Do you love Paris? Bleu Moon, a novel that will take you on a trip through the French countryside and beyond, then back to the streets of Paris with adventure in the city of light and love.

The Goals


23 Things To Do In 2012-2013

Why twenty three? Twenty three is my favorite age so far in life, but let’s see if this year or next can topple that or add to it!

1. write poems
2. eat more fruit
3. lose 30 lbs. What would a list be without this?
4. motivate my son to study/homework
5. watch my girls swim
6. dance with my husband
7. travel
8. go to a movie premier or black tie New Year’s Eve
9. write a novella
10.write a novel
11.get a part time nursing job
12.listen to more music
14.write songs
15.plant flowers steak, perch, peach pie and sauerkraut balls a new wardrobe
18.spend time with parents classic books
20.take tango dance classes
21.go on Saturday night dates
22.continue being a good mom

by Caroline Clemens

*there’s mine, what are yours?


~ I made this list a year ago June, not sure why except I’m a list maker and a goal oriented person. I like to accomplish what I set out to do. Let me have a look and see where I am. At first I thought I had accomplished most of them listed. But when I really looked I still have ten to go. Definitely no. 3 & 4 are the hardest, but I still have no. 6, 8, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, and 23.  Does anyone else make lists or goals? And do you accomplish them, some, all or none?

~I think making a list mid-year might work better because New Year’s resolutions seem to fail. With more than half of my goals done I must now go for the most difficult … drumroll … the physical! And of course this one makes us feel so good. Time to get in better shape, time to get in the old blue jeans! See ya round the gym.