Review

Back CoverHello Saturday!

Well, this is a mini celebration of sorts. I’ve received my first review for “Into the Vines” and it’s pretty good. What’s pretty good?

Pretty good is four stars, not five. You know what, I’ll TAKE IT. The reader enjoyed it, thought it relevant, and good.

I’m already plotting my next story; how did I get into this? Actually, it was here all along. You see I was a letter writer, a storyteller and I didn’t know it. I was creative with music, with dance, stage, sewing, etc.

I’d love to write for magazines or newsprint, but maybe I’ll just put it all in books and stories. Until, that is, I can get out on that golf course, tennis court, or retirement scene. I know I’m like my mom in that sense. She never retired, and so I don’t think I will either. I think when you have children, in our cases, you give it your all and then go for yourself. I’ve heard you can have it all, just not at the same time. My motto!

All of us do it differently. Some can’t stand to be at home with kids and so they have their careers simultaneously. Some must work to make ends meet or survive. We should applaud mothers of all types and respect mothers and women. Period. I don’t think everyone has to be the same but what I do think is that LADIES … quit fighting with each other as there is more on this planet to care about than hair.

That old sticks and stones might break me but words will never hurt me is to make us be stronger, because words do hurt for many of us, and apologies help take the sting out. Accept apologies because some of us NEVER get one.

And now for the REVIEW!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

By World Traveler on February 22, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

When I finish reading a book I say to myself “did this book keep my interest?” and I don’t want to put it down.  INTO THE VINES did both of the above.  Even though it was fictional the book was very informative and factual. I have read all of the author’s other books and poetry and thoroughly enjoyed them.

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Frozen Scene

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I took this photo two days ago when the ice storm and frozen temperatures made the South look like a magical wonderland near the North pole. The workers restoring power have been magnificent with schools closed most of the week. Finally, my computer came back up after a week’s vacation. So here I am!

I’ve just sent the digital press release out for the novel “Into the Vines.” The hope is that it gets some recognition or noticed via newspapers, so others can find out about the self–published work by the author.

Here’s the notification …

Epic Novel Release

Author Kim Troike is currently promoting her epic novel of fiction titled, “Into the Vines.” This self-published novel for teens, YA, and adults has just been released by Xlibris. She uses social media to promote and churn her contemporary theme–based story around the globe. Her latest novel and others can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Xlibris as print or digital.

From the back cover …

Into the Vines is a novel of discovery, personal triumph and heroism. French Bleu, a vintage–jazz nightclub in Paris offers a reprieve to its inhabitants from death, illness and captivity. Olivier is a pilot who rescues stranded and desperate souls from famine and war torn areas of Africa, while Daniela, a young nurse, seeks that which is amiss in her own life. Brie, a strong woman, must find a destiny which awaits her own ambition. She celebrates a milestone birthday after encountering an illness, bringing grace and experience in her search for something more.

Daniela dreamed. “I want to be as confident as Brie on a sunny day in Savannah in the summertime.” From the vineyard cooking school in the garden–like Loire Valley, where these three lives meet, to the streets of Paris, where fate brings blessings from angst and longing. This story revels in realism.

This sanctuary seemingly held an inspirational deity as they witnessed a spiritual unity on the Ceremonial Cliffs. Hawa dreams of flying a plane someday, while Francis possesses natural talents of the musical kind. Together they keep a secret for fear of retribution. “I heard LOVE lasts forever and my mom says there are all kinds of love. So maybe you should find another kind of love, since your first love lasted forever” said Francis.

Kim Troike can be reached via email, or phone. Her website CarolineClemens.com contains up to date information about her and her books. Caroline is a pen she uses.

Kim Troike, Author

carolineclemens.com
simplykim@bellsouth.net
770-888-7573
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Digital is a fabulous way to promote the novel, and is one venue along with others in reaching more readers for Indie Authors. In the meantime, stay warm everyone and prepare to settle in for the weekend.

You can read the digital version on an e–book, nook, kindle, etc. Just load it up from Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

Photo credit by Kim Troike

Someday

Poetry

Someday

Someday when I’m in Paris,

Touring the Avenues along the Seine;

My eyes will venture to the sky,

Noting Gothic Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower line.

My francs exchanged for euros to pay for Louvre Art;

Rich history and beauty fill chambers in my heart.

But first a café and selected sinful fruit tart . . .

 

“Qui, Qui. S’il vous plait,” I say.

“D’accord.” She hands me the baked sweet.

“Merci,” I add.

“De rein,” she replies.

“Donnez-moi, s’il vous plait un verre de vin.”

“Qui.” She smiles.

“Merci, ou est the Louvre?” I ask.

“La tout droit.” She points.

 
Translation of Quotes

“Yes, yes please,” I say.

“Okay.” She hands me the delicious sweet.

“Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.”

“Please give me a glass of wine. I changed my mind.”

“Yes.” She smiles.

“Thank you. Where is the Louvre?” I ask.

“There, straight ahead.” She points.

By Caroline Clemens~pen

Someday is a poem I wrote reflecting on a scene in writing the book “Into the Vines.” This wonderful adventure took three years of diligence and passion. It also took me away from friends as priorities set in like family and a job downtown. I absolutely know in my heart someone had my back and encouraged me along the way. And they didn’t live in my house. Some would call it spiritual; I call it passionately living. I suppose you could say I was driven and so the ride is done. I hope you like the book, and feel free to leave a review if you do read it. This is how Indie Authors get noticed on boards at Amazon, Barnes n Noble, etc., and that is my desire to sell. First up will be college for my teens!

I miss writing poetry for its the beauty filled with passion that remains a fuel for life.

~By Kim Troike for the gardenlilie blog

~Photo above is Liz and Kim @Monteluce Vineyard in Dahlonega, Georgia

 

Gardenlilie on Pinterest

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I’d like to invite you to browse my Pinterest site, where I’ve selected beautiful photos of France and other delightful places. These photographers have done a magnificent job in giving us a glimpse of these worldly places around the globe. Some of us have not visited these places in real life, so we can dream a little and pretend.

Eiffel Tower

Click here to view my boards and follow me if you like. I’m going to put my pink Eiffel Tower picture here.

When you read my novel “Into the Vines” you will discover one of the characters named, Brie, has a particular interest in the iconic landmark.

Into the Vines

Whatever you do or wherever you go this February 14th, Valentine’s Day, you will see red or pink which is the color of passion. When one looks up the term passion … one finds that in Latin it means to suffer.

 

How can love mean to suffer?

The answer to that is the emotion of longing, or feeling compelled towards an idea or someone, could possibly make you feel overwhelmed by this suffrage.  What is love or passion for you?

I can tell you I must have been passionate for my book because it was in essence ‘a suffrage.’ I suffered passionately with so many details, Paris included, that I believe I fell in love with writing! Could it be? I think possibly so.

I smile as I have accomplished something I only dreamed of doing years ago when I was thirty years old. I must have been passionate way back then to think I could write a novel, or that I wanted to embark on an idea for which I knew nothing about. The paperback book “How To Write a Romance Novel” was never finished but NOW I have done it and it is incredible! I have achieved plot lines more reaching than kiss and tell, and woven true passion of the suffrage kind into my story.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a passionate weekend in February.

By Kim Troike

Gardenlilie Blog

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Promo “Into the Vines”

novel by Kim Troike

 

YES! It’s here. My contemporary novel of adventure and mystery for teens, YA and adults is now AVAILABLE on Amazon.

I think the cover turned out fabulous with the vintage pictures of major icons in cities around the globe. Please help me in spreading the word by re–blogging or using Twitter. I’ll be promoting this vigorously until May.

 

Here’s a synopsis to give you a glimpse of this wonderful story for readers of age 13 and above:

Into the Vines is a novel of discovery, personal triumph and heroism. French Bleu, a vintage-jazz nightclub in Paris offers a reprieve to its inhabitants from death, illness and captivity. Olivier is a pilot who rescues stranded and desperate souls from famine and war torn areas of Africa, while Daniela, a young nurse, seeks that which is amiss in her own life. Brie, a strong woman, must find a destiny which awaits her own ambition. She celebrates a milestone birthday after encountering an illness, bringing grace and experience in her search for something more.

Daniela dreamed. “I want to be as confident as Brie on a sunny day in Savannah in the summertime” From the vineyard cooking school in the garden-like Loire Valley, where these three lives meet, to the streets of Paris, where fate brings blessings from angst and longing. This story revels in realism.

This sanctuary seemingly held an inspirational deity as they witnessed a spiritual unity on the Ceremonial Cliffs. Hawa dreams of flying a plane someday, while Francis possesses natural talents of the musical kind. Together they keep a secret for fear of retribution. “I heard LOVE lasts forever and my mom says there are all kinds of love. So maybe you should find another kind of love, since your first love lasted forever,” said Francis.

Click on cover below for purchase of “Into the Vines” or link at bottom to see other novels by this author.

Novels on Amazon by Kim Troike

Thanks for stopping by my blog, come again!

Kim

 

 

Preview of Into the Vines

While I wait for the title to be available ……… here is my Author Page on Amazon. You can see the other two titles by Kim Troike, all self–published and available as e–books.

If I had to describe my novel “Into the Vines” in one sentence it would read like this.

“A family is formed on a vineyard through extreme circumstances when a pilot rescues persons from global disasters.”

My novel has taken me three years of continuous and diligent work, not all pleasant, but all in all compelling. This unique story built upon itself representing realism with a stretch. I learned so much along the way about English, but still don’t know it all and occasionally make mistakes. Keeping all the characters straight and their ages, oh my goodness. That will have you tearing your hair, eyes, or whatever out. More on all that later.

For now, while I wait for the novel (uploads) to consumer sites, here is the pictures I used to make the covers.

Into the Vines by Kim TroikeThis is the front cover picture. The Vintage feel is captured with old postcards of far away places and lands I’ve never been to. I think it captures a timeless feel. Let me know when you see the final cover.

And here below is the back cover, not so elegant, not so beautiful, but real and that is the essence that I hope will prevail throughout my novel. So the back cover says it all! Have a look …

Back CoverRemember these are the pictures, not the final covers, I selected from Thinkstock. I’m absolutely pleased with their quality and prices.

My book launch will be from January 21st through May 1st, so please come back and have a look. Tell your friends about Indie Authors and purchasing e–books on all sites. More to come!

Kim Troike

Winter’s Dance

For Kevin and Tommy

These hikers made it to the top of El Capitan` in Yosemite after nineteen days. I wrote this poem a year ago and thought I’d repost it for this amazing event!

Winter's Dance

The bleak outlook of a cold winter’s day,

Makes waltz’s misstep as slippery ice brings,

Hardened limbs, and hearts like branches and things.

The red heart pulses while eyes visualize grey.

Can they dance if a mind has gone away?

Echoes past in cathedral loudly rings,

One and two, and breathe; loves melody sings.

 

Stilled and quiet; winter grieves her lost love.

The sympathies of ages mark time in church.

Yet, sapphire souls seek freedom in futile search.

Their lonely griefs covered with knitted glove,

The Winter’s Dance keeps time like bell above,

Unites them through winter wondrous trees of birch.

Loves end lasts forever not winter’s lurch.

 

by Caroline Clemens

~2 verse, 7 lines, 10 syllable w/ 1,4,5 and 2,3,6,7 to rhyme describing winter, love, and the end or changing of both.

Gold

Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy

I like this! Hope you do, too.

She has such a gentle, soulful voice. I had never heard of her until a few years ago, and I was glad I did. She brings you into the song, and your own voice blends with hers. How nice!

Today, I’m editing the final manuscript of my novel. How exciting! I want to share with you some words of wisdom which are not mine. Of course, I’m going to use them in a future book but I feel like sharing them today.

“You can never love them enough,” said a loving friend to me. I have used those words countless times as I raise my children when times get tough. This man said it well, and at the time I just didn’t know I would remember those words forever. I believe that’s what all children want is just MORE love, even when they do wrong.

Enjoy the song, and have a wonderful day!

Caroline

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