Harbour at the IJ Amsterdam.


~from leman shots … what a beautiful and poignant picture. I like the clarity, the objects, and comparisons of man-made and nature, complimenting one another. Peace.

Originally posted on lemanshots - Fine Pictures and Digital Art:


Christmas is a time for reflection and renewal. The year´s end has a special and familiar significance.

It´s a signpost which asks us to think further than the hectic daily round.

I hope you all enjoy a happy and peaceful Christmas!

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Patiently Waiting

Patiently Waiting Blue Satin Sashes by Aidana Willow Raven

Just like a child patiently waits for Christmas or birthday presents, if you believe or celebrate those ideas, I am waiting for the cover of my full-length novel. I had anticipated it to be done already, but it needed changes. My novel “Into the Vines” will be released in January 2015. More to come on that but first let me tell you about who is doing the cover.

I found Aidana Willow Raven online through Twitter, then checked out her site and saw her creations at her web site. Later, we had a live chat, and that was something new for me, discussing how we would go about it, and setting the price. So far so good. I selected one I liked so she had an idea, and set about using my themes.

Here is her website.

While we wait for that hand-painted and unique cover, above is the ‘Christmas Sleigh Ride’ painting by Aidana Willow Raven, with a beautiful tune by Barbara Streisand to put you in the mood for the upcoming childhood event of the year: CHRISTMAS.

She’s asked for a short story to accompany the painting. Willow told me I could post it to my blog and link back to her. Here’s the Twitter post!

And now for the short story … Enjoy!


Christmas Time Travel

A friend of mine at the palace asked me to do her a favor, as she would be traveling at Christmas time. Over English Breakfast tea, she explained to me how she was helping very old, little children. You can imagine my shocked and perplexed look that I gave her.

I thought she’d gone mad.

But here’s the real story.

Blue had discovered time travel. She told me when she studied last summer with the space commission at the academy, a couple of scientists were on the verge of a breakthrough. She’d studied coding, along with gene therapy and was able to decipher when a person lived. She told me, “Don’t ask. It’s complicated.”

The scientists told her that her knowledge was crucial to proton and atom therapy, and combined with space travel, it might be possible to go back instead of forward to the future.

All this went way over my head, as I’d studied fashion and fabrics. But she said, “Trust me, okay?”

I said, “Yes. You are my best friend. What can I do?”

“Magenta, I want you to wear my Ice Princess outfit with the blue cape. Everyone here in the palace will think it me,” she explained.

I looked at her with an eye brow raised and she sensed I needed further explanation before I became her.

“Catherine,” she said.

I said, “Who?”

“You will travel by sleigh and meet a lady named Catherine. She is the wife of a famous writer.”

“A famous writer?” I asked.

“Trust me. You will take presents to his wife for his many children.”

“I’ll take presents to his wife for his children by sleigh?”


“What was he famous for?”

“Magenta, if I tell you too much you might get stuck there. Then, I’d have to come and search for you.”

I shake my head up and down and wonder. Will I make it back? The thought of her coming to find me kind of made it like an adventure.

“Let’s just say his play goes on stage tomorrow night, December 19th for the first time.”

“I’ll need a few more hints, Blue.”

“I discovered that Catherine bought and wrapped all her Christmas gifts for her kids and then gave them all away.”

“Oh, I see.”

“We, or rather you, are being kind and generous to her, while her husband is celebrated on stage tomorrow night.”

“Blue, you have such a heart.”

“Yeah, I know,” She smiled.

“What year will I be traveling in?”

“Eighteen hundred and forty three.”

“I can’t wait to meet Catherine from 1843.”

“Merry Christmas, Magenta.”

“Merry Christmas, Blue.”

~By Caroline Clemens




Christmas Time Travel is fiction.

Paulo Coelho

NovelPlease welcome Paulo Coelho to my blog!

No, I didn’t get to interview him but I am participating in a promo blast. So have a seat and learn about the world known author of numerous books. Paulo Coelho is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has been writing for a long time. His bio in the writing arena spans decades, languages, and international best sellers. Take a look here to see his numerous ventures in life.


He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, and has received The Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur. The United Nations Messenger of Peace was awarded to him in 2007.



You may know him by “The Alchemist” for which he is well known. I heard of his name when my son was in middle school and brought the book home to read. It was required reading. In The Alchemist, an Andalusian shepherd boy, named Santiago, goes to the pyramids in search of buried treasure.

Apparently, seeing the world through ‘your own eyes’ and ‘listening to our hearts’ is wisdom for the ages.


In his latest novel “Adultery” which was released on August 19th, by Alfred A. Knopf, the title may allude to the plot.


Here’s an overview:

In the latest novel from #1 best-selling author Paulo Coelho, a woman attempts to overcome midlife ennui by rediscovering herself in a passionate relationship with a man who had been a friend in her youth.

A woman in her thirties begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody’s eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children, and a career. Yet what she feels is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she encounters a successful politician who had, years earlier, been her high school boyfriend. As she rediscovers the passion missing from her life, she will face a life-altering choice.



Paulo Coelho





By Caroline Clemens for gardenlilie.com.

Nina Bocci Picture Credits

Review of “The Theory of Everything”

Stephen Hawking movie “The Theory of Everything” is a movie by Director James Marsh, and was released over the Thanksgiving holiday in the states. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones portray Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane Wilde Hawking, respectively. The screenplay was written by Anthony McCarten, and made available by Universal and Focus Features in the UK. The movie plays out at two hours and three minutes.

Review of The Theory of EverythingThe movie is set in the 1960’s at Cambridge and begins at a dance called the May Ball. Hawking, the student physicist, met and married a literature student while learning of his diagnosis with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a motor neuron disease. The movie was inspired by a memoir, “Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen Hawking,” written by his ex-wife, Jane Wilde.

Review of The Theory of Everything

We are brought into this well scripted movie through, Eddie Redmayne, the actor who portrays such an accomplished physicist. The beauty and grace of this character lies within each struggle, and the crippling effects which are known most importantly to his wife. Unique, yet simple, we are taken back to those 1960’s and momentarily relive a beginning. Pictured left is the real Stephen Hawking, alive yet today.


Review of The Theory of EverythingFascinating and emotional, with sterling performances by both leads, this is a film destined for awards. I sense a full circle for those who participated, and gave to the summer social media phenomenon known as the Ice Bucket Challenge.

5 Lilies

by Caroline

Google Images Credit

Last rose blooms


Look here at a poem by Jane and her lovely picture! Thanks Jane.

Originally posted on Jane Dougherty Writes:


The last rose blooms

On slender stem stripped bare by the wind.

Like the last child

Flourishing in the failing shelter of the old parent tree.

Slight head bows

So little weight on the old branch

So sweet the scent

So bright the red in the dim light.

The old tree sighs and bends in the gusting wind

And the rose sheds its perfume

Suave and soothing

As dark winter falls.

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Heather Grace Stewart

Canadian Author

This is Heather Grace Stewart! I found this Canadian author on WordPress, and read her poetry book a couple years ago. I even left her my first review that I ever wrote. I had no idea I’d be posting a short interview about her further accomplishments. She is bubbly and vivacious and gets her work out there for others to see and enjoy.

Though she’s trained as a journalist, Heather Grace Stewart has been writing creatively since she was five years old, and says “I don’t see myself stopping any time soon.” She’s had a screenplay, two nonfiction books, a children’s book of poems, and four collections of poetry published. How incredible!

Here’s more about her on her blog. Have a look.

In June 2014, Morning Rain Publishing published her first novel, Strangely, Incredibly Good (a romantic comedy/fantasy). It reached #10 in humorous fiction on Kobo and #28 in Women’s Fiction>Action& Adventure on Kindle. She’s now working on a sequel. Here is more info on Strangely, Incredibly Good. All her books are available in ebook and print format.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of her first two poetry collections go to educating children in developing countries.
You can learn more about Heather and her collections at her website.

In her free time, Heather loves to hang out with her husband and daughter, take photos, scrapbook, cartoon, inline skate, dance like nobody’s watching, and eat Swedish Berries — usually (but not always) and not at the same time.

Below is her book cover:Heather Grace Stewart1.) What are your hopes and dreams for your writing? Your child?

I hope to touch readers with my words. I like to entertain, and provide an escape. I think my novel Strangely, Incredibly Good does that, and I hope the sequel will, too. People have said that some of my poems have helped them through tough times. That’s why I do this. I don’t expect fame or lots of money from book royalties—that’s quite rare these days. I write because it’s my passion, and I hope that that passion can make a few people laugh, cry as a release, and help them through difficult times.

As for my daughter – I hope she finds love and joy in whatever she chooses to do, and I hope she learns faster than I did that high heels are great for sitting and looking pretty, but a waste of money if you expect to get any serious work done in them. lol.

2.) What do you love about Canada and do you think that spills over into your writing?

Oh gosh, what a fantastic question! I love how down to earth most Canadians are. Literally, down to earth as in cottage camping loving outdoorsy people, but also, we say it like it is. We’re used to roughin’ it, so, at least in my experience living here, snobbery is uncommon. It’s more like, “Pass the s’mores and bug spray and then we’ll go check out the summer sales at Canadian Tire.” lol. So I’d say strength, resilience and humour come from being Canadian, and spills over into a lot of my writing.

3.) You appear young by the photo of you and your child, please tell us about a perfect or fun date?

Young! Okay, I’ll take that, thank you! I’m 42, which is the new 30 right? :) I’m definitely young at heart. I feel like I’m a teenager, but I don’t think I would fit in in high school any more. I don’t put up with BS like I used to.

A perfect date for me and hubby is ordering a pizza, or Lebanese food (mmm garlic) and opening a bottle of red wine. Then we either sit out back in our gazebo and listen to the crickets & birds in our backyard, or, we put on a movie. In my 30s, before I had our daughter, I loved clubs and pubs, and I still enjoy good beer with friends at a pub, and a chance to dress up in a little black dress and heels, but honestly, the most relaxing evening for me is spent at home.

Heather Grace Stewart

Poet & Novelist

Thank you Heather for giving us a glimpse into your life and books! Good luck on the sequel, too!


~photo credits per HGS

Sunset by Sherry Lachelle

Is it FIRE or is it GOLD?Sunset by Sherry Lachelle

Neither one.

Have we forgotten that nature needs no makeup or foil highlights applied to its locks? Beautiful barely etches the proper name for us to record how it looked that evening. We must see it for ourselves to properly take in (feel) and process the goodness.

So take it in and look at the other pictures from Sherri Lachelle Photography. Here is her blog site.  She uses a Nikon D5100 with an 18-200mm lens.

I’d love to write a poem but somehow this picture speaks volumes all by itself, or rather by him/herself in the canoe. Have a wonderful weekend.


~Sherri Lachelle pic credit

Teaser Tuesday

Here’s a teaser from a television show on the Starz channel I began watching …

It’s called Outlander. I’m not all caught up with it yet, but here’s a glimpse. Let’s just say if I was in trouble, I’d like him on my side.

Outlander on StarzThese are wallpapers made by Erin from her site:


Wallpaper OutlanderThese two, Claire and Jaime, are the main characters. Has anyone seen this show? Apparently, it’s from a book series of the same name. When I find out all the goods I’ll give a proper post!

Well, there’s my little teaser, from a published book and now a television show on Starz. The setting is beautiful and I do know it is about time traveling. (I saw two episodes). More to come!



Jane Dougherty

Author of Trilogy

I am pleased to present a writer from France that I found on WordPress! I wrote a brief review for her short story titled ‘Enders.’ She’s an amazing writer based upon this alone, but she is much, much more.

Jane DoughertyMy brief interview:

1. You have a family and pets; how many children and what are their ages? Any quirky or fun facts, please share. How many and which types of pets?

I have five children. The eldest is twenty-five, the youngest just turned fourteen. I’m sorry but if I gave out any fun facts about them my life wouldn’t be worth living! The number of pets is debatable. There are three residents, a rescue Spanish greyhound and two cats picked up (literally) in the street outside. Branwell is semi-resident, refusing to move in unless the dog goes. I’m not sure how many roof cats we feed as many of them look pretty similar. They are known generically as The Fluffies.

2. Please tell us about the transition from England to France, how you coped, language problems, etc. Are women different in these two countries?

Jane DoughertyMy parents moved to England when I was a baby, and I claim honorary Yorkshire nationality. My first job when I left university was in the wine trade. Husband (to be), who was still a student in France thought it was a brilliant idea, assuming it would be a doddle to get posted to France. It wasn’t a doddle, partly because the wine trade in UK is about selling wine to people in UK, not swanning around in foreign parts. I did get sent to Paris after about a year of pestering by bluffing my way through an interview. The head of the Paris office was so thrilled at the opportunity to show off his English, the interview to test my level of French was carried out exclusively in English!

The language turned out not to be a problem although my French was pretty rudimentary to begin with. The ‘total immersion’ treatment is the only way to get the hang of a language properly and quickly.

I’m not sure what you mean about French women being different. French society is certainly very different to British society, much more deferential and ‘traditional’ in many ways. What first struck me about French women was how feminine they appeared. I arrived with my Doc Martens and army surplus bought at Camden Lock and found myself surrounded by women, even elderly women bustling around in high heels, glitzy outfits and a lot of makeup. It made me smarten up my act when we lived in Paris, but I’m old enough now not to care what people think of the way I dress, and the Doc Martens are back.

3. I’ve read one short story of yours, are all your books in the same genre filled with angst, desolation and emotional tugs?

Jane DoughertyThey are certainly all emotionally charged, though with the desolation I think we touched bottom in The Subtle Fiend. I like emotion and if it’s missing in a book that I’m reading I don’t enjoy it. The Green Woman series is about the defeat of a regime that embodies many of the things I find abhorrent—misogyny, segregation, intolerance, religious fascism, and social tyranny. It was never going to be a bundle of laughs. The series that picks up the story three years later, set in the utopia founded by the refugees from Providence, is lighter in tone. Perhaps because the story is about defending something good rather than destroying something evil, and the villains are for the most part human beings, flawed like all human beings, but never wholly bad.

If you want to get an idea of the world of The Green Woman you can’t do better than read the first volume of the trilogy, The Dark Citadel. But if a whole novel written by an unknown quantity seems daunting, try a short story like Midnight Visitors to get a feel of what Providence is like and of my writing style.

Here’s the trailer for The Dark Citadel

In grim grey Providence Deborah dreams
Subversive dreams of a beauty lost.
To feed their darkness the Demon’s priests
Must quench Deborah’s light, her life the cost.

Jonah is waiting in the desert wastes
To take her hand and guide her through
Abaddon’s perils that lurk in the night
To the Green Woman’s Garden where dreams come true.

They march with an army of legends and myths
In their hearts a weapon the Demon fears.
Armed with their love they can change the world
Though the road to victory be bathed in tears.

Jane Doughertyby Jane Dougherty

Thank you for visiting the gardenlilie blog. Hopefully, you learned something about Jane Dougherty and caught a glimpse of her riveting written words. I know I learned the phrase Raison d’etre, which means reason for existence in French, when I read her Enders story. Below are the links for her books on Amazon.

~Caroline/gardenlilie blog

The Amazon links

And links for Midnight Visitors