Happy Valentine’s Day

Plays of Shakespeare

The title plate on the spine of an antique book of the plays of Shakespeare

I wrote this poem a while back knowing little about Shakespeare except that he was a great writer, poet, playwright, etc., etc. Oh yeah, his famous quote, “To Be or Not to Be” must have echoed in my mind as I thought of young love, old love and generally anyone who has ever had a breakup.


I do believe.
What do I believe?
Not gonna worry
Time moves forward.
So should I …
Unsteady, that’s okay.
Who’s perfect anyway?
Big eyes I have.
For summer, she’s so sweet.
Dreams. Y’all, I’ll start new.
Blue water floats my hope.
Lasso this grin; no line just rope.
I’ll be where the stars are many-
Wishes plenty tossed in air like a penny.
Shakespeare, whisper in my ear!
Words that warm; drowning my fear.
So in the end I’m just a heart.
Waiting for love, my true sweet tart!

by Caroline Clemens


You can find my poetry in the ebook Autumn Quotes on Amazon by Caroline Clemens.

by Kim Troike

Shakespeare Photo by Thinkstock Images.



Smorgasbord Open House – Meet author Christoph Fischer

From Sally Cronin’s blog meet Christoph Fischer … he’s a writer and very busy at that. I think his cover is great and his latest book is about WWII and a woman who survived the frightening ordeal. Kim

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Smorgasbord Open House

Welcome to the Open House and I am sure that many of you will already be familiar with my guest today, author and blogger Christoph Fischer


I will of course be showcasing Christoph’s latest book Ludwika – A Polish Woman’s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany, but first a brief overview of Christoph’s life, his books and his blog here on WordPress.

Christoph Fischer is the best-selling author of many books that have received outstanding reviews. These include The Luck of the Weissensteiners, The Healer, Conditions and the sequel Conditioned.

Christoph relocated to Wales last year and has taken to the culture and his new surroundings like a duck to water.. Well it is Wales and if I remember rightly from my years there… It has quite a bit of rain. This year sees the start of a brand new project for Christoph and one I am sure will be…

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Fantasy Cover Reveal



In one fell swoop, the resistance was shattered. Lives were taken. Hope was lost. Peace slipped like grains of sand through his fingers. So did the Crown of Stones. Now, forced into hiding, Ian Troy grapples for a way to save the realm—and free its people—from the sadistic clutches of Jem Reth; Mirra’kelan’s new self-appointed emperor. Plagued with the knowledge of a tragic future, he strives to influence events and save those he cares for. But his magic has betrayed him, and Fate has other plans.
Scarred by the crown, hindered by the transformation spell contained within, each cast brings Ian one step closer to becoming more beast than man. Each move brings the death and destruction foretold in his vision inexplicably nearer. With Langor on the brink of war, and King Malaq’s plan for peace hanging in the balance, Ian returns to the ancient past; seeking an end to the eldring spell and a means to thwart Jem’s growing domination. What he finds there sets off a chain of revelations that leads Ian places he never thought to go.
Entrusted with the future of his race, Ian becomes the linchpin for lasting change. But how much weight can one man carry? And how much is he willing to sacrifice in the name of peace?

I am pleased to showcase this cover reveal on my Gardenlilie blog! I have not read her books but am delighted to give you a piece of this author and her works. This is her third book, thus a trilogy. Pass it forward if you love fantasy; I know many readers do! Caroline Clemens


C. L. Schneider is a self-published author of adult epic and urban fantasy. The first two books in her Crown of Stones trilogy, Magic-Price and Magic-Scars, are available on Amazon. The third installment will be released in February 2016. She is currently working on Nite Fire, an urban fantasy featuring a shape-shifting dragon hybrid named Dahlia Nite. Married with two sons, C. L. Schneider lives in the scenic Hudson Valley of upstate New York. She spends her days torturing characters, overdosing on coffee, and daydreaming about the zombie apocalypse.


Pictures, cover reveal and synopsis via Angela Chrysler from Goodreads. Angela started the Brain to Books Blog & Tour, including Cyber Convention on Goodreads. My purpose is to share the works of other authors and contribute to their exposure via the net, even without reading or rating the work. Let me know what you think after you read the novels!

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Final Farewell

At ten at night I came across this monument of a poem; it caught my eye and made me smile. My smile though is twisted in loss. Goodnight …


Final Farewell

Life story
Broad terms
Final farewell

Personal accounts
Aware that all of life
Is a farewell
Each moment
As important as the next

Until that
Final farewell

For Cioci Mary

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Winter’s Dance

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


Google Images and Gardenlilie pic credit


At Seventeen

Yes, my thoughts exactly this morn.

Richard Ankers

Just seventeen,

Her look, serene.

With doleful eyes,

She hypnotized.

I chanced to ask

Why tears her mask.

Her head, she shook;

It hurt to look.

So kissed her cheek,

That’s me a freak,

And walked away

As she did say.

Don’t go, don’t leave,

I won’t deceive.

Just need to talk,

Perhaps, a walk?

Will you be he

Who helps find me,

Where all have left

My life bereft?

I looked to she

And swore, you’ll see.

I’ll find us both,

My love betroth.

For you’ll soon know

Before I go

This life’s no dream

At seventeen.

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*SCANS* New Sam Heughan Interview with ‘The Sunday Times’

I want to share this w you all because I loved the Outlander show on Starz. and to think that a woman wrote these books (my friend Maggie read all of them) pleases me endlessly. Watch the show coming pretty soon this spring in the states. Its intense filled with wonderful love and family. Oh yeah, time travel too!

Outlander Online

Here are scans of Sam Heughan interview with The Sunday Times


See more after the jump

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Book Festivals

Here’s a post from my author site. Thanks for reading!

Kim Troike

I am pleased to announce that I received an Honorable Mention for my poetry collection titled, “Autumn Quotes.” Here’s a picture of North Depot in Sandusky, Ohio where one of the poems takes place or there by a closeness in proximity.

North Depot

I entered it in a book festival in Orlando, Florida last year and the ceremony will be held in Boston, Massachusetts in January. The table is open for winners, runner up entries and honorable mentions. I’d love to go but have stylist class and no money. The winner gets the trip paid. Lucky dog. The Omni Parker Hotel and specifically the Saturday Club will hold the special occasion. This felt good to be noticed among other entries. I selected this festival based upon recent research about the state and my thoughts on its history.

Other cities host these festivals on line such as LA, New York, Paris, San Francisco…

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Cosy Up With Your Kindles & These Deals/Steals!

I follow this author, actually, for quite some time now. I haven’t read her books but did read her poetry and enjoyed it a long time ago. I’m just giving her a shout out as an Indie Author. We share our works on Social Medias.


I just want to remind my regular readers that Strangely, Incredibly Good is now just 0.99 cents on Kindle around the world! This is to celebrate its new ‘red heels’ look, which will be appearing on Kindles everywhere this weekend! and also, just to help more new readers find it and take the risk in reading something new. I hope many do, and that if you’ve already read it, you’ll tell your friends about it, too.

Besides the dirt cheap first novel, there are two days left (until midnight January 8, 2016) to grab these Kindle Deals in the USA and UK:

2 more days to get my ‪#‎KindleCountdown‬ deals, USA and UK readers! – Where the Butterflies Go: Poems of Hope and Encouragement Jan 01, 2016 – Jan 08, 2016 – The Friends I’ve Never Met (A Romantic Comedy -Second Chances ) Jan…

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Life Is Too Short To Worry About Anything

Here’s to a great year filled with positive outlooks and posts! Thanks Sourav.

Sourav Adhikari


We can learn from our past, we can make plans for our future, but we have to live into this moment into the present, Let us start with a smile , Let our heart sing the song, let the wind touches us, let the beauty of the sky take our hearts away, Let our writings our smiles become inspirations for others.

Life can become so simple, if we decide to live into the present. a person can only worry for the future, he never feel that worry for the past. We are blessed with the ability to decide whether we live in the worries or we choose to be happy in the present. When we decide so we become happy. Every moment of our life has something to say, something to teach us. Nothing shall going to waste. It’s always like a Sunflower, Your thoughts works as the lighting sun.

“If you have…

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