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

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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.


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!


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Christmas Is Over

Christmas DecorationsChristmas is Over!

This is my son’s favorite ornament. So, of course, I love it too! A couple years ago I put an old picture just above it, and snapped away. It captured a whole lotta love. You can see Tigger dangling from the tree in the old pic, and coca–cola, well, we love the drink. We live in Atlanta, Georgia. So we better. Ha–ha!

The train that went around the bottom of the tree, and played music every year at Christmas time is where the kids clamored. There, or whatever room I set it out in. The words they shouted when they came over were, “Where’s the train? Where’s the train?” Off they’d go mesmerized for hours, or so it seemed. There is something about kids and trains. What is it? Who cares? It just is.

Why can’t time just stop for awhile, and not move forward?

Because, milady, it just doesn’t. So get prepared, and keep moving forward. You never know when a special moment will last a lifetime. You just don’t know when the memory is made that makes you smile, makes you cry, or just plain makes known to you, that you are alive and so thankful.


Yes, that is my task for the weekend, and I’ve got no early start here. Who on earth relishes that one? Not me. I say I’m going to thin it out, but do I? I’ll let you know, maybe. :)

Fairytale, Little Match Girl

Anderson’s Little Match Girl

Resolutions or Goals!

I am a goal setter, so I don’t mind when I slack just a bit. I try and treat myself with kindness, you know, don’t be too harsh. Nobody wants to end up like the little match girl (one of my favorite fairy tales). That’s for the rest of the world … the big, bad world.

Here goes …

Yep, I still need to get in shape (guess I fell out of shape somehow). For some of us we put others first, with kids you have too. Some people manage to be perfect with kids, but I’m not one of those. So, I’m first now. Four months should be a good amount of time to firm up, I’m guessing!

Second is to promote my novel. That is coming real soon, like in two–three weeks. Stay tuned!

Third, well, let’s see. Clean & decorate my house, get a job, travel, taxi driver & cook for my kids, and be happy. Oh, I fooled ya as I already do all of those.

Lastly, I did get a camera for my birthday. I will learn it, and take some photos to share with you here, and on my other blog of this beautiful city I live in … Atlanta, Georgia.

Thanks for stopping by! I’m off to work out very hard.

By Caroline Clemens~~pen

Kim Troike photo credit#1

Wikipedia Commons photo credit#2



Christmas Stories

BlogJust in case you got a kindle for Christmas … Here’s another Christmas Story!

I do feel a bit funny advertising, without having read his stories, but I know that one of his books was required reading by the middle school. So I trust that!

Have a look at his blog, and you can order from there. PauloCoelhoBlog

Also, read below for a thorough biography of the man himself.

Biography of Paulo Ceolho
     The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist.
     In 1986, PAULO COELHO did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage. In the following year, COELHO published The Alchemist. Slow initial sales convinced his first publisher to drop the novel, but it went on to become one of the best selling Brazilian books of all time.
     Other titles include Brida (1990), The Valkyries (1992), By the river Piedra I sat Down and Wept (1994), the collection of his best columns published in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo entitle Maktub (1994), the compilation of texts Phrases (1995), The Fifth Mountain (1996), Manual of a Warrior of Light (1997), Veronika decides to die (1998), The Devil and Miss Prym (2000), the compilation of traditional tales in Stories for parents, children and grandchildren (2001), Eleven Minutes (2003), The Zahir (2005), The Witch of Portobello (2006) and Winner Stands Alone (to be released in 2009).
     During the months of March, April, May and June 2006, Paulo Coelho traveled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella in 1986. He also held surprise book signings – announced one day in advance – in some cities along the way, to have a chance to meet his readers. In ninety days of pilgrimage the author traveled around the globe, and took the famous Transiberrian train that took him to Vladivostok. During this experience Paulo Coelho launched his blog Walking the Path – The Pilgrimage in order to share with his readers his impressions.
     Since this first blog Paulo Coelho has expanded his presence in the internet with his daily blogs in WordPress, Myspace & Facebook. He is equally present in media sharing sites such as Youtube and Flickr, offering on a regular basis not only texts, but also videos and pictures to his readers.
     From this intensive interest and use of the Internet sprang his bold new project: The Experimental Witch where he invites his readers to adapt to the screen his book The Witch of Portobello. Indeed, Paulo Coelho, is a firm believer of the Internet as a new media, and is the first Best-selling author to actively support online free distribution of his work​.
By Nina Bocci for Paulo Coelho
Book pic from Amazon
I hope you had a wonderful holiday, “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”
By Caroline Clemens




1922                                                                                                                                                           Picture  Copyright -Björn Rudberg


“How come we never saw these steps before?” asked Emmaline.

“Because, Emmaline, they were hidden,” replied her friend, Robert. “And only now we can see because they cleared the area for the pool.

“They must be ancient. Look at this stone.”

“Yes, ancient and it’s our discovery, our secret. Can you keep a secret?”

“Robert, everybody will know about this when they come to the pool to swim this summer.”

“You’re right. You’re always right,” he labored.

“But we don’t have to tell anybody until they find it,” she said, knowing his disappointment.

“Okay, shall we go see what’s up top?”


“Yes, of course. Follow me.”

They smiled upon one another, unafraid, for they had each other in the spring of ’22.


by Caroline Clemens

~I missed her Friday Fiction on Friday but loved the picture.



Secret Christmas Code

ChristmasMerry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight! Surely this old time Victorian print symbolizes what many of us remember about Christmas. In addition to the goodness, merriment, and family gatherings of goodwill toward all … we waited for the presents! We became good little girls and boys, and went to bed with joy in our hearts and wonderment in our heads. What would he bring us?

Now that I have had children, I can see where Santa evolved from, after all, up until the age of seven(nine) we entertain fantasy play. Well, make that seventy(ninety) because I’m waiting for that kid like joy to come back. I want it BACK! I want that feeling back without the presents. You all know what I’m talking about. When I find the secret code to unlock it, I’ll tell you.

Film by Jeffrey Lee Martin In the meantime enjoy a little Frosty the Snowman video. The film is by Jeffrey Lee Martin and music by Jimmy Durante. We’ve known a few to sing the song. I especially like, Burl Ives, but I can not find any of his music for sharing. Be a kid again building a snowman, or thinking that he really comes to life. :)

Frosty the Snowman video … click here.

My favorite Christmas book as an adult became one I bought for my children back in 2002 or so. On ‘Christmas Eve’ by Margaret Wise Brown is the name of this fantastic book. It’s magical, mystical and is the closest thing to feeling like a kid again waiting for Christmas. You can hear the carolers singing. If you are quiet and listening, I swear you can hear, like I can, the snow fall when reading this book. It’s that magical.

Margaret Wise BrownMy edition is from 1996 and is illustrated by Nancy Edwards Calder with beautiful drawings setting the mood for Christmas.

One way to highlight your children’s reading progress is to put them in charge of reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ and we did this while everyone sat and listened. The very popular children’s book was written by Clement C. Moore. There is nothing more magical for children than Christmas and Santa.

sleigh ride in winterI just had a thought to how we adults could put more magic back into Christmas. Possibly, we need to have sleigh rides more available so we could get outside and be in that snow. We could feel the cold snap on our faces, and get more invigorated before we sit by the fire with wine.

Merry Christmas to you!

by Caroline Clemens

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