Christmas Cheer

Christmas Decorations

From Gardenlilie Publishing to you and yours, I wish you a Merry Christmas!

 Happy Holidays!

Whatever you celebrate this season, which for kids revolves around Santa, may it be special and full of goodies from his sleigh.

Caroline Clemens~pen

Photo of my son Matthew with Tigger, train, tree, Santa, his sleigh and an ice cold coke.

Labor of Love

Posting this beautiful display of a cover I made for my novel next to pieces from Monet: the luncheon, the gardens, and the train station 1887. I wanted to share this with you. Quite possibly, I may change my cover back to this with the architectural history of worldly monuments and places. We’ll see.


Credits to Wikimedia Commons (Monet) and Thinkstock Images with Amazon KDP(my cover).

Favorite Things


Yes, these are some of my favorite things! My novel Into the Vines, card with movie picture of Gone With The Wind, vino glass Best Friends, a hand-painted plate w sunflowers, magpie, vine troubled ceramic roof mansion perfect for serving my favorite Holiday meat of turkey, which lay upon the leopard print scarf and finally a plate with palms. Find me on Amazon.





Beginnings and endings come and go, don’t they? Go to  for any author info if interested. This was the ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ as they might say.

Just joking. I learned, I followed, I played and guess what? I wrote a poetry book. I’m very proud of that. Autumn Quotes by CarolineClemens 

Thanks to all who inspired and helped me to complete that artistic endeavor! Please follow me at my author website (caroline clemens) by clicking the link above. Thanks.


July 2016 – READ best of NEW Poetry from all over the world. — WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

Submit your poetry to the festival today: READ best of NEW Poetry FUCK UP, by Keshia L. Nowden UNTITLED, by Renee Michelle Christian FALLING IN LOVE, by MLaure HIS MELODIC APOLOGIES, by Forrest Jamie MY KING, by Nissi Odewumi FOR CREATIVITY, by Tofunmi Kupoluyi DO YOU KNOW WHAT LOVE […]

via July 2016 – READ best of NEW Poetry from all over the world. — WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

Reblogged from their site. Have not checked it out myself but will do this week.



Art & Poetry



Gardens at Giverney by Claude Monet

Thanks for stopping by today and looking at my blog gardenliliepub! I’m showcasing one of my favorite artists (I have so many others to discover) Claude Monet, a French painter.

Above is the Gardens at Giverney, which I hope to visit soon, and maybe someday I’ll even have a small garden such as this. In the meantime I have this blog. These paintings are pictures from Wikimedia Commons, a site where one can browse and use for purposes such as this, sharing. I selected the above to go with my peach background, a color fresh for summer and I’m from the peach state.

Below is a painting titled, “Three Trees in Grey Weather,” and I love threes. I think I’ve mentioned this before with my last name Troike meaning three horses pulling a chariot in Russian, holistic teachings like physical, mental and spiritual triangles, and I have three children. So here you go with three trees using lavender or periwinkle color for the leaves. Monet loved color, he used it with the impressionistic style.


Three Trees in Grey Weather by Claude Monet

I have written a book of poetry! Never in my life would I have thought I might do that. NEVER. And I’m not a pessimist by any means. Frankly, I’m the opposite. That pink bunny, every-ready charged drum playing commercial, that’s me. Today my book of poetry is FREE on Amazon. Yes. Five days over the summer I’ve put it to specially be FREE. Look below and click on link for purchase. I hope to inspire others like I’ve been inspired. Poetry is real, it’s a way of putting down some words that might have two or three interpretations and you let it go without screaming to the world what you’ve said. Real people write real poetry.

Below is Claude Monet’s Dinner painting. I used to have this one framed and hanging in my kitchen. I gave it away after I enjoyed it for several years. The smile on her face was all I needed for payment. I also used this setting in my novel. It is what I referred to in my mind when I wrote a scene from Into the Vines.


Dinner by Claude Monet

Finally, I’d like to share with you a poem from my titled book, “Autumn Quotes.” The prompt was to write a poem of who you would like to meet present or past and why.


Another time another place,
I’d gather in the garden.

We’d speak of letters written.
How time is short, our thoughts numerous.

He’d sip. I’d sip. We’d share despair.
Our obsessions by the yard, on and on,
A solitaire, mindful existence, intriguing.

Realism … defined, perception expressed,
Monet the artist, romanticism and freedom.

We’d share the wine; I’d ask the ??
He’d tell me about independence, his struggle,
To be himself, absorbed in context.

Camille and many femmes …
Paint me, paint me, to see what you see,
That would brighten and open my eyes.

We would sit for a bit, touch glass
Toasting art in the garden. Relaxed.

Then we’d take the train, 1877,
And jump right into the station.

And go to the sea, where I would see,
The colors and expressions in his impressions.

But I shall never forget the time
My note card exposed, the magpie,
My endearment for my artistic angel.
Lovingly bestowed upon my lovely,
Naturally like art.

Then we would walk along the Seine
Puffs of his smoke I might catch,
As he would talk of finer points and prisms.

We’d cross the bridge and he’d tell of,
The water lilies, a motif or flower aquarium.

I’d want to know how he kept going,
Amidst an exhaustive, endless piece?

Painting is what I do. I do this with peace.
As war ignites, I paint early and long,
I give for France as my contribution.

We walk the bridge over a vast lily pond,
And end at a cafe where his friends join in,
I hear some wide eyed stories
Never told and I am enlightened.

By Caroline Clemens

How many Monet paintings do you see in my poem? Credit to Wikimedia Commons for Monet paintings.





Digital Cover Art for Into the Vines

I’m spreading out into Kobo, Smashwords and iBookstore! Here is the cover I’ll use for those venues. Willow Raven, an artist I met online, did the cover.

Into the Vines cover design - revisit 2016

She says you should be able to tell from the cover who the book is for. You see a chateau, a vineyard and two children running into the vines, hence my title “Into the Vines.” This coming of age story follows a particular child named Hawa, her cohort Francis, and the family drama which surrounds them, including a very special pilot.

Willow Raven did this cover for me back in 2014 when I finished the Vintage Bleu Trilogy. At the time I wanted something global and used a photo from Thinkstock, which I love, and had XLibris print the book for me. They did a wonderful job!

Now, I find myself wanting to put a digital book out in more places and decided to use the digital art by Willow. What do you think? I also changed my name and used my pen, Caroline Clemens. Self-publishing is a difficult thing, wonderful that you get to make all the decisions and yet, an author struggles with these unknowns which are numerous. I’m hoping to elicit some readers from far-a-way places who might want to read an American author. Who knows? A girl has got to try though. Thanks for reading!

Here is Willow Raven’s Twitter address and you’ll find all her work, links and bio right there. WillowRaven

Kim Troike

Caroline is my pen.

FREE for World MS Day

Bleu Moon

My digital titles “Bleu Moon” and “Autumn Quotes” will be FREE for five days this summer. Purchase here for FREE:  Bleu Moon

I’d like to make this my contribution for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness. While I’m not contributing funds toward this cause, I’m hoping my FREE digital books might bring enrichment to people in this beautiful world.

The dates are May 27th, which is Friday, today!!! Also June 17th, July 1st, July 15th, and August 12th. I know there is a ton of books out there for FREE and books on your to-read list by famous authors, but, consider helping me climb a step in my endeavors.

You could probably gift this to a friend, use as a Father’s Day gift, or take on a summer vacation. Multiple Sclerosis strikes young individuals but also all ages, comes and goes, and one never knows the outcome.

My grandmother suffered from this neuromuscular disorder and remained in a wheelchair after using a cane and walker for many years. I use to tell her when I grew up I would get her new legs. Imagine that. I knew a young nurse who had this disease and we became friends, such a sweet dear. She avoided dairy foods and took medicine. She also tried to avoid stress as that brought on episodes of weakness.

Have a great summer, take a look and read my digital titles of contemporary fiction and poetry. Thanks.

Kim Troike