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: https://festivalforpoetry.com READ best of NEW Poetry FUCK UP, by Keshia L. Nowden https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2016/07/23/fuck-up-poetry-keshia-l-nowden/ UNTITLED, by Renee Michelle Christian https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2016/07/23/untitled-poetry-by-renee-michelle-christian/ FALLING IN LOVE, by MLaure https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2016/07/23/falling-in-love-poetry-by-mlaure-2/ HIS MELODIC APOLOGIES, by Forrest Jamie https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2016/07/23/his-melodic-apologies-poetry-by-forrest-jamie/ MY KING, by Nissi Odewumi https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2016/07/23/my-king-poetry-nissi-odewumi/ FOR CREATIVITY, by Tofunmi Kupoluyi https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2016/07/23/for-creativity-poetry-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.

Smorgsbord Open House – Author Christine Campbell.

Please have a look here. She did amazing on her video, professional and funny. I’m happy to reblog this gal. Good luck!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

smorgasbord open house twoWelcome to today’s Open House and my guest this morning is author and blogger Christine Campbell.

IMG_3178Christine Campbell was born in London but was brought up in Gourock, a small town on the Firth of Clyde on the West coast of Scotland. She married her best friend, Angus Campbell, in 1967 and they moved East, to the Edinburgh area, in 1975 and that is where they still live in happy domesticity. They have five children and ten grandchildren.

Christine began writing stories almost as soon as she learned to write, winning essay prizes at school from an early age. She started writing short stories and magazine articles when her children were young, but it was the art of novel writing that became her passion, the longer format allowing her to develop the characters more.

It was not until 2008 that Christine decided to publish some of her novels.  She…

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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


VOTE NOW! Annual Bloggers Bash Awards NOW OPEN

Good luck to everyone nominated. thanks for all your contributions and excellence!

Sacha Black

VOTE NOWThis is it. The waiting is finally over.

The Bloggers Bash Awards are now open for voting.

We had a HUGE number of nominations, over 350, so thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate.

Voting Closes June 9th at 12pm. The winners will be announced on June 11th at the Bash. If you can’t make it then a winners post will go live at 5:15pm on June 11th.

Choose carefully, you can only vote ONCE per category. There are 10 awards, (so it’s a long post) make sure you vote in them all.

Good luck to all the nominees.

Disclaimer: The committee has done their best to coordinate the nominations and to ensure, where possible, we gave nominees a choice of which category they wanted to be in. Due to time constraints and limited resources this may not have always been possible.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mom’s Day to all my friends, followers and family! I’ve been wanting to highlight one of my friends for a long time now and here she is … Mrs. Jeanne Busch.


“Hi Kim, I am not sure what to write. But I do know my kids are both graduating next week.”

 Let me begin by saying I met Jeanne when both of our girls, mine being twins, were cheer-leading at First Redeemer Church in Cumming back in 2007. What a performance they gave months later as we watched them perform in Orlando at a national event. While they practiced 2-3X weekly, Jeanne and I became fast friends, and sometimes those are the best. We drank coffee in the lounge and talked and gossiped and talked some more. We always sat by the fireplace on cozy couches. You meet someone and you instantly click, then whenever you get together that bond is still there. My girls even went to summer horse camp with a fellow cheerleader. Timeless, I tell you.
Jeanne and I stayed in touch through Facebook (later on) and before that through Christmas parties, lunches & dinners out, and New Year’s celebrations!
Happy Mother’s Day to my dear friend Jeanne! Here’s her bio … she’s been busy and should be very proud of her two children. Great job Jeanne!
My Amanda graduates from Ole Miss “law school” and my son from UGA with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Risk Management/Insurance with honors. Amanda is also graduating with honors. My whole goal was to be a stay at home mom and get my kids through school! So I finally achieved my goal. I believed in doing homework right after school and having family meals at the table together every night.
Jeanne and her husband Charles … I have a passion for cooking  and especially cooking for others. I started my own catering business at the age of 14 and have continued doing so to date. I did this so I could continue staying at home and raising my children. I taught them how to live each day to its fullest and to be compassionate and give back to others. Also to try new things and never be afraid to go against the crowd. I believe you should follow your passions in life, you only get one chance so take many. (Great advice).
Hobbies include cooking, gardening, decorating, painting, poetry, belly dancing, kick boxing, anything outdoors, biking, off reading, water sports.
(Belly dancing/I’m there!).
I don’t know if any of this is worth writing about? I’m now a mom with no kids and have to rediscover my self and my passions. I am looking forward to the next chapter and will read many great books “especially” from my friend Kim!!!
(Thanks friend) Of course, time and kids and obligations means less girlfriend time but somehow you pick up right where you left off. Please help me to celebrate all moms and the tireless giving that comes from their souls. They are definitely part of the plan; lets listen to them more!

Happy Mother’s Day to Jeanne Busch

Kim Troike

Pictures used with permission from Facebook.