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10 Feb

SOMEDAY  is a poem I wrote for my novel “Into the Vines.”

by Kim Troike


Maybe you’ve dreamed of visiting the city of light and love. Growing up, I can say it is the place I wanted to go to, especially when I was in my teens.

Someday I will get there. Though, I’m not worried as it will fall into place.

Thanks for visiting, and let me know if you if you get a chance to read my novel. I hope it makes you feel enlightened towards others in this universe.





Someday when I’m in Paris,

Touring the Avenues along the Seine;

My eyes will venture to the sky,

Noting Gothic Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower line.

My francs exchanged for euros to pay for Louvre Art;

Rich history and beauty fill chambers in my heart.

But first a café and selected sinful fruit tart . . .


“Qui, Qui. S’il vous plait,” I say.

“D’accord.” She hands me the baked sweet.

“Merci,” I add.

“De rein,” she replies.

“Donnez-moi, s’il vous plait un verre de vin.”

“Qui.” She smiles.

“Merci, ou est the Louvre?” I ask.

“La tout droit.” She points.

Translation of Quotes


“Yes, yes please,” I say.

“Okay.” She hands me the delicious sweet.

“Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.”

“Please give me a glass of wine. I changed my mind.”

“Yes.” She smiles.

“Thank you. Where is the Louvre?” I ask.

“There, straight ahead.” She points.


By Caroline Clemens~pen



Into the Vines

26 Jan

by Kim Troike


This is the cover reveal for my novel “Into the Vines.”


I think it turned out perfect. It is up on Amazon for print and later will be available per e-book or kindle.


Have a look … Into the Vines on Amazon here.



The book synopsis is on the back cover and here is what it says:

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.

My Author page on Amazon can be seen here: Kim Troike Author page here.

Other books I’ve written can be viewed here as well: Books by Kim Troike here.

Thank you for stopping by today. Of course, I’m very proud of myself and actually, it’s quite unbelievable! I think I’ve got this writing thing somewhat developed, and therefore may try to write another self-published novel for summer. You see, I’m quite goal oriented and probably have my mother or father or grandmother’s to thank for that. Maybe, it’s just being one of five and recording everything in my brain that later tries to retell it making new outcomes. I think it’s plain old creativity you are born with. Who knows?

Self-promotion is difficult but a must do for us Indie Authors. Period. I will post on Tuesdays something relevant to my novel on one of my blogs, which will make it to Twitter and Tumblr. Then, I’ll be hanging around on Fridays for fun! Please comment as I’d love to hear from readers, authors and others. 😉

By Kim Troike

~Into the Vines is for teens, YA, and contemporary fiction adult readers.

My Novel

20 Jan

River SeineI will be promoting my novel “Into the Vines” beginning today January 21st through May 1st. It will be released any day now on Amazon and other venues for consumers. I have sent it to 12 book bloggers to obtain reviews and I look forward to their input. Also, I’ve entered three contests around the globe, so wish me luck with that. I’ll be doing related posts on this site about items or issues in the book. For now here is a picture of the beautiful River Seine in Paris, where some of my book’s activity takes place.

By Kim Troike

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The Sydney Opera House

11 Nov The Sydney Opera House

Opera House at NightArchitecture and structural design innovation, set upon a peninsula in the Sydney Harbor, make this 1973 landmark ‘The Sydney Opera House’ an endearing masterpiece for Australians and the world.

This “world class performing arts centre” began in 1957, when a jury of international selectors or judges found a Danish architect named, Jorn Utzon, to design this iconic building. Utzon had limited experience and was not from Australia. The competition brought much worldwide interest, but it was his bold designs that won without any engineering advice for the structure.

Utzon, the designer, believed the engineering and construction processes would not present a problem, if the same principles of architecture in building boats were applied.

Jorn UtzanSixteen years later and ten times the cost, it officially opened with Queen Elizabeth II present to mark the event.

The location on Bennelong Point is remarkable. It is the focal point in Sydney Harbor and is immediately recognizable with massive white shells, shaped like sails atop a red granite base. This beautiful vision of elegance and grandeur escapes no one on its world stage surrounded by water on three sides. The Sydney Opera House is not only for opera as it operates with respect to concerts, theater productions, plays, operas and a recording studio. First class performers showcase talents reflective of the leading visionary who designed it.

Tiles catch light all day long, in fact over one million of them in white. The tiles were designed with a transparent gloss, so as not too show dirt. They are durable, weather resistant, and non-corrosive.

The interior design began in 1966 by Todd, Hall and Littlemore. Utzon’s desire was that it be festive with color. Murals, curtains, color, red velvet seats were commissioned.  Birch ribbing panels are suspended and match the floor while black is the color of the ceiling.

German, French, Australian, and the Danish assisted in the interior with the curtain tapestry reflecting Australia’s cultural life. These took three years alone and were made in Aubusson, France from Australian wool. Curtain of the Sun and Curtain of the Moon are two mural pieces contained in The House.

Recently, upgrades were made and one of those has been in the going green category. This has enabled them to reduce the overall electrical cost by 75 percent.

The Sydney Opera HouseThe upcoming schedule for The Sydney Opera House presents as follows:


Tori Amos; November 11th, and 12th,

Ben Folds Orchestra Experience; November 14th and 15th,

Chelsea Handler; November 20th,

Ian Anderson; December 11th and 12th,

Damon Abarn Music at the House; December 15th and 16th,

and Violent Femmes; December 29th.


This is Part One of a Two Part Post on The Sydney Opera House. Click the Sydney Opera House link below for tickets.

By Kim Troike

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20 Aug

Ebola Virus in West Africa

It has been reported on August 19th, that 1200 people have succumbed and lost their lives in West Africa, including parts of Liberia, Guinea, Liberia and mainly Sierra Leone due to Ebola. A photographer named John Moore went to Monrovia to find out how bad this apparent outbreak really is. John Moore is a photojournalist from New York.

John Moore points out that this is not an air borne virus but one of bodily fluid exchange or transmission. He describes burial teams, workers wearing protective equipment or gear going around to homes collecting the infected or dead victims. Clinics and hospitals are closed due to infected workers and fear set by the public.

Doctors Without Borders has a new treatment place and John has gone out on a trip with them to photograph a village. Unicef is also in place going from residence to residence, urging ways how people can stay well. It’s all about education. Mr. Moore has a driver who has helped other journalist before him. There is another large individual accompanying them when they are out searching to ward off any threats.

Mr. Moore goes on to say that people here are not in a panic mode, which is what you would think they’d be. Numerous poor people mistrust their government and think it is all made up. This only makes the situation worse.

Ebola Virus in West Africa

He did go out to a home after a woman was reportedly dead from Ebola. First she was tested and then they arrived after confirmation. With permission from the family he took pictures so it could be shown to the world what indeed is happening in West Africa. Apparently, some families went to get their family members out after receiving no treatment; they later died. Security forces came Wednesday and are keeping people from leaving or entering Monrovia, which is in Liberia.

Ebola is a very deadly disease. There is no treatment or cure and family members who care for the sick and then bury them when they die, can contract the virus by touching these tainted bodily fluids.

The World Health Organization has these guidelines about Ebola. The Ebola virus has a death rate close to 90%, humans and chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys can be affected. The very first time it was reported was back in 1976 along the river Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo and an area in Sudan.

Ebola Virus in West AfricaFruit bats could be the host and contagion. Like HIV or AIDS, infection occurs from bodily fluid secretions such as stool, urine, saliva or semen but also linens or needles used on patients could contaminate others.

WHO suggests treatment of the infected should be in a hospital where trained personnel, doctors and nurses can properly care for this often fatal illness called Ebola.

Signs and symptoms of this severe illness are fever, weakness, sore throat, headache and even muscle pain. Then it progresses to diarrhea, rash, vomiting, and follows up by kidney and liver impairment. Bleeding on the inside and outside of the body can occur. Treatment of Ebola includes re-hydration and supportive care. Some recover and many do not; isolation is key. A vaccine is  being developed for Ebola, which so far has killed over 1200 people in West Africa.

By Kim Troike

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