What’s New

Christine Sunderland is a well-known novelist from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her stories, set in Europe, Hawaii, and California, draw from the past but take place in the present, dealing with themes of love, suffering, faith, family, and freedom.

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SEPTEMBER 2017: American Christian Fiction Writers, ACFW, published Christine’s post, “The Path of Perfection,” about the unique opportunities we own as Christian novelists.




WINE TASTING, SIGNING, AND READING FROM THE FIRE TRAIL: Thank you Queen of Heaven for a wonderful event enjoyed by many in a beautiful and profound setting.

AUGUST 2017: Complimentary Wine Tasting and Book Signing of THE FIRE TRAIL at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. A chapter is set at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Saturday, August 5, 12-2. RSVP 925-932-0500 :  Queen of Heaven Wine Tasting

JULY 2017: American Christian Fiction Writers, ACFW, has published Christine’s post, “The Way of Words,” thoughts on the writing of Christian fiction.
JULY 2017: Liberty Island Magazine has published Christine’s post, “Peace and Freedom in Berkeley,” an update on themes considered in The Fire Trail, a literary suspense set at UC Berkeley.
MAY 2017: In celebration of THE FIRE TRAIL’S first-year anniversary of publication, enter for a chance to win a copy in this Amazon Giveaway:  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Jun 1, 2017 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules.  FIRST TEN ENTRIES WIN.
MAY 2017:  THE FIRE TRAIL placed Finalist in the Suspense Category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Thank you eLectio Publishing and thank you NGIBA!



THE FIRE TRAIL won GOLD/FIRST PLACE in the Feathered Quill Book Awards, Inspirational Category. Thank you, Feathered Quill!


ANNOUNCING A ONE-WEEK AMAZON GIVEAWAY of The Fire Trail in thanksgiving for America:   https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/d4e0e0383be66ddc NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends Nov 18, 2016 11:59 PM PST, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules. FIRST TEN ENTRIES WIN.


Christine presented and read from The Fire Trail, set at UC Berkeley, on Saturday, September 17 at Orinda Books. The brave audience beat the record heat wave temps, coming from many parts of the Bay Area. Many thanks to eLectio Publishing and Orinda Books and all those who attended!

American Christian Fiction Writers published Christine’s post, Sacred September Seasons, on September 14, 2016.

Lafayette Today featured Christine’s article about her novels and growing up in the Lafayette-Orinda area, her father being a founding pastor of the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church: Lafayette Today August 2016.

Orinda News featured a lovely article about Christine, her growing up in this area, and her recently released novel, The Fire TrailOrinda News August . Thanks Elana O’Loskey!

NEW REVIEW OF THE FIRE TRAIL by novelist Susan Prudhomme:  “Christine Sunderland’s The Fire Trail is one part suspenseful murder mystery and one part passionate plea for social sanity in the face of a society disintegrating around us…” Click here to read the full review: THE FIRE TRAIL, REVIEW BY SUSAN PRUDHOMME

An interview with Feathered Quill is now available.

Orinda Books, Rakestraw Books Danville, and The Berkeley Historical Society are now carrying The Fire TrailIt is also available through local and online bookstores.

New Review of The Fire Trail from Feathered Quill Book Reviews: “Christine Sunderland offers a thought-provoking viewpoint on the collapse of Western civilization in her latest murder mystery… ” Feathered Quill Review

New review of The Fire Trail from Reader Views: In The Fire Trail by Christine Sunderland, we meet Jessica Thierry, a U.C. Berkeley grad student who is working on her PhD in History..”  The Fire Trail, Reader Views

THE FIRE TRAIL READING, June 14, 2016, Flag Day, at Curves Walnut Creek, 1848 Tice Valley Blvd:  Six ladies joined Christine to read Chapter Six, set at CircleFit, similar to Curves. The newly released literary suspense is set at UC Berkeley and published by eLectio Publishing. All proceeds went to BLUE STAR MOMS East Bay.

ENTER TO WIN an iPAD Air 2: Sign up for eLectio’s newsletter at www.eLectioPublishing.com, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter. Additional postings mentioning them will give you additional entries. Need to be 18 years or older. Giveaway ends July 15!  To check it out, click: eLectio Publishing Giveaway

ACFW, American Christian Fiction Writers, has published Christine’s post, “Making Sacred Sense” June 15, which considers the wealth of sensory images and experiences given to Christian novelists.

READING EVENT: 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Flag Day, Curves Walnut Creek, 1848 Tice Valley Blvd.   I’m happy to announce that five adventurous ladies at Curves Walnut Creek will be doing a reading with me from my newly released literary suspense set in Berkeley, THE FIRE TRAIL (eLectio Publishing). One of the chapters is set at “CircleFit,” based on our wonderful Walnut Creek Curves. Reading, signing, and a lot of fun! Take your copy home with a $10 donation to BLUE STAR MOMS East Bay. See you there: 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 14 at the Walnut Creek Curves. Open to the public.

Book Giveaway for The Fire Trail – The Goodreads Giveaway starts midnight Saturday, May 28 and ends midnight August 15, 2016. Click here to enter for a chance to win one of ten copies signed by the author.

Cover Art v2 (Flattened)

MAY 10, 2016: The Fire Trail has been released and is available at eLectio Publishing. ELectio offers a free e-copy with every paperback. It is now on Amazon’s site as well. View the Press Release. Thanks, eLectio, for a job well done!

COMPLIMENTARY COPIES for review are available. Please write Christine at Chris@ChristineSunderland.com

APRIL 2016:

American Christian Fiction Writers has published Christine’s post, “Sacred Story” exploring the revolutionary mandate given to Christian writers to celebrate freedom, turning points, and resurrection.

The Fire Trail, Christine’s sixth novel, a literary suspense about the border between civilization and barbarism, to be released by eLectio Publishing May 10, is in the final editing stages.

FEBRUARY 10, 2016: American Christian Fiction Writers has published Christine’s post on Sacred Symbols used in writing, considering the ashen cross of Ash Wednesday.

DECEMBER 2015: WordPress has published Christine’s blogging stats for 2015, including top posts, visitors and comments, and worldwide locations. Take a look.


The Fire Trail, Christine’s sixth novel, a literary suspense about the border between civilization and barbarism, has been accepted for publication by eLectio Publishing, to be released May 10.


American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) has published Christine’s post, “The Poetry of Faith,” considering the Christian legacy of the Western Tradition and honoring those who fought for our freedoms.

Liberty Island Magazine has published Christine’s posts, “Fair and Free,” about America’s grievance culture, and “The Fire Trail and the Challenge of Art,” considering the artist’s solemn responsibility to portray truth, keeping in mind T.S. Eliot’s words in Four Quartets, “humankind cannot bear very much reality.”

The Fire Trail, Christine’s sixth novel, is currently in the process of submission. It is a timely story about the boundary between civilization and the wilderness, and the collapse of American culture. The novel is set in Berkeley in September of 2014.

SEPTEMBER 2015American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) has published Christine’s post, “Mere Point of View” about whose telling the story in fiction and why it might matter.

JULY 2015:  American Christian Fiction Writers has published Christine’s post, “A Star in the Heavens.”

MAY 2015:

The Magdalene Mystery won Grand Prize, Second Place, Fiction in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards as well as First Place, Inspirational Fiction, and Second Place, Suspense Fiction categories. Her book will be showcased at the Book Expo America in New York City the end of May.

The  American Christian Fiction Writers has published Christine’s post, “A Call to Christian Writers.”

MARCH 2015:

Christine is continuing to post occasionally at www.LibertyIslandMag.com. Drop by and log in and browse. Also visit Christian Post Bindings and www.CatholicFiction.net for occasional postings and reviews, and of course her weekly blog on this site. She will be contributing also to the ACFW Writers Blog over the next six months.

Her novel-in-progress, THE FIRE TRAIL, is developing. Set in Berkeley, the novel considers some of the causes of our cultural collapse.

Christine is currently helping with the opening of the CENTER FOR WESTERN CIVILIZATION, one block from U.C. Berkeley. The first event will be held at Bowditch and Bancroft, at the YWCA: David Theroux, Founder and President of the C. S. Lewis Society of California, will give a lecture on C. S. Lewis, April 26 at 7 p.m.. It is free, and there will be a reception afterwards. She would love to see you there! For more info visit the Center for Western Civilization.


New review of The Magdalene Mystery at Bookstopcorner Blogspot. Thank you, Aditi Saha in Kolkata, India.

Reader review of Hana-lani: “For those who thought Hawaii was all about fancy resorts and Mai-tai’s by the pool, Hana-lani,  Christine Sunderland’s delightful novel about a Hawaiian “matriarch” and her family will come as a surprise.  Real people.  Real families, warts and all, will keep you turning the pages.  And just a hint of romance will keep you wondering what happened long after you finish.  A Readers’ Award book and a great read.”  The Rev. Paul Hauge, St. Peter’s, Oakland, California


New posting on Liberty Island of the SIXTH chapter of Christine’s novel-in-progress, THE FIRE TRAIL, about the borders between civilization and the wilderness… click on Open Range, then EXCERPT FROM THE FIRE TRAIL, Chapter Six… www.LibertyIslandmag.com

AUGUST 2014:

New posting on Liberty Island of the fifth chapter of Christine’s novel-in-progress, THE FIRE TRAIL, about the borders between civilization and the wilderness… click on Open Range, then EXCERPT FROM THE FIRE TRAIL, Chapter Five… www.LibertyIslandmag.com

New post at “Seriously Write” about  Christine’s “Journey to Publication”… http://seriouslywrite.blogspot.com/

The first four chapters of Christine’s novel-in-progress, The Fire Trail, now online at Liberty Island Magazine: https://www.libertyislandmag.com/  Click on “Open Range” and scroll to EXCERPT from THE FIRE TRAIL. Comments welcome…

JULY 2014:

NEW REVIEW by Christine of Piers Paul Read’s On the Third Day, at Catholic Fiction: http://www.catholicfiction.net/book-review/on-the-third-day

Reader response, Hana-lani: “I have been reading Hana-lani and I absolutely love it! We are going to Maui and I am getting a visual of this island through your book. The story is wonderful as well. You are an amazing writer.” … Lisa Spivey, Retirement Counselor, California

To read excerpts from Christine’s novel-in-progress, The Fire Trail, visit Liberty Island Magazine’s Open Range page online: http://www.libertyislandmag.com/openrange/home/home.html, click on EXCERPT from THE FIRE TRAIL. Liberty Island is an exciting new site for conservative fiction launched by Adam Bellow. I shall be a contributor to the site, a “Creator”.

JUNE 2014:

NEW REVIEW OF HANA-LANI, Christine’s novel set on Maui:  http://www.catholicfiction.net/book-review/hana-lani.php

NEW REVIEW by Christine of the The Desert (OakTara 2014) by Susan Prudhomme:


The Fire Trail

The Fire Trail

The Magdalene Mystery









6 responses to “What’s New

  1. Thanks so much for the great review, Bruce!

  2. Christine,
    I had the joy of reviewing “The Magdalene Mystery” on Amazon and Goodreads. Thanks for a great read! 🙂

    I’ve already sent a copy to a friend in Oregon and am sending one to my son in Oklahoma.

    Cheers! Bruce

  3. Thank you for sending me The Magdalene Mystery! I can’t wait to read it.

  4. No but it sounds like a great opportunity to learn from one another…

  5. Christine, are you going to the ACFW conference?

  6. Time to start reading you books!!

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