The Birds Have Flown: A Book Is Born

Here in Scotland

Spring has washed into Summer

Summer hangs days out to dry

With a wary eye on the weather

Not sure of that azure sky.

Pheasants chicks have grown gangly

Teenagers already it seems

The doves have flown free

With no thoughts for me

And the stuff of my

Hopes and my dreams.


Forgive me while I sing my little ditty

Forgive if I scream and I shout

The work of the springtime is over

And I have a novel just out!


Yes, the first draft I completed in November for NaNoWriMo has been nurtured and nourished, polished and preened and is ready to fly off to meet you.





Available in both paperback and ebook format.

FINAL Front Cover

Contemporary Popular Fiction, Here At The Gate is a relationship novel, with a touch of romance, a sprinkling of humour, a lot about family, a wee bit about Scotland, and a mystery to be unravelled…and all for the price of a cup of coffee and a cream bun.


Here’s what Here At The Gate is about:

Mhairi had worked hard to build herself a normal, stable life, but there had always been a dark fear inside her. No matter how happy she was, it was always there.
It followed her about like a black bat, haunting her nights, hiding in a corner during her days, flapping out at odd moments, scaring the wits out of her.
It was as though she was standing outside a high-walled garden, barred from the secret of her past by the wrought-iron gate. She could see all the bushes and trees, the rhododendron and hydrangea. She could even smell the roses and the honeysuckle, but then the gate would swing shut and she was outside and it was dark.
Now her happy, settled life was being threatened and she knew she had to force through the darkness. She needed to remember what she had spent a lifetime forgetting.


Available on Amazon:

Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, and can be ordered from bookstores.


Here At The Gate is ready now for you to enjoywith that cup of coffee and cream bun, if you’re feeling flush!


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amanda Staley
    Jun 02, 2014 @ 03:08:25

    I love the cover art for this book! It fits the story so well.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Michelle Stanley
    Jun 02, 2014 @ 03:15:12

    I like your poem Christine. Maybe the birds will return and thank you for your hospitality.Nice book cover and interesting synopsis of your new book.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. John von Daler
    Jun 02, 2014 @ 04:42:45

    Congratulations on the book – and on the poem! Lovely to have such nice finished projects!

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 06:04:58

    Congratulations … Have read your first book and downloaded you second which I am hoping to get to soon.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Margaret Lynette Sharp
    Jun 20, 2014 @ 06:27:52

    Congratulations 🙂



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