Born in Norwich, Connecticut, Linda Watkins moved to Michigan when she was a child. After graduation from college (Carnegie-Mellon University '70), Ms. Watkins relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where she lived most of her adult life. A Senior Clinical Financial Analyst at Stanford University School of Medicine, Linda was always writing. At work, she created 'long forms' and business plans; at home, she wrote whimsical stories, poems and songs for the delight of her friends and family. In 2006, retired, she moved to Chebeague Island, Maine where she wrote her first novel, MATEGUAS ISLAND.
Today, she resides in Western Michigan with her three rescue dogs (Splatter, Spudley and Jasper) and has just completed the sequel to MATEGUAS which she anticipates will be published by Christmas 2014.
Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror & Suspense
What could be more idyllic than to live on an island off the coast of Maine?
On a remote island, a troubled young family is trying to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and start over. But unbeknownst to them, the property they have inherited is steeped in ancient magic - magic that could seek to destroy and devour them.
An arcane locked box, a strange and foreboding trail leading deep into the woods, a seductive young woman, and tales of a malevolent Native American spirit are just some of the perils Karen Andersen must face in order to find a way to save her family.
A spine-tingling tale filled with passion, lies and betrayal, MATEGUAS ISLAND will have you sleeping with the lights on!
MATEGUAS ISLAND is the 2014 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner in Fiction-Supernatural!
Return to Mateguas Island: A Tale of Supernatural Suspense
Supernatural, Romance, Paranormal, Dark Fantasy
From award-winning author, Linda Watkins, comes the eagerly-awaited sequel to her highly acclaimed novel, MATEGUAS ISLAND!
To a remote island comes a young woman seeking to find the truth of what happened to her family ten years before. But will the questions she asks only serve to draw her deeper into the labyrinth of mystery and magic that lies sleeping beneath this island's pristine surface?
And will her mother be once again caught in a vicious web of love, jealousy, betrayal and revenge that will make it impossible for her to shield her daughter from the dark forces that may ultimately seek to consume and destroy them both?
Journey with Karen Andersen and her family back to MATEGUAS ISLAND - return to the legends, mythos, passion and terror that lie dormant just beneath the surface - waiting and longing for this chance to be yet again reawakened!
MATEGUAS ISLAND was the winner of the Readers' Favorite 2014 Gold Medal in Supernatural Fiction and recipient of an "Honorable Mention" in Fiction from the 2014 Halloween Book Festival. RETURN TO MATEGUAS is the second full-length novel in the Mateguas Trilogy.
Listen to what people are already saying about RETURN TO MATEGUAS:
"This is a quick-paced story portraying a wide range of human emotions, deadly supernatural forces and ancient Native American beliefs that may help the characters survive the ordeal in store. It explores the depths of love and loss, dedication and defiance, innocence and desire - all in spite of the threat of losing everything. This is supernatural fiction at its best with a hint of coming-of-age enlightenment to appeal to younger readers as well as readers of all ages." ~ Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
"Excellent storyline, excellent characters in all-round thrilling read. Linda’s attention to detail is second to none and the book is very professionally written. Loved it!" ~ Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
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Summer Girl, A Novel
“Does first love, true love, ever really die?” Andi Martin asks herself that question as she sits on the porch of the Sloane Cottage, her mind flooded with memories of the summer of ‘65 and a boy, once loved, but never forgotten.
Jake Chambers is also on a collision course with the past as he returns to Cutter Island for the first time in more than a decade. And, as the ferry approaches the wharf, he finds his mind filled with thoughts of a summer long forgotten and a girl destined to haunt him forever.
From award-winning author, Linda Watkins, comes a story of love, loss, survival, and, most of all, hope…SUMMER GIRL, A Novel.
“…take a deep breath; because Summer Girl isn't formula writing about a summer fling, but a deeper story of coming of age, sexual abuse in families, and methods of survival that enter the picture of a blossoming interpersonal relationship, making Summer Girl an unexpectedly complex read.” ~ D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
“A heartfelt story of a boy and a girl….it captivated my heart from beginning to end.” ~Patricia Bell for READERS FAVORITE
“…a tale of love arisen and somehow – despite vicious betrayal and extended adversity – preserved and growing, creating its own special hope.” ~J. Scott Payne, author of Brought to Battle and The Green Hell
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