Writing is a dream come true for me. Reading was something that helped me escape unpleasant things in life. Being able to blog about books that transport me to different times and places, well that's another dream come true.
I'm a retired, single lady, living in a big rambling house with three special needs rescue dogs - Splatter, Spudley and Jasper. I was born on the East Coast but my family moved to Michigan when I was very young. After college (Carnegie Mellon, '70), I moved to the San Francisco Bay area where I lived most of my life. I think I will always consider the Peninsula 'home'.
I worked at various jobs before ending up at Stanford University School of Medicine, staying there for twenty wonderful years working as a Senior Financial Analyst in the Department of Pediatrics. When I turned 50, I was lucky enough to be able to take early retirement, sold my home in Belmont for a bundle of money, and moved to the high desert in Central Oregon. That's where I adopted my three dogs and became involved in animal rescue. From there, I moved to the aforementioned island in Maine and then, full circle, back to Michigan where I live now.
I'd like to be able to teleport! Not fly, but be able to just move through space instantaneously from one locale to another. I'd like to get up in the morning in Michigan and, if it was snowing, be able to transport myself (and my dogs) to a tropical beach for the day. Or maybe to the wilds of Australia. No driving to the airport, going through TSA screening, struggling with luggage, missing connections - none of that. Just one moment I'm here and the next, I'm there!
ABOUT THE MATEGUAS ISLAND SERIES
What could be more idyllic than to live on an island off the coast of Maine? That's what Bill Andersen thought when he moved his family to Mateguas. But Mateguas is more than just pristine beaches nestled between rocky shores. No, Mateguas is something quite different....
MATEGUAS ISLAND: On a remote island, a troubled 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 consume and destroy them.
An arcane locked box, a strange and foreboding trail 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.
MATEGUAS ISLAND was the 2014 Gold Medal Winner in Supernatural Fiction awarded by READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK COMPETITION and the recipient of an Honorable Mention in Fiction from the 2014 HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL.
MATEGUAS ISLAND is available:
In print or eBook on Amazon, http://bit.ly/MATEGUAS
In print only, Barnes&Noble, http://bit.ly/mateguas-bn
As an eBook, iBOOKS, http://bit.ly/mateguas-iBooks
As an eBook, GOOGLE, http://bit.ly/mateguas-googleplay
As an eBook, NOOK, http://bit.ly/mateguas-nook
As an eBook, KOBO, http://bit.ly/mateguas-kobo
RETURN TO MATEGUAS ISLAND: A young woman searching for answers...a man trying desperately to remember what he has forgotten. What secrets lie buried? What really happened that night of the storm?
Journey with Karen Andersen and her family back to Mateguas Island - a return to the mythos, passion, and magic that lie sleeping just beneath the surface - waiting and longing for this chance to be yet again reawakened!
RETURN TO MATEGUAS ISLAND is currently only available as an eBook on Amazon, http://bit.ly/ReturnToMateguas. The print version is expected to be available by mid-March, 2015.
SECRETS, A STORY OF LOVE AND BETRAYAL: SECRETS is a short prequel to MATEGUAS ISLAND. It fleshes out the two years prior to Bill and Karen's move to the island, giving the reader more insight to their characters and motivations.
SECRETS is available as an eBook only on Amazon, http://bit.ly/amazon-secrets
Born in Norwich, Connecticut, Linda Watkins moved to Michigan when she was four years old. 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, aptly titled, RETURN TO MATEGUAS ISLAND, which was published in December 2014. She is actively at work on the third full-length novel in the MATEGUAS ISLAND SERIES that she hopes to have ready for publication in late 2015.
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