Summer Girl: A Novel

Gatekeeper Press

 “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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About the author

 Linda Watkins currently resides in Sedona, Arizona and, in another life, was a Senior Clinical Financial Analyst at Stanford University School of Medicine. Born on the east coast, she grew up in a suburb of Detroit. Upon graduation from college (Carnegie Mellon, '70), she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she lived and worked for most of her adult life. In 2006, she packed her belongings and, along with her 3 rescue dogs, took the plunge and moved to a remote island off the coast of Maine. It was there that she wrote her first novel, Mateguas Island and, since publication, the novel has garnered the following awards:

* 2014 Gold Medal, Supernatural Fiction, Readers Favorite International Book Award Competition

* 2014 First Place Award, Contemporary Gothic, Chanticleer Book Review, Paranormal Awards 

* 2015 Outstanding Novel in Horror/Suspense, IAN Book of the Year Awards

Return to Mateguas Island, the sequel, was also awarded a 1st Place in Contemporary Gothic Fiction in the 2015 Chanticleer Book Review’s Paranormal Awards, was named 2015 Finalist in Horror by Readers Favorite International Book Award Competition, and named 2016 Finalist in Horror by the IAN Book of the Year Awards.

The third novel in the Mateguas Island Series, Ghosts of Mateguas, was published in early 2016.

Today, Linda has completed a new stand-alone novel, Summer Girl, a work of literary fiction, which she hopes to publish before the end of 2017. She also has completed a novella, Sarah & Zoey, which is will be published on September 15, 2017. 

She is also beginning a new series in the gothic fiction genre, The Storm Island Mysteries. The first installment in this series, Storm Island: A Kate Pomeroy Mystery, is complete and she hopes to publish it in the near future. After that, the next item on her agenda will be to write the 4th installment in The Mateguas Island Series.

Serious about dog welfare and rescue, all net proceeds from sales of The Mateguas Island Series are donated to Linda's charitable trust, The Raison d'Etre Fund for Dogs, Dedicated to Rescue and Research.

Linda is a member of the Horror Writers Association, The Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers, The International Association of Crime Writers (N.A.), and the Authors Guild.

To take a look at her other works or communicate with her, please visit her website (, her blog where she posts book reviews and other features ( and/or her novel website, dedicated to the Mateguas Island Series ( 

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Gatekeeper Press
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Published on
Nov 15, 2017
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Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / General
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