A Novel of Terror and Suspense

by Linda Watkins


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....

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.

Rights Information

Unabridged Audio World English rights have been sold to Tantor Media, Inc. All other rights for MATEGUAS ISLAND reside with the author, Linda Watkins.

Marketing Information

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MATEGUAS ISLAND is the 2014 Gold Metal Winner in Supernatural Fiction awarded by Readers' Favorite International Book Award Competition.

MATEGUAS ISLAND also received an Honorable Mention in General Fiction from the Halloween Book Festival, L.A.

MATEGUAS ISLAND has received an excellent review from Midwest Book Review. The link to that review is


Editorial Reviews for MATEGUAS ISLAND:

"The human drama and supernatural dread intertwine, and Watkins keeps the reader invested in Bill and Karen's fates." ~ PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY

"Surprising twists and turns and a powerful old box filled with magic: these are the elements of a fine horror story that slowly builds its plot with believable protagonists and engrossing color...Any who like horror stories and gothic fiction will find Mateguas Island an exceptional read."
~ D. Donovan, Senior Ebook Reviewer, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

"...a fast-paced and unpredictable story that is both spooky and entertaining. Mateguas Island is an absorbing horror tale and is highly recommended." ~ READERS' FAVORITE

Author Biography

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.

Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: May 2014
  • English
  • 9780991055449
  • Paperback
  • Primary Price: 16.95 USD
  • Pages: 367
  • Ingram Spark / Argon Press
  • Readership: General
  • Publish State: Self-Published
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
  • Series Part: 2