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SPR Reviews Summer Girl, A Novel


Editorial review site, Self-Publishing Review (SPR) has recently posted their review of my novel, Summer Girl, A Novel.


Summer Girl by Linda Watkins

Summer Girl by Linda Watkins is a poignant coming of age novel that asks whether it's possible to forget one's first love.


It's the summer of sixty-five and sixteen-year-old islander Jake Chambers meets the ferry bringing the newest crop of summer people to Cutter Island. Fifteen-year-old Andrea (Andi) Martin is unlike the other summer girls and immediately captures Jake's attention. Over the Fourth of July lobster bake, they become fast friends and soon their friendship blossoms into first love. It seems like they're destined to be together – until one fateful night, a lapse in better judgment leads to tragic consequences…


Watkins has written a multifaceted story that plays out beautifully. Set on picturesque Cutter Island, Maine, the author's descriptions are so visceral that one can almost smell the intoxicating aromas of an island lobster bake. However, the story is far more than just memories of an era gone by. Jake and Andi are a contemporary Romeo and Juliet, reminding us how wonderful first love can truly be, but with the same degree of tragedy, exposing the ugliness of sexual abuse, cutting, and suicide.


An emotional and evocative novel, Summer Girl provides a youthful love story that is at once nostalgic and modern. ~Self-Publishing Review


To see the review on SPR's website, click here: SPR REVIEW: SUMMER GIRL

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I have just finalized the cover of the paperback of my new Gothic mystery, STORM ISLAND: A KATE POMEROY MYSTERY and wanted to share it here! The novel is set for publication on November 26, 2018. The eBook version is currently on pre-order on Amazon for only 99cents,


I'd love to hear what you think about this amazing cover!

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BOOK REVIEW: Dark Wood, Dark Water by Tina Callaghan


Something is wrong in the town of Bailey – people are dying – and three teenagers will have to face a dark and evil nemesis emerging from the town's past. Our three reluctant heroes know the agony of loss:

Kate – her father drowned in the river; her mother hospitalized.
Gabe – his father drowned in an old well.
Josh – his older brother also killed by the river.

These three young people must come together and put aside their teen angst and jealousies to fight an evil that they will find is deeply rooted in the town and its river.
Tina Callaghan's dark portrait of the town of Bailey is a riveting read. The characters are fully fleshed and identifiable and, therefore, easy to invest in. The dark and dreadful history of the town is well documented as Callaghan weaves together the past and the present.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was fast-paced and hard to put down. An excellent read for young adults and adults who enjoy dark fiction and fantasy.
I received a free copy of this book as part of Library Thing's Early Reviewer Program

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New Editorial Review: RETURN TO MATEGUAS ISLAND by Self-Publishing Review

In Mateguas Island, the first novel in this series, Bill Anderson mysteriously drowns (or did he?) after moving his family to the idyllic locale, but Mateguas Island turns out to be rife with magic and the specter of ancient rituals. His body was never recovered, so ten years later, his twin daughters, Terri and  Read More 
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