Guest Author: Lucy Naylor Kubash and The Haunting of Laurel Cove

My guest this month is another author who’s previously visited our blog. Lucy Naylor Kubash is a member of two of my in-person writing groups, the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group and the Michigan Romance Writers. She’s published short stories in Women’s World magazine and she writes a newspaper column called The Pet Corner. She’s also a regular at the Zoom write-ins that I attend. When she announced the release of her new book, I immediately asked her to come and share it with us.


It was a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains years ago that first inspired me to write The Haunting of Laurel Cove. I was intrigued by the misty mountains and the old pioneer cabins we saw in the Cade’s Cove drive and knew I had to set a story there. What better kind of story than one with a mystery and a ghost!

To be honest, the first version of the book spent a lot of years hidden away in a drawer. I’d bring it out every now and then, revise it, submit it somewhere, and then put it away again when the editor’s answer was no. It did win an honorable mention in a contest along the way, but I went on to writing other books. When Covid hit and we were stuck home, I decided to make Laurel Cove my pandemic project. Hoping I had learned from my other writing ventures, I rewrote the manuscript one more time. I’m happy to say this version is a Wild Rose Press release tomorrow, December 6. I’m excited about this book and looking forward to its debut.

Blurb for The Haunting of Laurel Cove:
Shattered dreams, family secrets, rekindled love. Which poses the biggest threat to life and sanity to a broken woman trying to heal?

When Jane Stuart returns to the Smoky Mountains and the house she inherited from her grandmother with the hope to heal from a brutal mugging, she finds herself obsessed with a local legend involving a witch and a mysterious cabin.

Upon reconnecting with an old boyfriend now turned handsome environmentalist, she finds herself rekindling her attraction to Brendan McGarren and is drawn into his battle to keep Laurel Cove from becoming a rich man’s playground. As she begins to uncover family secrets pertaining to the witch and the cabin, Jane questions her own sanity. Then the threats begin. Can she trust Brendan?

Will the search for the truth cost Jane her life?

You can find The Haunting of Laurel Cove at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

If you are a library patron, please ask your local library to order The Haunting of Laurel Cove.

ISBN: 978-1-2092-4551-2

Bio: Lucy Naylor Kubash has had a lifelong love of reading and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She is published in short fiction and novel length contemporary romance, as well as nonfiction, having written a column called The Pet Corner for twenty years. She is a member of Michigan Romance Writers, Grand Rapids Region Writers Group, Romance Writers Online, and Women Writing the West. She loves anything to do with the American West, mountains and beaches anywhere, and traveling whenever possible. When not writing she likes to spend time with her family and pets.

You can find Lucy at her website and blog, and on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, Bookbub, and Amazon.


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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16 Responses to Guest Author: Lucy Naylor Kubash and The Haunting of Laurel Cove

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    [Waving to Lucy]
    I enjoy a spooky tale.
    Just pre-ordered it.


  2. Lucy Kubash says:

    Thanks for having me as a guest here, Patty. It’s a good way to help celebrate my birthday today, too. 😉


  3. Hi, Lucy! This is inspiring, as I have exactly the same situation, (on flash drives and my PC, not in a drawer.)
    Spooky! I am all for spooky! I wish you all the best.


  4. pamelasthibodeaux says:

    A Wonderful testiment on Not Giving Up!
    Good luck and God’s blessings with your book


  5. This sounds wonderful! And p.s. I’m impressed that you’ve sold stories to Women’s World magazine. It’s so hard to write short like that.


  6. Ellen Y Mueller says:

    It looks like a wonderful book. Happy birthday, Lucy!


  7. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Your book sounds fantastic. I hope you do well with the release. I saw a video a couple of nights ago on the most haunted cabin in Cade’s Cove. It may be haunted, but it’s a beautiful place.


  8. thimganh says:

    A very intriguing premise/blurb! I’m a real sucker for handsome environmentalists- ha ha ha! Congratulations!


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