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About Lucia Kuhl

Indie Author Lucia Kuhl. Lucia Kuhl is a pen name created from and in honor of the combined names of the author’s grandmothers. The author lives in Indiana and splits her time between reading, writing and teaching ballroom dance. She attended Holy Cross Jr. College and graduated from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana with a degree in Business Administration. Her first book Moon Lake Dance is a cozy mystery which takes place in the fictional village of Moon Lake, Indiana near the very real city of South Bend. The author owned and operated a Ballroom Dance Studio for 15 years and continues to teach at a local University. She is addicted to old TV Westerns. Loves and has been owned by cats, dogs, horses and wants an alpaca, a pot belly pig and a pygmy goat. She enjoys writing, reading, ballroom dancing, photography, gardening, ghost stories and genealogy. Her ancestors include a long line of military soldiers including a few from the American Revolutionary War, an accused German Witch and a Michigan Politician.

Moon Lake Psychic held hostage by Ice

Glazed Tree Branch After Winter Ice Storm, Snow and Frozen Rain, Icicles
Glazed Tree Branch After Winter Ice Storm, Snow and Frozen Rain, Icicles

1/4/2016 Progress Report

Moon Lake Psychic. I’d love to say Moon Lake Psychic was almost done, but it isn’t. It is in the second phase of outlining. Once it hits the third stage progress happens pretty fast. I’d like to blame the slow progress on the Ice Storm and resulting power outage we experienced here in Michiana the week after Christmas, but while it contributed to the delay, that wouldn’t be fair to the ice.

I’ve decided to try releasing the first book in each new series as a weekly serial featured on LuciaKuhl.Com. The first installment of The Crystal Ballroom will appear on the site 1.8.2016. If you’d like to receive it in your inbox click this link.  After we’ve solved the mystery and wrapped up the loose ends The Crystal Ballroom will be available for download on Amazon and other online retailers.

American Missing under HA Hattery will be the next series to start. I can’t wait.

 

Research for The Crystal Ballroom, Michigan Islands

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse on the Upper Peninsula, MI
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse on the Upper Peninsula, MI

I set The Crystal Ballroom, my next series, on a fictional Island in the middle of Lake Michigan. At first, I thought will anyone believe there is an island in the middle of Lake Michigan and then I slapped myself upside the head and said “Of course they will. Mackinac Island is already a famous tourist attraction.” Granted it isn’t in Lake Michigan, but it is in the Great Lakes. It was early. What can I say?

So just for fun, I googled Islands in Michigan and was amazed at the large number of islands. Me thinks this summer would be a great time to go Michigan Island hopping.

Anyway here are some links: Video Tour of Mackinac IslandIslands of Michigan,  Drummond Island

The Fox Islands might be a great place to bury a fictional body in a future book.

 

 

Black Friday, 2015

moondanceShopping on Black Friday is a high stress contact sport, the starting and stopping in line, the dodging to the left to avoid a stroller, and then to the right to miss three people linked arm and arm like a tank busting through the store. It  is  more like a war zone than a modern commercial experience.

As I was doing research for Moon Lake Psychic I came across an article that talked about meditation and stress. Now I don’t know about you, but I am horrible at meditation. Sitting and Being exercises fight with plot twists in my mind. But this article  suggested a moving meditation. Basically  singing and at the same time dancing for thirty minutes a day wherever you felt comfortable pouring your energy into the exercise.

I’ve been doing the exercise the last few nights –the cats run and the dogs howl— but what great exercise and I  feel grounded and settled when finished.

So after the shopping and before you drop in that chair, find a safe place and sing and dance for yourself, without human judgement for a few minutes.

Have Fun! Lucia

 

Kubbern’s Ghosts: Siren, Angel or Witch available on Amazon.

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For a chance at a million dollars would you live with a bunch of people you barely knew? Work in a haunted house? Solve a mystery that happened 150 years ago? Could you  stay alive long enough to collect your winnings?

That’s the question before Team Kubbern Member Lea Laddie.  Her family needs the money. Like really needs the money.  Keep the utilities on kind of need the money, but strange gifts and scary events case her to question the sanity of her participation.

To preview this book visit The Book Page.

 

 

  The Haunted Homestead Mystery Challenge Staff:

Keith Evans: Production Company Head Honcho

Elle Collins: Genealogist and Project Manager

Ryan Hart: Show’s Host

Monique Collins: Paranormal Consultant

Ida: Innkeeper

Ian: Innkeeper’s son

Team Kubbern:

Lea Laddie: Big Box Store Worker

Tari LaFortune: Tarot Card Reader

Mia Momn: Soccer Mom

Ruth Hillinga: Retired Factory Worker

Leslie Middlestone: Middle School Teacher

Ben Speecher: Bank VP

Ed Nob: City Maintenance Supervisor

Reed Bryant: Portrait Painter

Noah Flockinger: Minister

Slim Pipestone: Plumber

Moon Lake Mayhem Available on Amazon.com

 

Moon Lake Mayhem Front Cover

amazon Moon Lake Mayhem, the 5th book in the Moon Lake Cozy Mystery series by Lucia Kuhl is available on Amazon.com

Healing Witch-in-Training Carrie Caser’s Magic needs some work, to say the least. The Village of Moon Lake needs Carrie’s Magic to be on point. Can Carrie save the town she loves from the evil cult, militia…culticia? Oh, she needs to solve a murder too. And secure her grandmother’s future.

To preview this book visit The Book Page.

 

Moon Lake Menace available on Amazon.com

Moon Lake Menace Front Cover

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“Why do you show me the horror and not give me the tools to stop it? How cruel is that?” These are the questions haunting professional psychic matchmaker Monique Collins as an army of lunatics threaten the country and a menace attacks her friends and neighbors.

 

Lily, her meddling ghost great, great, great grandmother urges Monique to embrace her visions. Monique fears psychic burn if she does. These two female forces need to find a suitable solution before the entire town of Moon Lake, IN is hospitalized or worse.

To preview this book visit The Book Page.

 

Moon Lake Music by Lucia Kuhl available on Amazon.Com

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Moon Lake Music: Ghosts & Witches on Duty   (Book 3 of  The Moon Lake Mystery Series)

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Someone wants to end Literature and The Arts Education in Indiana. That person is willing to kill two people to achieve their goal.

In this light and fun novella the animals, ghosts, witches and residents of Moon Lake, Indiana must band together to solve the riddle behind the bodies found in the water while learning to handle their newfound magical powers.

Those powers are gifts from the Spirits.

To Preview this book visit The Book Page.