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Barbara Samuel

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Barbara Samuel is a multiple RITA award-winning author with more than 38 books to her credit in a variety of genres. She has written historical and contemporary romances, a number of fantasy novellas with the likes of Susan Wiggs, Jo Beverley and Mary Jo Putney. She now writes women’s fiction about families, dogs, and food as Barbara O’Neal.

Her work has captured a plethora of awards, including six RITAs; the Colorado Center for the Book Award (twice); Favorite Book of the Year from Romance Writers of America, and the Library Journal’s list of Best Genre Fiction of the year, among many others.You can find a full list of all titles here.

Now living back in her hometown of Colorado Springs, Barbara writes in a study overlooking Pikes Peak, a pi

I am in bliss. On every black tarred pavement in every shopping center across the southwest, vendors have set up their chile roasters and spend the day roasting long green chiles for stray motorists who buy them by the bushel to take home and freeze for the long cold winter ahead. There is nothing I love to smell more than chiles roasting on a summer day. I am a chile fanatic, and this summer I...

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No Place Like Home
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 514 ratings — published 2002 — 15 editions
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The Goddesses of Kitchen Av...
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 538 ratings — published 2004 — 13 editions
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Heart of a Knight
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 622 ratings — published 1997 — 4 editions
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A Piece of Heaven
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 350 ratings — published 2002 — 9 editions
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A Bed of Spices
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 414 ratings — published 1993 — 5 editions
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Lady Luck's Map of Vegas
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 299 ratings — published 2004 — 9 editions
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Madame Mirabou's School of ...
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 258 ratings — published 2006 — 8 editions
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Lucien's Fall
3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 400 ratings — published 1995 — 6 editions
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The Black Angel (St. Ives F...
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 314 ratings — published 1999 — 5 editions
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The Sleeping Night
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 209 ratings — published 2012 — 5 editions
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The Black Angel Night of Fire
St. Ives Family (2 books)
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The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
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Barbara Samuel added a status update: If you haven't read In The Midnight Rain, it's on special for 99c through the weekend.

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“Seems to me people are mean or evil because they're scared, mostly, or in pain, or afraid they're going to lose something.”
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“How could you carry the inside of a person with you and not call them a friend, no matter what the rules said?”
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“Maybe not. But maybe that's how the world changes, Isaiah. One father, one child, at a time.”
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The Taming (Peregrine, #1) by Jude Deveraux
The Taming, by Jude Deveraux
England's most valiant knights paid court to wealthy Liana Neville, but only the infamous warrior Rogan Peregrine made no secret of his powerful desires. His very caress melted Liana into liquid fire, and she vowed to capture this manificent, wild man. Boldly the delicate beauty gave him her hand -- and Britain's richest dower. Yet he was bound to a bitter feud: for love betrayed, brothers killed, and ancestral land usurped. In Rogan's war-ravaged castle, Liana would lay her tender redeem his embattled spirit and win his untamed heart!
  8 votes, 40.0%

Montana Dawn (McCutcheon Family #1) by Caroline Fyffe
Montana Dawn, by Caroline Fyffe
When Luke McCutcheon finds Faith Brown about to give birth in her rickety wagon, his first instincts are to ride for help. Instead, he stays and delivers a beautiful baby girl. Unable to leave the pretty young widow and her little son and newborn unprotected in the Montana wilderness, he brings them along on his family’s cattle drive, to the absolute delight of the other friendly cowboys.

Luke, third son of Montana’s wealthy McCutcheon family, is different from his brothers. As the offspring of a Cheyenne warrior, he carries a chip on his shoulder for all to see. His flashing eyes and handsome face make Faith feel she’s stepped into some long-ago tale where men cherish their women--and keep them safe. If only she could trust him! Faith is on the run, and although she’s pampered and protected by Luke and his family, she just can’t risk the consequences of sharing the details of her past--one that’s hunting to take her back to the nightmare she’s just escaped. Happy-ever-afters are for fairytales, she reminds herself sternly as her heart feels the warm pull of his. Still, she can’t help but dream of a loving family, a home to call her own, a beautiful and bright…Montana Dawn.
  5 votes, 25.0%

Heart of a Knight by Barbara Samuel
Heart of a Knight, by Barbara Samuel
Britain, 1351. After an arduous exile to flee the darkness and danger sweeping her lands, Lady Elizabeth D'Auvers returns home to Woodell Castle, yearning only for her looms and her quiet life. To her astonishment, she finds the castle and farmlands thriving, thanks to Lord Thomas of Roxburgh, a knight errant whose size and strength offer protection to Elizabeth's castle and its people. Yet chilling thoughts trouble her mind--for there is something mysterious about this man.
  4 votes, 20.0%

The Rancher Takes a Wife (Montana Brides, #1) by Leslea Tash
The Rancher Takes a Wife, by Leslea Tash
Chastity Lilly is no flapper. In 1920s New York, she's determined to find a career as a teacher so she can support her family upstate. But one thing leads to another, and the company she keeps in the big city leads her down a very different path than the one she sought.

When she helps a handsome rancher in town looking for his own errant sister, can she turn her act around? Will she take his offer of a teaching position in Wedlock, Montana and make a brand new start? And if she does, can she--and the rancher--leave the past behind to forge a new future together?

Not if the rancher's sister has her way.

This is a sweet historical Western romance. There are no PG-13 or R-rated scenes.
  3 votes, 15.0%


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message 2: by Beth

Beth Hi Barbara,
Thanks for befriending me here as well as in real-life!

message 1: by Lynn

Lynn Jordan Barbara,

I was just thinking about you seconds before I received your email. I just got started here. I'm very glad to see you.

How did the Avon walk/run go?


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