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Barbara O'Neal

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Barbara Samuel (also known as Barbara O’Neal) is the bestselling author of more than 40 books, and has won Romance Writers of America’s RITA award an astounding six times. Her books have been published around the world, including France, Germany, Italy, and Australia/New Zealand, among others. One of her recent women’s fiction titles, The Lost Recipe for Happiness (written as Barbara O’Neal) went back to print eight times, and her book How to Bake a Perfect Life was a Target Club pick in 2011.

Whether set in the turbulent past or the even more challenging present, Barbara’s books feature strong women, families, dogs, food, and adventure—whether on the road or toward the heart.

A native of Colorado Springs, Barbara lives there with her partn
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Barbara O'Neal I just finished up a new book for my new adult series, Going the Distance (written as Lark O'Neal) and I'm about to dive back into my next book for…moreI just finished up a new book for my new adult series, Going the Distance (written as Lark O'Neal) and I'm about to dive back into my next book for Bantam. All I can say is that there are peaches and a woman with a broken heart and some magic thing I know readers will enjoy.
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Barbara O'Neal Here's the truth: I don't believe in writer's block. If I feel blocked, it's a signal that I've taken a wrong turn and need to figure out what's wrong…moreHere's the truth: I don't believe in writer's block. If I feel blocked, it's a signal that I've taken a wrong turn and need to figure out what's wrong before I go on. In general, getting my rear end into the chair is what solves any problem, but I have also been known to cook elaborate things to give the girls in the basement time to work on a problem. (less)
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Hello, friends! Long time no post.   It’s not that I haven’t been writing….I have.  I have been experimenting with some new forms of work, largely some older young adult novels, which are super gratifying because the readers are deeply enthusiastic.


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“It was as if their feet ran on parallel train tracks and pulled in at the same stations at the same time, over and over.”
Barbara O'Neal, The Secret of Everything

“"I always read everything when I was a kid-and I do mean everything, from Nancy Drew to Dickens to my dad's John D. MacDonald-but then I went to regular school and the English teachers started telling me to read 'real' books, so I tried. And you know, I kinda went off reading for a while. I had already been reading literary novels and the classics mixed in with whatever else, but-" She waved a hand. "So I went back to reading whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to-reading had been my greatest pleasure in all the world. I mean I never really watched all that much television, because we were moving around, never really had solid digs until I was thirteen, so reading was everything.”
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“He sat across from her and took her small hands in his own. "Babe, you don't have to carry the world. I've got it, okay?”
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“Reality is an easy commodity in the Front Range. There's weather, and there are animals that are thinking about eating you, and there's all that beauty. It sort of whomps you on the head. It's strange that we use the word "unreal" to describe beauty-it's my experience that beauty drags us by the hair into the real.”
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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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message 4: by Aida

Aida Thanks for adding me in yr Fan list...
Love your book!!!! makes me enjoying cooking and baking more!!!!!


Cheryl Thanks for the friendship invite.


LaVerne Hi Barbara- Thank you for the friend request. Enjoy the coming weekend.


message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Barbara!
I'm glad to see a fellow Colorado Springs author here.
- Beth


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