Ready, set….READ!

Ambling around the internet this morning, I found this challenge from Book Chick City: Since I’m often setting goals like “go to the gym seven hundred times a week,” the idea of reading a hundred books of FICTION in a year sounds like a dream.  I bet you read that much most of the time […]

My favorite rose

Double Delight is the name. The petals are photo-sensitive and the blossoms are highly fragrant and smell heavily of oranges.   Ordinary and yet, so not.  As is often the case with roses, and many other things.       Ready, set….READ! Ambling around the internet this morning, I found this challenge from Book Chick […]

The fun side of ebooks

This is what can be fun about the shift in the way books come to market. A Bed of Spices was my first historical. It’s a dark, wildly romantic Romeo and Juliet tale, and I loved it madly. It was, however, set in an unusual location, and it did not sell all that well. Over […]

Release day!

HOW TO BAKE A PERFECT LIFE by Barbara O’Neal Available TODAY in trade paperback from your local retailer, or these on-line venues Also available as an ebook for Kindle, and Nook and other formats. READ MORE ABOUT IT A lovely review from Publisher’s Weekly How to Bake a Perfect Life Barbara O’Neal, Bantam, $15 trade […]

The anvil of holiday guilt

First: we’re working behind the scenes on the Barbara O’Neal and Barbara Samuel webpages, which should be up early next week. Lots of new features, better navigation…and of course, contests will be kicking off with the release of How to Bake a Perfect Life, coming December 21. Stay tuned! ————- Every year, I promise myself […]

A lovely review

from Publisher’s Weekly How to Bake a Perfect Life Barbara O’Neal, Bantam, $15 trade paper (416p) ISBN 978-0-553-38677-6 The Rita Award–winning author (as Barbara Samuel) of The Lost Recipe for Happiness returns with the absorbing story of Ramona Gallagher, a 40-year-old woman whose joy in running a bakery in Colorado Springs helps her transcend a […]

The damp, dewy beginning

I’m at the beginning of a new book.   This is probably my favorite part of writing—every possibility exists.  There is a freshness to the material, a scent of dew and dawn filling my work hours.  There is always the chance that this time I will have matured enough, learned enough, that I will be able […]