Life With (Bad) Dogs

I have two rescue dogs. You’ve met Jack, my neurotic and stunningly gorgeous Chow mix, who prances more than walks and has been known to do things like bolt through my front window in terror over fireworks (a double-paned mullioned picture window on a bitterly cold New Year’s Eve). Jack is six, and stars as […]

News and reminders

The Lost Recipe for Happiness has gone back to print for a third time.  Hooray! If you are in Pueblo, please come celebrate a launch party with me on Saturday, January 10, 2-4 pm at Barnes and Noble.  (That’s this Saturday in case your brain is as foggy as mine after the holidays!)   If you’re […]

Telling stories

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” writes Joan Didion in The White Album.   I was reading the book last night while I waited for my younger son to arrive home on snowy roads, reading it because I knew she would sweep me away from my worry and I could think about things like […]


“As dark and deep and sweet as chocolate…I wanted to live in this book.”  Sarah Addison Allen  The Lost Recipe for Happiness Barbara O’Neal  “A delectable banquet for the reader, celebrating the things that matter most–family, friendship, food and the healing power of love.”  Susan Wiggs  December 30, 2008    PREORDER:  Barnes and Noble  Borders […]

Cover art!

Oooh, the time is getting closer my friends! Elena’s book actually has a release date, December 30, and cover art for both editions. And now you can see that you will be able to buy it either as a trade or mass market paperback: You can preorder at Amazon or Random House (not yet available […]