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Barbara Samuel (O’Neal) has won the highly prestigious RITA award from Romance Writers of America 7 times and has been recently inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame. In the tradition of Kristin Hannah, Susan Wiggs, Maeve Binchy, and Barbara Freethy, she writes a highly emotional stories about families, food, dogs, and love. Many of her novels include recipes, and she has been known to cook in response to any stressful situation, learning that cooking is like life–sometimes things go wrong, but if you keep trying, eventually you’ll get it right.

She also writes as Barbara O’Neal for Bantam books, where she has penned the award-winning The Lost Recipe For Happiness and How To Bake A Perfect Life, which was a Target Book Club Pick in 2011. She also wrote five titles of romantic women’s fiction for Ballantine Books, including No Place Like Home, The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue and Lady Luck’s Map of Vegas. Her books have been translated into many languages and published widely around the world, including France, England, Poland, Australia, Italy, Germany, Brazil, and many others.

Barbara lives in the stunningly beautiful city of Colorado Springs with her beloved, a British endurance athlete who vows he’ll never loose his accent.

  She loves to hear from readers and you may email her at  Barbara [at] BarbaraONeal [dot] com

About the Dogs in the Books

Not every dog in every one of my books is a dog I know, but most are.

Elena’s dog Alvin, in The Lost Recipe for Happiness, is a very special friend of mine, Jack.

Merlin, in How to Bake a Perfect Life, has now moved to the great playground in the sky, but he was my brother’s dog for 16 years, and he really was a hobo and escape artist, and one of my favorite dogs of all time.



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