Barbara O'Neal

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Barbara O'Neal
Pen name Barbara Samuel, Lark O'Neal, Ruth Wind
Occupation Novelist
Nationality America
Period 1990 - present
Genre women's fiction, new adult romance, contemporary romance, historical romance
Website
www.barbaraoneal.com

Barbara O'Neal is an American romance novelist who has written over forty books. Her books include The Lost Recipe for Happiness and How to Bake a Perfect Life[1] as well as The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue and Lady Luck's Map of Vegas. She has written women’s fiction under the names Barbara O’Neal and Barbara Samuel, contemporary and historical romance novels under the names Barbara Samuel and Ruth Wind, and new adult romances under the name Lark O’Neal.[2]

Career[edit]

O'Neal began her writing career as an author for Harlequin Silhouette. Writing as Ruth Wind,[3] she has published over twenty contemporary romances, winning two RITA awards in this genre.[4] She has written seven historical romances under the name Barbara Samuel, winning a RITA in 1998 for her book, Heart of a Knight.[4]

In 2000, O'Neal began writing women’s fiction under the name Barbara Samuel, publishing five books under this name until moving her women’s fiction titles under the name Barbara O’Neal.[5] These books are set mostly in her home state of Colorado or New Mexico, with themes of food, second chances, and multi-generational stories about women.[citation needed] She has won three RITA awards for her women’s fiction work, making her eligible for the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, into which she was inducted in 2012.[6]

O'Neal has won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award seven times, and been nominated for seven others.[4] Her books have also won two Colorado Book Awards,[7] and been named Favorite Book of the Year from Romance Writers of America, a Target Book Club pick, and a top book from Library Journal.[8]

When New Adult Romance emerged as a new genre 2013, O'Neal began writing as Lark O’Neal, launching her first New Adult series, Going the Distance, later that year.[9]

Personal life[edit]

O'Neal lives in her hometown of Colorado Springs with her partner, an endurance athlete.[citation needed]

Bibliography[edit]

Women's Fiction[edit]

Published as Barbara O'Neal[edit]

Published as Barbara Samuel[edit]

Published as Ruth Wind[edit]

New Adult Romance[edit]

Published as Lark O'Neal[edit]

  • Random. November 2013.
  • Stoked. February 2014.
  • Epic. August 2014.
  • Brilliant. December 2014.
  • Intense. May 2015.
  • Extreme. December 2015.

Contemporary Romance[edit]

Published as Ruth Wind[edit]

Historical Romance[edit]

Published as Barbara Samuel[edit]

Nonfiction[edit]

Published as Barbara Samuel[edit]

  • The Care and Feeding of THE GIRLS IN THE BASEMENT: An Upbeat Guide to Life as a Writer. eBook.
  • THE GIRLS IN THE BASEMENT: CELEBRATION BOOK, A Writer's Guide to Joy. eBook.

Omnibus[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 2012 Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements for How to Bake a Perfect Life[4]
  • 2010 Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements for The Lost Recipe for Happiness"[4]
  • 2006 Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements for Lady Luck's Map of Vegas (written as Barbara Samuel)[4]
  • 2003 Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Contemporary Single Title for No Place Like Home (written asBarbara Samuel)[4]
  • 1999 Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Long Contemporary Romance for Meant to be Married (written as Ruth Wind)[4]
  • 1998 Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Short Historical for Heart of a Knight (written as Barbara Samuel)[4]
  • 1998 Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Long Contemporary Series Romance for Reckless (written as Ruth Wind)[4]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fox, Rose (June 30, 2012). "Digital-First Books Win Romance Awards". Publishers Weekly. 
  2. ^ Romance Writers of America. "Barbara Samuel". myRWA Speakers Bureau. Romance Writers of America. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Harlequin. "Ruth Wind Bio". Harlequin.com. Harlequin. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "myRWA : RITA Awards : RITA Winners". rwa.org. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Penguin Random House. "Barbara O'Neal". Barbara O'Neal - Penguin Random House. Penguin Random House. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Romance Writers of America. myRWA: Awards: RWA Hall of Fame https://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=555. Retrieved 20 October 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Colorado Book Awards. "Colorado Book Awards History". Colorado Book Awards History - Colorado Humanities. Colorado Humanities. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  8. ^ Colorado Springs Independent. "On Target". Colorado Springs Independent. Colorado Springs Independent. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Kindle Daily Post. "Kindle Post: How Lark O'Neal Finds Her Cover Art". Kindle Daily Post. Amazon Blogs. Retrieved 19 November 2015.