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Saturday, November 21, 2020

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Kara O'Neal & Two More of Her Pike's Run books!

Good  Morning,

Well, Thanksgiving is almost here and beginning next week I'll be featuring Christmas books only on the blog so today you'll get a double dose of Historical fiction by my friend and fellow author, Kara O'Neal. Since she is not new to us, I'll just turn the spotlight over to Kara now.....

I wrote Welcome Home the summer I was pregnant with my first child. That was twenty years ago now. It is the book of my heart, the one that started it all. I am now fourteen books deep into the series, and it’s going to be hard to leave this town. But book 19 is coming. The end of the series will happen, and hopefully, I’ll be able to bear it.

I wanted to write a series that centered around a town similar to Walnut Grove in Little House on the Prairie. I have a cranky general store owner, a nosy postmaster, an uptight undertaker, an intelligent doctor, and yes, I have the woman who thinks she’s the queen. And they are all introduced in Welcome Home. Some get their own books. Some get what’s coming to them. Some will have their story continue on my blog.

Writing has allowed the people in my head to come to life, and I will be forever grateful that my family encouraged me to pursue my dream.


Emma Prescott, determined and selfless, flees from wealth and her murderous father, wanting the love and forgiveness of poor cotton farmer, Kyle Lonnigan.

Although Kyle refuses to forgive her for her part in his father’s death, Emma stays and works her own farm. Over the next several months, Emma proves to Kyle she is not the spoiled girl he remembers. 

Emma’s sudden re-entrance into Kyle’s life only conjures long-buried painful memories.  Kyle does his best to avoid her, needing to keep the pain at bay, and stopping her from reminding him of their last moments together before bullets shattered their world.  But, he is unsuccessful.  The love he denies is too strong, and soon Emma and Kyle are tumbling headlong into the past and passion.

Get your copy of Welcome Home at Amazon, B&N, Kobo & Apple.

I loved writing Saving Sarah because it takes place in my favorite non-Texas town -- Asheville, North Carolina. That is VERY pretty country. I wanted to explore how the main family in my series ended up in Texas. My characters are Irish, and it was common for Irish families to move from the Carolinas to Texas in the 1840s - 1850s. Cheap land lulled them, and I’m so glad it did because the Irish brought the fiddle with them!

Saving Sarah also allowed me to discover the roots of my characters. The hero and heroine are actually the parents of the hero in book 1 of the series. I wanted to learn more about Sarah Kerry and Michael Lonnigan, and I found a great love and a lot of strength. Sarah harbors a secret in order to keep her father from the noose, and she endures it valiantly. I love her!

Sarah Kerry's world is shattered when a man from her past, Liam Devlin, shows up with proof that, if shared, would send her father to the noose. In order to keep Liam quiet, she must break her young courtship with Michael Lonnigan and marry Liam instead.

Michael is crushed and angry when Sarah abruptly ends their courtship, but he knows something isn’t right. He's seen the new man hanging around the Kerry family and believes the man is blackmailing the woman Michael loves. Unwilling to let her go, Michael will do whatever it takes to save Sarah and make her his own.

Get a copy of Saving Sarah at Amazon, B&N, Kobo and Apple.

Born and raised in Texas, the state had to be the setting for my first series. From the food to the fun, like floating the rivers, it is the fire in my blood that inspires me. My family and friends take center stage in my books. My sisters and best friends are my heroines, and my husband created my favorite hero. Love and family are the point of my stories, and I seek to entertain, relieve stress, and inspire people. Books can take one on a journey that one can relive over and over. I am extremely grateful to those authors who did that very thing for me. I learned and I fell in love with their words and characters. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Please visit me at www.karaoneal.com or the following  Social Media Sites:

Bookbub –  https://www.bookbub.com/profile/kara-o-neal

Amazon –  http://www.amazon.com/Kara-ONeal/e/B00FL19TH8/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1465007993&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble –  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/kara+o'neal?_requestid=845025

Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/KaraONeal84/

Twitter –  https://twitter.com/KaraONealAuthor

Pinterest –  https://www.pinterest.com/karaoneal7/

Goodreads –  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7278350.Kara_O_Neal

Blog -- http://www.karaoneal.com/blog

Blog – The Story Continues -- http://www.karaoneal.com/the-story-continues

Wow, Kara 19 books in the series? That is amazing! We certainly wish you the best of luck and God's blessings with these and many more novels.

Hope you enjoyed finding out more about Kara's writing and how her Pike's Run series came about as much as I did. I've read several of these books and trust me you won't be disappointed!

Until next time, take care and God bless.


D. V. Stone said...

Kara, thank you for sharing. Your books sound great. 🦉


Best of luck with your books and Happy Thanksgiving!

Kara O'Neal said...

Thank you so very much! And thank you for having me, Pam! I love your books and your blog!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the new release and a long running series! Thank you for sharing.
M. E. Bakos

Barbara Britton said...

I love your blurb and cover, Kara. Sounds like an exciting read.

Carol James said...

Congratulations! Love the blurb. Sooooo intriguing.

Marissa Garner said...

What an amazing series! Congrats!

Mary Preston said...

I must begin the series and catch up. Sounds wonderful.

Kara O'Neal said...

Thank you, everyone! And thank you for visiting!

Alina K. Field said...

This is such a great series!

Karen Malley said...

Sounds like a great series! I can't imagine 19 books in one series, and then having to say goodbye. I think I'd need to start back again reading #1 at that point!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Congrats on the new novels! They sound like fine reads.