From Dialysis Patient to prolific writer! Author of ten books in four genres, Author of two series, “The Rose Petal Wine Murder Mysteries” and “Simple, Healthy, Fresh” cookbooks. Also having written three books of short stories as well as an Alport’s Syndrome biography and previous clients in health, fitness, disease, disability and real estate as well as many previous blogs.

Here you will find everything I’m involved in, news, reviews and so on! There’s a lot to see, look at the menu running down the left of the website starting with the novels, cookbooks, short stories, plus the fundraiser for Alport’s Syndrome, along with other charities/fundraisers I fully support!

 Currently Working On:

Third Novel in the Rose Petal Wine Murder Mysteries! 

 A girl is found in the Sierra Nevada Mountains beaten and tied to a fence post. Who she is and what our investigators discover unravels threads from Middle America to China! We meet blasts from the past that connect more than a few people. 

Science Fiction Book!


Update November 2015: Published my first Paranormal book, a MM Wolf Romance/Mystery, Never Trust The Moon. See page-more retailers coming! Published the Kids book, Under The Woodlands! Look for the page and upcoming retailers.

Update October 2015: Added Curriculum Vitae and moved “Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor” under “About” Section to streamline menu. Created EBook with full information “Introduction to Simple Healthy Fresh Cookbook Series” with “How to Cook Simple Healthy Fresh”, combined from all the cookbooks.

Update September 2015: Added two more books to write to my repertoire, two firsts-a science fiction novel and a children’s book! Very excited about these new projects. Also, recently, I’ve had people contacting me blind then get offended when I asked for particulars. Basic etiquette is introduce yourself first, reason for contacting and thanking. This is just basic politeness. Also, I do not download blind either, ie: spreadsheets, pictures, pdf files, etc. So don’t just say hello and send a file then get offended when I don’t answer or jump at downloading your unknown file. Finally, I am no longer actively on social media or Facebook, so I will not receive messages. My only contact information is my email address, on my website.

Update April 2015: No longer posting daily blog posts here on brickoneil.com/BLOG. Realized no one was actually reading my posts and I can better spend that time than spinning my wheels and going nowhere. My last post was a test to see who would read and follow the directions. NO one did. I will post occasionally when the muse strikes.

All ebook retailer links on all pages are now updated, if you see a mistake or dead link, let me know.

Update March 2015: I have since discovered Library Overdrive crawls smashwords and uploads published books to the master site. It is up to each individual library to download the books to their particular library’s hard drive, so to speak. So my books are on the master library overdrive site but not at any particular library at this time. I have no say in the matter, unfortunately.

Oysterbooks is a pay-to-read kind of site, like Amazon Prime.  You pay a monthly fee, somewhere around $10 a month, then you are free to read or download any book you like, if I am understanding correctly. The links on my books’ pages show what is available at the time I created the page, not availability of books on the sites.  It’s confusing, but it’s what is happening.

All my books are available at this time on each of the major EBook Retailers listed under each page, at the price listed, from free to $1.99. Sometimes the retailers will change the links and not let authors know, so you have to search on their site by either book title or author name. I’ve noticed my name gets misspelled a lot on the retailers site, so I would suggest either letting me know or playing around with search terms on the ebook retailer’s site.

Update February 2015: I have decided not to publish any of my new books on amazon and have removed the free books from Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, since they would not honor the free price from the other retailers I listed. I do not agree with their treatment of independent writers, along with their rules for publishing on KDP and KDP Select. I am leaving previous work at Amazon and publishing new work solely with Smashwords, who, in turn, pushes to all other major ebook retailers. If you want to view my newest books, your best bet is to keep watching this website

Thank you,

Brick ONeil


Announcing the newest  Short Story book! 

Different Dreams

Separate tales from the rolling sand dunes of my Mind! What has the Sandman been doing in my subconscious? Read and interpret these dreams as you will.


Simple Healthy Fresh 3.0: Dinners is here! The cookbook has 115 recipes, 65 pages of Dinners. I didn’t include many pictures to save on upload and download times and the cover is super simple blue with dark blue ariel font. Look for it within the next month or so. Sample Dinners:

  • Individual Mediterranean Turkey Loaf, Simple Mac & Cheese, Mediterranean Mixed Vegetable Salad with Feta and Black Olives
  • Pork Roast, Roast Vegetable Soup and Carrot-Celery salad with Raisins and Cardamom
  • Pan Fried Steak, Browned Fennel Bulb and Potato, Bread and Tomato salad
  • Italian Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti in Tomato Garlic Sauce
  •  Paris Pork Steaks with Wilted Romaine and Bacon
  •  Thai Turkey Burgers and Chili Spiced Rice with Vegetables 


Update January 2015: This is the Dawn of a New Year and changes for my books. I’ve decided to follow the example of the best selling authors who have started out as independent authors. New lower prices on my ebooks and some are even free! Check out books on the left!


Engagement Announcement!

Boyfriend (in our mid-40s, still safe to say boyfriend?) asked and I accepted his marriage proposal. The date is May 15, 2015, and we’ve booked Olympic Sculpture Park’s waterfront.  I’ve made a pinterest board so you can go see!


Announcing new Flavored Peppers for my #simplehealthyfresh line: White Cayenne, White Orange, White Sage, Red Orange and Plain White. Click link at left under “Simple Healthy Fresh” for all the flavors.


Now accepting credit card payments with Paypal Here, Square Reader and Ebay for the “Ultimate Simple Healthy Fresh Cookbook”, $5.99. 

Square Market page:  http://mkt.com/brick-oneil

 Other links at the right margin.


The actual, physical cookbook  is here! It encompasses both ebook cookbooks one and two with just as many new recipes. See the “Ultimate Simple Healthy Fresh Cookbook” page under the slide out menu to the left and click the cookbook’s picture on the right, it will take you to Paypal I believe you can pay via Paypal or credit card there. If you would like to order outside the U.S., there will be additional shipping charges, per http://www.usps.gov rates.

The cookbooks are full of economic information, healthy food hints and tips, all the recipes are low-carb and low-salt but savory or sweet but all good for you!

Thank you to the following for digging deep and donating to the gofundme fundraiser to get the cookbook published:

Dean Johnson, Pattie Olson, Patsy Cecil, Dana Richman, Ryan Davenport, Jerry Elizondo, Joseph Luther, Gena Hedgepeth, Christina Schanda, Ken Shaw, Julie Beckstein and Deb Stetser plus myself.



Interview with Brick ONeil

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
l grew up in America’s heartland, the midwestern United States, earning a Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies then moving to the southern United States for my Masters in Human Resources. The midwestern United States has good, old fashioned values, family means everything and the food is fresh. People were open and honest with their emotions, so there were a lot of raw emotions for a young writer-in-training to absorb, which comes in handy with my Novels. You can see that in alot of the characters from “The Rose Petal Wine Mystery Murders”.Fresh foods were always available at Mom’s table growing up, so that certainly influenced my cooking, in addition to health issues as an adult, that forced me to learn how to shop, cook and prepare fresh, natural foods, as close to natural and whole as possible. Mom was always shopping for fresh vegetables, such as carrots, onions, celery, bell peppers, and potatoes. Lord love a duck, she certainly loved her potatoes and gravy! At almost every meal and twice on Sundays.I moved around a lot after high school, living in, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas for some time before settling in the Pacific Northwestern coast, in the Emerald City, Seattle. I was able to experience alot more out of life than I would have, staying in the same small home town I grew up in.

Read some of the 5-star reviews of “The Rose Petal Wine Murder Mysteries”:

starstarstarstarstar 5.0 out of 5 stars Very Talented and Enjoyable

By Tyler 

Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
This review is from: Aside of Murder (Rose Petal Wine Murder Mysteries) (Kindle Edition)

Aside of Murder was a very well written and talented work. First in awhile that held my attention.It intrigued me to follow the charactors and the well rounded details of a great story.



Stetson says:

starstarstarstarstar It is INDEED a VERY GOOD BOOK! I have read it TWICE now and I was wanting MORE!! MORE!!! MORE!! at the end! Brick is a VERY TALENTED writer, so order your copy today and dont miss out on this great book destined for big things to come!!

One of the best reviews:

Review by:Karen Graham on July 06, 2012 : starstarstarstarstar
From the moment I began to read, I caught the flavor of an old timey detective movie set in today’s time period– you know, the seedy side of town with it’s disreputable characters. Brick paints the seedy underbelly of both lower and upper society as he introduces various of complex characters, each with their own unique personalities; especially one you’ll love to hate; Gerald. The story then introduces a change of venue as a whole new set of characters are introduced–as different from the seedier side of life as you can get. As the story unfolds you’re exposed to two different worlds about to violently collide. The story descriptions don’t leave you wanting, but the plot will keep you guessing as it carries you along to a very surprising, but satisfying, conclusion. I love a story that presents a challenge to figure out. If you do, too, you’ll be happy with this novel.

Check out the Novel series page, self-titled over on the left, with the first, second and third books on their own pages.  There are descriptions, explanations, inside information! 

The “Simple, Healthy, Fresh” Cookbook series has had glowing 5-star reviews as well:

starstarstarstarstar 5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm, healty recipies!
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
As someone who loves eating well, meaning whole healthy organic foods and delicious spices, I like finding new cooking ideas to add to my tried and true favorites. I liked this book for many reasons. One, was that it identified spices to use with differing kinds of cuisine (good for if you’re like me and like to play sous chef more than follow precise instructions) and two, for the varieties of recipes. My favorite was the Top Sirloin with a reduced red wine glaze. Can’t wait to try the three-meat meatloaf, too!

 A second satisfied reader:


starstarstarstarstar 5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to it’s name
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
Simple, Healthy, Fresh. This cookbook is all those things. Nice little book with plenty of variety to choose from. Enjoy!
The cookbook series has it’s own landing page as well, with subsequent pages for each cookbook and information on my flavored peppers that I feature throughout the cookbooks. As you know, my recipes and way of cooking is low-carb and low-salt! I’ve been salt-free for over 25 years and have not missed it.  


  1. Hi Brick,

    Thanks for the follow and for putting me on your blogroll. I’m honored. I’ll be sure to poke around here, and follow you too!


    Dina Leah

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