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Publication Order of Once Upon a Dream Books

An Unlikely Prince (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
All That Glitters (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Loves Me, Loves Me Not (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Children's Books

Jitterbug Jam (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Like Black And White (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Like Colors (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret Life of Walter Kitty (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Sister More Like Me (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Amazing Snowman (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once Upon a Parsnip (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Unlikely Angels(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Barbara Jean Hicks is an educator, speaker, storyteller, and award-winning novelist who began her professional authorship career penning novellas and romance fiction.

After she published more than a dozen novels and read an online review of one of her romance novels, she decided to switch to children’s picture books.

The reviewer had said the romantic comedies were so silly that she needed to be a children’s fiction author.

The good thing was that she found children’s picture books were very much in line with her interests and skills and could never be more grateful for that snarky review.
She has now become a popular picture book author with more than eight bestselling picture books to her name including the “Monsters Don’t Eat Brocolli” bestseller.

Over the years, Barbara Hicks has been a teacher at community college, middle school, and preschool levels. She has worked as a parent educator, program facilitator, and author in residence.
Hicks is also involved in copywriting and has worked for numerous trade and business publishers, in addition to working as a proofreader and freelance editor.

She currently makes her home in Northwest Washington and frequently travels to deliver her popular Family and Young Author Literacy programs to parents, teachers, and students across the US.
Barbara also regularly wears a tiara and gown for community, library, and bookstore events, where she is known as the “Story Queen Barbara Jean.”

Barbara’s path toward becoming a bestselling author began in a very small town in Washington State where she lives in a tiny one bath two bedroom house.
Even though her parents did not have much material goods while she was a child, they provided her with a different kind of treasure.

They respected and loved each of their children as unique people with individual talents. They played all kinds of music, collected books, and read every day both aloud to the children and for their own pleasure.
They also used to take Barbara Jean Hicks and her siblings to Sunday School, where they used to read and memorize the King James Bible.

Lastly, they were the quintessential American family that loved going on road trips.

The most memorable of these trips was when they used to go visit Grandma Lizzie Lou, who used to tell all manner of interesting stories Barbara just could never get enough of.
In short, she grew up in a world of love, imagination, beauty, and language which was the best training for her later career as a storyteller.

Her childhood was the proper nurturing for her spirit and mind, as it stimulated her curiosity and allowed her to make many memories that now inspire her stories.

Almost as much as her love for writing Barbara, Barbara loves presenting writing workshops and assemblies in schools as a visiting author.
In conjunction with her school visits, she is also the director of a publishing program targeted at talented students.

Barbara currently makes her home in Oxnard, California but will never stop thinking of Northwest Washington State as her true home.

She is thankful that she gets to make a living doing what she loves to do best – writing, speaking, and teaching. Barbara hopes that she can one day become huge enough to be interviewed by Terri Gross and Oprah.

“An Unlikely Prince” by Barbara Jean Hicks introduces Suzie Wyatt who just like anyone, wishes that life was a fairy tale, as she has been waiting for her prince for so long.

When Harrison Hunt a stuffy history professor moved in next door, Suzie was frustrated that she was stuck with a toad of a man. It may take the intervention of seven imps to help them warm up to each other and maybe have a happily ever after.
She had moved into her parents’ home hoping that this would be day one of the accomplishment of her dream of one day having her own daycare center.

However, she finds her new neighbors the old Mrs. Pfefferkuchen and the handsome but uptight Harrison Hunt to be less than palatable.

The former hates the prospect of having her peace disrupted by a bunch of daycare kids, which is sure to make things awkward.

But it is not long before Suzie and her seven charges warm their way into Harrison’s heart and Harrison captures her heart too.

However, she learns that he is working with Mrs. Pfefferkuchen to shut down her business and she is devastated at the actions of her Unlikely Prince.

Barbara Jean Hicks’ novel “All That Glitters” is the story of Franklin Cameron Fitz III and Cindy Reilly, who could not have been any more different.
Cindy is a waitress at Kitsch ‘n’ Caboodle a quirky diner, who dreams of one day becoming a fashion designer given her talent.

Just about everyone who matters in Tillicum County has been talking about her wedding dresses and she is certain that it is only a matter of time before her party clothes line she christened Glad Rags are in high demand.
She is in a relationship with the perfect man but the only thing is that he is yet to propose, even though she is certain that the proposal is on the way.

As for Franklin, he hardly has any prospects when it comes to love. However, his snooty stepmother will do anything to ensure he is hitched to a proper lady while his doting aunty would love someone such as Cindy.
Franklin is the heir to the Fitz and Strawbridge department store and is confused about what he wants in life let alone who to spend it with. He has always done what was expected of him by his family but will he for once follow his heart?

Barbara Jean Hicks’ novel “Loves Me, Loves Me Not” opens with Bonny mortified. She just found out that the nineteen-year-olds she has working for her craft gallery placed an ad for love in the paper on her behalf.
They had described her as an all-American redhead beauty with a heart for God, an eye for art, and a head for business who was looking for a good man.

She never thought she was so desperate that she would place an ad in the paper looking for a man but now it was done.

But then her former husband who had broken her heart is back in town determined to get her back. Bonny finds herself making dates and returning calls as if her happiness and even her very life depended on it.

She needs to find a boyfriend to prove to her ex that she is over him and he does not stand a chance. What she never counted on was that the busybody people in Pilchuck would try their best to get her and Bonny her ex back together

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