Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004

News, updates, & pronouncements from Pat Ballard, the Queen of Rubenesque Romances

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. 
Eleanor Roosevelt

Something to think about....

...if we wait for the moment when everything,
 absolutely everything, is ready, we shall never begin.
Ivan Turgenev

So stop waiting until... have a perfect body before you go to that high school reunion. This may be your only chance to see someone you went to school with one more time.'ve lost weight to buy that beautiful outfit you've been wanting. Get it now! Enjoy it now! have time to take that vacation. Make the time. Enjoy life while you can. have time to start working on that dream you've always had. Do it now. Don't take your dreams to your grave.

Stop waiting for life to happen to you. Make it happen!


 A Word From Pat

I'm so excited! My sisters, Ellen and Jerri, are coming to spend the week with me! I can't wait to spend hours and hours just relaxing and talking with them.

But I've head a couple of things try to dampen my excitement. One being that I've spent the past four days on crutches due to a bout with gout. Gout arthritis runs in my family, and if I'm not real careful with my foods, I pay the price! This time it was red wine that got me. Not a lot. I had 2 to 4 ounces at night with my dinner for about a week. Wednesday night, my right knee let me know that I had made a big mistake!

So that has drastically slowed down my attempts to make my house shine for their arrival. Then, today (as I write this), my husband decided to do some plumbing on the kitchen sink drain. Didn't work out as planned! Now I can't use my sink or dishwasher until a "real" plumber gets here tomorrow and fixes it.

But am I discouraged? No way! These are my sisters. They're coming to see me because they love me no matter what the surroundings are. And they love me just the way I am. So if I'm hobbling around on crutches, we'll just laugh and make jokes about this glimpse into the future to a time when we're all old and having to use canes to get about with.

Everyone should have sisters like mine!



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Books ó Existing and Upcoming

Iím very happy to announce that I have a new book, Dangerous Curves Ahead ó a compilation of 10 short stories ó that was released in May 2004 through my new publisher, Pearlsong Press (

Dangerous Curves Ahead recently received a glowing review from Cindi Appel on the Fearless Books review website. Appel wrote:

Ballard doesnít pull punches. She shows her heroines exhibiting ample will and tenacity to tell off those who would shame them into becoming something they arenít just to blend in with society's narrow-minded notions of beauty.

To read the entire review, go to You can also read an excerpt from Dangerous Curves Ahead's title story, Dangerous Curves, by clicking on the title link in this sentence.

Pearlsong Press has also re-released my existing books, Wanted: One Groom, Nobodyís Perfect, His Brotherís Child and A Worthy Heir. The Pearlsong Press edition of Nobody's Perfect was called "a charming, witty love story with a twist" in the July 2004 Small Press Bookwatch section of Midwest Book Review.

Read the whole review at, or an excerpt at

Iím working on a romantic suspense, Abigailís Revenge, which I hope to have finished by the fall of 2004. Iím also working on my first nonfiction book, The 10 Commandments of Self Love.

Iím extremely happy that my books are now available in both print and eBook format. Please visit Pearlsong Press and check out all the options that are available.


Ask your local  library to stock my books. That way you can read them and recommend them to friends.

Weighty Matters

I'd like to share a letter that I wrote to "my woman within" a few years ago, apologizing to her for the years that I starved her.

My Woman Within
by Pat Ballard

For years the so-called "experts" of this society told me that there was a skinny woman inside of me, just waiting to come out. And for years, I made myself believe this lie. And occasionally, that skinny woman would peek out, only to run back inside, and not be seen again for some time.

I spent twenty-two years giving that skinny woman every chance to come out that she could possibly want, but she never took full advantage of the opportunities that I gave her. Then one day, after a long period of soul-searching and question-answering, I realized that the woman inside of me wasn't skinny at all! She was a perfect size twenty-two! She was an outgoing, exuberant, happy woman. She was beautiful and healthy and warm. She was sexy, alluring, and intriguing.

And after twenty years of freedom, she still surprises me with her confidence, her fearless approach to life, and her total love and excitement for each new day. She has a love of life that most people only long for.

I apologize to her for all the wasted years that I kept her shut away, like some hostage, starving her, making her skip meals, and only allowing her one "good" meal a week, then feeding her laxatives or making her throw up, to get rid of what she did not eat. I'm sorry for the times I made her go to bed so hungry that her growling stomach kept her awake long into the night. I cry sometimes when I remember how I ruined her precious health, causing her to come very close to a total breakdown, both mentally and physically. And I am in horror when I think of how close I came to ending her life because of that destroyed mental and physical health.

I regret the hours, days, months, and years that I wasted her intelligent time obsessing over what to eat or not to eat, when she should have been using that time on more productive endeavors. And I promise her that I'll spend the rest of her life feeding her correctly, giving her proper exercise, and making sure she's healthy and happy.

But most of all, I promise to love her just the way she is.


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