News, updates, & pronouncements from Pat Ballard, the Queen of Rubenesque Romances
Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think about....
To exist is to change, to change is to mature,
I've always heard that
there are two things certain in this life—death and taxes. But there's
another thing that's certain. Change. If we live, we experience change.
Even when we think things are going along as usual, there is change at
work. We may not be aware of it until it hits us in the face, but be
assured that it is happening.
I heard a marriage
counselor say once that the most well-adjusted, compatible, and
most-likely-to-succeed marriage was one in which the husband and wife
"allowed' their mate to be/become who they were meant to become. We're
constantly changing, as individuals. Two people don't remain the same
individuals as they were when they married—whether they married young,
middle-aged or old. If they live together long enough, each one of them
A Word From Pat
I hope everyone had
a fun-filled July. July is the month for vacations, isn't it? I realized
this summer that my husband and I haven't been on a "real" vacation for a
very long time. We travel to Mississippi and Texas to see family—a lot—but
we don't go on vacations. I think I'll talk to him about that!
Books — Existing and Upcoming
A couple of months ago I signed a contract with Pearlsong Press for Abigail's Revenge, my fifth novel. The publisher, Peggy Elam, Ph.D., hopes to have the Abigail's Revenge ready for sale in the Pearlsong Press booth at the Southern Festival of Books October 7-9, 2005.
Abigail's Revenge is a romantic suspense, and is different than any other novel I've written. It's also a good bit longer.
Abigail Avery was framed for the murder of her father and sent to prison when she was only eighteen years old. A bunch of crooked "good ole boys" from her hometown of Leaky Springs, Mississippi want her land and house. Abigail doesn't have any idea why they would want her property. But they were willing to kill for it and send her to prison, hoping to get her out of the way long enough to convince her to sell or to acquire it in some other manner. But now, ten years later, Abigail's out of prison and heading back to Leaky Springs to get revenge on the people, especially the judge, who stole ten years of her life.
I'm continuing to work on my first nonfiction book, The 10 Commandments of Self-Love, a motivational book on accepting ourselves as we are instead of obsessing over trying to look like some unrealistic actress or image we see in an magazine.
Meanwhile, my new book Dangerous Curves Ahead—a compilation of 10 short stories—is available through Pearlsong Press (www.pearlsong.com). After its May 2004 publication, Dangerous Curves Ahead received a glowing review from Cindi Appel on the Fearless Books review website. Appel wrote:
Ballard doesn’t pull punches. She shows her heroines exhibiting ample will and tenacity to tell off those who would shame them into becoming something they aren’t just to blend in with society's narrow-minded notions of beauty.
To read the entire review, go to www.pearlsong.com/dangerouscurvesahead.htm. 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, Nobody’s Perfect, His Brother’s 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
www.pearlsong.com/nobodysperfect.htm, or an excerpt at
I’m 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, allowing many others to enjoy them
I'm going to let this fantastic article by Sandy Szwarc talk for me this time. It's kind of long, but well worth the read.
If being overweight is as deadly as
we've been told, the evidence should be irrefutable. It's not.
Calendar Of Events
Monday, August 15, on the
Health At Every Size radio show with Dr. Peggy Elam. The show airs on
Radio Free Nashville (WRFN Pasquo, TN, lpfm 98.9) Monday morning from
10:00 to 11 a.m. CST. The show is streamed live over the Internet at
You can still hear the taped radio shows from Size Matters with Veronica, WCRS Radio, on Pat's website.
Show #1 discusses Pat's romance novels
will also be appearing at the Pearlsong Press booth at the Southern
Festival of Books in downtown Nashville October 7-9, 2005.
Register to win a free copy of the Pat
Ballard book of your choice at Top 100 Women Sites:
Read previous issues of The Queen's Proclamation at http://www.pearlsong.com/newsletterarchives.htm.
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