News, updates, & pronouncements from Pat Ballard, the Queen of Rubenesque Romances
Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think about....
....A simple I love you
means more than money....
As Valentine's Day approaches, all our minds are on love, so I'm sending you the lyrics to my very favorite Billy Joel song.
This is one of my all-time
favorite songs, because we all need to have someone who loves us "Just The
Way We Are."
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
Wow! That just makes me all
A Word From Pat
First, let me apologize that
the newsletter is late. But I've about fried my brain trying to change
over to a new computer.
Books — Existing and Upcoming
Abigail's Revenge, my fifth novel, is now finished! It's 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.
And now that I'm finished with Abigail's Revenge, I'm going to finish 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 my new publisher, 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
A few years ago,
when I worked in the alterations department at Opryland Hotel, I attended one of
the hotel's employee talent shows. Between each act, the emcee—a
guy in upper management—would
tell a few jokes. And sure enough, not long into the program, he started a
typical "fat aunt" joke.
This probably surprised me as
much as it did my friends, who sat around me. We were pretty close to the stage
and this was, after all, upper management I was booing. But I said it again, a
little louder: "Boooo." And a few voices joined me.
Calendar Of Events
Be sure to check my
website (www.patballard.com) and listen to the two recorded radio
interviews that I did with Veronica on WCRS Radio. Even though the
second show is dated Jan. 16-21, you can still hear it.
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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