News, updates, & pronouncements from Pat Ballard, the Queen of Rubenesque Romances
Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think about....
Keep away from people who try to belittle
Has someone told you that you can't follow your dream because you're "too this" or "too that" or just not good enough? Not smart enough? Has some small-minded person stolen your dream?
Here's an excerpt of an article I wrote and
had published on About.com for awhile:
Dreams. When we’re young, the world is at our feet. Our dreams are just
waiting to be accomplished. We’re sure that as soon as we get out of high
school and/or college, we’ll take the world by storm.
A Word From Pat
Well, I feel like I missed most of February!
I had a potent case of the
head/chest crud that seems to have invaded the world, and am in my fourth
week of it. Hopefully, it's gone except for a little leftover coughing and
clogged sinuses that make me sound like I'm talking with a bucket over my
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
CNN reported on Monday, Feb. 28
that "U.S. life expectancy hits high mark."
"This means we'll have to look at
them that much longer. We're going to have to keep seeing their bulging bellies
and wobbly butts in all those horrible T.V. newsflashes in which stations use
the same shots over and over. This is a sad day in America, people. We're
actually living longer!"
Calendar Of Events
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
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