News, updates, & pronouncements from Pat Ballard, the Queen of Rubenesque Romances
Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think about....
I love being married.
It's so great finding that one special person
I'm a romantic at heart. I love being in love. I love the very idea of being in love. I love flirting with my husband. Playing with him. Feeling like a teenager in love. I love the thought of being that old couple that we've all seen, strolling along, holding hands. I love the thought of being able to stroll along with my husband when I'm old, holding hands and walking into the sunset.
And yet…and yet he can make me angrier than any other person on the face of this Earth! And I'm sure that I can do the same for him. In fact, I know I can do the same for him. But why do we do that to each other?
There's an old song, titled You
Always Hurt The One You Love,
recorded by The Mills Brothers in
1944, and I've heard that song all my life. And I've always wondered
"Why?" It shouldn't be that way. We should never hurt the one(s) we
the next time we really have it out with that "significant other," we need
to remember to quote this line to them the next day.
A Word From Pat
As I write this it's 9:30
PM, and I'm about worn down. I've spent the day getting ready for another
trip. I leave for Mississippi in the morning to do a book event in the
small town of Enterprise. Enterprise is the neighboring town to Stonewall,
where my mom grew up. I remember her talking about going—actually
Enterprise to see friends. So I'm looking forward to being there on
Saturday at their May Festival.
Books — Existing and Upcoming
Last Monday 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
fantastic month was the month of April, in the weighty matters of our nation! As
it turns out, the CDC's (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) report of
last year that we have 400,000 deaths a year from "obesity," was off. Way
Calendar Of Events
Pat has been invited
to bring her books to Enterprise, MS and participate in the Enterprise May
Festival on May 7, 2005. The event is sponsored by the Enterprise Woman's
Show #1 discusses
Pat's romance novels
Pat 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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