The Queen's Proclamation

 May 2005

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....

I love being married. It's so great finding that one special person
 you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

Rita Rudner

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 love.

But I realize that we're all human. And as the old saying goes, "familiarity breeds contempt." And I realize that living together brings on the need to fight for our individuality, our space, and our own place to stand. But still


The ending lines of the song say, "So If I broke your heart last night, it's because I love you most of all."

So 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.

And stand back and listen to their laughter.

 

 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 goingactually walkingto Enterprise to see friends. So I'm looking forward to being there on Saturday at their May Festival.

I just got my information from The Enterprise Women's Club, which is producing the festival, today, and it has the booth where I'll be set up with my books. I was looking at the other booths around me and realized that three booths down is a weight-loss company. EZ Diet Plan. I told Joe to be prepared to come bail me out of jail because I may cause a scene!!

I can just see the headlines now: "Fat Author Attacks Diet Pushers at the May Festival."
My sister Ellen will be with me. I'll have to give her "heads up" that if I start acting strange, try and detain me until I'm back under control.

On the other hand, I can watch everyone who goes to the dieting booth and head them off to try and sell them a plus-size romance novel!

Okay, okay. I promise to be good. But just in case, I may need a cake with a file in it!!

                                                 Love,

                                                                    Pat


Visit Pat's Place at www.patballard.com │ Write me at patballard@bellsouth.net

 

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
www.pearlsong.com/nobodys_excerpt.htm.

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
while spreading the size acceptance message.

 

Weighty Matters

What a 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 off!

After a few key people went to the CDC and asked them to refigure their numbers, guess what happened? In actuality, only about 26,000 people die each year from "obesity related" causes. And, even that number is probably suspect, if the truth be known.

Below are a few of the outstanding articles that hit the news after publication of this new finding.

http://washingtontimes.com/national/20050420-124451-2201r.htm
http://www.techcentralstation.com/042505D.html
http://www.consumerfreedom.com/news_detail.cfm/headline/2790

Of course, the "fat-is-bad-and-we-have-to-make-everyone-thin" pushers have panicked and are doing their best to counter these findings, but the cat is out of the bag, baby! I don't think they'll ever be able to put it back.

So relax. Enjoy life. Stress about being fat will kill us faster than being fat. So, now, we can be less stressed about it. Life is good!!

 

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 Club.

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
http://www.wcrsradio.org/RadioStage/size/SIZE051.mp3

Show #2 discusses women of size and their sexuality
http://www.wcrsradio.org/RadioStage/size/SIZE052.mp3

And check out the photos from the Nov. 6 Mississippi Authors Festival that are online at The Queen's Proclamation blog and The Pearlsong Letter blog. (Click on the Mississippi Authors Festival link under the "Photo Albums" heading in the lefthand column of either blog to view the photos. While you're visiting, post a comment on the blogs!)

Pat will also be appearing at the Pearlsong Press booth at the Southern Festival of Books in downtown Nashville October 7-9, 2005.
 

Book Contest

Register to win a free copy of the Pat Ballard book of your choice at Top 100 Women Sites: http://www.top100womensites.com/contest.htm.
 

Newsletter Archives

Read previous issues of The Queen's Proclamation at http://www.pearlsong.com/newsletterarchives.htm.

 

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