News, updates, & pronouncements from Pat Ballard, the Queen of Rubenesque Romances
Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think about....
Character cannot be
developed in peace and quiet.
Sometimes it seems as if
life is all uphill. We get through one hurtle and another one comes along.
Where is that peaceful oasis, I've wondered so many times? I get glimpses
of it, then it disappears under the burden of another life-lesson.
"A story is told of an
Eastern village that, through the centuries, was known for its exquisite
pottery. Especially striking were its urns; high as tables, wide as
chairs, they were admired around the globe for their strong form and
"Pearls are formed when a
piece of grit or sand or other abrasive, annoying, or even dangerous
substance enters an oyster and triggers its protective response. The
substance is coated with shimmering, opalescent nacre ("mother of pearl"),
the coats eventually building up to produce a beautiful gem. The
self-healing response of the oyster transforms suffering into a thing of
A Word From Pat
Joe and I kept the grand kids Saturday night. Joe had built them two swings the weekend before, so Shaun and Kayla were eager to wake up and go outside and swing on Sunday morning.
The day was right out of a Norman
Rockwell painting! It was as perfect a fall day as it could get. A gentle
breeze was blowing just enough to sprinkle the leaves from the trees,
occasionally, and the ground was covered in golden leaves.
Links About the Queen & Her Books
Books — Existing and Upcoming
Abigail's Revenge, my fifth novel, is published! My publisher, Peggy Elam, pulled a few rabbits out of the hat and the book debuted at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville the weekend of Oct. 7-9. In fact, it was delivered to the booth on Friday after the festival had started. That is where I saw my first copy... hot off the press!
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 falsely
convicted of the murder of her father and sent to prison when she was only
eighteen years old. The supposedly good citizens of Leaky Springs,
Mississippi were silent as an innocent young woman was orphaned, accused,
swiftly tried and locked away. Her only clue in the travesty of justice is
that a bunch of crooked "good ole boys"—headed by the judge who presided
at her trial—keep pestering her to sell the family farm.
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 a magazine.
Meanwhile, my short story collection Dangerous Curves Ahead 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. (The eBook
edition of Abigail's Revenge has not yet been
published, however.) 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
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
I have to tell you, I'm so worried
about what our government, schools, and the media are doing to our children. I
hate the entire "obesity craze" that's going on, for everyone's sakes, but our
kids are going to suffer the most.
Can't supposedly rational adults understand that to isolate a group of kids and make them the target of ridicule is just unthinkable? Can't they understand that the increased emphasis put on fat kids to "eat right" is sending the message that if a child isn't fat, then it's okay for that child to eat whatever they want to eat?
Children of all sizes
should learn what good nutrition is. And school is a perfect place to learn it,
since so many parents don't even know.
There are already websites where
young kids—but directed toward young girls—can go to practice anorexia! They
refer to anorexia as "Ana." "Ana" has taken on a life of her own. In some of
their minds, this eating disorder is a living person.
I believe we are headed for
an epidemic, but it has nothing to do with obesity, as those who push this idea
would have us believe. It has everything to do with starving children who live
in a land of enormous plenty.
Calendar Of Events
Pat will spend the next few months promoting Abigail's Revenge. She's in the process of setting up booksignings with local Borders Bookstores, and others.
You can still hear the taped radio shows from Size Matters with Veronica, WCRS Radio, on Pat's website.
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