News, updates, & pronouncements from Pat Ballard, the Queen of Rubenesque Romances
Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think about....
For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee.
ever had something happen to you that there was no logical explanation
for? Have you ever wondered about angels, both seen and unseen?
as soon as he heard her that it was Eric, although he couldn't see the
boys from where he sat. So he jumped up and ran, and sure enough, Eric had
slipped quietly into the water between two boats and was floating face
down in the dark, muddy water. He had had almost sunk out of sight. The
grandfather was standing with his back to the boys, without a clue, and
Mikey Jack was leaning over watching Eric. I guess he thought Eric could
sure do a neat trick!
He went on to explain that he and his wife, Tiffany, had taken their two kids, along with a friend and her three kids, to a local Fall Festival. It had only been about 30 seconds since he'd done a head count of the kids when he looked around and realized that Kayla, his just-turned-three-year-old, wasn't with them. In a moment they all established that Kayla was missing.
Tiffany froze and started crying, but Eric went in search for Kayla, yelling her name. He said it was like a scene in a movie in which someone is looking for a child and all they see is a sea of kid's faces, but none are the one they're looking for. He was beginning to feel frantic when he spotted Kayla standing away from the crowd, over on a grassy knoll, holding a woman's hand.
over to them and the lady asked Kayla, "Is this your dad?" Kayla gave her
a tearful "yes," then said to Eric, "Daddy, I lost you!"
Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.
—John Milton, Paradise Lost
A Word From Pat
October! One of my favorite months of the year. Maybe my favorite.
I know when October gets here that cool weather, colorful fall leaves, mums and Thanksgiving are all on the way. I love breathing the air, and how quiet the world becomes. It's almost like the birds take a deep breath, lean back in their little birdie recliners and just rest for awhile.
I love the days getting shorter, the
lengthening shadows and the promise of winter. And now that you all think
I'm just plain crazy, I'll go ahead and admit that I love winter! I
get excited when I know it's just around the corner.
Links About the Queen & Her Books
Books — Existing and Upcoming
Abigail's Revenge, my fifth novel, is being published by Pearlsong Press. My publisher, Peggy Elam, hopes to debut it at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville this weekend (Oct. 7-9). 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 an 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
"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
I found the article below really
amusing. Remember all the hullabaloo about the documentary "Super Size Me"—the
guy who gained all the weight from eating at McDonald's? Well, look at this one.
For all of us who love McDonald's, justice has been done!
Calendar Of Events
Pat will speak at the Southern Festival of Books in downtown Nashville, TN this Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005. Her session is at 11 a.m. in Lobby A of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). She will also appear at the Pearlsong Press booth during the festival, which runs from noon Friday, Oct. 7 through 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. Come see her and stop by the booth.
You can still hear the taped radio shows from Size Matters with Veronica, WCRS Radio, on Pat's website.
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