News, updates, & pronouncements from Pat Ballard, the Queen of Rubenesque Romances
Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think about....
Passions of Life
your passion in life? Do you have one? Do you worry that you aren’t more
passionate about life than you are? Or as passionate as someone you know?
Well, stop it! We, as human beings, seem to impose impossible burdens on ourselves, trying to be something that we’re not programmed to be.
example, for years I berated myself because I wasn’t the kind of
housekeeper my mom was, and my sister is. I kept a huge pile of guilt at
my feet because my house was not walk-in-perfect any time of the day or
night. And I always felt “lazy” because I didn’t like to go outside and
play, like Ellen did. In fact, I was told that I was lazy.
it was, start doing it again, and watch the joy and contentment that
filled you as a child creep back into your life.
A Word From Pat
Is everyone nice and tan from all the vacations and fun things August brought you? I hope it was fun and safe for all.
My son, Eric,
turned thirty years old on August 21. Wow! Thirty! Since I don't feel any
older than that, I sometimes wonder who this stranger is that calls me
"Mom." When I do a quick look-back to the time he was born, I get warp
speed whiplash because the years seem to have passed so fast.
This guy uses a new technique that I describe as the "stun gun" technique. He shoots my back with a hand-held "gun" that has the equivalent of 45 pounds of pressure. Although I do think this is better than the hands-on turning, twisting and joint cracking that I was expecting, I can tell you that sometimes when he pops one of those hot spots on my back I want to get my own gun and challenge him to a duel!
I told him that my ultimate goal was to be able to do exercises like walking, riding my stationary bike, etc., without getting down in my back, which is what I usually do. He said that was his ultimate goal, too, and that I was almost there. In fact, on my latest visit, the third one, he gave me some stretching exercises to do and started me on a very slow, easy walking schedule.
Well, after doing one set
of the exercises and walking my first day, my right leg wasn't the only
thing that was sore. My entire body was sore, and I wanted a piece of two
sisters and a chiropractor! I'm paying money to feel worse? And my leg
still hurts. I've got two forks and a big pot of "crow" just waiting for
two girls I know, if things don't change soon!
Books — Existing and Upcoming
Several months ago 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
In the face of the constant
"Obesity hysteria" that we're exposed to on a daily basis, it seems we're
beginning to make small steps in other directions. Small steps lead to giant
leaps, so I celebrate the small steps.
Calendar Of Events
Monday, September 5th on the
Health At Every Size radio show with Dr. Peggy Elam. The show airs on
Radio Free Nashville (WRFN Pasquo, TN, lpfm 98.9) Monday morning from
10:00 to 11 a.m. CST. The show is streamed live over the Internet at
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
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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