The Queen's Proclamation

 

 

 

December 2006
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 received the "prayer" below in an email this week and thought it was very good―especially as we approach the holiday season, when we should be full of good cheer and love for our fellow man. I'm sure all of you have noticed how that good cheer and love sometimes disappear during the rush of Christmas shopping and getting ready for the holidays.

So, whatever our belief system is, I think we can all glean some good from this piece.

The Best Prayer I've Heard In A Long Time
Author Unknown

Heavenly Father, help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in
traffic last night is a  single mother who worked nine hours that day
and is rushing home to cook  dinner, help with homework, do the laundry
and spend a few precious moments with her children.

Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man
who can' t make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college
student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of
not getting his student loans for next semester.

Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum begging for money in the
same
 spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to
addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.

Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through
the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this
moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last
week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.

Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us,
the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with
those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just  those who are close to
us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive,
show patience, empathy and love.
 

 A Word From Pat

I hope every has had a wonderful November. And that those of us in the U.S. had a great Thanksgiving holiday.

My husband, Joe, and I went to Mississippi for Thanksgiving. It was a good visit, as usual. I still have eight living aunts and uncles. Two of them are in their eighties and the rest in their seventies, so each time I'm with them, now, it's a bittersweet experience. I know I could leave this life before any of them, but if nature takes its course, I know each time I see them that it could be my last, so I try to soak them in as much as possible.

I have to share this story with you.

The day before we left for Mississippi, I was on the phone with one of my aunts, seventy-seven years old and a chain smoker, and I asked her if she needed for me to bring her anything. She said, in her most pronounced southern Mississippi drawl, "No, Trish, I guess I have everything an old woman could want. I've got my walker, my potty chair and my oxygen tank."

My brain immediately yelled, "OXYGEN TANK?" But very gently, so as not to seem as if I didn't think she knew what she was doing, I asked, "Aunt Jerl, how does the oxygen work with the cigarettes?"

Very patiently, she explained to me, "Well, Trish, I have to turn the oxygen off before I light a cigarette or I'll wind up in the top of one of them trees out yonder." And I got just the slightest feeling that she may have wanted to ask if I thought she was stupid or something.

Everyone have a wonderful December. I wish you all safe and happy holidays.

                                               Love,

                                                                    Pat

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

Links About The Queen & Her Books

Pat's Place website
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About Pat Ballard
Dangerous Curves Ahead
The Best Man
Abigail's Revenge
Wanted: One Groom
Nobody's Perfect
His Brother's Child
A Worthy Heir
Pearlsong Press blog posts about Pat

Weighty Matters

I had planned to feature a series of articles by Sandy Szwarc in this section for the next few issues. Sandy is one of the most wonderful, commonsensical writers on the subject of weight that I know of.

But when I told her what I was doing, Sandy mentioned that the website her articles are on has gone through some editing and there are now some inaccuracies in the articles. So for that reason, I'm not going to use the articles in this section. But I still highly recommend that you read them.

http://www.techcentralstation.com/bioszwarcsandy.html

I'm happy to announce that Sandy has a new blog. Here is a link to the blog: http://www.junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/

Below is an excerpt and a link to one of the many wonderful articles on the blog. When you have a chance, spend some time reading Sandy's thoughts on the "obesity" craziness that's all around us.

Velvet D'Amour is the "plus-sized" model who made international headlines last month when she walked the runway at Jean-Paul Gaultier's fashion show in lacy black lingerie. She gave an interview shortly afterwards where she talked about her desire to help promote the diversity of beauty.

She also dispelled notions that fat people arenít active or healthy. Fat women, however, face obstacles and ridicule when they go to a gym or appear in a swimsuit. ďCome with me swimming some time [she swims 120 laps three times a week] and youíll see that people will obviously laugh out loud when you walk right by. I can take it because I am very happy in my own body but there are so many women who canít."

Read the rest of the article:
http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2006/11/another-beautiful-example-of-body-and.html
 

Reader Review of the Month

Editor's Note: We're now featuring reader reviews of Pat's books in
The Queen's Proclamation. Post a review at an online bookstore, magazine, or public website and email us at proclamation @ pearlsong.com to let us know, and we'll consider yours for inclusion in The QP

This month's Reader Review of Abigail's Revenge was posted at Amazon.com & Barnesandnoble.com by C.L. Yanda.

Jayne Ann Krentz Move Over!

I would have given this book "5" stars, but for some reason, the site wouldn't let me.

This book isn't about a big, beautiful heroine. It's about a strong, lovely, brave heroine. It begins when a young woman is framed for the murder of her drunken father. After serving her prison time, she comes back to her hometown to prove she was framed. Little does she know that she has an ally waiting for her. He's been waiting for her since before she was convicted...."Today was the day. He'd recognize that hair anywhere! But the body was a body he would never have recognized. Full. Curvy. Luscious. His Abigail had grown up....sexual awareness charged through his lower body. Abigail had really grown up!"

This book takes you on unexpected twists and turns, weaving a thread through the lives of many of the townsfolk, one in particular who believes all women should be a size 0 to get the perfect man. Wow, is she ever proven wrong―she does get a man, but not the one she has had her sights on. The author is very adept at creating believable characters with whom you will enjoy spending time.

"Abigail's Revenge" is a rich story that will remind you of the writing of Jayne Ann Krentz. Be sure to introduce her writing to your friends―they will thank you for it. It is a wonderful surprise to find a well-hidden author of this caliber. Hopefully, Pat Ballard will not be hiding for long.
 

Communicate with Pat via her "Amazon Connect" blog on Amazon.com!
http://www.amazon.com/gp/blog/id/AC8LT66HFJQ1Y/ref=cm_blog_blog/102-0429066-5275365

Pat's newest book, Abigail's Revenge, is featured on the Beautiful Portal website: http://www.beautifulportal.com/news.php?item.900034.8
and has been reviewed by AmaZe eMag:
http://www.venusimaging.com/Magazine/2005/decjanrealistic/jennifer.htm

 An article on Pat has been posted at:
http://eastmanpublishing.com/epextra/articles/eparticle1007.htm.
And an EP Extra review of Abigail's Revenge is posted at
http://eastmanpublishing.com/epextra/articles/eparticle1011.htm 

Look for an interview with Pat on Lonnie Cruse's blog at
http://www.lonniecruse.blogspot.com.

Calendar of Events

Pat regularly guests on the Health At Every Size show with Dr. Peggy Elam on WRFN Radio Free Nashville. Check the show blog at http://www.healthateverysize.info for mentions of Pat's next guest appearance. The show is streamed live over the Internet 10-11 a.m. CST Mondays and now can also be listened to live over your phone via UPSNAP.COM.

Listen to or download the mp3 recording of Pat's Nov. 27, 2006 guest spot on the show at http://www.pearlsong.com/audio/HAES112706.mp3. (Right click on the link & "save as" to download.)

Listen to the live broadcasts over the Internet at http://www.radiofreenashville.org/.

To listen through your cell phone or any other phone (home, office, etc.), simply call 646-213-0005. After the prompt, enter the Radio Free Nashville code―9989―with your keypad. Listen and enjoy!

There is no charge for listening through your phone, and you don't have to register your phone with the service (as was necessary for the previous phone-streaming provider, Mobile Broadcast Network). Your usual long distance and/or cell phone charges will apply, however.

For more on the show, check out the show blog at http://www.healthateverysize.info. You can also listen to or download recordings of some of the shows at www.pearlsong.com/audio.htm.

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.

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, 2004 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 blog!
 

Give someone a good read as well as support in loving themselves.
Pat's books make great gifts!

 

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.
 

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