The Queen's Proclamation

March 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....

Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself,
because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.

Leo F. Buscaglia

What have you done for you lately?

Sometimes we get so caught up in our everyday routine that we forget that we exist as a person. Jobs, housework, children, running errands and the host of other things that make up our days keep our minds so wrapped up that we don't take time to take a deep breath, relax and think about our self as an individual that we need to take care of, also.

This is on my mind because I've just taken the "bull by the horns" and done something I've wanted to do for years. When I was in my early twenties, I wore a popular haircut called a "ducktail." When I'd get my hair cut like that, I would get so many compliments. My hair loved the style!

But after I got married, I started wearing my hair more like Joe, my husband, likes it. Not long, but not short, either. I've had a lot of kidding from friends about my "big hair." The style is okay, but recently, when I'd look in the mirror, I'd see a "dated" look. So on my last trip to get my hair cut, I asked my hairdresser if she'd ever cut a ducktail style. She said she'd done a few. So I told her if she was feeling brave, that I was ready to bring back an "old" style!

Folks, I'm telling you, this is one of the best things I've done for me in a while. My hair still loves the style! And I've gotten so many compliments that I've lost count. But, most of all, I feel good about my hair again. I feel young and feisty and cute!

So take time for you. Think about what makes you happy, then make time to do it. You'll feel so much better about the rest of the day just knowing that you've done something good for you, or that you'll do something good before the day is over.

Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that. Because what the world needs
 is people who have come alive.

Harold Whitman

 A Word From Pat

March is here! The birds are singing to each other. Love is in the air! I'm getting the urge to go outside and plant some flowers.

I went outside this morning and thought about pulling some leftover weeds out of my flower garden, but just fed the birds and came back inside. It's the thought that counts, isn't it?

Great news! I'm going to be a regular guest on a Nashville radio station that streams its shows live over the Internet—which means you can listen in via computer anywhere in the world!

On the fourth Monday of every month I'll be on the Health At Every Size show with Dr. Peggy Elam. The show airs on Radio Free Nashville (WRFN Pasquo, TN) every Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., CST.

WRFN is 98.9 lpfm in the Nashville area, but you can listen to it streamed live over the Internet at

Other than that, it has been a pretty quiet month, so I won't keep going on and on.

Everyone have a wonderful March!



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Weighty Matters

When I was in the depth of my dieting years, along with starving myself and regularly taking laxatives when I thought I'd eaten some "sinful" food, I was also addicted to exercise. I had a regular routine that I did every night before I went to bed. If I went to bed and went to sleep, then woke up and remembered that I hadn't exercised, I'd get up and do my routine.

I can stand tall, now, and say that I'm totally recovered from that! In fact, I can say without any hesitation that I hate exercise. Hate it. H.A.T.E. IT. Any kind of set routine takes me back to those addictive years and the bad memories that go with them.

Now I get my exercise from activities that aren't specifically named "exercise." And I'm trying to ride my stationary bike more, to build up the muscles in my knees and legs. But I watch T.V. while I do that, so it doesn't feel like "exercise."

But I think I've found an exercise that I can love. I've read recently that laughing...yes, laughing, is equal to aerobic exercise. It's like jogging on our insides! In fact, articles that I've read, and the one that I've added an excerpt of and link to, below, say that one minute of laughing is like 10 minutes of aerobic exercise.

Finally! Here is "exercise" I can enjoy!

Best Aerobic Exercise: The one benefit almost everybody derives is a sense of well-being. After 15 minutes of laughter in the morning, they feel fresh throughout the day. There is no medicine like laughter, which gives you such an instant result. The reason for the sense of well being is that you inhale more oxygen while laughing. Laughter can be compared to any aerobic exercises except you don't have to wear fancy shoes or clothes. You don't need to sweat out hard on the jogging tracks. According to Dr. William Fry from Stanford University, one minute of laughter is equal to 10 minutes on the rowing machine. In other words, laughter stimulates heart and blood circulation equivalent to any other standard aerobic exercise. Laughter exercise is suited for sedentary people and those who are confined to bed or wheelchair.

Read the rest of this wonderful article below:

Pat's newest book, Abigail's Revenge, is featured on the Beautiful Portal website:
and has been reviewed by AmaZe eMag:


Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 4, Pat will be part of "Connecting: A Day for Readers and Writers" to benefit the Tennessee Young Writers' Scholarship Fund, Humanities Tennessee. Find out more details at:

Monday, March 27, Pat will be a guest on the Health At Every Size show with Dr. Peggy Elam on WRFN Radio Free Nashville. The show is streamed live over the Internet 10-11 a.m. CST Mondays. Listen to the live broadcast stream over the Internet at For more on the show, check out the show blog at

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

Show #2 discusses women of size and their sexuality

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


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 last October. 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.

Now, a decade later, Abigail's out of prison and heading back to Leaky Springs. It won't be a pleasant homecoming. She's out for revenge on the people who stole ten years of her life. Especially the judge.

Karen Sparks, owner of (and an avid reader), says of Abigail's Revenge, "Injustice, romance and suspense with page-turning flair! This is Ballard's greatest work. Her fragile, yet beautifully big heroine is pushed to the edge with family tragedy, but she's determined to fight back and avenge the injustice that cost her ten years of her life. Ballard has created a rich romantic-suspense that you cannot put down until it's finished."

Click here to go to the Pearlsong Press website page for Abigail's Revenge. They're offering an advance sales special of free shipping within the U.S. for copies sold through their online store.

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 ( 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 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, 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 Pat's books, allowing many others to enjoy them
while spreading the size acceptance message.


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