News, updates, & pronouncements from Pat Ballard, the Queen of Rubenesque Romances
Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think about....
yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself,
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.
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,
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
Links About The Queen & Her Books
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
rest of this wonderful article below:
Pat's newest book, Abigail's Revenge, is featured on the Beautiful
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: http://www.wnbanashville.org/connecting.htm.
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 http://www.radiofreenashville.org/. For more on the show, check out the show blog at http://www.healthateverysize.info.
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.
discusses Pat's romance novels
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.
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
Ask your local
library to stock Pat's books, allowing many others to enjoy them
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