The Queen's Proclamation

 

 

 

April 2007
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....

Please forgive me for taking the easy way out of writing "Something to think about" this month. I did have an idea that I wanted to write about, but when I started reading through a list of Benjamin Franklin quotes, I found so many I liked that I just decided to share a group of them with you.

I hope each of these, or at least one or two, causes you to stop and ponder, as they did me.

Quotes by Benjamin Franklin
 
A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.

Clean your finger before you point at my spots.

Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.

Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.

I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have, of correcting in a second edition
the faults of the first.


If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten,
either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.


Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.

 

A Word From Pat

IS MARCH OVER YET?

It's been a long time since life filled a month as full for me as it did in March. March has been a month of good stuff and bad stuff, with not much mild stuff in the middle!

Thursday, March 1, my sister Jerri came in from California. The next day we drove to Mississippi to see sister Ellen and brother Steve, who live there, plus brother Tim, who came in from Texas to be with us. Out of the six siblings, only one―baby brother Paul― wasn't able to be with us. It was such a wonderfully rewarding time.

It was only the third time we'd all been together since our mom died 32 years ago. We've seen each other one-on-one, etc., but not all together. I think the "family language" thing is so fascinating. When we come together, it's like we were never apart.

The practical jokes just seem to come from nowhere. For example, the first thing Tim, the next-to-the-youngest, standing 6'1" over my 5'5", did was to come at me with a serious gleam in his beautiful blue eyes while rubbing his hands together. I didn't have a clue of what he was up to until both his big hands started scrambling my hair. (I've recently started wearing my hair short, and they said it invited such activity).

Anyway, after that I had a cookie put inside my sandwich when I wasn't looking, Ellen tried to take my picture while I was using the bathroom, and Jerri about gave me several heart attacks! I don't know how anyone can move as swiftly and silently as Jerri does. She would show up beside me and start talking when I didn't know she was anywhere around, so of course I would about jump out of my skin. I told her she had to start whistling anytime she moved.

Jerri and I came back to Nashville that Monday and she left on Wednesday, March 7 after celebrating my birthday with me. On on the 8th I came down with the stomach flu that I'd managed to avoid all winter, and was sick all that weekend.

On the 15th I was sitting at a stoplight waiting to turn left. My light turned green and I proceeded to go. A woman decided that her "stop" light really meant "go," so she ran it. I saw her coming and tried to swerve, but she hit me in the left rear door and sent me into a fishtail.

I kept control of the car and managed to stop without getting hurt or hurting anyone else. She wasn't hurt either. She told the policeman her light was green. Of course I assured him that my light was green. Because there were no witnesses, he determined it a "no-fault" accident. So neither of us got a ticket.

On March 19 I came down with a really bad head/throat/chest thing that is still with me two weeks later. But I'm much better.

March 20 I took my car to have an estimate done on the damage, and they confirmed our worst fears―the car was totaled. I won't go into detail, but it was still a beautiful car―a royal blue Cadillac with a lot of bling―and I really, really hated to lose it, even though it was a 1993.

March 26, Joe and I "bought"―as in began making payments on―a 2004 Cadillac. We just love the "bigness" of these cars, so decided to stay with what we like. Even though this car is newer, I'm still in mourning for my pretty blue one.

So, as you might tell, I'm really happy that March is over. If the rest of my year is going to be like this, I need to buy a helmet, some "nerve" pills and a Hummer to drive!

Welcome, April! Everyone have a wonderful month.

                                               Love,

                                                                    Pat

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

Coming May 2007 from Pearlsong Press:
Pat's new Romantic Suspense novel,
The Best Man

Sparks fly the night Lana Clarke meets to plan her sister's wedding―and not just because curvaceous Lana announces she's stopped dieting and doesn't care if she's fat as maid of honor.

The strong-willed sister of the bride attracts the attention of the groom's devastatingly handsome best man, Anthony Angelino. But when the sparks become flames, Lana's in trouble.

Tony's first wife died mysteriously. Will Lana be next?


Read an excerpt online  | Free shipping within the U.S. for advance sales at the Pearlsong Press website. (Books will be shipped in May.)

Links About The Queen & Her Books

Pat's Place website
The Queen's Blog
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

A Fat Rant by Joy Nash

I really hope all of you will be able to watch this video clip by actress Joy Nash. It's outstanding, in my opinion. She's telling it like it is.

Send this link to all your friends if you enjoy it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUTJQIB1oA

 

Request from a fellow writer


Dear Reader,

 

May I ask for a few minutes of your time? I need some information for the book I'm writing. My book will be written to help people going through (or who have already gone through) a traumatic period in their lifetime. I need true life stories on how [the contributor] has dealt with healing after a traumatic event.

The event can be from death, divorce, broken relationships, etc. I'm not looking for people who are still victims. I'm trying to find people who are going on with their lives. The reality of the trauma (the easy part, for it is a fact), surviving the event, and the courage to go on (which will be the most difficult to capture). I believe the traumas will all be different, but the courage, intestinal fortitude of the survivors, is what I want to capture. Somehow, from people like you, I must relay the ways and hows for all those of us who are/will be facing trauma.

The focus of the new book I'm writing is not on the traumas people face, but how people have been able to go on with their lives, the methods they have used in healing, coping, functioning, and becoming productive again. If a step you took (please share them if you have any) did not work, say why you feel it did not.

Of course, all names and locations will be changed to protect the identity of those who contribute their stories.

www.MenDontListen.com

Email me at:
MenDontListen@aol.com. I may need to reply to your email and ask some additional questions. 

 

Wayne L. Misner
 

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 Nobody's Perfect was posted by BlueEye Freckle Girl on Amazon.com.

I loved the story and how Sam the snobby business man lures Nella into falling in love with his child and ends up falling in love with her. Especially love the part where they end up in Kentucky for the winter. Great book. Read it in one sitting and then reread it the next day.
 

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

Coming May 2007Pat's latest Romantic Suspense, The Best Man. Free shipping within the U.S. for advance sales of The Best Man purchased through the Pearlsong Press website. (Books will be shipped in May)

See http://www.pearlsong.com/thebestman.htm to order. Read an excerpt online at http://www.pearlsong.com/thebestmanexcerpt.htm.

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 Jan. 22, 2007 guest spot on the show at http://www.pearlsong.com/audio/HAES01222007.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!

 

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