News, updates, &
pronouncements from Pat Ballard,
the Queen of Rubenesque Romances
Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think
A bell is no bell 'til you ring it,
A song is no song 'til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasnít put there to stayó
Love isnít love
'Til you give it away.
"You Are Sixteen (Reprise)," Sound of Music
February. Valentine's Day. Thoughts of
love. They just go hand in hand, don't they?
As our thoughts turn to love, they're probably a mixed bag of wondering
what that special someone is going to do for us, and what we'll do for
them. And that's the way it should be.
But I suggest that you do a little something different this year. Along
with giving that special someone a gift, or, at least, a thoughtful,
love-filled card, I want you to do something special for yourself. Give
yourself the gift of love, too. '
It can be as simple as allowing yourself
some quiet time in a warm bubble bath. Or the time to relax and read
that book or watch that movie that you've been putting off.
Pamper you. Take time for you. Because as William Shakespeare said,
"Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting."
Word From Pat
January came and went
very quietly here, other than a minor head cold for me.
Like a lot of the rest of the country, Nashville had a warm first part of
the month. Some of us have had flowers trying to bloom. Then Old Man
Winter came back with a vengeance.
Nine days after Valentine's Day is Joe's and my anniversary. We'll be
married thirty-three years this year. That's a long time to live with one
person. You'd think that after that length of time there would be no
surprises, but surprises still come.
Because we continue to
change, it's impossible to ever actually "know" the other person. About
the time we think we have each other figured out, one of us changes and
suddenly, we're looking across the room at a stranger.
At least, that's the way
it's always been with Joe and me. But Joe and I have never been "typical."
So maybe we're the only ones who experience this continuing drama.
Or maybe it's Alzheimer's
and we really haven't changed, we've just forgotten how we once were.
Hmm. Now, that's something to ponder.
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! And Happy February!
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Pearlsong Press blog posts about Pat
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.
I'm happy to announce that Sandy has a new blog. Here is a link to the
Program cited by the FTC
for fraud is now government funded
by Sandy Szwarc
Throughout the years, five of the countryís largest commercial diet
companies have been charged with deceptive advertising for making
unsubstantiated weight-loss and weight-loss maintenance claims; for using
consumer testimonials without substantiation that the testimonials
represented the typical experience of dieters on the programs; and some
also for deceptive pricing, weight-loss rate or safety-related claims.
Those companies included Weight Watchers International, Inc.; Jenny Craig,
Inc.; Diet Center, Inc.; Physicians Weight Loss Center of America; and
Read the rest of the article:
Reader Review of the
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 Wanted: One Groom was posted by
Suzanne Coleburn, The Belles and Beaux of Romance
I had such a great time reading WANTED: ONE GROOM that I never
wanted the story to end. This is one for all of us Plus Size gals to drool
over. I loved it! Pat Ballard writes from her heart and it shows!
Hanna Rockwell is an heiress who will lose it all if she doesnít marry by
her 30th birthday. Her mother and brother are selfish and care nothing for
Hanna except what she can give them. They all live with her at Rockwell
Place, a gorgeous mansion in Tennessee. They are constantly harping on
Hanna about her weight and making her feel self conscious about herself
and her ability to be a confident woman. Now the big item is either Hanna
gets married or they lose their monthly allowances and their home.
It isnít until Hanna gets mad and tells her brother to find her a husband,
and her mother to plan the wedding. Hanna feels it will fail, but what the
heck, nothing has been too good lately. Her wonderful grandfather has set
up his will that she will inherit everything if she married by her 30th
birthday. He wanted to be sure she was protected from her wily mother and
brother. You go, Gramps!
Hanna canít believe it, but [her brother] Will rushes home one evening
with the news that has-been rock star Matt Corbett will marry her sight
unseen. His manager had run out with his funds and left him in trouble
with the IRS. He decides to marry her for a place to live and a chance to
get his career started in country music.
What starts out as a marriage of convenience may just turn out to be love.
Matt Corbett is the one and only man Hanna ever cared about. Sheís
followed his career for 15 years and has a closet full of tapes and
memorabilia about this handsome star. She canít believe she is going to be
marrying the man of her dreams. After Matt sees a picture of Hanna in the
local paper he is thrilled to be marrying this voluptuous beauty. He loves
a curvy woman. Matt and Hanna are in for some surprises. This is a fun
WANTED is a sweet enchanting love story of how partners can support one
another and make things come out right if each is willing to work
together. Matt and Hanna have their rough times, but the power of love is
Ms. Ballard does a fabulous job of showing how a woman learns to love
herself and be the big beautiful woman she is meant to be.
Suzanne "Love Comes in Many Shapes and Sizes, and Big is Beautiful!"
Ballard is one heck of a writer whose WANTED: ONE GROOM will make
your heart feel so good when you read how a plus size woman finds the man
of her dreams as she finds herself and loves the woman she becomes. I
canít wait to hear more from this special writer!"
Suzanne Coleburn, The Belles and Beaux of Romance
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Pat's newest book, Abigail's Revenge, is featured on the Beautiful
and has been reviewed by AmaZe eMag:
An article on Pat has been
And an EP Extra review of Abigail's Revenge is posted at
Look for an interview with Pat on Lonnie Cruse's blog at
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 Jan. 22, 2007 guest spot on the show at
(Right click on the link & "save as" to download.)
Listen to the live
broadcasts over the Internet at
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
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,
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
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
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 Pearlsong Letter
(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!
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