News, updates, &
pronouncements from Pat Ballard,
the Queen of Rubenesque Romances
Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think
I'm not offended by all
the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb...
and I also know that I'm not blonde.
I've always been a big
fan of Dolly Parton's because, in spite of her fame, she's remained "real"
and down-to-earth. She's never seemed to lose sight of her roots. And I
think this quote gives us an insight to why that may be.
When you know who you are, and are happy with that, other people's words
or jokes don't strike home and hurt as badly.
Word From Pat
I've had a fun,
family-filled month of June. We've been to several of our our grandson
Shaun's baseball games, and celebrated his 7th birthday last weekend. This
weekend I/we kept our four-year-old granddaughter, Kayla. So I've had my
"family fix" more than usual, and loved every minute of it.
As we all know, it's so much fun to watch children grow and develop in
their own, individual way. It's such a mystery to look at them and wonder
what is already "prewired" in those little heads, and how will it all turn
out. While the burden does fall on the adults to do all we can to teach,
train, and influence them, there still comes the time when they'll take
what they've been taught and make the decision on how to use it.
We're finally getting some much needed rain. My flower garden isn't
looking as good as I would like for it to, but I have to remind myself
that I have the rest of the summer to fill it up. Joe and I are collecting
wildflowers that grow along the side of country roads to put in the
garden. My theory is that if these flowers will survive and grow in the
wild with no help, surely I can't kill them!
Everyone have a happy July.
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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 | More info at the
Pearlsong Press website.
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There are a couple of positive things in the weight acceptance movement
that I wanted to share with you. The first link that I'm adding below is a
video of Mika performing his song "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)." I hope
you all get as big a kick out of this as I did.
And the next link is to a new remake of an older movie and play that will
be out soon, Hairspray.
It's set in the '60s and is about a plus-size girl who has always loved to
dance, but feels unsure because of her weight. I think it's going to be a
good movie with a good message because it has Queen Latifah in it.
I don't understand why they had to use John Travolta as the mother
instead of a "real" plus-size mom, but that may be relayed in the story.
(I don't know because I've never seen the play or movie.)
I'm always encouraged when I see these size-positive things appear.
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
Alisa Grudza of Frankston, Texas on
Pat Ballard has a flair for writing. Wanted: One Groom is like
no other I have read. A beautiful and passionate love story. With mystery
and humor that would not let me put it down. I found myself reading it
faster and faster, from cover to cover without stopping. Everyone I have
told about this book has read it and given it an A+. Ready for a sequel!
Keep up the flair.
Communicate with Pat
via her "Amazon Connect" blog on Amazon.com!
Pat's romantic suspense novel 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
New from Pearlsong Press—Pat's
latest Romantic Suspense, The Best Man.
http://www.pearlsong.com/thebestman.htm to order. Read an excerpt
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 April 23, 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
You can also listen to
the live broadcasts through your telephone via UPSNAP.COM. It's free for
wireless internet enabled phones, but there's a small monthly charge for
other phones. See the
Health At Every Size show website or the
Radio Free Nashville website
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
The Best Man. 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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