The Queen's Proclamation




May 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....

In dog years, I'm dead.
Author Unknown

When I read this quote I was overcome with the giggles. I guess it was so humorous to me because I have a poodle, Rowdy, who is twelve years old, and I'm always saying things like, "Aw, he's eighty-four, now." And I even went so far as to figure out how many years each dog month is. (Do not say I have too much time on my hands!)

So when I read this quote, it hit me how everything really does just boil down to perspective. To viewpoint. To how we see the world through the life-screen that each one of us has developed from the experiences, troubles, triumphs, failures and successes we've had.

I'm amazed that we can operate as a human race and manage as well as we do. For instance, our president, George W. Bush, is quoted as saying, "He can't have it both ways. He can't take the high horse and then claim the low road." Huh?

C. S. Lewis said, "What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are."

So the next time I'm talking to Rowdy about being eighty-four yeas old, he may be looking up at me thinking, "So what? You're way over 350 years old! In fact, you're dead!"

A Word From Pat

I'm happy to report that April has been much, much quieter than March was! But it has been busy.

As you can see in the next section, The Best Man is now in print. I have a book signing/event on Saturday, May 12 at two o'clock, at the Borders bookstore on Franklin Road in Brentwood, TN. So I've been busy trying to promote that. Also this week, the Nashville chapter of the Women's National Book Association is giving all the published members a chance to do a five-minute reading at their Thursday, May 3 meeting, and to sign books if anyone wants to purchase one, so I'll participate in that.

I think we've finally had our last frost, so I'm excited to get out in my flowers and pull some weeds and wait for things to start blooming. Yesterday I noticed a Russian sage that had peeked up through the spring weeds and is already blooming.

It's so much fun to watch things come alive again. I've had a couple of my aloe plants and a cactus in the greenhouse through the winter, and they've actually bloomed! I've never seen an aloe vera plant bloom, although I know that they do. Also, I've never had a cactus bloom for me. So I just feel so special!

I hope everyone has a wonderful May. And remember, take time to smell the May flowers.



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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

I ran across these quotes and couldn't resist using them in the "Weighty Matters" section this time. Enjoy!

When we lose twenty pounds...we may be losing the twenty best pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius,
our humanity, our love and honesty.

 Woody Allen

Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out,
but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake.

Author Unknown

If nature had intended our skeletons to be visible
it would have put them on the outside of our bodies.

Elmer Rice

Avoid any diet that discourages the use of hot fudge.

Don Kardong

I never worry about diets.
The only carrots that interest me
are the number you get in a diamond.

Mae West

"Stressed" spelled backwards is "desserts."
Coincidence? I think not!

Author Unknown

If I had been around when Rubens was painting,
I would have been revered as a fabulous model.
Kate Moss? Well, she would have been the paintbrush.

Dawn French

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.

Email me at: 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 @ 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 Midwest Book Review on

A charming, witty, and tender love story with a twist (5 stars)

Nobody's Perfect is an engaging novel about a marriage of convenience―or is it? A "plus-sized" woman needs to keep her childhood home, and a fairly egotistical man has had it for relationships, and just wants a mother for his son...a mother that, he hopes, he will not be physically attracted to and with whom he will not be tempted to share a relationship. Or so he keeps telling himself, but life and human hearts have unpredictable surprises in store in this charming, witty, and tender love story with a twist.

Communicate with Pat via her "Amazon Connect" blog on!

Pat's romantic suspense novel Abigail's Revenge is featured on the Beautiful Portal website:
and has been reviewed by AmaZe eMag:

 An article on Pat has been posted at:
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

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 to order. Read an excerpt online at

Pat regularly guests on the Health At Every Size show with Dr. Peggy Elam on WRFN Radio Free Nashville. Check the show blog at 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 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 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.

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 blog!

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