The Queen's Proclamation




September 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....

Happiness is: Looking in a mirror and liking what you see.

Harriet Brown has created a pledge to counter all the trash-talk women (and girls) are so prone to dishing out to themselves.


I, _________, pledge to speak kindly about my body.

I promise not to talk about how fat my thighs or stomach or butt are, or about how I really have to lose 5 or 15 or 50 pounds. I promise not to call myself a fat pig, gross, or any other self-loathing, trash-talking phrase.

I vow to be kind to myself and my body. I will learn to be grateful for its strength and attractiveness, and be compassionate toward its failings.

I will remind myself that bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and that no matter what shape and size my body is, it's worthy of kindness, compassion, and love.

Copyright 2007 Harriet Brown/

Reproduce freely and distribute widely. Spread the love.

A Word From Pat

First, let me apologize that the QP is a few days late. I have to admit that September 1st slipped up on me and was almost gone before I realized what day it was.

But I'm so happy that August is out of here! It has gone down as the hottest month in Nashville's history. Not my kind of weather at all! Come on, Fall!

I mentioned in the last QP that my husband, Joe, had to have a CT scan. Good news! He has an 8 mm stone in his right kidney and a 2 mm stone in his left kidney. I'm serious about the good news, because we were worried that it might be something worse. He said he'd never have thought he'd be thankful for kidney stones.

I have to make a very important correction from my last QP. I mentioned that my grandson, Shaun, was 6 years old. He had just turned 7, and "Mimi" forgot. Sorry, Shaun.

My publisher, Peggy Elam, and I were interviewed for a community paper a few weeks ago. You can read the article at I thought the reporter did an excellent job.

I finished 10 Steps to Loving Your Body―No Matter What Size You Are! It's with the publisher (Pearlsong Press), so it is one step close to being a "real" book―my first nonfiction. I'm very excited about for the fact that I think it has potential to help a lot of women take a closer look at their attitudes about their bodies. I'm also excited about it because I've proven that I can write a nonfiction book!

So despite the heat and drought and worry about Joe, I did accomplish a few things during August.

Everyone have a safe and happy September.



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New 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.

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

Med Journal Watch interview with Linda Bacon, Ph.D.:

Christian Bachmann interviewed Health At Every Size  advocate Linda Bacon, Ph.D. for his Med Journal Watch blog.

Among the gems (emphases mine):

CB: Any treatment should follow the rule "first do not harm." Does the war on obesity meet this rule?

LB: Sounds good to me. Seems clear its it's time to end the war, which we're clearly losing anyway. There's an antidote to the war on obesity, called "Health at Every Size" which supports people in engaging in healthy lifestyle habits as opposed to a primary focus in weight loss. I envision it as a peace movement.

I conduct research on Health at Every Size (HAES). The results show that women can make very dramatic improvements in health and well-being through adopting HAES. These results were particularly dramatic when the women in the Health at Every Size program were compared to others in a conventional weight loss program. Those in the weight loss program experienced the typical results -- initial weight loss and health improvement -- not sustained over time. And their self-esteem plummeted. This was in sharp contrast to the phenomenal improvements experienced by the women in the Health at Every Size program, who felt very much empowered.

CB: Thank you, Linda, for giving us a fresh view on a problem that only seems to be a problem because we make it a problem.

Bachmann, by the way, is a science and medical writer and editor who pinpoints Aug. 2, 2007 as the day he stopped believing in weight loss.  In another post on Med Journal Watch, he  writes that until that day

...I was not aware that weight loss is a religion and that I was a believer. I was convinced that science had proven obesity to be bad for health. I took for granted that obese people must lose weight in order to gain health and to live longer and better. Today is the day when I have changed my mind.

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 Abigail's Revenge was posted by IU Dame on

Abigail's Revenge is a nicely written, entertaining book with a curvy heroine and an incredibly faithful hero. If you read for fun and don't tend to be critical of plot realism or character development, I think you'll enjoy this book. I have read several by Pat Ballard, and I find them all affirmative and a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

As much as I enjoy her writing, I hope Ms. Ballard will develop and go on to write more believable books.

In Abigail's Revenge, we read about an undernourished young girl who never stuck up for herself being neglected or even mistreated by her father, and then sent to prison for a murder she didn't commit. Somehow, in prison, she eats "healthily" and develops self-esteem and poise far above average, in spite of her very difficult family background. (This doesn't seem to be consistent with the usual impression you have of what happens to people in prison.)

A boy who fell in love with the skinny, unassuming waif is faithful all the time she is in prison, but never contacts her―until she comes back an entirely different woman, and then he declares his love.

The bad guys who had no compunction about murdering her father for some unspecified reason pass up several opportunities to knock off Abigail, and when they finally get their hands on her, find it sufficient to lock her in a room―from which she easily escapes to foil them.

I hope Pat Ballard will go on developing as a writer. In the meantime, her curvy female characters provide great role models with their ability to be self-affirming and to withstand and question negative input from other characters.

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

New from Pearlsong PressPat's latest Romantic Suspense, The Best Man.

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 July 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 details.

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 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.

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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