The Queen's Proclamation




April 2009
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 celebration of April being National Poetry Month, I'm sharing a poem that I wrote about my mom's hands.


Pat Ballard


Rough and chaffed from working so hard,

Washing the dishes, raking the yard,

Washing the clothes, scrubbing the floors,

Canning the food, doing all their chores,


I remember my mother's hands.


Soft and gentle, so smooth to the touch,

Soothing my pain, something to clutch,

Holding my own when danger was near,

Stroking me gently, or wiping a tear,


I remember my mother's hands.


Capable and strong, whatever the needs,

Whether mending the clothes, or planting the seeds,

Gentle and kind, full of comfort and care,

Whatever the reason, they were always there,

I loved my mother's hands.

A Word From Pat


I hope everyone has had a good March.

I'm happy to report that my family and I are finally getting over this flu crud that we've had for almost the entire month.

My husband, Joe, decided to high-dive off the trailer of his semi truck this past Monday. He landed on gravel, so he had a good many dints and pings on his body. A small place on his forehead had to be "superglued" where he hit a rock, the bursa sac on his left hip got bruised really badly and he's hopping around on that leg, plus he has other bruises and sore spots. But he's back at work, so he's feeling better. I'm very thankful that he didn't have any broken bones.

We have hyacinths, daffodils, verbena, pansies and phlox beginning to bloom. Spring is really beginning to show up in Nashville!

I'm busy working on chapter 4 of my next novel. Just as a teaser I'll tell you that the heroine rides a motorcycle.

Everyone have a wonderful April.



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10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) by Pat BallardNew from Pearlsong Press:
Pat's first nonfiction book,

10 Steps to Loving Your Body
(No Matter What Size You Are)

As a young woman Pat Ballard almost died trying to starve her body into a societally approved size. In 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) she shares the steps she created―and took―to heal the damage of years of dieting. Join her in celebrating size diversity, self esteem, positive body image, and health at every size.

Your body is a unique work of art.
There never has been, nor will there ever be,
another body just like yours.
Learn to love it and it will love you back.

More info at the Pearlsong Press website. (All copies of 10 Steps purchased from the Pearlsong Press website are autographed by Pat.)

Weighty Matters

Most folks don't think that larger people can move very well. Those of us who are larger know better! Just for fun and proof, enjoy these three videos.

Eric and Katie's Ultimate Wedding Dance

Tina (her dancer name is Shoshanna)

Eve's Blues and Bellydance Solo

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

The following review of
10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) was posted on the website by Elizabeth Patch, author of More To Love.

Pat Ballard's book is short, sweet and to the point: 10 wonderful, easy steps that help remind you to accept, love, and cherish your body today, as it is. Filled with inspiring quotes and Pat's own writing, this is the perfect book to keep on your desk, by your nightstand, or in your purse. Open it to any page whenever you need a positive reminder of your unique beauty and worth. 

Listen to a Feb. 11, 2009 Conversation with Pat Ballard
(blog post with link to 50-min mp3 recording of Pat talking about her journey to
self- and body-acceptance and -love, her writing process,
and why a truly Valentine's Day and satisfying sex life starts with loving your body,
no matter what it looks like.

Read an interview with Pat at The F-word (Food. Fat. Feminism.) blog.

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 (and first nonfiction) book, 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are).

See to order. All copies purchased directly from the Pearlsong Press website will be autographed by the author.

Hear Pat on the air at Radio Free Nashville! Listen to or download the mp3 recording of Pat's June 23, 2008 guest appearance on the Health At Every Size show with Dr. Peggy Elam on WRFN Radio Free Nashville by going to

Pat regularly guests on Radio Free Nashville's Health At Every Size show, which airs every Monday morning. She's usually in the studio on the fourth Monday of the month. The show is streamed live over the Internet 10-11 a.m. CST Mondays. You can also now subscribe to the podcast of the show (automatically receive the mp3 recordings of the weekly shows on your computer, iPod or mp3 player) via iTunes. Click on the "subscribe in a reader" button/link in the upper lefthand column, and select "Add to iTunes" or the podcatcher of your choice.

Listen to the live broadcasts over the Internet at You can also listen to the live broadcasts through your telephone via UPSNAP.COM.  See the Health At Every Size show website or the Radio Free Nashville website for details. Davidson County, Tennessee residents can also hear the show live through the Secondary Audio Programming of Comcast cable's Channel 10.

For more on the show, check out the show blog at You can also listen to or download recordings of some of the shows, including several with Pat, at

Give someone a good read as well as support in loving themselves.
Pat's books make great gifts!


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