The Queen's Proclamation




October 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....

First I was dying to finish high school and start college.
And then I was dying to finish college and start working.
Then I was dying to marry and have children.
And then I was dying for my children to grow old enough
so I could go back to work.
But then I was dying to retire.
And now, I am dying . . .
And suddenly I realized I forgot to live.

Author Unknown

Hi everyone!

So here it is October! My favorite month of the year. It even feels like October today, here in Nashville. I have windows open to let in the cool fresh air. The skies are blue and clear and the sun is shining for all those sun-lovers. It just makes me want to go sit on a pumpkin and look for Charlie Brown!

I hope each of you had a wonderful September. I had a very exciting one. But my most exciting news is that my latest book—number nine and second nonfiction—is now available. Not just available—but available and FREE!
Yes, free. Peggy Elam, my publisher, and I decided that this would be a good idea. The title is Something To Think About: Reflections on Life, Family, Body Image & Other Weighty Matters by the Queen of Rubenesque Romances. Download your free PDF ebook at:

I hope you enjoy it. If you do, pass the word on to your friends.

And for all you fiction lovers, I'm busily working on my next romance novel.

Everyone have a wonderful October!




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Click on the Bookbuzzr graphic to browse an excerpt from Pat's newest 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.)

Please share the 10 Steps book widget above with friends through email, Facebook, MySpace, & other web media. Browse and share excerpts from Pat's other books online at


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

From the blog "Soul Food: Nourishing the Inner You" at

George Carlin Was Right:
“It’s Bullsh*t, And It’s Bad For You”   
 by Golda Poretsky, H.H.C.

I was just finishing up my blog for this week, when I received yet another email from a friend about how to lose weight easily by changing your relationship with food. In this email in particular, a very well respected holistic doctor was teaching a class on how changing your thoughts will change your body and cause weight loss.

I’m going to write something here that may garner me a few enemies, but in my ample experience, it’s the truth.

If something promises you weight loss, it’s bullsh*t.  In fact, as George Carlin said, “It’s bullsh*t, and it’s bad for ya.”

Read the rest of Golda's article at:

And while you're there, browse around on More of Me to Love. It's a fun new website that has a lot to offer.

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 Susan Schulherrauthor of  Eating Disorders for Dummies. 

"If you're a woman, odds are you're not happy with your body. You probably can't remember when you weren't at war with your belly or your thighs. (Men are beginning to catch up with their own versions of body discontent.) Western culture provides you with a steady stream of images and advice about an often unattainable "right" way to look, feeding your feelings that you just aren't acceptable as you are. 

"Enter Pat Ballard with
10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) to supply a badly-needed alternative voice! Ballard's easy-to-read, easy-to-use volume is like having your own personal coach and cheerleader for ending the warfare and making peace with the body you have. She's out in front to show you the way, behind you to nudge you forward, and beside you offering support and encouragement for every step (all 10!) of your journey. She accomplishes this with guidelines ("...our bodies know what they want to look like"), worksheets to practice new ways of thinking and behaving ("...look for 10 good things about [your] body and try to develop them"), and the greatest collection of inspirational quotes for body-love and general self-respect you're likely to find anywhere (for example, from Gloria Steinem, 'Each individual woman's body demands to be accepted on it's own terms.' Or, from an unknown author, 'It's not who you are that holds you back; it's who you think you're not.') 

"10 Steps is your body's best friend in pocket form. I'm delighted to have it on hand to recommend—personally and professionally—to anyone struggling with body image and the inkling that it's better to embrace than fight the one-and-only body you have."


Browse and share excerpts from Pat Ballard's books online.

Listen to the mp3 recording of Pat, her fearless publisher, and several other Pearlsong Press authors in a Pearlsong Conversation about creating fat friendly fiction and fat positive characters.

Listen to Pat on the June 1, 2009 Health At Every Size radio show
on Radio Free Nashville.

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

Now available from Pearlsong PressPat's newest book, the nonfiction Something to Think About: Reflections on Life, Family, Body Image, & Other Weighty Matters by the Queen of Rubenesque Romances. It's a FREE PDF ebook that can be downloaded at or via the link at the beginning of this newsletter.

Pat is now co-hosting Radio Free Nashville's Health At Every Size show, which airs every Monday morning. The show is streamed live over the Internet 10-11 a.m. CST Mondays. You can also 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 many of the shows at

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


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