The Queen's Proclamation




November 2011
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....

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.
No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless,
set aside a day of thanksgiving.
H.U. Westermayer

As Americans living in this great land of plenty, we've developed an insatiable, driving desire for "more."

We look around us at all the "stuff" that's just waiting to be had and we compare what we have with what we don't have and what we want, and the discontent continues to build to the point that we're so consumed with wanting that we don't see and appreciate what we have.

I've been as guilty as anyone about this, and I know the feeling of unrest that can build inside a person. But I remember the day that I became aware of what I was doing. I was whining to God in "prayer," if you can call it that. "Why can't I—? Why don't you—? When will you—?" Then I became aware of how I sounded, and wondered if He was as tired of hearing my voice as I was of saying the things I was saying.

So at that moment I made myself stop and start thanking Him for what I had. I went down a long list, and the more I thought of what I was thankful for, the longer the list grew.

So this Thanksgiving, let's all look inside our hearts and really think of things that we're thankful for.

If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got,
he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get.

Frank A. Clark

Hi everyone!

Happy November!

I hope everyone had a good, safe October.

We went to Texas to visit family and friends. It was a safe and mostly enjoyable trip. There were moments—Okay, moving on.

As you know by now, we've added a new member to our family. KoKo, the chocolate toy poodle. Did I mention that he was a furball on speed? Did I mention that I wanted another dog so that I would be inspired to get up from this computer more often and get more exercise? Did I mention that we should be careful of what we wish for? Okay, I thought I had mentioned those things. They're all still true.

Today is husband Joe's birthday. I'm making his favorite meal: taco salad, my version. And I bought his favorite ice cream, Blue Bell. It's made in Texas and only sells in 20 states, I think. It's really rich and good, so for that reason I only buy it for special occasions. One can't stay out of it when it's in the house. And I got him pie, since he prefers "birthday pie" to birthday cake.

I hope those of you in the U.S. have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.



Something To Think About: Reflections on Life, Family, Body Image & Other Weighty Matters by the Queen of Rubenesque Romances

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Click on the Bookbuzzr graphic (if visible on your computer screen) to browse an excerpt from Pat's newest book.

Dangerous Love
by Pat Ballard

Now available in PDF, Mobipocket & Kindle ebook format as well as original trade paperback!

Ava Manning has allowed her heart to be broken once. Once is enough. She never intends to let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. She just wants to do her job as a lab technician at Cloneall Drugs, Inc, without any complications in her life.

But after Ava saw some research she wasn't supposed to, someone wants her dead. And now she has to deal with the Southern talking, g-dropping, charming LAPD detective Ricky Don McKinzie.

Her life is just beginning to get complicated.

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

You can also browse and share Bookbuzzr excerpts from Dangerous Love10 Steps to Loving Your Body, and Pat's other books online at

Weighty Matters

"What we're really talking about
is a wonderful day set aside
on the fourth Thursday of November
 when no one diets. 
I mean,
why else would they call it Thanksgiving?

Erma Bombeck
"No One Diets on Thanksgiving"
November 26, 1981


Enough said.

Reader Review of the Month

Editor's Note: Post a review of one of Pat's books
at an online bookstore, magazine, or public website, email us at proclamation @ to let us know, and we'll consider your review for inclusion in The QP

"I read your Something to Think About.
Just like all your other writings, it is not only beautifully written
 but profound.

Wayne L Misner
Author of Men Don't Listen


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 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 Happy Valentine's Day and satisfying sex life
starts with loving your body,

no matter what it looks like.

Calendar of Events

Now available from Pearlsong Press in original trade paperback & ebook—Pat's newest book, Dangerous Love.

Effective last month, Pat & her publisher Peggy Elam, Ph.D. have stopped co-hosting Radio Free Nashville's Health At Every Size show, but you can still listen to or download recordings of the shows at or

You can also listen to or download recordings of many of the shows at

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