Posted by Ann-Margret on January 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm| Leave a Comment
Happy New Year, friends! Much has happened since my last update here. (To keep up with my news on a more regular basis, please “like” my Facebook page.)
Restore My Soul was released in April 2016 and subsequently landed on the ECPA Christian bestsellers list for three consecutive months (#34 in May, #21 in June and #27 in July). I was blown away! Thank you all so much for buying, reviewing and telling others about my book.
In the months that followed, I had illustrations featured in two issues of The Coloring Studio and five drawings in Everything Beautiful. And then I was surprised by a request from HCI Books to illustrate one of their popular Inkspirations colouring books; this one will be designed to encourage breast cancer survivors. Stay tuned for details on that exciting project, which I’m currently creating sketches for.
If you haven’t yet bought a calendar for 2017 (or would enjoy having one you can colour in), please check out my 2017 Colouring Calendar featuring a positive message each month. I’m offering free shipping within Canada or the United States!
While I work on my current projects, including several freelance article assignments, I have four or five other book ideas percolating in my head–ranging from artsy and fun to more reflective–and will update you on those as they take shape.
Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to see some of my doodles and scribbles and snapshots of life in Montreal!
Have a great day,
Posted by Ann-Margret on March 23, 2016 at 5:32 pm| Leave a Comment
… or your markers, or your pencil crayons (as we call them in Canada). Restore My Soul has already started hitting book stores and friends who pre-ordered from Amazon are getting their copies. I can hardly believe this labour of love is finally ready to meet the world! If you haven’t yet ordered your copy, click on the “books” tab above and you’ll find links beneath the photo of the book.
I also want to point out that I’m now on Instagram! You can follow me here.
For more news about what I’ve been up to, check out my latest post on my Piece of Mind blog. If you’re in the Montreal area, please come to my book launch / colouring party on Saturday, May 7! Here’s a link to the Facebook page with all the information: Restore My Soul Book Launch.
Posted by Ann-Margret on November 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm| Leave a Comment
A lot has happened in the last several months and I’ve been blown away by the opportunity to add “Illustrator” to my title. (Yes, I’ll have to update my website soon.) After a few years of being encouraged by friends to get serious about doodling–one of my many hobbies–I landed two offers in as many days to have my work published. Here’s what you can look forward to:
1. Five original illustrations contributed to Whatever Is Lovely: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship, being released on December 15, 2015.
2. A solo coloring book with 40 new devotionals and 40 original illustrations all written and drawn by me, coming out in April 2016. Full details about this one will be shared soon.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates!
Posted by Ann-Margret on January 14, 2015 at 8:25 pm| Leave a Comment
I feel like I blinked and we jumped from January 1 to January 14. I’m afraid to blink again lest I find myself celebrating my 57th birthday or something. Of course, that’s exactly how it will feel on my 57th birthday. (Ack! Less than 15 years to go!)
Rather than write a long blog update, I simply want to share links (along with wee excerpts) to four of my latest published pieces. If you have time to read them, I believe you will find them encouraging. Please leave comments and share the links with friends! And don’t forget that you can follow my regular blog here.
My personal testimony at A Look at the Book
Time and time again, God reminds me that He loves me, He’s on my side and He’s still not finished with me. I have been on the receiving end of His discipline, but I have also felt His grace and compassion in my lowest moments. My life might not have changed drastically on January 1, 1980, but if I didn’t know Jesus today, I hate to think of where I’d be.
“New Year’s Resolution” – my first contribution to More to Life Magazine
Ironically, the motive behind most resolutions is to make us feel better about ourselves, a flawed strategy that inevitably leads to failure. Try this: Instead of writing down all the things you can do to like yourself better 12 months from now, ask the Lord to help you start a revolution in your life and in your family, to transform you from the inside out.
“Wanting Not” – my column in ChristianWeek
I listed the things I wanted—to lose weight, to have a vibrant devotional life, to have victory over sin, to manage my time better, etc. Not a single thing on my list seemed contrary to God’s will but I knew I wanted those things more than I wanted God. Things began to change when I made hungering for God my daily, overarching goal.
“Beware the Feel-Good Quote” – my column at Choose NOW Ministries
Quotes can be great for motivating, inspiring and amusing us. Many of them are quite insightful and can help us articulate truths we already know. The problem is, it’s so easy to click “share” or “retweet” or “forward” when we come across a saying that sounds deeply philosophical, that we sometimes don’t take the time to think critically about the message being conveyed.
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. . . who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:17-20)
Posted by Ann-Margret on October 13, 2014 at 10:12 am| Leave a Comment
This is turning out to be an exciting year for me in terms of writing projects. Besides the release of my latest book for tween girls, Truth, Dare, Double Dare, I’ve had two new columns launch this fall and was just invited to write for a women’s ministry website. You can read all about it on my general blog: Piece of Mind.
Posted by Ann-Margret on October 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm| Leave a Comment
Hello, friends! After a long, long wait, I’m excited to announce that today is the official release of my latest book, Truth, Dare, Double Dare.
The best way for me to tell you more about it is to point you to a fantastic review written by the mom of a tween girl. This mom, who runs the “A Look at the Book” Bible study blog, is also helping me give away a copy of Double Dare!
Check it out right here. The giveaway ends on October 9, so hurry!
Here’s a snippet from the review:
“The first weekend devo was a quiz to find out how bold you are in your faith! We read the opening thoughts together, and then I let my daughter take the quiz in privacy. She came to me afterward to tell me about why she thought her results were right on. I’ll tell you, as a mom, there is no greater joy than to have something prompt spiritual thoughts in my children, and then to have the privilege of them sharing their thoughts with me! Thank you, Ann-Margret!”
Thank you, Ren, for the great review!
Please enter the giveaway or go on ahead and order the book from your favourite retailer. If you could also write a review at some point (either on a bookseller’s website or your own blog), that would be fabulous.
Thanks and have a great day!
Posted by Ann-Margret on July 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm| Leave a Comment
If you haven’t visited my Facebook page yet, you’re missing out on a lot of fun! As of today, we’re up to 710 “likes” and I’m truly encouraged by everyone’s participation and encouragement.
Don’t miss another day of inspiring posts! Click through today: www.facebook.com/ann.hovsepian.author.
Posted by Ann-Margret on April 11, 2014 at 8:50 am| Leave a Comment
Every so often, someone will ask me about how I got started as a writer, how they can get published or some other question related to writing. Since some of the same questions come up from time to time, I thought I’d start putting my answers all in one place so that I could later refer people to them.
Last week I invited fans of my Facebook Page to ask me anything and I got five questions right away. The answer to the first one is on my “Piece of Mind” blog right here: You Asked Me. Check it out! Stay tuned for more questions and please go ahead and send me any questions you have. You can either leave them in the comments here, at my other blog or on Facebook.
Edited on May 14: And here’s a link to the fifth and final post in the series, where I share tips on being a successful writer: You Asked Me! #5
Posted by Ann-Margret on February 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm| Leave a Comment
We’re still finalizing the cover of my next book, but Truth, Dare, Double Dare is already available for pre-order from Amazon and many other retailers. It’s scheduled to be released on October 1. . . eight more months to go!
Stay tuned for more details in the coming months. In the meantime, have you “liked” my Facebook page yet? Click here to find it.
Posted by Ann-Margret on June 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm| Leave a Comment
This page is where I’ll continue posting news and updates specifically about my books and writing projects. However, I thought it would be a good idea to have a “regular” blog that I actually write…a place to share my thoughts and reflections.
I hope you’ll check it out and follow me! Here’s the link: http://annhovsepian.wordpress.com/