Ann Marie Bryan Speaks Up!

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Everyone’s Story welcomes Christian fiction author and founder of Victorious by Design, Ann Marie Bryan. I became acquainted with Ann Marie through the social media circles of all things writerly and I’m honored that Ann Marie has accepted my invitation to be my guest this week.  Ann Marie speaks up on why you should share *your* story, definitely keeping in the theme of this blog! Also check out Ann Marie’s lovely BookGiveaway offer. We look forward to hearing from you!






Ann Marie is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter  1 Kindle edition of A Place for my Heart. The winner will be announced between 6-7 PM EST on September 8th.

** For Giveaways: it’s not necessary to insert your private email information within comments.

Blurb for A Place for my Heart:

Crushed by heartache and desperate for an escape, he makes a life-changing choice.

When Chandler Peynard staggers into Sabrina Benjamin’s life, he is desperate for an escape route. Battling feelings of isolation, he has erected barriers around his heart, often times leaving a trail of broken dreams behind him.

Sabrina’s happily-ever-after was ripped away months ago, but she hasn’t given up on finding love. Still, she is caught off guard by her feelings for Chandler, a man who could hardly be described as a model man of God. As an unexpected bond develops between them, she wants more—a lot more than Chandler is prepared to give, because falling in love and putting down roots are not a part of his plan.

Touched by Sabrina’s kindness and faith, Chandler makes a life-changing choice; however, complication is inevitable when the past he’d thought was long buried, pushes him to confront matters he would have given anything to forget. As he struggles to release himself from his past and embrace the future, he offers Sabrina a place in his heart, but she demands all of it.

In a season that has brought so many changes, Chandler longs for peace in his soul and yearns for love. Will he trust God with all of his heart in order to overcome his past? Will he be able to testify that God’s grace wins every time? Will he find the strength to take a chance at life and love with Sabrina?

SHARE YOUR STORY: Inspire others into action by Ann Marie Bryan

I am an author. This is still surreal. Rightly so, because while I have always been an avid reader, writing a book never crossed my mind.

Why did I start writing?

After I got married, several of my friends and relatives wanted to know how I met my husband. So, I had to share my love story, over and over again. Of course, no one wanted to hear the short version of the story.

Six months later, I received a phone call from a friend whom I had not spoken with in a while. She too, wanted to hear my love story. After hanging up from my call, it hit me… write a book!

A long deafening pause ensued!

A book! A book!

Every reason not to write this book came to mind. Yes, every reason. But, I knew that I wanted to share my story. Further, I knew that if God called me to write this book, He would equip me and surround me with wonderful godly helpers.

So, like any well-thinking Christian woman, I took the matter to the Lord and felt the peace to proceed with this mission.


Approximately two years later, I published my first Christian Fiction, “Unforgettable, My Love has Come Along”, a love story based on real-life events. Two paths, destined to cross. Friendship, faith, and love are intertwined in ways neither could have imagined. Can love conquer all things? Find out in the heartwarming and humorous story, “Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along”.

After the excitement of publishing my first book, my writing journey continued with my bestselling, Encounters of the Heart series, which is based on Proverbs 4:23 (KJV) –“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Book 1 – Shades of the Heart is a novel about the courage to love in the midst of broken promises, and ultimately about the healing power of forgiveness.

Book 2 – Mirrored Hearts: Sealed By Fire is stirring and deeply satisfying new addition in the series. It details the struggles of two broken hearts, mended by enduring love and sealed by fire.

Book 3 – A Place For My Heart is an emotionally gripping account of a most unexpected love, and a marvelous reflection of God’s grace.

Encounters of the Heart series

I write to educate, inspire and empower others. Writing has become a natural way for me to process my emotions and a conduit to inspire those around me.

What about you? Are you ready to write your story?

Perhaps you have an idea for a book. Sounds great, but you already have too many commitments… a job, family, and many other activities. The thought of adding another task to your things-to-do list would cause you to question yourself.

The truth is – there is never going to be a perfect time. Writing is a discipline. Keep at it and before you know it, you will have chapters under your belt.

To move forward, ask yourself this question – Why am I writing?

After you have answered that question, jump into action by creating an outline of your ideas for your book. Of course, you will need to educate yourself about the publishing industry. Don’t be overwhelmed by your lack of knowledge. Select an individual, group or organization with the knowledge to help you succeed. Do research to obtain information on how you can best leverage your abilities to fulfill your dream of writing.

The entire process will be very exciting and you will learn many things about yourself. Your writing journey will inspire, empower, educate, and challenge you. The amazing thing is that God will continue to multiply what you have surrendered to Him.

Don’t delay. Start writing and watch God take you out of our comfort zone, stretch you, and show you that you can accomplish far more than you think.

Ready! Set! Go with God! Write your story and share it with the world.

Ann Marie’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

Meet Ann Marie Bryan @authorabryan, writing novels about love & God’s grace. (Tweet This)

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Author’s Bio:

Ann Marie Bryan is a dedicated, graceful, multi-talented leader with a passion for excellence. She is the CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design, an organization committed to providing top quality professional writing services, comprehensive personal and professional development programs and exceptional performing arts services to meet the unique needs of individuals and organizations.

A Christian Fiction author, Ann Marie writes to educate, inspire and empower others. She desires to tell great stories with fascinating characters to show the awesome power of God in the lives of people and places. Shades of the Heart is the first book in her bestselling, Encounters of the Heart series. Book 2 – Mirrored Hearts: Sealed By Fire was released February 2016. Her new release, A Place For My Heart, is the highly anticipated third installment in the series.

Ann Marie’s greatest passion is to empower others to succeed by tapping into their God-given potential. She enjoys writing, reading, dancing, teaching, meeting people and traveling. With all the knowledge and experiences that God has so graciously blessed her with, Ann Marie is determined to make her life a ministry for the Lord.

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20 comments to Ann Marie Bryan Speaks Up!

  • Ann Marie is so right! Don’t just say you want to write a book…do it! You have a lot to learn, and it’s hard work, but it’s well worth it.

  • Elaine, thanks so much for hosting me. I’m grateful for this wonderful opportunity. Looking forward to sharing and interacting with everyone. Stay victorious. Blessings!

  • Ann Ellison

    Thank you for introducing another new to me author. Her book sounds like a good one.

    • elaineadmin

      Ann, I’m just as excited to introduce “new authors” to my viewers as they are to discover them. There’s nothing like a good book to read!

      Enjoy the holiday weekend, my friend. Still praying for Texas 💗

    • Ann, happy Saturday!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I enjoyed writing “A Place For My Heart”. It an emotionally gripping account of a most unexpected love, and a marvelous reflection of God’s grace.

      I hope you’ll check it out. All the very best.

  • Wonderful, inspiring post! Thank you for sharing the story behind your stories, Ann Marie.

  • Marilyn R

    Ann Maire Bryan is a new author to me. “A Place For My Heart” sounds like a book I’ll enjoy reading. Another one to add to my never ending TBR list.

  • elaineadmin

    Thank you, Ann Marie Bryan, for a delightful week of sharing and encouraging my viewers on Everyone’s Story. I’ve been re-motivated, and I’m sure many others have as well. Special prayers go out to you in the path of Hurricane Irma, and those impacted by Harvey. May God be with you all.

    Ann Marie, thanks for offering A Place For My Heart as a BookGiveaway. And the winner of this novel is…

    Patricia B. Congratulations, Patricia. Both Ann Marie and I will contact you directly via email.

    Blessings to all.

    • Elaine, thanks for hosting me. You have been wonderful. I feel honored to have met you.

      Thanks, everyone, for participating. It was great hanging out and sharing with you.

      Congrats, Patricia! I pray that you’ll enjoy reading “A Place For My Heart”. I will be contacting you by email.

      Elaine, thanks for your prayers concerning Hurricane Irma. We are preparing as best as we can, but we are trusting God to make a way of escape.

      I’m leaving with you all, one of my favorite quotes from my novel, Shades of the Heart: “Every struggle you have survived strengthens your endurance. Every setback you have faced is an opportunity for new beginnings…for trusting God will produce new beginnings far beyond your imagination, and a future well worth striving towards.”

      Let’s stay connected. Much love and plenty of hugs. God bless you all.

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