My hubby, who is a professional actor, told me about a simple conversation you hear on a film set among the tech crew.

When Techie A is handing a piece of equipment to Techie B, she will ask, “Yours?”

To which Techie B will respond, “Mine.”

It’s important to note that Techie B only responds like this once he has a solid grasp on the piece of equipment being handed to him. It’s at that point, when Techie B responds, “Mine,” that Techie A will release her grip on the piece of equipment.

This back and forth conversation is only used when the technical crew is handling expensive equipment, such as lights, camera, lenses, things that cost thousands—or often tens of thousands—of dollars. It’s a way that each tech person states that they realize the value of what they are being entrusted with and are ready to take care of it.

That simple, two-word conversation carries great power, understanding, and responsibility.

What if that question and answer was used at other times? Would it make a difference how we treat situations in life?

Such as the moment when a baby takes his first breath. God looks at the parents and asks, “Yours?” Would parents understand the weightiness of their responsibility of loving this child, of sacrificing for this child, of raising this child, before answering, “Mine.”

Fast-forward several years. That child goes to her first day of school. The parent looks at that teacher and asks, “Yours?” Would that teacher realize how important it is to not only present knowledge, but also empower the child with a thirst for learning, before answering, “Mine.”

Fast-forward a decade. That child is hired at his first job. The parent looks at the employer and asks, “Yours?” Would that employer realize that his responsibility is to not only make a profit, but to set an atmosphere in the workplace where this young man can learn to be a valued member of the company, before answering, “Mine?”

Fast-forward another ten years or so. That grown-up child, dressed in a white dress, walks down the aisle to stand by a young man. Two sets of parents look at the other person standing by their own child and ask, “Yours?” Would this young couple realize that weight of “for better, for worse; for richer and for poorer; in sickness and in health, until death do us part,” before answering, “Mine.”

Fast-forward many decades. That woman is sitting by a hospital bed, holding the hand of the man she loves. She looks up to the heavens and asks, “Yours?”

Now. Here is the one time, when the other Person, the Creator of the Universe, the One Who created and loves both the person lying in the bed and the one holding his hand; this Person understands the weight of the question. He alone can take that precious soul to His bosom, and look into the eyes of the wife saying goodbye to her husband and say, “Mine.”

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“GLORY REVEALED” Garners a 5-Star Review on Interviews and Reviews Website

“GLORY REVEALED” Garners a 5-Star Review on Interviews and Reviews Website

Carol A. Brown gave GLORY REVEALED a 5-star review on the Interviews and Reviews website. Here are a few of her comments:

“I very much enjoyed this book!… What I liked was the texture, context, and backstory that it gives to the scriptural account of the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. It also provides a fuller picture of the sequence of events leading up to the judgment and what may have been in the minds and hearts of those involved in the incitement against Jesus…I will heartily recommend Glory Revealed. It was a wonderful read during Passion Week!”

Click here to read the full review.

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Read an Ebook Week

Read an Ebook Week

*From Paula: Check out the news item below. All of my books published through WordCrafts Press are part of this special celebration.

If you have ever wanted to take a chance on a new author, but didn’t want to fork over full price for a hardback or paperback edition, now is your chance! The 9th annual Read an Ebook Week is underway, and runs through end of day March 11.

A multitude of authors and publishers from around the world participate in this global ebook celebration, offering thousands of fiction and non-fiction titles available for free or at deep discounts in all major ebook formats, including .epub, for most ereader devices such as iPad and Nook, and .mobi for Kindle.

WordCrafts Press is joining in the celebration, offering all of its ebook titles at a 75 percent discount from retail, exclusively through the Smashwords ebookstore.

“We’re thrilled to participate in the Read an Ebook Week celebration,” said WordCrafts Press publisher, Mike Parker. “What a great opportunity for readers to discover new authors, and for less than the price of a cup of coffee!”

The Smashwords ebookstore makes it easy for readers to purchase participating titles. Simply visit the Smashwords website and search for the WordCrafts Press title you want. Click on the Buy With Coupon button, then use the code RAE75 to get the discounted price. But hurry. The discounted prices end at close of business, March 11.

“If you enjoy your ebook, please take time to share your thoughts on your favorite social media site,” Parker added. “The best publicity an author can get is an honest recommendation from a reader.”

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WordCrafts Theatrical Press Offers Free Perusal Copy of Stage Adaptations of Three of Jane Austen’s Beloved Novels – Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, & EMMA to Community and School Theaters

January 16, 2017 (Buffalo, WY) – “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

“I have done mischief.”

The year 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of British author, Jane Austen. It is no exaggeration to say that Austen is one of the most beloved novelists of all time. A 2003 BBC poll placed her masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice, in the #2 spot in their list of the “UK’s Best Loved Books,” right behind Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.” A 2008 Australian survey pegged Pride and Prejudice on top of the “101 Best Books Ever Written.”

Pride and Prejudice was not Austen’s first novel, however. That distinction belongs to the equally beloved, Sense and Sensibility, which Austen self-published under the pseudonym of “A Lady,” in 1811, and the novel has been in continuous publication ever since.

While Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility dealt with the trials, tribulations and concerns of genteel women in the Georgian-Regency period, Austen’s Emma is much more light-hearted. This comedy of manners continues to resonate with contemporary audience as evidenced by its popular 1995 hit film adaptation, “Clueless.”

The internationally-acclaimed playwright Paula K. Parker adapted the novels with an eye for authenticity and a determination to maintain the integrity of the original work. “There is a tendency for some contemporary playwrights to inject their own values or agendas into their scripts when they adapt a popular novel for the stage or screen,” Parker declared. “But Jane Austen’s works stand on their own. Lizzy Bennet, Mr. Darcy, Emma Woodhouse, and the Dashwood sisters are delightful characters as Jane Austen created them, without trying to infect them with 21st Century proclivities.”

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the Austen’s amazing literary legacy, WordCrafts Theatrical Press is declaring 2017 The Year Jane Austen Takes Center Stage. To celebrate, they are offering community theaters free perusal copies of Parker’s stage adaptions of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility, and Jane Austen’s EMMA through digital download in all major eBook formats. To get your free perusal copy of any or

send an email to pr@wordcrafts.net and be sure to “Jane Austen” in the subject line. We’ll send you a link to the download site and a coupon code for a 100% discount. There is no obligation.

Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is available for amateur and professional productions from WordCrafts Theatrical Press. The cast requires 11 males & 17 females with possible doubling of roles.

Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility is available for amateur and professional productions from WordCrafts Theatrical Press. The cast requires 13 males & 10 females with possible doubling of roles.

Jane Austen’s EMMA is available for amateur and professional productions from WordCrafts Theatrical Press. The cast requires 7 males & 9 females with possible doubling of roles.

For more information on WordCrafts Theatrical Press or to request production rights, please visit wordcrafts.net or contact:

CE Edwards
Senior Publicist
WordCrafts Press & WordCrafts Theatrical Press

For more information on Paula K. Parker visit her website, PaulaKParker.com.

Also available from WordCrafts Theatrical Press:

The Obits
Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

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“JANE AUSTEN’S EMMA” Earns Best Play Nomination

“JANE AUSTEN’S EMMA” Earns Best Play Nomination

Jane Austen’s EMMA, the delightfully whimsical new stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, which enjoyed its world premiere at middle Tennessee-based Springhouse Theatre Company earlier this year, is winning over the hearts of critics as well as local theater-goers. The production recently earned a nomination for “Best Play of 2016” from BroadwayWorld.com’s Nashville region. Springhouse Theatre Company’s production of Jane Austen’s EMMA also generated Best Actress and Best Actor nominations for Nashville-based actress Corinne Bupp in the title role, and recording artist Brian Barrett as Mr. George Knightley, as well as a Best Director nomination for Margaret Meek.

It’s not the first time Jane Austen’s EMMA has been singled out by the influential theater resource. When the show opened in February 2016, it was included on the Broadway World Nashville’s “Critic’s Choice: The Shows You Just Can’t Miss” list.

According to Broadway World Nashville, “If you love Jane Austen’s novels, or if you just love to laugh, enjoy life and appreciate love, you’re likely to be enchanted by this staging of (playwright) Paula K. Parker’s adaptation of one of Austen’s most enduring – and we daresay delightful – works. The talented supporting cast includes 2016 First Night Most Promising Actor Cate Eunyoung Jo.”

[L to R] Cate Eunyoung Jo as Harriet and Corinne Bupp as Emma

Jane Austen’s feisty, provocative and enchanting heroine, Emma Woodhouse, comes to life on the stage in Parker’s sparkling new stage adaptation. Beautiful, talented and bored, Emma amuses herself by making matches for her acquaintances, and she fancies herself to be quite adept at the practice. But things spin quickly out of control when Emma intervenes in the affairs of the heart of her hapless friend, Harriet. The result is a hilarious comedy of errors that eventually uncovers the secret desires of Emma’s own heart.

Jane Austen’s EMMA is the third of Austen’s novels that Ms. Parker has adapted for the stage. Her other adaptations, Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility, are also available from WordCrafts Theatrical PressJane Austen’s EMMA is available for production by either amateur or professional theatre companies.

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