“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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“SISTERS OF LAZARUS” series receive a glowing 5-star Amazon review

“SISTERS OF LAZARUS” series receive a glowing 5-star Amazon review

Reader Tracy Sugg wrote a glowing 5-star review of the SISTERS OF LAZARUS series:

“For anyone who loves books and a good read – especially during these cold winter evenings near a warm fire and a hot beverage – I highly recommend these two books! Paula K Parker has brought to life the stories of Mary and Martha in the first book [BEAUTY UNVEILED] of the ‘Sisters of Lazarus’ series. Her attention to historic research is evident – this is not a couple of 21st century women stuck in a backdrop of Biblical scenery. See the Biblical story unfold in a well written, engaging and dramatic story! In the second book,[GLORY REVEALED] the story picks right up where the first story ends and unfolds during the Passover week through the Ascension of Christ. Once the book got to the Triumphant Entry I couldn’t put it down until I had finished it!!! For the purists out there – – Paula has a link to her website that details which parts are historic fact in her book, along with the documented research, and which parts were written as creative license to tell this dramatic Story. Though one usually thinks of reading this Story around Easter time, I found it especially meaningful reading this during the Advent Season.”

Both books in the SISTERS OF LAZARUS series  is available as a discounted bundle.

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“GLORY REVEALED” reviewed on Midwest Book Review

“GLORY REVEALED” reviewed on Midwest Book Review

mbrGLORY REVEALED was reviewed by C.E. Edwards on the Reviewer’s Bookwatch of the Midwest Book Review site. The review is included below.

Glory Revealed: Sisters of Lazarus, Book Two
Paula K. Parker
WordCrafts Press
Buffalo, Wyoming
www.wordcrafts.net
9780990976189, $15.99, PB, 328 pages, www.amazon.colm

C.E. Edwards
Reviewer

grsquareIn “Glory Revealed: Sisters of Lazarus, Book Two” author Paula K. Parker continues the saga of the family of Lazarus, the man Jesus of Nazareth raised from the dead. Folks who have been to Sunday school as children have at least a flannel-graph familiarity with the story. But Parker does more than simply rehash the facts presented in Scriptures. She puts flesh on the bones and blood in the veins of the characters, presenting them as real life people with real life interpersonal conflicts, frustrations, joys and foibles – very much like people you probably know; maybe even people you are related to…or maybe even you.

In Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled” Parker introduced us to two sisters, Mary and Martha, who were very much at odds with each other, each with their own personal baggage, and each with their own agendas. Both are transformed by their encounter with the prophet from Nazareth, and share the mind-numbing miracle of having their brother restored from the grave. (It’s easy to just read the story in the Bible and think, ‘oh, that’s pretty cool,’ and then move on to the next story; but stop and ponder for a moment.

This is not the story of a loved one whose heart stopped on the operating room table, and the doctors put the paddles on and yelled, ‘clear!’ This is the story of a loved one who was dead…dead and buried…dead and buried four days ago. If it was your brother, whom you saw die. Then you buried him, and a week later some guy tells you to dig him up, and then he walks out of the grave?! I mean seriously, how would you feel? Okay, enough pondering; back to the review.) SPOILER ALERT – “Beauty Unveiled” ends with Mary anointing Jesus’ feet, pouring out the only thing of value she has; the precious perfume from her alabastron.

“Glory Revealed” picks up immediately after this event and carries the story forward through the Last Supper, the trial and crucifixion, and the resurrection, to its glorious conclusion at the ascension of Christ. It is a magnificent re-imagining of the Greatest Story Ever Told, from the viewpoint of those who loved Jesus best; and those who hated Him most. Highly recommended!

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CHRISTMAS BUNDLE

CHRISTMAS BUNDLE

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For the Christmas gift-giving season, both books in the Sisters of Lazarus series – BEAUTY UNVEILED and GLORY REVEALED – are being sold as a discounted bundle for $25. [Shipping additional; supplies are limited.]

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Artisan Fair

Artisan Fair

The Springhouse Artisaartisan-fair-2016n Fair celebrates the creative arts by showcasing the works of authors, photographers, artists, woodworkers and a host of other master crafters.

The event is free and open to the public. It’s a great place to find that perfect, unique Christmas present for everyone on your list.

I will be at the WordCrafts Press table, meeting people and selling autographed copies of all of my books. If you are going to be in the Middle Tennessee area on this date, I would love to see you there.

And remember, autographed books make great gifts.

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Fresh Fiction: Sibling Rivalry, Supermodels and a Biblical Novel

Fresh Fiction: Sibling Rivalry, Supermodels and a Biblical Novel

FFLogoPinkBlackSisters of LazarusDo you want to know what sibling rivalry, supermodels and biblical fiction have in common? Check out my guest blog on the website, Fresh Fiction. While you are there, enter the win a copy of SISTERS OF LAZARUS; Beauty Unveiled.

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