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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JANE AUSTEN TAKES CENTER STAGE IN 2017

JANE AUSTEN TAKES CENTER STAGE IN 2017
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
pr@wordcrafts.net

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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Bestselling Author Paula K. Parker Celebrates 60 With New Novel

Bestselling Author Paula K. Parker Celebrates 60 With New Novel

grsquarePeople celebrate the Big 6-0 in a variety of ways. Bestselling novelist Paula K. Parker is celebrating her 60th birthday with the release of her new biblical novel, Glory Revealed: Sisters of Lazarus, Book Two from WordCrafts Press. Although the project officially releases on July 19th, Parker is making the novel available to fans now with a special ‘2-for-1’ offer. Fans can pre-order an autographed copy of Glory Revealed, to be shipped on or about the official release date, and also receive a coupon code for a free ebook download in all major ebook formats to enjoy now!

When Parker first introduced the central characters of Mary, Martha and Lazarus in the first volume of the series, Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled, (Authentic Media) in September, 2013, she immediately gained a host of celebrity admirers, including Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress, Roma Downey, the star of the popular network television series, Touched by an Angel and executive producer of the epic, record-breaking mini-series, The Bible.

Sisters of Lazarus is a fun and meaningful read, offering the best of what biblical fiction provides – a tale built around beloved scriptural figures.” Ms. Downey said. “But Paula Parker goes deeper than just creating an entertaining story featuring Mary and Martha, she explores the eternal question of what it means to be truly beautiful.”

When Parker’s UK-based publisher, Authentic Media, decided to include the novel in its summer ebook promotion, offering the ebook version for just $0.99 for a limited time, word of mouth spread like wildfire, propelling Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled onto multiple bestseller lists at several major retailers. The novel reached the #2 spot on both Amazon.com’s “Books – Religion & Spirituality,” and “Kindle eBooks Religion & Inspirational Fiction” categories. The Kindle version climbed to #44 among all Paid Kindle books and the trade paperback edition hit #9 on Amazon’s Bestsellers in Biblical Fiction list. On the same day, Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled reached #59 on Apple iTunes’ Paid Books chart, and over at Barnes & Noble the novel cracked the Top 20, peaking at #14 on the retailer’s Top 100 NOOK Books chart.

Now, nearly three years after its initial release, Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled is still a perennial favorite of readers of Christian fiction, and remains on Amazon’s Bestseller list in its Biblical Fiction category.

“My original plan was to take Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled through Passion Week.” Parker says. “After all, I thought, you can’t write a book about people mentioned in the Gospels without including the central story of the Bible. However, when I finished writing the scene of Mary anointing Jesus, I realized that was where the book needed to end.

“After Beauty Unveiled was released, I frequently received comments from people who had read the book, wanting to know what happened to ‘this’ character or ‘that’ character. When I realized that these readers were invested in the lives of those characters, I knew I needed to finish their story. Although I had never planned to write a series, this is what precisely what happened and Glory Revealed: Sisters of Lazarus, Book Two was born.”

Glory Revealed picks up minutes after the final scene in Beauty Unveiled and follows the events of Passion Week through to the Ascension of Jesus Christ. All of the characters you loved, and those that you hated, from Beauty Unveiled are in it.

Parker’s evocative writing draws readers in, allowing them to feel like a fellow guest sharing the sisters’ wonder at meeting Jesus for the first time, experiencing His transforming power, demonstrated at one of the most astonishing miracles ever recorded, and carries the story through to its astonishing climax.

More than simply a re-telling of a familiar Bible story, Glory Revealed: Sisters of Lazarus, Book Two explores the passion of the Christ through the eyes of Jesus’ closest friends, and most ardent enemies.

“In Glory Revealed Paula K. Parker has woven an intricate tapestry that beautifully depicts a story so often confined to one dimensional charicatures and dry histories,” says author and Bible teacher Barbie Loflin. “Trust me, I use the word ‘tapestry’ deliberately, because the patience, creativity, and attention to detail required to bring life to each thread and combine them to form a greater image, is evident within her writing. From the first pages of Beauty Unveiled, when the sisters argue (like true sisters), all the way through to the penultimate moment in Glory Revealed, the threads weave and circle, binding you within their story, and through that, the story of Christ’s humanity and His Deity. Though I love Jesus with all my heart, I have not cried over the crucifixion since The Passion the the Christ… until now.”

Paula blue 268 x 335About The Author:

Paula K. Parker is an internationally acclaimed author and playwright. She is a contributor to the New York Times Best Seller, Becoming (Thomas Nelson), co-authored the two-volume Ancient Mysteries Retold series (Authentic Media U.K.) with New York Times best-selling author G.P. Taylor, and her stage adaptations of Jane Austen’s beloved novels, Pride & PrejudiceSense & Sensibility and EMMA have been performed on stages around the world.

For more information about Paula K. Parker visit her online at: PaulaKParker.com or WordCrafts.net.

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Author Paula K. Parker Celebrates Father’s Day With eBook Giveaway

Author Paula K. Parker Celebrates Father’s Day With eBook Giveaway
Poignant memoir "An Unlike Evangelist" free for a limited time in eBook formats

Poignant memoir “An Unlike Evangelist” free for a limited time in eBook formats

Internationally acclaimed author makes her memoir, An Unlikely Evangelist, available for free download during the Father’s Day season

Middle Tennessee-based author and playwright, Paula K. Parker, is celebrating the Father’s Day season by making the eBook version of her emotion-laden memoir, An Unlikely Evangelist, available for free during the week before and the week following Father’s Day. “Since the book’s initial released, it has been my tradition to give the eBook version away during the Father’s Day season,” Paula explained. “There are no hoops to jump through and no coupons to fuss with. It’s available in all major eBook formats, exclusively through the Smashwords eBook Store.”

At 5:10 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013, Paula learned that her father had passed away. He died as he had lived, all alone, in the bar he managed in rural Oklahoma. Paula admits to having had a strained relationship with her father for years, one that had only recently begun to heal.

Paula’s father was not a religious man. The last time he set foot inside a church was the day she got married, more than 38 years before. She doubted there would be more than a handful of people at his funeral. She made the trek from Tennessee to Oklahoma to attend the funeral, not out of any need for closure, but because she didn’t want his passing to go unobserved.

She was stunned to discover the little chapel at the funeral home filled to capacity. She was even more surprised to discover she was something of a celebrity in that tiny community. Her father, who wouldn’t darken the doors of a church, had passed her books of Bible stories around to everyone who came into his bar, with the admonition to read them, pass them around, then bring them back.

Paula wrote the experience down in a short memoir called, An Unlikely Evangelist, and shared it with a few friends, including Monica Schmelter, host of the syndicated television show Bridges’ on the Christian Television Network. Monica encouraged Paula to share her story with as many people as possible.

“Father’s Day is usually thought of as a happy occasion for family gatherings,” Monica explained. “But not everyone has a great relationship with their dad. It can be a tough day for some people. Paula’s story is so encouraging and I believe it can bring healing to a lot of hurting people.”

Internationally acclaimed author/playwright Paula K. Parker

Internationally acclaimed author/playwright Paula K. Parker

Although Paula states she wrote her story down merely as a means of preserving her memory of the event, it was soon evident that its impact went far beyond her original intent. With more and more people asking for their own copy, Paula decided to publish An Unlikely Evangelist to encourage others to reach out and heal the breach that may have occurred between family members while there is still time.

“My friend Jason Gray wrote an amazing song, Nothing is Wasted, which was a major encouragement to me during the writing of An Unlikely Evangelist, Paula says. If you are walking through a difficult place in your life, I encourage you to check out the music video version of Jason’s song. It is incredible! For more information about Jason, visit him online at JasonGrayMusic.com.

To download your free copy of “An Unlikely Evangelist” in your preferred eBook format, visit the Smashwords eBook Store.

For more information about Paula K. Parker or An Unlikely Evangelist contact:
Bethany Ring
Publicist
WordCrafts Press
ring@wordcrafts.net

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Summer Promo Launches Biblical Novel Onto Multiple Amazon Top 10 Lists

Summer Promo Launches Biblical Novel Onto Multiple Amazon Top 10 Lists
Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled offers a glimpse into the lives of some of the New Testament’s most intriguing characters; Martha, Mary and Lazarus.
Novel explores the meaning of true beauty.

Novel explores the meaning of true beauty.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nashville, TN – American novelist Paula K. Parker’s biblical novel, Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled, gained a host of celebrity admirers when it hit bookshelves in the fall of 2013, including Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress, Roma Downey, the star of the popular network television series, Touched by an Angel and executive producer of the epic, record-breaking mini-series, The Bible.

Sisters of Lazarus is a fun and meaningful read, offering the best of what biblical fiction provides – a tale built around beloved scriptural figures.” Ms. Downey said. “But Paula Parker goes deeper than just creating an entertaining story featuring Mary and Martha, she explores the eternal question of what it means to be truly beautiful.”

This summer, Parker’s UK-based publisher, Authentic Media, decided to promote the novel world-wide, making the ebook version available for just $0.99. Word of mouth spread like wildfire, propelling Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled onto multiple bestseller lists at several major retailers.

The novel reached #2 spot on both Amazon.com’s “Books – Religion & Spirituality,” and “Kindle eBooks Religion & Inspirational Fiction” categories. The Kindle version climbed to #44 among all Paid Kindle books and the trade paperback edition hit #9 on Amazon’s Bestsellers in Biblical Fiction list. On the same day, Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled reached #59 on Apple iTunes’ Paid Books chart, and over at Barnes & Noble the novel cracked the Top 20, peaking at #14 on the retailer’s Top 100 NOOK Books chart.

In Parker’s novel, Martha and Mary, the two sisters of Lazarus, couldn’t be more different. Martha, the elder, is plain and self-conscious; Mary, the younger, is beautiful and vain. One sees her value only in serving, while the other believes her outward appearance is her only asset. Their worlds are turned upside down when Lazarus offers hospitality to an intriguing new teacher named Jesus.

Parker’s evocative writing draws readers in, allowing them to feel like a fellow guest sharing the sisters’ wonder at meeting Jesus for the first time and experiencing his transforming power, demonstrated at one of the most astonishing miracles ever recorded.

 

More than simply a re-telling of a familiar Bible story, Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled explores what it means to be a woman of God, and how her true value does not lie in her outward appearance or her skills, accomplishments, possessions, or intellect.”In Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled, Paula K. Parker pens a riveting story of love, longing and faith,” declares recording artist and author, Bonnie Keen (First Call). “Parker’s novel bears the profoundly satisfying mark of her gift as a playwright. She combines masterful story-telling with well-crafted dialogue. The result is a cast of Biblical characters fresh and human and real.

“Through the eyes of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, the reader eagerly connects with three siblings from a normal, dysfunctional family. Gone are the dusty, unapproachable characters of Sunday school. Set in Bethany, 2000 years ago, Parker breaks the time barrier with her brilliant use of cultural detail. The veil lifts, and we are brought face to face with flesh-and-blood people who jump off the pages and into our 21st century world. We resonate with their struggles, dreams, delights, disappointments, and in the unpredictable ways God continually touches the human heart. Thank you Paula, for giving a powerful new voice to another ageless story.”

Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled releases internationally from Authentic Media (UK) on September 2, 2013 in trade paperback and all popular eBook formats, and is distributed in the US by Capitol Christian Distribution.

Product Details
* Paperback: 232 pages
* Publisher: Authentic Media (UK)
* ISBN-10: 1780780508
* ISBN-13: 978-1780780504
* ISBN-13 (eBook): 978-1780780979

Author/Playwright Paula K. Parker

Author/Playwright Paula K. Parker

About The Author:

Paula K. Parker is an internationally acclaimed author and playwright. She is a contributor to the New York Times Best Seller, Becoming (Thomas Nelson), co-authored the two-volume Ancient Mysteries Retold series (Authentic Media U.K.) with New York Times best-selling author G.P. Taylor, and her stage adaptations of Jane Austen’s beloved novels, Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility have been performed on stages across the United States.

For more information about Paula K.Parker visit her online at:
PaulaKParker.com.

Review copies of Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled are available upon request. Send review requests to Kate Beaton at Authentic Media. Ms. Parker is available for interview. For more information or to schedule an interview with Ms. Parker please contact Bethany Ring at WordCrafts PR.

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