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.