New Release | Audio Book

Preview:

So excited to say that The Lady of the Tower Audio Book is now on sale on Amazon, Audible and I-Tunes. Thanks to the fantastic Bridget Thomas, a very talented actress who narrated the novel, Lucy’s story is now available for your listening pleasure. And, it’s truly a whole different experience from reading – especially hearing the language and original recipes and letters read aloud. I actually got goose-bumps a few times, even still.

If you are a new subscriber to Audible, the book is FREE if it’s your first choice. I do hope you enjoy!

Coming in May – The Lady of the Tower Audio Book

In final production review of The Lady of the Tower Audio Book. It is a whole new incredible experience to hear their stories, letters and words aloud. I can’t wait to share. Bridget Thomas, an extremely talented narrator, won the audtion based on my readers’ votes (and mine, I was so hoping they’d love her as much as I do). Check out her voice on the clip on her website.

https://www.bridgetsvoice.com

Just a couple of weeks until release date!

By Love Divided – “An Epic Story of a Civil War Family”

Thrilled with this wonderful review of By Love Divided which appeared today in Reading the Past, one of the best historical fiction blogs around.

“The novels in Elizabeth St. John’s Lydiard Chronicles are standouts in the recent resurgence of historical fiction set in 17th-century England.”

http://readingthepast.blogspot.com/2018/04/by-love-divided-by-elizabeth-st-john.html

 

The Lady of the Tower Audio Book

Thanks to all my wonderful FB Friends and Tweeps who voted on the very clear winner to narrate and produce the Audio Book for The Lady of the Tower. I’m now at the next stage – a critical review of the first 20 minutes of the book! How does this sound to you – a great cross section of mature and young Lucy, Allen, Barbara and Joan. Post a comment or drop me an email and let me know if this meets your imagination of the characters!

The Recipes Project – Magical Charms to Herbal Remedies

I was recently asked to contribute to The Recipes Project, an international group of scholars interested in the history of recipes, ranging from magical charms to veterinary remedies. Old recipes can tell us a lot about the past, such as how medicines were prepared, when certain foods became popular, or why ingredients might be magical. Here’s my article about how Lady Johanna St.John’s Recipe Book inspired The Lady of the Tower.

Placing Historical Recipes in Fiction: The Lady of the Tower

Listen to The Lady of the Tower Auditions

I am excited to be exploring options to publish an Audio Book of The Lady of the Tower. Working with ACX.com, I have been auditioning narrators for the past few weeks, and was pleased with the caliber and quality of the submissions. I’ve narrowed the list down to six, and have posted them below. I would love your feedback on them. I gave them two scenes from the book, which I thought would give a good cross section of emotion and characterization. The book will have just one narrator, so an ability to assume different roles is crucial. All are talented actresses, with an ability to provide a number of different accents, and all are native English-speaking. Here’s a recap:

Scene 1 – Lucy and Allen, where Allen declares his intent to marry her.

Scene 2 – Lucy, Barbara and Theo, where Lucy confronts and accuses them of the betrayal they played on her.

I’d love your feedback on:

Characterization, Clarity, Emotional Connection and Appropriate Age. Lucy ages from 14 to 44 in the book, so it’s important that the narrator has a voice that can stretch this age. And, if you’ve read the book, who do you personally think is the Lucy you imagined. If you could please rank your top three, and why you chose #1, that would be wonderful.

Auditions

#A – LOTT GdC

 

#B LOTT HT

(N/A)

 

#C LOTT ADJ

 

#D LOTT JEB

 

#E LOTT BM

 

#F LOTT BT

Please email me your thoughts by January 31st at elizabethjstjohn@gmail.com, or leave a comment on this post.

Thank you so very much! I’m excited to hear your thoughts and so appreciate you helping me on this project.