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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Blog Tour- CRIMSON BOUND by Rosamund Hodge Audio-book Sample and a Giveaway!

I am excited to be able to host a stop on the CRIMSON BOUND Blog Tour! I loved Rosamund's CRUEL BEAUTY and can't wait to read this one. Just a note I know some people think that CRIMSON BOUND is a sequel. It's not. This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe. I have an audiobook sample and an interview between the tour organizer, Wendy from The Midnight Garden and the book's narrator to share with you today. Make sure to enter the giveaway below for a copy of each of the books in the series courtesy of Harper Teen!

Haven't heard of CRIMSON BOUND? Check it out!

Author: Rosamund Hodge
Pub. Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 448
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.)

Now on to the sample!

And the interview!

Interview with Crimson Bound Audiobook Narrator Elizabeth Knowelden

The Midnight Garden: I was very taken with your performance of Rosamund Hodge's first book Cruel Beauty--your interpretation brought the characters and setting to life in a very vivid way, so I was pleased to see that you are narrating the author's new bookCrimson Bound as well. What was your favorite scene and/or character to perform from Crimson Bound?  Do you enjoy the unusual fairy tale mash-ups in these books? 

Elizabeth Knowelden: First of all, thank you for your kind words! I'm so happy you had such a great response to Cruel Beauty - it was an absolute pleasure narrating it. Yes, I absolutely love working with Rosamund's books. With Crimson Bound, my favorite sections were the dark, creeping side-chapters in-between the main tale, where we hear the story of Zisa and Tyr in the forest and their original journey. It leads us into the present day while also being full of mystery and danger. These sections were written so cleverly and, as a narrator, it was delicious fun delving into an age old, dark and sinister tale and being able to use my voice in such a malevolent way.

The Midnight Garden: You've made me want to listen to the audiobook even more! You have extensive theater credits, including work with Kevin Spacey at The Old Vic in London. Do you find that a dramatic background helps in interpreting different characters when you're narrating? 

Elizabeth Knowelden: One of my favorite parts of acting is the initial creation of the character. Coming from the theatre, it is the norm for each character you play to be exclusively different from the last. With narration, I generally play all of the characters in the book and act them with only my voice, so having the background of the theatre is a great foundation for such work. 

The Midnight Garden: I would imagine so. How does the experience of acting for theater differ from acting for audio? 

Elizabeth Knowelden: With theatre you have your whole body to communicate with the audience. So much of what we say on stage is through how we move - body language says so much - so working in audio, where you only have your voice to connect with the reader requires a different skill set. You have to manipulate your voice very specifically. Also, with theatre, you have an immediate contact with the audience - you can feel the energy of the room - whereas with narration, you're on your own in a studio! You never really have that contact, which is why blogs like these are great! I also love being able to experience another style of acting - while normally on stage I would project to a large theatre, with audio - like acting in film - you have the joy of telling a story with an intimacy as if you were sharing a secret with a friend behind closed doors.

The Midnight Garden: Ah, that description makes so much sense. Your narration has a very hushed, secretive, wonderful quality, which is perfect for these books, and hearing you describe your approach makes me appreciate your performance even more. Take us through a typical audiobook gig. How do you prepare, and what is the process typically like?

Elizabeth Knowelden: I prepare each book before I record by making character notes as I go along. As you only have your voice to connect with the audience, it's important to depict the differences in all the characters very clearly. As a narrator, you get to use your own imagination to decide what these characters would sound like. For example, what is the rhythm of the character? Are they young and excited? Do they speak quickly? Is it a deeper, husky sound if they are old, or clear, calm and wise? I decide all these things before stepping into the booth. Some books I will record at my home studio, others, like Crimson Bound, I will work in the studio of the company. 

Generally, I like to narrate a book within 3 days or so, which provides a relaxed yet efficient timetable! Naturally, it all depends on scheduling with other acting projects. Once I start recording, I get lost in the book and have a great time. I'll often catch myself in a strange physical positions, acting out how the character would be expressing themselves at that moment. Hidden cameras would make a hilarious TV show...

The Midnight Garden: What other books have you narrated that you'd recommend? 

Elizabeth Knowelden: I recently worked opposite Alfred Molina in The Starling Project, which is a wonderful Jeffery Deaver script - a political thriller. Rather than an audio book - it's an audio movie, (where there are terrific sound effects and it's, effectively, a "movie in your ears"). We had a large cast and it's a fantastic piece of audio drama produced by Audiocomics.

I also just co-narrated the drama One Step Too Far, the #1 International Bestseller by Tina Seskis. This is a fictional tale of a woman at a deeply jarred moment in her life - I don't want to give the game away, as the plot evolves as we listen - but it deals with the troubles that can unfold being a mother and issues of love and guilt. I had a wonderful experience recording it. It is often written in the first person, so the audience is able to hear the characters most private thoughts, as if it were a series of secret journal entries. It was incredible to have the opportunity to play such a role, solely with the voice, and deliver the performance of this character and express the extreme highs and lows of her life. It's a wonderful book and it was a joy to perform as an actor.

The Midnight Garden: Are you working on other projects you can talk about?

Elizabeth Knowelden: I'm on stage at the moment in "The English Bride" at the Road Theatre in LA, which is a glorious piece of writing by Lucile Lichtblau - looking at the complexities of love within a possible act of terrorism...you know, just a typical Thursday night. On screen, I play Lindsay Hawthorne in the movie Hot Bot, directed by Michael Polish, will also be out later this year.

The Midnight Garden: Oh, I'm in Los Angeles! I might have to check that out. Rosamund Hodge seems to have found her niche in fairy tale-inspired young adult stories. What fairy tales would you be interested in seeing her take on next? 

Elizabeth Knowelden:  All of them! Rosamund uses a basis of these classic tales that we all love and connect with, but she also develops the stories into the wonderful imagination of her own new worlds, which are rich, fresh and exciting. Her stories are brilliant and a joy to narrate so I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.

The Midnight Garden: Thanks so much for joining us on the Crimson Bound blog tour, Elizabeth! And many thanks to Two Chicks on Books for hosting us as well.

About the Narrator:

Elizabeth Knowelden is a critically acclaimed English actress. Hailing from the theatre, she continues to garner respect in all areas of her career, epitomised by recognition from BAFTA. She has worked at the Old Vic Theatre and in London's West End in many notable productions, as well as in national tours and in Los Angeles. As a voice over actress she works across the board, while as a singer she has performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as in various musicals.
Visit her on her websiteIMDB page, or on Twitter to keep up with all her latest news.

Photograph courtesy of IMDB, by Dana Patrick.

About Rosamund:
Rosamund Hodge loves mythology, Hello Kitty, and T. S. Eliot. She writes YA fantasy that draws on two of those things. In her wild youth, she studied Medieval English at Oxford; she now lives in Seattle and writes wildly. Visit her on the web athttp://www.rosamundhodge.net or follow her on Twitter: @rosamundhodge.

Giveaway Details:

Thanks to Harper Teen, we're giving away two prizes! The first prize is a bundle of Rosamund Hodge books, including hardback copies of CRIMSON BOUND and CRUEL BEAUTY, and the second prize is a giveaway for the fantastic audiobook narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden. Let us know in the comments which of the two you'd prefer, or if you're open to either one.

Open to U.S. and Canadian residents, see entry form for complete details.

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Tour Schedule

Monday, 4/20              The Midnight Garden         Fairy Tale Inspiration: Little Red Riding Hood & The Girl with No Hands

Tuesday, 4/21             Mundie Moms                    Cosmetics for Badasses

Wednesday, 4/22        Two Chicks on Books        Audiobook Clip + Interview

Thursday, 4/23            YA Romantics                    Flash Fiction #1

Friday, 4/24                 Cuddlebuggery                  The Obligatory Strong Heroine Post

Monday, 4/27              YA Midnight Reads             Writing a Bad Girl/Good Boy Romance

Tuesday, 4/28             Alice Marvels                       Flash Fiction #2

Wednesday, 4/29        The Daily Prophecy             Interview

Thursday, 4/30            The Social Potato                Death Before Dishonor

Friday, 5/1                   The Starry-Eyed Revue       Flash Fiction #3

Make sure you check out all the tour stops! The tour is designed so that readers may earn extra giveaway points by visiting each stop.


  1. Thanks for the giveaway! I don't usually listen to audio books; I prefer physical copies, but listening to the story makes me want to read it so bad. :)

  2. I am not entering the giveaway because I've already pre-ordered the book. But I just wanted to say that I loved the narrator's voice in the video clip.

    And I also wanted to let Midnight Garden's readers know that Crimson Bound is *not* set in the same world as Cruel Beauty. (I just love having a whole new world to explore with an author I love.)

    1. Thanks for catching that, Bibliophagist! Jaime's made the correction in her introduction.

      Isn't the narrator's voice lovely, though? I am smitten. I've already read CRIMSON BOUND but I may listen to Elizabeth reading it again one of these days.

      Thanks for participating in the tour, Jaime!

      Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  3. I've only listened to one audiobook before so I won't be a very accurate judge but the sample sounds really good :D I'm really excited! Thanks for the giveaway~

  4. I totally love that you shared a clip from the audio book. The interview was so much fun to read through as well. Although I would probably enjoy listening to the audiobook I much prefer holding a book in my hands and reading it. :)

  5. This sounds like a very interesting take on The Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale,I'm looking forward to reading it:)

  6. I really loved this glimpse of the audiobook. I would love to listen to it, and I don't listen to too many audiobooks! I am pretty picky…and man this narrator completely blows my mind she is amazing and I can tell she's a skilled actress. I can't wait until this book come out! If I win I'd get the audiobook because I already preordered the book :P

    Thanks so much this is a great tour
    Dee @ Dee's Reads

  7. (Alisha S. in rafflecopter)

    I have never listened to an audiobook before but I really enjoyed the narrator's voice in the clip. If I won the audiobook, I would definitely give it a try! Thanks for the chance!! :)

  8. I would love to have this to listen to in my car! :D
    Mary Loki

  9. I really enjoyed the audio snippet, her voice is perfect. I'm not much of audiobook listener though. Thanks for hosting the giveaway, these books sound great!


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