What’s In A Name…

 

First order of business…CONGRATULATIONS CRYSTAL!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY LAUNCH WEEK!!! I’m so super excited and proud to celebrate with you. Crystal is a force in this industry. She’s about to take over!

The best part about being a deb is meeting awesome fellow writers who inspire you to be better. Crystal undoubtedly steers our debutante ship. Always encouraging us with informative articles, always pushing us to be just as tech-savvy as she is, always down for a good glass of wine. Crystal is a force in this industry. She’s about to take over!

There’s not much that hasn’t been said about Crystal’s amazing historical. (Check out the Goodreads page, nothing but awesome praise!)  Everything about this book makes me want to throw myself a fancy party, planning with meticulous detail. My fellow deb no doubt did her homework when it came to writing this book. But what really intrigued me was the beautiful names she used for her characters, named after real Romans of that era. Names, albeit, I had a hard time pronouncing. (Ha ha!) Hence, I turned to Google for help!! 

 

Thrasius

https://www.howtopronounce.com/thrasius/

Apicius

https://www.howtopronounce.com/apicius/

Apicata

https://www.howtopronounce.com/apicata/

Aelia

Ai-eh-l-y-ah

(Side Note: LOVE the meaning! Feminine form of Aelius. Aelius is a Roman family name which was possibly derived from the Greek word ‘ηλιος (helios) meaning “sun”.)

Passia

PAESH-iyAH

Sotas

https://www.howtopronounce.com/sotas/

Pliny

PLIN-ee

There are other names too that are fun like Rúan and Tycho but you’ll see for yourself when you pick up her book!

 

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Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar, most likely multitasking. Her debut novel, ALLEGEDLY is due January 24th, 2017 through Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins.

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  1. I love that you explored the pronunciation! There is no way you would know this, unless you took Latin, but the pronunciation for Apicius at that site is actually wrong…sort of. In Latin the c would be a hard c, just as in that time Caesar would have had a hard c not a soft c. At some point in medieval times the pronunciation switched and the c’s became soft. For example, cena, the Italian name for dinner, is pronounced like cana in my novel. Apicius would be pronounced Ah-pick-ee-us. I think that the Apicius school of cooking in Italy pronounces it with the soft c as does the famed Paris restaurant. I know the audio book narrator chose to use the soft c but in ancient Rome it would have been different.

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