XERXES left a lovely review on amazon.com of Bella’s Betrothal, so of course, I thought I’d mention his name here today. The review says “The novel is set in early nineteenth century Edinburgh, which the author describes with vivid realism.”
Reviews are precious and so much appreciated.
Xerxes is Persian in origin and means something like king, ruler, monarch. It was used for several of the Persian kings in and around the 5th century BC so it’s a bit tautological – if that’s a word.
Like the other names beginning with X, Xanthe, Xavier, Xander, the name Xerxes is pronounced with an initial sounding Z. One name that has an initial sounding X is Excaliber because in English pronunciation the E is needed to render a soft x hard.
Excaliber was the name given to the legendary Arthur’s sword – you know, the one he pulled from the stone. Hunting for a meaning for excaliber is interesting if imprecise. There’s general agreement that Caliburn is an option and that the word may mean simply sword. Although like yesterday’s Winston and Churchill, it has been taken over for advertising ends, there doesn’t seem to be more than the one example of its use – as Arthur’s legendary sword.
Today is the final day when you can access MuseItUp’s April sale for Bella’s Betrothal.
BELLA’S BETROTHAL at a special price till April 28th:
Amazon UK http://goo.gl/P3lmzk US http://goo.gl/7mh8FI AU http://goo.gl/3yj8U1
/apple itunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id713274218
Xcellent post. And good on Xerxes for the review. Bella is on my Kindle and will be holiday reading when I’m in Cyprus next month for my son’s wedding.
Hi Anne, X has been causing a lot of angst around the A-Z fold. Have a great time in Cyprus and I hope you enjoy Bella’s story, Anne
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I believe that the nicest thing you can do for an author is write them a review.
Bella’s Betrothal sounds really interesting.
Popping in via the challenge.
Nice to meet you! 😀
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Hi Michelle, I’ve been to visit some interesting blogs through the challenge. nice to see you here and, yes, reviews are a life-blood, Anne
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