Welcome to the blog tour for The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson! I'm thrilled and honored to participate in the promotions for this fabulous sequel novel. Today, I'll be sharing how Mary chose the names of characters in this series. And, there is a giveaway! Woohoo!
Top Five Character Names in The Heart of Betrayal and Their Meanings
By Mary E. Pearson
Lia is derived from Leah, which depending on your source, could mean weary, mistress, or ruler, and I suppose all of those could describe Lia. But in the book her name is short for Jezelia, which is a totally made up name. I played around with several before I settled on it. I think it’s is quite pretty. Yes, please feel free to name your firstborn after her. Since I made up the name, I guess I can also suggest several possible meanings: Strong, badass, leader. Choose your favorite, or suggest one of your own. Maybe I will use it in book 3. I have the feeling we’re going to find out.
Rafe is short for Rafferty, which again, depending on where you look, can mean flood tide, or rich and prosperous, or descendent of Rabhartach. I can’t even pronounce that last one, so I’ll go with rich and prosperous.
Kaden is derived from the Gaelic surname MacCadáin and means son of Caden but I saw another source which said it could mean battler or fighter, both of which could fit Kaden.
With all three of the above names, I chose them for how they sounded alone and together, rather than their meaning. I tend to like short names (I have to write them a lot!) and in Lia’s case, this little name fit her personality to a T. She wanted something simple and without the pretense of her formal royal name and title: Princess Arabella, Celestine, Idris, Jezelia, First Daughter of the House of Morrigan. Yeah, that’s a mouthful. I’d go with Lia too.
I chose Pauline because it sounds proper and innocent, and also reminiscent of Polyanna, the epitome of a positive outlook. It is also derived from the name of a saint, which pretty much describes Pauline’s personality. She’s a sweet, generous girl, but unfortunately, the same qualities that make her a great bff, also put her at terrible risk. She’s tough and a survivor but sometimes too trusting.
This is the ruler’s title in the world of Venda, but the only name the Komizar uses (he hates his real name). I use my etymology dictionary a lot and I used it to come up with Komizar which is a greatly bastardized blend of commander , commissioner, czar, and helluva scary guy. Well, maybe the last one wasn’t in the dictionary and was just in my head.
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About The Heart of Betrayal:
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Book Two of the Remnant Chronicles
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads):
Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!
Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.
Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.
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