How is Kyrie pronounced?

He Needed a Name. Questions related to Kyrie have come up from three or four different people this week. That’s FAQ levels of inquiry, so I thought I’d do a blog post. Who knows, maybe you’ve been wondering about this, too. ::twinkle::

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They would give them a home and teach them how to be the best of all worlds. Starting with this little one, who needed them as much as he needed a name. An idea sparked, and Tsumiko started along the path again, aiming for the central courtyard. “I want to show you something.”

A stone archway spanned the broad entrance, and words were chiseled deep into the stone. Argent scanned the Latin and translated, “God Have Mercy.”

“Yes. Kyrie eleison … my favorite song and the school’s motto.  I thought Kyrie might make a good name for a child who needed mercy and found it.”

“Kyrie,” he said, testing the syllables.

Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox (Amaranthine Saga, #1)

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Pronunciation. Kyrie’s name is properly pronounced with three syllables (KEE-ree-yay), which is the Latin word for “lord.” You can check out YouTube, where abundant recordings of Tsumiko’s favorite song are available. But since I’m ever and always a fangirl and Death Note‘s OST is memorable for its sonorous Latin choruses, I’ll link you there – Death Note Kyrie, Kyrie II And Kyrie Orchestra.


Origination. Some of you kindly flagged the above scene in order to correct my reference to Latin, pointing out that kyrie eleison is Greek. You are not wrong. But neither am I. (And this is where I start to sound like a total nerd, but not a defensive one. Because this stuff is really cool, but can be a little confusing.) Continue reading

AUDIO: Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox

Coming Soon! You can now pre-order the audio edition of Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox, which is narrated by Travis Baldree. Here it is on Audible. And my publisher tells me that the audiobook will also be available through other distributors, such as OverDrive, Hoopla, OneClick (RB Digital) in the library market, iTunes, Google,, Kobo, Findaway, and other smaller distributors in the retail market. Whew!

Audio 01 Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox

Releasing: February 26, 2019

Blurb-My-Book Challenge

Let’s do something fun. All this week, leading up to the release of Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal on Monday, October 22, I’m running what may be the silliest challenge ever. You know what a book blurb is, right? It’s a line or two of praise that appears on a book cover, usually by someone with a claim to fame. I’m inviting you to blurb Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox.

Blurb My Book

What I need from you:

  • Say your piece. What did you think? How did you feel? Why are you giving your seal of approval? Be punchy! Be pithy! Be you!
  • Choose wisely. What name/penname/pseudonym do you want to use? Because you’re going to show off this book cover, right?
  • Byline, please! Promote your fandom fic, your comic, your book, your blog. Or choose your claim to fame, your quirk, your reason for reading. Be bold! Be brash! Be you!

Comment below or email me (I’m at always[dot]forthright[at]gmail[dot]com), and I’ll create a book cover emblazoned with your blurb! Just for fun, but also for sharing. Because a little buzz is good right before a book releases. ::twinkle::

Deadline for participation: Monday, October 22, 2018 (release day for Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal)

As always… Be nice! Play fair! Have fun!