This is it! The cover for my next book, Driven to Matrimony from The Wild Rose Press. No release date yet but coming soon. This cover is considerably different than the first two, but I specifically asked for this style because I consider it a romantic comedy. Let me know if you like it.
There’s only one car left in the rental agency’s lot when my heroine, Dina Maitland, arrives, and it is a standard transmission. Although Dina supposedly learned how to drive a straight stick years ago in drivers’ ed class, this isn’t one of her better skills, as you can see by where the car has landed on the cover. This scene takes place near the end of the book. The lift is there for a reason. I hope you’ll check out the book when it’s release and find out why that lift is there.
Since we’re talking “re”veal, I thought I’d devote this post to the subject of “re,” two little letters that change the meaning of the words they proceed to mean “again.” Re is hopeful, optimistic, because it suggests a second chance. If you’re like me, second chances (and succeeding chances, for that matter) are great. We writers deal in a lot of re’s: re-visions, re-telling, re-views, and unfortunately, re-jections.
What I’d like to talk about today, though, are a few other “re” words I’ve been hearing more of lately. I wondered if you have too, and if you have, if this slight change in our thinking says something about our time.
For instance, the word “re-invent.” It’s been around for a while, yes, but I guess I start with it because I use it a lot to describe my life the past few years. Technically, I “re-tired,” but I prefer to say I’m reinventing myself. And I am. I became a resident of the state of Florida and made a whole new group of friends. I’ve spent my time on new activities like Mah Jongg and knitting. (Okay, not as exciting say as deep sea fishing or rock climbing, but they keep the brain going.) And since the “re-lease” of my first book, The Sleepover Clause, last September, I’ve learned to extend myself promoting my books.
Increased use of this word signals a desire on the part of our society to do more, do something different with our lives.
Another word making the rounds of late is “re-imagine.” I like this one because it suggests nothing is ever really carved in stone (except stone carvings). Writers can ” re-turn” to manuscripts and story lines they may have set aside long ago and breathe new life into them without having to start with a completely blank page.
And how about “re-purpose”? I frequently hear this one on HGTV (the House and Garden TV Network), as interior decorators change objects into different objects. Ever watched “Flea Market Flip”? ABC personality Lara Spencer pits teams of flea market aficionados against each other in a challenge to buy low and re-sell high items they’ve taken apart, painted, “re-paired,” etc. and given a new function. There’s a certain “green” aspect to keeping what we have and doing something different with it.
Have you noticed a particular “re” term getting a lot of play in your world lately? Why not “re-ply” to this post and tell us about it?
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