Fiorella slept well, but fitfully, last night. Her brain was struggling with a problem generated by a correction that her line-editor suggested in WHERE THE HEART LEADS, which will come out November 17. Let Fio explain.
The hero has an uncle named Omar, whom he refers to, of course, as "Uncle Omar" or "my Uncle Omar." The editor suggested I change the latter reference to "my uncle Omar," which didn't sit well with Fiorella, but she couldn't put her argument into logical form till she woke up this morning. Yes, the ol' pop-up toaster brain did it again.
Fio's construction is a REFERRAL, not an APPOSITIVE. Would you write "your queen Elizabeth," or "my president Obama," or "my cousin Itt?"