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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for LIVING IN THE SHALLOWS by Tani Hanes, a new adult romance a...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for LIVING IN THE SHALLOWS by Tani Hanes, a new adult romance available now.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.

Living in the Shallows
by Tani Hanes


GENRE:   New Adult/Romance



Aileen is a bilingual music student with a chronic case of poverty. She gets a dream job as an interpreter for a boy band making a movie in Japan. Having spent her life as a sheltered, shy only child in the rarefied world of classical piano, she is utterly unprepared for this new world, these boys and their frank physicality and openness. Theo, especially, the known playboy and unrepentant flirt of the group, makes her uncomfortable in a way she's never felt before, and ultimately Aileen, or Tinker Bell, as she's known to the boys, has to decide if she's ready to leave the sidelines and become a participant in her own life.



Minutes, hours, or months later, Teddy was gently shaking me awake. "Foster? Foster. We have to stop for food. We're hours away from the hotel because of the traffic, and everyone's starving. Do you need any food? Will you be okay if I leave for a sec to get something to eat, or do you want me to stay with you?"

I shifted and felt his leg under my head and his hand warm on my hair. I swam up to the light and tried to focus on his words. "No."

"No, you don't need anything, or no, you don't want me to go?"

"No, you don't need to go. Sandwiches for you guys in my bag. From the kitchen this morning. Ten of them. All kinds. In the seat behind Geth." I stopped trying to chin myself on the bottom rung of consciousness and let go.

Later. Warm breath in my ear. The bus was humming along smoothly, and that was what had awakened me. We were actually moving. I shifted a little, and felt the familiar firmness behind me, the arm around my waist, gathering me in, pulling me all the way to him. The walls of privacy I tried to put up when awake seemed to desert and betray  me in sleep, as my legs were tucked intimately around his; we were fitted together as tightly as two spoons in a drawer, and I had his arm clasped firmly in my hand.

My stirring had roused him a little, and he shifted his head against mine, pulled me even closer against him, if that was possible, touched his lips to my ear. "Shh, darling, it's okay, it's only me," he whispered softly in his sleep, exhaling warm air in a puff. I drifted back to sleep, pondering what he could possibly have said that I'd misheard as "darling."



Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

Anyone who’s feeling angsty and sad over the real-life boyband who’s on hiatus now, or just anyone who’s dreamed of being with four marvelous young men who will treat her well, the way she deserves. It’s meant to be a fantasy wish-fulfillment kind of thing, like most teen romance novels, I suppose, though some of the stuff that happens in the later books isn’t very romantic, or even happy.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

Originally the first book, Living in the Shallows, was called something else, based on another quote of Ana├»s Nin’s, I thought. I found out that the quote, which I’d always loved, about taking a risk and blossoming as opposed to remaining closed up in a bud, wasn’t actually her quote! It really shook my world, as I’ve loved her and her adventurous, independent spirit all my life. She really influenced me, and it was gut-wrenching to find out she didn’t actually write it! So I went with another of her quotes that I’ve always loved; it applied to my book, and my heroine Tink’s journey as well.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?

I LOVE my cover(s), in particular the first. They’re all done by Paramita Bhattacharjee of , and they’re gorgeous, plain and simple! I asked for very specific elements, like the hummingbird, and geographic clues to the location of that particular story, and provided her with headshots of my daughter, who is on every cover, and she made the most beautiful covers. I was very specific about the colors, as they’re pivotal to the story, and she did that, too.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

Tinker Bell, the heroine, is an amalgamation of me, my daughter, and even my son! Most of the things she can do, one of us can also do. She’s much more introverted and fragile than we are, because of how she was raised, but yeah, a lot of her is us.

And the names of nearly all the peripheral characters are students of mine! I wrote the bulk of this seven book series while substitute teaching at the local high school, and unfortunately (or fortunately, I suppose :o) I didn’t always have a lot to do. So I’d spend time talking to Darnay, and Dr. Darnay would appear (in book seven). Or I’d tell Donovan to stop screwing around and get to work, and Donovan the security guard was born. And so on.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I have a website! So surreal to me, but it’s one of the perks of being married to such a smart, smart man.

Or you can go through Twitter, FaceBook, Goodreads, any of them. And I love, simply love, to hear from readers!!! Please hit me up, I’m cool, I swear.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m still working on getting this seven book series out there—it’s a lot of work, who knew? These characters go through a lot. A lot. The whole UK Crush series spans five years of their lives. I don’t know if I have more in me after that, I guess we’ll have to see.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

All the obvious things: review it on any available forum (in as much detail as possible), talk about it on social media, and recommend it to your friends.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

I’m so grateful to people for reading what I wrote! I never really thought I’d get as far as publication, even on a self-pub platform; it began as a fun thing for me and my students, who were really, really upset and freaking about the hiatus of the real-life band. So thank you, to everyone.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

My name is Tani Hanes, and I am a 51 year old substitute teacher. Im from central California and am a recent transplant to New York City. The most important things to know about me are that I'm punctual, I love grammar and sushi, and I'm very intolerant of intolerance. The least important things to know about me are that I like to knit and I couldn't spell "acoustic" for 40 years. I've wanted to write since I was ten, and I finally did it. If you want to write, don't wait as long as I did, it's pointless, and very frustrating!

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  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win

  2. Thanks for having me! I'll be checking in later to answer any questions.

  3. Really enjoyed the excerpt.

  4. Thank you for the opportunity to win! Enjoyed the excerpt a lot!

  5. Thanks for sharing the excerpt & interview, I enjoyed reading the post.

  6. Your excerpt was great and I would love to read your book.

  7. Really enjoyed the excerpt, it sounds like a great story.

  8. I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

  9. Shared on G+ to help spread the word, have a great day! :)


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