Monday, March 13, 2017

NBtM: Living in the Shallows by Tani Hanes

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.


Excerpt Two:

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."



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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Interview with Tani Hanes
1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?
I like the scene by the little bridge, by the koi pond. With the fireflies. And the shooting stars. Could it be any more romantic? It was the first, the very first romantic scene I ever wrote. It’s been rewritten several times, better, I hope, but wow, was it fun. I’ve obviously gone to much more mature places with these two since then, but that was the beginning.
2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I don't know!! How can that even be a question lol? I wrote this with four “perfect” guys, all different. And one heroine to bind them all. I guess I should say Tink, since she’s kind of modeled after my daughter, who’s one of my favorite people, though my daughter is much stronger, much less fragile than my character. Though it would definitely be boatloads of fun to spend time with Ronan, my sunny Irishman. He would be nothing but joy, all day long. Maybe hit an amusement park? I could see Ronan doing that.
3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Lolita. Hands down the best piece of written literature in existence to me.
4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Well, they had faceplates, obviously. I mean, once you hear “boyband” and “dimples”, only one person comes to mind, and that’s Harry Styles. Ronan is based loosely on Niall Horan, just videos I’ve seen of him, of course. And Gethin Wren has always been Jamie Bell in my head, because I’ve seen similar intensity in Jamie Bell. And Tink has always been my daughter, though as I said, my daughter is much stronger than Tink, especially in this first book. My daughter is on the covers of my books, because the photographs were affordable, and I think she’s kinda pretty.
5. What made you want to become a writer?

My students were FOFOM (full on freak out mode) over the band I mentioned earlier going on hiatus, and I thought I could write something for us (yeah, I was a bit FOFOM too, I’ll admit!) to tide us over, make it easier for us? I hope I’ve succeeded.


Tani Hanes will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Hope you had a fantastic weekend! Looking forward to checking out this book!

  2. This book is "my cup of tea", looking forward to reading it!

  3. Yes, thanks for hosting! I'll be checking back throughout the day, so if you have questions or comments, please leave them here. I love talking to readers!! In addition, I'm running a giveaway of the third book in this series, "Learning to Fly", here's the link:
    In other exciting news, I'm trying to get signed with Amazon, and I've submitted the fourth book, "Before the Tempest" for their consideration. Please click, or cut and paste, the link below to nominate my book, because the more I get nominated, the more likely they are to notice me and my little book!
    Thanks to everyone who's supported me! I hope you're enjoying the UK Crush series :o)

  4. Hi Tani, your daughter is beautiful!

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    2. Thank you, I think so, too! I've finally convinced her to try modeling (she doesn't "believe in" it, thinks it's very sexist and all that, which I get)--she's a senior in college, and I think she woke up and smelled the poverty lol :o)

  5. This looks like a fun read. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  6. Great excerpt & I love the cover. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  8. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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

  10. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt! Sounds like a very interesting and intriguing read!

  11. St. Patrick's Day Greetings from The Emerald Isle!

  12. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Looking forward to checking out this book!

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  14. What is the name of your favorite restaurant?

  15. What is your favorite and least favorite thing about being an author?