Winter Flowers by Tani Hanes Blog Tour with Guest Post & Giveaway @TANIHANES

Hello readers and welcome to my stop during the Winter Flowers blog tour. Our stop includes a guest post and giveaway.

Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: July 20th 2018
What ever happened to Pete and Daisy? 
When we left them, their daughter had just been born, and some momentous decisions had been made.
It’s now four years later. Their family has grown, as has their love for each other. Clio is a rocky smart, precocious four year old, and she’s been joined by baby sister Francie. Pete’s career as a musician is finally taking off, and things should be rosy; however, fame and fortune bring their own pitfalls, and a voice from the past arrives in their lives, threatening to upset everything they’ve worked for.
Can they survive Pete’s success, and the long shadow cast by Daisy’s past? How will Pete deal with groupies, temptation, and prolonged separation from his family? And how far is Daisy willing to go to protect those she loves? 
Join the Santangelos on this rollicking roller coaster second installment of their journey.
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Writing a Non-Offensive Romance

Writing has changed in the last few years, because living has changed, I think. There are the big things. It goes without saying that the horrible words that were used without thought in the works of Mark Twain and Laura Ingalls Wilder are no longer acceptable. We all know what they are. In addition, I remember reading pejoratives for Asians in Agatha Christie novels as a teenager that shocked and horrified me. I believe they’ve been removed in newer printings. And there are certain adjectives used in the works of renowned naturalist Gerald Durrell which have removed also. I get it.

For the most part.

But it’s hard, sometimes, to know what to do in this brave new world of correctness. I’m not supposed to describe a person’s skin color using a food comparison, check. Nor am I supposed to use an actual color, got it. Nor am I supposed to use synonyms for skin to indicate color of any sort, check and check. No one is “caramel,” no one has legs that are “café au lait,” no one has “mellow flesh,” “sepia tones,” or whatever.

So how, exactly, am I supposed to indicate what this person looks like? Sometimes you can get away with a name that’s obviously ethnic, but that feels kind of cheaty, you know? I’ve tried writing where their parents or grandparents come from, but then I’ve gotten comments about how I as a person who’s obviously grown up in America should not be appropriating African geography and culture.

So what’s a half Japanese, half American girl who grew up in California and Tokyo to do?
This is the main reason I’ve never written anything but hetero romances, and all my main characters are Caucasian. I don’t think I could do justice to a woman woman love story, or a man man love scene. And I know I couldn’t write about how it feels to be gay in today’s society. I mean, yes, there’s been all kinds of progress, but, let’s face it, we still live in a world where it can suck to be LGBTQIA+.

And as far as love scenes, well, I’ve been told that the smut I write is already repetitive and full of mistakes, so how can I hope to accurately portray homosexual sex?

And the same goes for being non-Caucasian. I have been on the receiving end of some pretty scary racism when I was in Japan as a very young child, but I look pretty white, and I was socialized as a middle class white person for the most part, in a middle class white town. And we still live in a world where you can get killed for not being white.
How can I even hope to accurately portray that?

So I haven’t tried.

I saw a social media post a while back where a person in a wheelchair was furious that people who weren’t in wheelchairs were trying to write from the perspective of someone who was. She was getting requests from people who had use of their legs that she read what they’d written for correctness and approval, so they could get it right. She was incensed that these people who could walk were even attempting to write from a POV of people who used wheelchairs. She felt that this stuff should only be written by people who were actually living life from wheelchairs, that they were the only ones who could give accurate accounts of what it was like. She basically told the ambulatory people who’d written to her for help that they needed to stop trying, and leave the writing to the people who were actually in the wheelchairs.

Felt a little mean to me, if I might be so bold.

I mean, you could carry this point to an extreme, and say that I’ve never been a professional musician from Italy, so why did I write that? And Pete’s a man, and I’ve never been a man, either, you know? I’ve never lived in England, but I wrote seven books about people who did, in addition to a ghost story about a couple who lived in Cornwall, a place I’ve never even visited.


I guess all I can say is that I felt I could pull this other stuff off without being accused of co-opting anything by anyone. And I suppose I was right, because no one has, at least not yet.

I get requests frequently to write woman woman love stories, but I don’t feel like I could do it justice, and, again, I feel like I’d rile a lot of people in the process.

So I’ll just keep writing my cheesy, sexy, hetero romances. It works for me.

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My name is Tani Hanes, and I am a 51 year old substitute teacher. I'm 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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