I picked up my manuscript from my beta-reader on Saturday. She never read the last chapter because she was "mortified" that I could write such things and "sincerely hoped I didn't actually believe in such practices." The issue? An inter-racial marriage. Specifically, between a woman and a dwarf. She likened it unto bestiality. I pointed out that everyone was human, so it wasn't bestiality. Really, it's just a Celtic man and a Scythian woman being joined in matrimony. There isn't even a height issue because average height for Celts at that time was 5'4" and average height for Scythian's was 5'2". The Goths were 5'7", which is why I get to call the Celts dwarfs (After-all, that's what the Goths called them. And all of this was pointed out in the book.) I asked if there was an issue with people of different heights marrying? "Well, even if they are people," she relented, "it's still wrong it would be like a woman marrying a . . ." She never finished that sentence. A what? Black man? Hispanic man? Maybe a Muslim? (The dwarf and my MC were of different religions, the dwarfs being Goddess worshipers.) Turns out the story would be fine, she said, if I just changed the identity of the dwarf to man and didn't distinguish him as Celt or her as Scythian. Everyone should be the same. Oh, what a difference a label makes, even when they're all Caucasian. Have any of you experienced backlash from mixing of races in your work?