Claw of Exile by J.K. Jones - Blog Tour, Interview, Excerpt


He kills to survive


Exiled.


Cursed. Abandoned. Ryu Suzuki is no stranger to these things.


For years he wandered the Outlands with nothing but his Katana to keep him safe. Kuroi kage—Black Shadow is what they call him. A phantom Omega. He belongs nowhere. He is no-one. Until a vicious disease spreading like wildfire threatens everyone he loves.


After a series of unfortunate events, the game changes. Now he’s forced to go back to his long-forgotten pack, the Silvercrest Howlers. Suddenly, he’s staring at the man who ruined everything in the first place.


The Alpha that betrayed him. The White Lotus.


Micah McCorbyn.


He also happens to be his mate.


Claw of Exile is a dark MM romance series. Each book is a whirlwind experience, high octane and will have you at the edge of your seat. Enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, hurt comfort, gay paranormal romance, gay betrayal romance and so much more. Follow Ryu into the Exiled series and strap yourself in for a wild ride.


Publisher: Self-published

Release Date: February 20, 2021

Genre/s: MM werewolf romance, interracial romance, MM paranormal romance, Action and adventure,

Tropes: Enemies to lovers

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 68 995 words

It is the first book in the series. Book 2 due to be released in December.

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Buy Links

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Interview

Introduce yourself and your writing:

Heaven and hell, demons and angels. J.K Jones has always had an affinity for otherworldly things. From her debut novel, it's easy to see she loves all things crawling in the shadows. As it so happens, J.K Jones is the author of a gritty, fun, action-packed, soul-rending novel. Her characters are so dark and twisted they defy the dimensions of this world. She does not believe in HEA, she does believe in writing a suitable ending for her characters. Never will you read any of her works where the characters ride off into the sunset together. Not going to happen. There is nothing J.K. Jones loves more than a tragic ending. She is an avid reader, poet, and LGBTQ activist. She is a University graduate with a BA in Sociology, also has a TESOL certificate for teaching English as a Second Language.


How long have you been an author?

I’ve been writing since I was in high school. It started out as a hobby, until I realized I was writing full length novels.


What/who inspired you to start writing?

In high school I did very poorly in English. It was so bad I had to go to night school just to make up for my bad grades. In night school the English teacher also happened to be the Drama teacher. The way he spoke about the books really made everything change for me, then I realized I wanted to be a writer.


Tell us about your new release. What inspired you to write it?

Claw of Exile I wrote many years ago. It was a story about a boy who was constantly helping others, but not getting anything back in terms of a reward. I wondered what a character like that would look like, thus I created Ryu. He wasn’t easy to write, but I felt his story needed to be told. There are a lot of people there that do hundreds of good deeds, but they are hardly ever recognized. I wanted to write a character that was ultimately altruistic, he did good deeds not to get anything in return, but because it was the right thing to do.


How did you decide on the title?

Well, I thought a lot about werewolves and lycan paranormal fiction. I thought it would be interesting to use “claws” as my main word. I think it really goes with the entire vibe of the book.


What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part was definitely the research behind the books. Although it is fantasy, I had to do extensive research on Lore, Samurais and Werewolf mythology, as well as colonialism, since it was the inspiration for the pack wars.


Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes, don’t be afraid to write something that is not conventional. Most of my writing is Literary Fiction. For most people, they find it problematic, but I find this writing style to be the most rewarding for me personally. I would encourage authors to write what they love, because there are always people out there that will enjoy it, regardless of what it is.


Why M/M?

I love it. I find the relationships between MM comes more natural to me than MF, but I will still write MF.


What book are you reading at the moment?

I am currently rereading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


Do you have a favourite character and/or book you've written? Who, what and why?

My favourite character is a tie, between Richard Clayson, from the Weeps Indigo series and Zander Wright from Years of Silence. Both books are psychological thrillers, exploring the relationships between mental illness and coming to terms with their sexuality. Weeps Indigo is more of a coming out story, but Years of Silence is more about self-acceptance. Both were challenging to write and adding the fantasy element made the stakes for each character harder. I love them both dearly.



Excerpt

Chapter 1

The Outlands

Yokohama Japan 21’


Ryu Suzuki is rotten.


Like all forbidden fruit, they say, he appears lush with deliciousness, but his insides are the color brown, sodden with the foul stench of bacteria. They are black and blue they say, slimy green, covered with rot and deterioration. It’s disgusting to look at.


The fruit is shriveled up, with pus oozing through the thick skin. On the outside he looks perfectly normal, shining—shimmering in the light, deceiving everyone.


Ryu is the picture of ripening fruit, ample with flavor, ready to be tasted and explored by anyone who dared. Conversely, among other fruits, he would never let on his infectious disease until it was too late, and it spread.

They say Ryu Suzuki is indeed rotten to the core.


His bitter hands grip the headboard as the man above moves forcefully. The durable bend and twists of his hips make him choke violently, back arching off the bed, pale skin shining in the moonlight.


His hair sprawls like a black curtain, long and silky in the sheets. Earlier that day, it had been upon him, the slick and fever of desire, so ripe and deep it made him wrench in anguish.


Ryu found the closest Alpha, decent size, large and empowering, and released his intoxicating scent. No Alpha could ever resist. Ryu lured him into his tiny apartment, no more the size of a small box, with the bathroom and kitchen all being in one spot.


The Alpha didn’t ask questions, he tossed Ryu onto the bed, tearing off his clothes in a deep rage that would later consume him in his rut.


No kisses. No words of any kind.


Just lips, teeth, and skin.


Fuck—the man licks down the pale column of his neck, lapping at the skin, tonguing his glans, causing passion to tear through him.


He comes again for the fifth time that evening, soaking the Alpha and the sheets. This goes on for several more hours. When it’s over, they are both covered in sweat, the stench of sex and freesia filling the room.


The Alphas knot dies down.


And Ryu knows what’s coming next. The Alpha stands, barely letting the air cool around them, throwing on his tight white t-shirt and jeans, his physique muscular, arms rippling and straining against the fabric.

He isn’t bad looking.


Just not at all Ryu’s type.


“You got a mate?” The Alpha asks.


They all did. Ryu ignores the question, lazily stroking his flat stomach, noting the sharp arch of his hip bones. He hasn’t eaten in days.


“Silent type eh?” The Alpha probes. “Look…. I only did this because you seemed desperate.”


That’s what they all say. Ryu wants to crackle in maniacal laughter. He doesn’t though, his eyes watch coolly, like a feline.


“You have a mate,” he continues. “I can tell. Your Māku is strong, very strong. He must be a powerful Alpha. You shouldn’t be wandering around here without him. Whatever happened between you two… it doesn’t matter…the stench of another Alpha on his Omega is enough to drive one mad…”

Isn’t that what Ryu wants? To drive his Alpha mad? He turns his head away dismissively. This conversation is over.



the Author

Heaven and hell, demons and angels. J.K Jones has always had an affinity for otherworldly things. From her debut novel, it’s easy to see she loves all things crawling in the shadows. As it so happens, J.K Jones is the author of a gritty, fun, action-packed, soul-rending novel. Her characters are so dark and twisted they defy the dimensions of this world. She does not believe in HEA, she does believe in writing a suitable ending for her characters. Never will you read any of her works where the characters ride off into the sunset together. Not going to happen. There is nothing J.K. Jones loves more than a tragic ending. She is an avid reader, poet, and LGBTQ activist. She is a University graduate with a BA in Sociology, also has a TESOL certificate for teaching English as a Second Language.


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