Forest of Thorns and Claws by J.T. Hall

Hello and welcome to the blog tour for Forest of Thorns and Claws! This M/M shifter (weretiger) romance is a standalone novel set in the rainforests of Indonesia. The book features a lonely veterinarian and wildlife conservationist from the UK, Dr. Donovan McGinnis, who meets a man from the local Sumatran village, Kersen, after rescuing a snared tigress. I hope you’ll read on to learn more about Donovan and Kersen’s adventures.

Also, remember to leave a comment on this post… one lucky winner will get a $15 Riptide gift card!


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Secondary Characters and Why They’re Important


Many times readers rave about the main characters in a romance novel—what a great pair they are, their chemistry, etc. They may be flawed or heroic, and we cheer them on their quest for love. But let’s not forget the secondary characters and what they bring.


Consider one of the most famous love stories, Romeo and Juliet. Sure they’re great, but what would the play be like without Benvolio and Mercutio? What about Colonel Pickering, the friend and confidant of Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady? Or in Brokeback Mountain, the wives of both Ennis and Jack? All these secondary characters provided a richness and greater complexity to the central couple.


I personally love the humorous elements that secondary characters can bring, as well as the chance to show the wider circle of friends and family close to the protagonists. In my novel Forest of Thorns and Claws, Donovan’s best mate and business partner, Roark, features prominently as the man who can’t accept lies or excuses when his friend begins acting strangely following a bite from a rescued tiger. Roark may be loud and brash at times, but he always has his best friend’s interest at heart.


And for Kersen, family is the most important thing in his life. He’s lost his parents, which makes his ties to his two sisters, Bitari and Gemi, even more precious. So when Gemi is caught in a poacher’s snare in her tiger form and then taken to a conservation center, Kersen knows he has to act fast to set her free. Gemi’s his baby sister, while Bitari is the eldest of the three, acting as both parent and head of the household.


Secondary characters show that there are more people in the world of the novel, who may have a great deal of influence on the main characters. They show the reader more about the cultures that may be involved as well—in my case, I had the book set in Indonesia where there is a mixture of several different cultures, ethnicities, and religions. Kersen’s grandparents moved to Sumatra from Bali, and while Kersen’s parents, aunt, and older sister decided to become Muslim like many others in the province, Kersen and his younger sister chose the faith of their grandparents, Hindu. This helps show some of the variety in the region.


I hope readers enjoy the secondary characters of Roark, Bitari, and Gemi, and the roles they play in bringing two men together.



About Forest of Thorns and Claws

Donovan McGinnis, a veterinarian and conservationist at a research center in Sumatra, is fighting to save the rainforest from poachers and politicians alike. One day he discovers a tigress trapped by a snare, and while treating her injuries, she bites him. He becomes ill with strange symptoms that leave him feverish and dreaming of the jungle and blood.

Kersen and his family are part of the Siluman harimau, a clan of tiger shifters hidden away in a secret village near the rainforest. When Kersen’s sister is caught, he knows he must free her before she infects someone with their magic and reveals their secret.

But Donovan has already been turned, and only time will tell if he can control the tiger within. Kersen must help him, but will the fierce attraction between the pair bring ruin to them all? With the rainforest under threat from outside forces, they may be doomed anyway, unless Kersen and Donovan can find a way to defeat the danger from inside and out.

Now available from Riptide Publishing.



About J.T. Hall

J.T. Hall has been writing for many years under this name and others, and has appeared in magazines, anthologies, and online books. She earned her BA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, her Master’s in education from Argosy University, and works as an independent technical writer for state and federal programs. In her free time, she volunteers for the LGBT community and is active in the leather scene. She has a teenage daughter and a partner of over ten years. They live in sunny Arizona with three adorably cute dogs, three black cats, and a hamster who loves peanuts.


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6 Thoughts to “Forest of Thorns and Claws by J.T. Hall”

  1. Trix

    Looks excellent!


  2. H.B.

    Thank you for the post. MC’s are cool and secondary characters are great too. Sometimes I’ve found myself more interested in the secondary characters than the main ones.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  3. Peaches

    Exactly! Some of my favorite books have casts of characters that really elevate the story. Makes it hard to reach the end because I’ve fallen in love and don’t want to leave them. Thanks for the post. peachescon(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Ami

    Thank you for sharing the excerpt. This will be interesting from my POV as a reader since I’m an Indonesian.


  5. Serena S.

    Congrats on the new release! I hope you’re having a wonderful release week! Thanks for this blogtour.

  6. Purple Reader

    Congrats and thanks for the post. Indeed a good cast of characters is important. Makes me think of the Oscars’ Supporting Actor Awards. I liked the cast in Murder Once Seen, and this sounds like another good set. . –
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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