Monday, June 29, 2015

Featured Guest Author: John Wiltshire chats to us about his series More Heat Than The Sun. (Includes Giveaway)

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We are so excited to welcome John Wiltshire to Sinfully today. Mark recently read and loved, Love is a Stranger, the first book in John Wiltshire’s hugely popular More Heat Than The Sun Series. So we asked him if he could pop in and tell us a little more about Nicholas and Ben. Check out what he has to say and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win an e-copy of Love is a Stranger.

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A Word from John Wiltshire

I'm in the process of writing number 8 in this series, so it's great to have the opportunity to return to the start of it all and chat for a while about the first book: Love is a Stranger. I want everyone to fall under its spell, so I'll admit here and now that I took a bit of a leap of faith when I set out, deliberately writing a book that had cold characters, an unsolved mystery, and a somewhat unromantic love story. Some people didn't get it at all, as one or two of the reviews have proved. (Someone on Goodreads described Love is a Stranger as the worst book they'd ever read.) However, most people, I'm very pleased to say, have got it. Thankfully, they've been intrigued enough to read further into the series, and most of them are still with me and eagerly awaiting Book 7 coming out.

An unromantic love story...Something about the unconventional relationship between Ben and Nikolas seems to strike a chord with readers, and I believe they're tuning into the idea of what love can be when it's pared to the bone and stripped of all its fakery. Sure, there's a place for books about men who buy each other gifts wrapped with bows, who plan elaborate valentine surprises (often involving kittens), and who cry and emote a great deal. I'm not sure it's men reading or writing such stories, however. Perhaps my background, being ex-army, informs the way my characters view love, but there are no prettily wrapped gifts exchanged in Love is a Stranger and very few tears from either Ben or Nikolas (except when they're shot).

Of course, if you strip something down and pare it to the bone, you leave it vulnerable in many ways—no padding to absorb the slings and arrows of fortune (outrageous or otherwise). But I'd argue that hollow expressions of love are nothing more than the bread and circuses of most relationships anyway. Without them there can be great truth. And yes, I do get the irony of mentioning truth whilst discussing a plot based wholly upon lies and secrets, but that's the reward for those readers who commit to the More Heat Than the Sun series—Nikolas may be lying about everything in his life, but in Love is a Stranger, the biggest lie he's telling is actually to himself...

Am I selling this series to you? I suspect not. Shall I mention the adorable puppies with cute collars and the host of amusing secondary characters? I'd be lying of course if I did. There's one slightly evil wolfhound and some torturing terrorists, but it's the thought that counts. Okay then, how about the exotic locations? Well, Dartmoor in the rain. Of course, rain gets you wet; clothes have to be removed...Ah, the sex. I forgot. Hmm, but even with the sex, you won't get much actual...romance (and no lube, but that's another story I'll tell when I've had more to drink). I don't think Nikolas has heard of foreplay, unless ordering Ben to turn over counts...

No, it's completely hopeless. I can't recommend this book at all. And even if you do read it, you'll have to suffer worse in Book 2. As for Book 3...does the prospect of cannibalism tempt you? No? Hmm, beheading? That's Book 4. Ah, there's male rape in Book 5; any good?...And don't even get me started on Book 6; I fear even my most loyal fans will scream, "What? Noooo!" Damn. I'm defeated. Buy Sweet Cakes for My Sweetheart (I made that up, but here's hoping it's not an actual m/m book title) and give this series a miss or it could prove to be a dangerous addiction.

And who needs another addiction in life, right?

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More Heat Than the Sun Series

 

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Book #1: Love is a Stranger
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Book #2: Conscious Decisions of the Heart
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Book #3: The Bridge of Silver Wings
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Book #4: This Other Country
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Book #5: The Bruise-Black Sky
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Book #6: Deaths Ink-Black Shadow
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Series Purchase

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Trailer for Love is a Stranger

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Meet John Wiltshire

John is an ex-army officer who currently lives in South Island New Zealand. He's been writing for many years and has a number of novels published. 

Much of his fiction is based in England, particularly Devon, where he grew up.

When John isn't writing, he can usually be found at the beach, surfing.

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Giveaway

John Wiltshire is gifting one lucky reader an e-copy of the first book in the series Love is a Stranger. For your chance to win, enter the Rafflecopter below.

Good Luck!

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33 comments:

  1. I'm really enjoying this series.

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    1. Good to hear that you like it Dianna.

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  2. What an intriguing presentation ! Coupled with Mark's review I just have to enter the giveaway and hope to be the lucky one ;-) Thanks for the chance.

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  3. I've only read the first two books so far, I WILL get to 3-7, and this series is already a favorite. I love Nichlas and Ben, and how complicated they both are, separately and together.

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    1. I've only read the first book Calila but a lot of people are singing its praises so I guess we had better get on and read the rest of the series.

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  4. I read Love is a Stranger and I really loved it. I'm actually into somehow twisted love stories, so Nicholas and Ben are exactly my kind of couple.

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    1. I know the pair of them are seriously an M/M conundrum.

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  5. I have seen references to this series a few times and it sounds interesting and something I would enjoy reading.

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    1. I think this series definitely has addictive qualities for sure.

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  6. No convincing needed here. John is at the top of my list of extraordinary genre writers. I am smitten with Nik and Ben in his series More Heat Than the Sun, and I can't even express how excited I am that he's chosen to do a prequel. May I just................fangirl squeeeee...............ok, there, I feel better. Death's Ink Black Shadow was incredible. I think readers, and Nik, needed a reminder about just who Ben Rider is. Carry on, John!

    Please don't enter me in the contest as I already own the first seven book in the series.

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    1. Thanks Kathleen, please squeee away. The books are worth it :-)

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  7. I love your website. You are responsible if I completely impoverished. Your recommendations and reviews are great. Of course, I bought the complete series - after reading the introduction. Many Thanks.

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    1. Hi Katerina, ooopps sorry if we're making you poor but as long as we can make you happy then that's good too :-)

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  8. Never read this series but just placed on my wishlist! Thanks for the chance!

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    1. You won't regret putting this one on your wish list :-)

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  9. I haven't read this series yet but just checked them out on Amazon and now I added them to my TBR list! Thanks for making it so easy to do this by listing the books and providing links for them.

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    1. You're welcome Jo-Anne. Thank you for support of the blog.

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  10. I have not read this series. I am a newbie. Its is nice to be intro'ed to a new author.

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  11. havent read this series but sounds addicting

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  12. i have never read this series sounds wow

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  13. I've not read this series, but it sounds terrific. It is on my TBR list.

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  14. I have the first book on my TBR, and I've read so many great reviews about the series.

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  15. I think I would read this series

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  16. I love all his books. Another great series by John Wiltshire is A Royal Affair.

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  17. I haven't read the series but I would love to.

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  18. I haven't read it yet but I do want to give it a read. It sounds interesting.

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  19. Loved this! LOL - great way to bring more readers to your books. And this is why this series is so awesome!

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  20. I've got two comments for John. 1. Are you allowed to show a male rape, because my publisher wouldn't let me describe the one in my book because it was an illegal activity. I had to hint at it. 2. Most books have a review which says 'this is the worst book I've ever read' so don't take any notice of that :)

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  21. Thanks for the post and giveaway chance. John is a new to me author and this series sounds really good. I added it to my wishlist.

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  22. That's what I love about the serries, it isn't a fluffy romance, it's real, gritty with plots which pack a punch. Am intrigued about John's comment about the lube, someone buy him more drinks so he tells us why

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  23. Nice Mark. John seems to be the world's worse author when it comes to self promotion. Great that at last he seems to be doing the rounds.

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