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.
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?
More Heat Than the Sun Series
Book #2: Conscious Decisions of the Heart
Book #3: The Bridge of Silver Wings
Book #4: This Other Country
Book #5: The Bruise-Black Sky
Book #6: Deaths Ink-Black Shadow
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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.
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.