A Word from VJ Summers
I’ve been a little bit obsessed with hot wax for as long as I can remember. As a little kid I’d get in so much trouble for playing, not with *fire*, but with *candles*.
I did all the normal kid things. I dipped my fingers and made wax "fingerprints". I built up layers on my fingertips until I had blobs of warm, pliable wax to manipulate. I even drizzled wax over the backs of my hands to make textured patterns. When my mom saw the pink marks from that, she was *not* happy, let me tell you!
When I was older, my sister gave me a pararfin hand bath. That thing was amazing. Of course I used it as it was intended, but *of course* I found myself, almost unconsciously dripping hot wax on my arms and legs. It was sensual, but I didn’t equate it with *sexual*.
When I was much older, and discovered the world of BDSM erotic romance, I finally found the logical destination of all my wax experimenting - even though I didn’t realize that’s what I’d been doing. I found a couple of videos on YouTube, though not as many as you’d expect, then I had the opportunity to go to the SouthEast LeatherFest, where I met a Dom who made and sold wax play candels, and had an entire portfolio of amazing wax art he’d created on willing submissives.
I was captivated.
I came home and immediately started looking for wax play stories. What I found had to do with waxing as a depilitory or, in one case, as a treatment for a Doms artheritic hands. I could find nothing that satisfied my kink for hot wax as sensation play or, even more, as a performance art form. So I wrote the Quickie (TM) MELTING, which is an erotic BDSM wax art performance.
That didn’t really get it out of my system, though. There was - is - so much territory that falls under the umbrella of wax play. That’s where LIGHT A CANDLE came from.
MELTING is an ending, LAC is a beginning, both for the characters (okay a beginning over again, but still a beginning), and for their experience with hot wax. Where MELTING was all about the performance, LAC is all about the sensation play. Fire and ice - much like Will and Dusty - opposing extremes that just intensify each other’s power.
I hope I conveyed even a little of the eroticism, the edgy sexuality and exquisite agony of wax play, as well as the exquisite agony of first heartbreak revisited in LAC. And I truly hope you enjoy my foray into my lifelong obsession.
Light a Candle by VJ Summers
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Published ~ 18th May 2015
Genre ~ M/M BDSM Erotic Romance
Will broke Dusty’s heart their senior year. One unexpected moment of passion between them, and Will freaked out. Not only wasn’t he gay, but he wasn’t kinky either—or so he insisted to Dusty. Their long friendship ended, and Dusty was left with only bittersweet memories of their last movie night together.
Ten years later, out as gay and a Dom, Will auditions for membership at Club Deviant, only to find that he’s been assigned an all-too-familiar submissive. His scene with Dustin feels like fate, and he’s determined to get back what they once had—and more.
Dustin had buried the pain of rejection deep, but playing with Will conjures all his memories of that one electric moment they shared and the friendship it destroyed. He’s built walls around his heart high enough to keep out the Trojan Army, but together, he and Will may find the courage to move beyond their past and face their future together.
Meet VJ Summers
When not working the EDJfH (Evil Day Job from Hell), obsessing over whether her parents are getting enough to eat, obsessing that her kid is sexting the boyfriend, making coffee, drinking coffee, or feeding the two cats who allow her to live with them, VJ can be found reading or writing erotic romance—either solo as m/m author VJ Summers, or as the shorter, more quiet half of the “Violet Summers” writing team (the tall half is Sierra Summers).
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