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Friday 16 November 2012

Welcome Author Helena Harker

Welcome guest author Helena Harker to Pick a Genre Already

This week marks the release of Helena's Master's Submission published by Ellora's Cave

Warm Welcome Helena... 
What was your favourite book as a child/teenager?

The Narnia series. I love the way it transported me to another world.

Who was the first author or what was the first book you read that introduced you to the genre that you most enjoy writing in?

I like steampunk, so I have to thank Philip Pullman and The Golden Compass for initiating me to the genre.

Do you believe in love at first sight? And if so have you ever been so afflicted? Did you do anything about it? (Did you go for it?)

I believe in it, but I’ve never experienced it, and if I did I’d be too shy to do anything about it!

Is there a particular word you overuse or writing technique that your editor(s) ride you about? Mine is over using the word ‘harshly’.

“And”. I overuse it because I try to create long, flowing sentences.

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? (Or do you even believe in it?) If so, how were you able to overcome it?

I don’t believe in it. Sometimes I’m too tired to write or come up with new ideas, but it never lasts.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

London, England. I was there for three months and I loved it and would love to go back.

Do you base your characters on real-life people or situations?

Sometimes my characters share some of the personality traits of people around me, but they are never completely based on people I know. I write to escape reality, so I don’t want to write about people I see every day.
If you could bring one of your own characters to life, who would it be and why?

I think I would let them remain characters in a book. That’s where I want them to stay. I haven’t yet created someone so memorable that I want them to come to life, but maybe someday I will.
What are you reading right now?

The Siren by Tiffany Reisz. I am hoping it will inspire more BDSM stories.

If there was a movie made of your life what would it be called? Which celebrity would you want to play you?

I am such a dull person I don’t think anyone would want to make a movie about it. Helen Hunt could play me. She’s down-to-earth and ordinary. The title? Oh God, I don’t know! Diary of an Ordinary Woman with Lots of Erotic Fantasies!

If you were to do a reality show, which one would it be?

Dancing with the Stars! I can’t dance, so I’d be the first to be eliminated, but I’d really love to try.
What is the craziest, most exciting, or most dangerous thing you’ve ever done?

I am not a risk-taker. I let my characters do that for me. Hmm, let’s see. I went parasailing in Thailand.
Name a celebrity, athlete, musician, etc. you’d most like to get naughty with.

Johnny Depp!
Favourite movie?

There are so many. I love action movies. I hate chick flicks. As far as TV shows go, I am hooked on Dexter, True Blood and The Big Bang Theory.
Dream Vacation?

Ireland or Scotland.

Dream Car?

Hummer H2 – it dominates the road!

Favourite Ice Cream Flavour?
Anything with chocolate in it. Mint chocolate chip, mocha almond fudge, etc.
Please tell us about your newest release.

It’s a BDSM Quickie for Ellora’s Cave. It’s my first published piece of erotica. I have quite a few other erotic short stories that will be coming out soon with other publishers. 

Author:  Helena Harker

Title:  Master’s Submission

Genre:  BDSM

Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave

Release Date:  November 14th

Buy Link:            http://www.jasminejade.com/p-10497-masters-submission.aspx                 

Author Website: www.helenaharker.com

Author Blog:       http://www.helenaharker.com/blog.html


When Bethany reads her Master’s note, she expects it to contain the usual set of instructions telling her how to prepare for their Friday evening play session. But her Master asks for the unexpected—he wants her to be his Domme. Bethany is terrified at the prospect, but she doesn’t want to disappoint Master. She’ll need to tap into her inner dominatrix if she’s to give her newly submissive lover what he needs.

Chapter One

I stood by the bedside table, where Master had left his instructions on a piece of red paper he’d transformed into an origami swan. Beautiful. A shame to unfold it, really. Every Friday night, he left me prep work for the scene he wanted to act out when he returned from the office.
Sometimes he made simple requests, asking me to answer the door dressed only in my leather collar and crotchless panties, and then kneel at his feet after he entered. Or he gave me more detailed instructions, where I had to cook a three-course meal, light candles, make up the bed in satin sheets and lay out the various crops and floggers in a straight line on the mahogany desk by the window. Master loved scenarios involving costume play, especially when I wore my corseted Victorian gown, and he tied me to the bed, ravishing me while I begged to be set free. Other times I draped myself in filmy veils and posed as a harem girl, shimmying my hips in an improvised belly dance. When I finished removing the veils, dropping them one by one at his feet, he played the sultan and demanded sexual favors.
I held the paper swan to my nose, inhaling its scent. His scent. I caught the faint hint of musky cologne, Fetiche, which I bought for his birthday. One fold at a time, I straightened the paper, tingling in anticipation. What did he desire this evening? Bondage? Spanking? A session with the flogger that ended in a frenzy of fucking? Warmth spread through my pussy as multiple possibilities spun inside my mind. Closing my eyes, I pressed the paper against my lips.
When Master wrote his notes, the pen left indentations in the paper. The precisely looped Ds and bold Ys reflected his assertive personality.

Dearest Bethany,
Tonight, your task is to be my Domme. Do what you like with me.
Your humble servant,

What? Domme him? I didn’t have a clue how to be a Domme. I’d always been his submissive. We’d been together five years and for that entire time, I’d acted as his willing servant, surrendering to him, pleasing him. The roles suited us to perfection. My previous relationships were the same. I’d always been with a Dom, and never, ever considered any other role for myself. Being a sub fulfilled me.
I read the note a second time. He signed it Dylan, his real name. All the other messages had been signed Master.
      What do I do? What do I do?

Author Bio:

Helena Harker is a teacher by day, writer by night, a daydreamer who loves to escape to other worlds. Her fiction is populated by strong men, passionate women and lots of paranormal creatures. In her free time she enjoys photography and curling up with a good book. She is multi-published and also writes in other genres.

Thanks for being my guest today, Helena! Congratulations on the new release! 



  1. That was a great interview and quite an intriguing excerpt! Congrats on the new release :)


  2. Great interview, Helena - and congratulations on your first piece of published erotica. I look forward to reading more from you, and I loved your hot excerpt. Intriguing for sure...

  3. Hey ladies.....great interview. I loved the questions and Helena your answers were wonderful!

    Your book sounds pretty darn steamy. I am putting it on my TBR list. I haven't read much erotic, but I'd like to read more and maybe try my hand at it.


    Penny Estelle

  4. Hello, Helena.
    Looks like a great story--hopping off to get it for the weekend.
    Tiffany is a hoot. Should be an enjoyable read for you.
    Cheers, Kelly

  5. Thanks for your comments, everyone! Thanks for hosting me, H.K.! Helena Harker