Cate: Helena is here to spread some holiday cheer! And heat up your cold winter nights. :) Helena, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Helena: I’m new to erotica. I’ve been writing novels for young adults for several years now, and after the 50 Shades of Gray furor, I decided to try my hand at writing something a little spicier and naughtier. And I actually had some stories accepted by Ellora’s Cave! I’m thrilled!
Cate: Very exciting - congrats! What do you love most about Christmas?
Helena: The decorations! I love to drive down the street at night and look at all the brilliant displays of colour. It’s amazing the lengths some people will go to make their houses look great for Christmas. My house isn’t so great, but I’ve got a row of huge red candy canes across my porch.
Cate: Love taking the kids out at night to see the lights too. Do you have a favorite memory of a Christmas past?
Helena: When my mother used to let us open ONE Christmas present after midnight on Christmas Eve. That was always special.
Cate: If Santa could grant one wish, what would you ask for?
Helena: Please, Santa, can you get my kids to go to bed at 7 pm every night so I can have more time to write? LOL.
Cate: Ha, I know the feeling! :) What was the best gift you’ve ever received? What made it so special?
Helena: My husband always buys me jewelry. Usually it’s gold or pearls. So those gifts are always special.
Cate: Any favorite Christmas recipes you’d care to share?
Helena: Oh God, there are so many! I have a sweet tooth. I like anything that is chocolate mint, or fudge, or a “bûche de Noel”, or egg nog!
Cate: It is hard to pick just one! Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
Helena: It’s about a submissive woman who is given the task of being a dominatrix for the evening. It’s daunting for her, but she manages to rise to the challenge. It was great fun to write. Here’s the buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Masters-Submission-ebook/dp/B00A8MOALU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354583089&sr=8-1&keywords=helena+harker
Cate: Whew, I think you just melted a few snowmen with that cover, lol. Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
Helena: Blurb: When Bethany finds 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.
Cate: What inspired you to write about the theme?
Helena: A lot of BDSM books are about a woman being submissive, but I wanted to try something different and have the woman become a switch.
Cate: Helena has her Santa hat on!
Helena: I’d like to give away a copy of “Master’s Submission,” my first release with Ellora’s Cave. Remember, leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!
Cate: Thanks so much for being part of the 12 Days of Christmas, Helena! Hope you have a jolly holly holiday!
And tomorrow will wrap up the event! Yep, it's a baker's dozen. And there's a time lag between the U.S. and the U.K., so it still counts. :) So be sure to visit again tomorrow!