Once Upon a Duke–an Interview of Duchess Serena Austen


Serena, an artist and widow, has no desire for another husband. When she meets Geoffrey Austen, attraction sizzles to a scorch. Stolen days and nights ignite forbidden passion. Geoffrey asks Serena to become his mistress, but she wants commitment, love and marriage, not an affair with a notorious rake.

Geoffrey realizes Serena might be the one woman who can care for his tortured soul, and maybe release his demons. The magic they shared is shattered when he learns she’s been forced into betrothal with another and held captive. He vows to save her even at the cost of his own life.

Will Geoffrey’s gallantry prove he truly loves Serena?

If he survives, will Serena surrender all to him?


Q. Your Grace, when you first met the Duke of Austen, what did you think of him?

A. Not overly much. He was so sure of himself and his ability to sweep a woman off her feet with his glib tongue and his practiced seductive words. I was shocked at the liberties he took without getting my consent, but he was memorable. For the first time, I found I wanted to know more about a rogue such as he.

Q. When did your opinion change of him?

A. Certainly not when he attempted to seduce me when Henry, my brother, conveniently left us alone. When he posed for me to complete his portrait in his handsome writing outfit, he utilized his double entendre words to suggest risqué visions.

Q. Them what caused you to change your opinion of him?

A. When he gifted me with Adonis, the puppy hound. It was a dirty underhanded ploy. I could resist the man, but I couldn’t resist a man with an impish puppy in his arms. And when the pup piddled on the floor, and he, the duke, cleaned it up, my heart was his. It was then I determined that no man who could humble himself in such a manner would maltreat a woman.

Q. I hesitate to ask, but for the readers’ sakes, I will. Your first husband had a sadistic streak and he beat you at will. Why did you not take action to stop him?

A. I was young and inexperienced in the ways of men. Trystan, my brother’s choice of a husband for me, found me easy prey for his demented behavior. He frightened me, and threatened harm if I breathed a word to anyone. I remember his words when he said, “I’ll make you regret the day you were born.”

Q. What would you like us to know about Geoffrey the man you did fall in love with?

A. Geoffrey had his own demons with which to deal. In many ways, we redeemed each other. That night on the lake when he discovered my scarred back, all he wanted to do was sooth and comfort me. When he helped me back to my studio apartment, he actually put salve on my back. It was then I knew that he was the only man for me. We just had to decide on what terms. I wanted marriage. He didn’t. Then fickle fate took a hand and indeed the only choice was for him to rescue me from my captors, or for me to attend his funeral. He sent word to me he’d set me free one way or the other. The rest is for the readers to learn.

A Note from the Author

If you go to my website and sign up for my newsletter, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a digital book of Book Two of the Duke Series, MY DIVINELY DECADENT DUKE. Look it up on Amazon, on sale now for $2.99. Book Three, THORN, SON OF A DUKE, is a teaser prequel of 15,000 words to Book Four, THE DUKE’S MAGNIFICENT BASTARD. This book may be released in Fall 2016.

Happy reading!

About the Author

Fall in love with Romance all over again
with author Sandra Masters

From a humble beginning in Newark, New Jersey, a short stay at a convent in Morristown, N.J. at the age of fourteen, Sandra Masters retired from a fantastic career for a play broadcasting company in Carlsbad, California, and settled in the rural foothills of the Sierras of Yosemite National Park with her husband, Ron, and two dogs, Silky and Sophie. She traded in the Board Rooms for the Ballrooms of the Regency Era and never looked back.

She wrote her first book at the age of thirteen and since then she’s always traveled with pen and notebook for her writing experiences. It’s been the journey of ten thousand miles with a few steps left to go. She deemed it a pleasure to leave the corporate world behind decades later.

Nothing she expected, but everything she dreamed. Her business card lists her occupation as Living The Dream.

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Author at The Wild Rose Press

  • ONCE UPON A DUKE – Debut Release – The Duke Series
  • MY DIVINELY DECADENT DUKE – Book Two now available
  • THORN, SON OF A DUKE, Book Three – 15,000 word. Mini Teaser PREQUEL to Book Four
  • THE DUKE’S MAGNIFICENT BASTARD – Book Four Coming Soon 2016

Once in a while
In the middle of ordinary life
LOVE gives us a FAIRY TALE.


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