Spotlight & Giveaway: Satisfaction by Sarah Mayberry

Posted March 2nd, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 60 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Sarah Mayberry to HJ!


 Hi Sarah, welcome 🙂

If you were written about in the newspaper, on the front page what would the headline say? Why?

sarah-mayberry-hrCan a book about a woman who can’t climax be sexy? Hell, yeah. Satisfaction is both a sensual and an emotional journey, and while there is plenty of the hot stuff, I hope there is also lots of emotional connection between Maggie and Rafel, too. These are two people who have sort of stumbled into each other’s lives and they both have something that the other needs.

Would you rather…have 3 wishes in 10 years or 1 wish today? Why?

I think I would probably go for one wish today. I am an impulse shopper, an impulse eater and generally all about instant gratification. While the pay off in ten years time sounds wonderful…. I might get hit by a bus, right? And today is RIGHT NOW!!

Let’s talk about your newest release: Satisfaction

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here

SATMaggie is a book shop owner who is perfectly happy with her life – except for one small thing. She can’t orgasm. She’s tried – a lot – over the years, but it just never seems to happen. She tells herself it’s not a big deal, but the truth is she feels as though she’s missing out, as though the whole world is on one side of a big glass wall and she is on the other side, looking in. When her friend tells her about an amazing one-off encounter she had with a sexy tattooist who just happens to work up the road from Maggie, Maggie hatches a plan. She will find this man, and she will sleep with him, and if he can’t get her there with his mad bedroom skillz, then she will go talk to a doctor.

So Maggie the bookshop owner sets out to seduce Eduardo the Brazilian-Australian tattooist, not knowing that Eduardo has an identical twin… Things go wrong, naturally. Then they go very right. And then Maggie falls in love, and has no idea if Rafel feels the same….

Please tell us about the characters in your book?

Maggie is the only child of a single parent. She never knew her father, and she has a complicated relationship with her mother. When Maggie was 12, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. For the next five years, Maggie did her damnedest to support her mother in her battle to beat the odds. She cooked, she cleaned, she kept her problems to herself so that her mother could focus all her energy on getting well. As an adult, Maggie still has a tendency to try to control the world – and herself – thanks to this difficult time. But she’s big hearted and funny, she loves Georgette Heyer, and she’s courageous when she wants something.

Rafel is identical twin to Eduardo, the love god Maggie seeks out. A talented tattooist, he’s also managed to build up a profitable property portfolio, driven by the need to never worry about where the next meal might come from, something that was an issue when he was younger. Rafel loves deeply, and he’s still nursing the wound from his break up with Lena, the woman he thought was the love of his life. And then Maggie comes along and rocks his world and he realises that maybe he’s much more ready to move on than he thought. He’s hesitant about jumping into love again, though, having just gone through the pain of gluing his heart back together again. So what’s he going to do? Walk away from the best thing that’s happened to him in a long time because he’s too scared to take a leap of faith…?

As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Maggie surprised me a little. The more I got to know her, the more I realised that she’s actually really tough. She’s had to get through this gruelling time with her mother, and it’s forged an emotional toughness within her that means she’s very resilient and also brave. She’s not necessarily aware of that, though, and it takes her some time to find her courage.

Rafel, on the other hand, is a bit of a wounded soul. On the outside, he’s this buff, hot tattooed guy, but he feels things deeply. Love for him is a big deal, a soul-searing commitment. So in a way, Maggie and Rafel are the opposites on the inside to what they look like on the outside – she’s soft and feminine, but strong emotionally, and Rafel is muscular and buff, but wounded.

What scene did you most enjoy writing? Why?

Oh, there are so many fun scenes in this book. I like this one, though, where Rafel and Maggie have broken up after having successfully achieved their share goal of getting Maggie there. Realising that she’s falling in love with him, Maggie ended things to protect herself. So they haven’t seen each other for a month, and Maggie is attending a local traders meeting that is boring her to tears:

Maggie leaned down to catch the strap of her handbag. As soon as the next person put their hand up to speak, she’d sneak out. She was vaguely aware of a latecomer taking a seat in the row behind her, but she was too busy watching for her opportunity to make a break for it too pay much attention.
Until she inhaled. Leather, sandalwood, amber. And something else, something that didn’t come from a bottle. All the tiny hairs on the back of her neck stood on end. Her heart started to pound. Her palms became sweaty.
Calm down. You knew this would happen one day. You own businesses in the same shopping strip. It was inevitable. Just…play it cool. He doesn’t know that you know he’s here, so you can still sneak out and no one will be the wiser.
Except she didn’t want to sneak out, not now that she knew Rafel was sitting somewhere behind her. How was that for perverse?
Had he sat there by accident? Did he realize that the blond woman in the row in front of him was her? Was the back of her head that distinctive?
She wanted to turn and look at him so badly her neck ached. She settled for picturing in her mind’s eye how he would look—dark jeans, boots, a close-fitting T-shirt. His hair tousled, his jaw dark with beard scruff. Those green eyes of his warm with laughter.
She shifted in her chair, need starting an unruly, demanding throb between her thighs. Her breathing was shallow, and she couldn’t focus on anything except the sense of him behind her.
“Did I miss anything?” the words were spoken near her ear, low and meant only for her.
She closed her eyes.
Oh God.
She took a deep breath and turned her head. He was leaning forward in his seat, which meant his face was barely inches from hers. The fabric of his jeans was tight across his thighs, his dark shirt straining at the top button. His hair was tousled, as she’d imagined, but his face was clean-shaven. She curled her hands to stop herself from reaching out to test the smoothness of his jaw.
“Nothing important. Unless you have a thing for Manchurian pears.”
“Not these days,” he said, his mouth kicking up at the corner. His gaze roamed her face, almost as though he was searching for something.
“Very civic-minded of you, attending the meeting,” she whispered.
“I could say the same thing about you.”
“Except I was about to sneak out.”
His eyes dropped to her neck, then her breasts. “Were you? Manchurian pears not your thing, either?”
“I’m more of a Granny Smith girl.”
He smiled fully, and the impact of it hit her in the gut. Suddenly, she was naked on his desk again, and he was pounding into her, coaxing her to her first climax ever.
“It was good seeing you.” Her whole body was hot, and she was almost certain her face was flushed. “Enjoy the rest of the meeting.”
She stood and scooted toward the end of the row, slipping into the aisle and making a beeline for the exit. She tried to tread lightly so as not to draw attention to herself, but she could hear the loud, steady tread of Rafel following in her footsteps, the sound of his boots echoing in the space.
Clearly, the man knew nothing about subtlety, a fact that thrilled her far more than was wise.

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

The scene where Maggie decides to fight for her own happiness was a tough one. I wrote it three different ways, tweaked it, took characters out, put them back in, but in the end this is (some) of what I came up with:

By the time his car was gone, her throat was clogged with tears and she was shuddering with the force of her grief.
It isn’t fair.
That was the single phrase that kept circling in her mind. It wasn’t fair that she’d had only a handful of weeks with him. It wasn’t fair that Lena had come back just when Maggie had started to trust the happiness she’d found with him.
She’d been waiting all her life to find a man who made her feel this good, a man who truly saw her and respected her and understood her. Rafel had charged into her life and shaken it from the foundation up. He’d made her confront fears and look at herself. He’d made her laugh.
God, he’d made her so fucking happy.
She paced in the hallway, one hand fisted against her sternum, a little afraid of how much her chest hurt. Not just an ache, but a physical pain so acute it felt as though someone was literally squeezing her heart.
She’d tried so hard not to fall in love with him. So hard. And yet here she was.
She’d told herself that it wasn’t possible to feel something this profound, this life-changing so quickly, so easily. And yet here she was.
She’d tried to stay away from him, to forget him. And yet here she was.
Feeling lost in her own home, she wandered into the living room, then the kitchen. She found nothing there to comfort her. The dining table reminded her of the times they’d eaten together, and the nights he’d pushed the plates aside and fucked her till she screamed his name.
The bookshelf reminded her of the fact that he’d read Georgette Heyer because she’d told him she was her favorite author.
The sideboard held the flowers he’d brought her last week, a spray of Oriental lilies paired with vibrant spikes of green foliage.
She retreated to her bedroom, the tears slowing now, and began to peel off her swimsuit. There were more reminders of him in here, too. The bed where they’d given each other so much pleasure. The shower where he’d washed her with avid intensity.
Even her body was marked by him—a suck mark on her thigh, another on her breast, both legacies from Friday night.
Staring at her passion-marked body, a heartfelt plea rose up inside her: I don’t want it to be over.

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book was optioned for a movie?

Maggie has pale blonde hair and big blue eyes. In my mind’s eye, she looks a bit like Katherine Heigl, but with blue eyes. My hero is a little harder. Maybe a bit like Jim Caviezel, when he was younger. With green eyes!

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

I’d tell them both the same thing: Don’t be afraid. Maggie is afraid of rejection, Rafel of loving and losing. But the pay off for both of them taking a risk is the kind of love that lasts a life time. Worth the risk, I think.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2014?

I am currently working on a spring brides novella for Montana Born Books, an imprint of Tule Publishing, which was launched by best selling author Jane Porter last year. It’s a pretty angsty story, and I can’t wait for my heroine to get to the bit where she finds some happiness with the very hot hero. Almost a Bride is due out in April. I have a Super Romance due out with Harlequin in April, too. Her Kind of Trouble was such a fun, fun book to write – sexy, with two great characters who really get each other, but can’t quite work out how to get it together. After that, I am hoping to get a sequel to Satisfaction out there – Anticipation will be Eduardo’s story. And I have plans for the first in my Fitzgeralds Run series, which will be set around the Fitzgerald family and the vineyard they are hoping to salvage. And! If all of those ideas aren’t enough, I’m also working on an anthology with Joan Kilby and Karina Bliss. It’s going to be so much fun, I can’t wait!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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He had dark brown hair, chiseled cheekbones and lips that looked strong. But it was his eyes that caught and held her—a cool, deep green framed by dark lashes, they were extraordinarily clear and bright and utterly compelling.
So much for Google—the photograph didn’t even begin to do him justice.
“Good evening. Maggie, yes? Sorry to keep you waiting.” His voice was mellow and smooth, with only the slightest of lilts to indicate he hadn’t been born in Australia.
“Hi.” She was vaguely aware of her handbag sliding out of her hand as her gaze dropped down his body.
Broad shoulders showcased by a fitted black tank top. A chest that was both lean and muscular. Flat belly. Narrow hips. Well-worn jeans that hugged long thighs. Scuffed work boots
She felt a little dizzy. The man was so hot he was practically a walking erogenous zone.
“You can put your bag over there, if you like,” he said, indicating a stool in the corner opposite the sink. “Then we can talk about what you’d like me to do for you.”
“Okay. All right.”
She walked to the corner and dumped her bag, so staggered by his appeal that she completely forgot that she’d been about to leave five seconds ago. She returned to where he was waiting and simply stared at him, keen to take in more of his perfection.
His skin was lightly tanned, the burnished color making his tattoos pop—the exotic text running down the inside of his left arm, the half sleeve of mythical creatures cavorting amongst clouds on his right upper arm. Beneath the tattoos, his arms were sinewy with muscle, firm and powerful looking.
Never before in her life had she had such a strong urge to simply reach out and touch. His skin. His hair. The hard masculinity of him.
“So, Maggie. What are you thinking of for today?” Eduardo’s gaze roamed over her face as he waited for her to respond, a small smile playing around his mouth.
Somehow she managed to prod her stunned brain into responding.
“I brought something with me. I got it off the Internet.”
It was in her handbag, which necessitated another trip to the corner. With her back safely turned to Eduardo, she opened her handbag and extracted the page she’d printed at home. She caught sight of the strip of condoms she’d packed in preparation and automatically reached for one.
No way, the voice in her head said. No way are you going to go through with this.
But she was already tucking a condom into the lace at the top of her bra, at the mercy of a crazy kind of fatalism. She was here, after all, right? She’d gathered the gumption to put this plan in motion, scoring an early appointment against all odds, and Eduardo’s sex-god credentials were clearly rock solid.
There was nothing to stop her from doing this. Nothing at all.
She returned to Eduardo for the second time, handing the sheet over. His forearm muscles rippled admirably as he took the paper from her, and she caught a waft of his aftershave, something with leather and amber notes that made her want more.
One perfect eyebrow arched skyward. “The Warner Brothers’ Tasmanian Devil?”
He made it sound like a question, not a statement. As though he was checking that she was of sound mind and body.
“I’ve loved him since I was a kid.”
It was the only image she’d been able to come up with that she had an enduring fondness for.
“Okay.” His gaze swept down her body. “I’m going to go out on a limb and guess this is your first tattoo, yes?”
“That’s right.”
“And where were you thinking of having this little devil?” he asked.
She wasn’t sure, but she thought maybe he was laughing at her behind his eyes. It should have been offensive, but somehow it wasn’t.
It was sexy. But everything about this man was sexy.
The small hairs on the backs of his hands.
His earlobes.
The beautifully shaped arches of his nostrils.
“On my butt.” She swiveled her hip and patted her upper-right butt cheek.
“And how big were you thinking you’d like the finished tattoo to be?”
She held her fingers an inch or two apart.
His eyebrow rose again. “That’s quite small.”
“Is that a problem?”
“No. Not at all.”
“I’ll go sort out a transfer while you make yourself comfortable. I’ll need you facedown . And you’ll need to remove your underwear.”
“Okay.” Her throat was so tight with nervousness and excitement she could hardly get the word out.
He adjusted the chair, converting it into a table before leaving the room. She pressed a hand to her chest. Sure enough, her heart was pounding away like a jungle drum.

Book Info:

Maggie Hendricks loves her life. Great job, amazing friends. Everything just how she likes it. There’s just one small problem. When it comes to sex, Maggie can’t quite get there. No fireworks, no screaming orgasms. And while she tells herself she’s fine with that, she can’t help wanting more.

When her friend shares the intimate details of a one night only fling with an extremely talented lover, Maggie makes a desperate pact with herself. She will seduce this man and if he can’t get her there…well, then she’ll hand herself over to medical science. A simple enough plan. What could possibly go wrong?

Within minutes of meeting Rafel Oliveira, Maggie knows the answer to that one: plenty. Rafel turns out to be far more than simply talented in the bedroom. As he takes her on a journey toward the ultimate pleasure, Maggie finds herself craving a lot more than his beautiful body. But can she win the one thing that will leave her truly satisfied…his heart?
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Author Bio

Sarah Mayberry was born in Melbourne, Australia and is the middle of three children. Before she was published, she worked as a magazine editor as well as a storyliner/story editor in both Australia and New Zealand. These days she splits her time between writing books and scripts. She has published more than 30 novels with Harlequin and firmly believes she has the best job on earth. Satisfaction is her second self-published work. She lives by the bay in Melbourne with her husband and a small furry dog called Max, and when she isn’t writing enjoys reading, cooking, shoe shopping and spending time with her loved ones.
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60 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Satisfaction by Sarah Mayberry”

  1. mrsmac19

    I went away to college knowing no one on campus or in the area. That was pretty out there for me. After college, I moved 2 hours north of my childhood home to (yet another!) area where I knew no one. It all worked out in the end – married for almost 11 years to a man I met shortly after the move. Looks like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  2. Jenny King

    I finally got the courage to leave a horrible 21 year long relationship! Living on my own for the first time in my life and OWNING my independence….FINALLY!

  3. LJT

    I was new to the corporate world and my boss would always ask me to get him lunch. He would pay me back, but only about once every few weeks. Finally, I stood up to him and told him to get his own lunch from now on.

  4. Sarina Bowen

    My crazy thing–I quit a job which paid a ton of money, because I didn’t want to run on the corporate hamster wheel forever. MOST of the time, it seems like a good decision.

  5. Lindsey V.

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! This book sounds great. 🙂

    I can’t think of anything crazy that I’ve done, but I supose I could say I had the courage and willpower to completely change my lifestyle in the way of healthy eating and exercise. I’ve lost over a hundred pounds and have gained more happiness and confidence in the process. I was extremely introverted my entire life before I decided to make a change, and while I will never have a party personality, I can see myself doing many things that I wouldn’t have before.

  6. ndluebke

    Keep in mind that I had never flown in an airplane before. I flew halfway around the world to join my husband in Bangkok, Thailand. Was that ever an experience.

  7. Bertie Welck

    Getting married at 16 and staying married to the same man for 54 years even when I was told I was nuts

  8. wandac

    I would love to say I have done something crazy or brave but unfortunately I have led a pretty dull boring life. However, I can’t complain I have a great husband and family.

  9. Glenda

    I moved across country for a temporary job assignment a few months before I was supposed to get married. I ended up breaking that engagement and have been married to a wonderful man for 22 years. 🙂

  10. DJ Sakata

    I married my boss and moved half way around to world to start our new life together. Best decision I ever made

  11. Cari White

    It started hard, then became very easy over the years. I’ve traveled extensively for work alone. All over the world, in fact! LOVE traveling!

  12. Winnie Lim

    I have fear of heights but when I went to Australia for holiday 2 years ago, I did hanggliding. My heart almost jumped out but it was a most awesome experience.

  13. Wilma Frana

    Went back to school at forty years old, then started a job that lasted for twenty-two years.

  14. veRONIca

    This may sound lame to others, but if you knew how paranoid I was about things you’d realize how big a deal this was. I randomly planned a European backpacking trip for myself after graduation. It was amazing!

  15. Gretchen

    I have always had a horrible fear of flying. I would get nervous and break out into hives just thinking about getting on an airplane. If you watched the movie French Kiss I was like Meg Ryan. Somehow I flew to Spain as a chaperone with students in our school’s Spanish Club. That was huge for me because it involved 6 different flights. One of the flights was about 9 hours over the ocean at night.

  16. Diane Sallans

    Probably when I took on the large project of putting an addition with new kitchen on my house – had to make all the decisions by myself.

  17. Leanna

    Left all of my family and friends to go to college in a small town I learned I need to live in a city. Moving away was hard because I am very shy so I had to work hard yo meet friends.

  18. Erika

    The craziest/bravest thing I’ve done was start my own business! I had twins and a one month old and just went for it! Four years later and no regrets! Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Kai W.

    The craziest and bravest thing I have ever done was to dis-enroll myself from one high school to another high school without getting my parents’ consent. My parents was more of what school their friends’ children were going to. I was more concern with my education so I took matter into my own hand.

  20. cahmmerritt

    Drove to someones home – told them to pack their bags (friend and two kids) and to take what they needed they were coming to stay with me until an ugly divorce was final. I did this knowing that there would be confrontation and that I would take the brunt of it on their behalf. It was the right thing to do and it was ugly. I will never ever regret doing it and begin the strength for a friend when they needed it.

  21. flchen1

    I have to say that I don’t tend to do crazy, brave things. I DID muster up the courage to ask a guy I was crushing on to dance in high school, although that didn’t result in any magical transformations of any kind 😉 I think sometimes choosing to do something for oneself can feel crazy, because it can be so against the tide at times. Can’t wait to finish reading Satisfaction, Sarah!

  22. Aline

    Hmm.. I don’t think I’ve done anything crazy or really brave my whole life. I guess my life is boring >.<

  23. Margaret

    After my son was born my husband and I decided that our current lifestyle wasn’t what we wanted, so we both quit our jobs, sold our house and moved back to the small town that I grew up in so I could stay home with my two kids – we were fortunate that we had savings and family to help tide us over until my hubby found a job and our house was built!

  24. Rebe

    I decided to take a group of college freshmen to Buenos Aires, a country I’d never been to before. (I did a planning trip before I took them, never fear!) It was a blast but SO STRESSFUL.

  25. casie boland

    haven’t really done anything crazy, I guess I need to get on that cause you only live once

  26. jdh2690

    The craziest, bravest thing I’ve ever done was to accept a proposal of marriage from my second husband only two months after we had our first date! Plus, we were married six months later! After having been burned by a first husband who absconded with another woman in the middle of the night, leaving me with two toddlers, this was pretty risky behavior for me. But my instincts were correct…and we’ve been married 34 years now (still in love)! Thanks for asking.

  27. Betul E.

    Went to study in another country, first time being away from home.. God how I missed my family during that time

  28. belindaegreen

    You asked: What’s the craziest, bravest thing you’ve ever done in your life?

    I had a dream of owning my own business. I loved making jewelry and thought I could blend the two and making a living wage. I invested a lot of time and money toward that goal. I attended a lot of shows and fairs while also working full time. However, I found out rather quickly that there were/are a lot of people doing the same thing. I made a little but nowhere need that 1st million! It was a tough challenge for awhile. I finally had to adjust that dream. It’s now a hobby for family, friends and me. Who knows. It’s still fun to do. Miracles do happen! 🙂

    Thanks for the opportunity to share!

    Belinda G

  29. Christine L.

    In 1997, I flew alone from my west coast residence to the east coast for the first time to visit a man I’d known only via Internet and phone. I had a wonderful time in NYC and am friends with this person to date. Most importantly, I made it home in one piece!

  30. Kanoko (@kanokochi)

    I could say moving out while I was still in high school, but really, it was coming back home after I finished college that took a lot of courage. The Filipino family is traditionally very tight-nit—one usually leaves home only when he or she has gotten married.

    I had to struggle losing part of my independence by moving close to my dad and brother’s home and occasionally staying the night. I don’t get along with most of my paternal relatives, and moving back means having to deal with them regularly again. Crazy? Check. Brave? You have no idea. Truth be told, part of me regrets the decision, but Dad is getting old and Bro is still in high school, so something’s got to give.

  31. infinitieh

    During senior year in college, I decided to spend 3 weeks in January in Europe, mostly by myself (I had my sister and her friends with me for the first week). Did I mention that the only European language I’m fluent in was (still is) English? I managed to learn “do you speak English?” in Spanish, French, and German beforehand. It was fun.

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