Book Blitz: No Apologies

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Welcome to the book blitz for the brand new book No Apologies. Included in this post is some excerpts from the book, an interview with one of its characters and a great giveaway for you to enter. Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for organising this blitz.

Now on with the fun 🙂


Author: Sybil Bartel

Genre: contemporary, romance

Audience: New Adult

Publication Date: 23rd June 2014

Publisher: Carina Press


Never apologize

Hard-edged rocker Graham Allen has it all. He’s flush with cash from playing bass in a band by night and restoring classic cars by day. And there are plenty of women willing to share his bed for a night, complication-free. Perfect, because if there’s anything he learned from his past, it was to never get attached—to anything. So when bartender Carly Sullivan flashes her innocent smile, Graham isn’t prepared for what happens next.

Never fall in love

Two rules, that’s all Graham has—never apologize and never fall in love. He knows Carly is everything he should avoid. Cheerful and sweet, she has “relationship” written all over her. But Graham can’t stay away from her probing questions and concerned blue eyes.

When Graham discovers Carly is hiding a crushing secret, he’s prepared to risk it all. Until in one single moment, everything changes and Graham’s past threatens to collide with his future. His life is crumbling down around him, and soon no apology in the world can save him.

He should’ve known to walk away.



An Insight Into the Book:

Here you can find some excerpts from the book and an interview with one of its characters.

Excerpt 1

I kissed her again. Slow, gentle, I showed her what I wanted her to know. Not pushing her further, not taking the kiss to the next level, the restraint was pure agony.

I pulled away and looked into her eyes. “Just you and me.”
“Is it?”
I stilled. I couldn’t be mad at her. It was a legitimate question. I struggled with what I wanted to say and what I should say. “I’m here now, with you.” I swept her hair from her shoulder. “There’s nowhere else I want to be.” I didn’t tell her the evening after the incident in my kitchen had been a turning point for me.
The smile touched her lips but weariness held the rest of her expression. “Me either.” She gently rested her head on my chest.
I wrapped my arms around her and stood to my full height, caveman style. Her feet left the ground and I let the soft weight of her fall against me for one torturous moment. Everything about this girl was leaving a mark on my heart.

Excerpt 2

I trailed my fingers down her cheek. “I wanted to kiss you this morning.”
She didn’t flinch. “I know.”
I threaded my hand up the back of her neck. “You pulled away from me.”
“I know.”
I twisted my fingers into her hair. “I still want to kiss you.”
Turning her face, she exposed the smooth skin of her neck. “Please, don’t.”
“Why?” Jesus, she was beautiful.


Interview with Graham Allen

“Hi! So excited, I’m here today with Graham Allen, the bass player for the band you all are waiting patiently for to go on, so I’ll be quick! Say Hi, Graham.” OMG, he’s so hot in person!

“Yep, you heard it, that sexy-awesome voice. Not that we don’t love Myles’ voice, but we looove when you sing as well. Will there be more songs you do lead locals on?”
“Okay, you heard it here first! So, tell me Graham, what’s your favorite song right now?”
“Humming Bird by Alex Clare.”
“Awww, that’s so sweet! I love that song. Does it remind you of someone?”
“Care to elaborate?”
Okay, he’s a little intimidating. I smile but he doesn’t smile back. “So, tell us something we don’t know about you.”
“I hate interviews.”
I laugh nervously. “I think I could’ve guessed that. I heard you’re a car fanatic. If you could drive any car, what would it be?”
“A Smart car,” he deadpans.
I blink. “Really?”
I burst out laughing. “Good one. But seriously, what car would be your ideal ride?”
“The one I drive.”
“Which is?”
“71 ‘Cuda 440 6-pack.”
“You have a six pack?” I had to ask! He’s so muscular.
He crosses his arms and stares at me.
“Um, sorry. Okay, so what color is your car?”
Sexy. “What’s it like working with Myles?” That’s the lead singer and guitarist for all you newbies out there.
“Wow, that’s heavy.” Inspiration strikes. “What would Myles say it’s like working with you?”
“Irritating.” A ghost of a smile touches the corner of his mouth.
I think I might faint. He’s that hot. If, you know, you go for that whole tattooed, rocker, bad boy, thing—just saying. I smile because it’s impossible not to. “I’ll have to ask him about that.” With a surge of confidence, I wink.
“You do that.” The smile, lazy, practiced, kicks up a notch and now I know I’m going to faint.
“Oh, that’s just not fair.”
His only answer is to hold the half smile of amusement and incline his head once like he knows exactly the effect he has on women.
“Okay, one more question, because I know you all are about to go on. Who’s been your single greatest influence, musically, or otherwise?” I hold my breath, because for some reason, I think he’s about to surprise the crap out of me.
“That’s a personal question.”
“It is.” I don’t blink.
He maintains eye contact.
I wait.
“I don’t answer personal questions. I protect the people who are close to me.”
Wow. So sweet. “I think I just fell in love.”
This time, the smile hits both sides of his face. “You’re too late, sweetheart.” Then he strides out of the room like he owns the place.

Buying Links:

If you like the sound of this book then you can find the buying links below.


Barnes and Noble


Get to know the author:

Sybil grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She used to dream of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books about wistful summer days and first loves drew her into the world of storytelling. Her true literary love is the New Adult genre but really, any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful, makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she’s not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer who stole her heart.



You out now have the chance to enter a great international giveaway. To enter and win an Amazon gift card simply click on the link below. Good luck!

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check this book out 🙂

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