4 Jun 2018

#BlogTour: KISSING GAMES by Tara Eglington // #Interview + #Excerpt

Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for

KISSING GAMES by Tara Eglington!

I have an interview with the author today plus an excerpt from the book so you can learn more about it before you pick it up tomorrow! But first, let's learn more about the book...


Author: Tara Eglington
Series: Aurora Skye #2
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: June 5, 2018

The course of true love never did run smooth. For a girl who shares her name with a princess (a.k.a Aurora from Sleeping Beauty) Aurora Skye’s life seem fathoms away from a fairytale. Sure, she’s landed Hayden Paris, Potential Prince extraordinaire. And she got her wish -- one first kiss with all the knee-trembling, butterfly-inducing gloriousness she’d hoped for. 

But Aurora’s learning that a kiss is just the beginning of a story.

Instead of being the truly transcendent, utterly epic follow up it should be, her second attempt at kissing has literally landed Hayden Paris in the emergency room. If that’s not mortifying enough, the whole school is now referring to her as ‘Lethal Lips’.

Meanwhile it’s all systems go for her best friend Cassie - she and Potential Prince Scott are totally loved up and can’t stop kissing. Jelena (Jefferson High’s answer to Helen of Troy) has moved on from the heinous betrayal by Bad Boy Alex West and has unleashed her plan to rule the world by running for School Captain. Problem is Alex is running too and Jelena’s pulling out all the stops to prevent him from stealing her rightful place as ruler of Jefferson High - including offering Aurora’s Find a Prince/Princess Program as one of her campaign initiatives.

How is Aurora going to prove her program is foolproof and help Jelena win the election when her matchmaking manoeuvres seem to be throwing all the wrong people together - including the NAD and the hippy-dippy Ms Deforest -- and she can’t even convince Hayden to kiss her?

Describe KISSING GAMES in 10 words or less.

Tara Eglington: This is a tough one! But here's a 10-word teaser:
'Aurora's second kiss lands Hayden Paris in the Emergency Room...'

Which character would you most like to be friends with?

Tara Eglington: Definitely Aurora. I love her enthusiasm, and kindness, and the way she looks out for her friends, and wants the best for them. I also think she'd be pretty entertaining to be friends with, as she's always finding herself in funny or embarrassing scenarios!

What's your favorite thing about being an author? 

Tara Eglington: Creating a world that didn't exist before. I always start a new project with an idea for a story that I would love to read – and it's amazing to build, page by page, something completely new. I also love chatting to readers – whether that's at a writer's festival, or a signing, or a school visit. I write for my readers – so meeting them, and hearing their enthusiasm for my books, and for their other favorite YA authors too– is the best thing in the world. 

Do you have a favorite line to tease us with?

Tara Eglington: 'How did my attempt at Romeo and Juliet become a scene out of Fight Club?'

Who from the characters would you most like to hang out with for a day, and what would you do?

Tara Eglington: Besides Aurora, I'd love to hang out with Jeffrey – he's the class clown and always makes me laugh.
For a girl who shares her name with a princess (Aurora from Sleeping Beauty), my present circumstances were fathoms away from a fairy tale. My kissing skills had left both parties maimed—one case worthy of the emergency room.

Our first kiss as a couple, and my first-ever kiss, had been a melding of everything I’d heard kisses could be, all the glorious clich├ęs in action—weak knees, my heart a field of fluttering butterflies, life in Technicolor. Worth the wait.

With a start like that, I’d expected the second kiss to be as good. Or at least not to end in calamity.

Four hours ago I’d had no idea I’d be spending half of my Thursday night in the local hospital’s emergency department, watching the on-call physician stitching Hayden Paris’s formerly perfect lower lip.

four hours earlier...
I stood at my bathroom mirror, staring at my lips. I’d just applied red lipstick, taking a good five minutes to make sure that the edges were perfect. Now I was having second thoughts.

Normally I wasn’t one to spend lengthy amounts of time pouting at my own reflection, but in the fifteen minutes before Hayden was due to arrive I was fixated on my own mouth.

It had started with the intention of making sure I had fresh breath. Three brushings and a lengthy flossing session later, I’d pinched the superstrong dental clinic–issued mouthwash used by 
my dad (otherwise known as the NAD—New Age dad), on the basis that it would work better than my Listerine. Figuring that if I used any more mouthwash I’d give myself acid reflux, I’d finally
stashed a mini breath spray in the pocket of my skirt so I could do a last quick spritz after Hayden and I had finished dinner. Literally sharing breath with someone was nerve-racking.

I was now in a conundrum over lipstick. I’d automatically reached for the red, as numerous studies have proved that red lips are considered the most sensual, due to the way that lipstick mimics the way our lips flush when attracted to another person. But just as I’d finished applying the lipstick, I started worrying that it wasn’t the best choice. It would inevitably kiss off, wouldn’t it? What if I pulled away from the (hopefully) amazing kiss and Hayden was left smeared with red lipstick? Gloss wasn’t an option, either—I’d overheard way too many guys complaining about how they hated goopy lips.
TARA EGLINGTON grew up in Byron Bay, Australia. Her hobbies when she’s not writing include watching endless cat videos on YouTube, planning pretend holidays to the Maldives, and day-dreaming about who would play Hayden Paris in a film adaptation of How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You, her first novel. She lives in Australia.

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