For my first blog tour, I am happy to be supporting a book as effervescently full of fun as Poison. When I heard about Bridget Zinn’s book — and the untimely passing of the author — I was moved by the groundswell support from the blogging and writing community. I did not know Bridget personally, as some of the other bloggers and authors on the tour did, but from what I can tell from her writing, she was someone I would have loved to grab coffee with. Or Pie. Kyra, the sixteen year old heroine of Poison, really seems to like pie.
As I began reading Poison, I was immediately transported by Bridget’s words and engaged by the thrilling concept of her story. There was a playfulness and zest in her storytelling that reminds me of the earlier Harry Potter books. In fact, that thought actually upset me a bit. As a fairly stingy reader, who can’t consume books fast enough to satisfy my appetite, I was throughly miffed that I won’t get to read more Bridget Zinn books.
Readers, we have been shorted.
It is a huge complement to a writer when readers want more of you. I would have wanted more books from Bridget. Many, many more. I would have bought them and shared them emphatically.
I’m glad we have Poison to enjoy, and I am sure you will enjoy it, but still…
Here is a bit about the book:
Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.
But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart…misses.
Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?
Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.
Pick up a copy using one of the handy links below, or by visiting your local bookstore/library.
If you are on Goodreads, add it to your To Be Read list pronto, friends. Here’s a link for that: Poison on Goodreads
Now, a bit of Bridget’s personal story:
Bridget grew up in Wisconsin. She went to the county fair where she met the love of her life, Barrett Dowell. They got married right before she went in for exploratory surgery which revealed she had colon cancer. They christened that summer the “summer of love” and the two celebrated with several more weddings. Bridget continued to read and write until the day she died. Her last tweet was “Sunshine and a brand new book. Perfect.”
Bridget wanted to make people laugh and hoped readers would enjoy spending time with the characters she created. As a librarian/writer she loved books with strong young women with aspirations. She also felt teens needed more humorous reads. She really wanted to write a book with pockets of warmth and happiness and hoped that her readers’ copies would show the watermarks of many bath time reads.
I actually, to be incredibly personal with you all and at the risk of TMI, read this in my bath. There are happy dried drops of sudsy water on a handful of the pages.
To Bridget! To first books, first blog tours, and pie!