Blog Tour: Poison

It was a few months ago when I first came across an upcoming release POISON by Bridget Zinn, and it wasn't too long after that when I heard that Bridget had passed away in 2011.

Poison was released last Tuesday, and although Bridget isn't with us to celebrate her book's release, it was so important to a number of her friends that they put together a blog tour to commemorate this occasion.

A group of authors, bloggers, and readers are participating in a blog tour for Bridget Zinn's Poison, and I'm honoured to be a part of that group today. You can find the full list of participating blogs here.

Because this was Bridget's first published book, we're talking about memorable firsts in our lives - although it was difficult for me to just choose one.

But I ultimately decided on a memory that changed the way I looked at blogging. I started book blogging in July 2011, and that September (only 2 months later) I had the chance to go to a Sarah Dessen signing in Toronto.

I've been reading Sarah's books for years - she was one of the first authors I would read religiously as a kid. I was thrilled to be able to meet Sarah at her signing, and spend a little bit of time with her in a smaller group setting just before the signing (through Penguin Canada). Sarah was so sweet and friendly, and it was one of the few times in my life I found myself literally starstruck! (You can even ask Angel from Mermaid Visions - she's the witness to this moment.) This was also the same night that I first met Angel.

And this was memorable for me because it changed the way I thought about blogging. It was the first time meeting an author whose work I adored, and meeting a new blogging friend. I guess it was the moment when it hit me that book blogging wouldn't just impact my online presence, but it would be a part of my "real life", too! I never dreamed how involved with it I would become or how many friends I would make, authors I would meet, books I would read, etc.

I haven't read Poison yet (I'm hoping to read it very soon). But I'm so glad that Bridget got to see the beginnings of her dream come to life as Poison began its road to publishing.

Poison sounds like such an enchanting read, and I'm a sucker for anything fantasy so I can't wait to pick it up! Until then, you can find out more about Poison and Bridget below, as well as enter to win a copy for yourself!

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.

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About Bridget Zinn
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. 

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ChristasBooks said...

Great post Brenna! I still haven't read a Sarah Dessen book but I promise I will one of these days. Thanks for the giveaway!

Barrett said...

Thank you for sharing your first author starstruck moment - Authors can be intimidating people :). Bridget was a huge fan of Sarah Dessen. Her last tweet was “Sunshine and a brand new book. Perfect.” it was referencing Sarah Dessen’s What Happened to Goodbye. I finished reading that book out loud to her the night she passed. Books and authors have a huge impact on our lives. Thank you so much for helping to share Bridget's novel POISON with new readers. Your help means so much to me and Bridget's family.
Thank you.
Barrett Dowell
(Bridget's husband)

Molli Moran said...

What a cool memory you shared, Brenna! I would probably faint if I met Sarah Dessen. :D

I have this one, and have been meaning to read it. Bridget's story really has touched me, and I'm hoping her book does, as well!

Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

SweetMarie83 said...

Lovely story, Brenna! I remember when Sarah came to Toronto because I was heartbroken I didn't get to go. She's been one of my favourite authors since I was about 15 and to know she was just two hours away and I had no way to get there made me so sad! I'm really glad you got to go, though, and that you have that wonderful memory.

I'm really looking forward to reading Poison. I'm glad Bridget's family and friends are doing so much to promote it since she's not here to do it - I'm sure she'd be really pleased.

Grace Lo said...

I've only heard about Briget's battle with cancer recently, though I've had my eye out for Poison for quite a while. I'm so sad that such a wonderful person has left us so soon . . . I look forward to picking up Poison!

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