Friday, March 15, 2013

Poison Blog Tour

Today, I have the privilege of helping a fellow author promote her debut novel, Poison.

I didn't know Bridget Zinn, but that did nothing to lighten the heaviness placed on my heart as I read about her life and death. Something about Bridget grabbed me and has yet to let go. Just by looking at pictures, it's easy to see the light that lived in her. Then if you dig a little deeper, maybe read her tweets or venture to her blog, you'll get a glimpse of her gentle spirit and her giddiness for life.

After learning all I could find about Bridget, these Bible verses came to mind...Isaiah 57:1-2 The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

None of us know what tomorrow will bring. All we have is today, but if tomorrow doesn't come, we have access to unimaginable peace waiting on the other side. I hope while Bridget's resting, she gets a peek at everyone rallying together to show their love and support as her debut novel, Poison, goes out into the world. I have a feeling we're all about to witness something HUGE, so be on the lookout for the beautiful cover below.

About the novel

 Bridget Zinn's first YA novel, Poison, was released by Hyperion on March 12, 2013. Unfortunately, Bridget died from cancer in May 2011 at the age of 33. Being published was Bridget's dream. Now, nearly four years to the day from her diagnosis, her novel is at last reaching readers. On her behalf, her friends and family want to celebrate her accomplishment.

Poison's first review just came in, a near-rave from Kirkus Reviews, who write, "Don't let the title or cover fool you! No grimdark teen fantasy or angst-y heroines here; just a frothy confection of a fairy tale featuring poisoners, princesses, perfumers and pigs, none of whom are exactly what they appear (except maybe the pigs)…. Good silly fun—a refreshing antidote to a genre overflowing with grit and gloom." We're sure this is the first of many happy reviews to come for Bridget's debut.
Since Bridget isn't here to share her novel, people are pulling together to help get the word out about this former librarian's sweet, hilarious debut.

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.

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.

For more information about Bridget Zinn and ways you can help launch her debut novel, click on the links below.       

A remembrance of Bridget

 Bridget's path to publication-in her own words


  1. Thank you so much for your kind words about Bridget and POISON. Knowing you took the time to explore her blog to get to know her a little better warms my heart. Thank you so much for helping her book reach new readers. It means the world to me and her family.
    Best wishes,
    Barrett Dowell
    (Bridget's husband)

    1. Hey Barrett,

      Thanks for stopping by and also, for allowing me to participate in this wonderful occasion. You did a great job organizing this tour. I was excited to see Poison's numbers climbing the ranks over at Amazon. I hope you keep us all updated on future events and news. :)


  2. Celeste, thank you for sharing Bridget's touching story.

    1. Mina, you're welcome. Thank you for popping in. :)

  3. Most of us didn't know Bridget, but the support for her has been awesome.

    1. It really is an amazing thing to see. The writing community is filled with lots of love. :)

  4. This is so sad but so amazing. Thank you for informing us about this! I'm going to tweet this. I hope she died happy knowing her dream came true!

    1. SC, I agree, it broke my heart. Thanks so much for tweeting. I can't tell you the drive I have to help this book succeed. I guess it's because I know if any of us were to go, I believe our stories would have tons of support. Surely, she went with a smile.

  5. Beautiful tribute lady. (But then I expected nothing less from the master of the well said word.)

  6. Thanks,pal. Somehow, beautiful words came easy while writing about Bridget. And since I didn't know her,I think that must say a lot about who she was.