Bridget Zinn and Poison!

I first heard of and "met" Bridget online after hearing about a fundraiser to support her during her illness almost three years ago. I started following her online and reading her blog. We had quite a few things in common: love of chocolate cake, anything made with pumpkin, red hair (from all that pumpkin? or is that what keeps it red?) and children's books. She was always so happy and sweet online, a kind and gentle spirit. I  remember how she would post pics of herself in different funky colored wigs to see which we all liked best. And, she could rock some cute boots! She seemed to approach her illness with a braveness and candor that few can. It was so exciting to hear of her book deal with Disney/Hyperion, of which all of us hoped was the first of many.

It will be two years this May since she left us. It still makes me very sad to know we lost someone that shone so bright, someone who seemed so special.  I am honored to help promote her wonderful book, that I am still reading (so far so great!), and I am sure she would have done the same for any of us. For Bridget, where ever she may be, I hope she knows we miss her and we will do all we can to continue to support her, her legacy, her work and her family!

Below is an excerpt regarding Poison and Bridget herself from the Poison Blog Tour gang!

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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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.

Please visit her website for more information about this wonderful gal!