Saturday, March 23, 2013

Blog Tour: Poison by Bridget Zinn

Alli's World is celebrating the release of Bridget Zinn's POISON. If you aren't familiar with Bridget's story please keep reading, it is truly touching, heart-breaking and inspiring.

Since Bridget isn't here to tell us about how it feels to have your first novel published, I'm going to tell you a little about some of my firsts and what I've learned from them. (Not anything inappropriate and nothing as cool as having a novel pubbed but still, first-time experiences nonetheless.) 

I've had lots of firsts that I recall. I remember my first job, my first date, and my first kiss. I still think about the the first time I flew in an airplane, the first major purchases I made on my own (my house and my car) etc. I've done lots of things in my 28 years so that equals lots of firsts. 

There have been many things I've screwed up too. And many firsts I wish I could have a do over on. Then there are the firsts that I wish I had done sooner, like starting this blog!

There's no need to go down that long list of mistakes but there's nothing I can do about those now. There is something to be said about all the things you can learn from screwing up the first time (or second or third time) you try. 

I just try to remember some advice I got at a summer camp when I was in fifth or sixth grade: You'll always regret more the things you don't try more than you'll ever regret the things you do try. 

Of course, take that advice with some discretion! No need to go all YOLO! and use that as an excuse do the dumbest stuff ever because "you only live once."

I didn't know Bridget and I haven't read her book (yet) but I would imagine that if there is anything we can take from her life story is go for what you want while you can. We never know what will happen "later." So why not do it now? (I am so preaching to myself!) 

Lead the life you want to live. Take some chances. Make some firsts! Make the most of the time and opportunities you are given. Don't squander your blessings. Do your best future self proud!

For info on  the book and author, keep reading!


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.

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