Happy Tuesday, readers! We have a special post for you today, one to celebrate a talented author who was taken too soon from this earth and sadly isn't here to see the release of her debut novel. It was Bridget's dream to share her story with others, and I hope you'll join us in launching POISON, which is available today from Disney Hyperion.
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.
Doesn't that sound amazing!?
Let's all pitch in to raise as much awareness as possible for Bridget's novel! If you're on twitter, here's a tweet you can copy and paste:
It's release day for #POISON by @bridgetzinn! Buy your copy today! http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781423139935 #YA #amreading #mywana
You can also follow these handy-dandy links to buy your very own copy of POISON:
Barnes & Noble
And please add it to your Goodreads list, too!
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.
From all of us at Honestly YA, congratulations, Bridget!
To celebrate Bridget's debut, our own Jen McAndrews will give a copy of POISON to one lucky commenter. (US residents only, please.) Here's what you have to do:
1. Paste a link in the comments section that shows you helped spread the word about POISON. (A tweet, a Facebook share, a tumblr, a blog post, a message board post, etc.)
2. Provide your email address so we can contact you if you win.
The giveaway ends Thursday, March 14th at 5pm EST. At that time, we'll assign each comment a number and use random.org to select the winner. By entering this giveaway, you agree to the terms set forth on our "contest disclaimer" page.