Friday, March 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Poison by Bridget Zinn

Today at WinterHaven Books, we are participating in the blog tour for Poison by Bridget Zinn.  This tour is very special and I am so proud that we get to help spread the word about this amazing book.  I was lucky enough to read it a few weeks ago and man let me tell you it is definitely one you won't want to miss.  While I was reading Poison I wasn't aware that Bridget had passed away in 2011.  When I found out my heart immediately broke into a million pieces because even though I didn't personally know her I felt like through her book I did get to know a little about her.  As readers you probably know what I am talking about and I promise that if you get the chance to read Poison you will feel what I felt.  This blog tour is definitely one of the most important ones we have ever been a part of and I hope you enjoy our post which is about our "firsts".

Believe it or not I didn't get into reading till I was in my late 20's, but I remember the first moment I was addicted to the written world. I just finished watching Harry Potter 5 in the theaters and I wanted to see what was going to happen next so I picked up the sixth book and by then the 7th book was just about in stores. I can't even begin to express the rush I got when reading. Like I should have been doing this my entire life. It began with HP and then Twilight happened and when I still couldn't get enough, I started The Mortal Instrument books and Vampire Academy which tumbled to anything I could get my hands on.
Now, I'm proud to say that I stand here today as an obsessed avid reader with a huge amount of respect and admiration for wonderful and amazing talents that share their passion with us.
They were born to write. I was born to read.

For my first, I wanted to share with you My First Book Team. It’s probably no surprise that My First Book Team started off with the Twilight series. Yes, I was on Team Jacob and I waved my flag enthusiastically. My allegiance started from New Moon and continued all the way through Breaking Dawn. I always felt Jacob was the more logical and sensible choice, and the tent scene in Eclipse added fuel to my fire. J I loved his character and stacked up against his competition, he would have been who I chose.
Since the Twilight Series, I’ve been on countless other teams, including:
Team Adrian from Vampire Academy
Team Peeta from The Hunger Games
Team Keenan from The Wicked Lovely Series
Team Jace from The Mortal Instruments
Team Balthazar from The Evernight Series
Team Shane from Morganville
Team Warner from Shatter Me
And, that’s just naming a few of the countless teams I’ve rooted for. I’m not always on the most popular team, but I still manage to wave my flag with pride.=)

I have so many memorable firsts, but the one that pops in my mind before any others was my first author event.  I attended the Texas Book Festival in 2009 and it was one of my favorite moments ever.  I had just really gotten back into reading and when I found out that there was such a huge book festival only 3 hours from me I knew I had to go.  So, I grabbed my BF and we drove there and had the time of our lives.  There were authors EVERYWHERE!  I mean they are our rockstars and to see them just walking around was so surreal!  I was lucky enough to get a few signed copies and out of all my books those few are the ones I cherish the most.  You just can't beat wonderful authors, amazing panels, and beautiful Austin weather.  Since then I have been to a few more conventions, but the Texas Book Festival is the one that started me off on my convention hunt and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

I hope you enjoyed reading a few of our firsts and I hope they made you think about a few of your own. This whole blog tour was inspired by the amazing book Poison by Bridget Zinn.  If you haven't already been introduced to this book then take a look to see what you missing!

PoisonPoison by Bridget Zinn
Published on March 12, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes and Noble 
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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