aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Celebrating a first book on behalf of an author who can’t be with us Meet Bridget Zinn and Poison

Meet my friend Bridget Zinn. Bridget and April

This week marks the release date of Bridget's first book, a sweet fantasy called Poison. She died from colon cancer in 2011, when she was just 33. She not only wrote about magic, but she looked pretty magical herself. She had beautiful red hair and that creamy skin you only see on redheads. The inside matched the outside. She had a sense of mischief, and a sense of joy. If I had to use one word to describe Bridget, it would be vibrant.

When she was first hospitalized but before they knew exactly what was wrong, she and her boyfriend Barrett got married right there in her hospital room. They kept getting married in what they called The Summer of Love. Everything was the occasion for a party, like the “Fatten Bridget up for Chemo Party” with all kinds of decadent treats. And Bridget kept her sense of humor, even when she was in the emergency room with some frightening complications and another woman tried to claim that SHE was actually Bridget Zinn. As they fought the cancer, Barrett and Bridget spent long hours in various waiting rooms and hospital rooms, and I’m proud to have suggested many quality online time killers, like CakeWrecks.com and DamnYouAuto Correct.com.

About the book
Horn Book says: "Sixteen-year-old Kyra is a girl with more than her share of secrets. Living in the world of witches, dwarves, potion masters, shape shifters, and the like, she is reluctant to trust anyone, even her best friend and the future queen, Ariana. Readers learn early on that Kyra has attempted to murder Ariana, and we spend the rest of the book trying to figure out why Kyra shot a deadly potion at her…and why, when she has never missed a target, she missed that one. Twists and turns, including dramatic cliffhanger chapter endings, quick getaways, disguises, tricked-out witches, a princess-seeking pig, and one especially clever and handsome boy make this a fine rollicking adventure from start to finish. The author's use of thoroughly modern language in a magical setting adds to the charm. The characters are complicated and act in flawed human ways, making mistakes in judgment that make the plot twists all the more realistic. Kyra and Ariana are strong girls in the Vesper Holly tradition—not giving in to sexist social requirements and, thank goodness, never fighting over Fred, the love interest. Zinn has crafted a marvelous tale, more Harry Potter than Twilight. Readers will be sad that, due to her untimely death, Zinn's more-than-promising debut novel will be her last."— Robin L. Smith, The Horn Book

A taste of Poison
Here’s part of my favorite section of Poison:
Kyra stripped off her black thieves clothing, feeling like she was taking off a layer of armor between herself and the world. Her clothes had been treated with potions to repel water, but it was better not to get them wet at all—she hated the feeling when pockets of water got trapped between the fabric and her skin. She’d end up taking them off to get dry anyway.

Maybe it would have been worth a little discomfort. She was completely exposed standing on the riverbank in her undergarments, the grass prickly beneath her bare feet.

Why did she have to be wearing these underthings?

A breeze caught at her shift and set the ribbons trembling. She briskly rubbed her hands over her arms to warm them up and bent down to her clothes.

Not only were they the most ridiculous, feminine, beribboned bit of foolishness that ever existed, but they’d been a gift from Princess Ariana.

Ariana had specially commissioned them for Kyra’s fifteenth birthday the fall before, and she’d embroidered them herself. In none-too-neat stitching the word kitty— Ariana’s nickname for Kyra—was stitched across the left bosom of the waist-length shift. On the right bosom was a horribly stitched cat. It appeared to be winking. Or suffering some sort of nervous facial tic. A ribbon wrapped around the torso and tied into a fat bow beneath the breasts, and below that was a whole panel of see-through lace that ended just beneath her belly button. And the lower half was almost worse—cut off high on the thigh and festooned with ruffles all across the bottom.

And of course you can guess that someone sees Kyra in this ridiculous and revealing outfit. Someone male.

Bridget's last Facebook post read: "Sunshine and a brand new book. Perfect."

So that’s what I’m bringing you today: A little bit of metaphorical sunshine from talking bout Bridget and Bridget’s brand new book!

Celebrate the book
There's an online Shindig party tomorrow night (kind of like Skype but for an audience from all over).  It's Tuesday, March 12, 8:30-9:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time : http://shindig.com/event/bridgetzinn

If you live in Portland, there's a great event at A Children's Place Bookstore on Saturday, March 16, featuring: Carolyn Conahan, Virginia Euwer Wolff, Ruth Feldman, Susan Fletcher, April Henry, Victoria Jamieson, Rosanne Parry, Sara Ryan, Lisa Schroeder, Inara Scott, Laini Taylor, Jen Violi, Emily Whitman and Johanna Wright. Purchase a book that is signed by all!

You can win the book
a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can buy the book:
On Indiebound
On Amazon
On Barnes and Noble

Want to know more about Bridget or how you can help spread the word?
Then click here.

Other blogs featuring Poison
E.M. Kokie
Nyrae Dawn
Julie "Manga Maniac Cafe"
Abby Niles
Pam "Bookalicious" van Hylckama
Jennifer McAndrews "Honestly YA"

Kate Treadway "Verb Vixen"
Martha Brockenbrough
Cameron Y. - What the Cat Read
Bobbie Gould
Molly "Wrapped Up in Books"
Eileen Li

Ashley Walsh "The Quiet Concert"
Jennifer Rummel "YA Book Nerd"
Tammy Hall
Laura Kaye
Melissa Simmons
Shelley Bunnell
Kate Bourne "The Book Monsters"
Taneesha "A Diary of a Book Addict"

Caroline Starr Rose
Lindsey Loucks
Amy Alessio
Elyana Noreme
Rachel Patrick "Beauty and the Bookshelf"
Sonya "Sony the Book Lover"
Elizabeth Seckman

Sara Bennett Wealer
Amy Plum
Betty G. Birney
Elizabeth Otto
Ellen Faith
Celeste Holloway

Janet Fox
Erica "The Book Cellarx"
Amy Stewart "Simple Love of Reading"
Libby Fischer Hellmann
Melody May
Rebekah Faubion

Jon Goldhirsch
MaryAnn Oprea @ Chapter by Chapter
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Brenna from Esther's Ever After
Lauren Thoman "The Housework Can Wait"
Annabelle Hammond "Read Write and Read Some More

Lucia "The Loyal Book"
Jessica Miller "I Read to Relax"
Melissa de la Cruz
Sara Hayet "The Page Sage"
Tara Hudson
Rebecca Lamb

Johanna Wright
Tara @ Shhh... Not While I'm Reading
Michelle "Much Loved Books"
Kristina Snyder
Zoe Dawson
Peter Salomon

Gwenyth Love "Rants n Scribbles"
Sarah Evans
Robin Bielman
Mundie Moms (Katie)
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Tamson Weston

Lucy "The Reading Date"
Carrie Ardoin "Sweet Southern Home"
Tracy James Jones
Nikki Wang "Fiction Freak"

Amy Thau "Tripping Over Books"
Ashley G. "Wholly-books"
jone "Maclibrary"
Jaime @ Twisting the Lens
Crystal "Winterhaven Books"
Allison Kirk
Jess "Book Rook Reviews"

Lucy Softich "Adventures in Bookland"
Stephanie "Poetry to Prose"
Caren Crane "Romance Bandits"
Lori Degman
Beth Saxton

Michael Gettel-Gilmartin "Middle Grade Mafioso"
Ruth Tenzer Feldman "Blue Thread"
Lynne Kelly
Hafsah "Icey Books"
Samanthe Beck

Becca "I'm Lost in Books"
Brook Gideon "Dead Gideons"
Natalie J. Damschroder, for Everybody Needs a Little Romance
Beth Revis
Damaris "Good Choice Reading"

Amy G. (Kissed by Ink)
Stephanie Ruble
Angie Manfredi "Fat Girl Reading"
Rachel Coyne
Chris Miller

Natalie J. Damschroder
Sara Shafer
Audra "The Society"
Laura Hernandez "Reviews at mse"
Stephanie "Love Life Read"
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