March 12, 2013

Poison, Persistence, and Dreams Realized--a tribute to Bridget Zinn

I didn't know Bridget Zinn, but we shared something: a dream to be published. Through her persistence and dedication to craft, Bridget realized that dream... only to lose a battle with cancer at age 33, about a year before her debut publication day, today.

In honor of dreams realized and lives lost too soon, I invite you to read about and be inspired by  Bridget and her road to publication, and especially to check out her debut Poison:

Available TODAY at all major retailers,
Published by Hyperion
About the novel

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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