A Celebration of Firsts–A Blog Tour for Bridget Zinn, Author of Poison

This morning I want to make you aware of Poison, a book that was written by Bridget Zinn.  Poison is Bridget’s debut novel, but tragically, she passed away before she could see the publication of her book. Before I share a first from my life, I would like you to take a moment and think about the people you love in your life.  My mom was diagnosed with cancer when I was about ten.  Thanks to early detection, she has been cancer free for decades.  My father was recently diagnosed with cancer, and again, because of routine testing and early detection, he, too, is in remission.  Please go in for routine testing.  Please urge your family members and friends to do the same.  There are no guarantees in life, but early detection does increase the odds of beating the big C. 

To help celebrate Bridget’s first, a group of bloggers got together and we are all going to share a first with you.  I hope you enjoy visiting the other blogs and learning more about the bloggers running them.  (Thank you, Inara Scott, for facilitating the tour.)

My First Job

I’m going to share my first job with you.  When I was a teen, a used bookstore opened close to my house.  My mom and I made many, many trips, every week, to the store, and after a while, got to know the owners and many customers very well.  I loved this bookstore.

One Saturday morning, we dropped in, and one of the owners was overwhelmed with bags and bags of trade-ins.  She asked me what I was doing the rest of the day, and since I didn’t have any plans, she asked if I wanted to help her in the store that day.  Of course I did!  I loved books then just as much as I do now.  That afternoon turned into years of helping run the store.  At one point I seriously considered buying them out, but circumstances didn’t work out that way. 

Now I am glad that things didn’t work out, because I wouldn’t have met Dean, I wouldn’t have had my dogs, and I wouldn’t have started riding.  I learned so much working there, about selling books and sharing my enthusiasm for reading, with other people who loved reading, too, and had so much fun along the way.  My first job never felt like a job; going to work always seemed like hanging out with good friends, talking about the latest releases, and pouring through the catalogs for upcoming books.  I loved it!

What’s your favorite first?


About Poison

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.

Purchase your copy from these booksellers:


Barnes & Noble


Powell’s Books

Add Poison to your Goodreads pile!

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.

One thought on “A Celebration of Firsts–A Blog Tour for Bridget Zinn, Author of Poison

  • March 13, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Julie, Thank you so much for sharing Bridget’s Story and posting about Poison. It means so much to me. I’m so sorry your family had two different scares with cancer. So not fair. Thanks for sharing you first job experience and bookstore no less. Bridget would have been so jealous 🙂 🙂

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