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Remembering Bridget Zinn and Celebrating POISON

Filed under: Apocalypsies, Check-it-out, Community, Reading, YA Books, Young Adult (YA)

Tomorrow (March 12, 2013) is the book birthday for POISON by Bridget Zinn.



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.

Unfortunately, POISON will be making its way into the world without its author, who passed away from cancer in May 2011 at the age of 33.

I never knew Bridget personally, but I’ve kept her in the forefront of my mind as a reminder to enjoy every minute of my own publishing journey. I can’t thank her enough for helping me to keep my life in perspective. Bridget never got a chance to join The Lucky 13s, but they have declared Bridget an honorary Lucky.

Please help everyone to spread the word about her humorous and fantastical 2013 debut.





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.

I’ll be purchasing my copy of POISON tomorrow, I hope you consider buying your own copy and helping to spread the word.


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The SCBWI and the Class of 2013 are Feeling Lucky

Filed under: Apocalypsies, Conferences, SCBWI

Woo hoo!!!!  It’s that time of year again–registration for the the NY SCBWI Conference opens today (October 17th at 10am PDT otherwise known as 1pm on the east coast) And I’m really excited because I didn’t think I’d be going to the Intensives this year.  It’s a wonderful day of Round Table Critiques with Editors, but this year the SCBWI has added a Pro Track Marketing Workshop for Published Members.  Lucky me!!!  But I should have expected that from something called…

I hope you’re thinking about attending.  We always have such a great time and I would love to hang out with you.  If you’re not sure exactly what the conference is like, here are some links to my previous NY SCBWI Conference blogs.  
*NY SCBWI 2009  (You have to shoot on over to Live Journal for the 2009 blogs)
*NY SCBWI 2010
*NY SCBWI 2011
You can also follow the SCBWI Conference Blog for more information and don’t forget to join the conversation on twitter–just use the hashtag #NY12SCBWI.  The thread should be buzzing tomorrow.  
The NY Conference is not the only Lucky 13 I’m excited for.  Many of you have heard me mention the Apocalypsies–the amazing group of 2012 debut children’s authors that I get to hang with.  Because the process of publishing a book can average at about two years from sale to publication, it has become the trend for debut authors to ban together at an early date.  We do this in order to support each other through the crazy process, to assists each other with marketing and to just get to know some really amazing new people.  Our predecessor is the Elevensies.  Our class is called The Apocalypsies and we got our name because of all the speculation of the world ending in 2012.  Our motto is read them like there’s no tomorrow.  This does not bode well for the class of 2013 but hey, it may have it’s advantages if I never finish book #2 *grin*

I’ve been with the Apocalypsies since shortly after I sold TOUCHING THE SURFACE in February.  And even though my book isn’t coming out until September 4, 2012…I’m no longer the new kid on the block.  Give a warm welcome to…The Lucky 13’s–The 2013 Debut Kidlit Authors!!!!  They aren’t afraid of post apocalyptic publishing–they are fierce!  I can’t wait ti read all of their books.  (((hugs)))
Talking about all these Lucky 13’s has made me think about the things that are not so lucky.  I must admit, I’ve never been overly superstitious.  I’ve eagerly put my mom’s back a risk every time I stepped on a crack.  I won’t give a broken mirror a minute of my time.  I don’t throw salt over my shoulder and I’ll bravely flip up an umbrella in the house any day of the week.  Not afraid of ladders either.  But is there a superstition that I won’t mess with?  I always knock on wood.  I think it’s the power of words for me.  When you put it out to the universe…you never know what’s going to happen.  No wood around?  Yeah, I always thump the top of my head.  Maybe the universe appreciates self-depricating humor.  
What superstition has it’s hold on you?

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