Monday, March 11, 2013

POISON by Bridget Zinn + EVENT NEWS!

Hi readers, friends, and stoppers-by! Some of you may recognize Bridget Zinn, above, and know her story. Bridget Zinn was a vital, beautiful, talented, book-loving librarian and writer who passed away from cancer in 2011 at the age of 33. Some time before this happened, Bridget had sold her debut novel to Hyperion, and during her lengthy cancer treatment, she worked on revisions when she could. It seems maybe a footnote to the tragedy of her loss that her book had not yet been published at the time of her death; of course, of all the things that suck about Bridget dying so young, that's a lesser suck, but a suck it is. It would've been cool if Bridget could have seen people holding her book, and heard how much they loved it.

Well. Poison is finally coming out this week, and it would be absolutely lovely if you would help spread the word about it, and of course, read it! If you are in or near Portland, it would be exceptionally lovely if you would come and celebrate its release with a number of Bridget's writer friends, myself included, at A Children's Place this Saturday, March 16, at 6 pm.

But first, a little about the book!

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.

Kirkus Reviews says, "Don't let the title or cover fool you! No grimdark teen fantasy or angst-y heroines here; just a frothy confection of a fairy tale featuring poisoners, princesses, perfumers and pigs, none of whom are exactly what they appear (except maybe the pigs)…. Good silly fun—a refreshing antidote to a genre overflowing with grit and gloom."

"A frothy confection of a fairy tale featuring poisoners, princesses, perfumers, and pigs!"

Doesn't that sound wonderful? It is. It's a light-hearted adventure-fantasy-romance that's suitable for younger teens, but also really fun for adults. I first read it when the ARC came out last year, and have been rereading it, and enjoying it so much! 

If you'd like to order it, you can do so at your local bookstore (or library), or:

Or, best option: contact A Children's Place to pre-order a copy signed by some Portland-area YA writers, including me, who will be reading and signing in Bridget's place! They can take phone orders and ship. Better yet, of course if you can come in person! There will even be cupcakes!

Read more about the book and Bridget here, and please help spread the word! Sincerest thanks. XO.


tone almhjell said...

Oh, it DOES sound amazing! Kyra missed! And fun pigs! Can't wait to read it.

I didn't know Bridget, but seeing her through your eyes and the eyes of everyone I see speaking for her online, I know she was a wonderful person.

I think it is quite, quite wonderful, too, that you are all doing this for her.

Reina said...

Ahhhh I just went to her official author website and watched the video of her under the about the author, and AHH! She's from Madison! It made my heart swell with joy when she mentioned she missed Madison cause that's where I live!!!! I wonder if anyone I know knew her! ANd she also mentioned Bunky's and I was like OoooOOoo Bunky's Cafe on Atwood? CUZ I LOVE THAT PLACE!!! She's so sweet. I just put her book on hold at the library ;D

Laurence King said...

Thank you for this post, Laini. I will spread the word...POISON sounds wonderful.

Tristy said...

I would love to purchase a copy from Children's Place signed by you all, but I live in Australia, do they ship overseas?
Let her live on in how everyone remembers her and for those of us that didn't know her, in her novel!

Charley Robson said...

Such a sad story - but what an amazing prospect of a book!

Methinks I'd rather like a copy, oh yes precious, we would!

Thanks for sharing, Laini!

Shannon said...

Thank you for the information! Just pre-ordered my copy today! I hope the event is successful!

Holly said...

Tristy, I'm one of the Children's Place contacts. We CAN ship overseas. I recently sent a book to Ireland for $27.85 US, and it looks like it would be the same to mail to Australia. The book itself is $16.99. Please email the store w/ Attn: Holly in the title if you have any more questions about paying/shipping.

And Shannon, it was a pleasure to talk to you this morning. I was so excited that I was actually in to take your order. (I was setting up the book display.)

Thank you for your support, you guys. Bridget would be so touched.


Holly said...

Adding to the Children's Place note above:

We are all set for US orders. The price for shipping is $3, media mail. The book is $16.99. If you call the store, they will take your credit card over the phone, your address, and your phone #/email in case we need to contact you.


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Found your blog on Google, and I just wanted to say that I appreciated the information!

Jess (The Cozy Reader) said...

I loved this book.
I have reviewed it and just posted about this event.

Terrie Robbins said...

Laini, congrats on the scriptwriter. So very cool. I love your books. And yesterday just bought Poison and am loving it. thanks for the great post calling attention to the wonderful writer, the loss of her brilliance in this world and all that people are doing in remembrance. Very sweet.

Holly said...

FYI for those who preordered from A Children's Place: I'll be shipping the books tomorrow or Thursday, schedule depending. We're a small store and I work 3 jobs. So, I am doing my best to get the out quickly!! The event was also hugely successful--we completely sold out. Thank you so much for your support. I hope you enjoy your unique treasure of a book.

Barrett said...

Thank you for all that you've done to help Bridget's novel reach new readers. It means so much to me and Bridget's dad! I'm thrilled that readers are getting a chance to experience her voice and spend time with the wonderful characters she created. Thank you!
Your friend,
(Bridget's husband)

Anonymous said...

I read, I loved! Thank you Laini Taylor! And mega-awesome thanks to you Bridget Zinn, for a very entertaining night! Those hardly come by anymore! :)

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