Saturday, March 23, 2013
12:00 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
As an aspiring author, there are few things I can think of that are more exciting than the thought of seeing a book I wrote published and sitting in a bookstore for the whole world to see and hopefully read. While I have yet to make it to that point, I am forever hopeful that I one day I will. Unfortunately, Bridget Zinn was not blessed with that exciting gift. Bridget's book, Poison was released on March 12, 2013 but sadly Bridget passed away from colon cancer before seeing it on the shelf.
Since Bridget isn't here to celebrate herself (like she no doubt would have) many authors and bloggers have gotten together to celebrate in her honor. I actually saw where a bunch of authors held a signing and signed her books (which was awesome!).
For the tour, we were asked to share a first. They didn't care what first so today, I'm going to tell you all about the first book signing I ever went to.
I really have Twitter to thank for truly bringing me into the book world. Sure, I read books before Twitter but I didn't know there was this big, fun world of books out there! One day I was on twitter and discovered Richelle Mead's twitter account. I loved Vampire Academy so of course I began following her. It was right around the time Spirit Bound was being released that I saw a tweet listing her tour dates. I didn't think there was much of a chance she would be coming near me but I clicked the link anyway. I was completely awestruck when I saw that she was indeed coming near me. I honestly couldn't believe it. I knew that I had to make arrangements to go. There was no ifs, ands, or buts about it. I was going, end of story.
So I went and it was awesome. I got all of my books signed by her and got my picture with her. I was a little nervous and didn't say anything of any importance. I don't remember what I said exactly but I do remember thinking of a hundred cool things I could have said to her on the way home. It was so great being able to meet this person that I admired.
This is where my obsession with signed books originated. Once I found out there was a way to get these books I began collecting and have been collecting ever since.
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.
About the Author
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.
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