Lindsey R. Loucks

Author of Romance and Other Scary Things

The Tragic Story Behind #Poison

This story made me cry when I first heard about it. A young librarian/author named Bridget Zinn wrote a book, but sadly, before it was published on March 12, 2013, she died of colon cancer.


I’m also a librarian/author with a book coming out. Although I’m losing sleep already from nervousness, I wouldn’t trade that for anything. If I wasn’t around for my own release day…I don’t even want to go there.


Thanks to Bridget’s family, friends, and supporters, there’s still a book birthday celebration happening all over the internet. You can visit this link to see everyone involved.


Here’s a little more about Bridget and her YA debut, Poison. Happy book birthday, Bridget. Rest in peace.


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.




Book Blurb:


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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  1. Thanks for sharing this. Just bought a copy for my daughter.

  2. You’re welcome, Pam. I hope your daughter enjoys it!

  3. I joined the blog tour after hearing the story too. Still hard to promote her book and think about it. 🙁

  4. Yeah, it really is. 🙁

  5. Oh, my God, Lindsey, this is such a sad story. I really don’t know what to say. Thank you for sharing.


  6. I know, Liz! It’s so sad!

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