Poison Blog Tour

poisonSixteen-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?

I’m honored to be a stop on this tour. Poison’s author, Bridget Zinn, passed away before she could see her book released, so a bunch of us have come together to celebrate her book. I’m chronicling the adventures of my own piglet on Instagram, and running a giveaway for two copies of Poison.

For this tour, they asked us to talk about firsts. There were a lot of important firsts to pick from…should I talk about the first time I rode a bike, the first boy I ever thought was my soulmate, the first girl I ever had a crush on? Should I relive my first day of college? My first graduation? My first pet? Like everyone, I have a lifetime of firsts to pick from, but since this is a tour for a book, I’m going with:

My First Writing Notebook

It was green. Not as lovely a grass-green as my best friend’s notebook, but a darker forest green; a pathetic imitation, really. I could have gone with a different color, but green was both our favorite color, and why should she get to claim it just because this was her idea?

We were writing our Life’s Work. That was we called it, anyway, this new writing venture. The idea probably came from a book, or maybe a movie, or possibly even a teacher, but the source didn’t really matter. It was a big decision, and one we took seriously. She was a fan of Anne of Green Gables, so she was writing something in that vein; I was writing Star Trek Voyager fanfiction.

We wrote every day. We wrote in the school library, on the playground, in the middle of class…but my favorite place to write was on my couch, tucked completely under my grandmother’s quilt, with a flashlight. It was hot and stuffy, but it felt like the best place to concentrate. No distractions; nothing but the page in front of me.

Back then, the idea that it took years to write a book, and then more years to see it come out, seemed like an impossible cruelty. We were in fourth grade; it was hard to conceive spending more than a few weeks on ANY project, and I don’t think our green journals lasted much longer than that, though I don’t remember consciously stopping work on My Life’s Work.

I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since that green notebook. It’s been in the back of my mind, and often in the front, every day since. I even learned to finish projects, and have a few rough drafts under my belt, if no polished manuscripts. I’m still working towards that dream.

It’s sad to me that Bridget Zinn wasn’t able to see her book, Poison, come out. Every author deserves to see their work in print, but seeing how the community has come out to celebrate Bridget’s book is really powerful. One of the things I’ve loved about running this blog and the blog for RainTown Press has been the opportunity to interact with this lovely book community in Portland, and I’m so glad this tour came about.

poisonSixteen-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?

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About Lucy

If you want to get fancy, Lucy lives in Portland, OR, and has a MA in Writing/Book Publishing, with a focus on Young Adult Literature, and a heaping disregard for literary snobbishness (she was an English Major–she’s seen and spouted her fair share). She works as a social media marketer, and has dabbled in developmental editing as a freelancer.
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