It is my honor today to be part of the book tour for Poison by Bridget Zinn. She was a young author/children’s librarian who passed away almost two years ago from colon cancer, before she could see her book publishing dream fully realized. She impressed me with her zest for life, cupcakes and books. I had followed her blog before she passed away and I still return to her site. I can’t wait to buy Poison as gifts and to share it with the teens in my library.
As part of the 100 person blog tour for Bridget’s first book, we are all sharing the story of firsts. I am sharing the story of the first cookbook in my collection, Square Meals by Jan and Michael Stern. It was filled with ephemera, history,and fun recipes about everything from “Ladies’ Lunches” to “The Cuisine of Suburbia.” I’m sharing a recipe for Ginger Cakes with Butter Frosting at the end of this post in honor of Bridget. For the next week (except for the Green holiday), I will share a cupcake recipe every day.
About Bridget: 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.
About the wonderful book Poison:
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.
Purchase your copy
iTunes Bookstore <https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/poison/id586771278?mt=11>
Powell’s Books <http://www.powells.com/biblio/62-9781423139935-0>
Add Poison to your Goodreads pile! <http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8113512-poison>
Ginger Tea Cakes
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 egg, well beaten
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup boiling water
Sliced preserved ginger
Preheat oven to 375F. Sift flour once, measure, add baking powder, soda, salt and spices. Cream butter , add sugar gradually and cream together until fluffy. Add egg and beat well. Add flour mixture, alternately with molasses, a small amount at a time, beating after each addition until smooth. Add boiling water, mixing quickly to blend. Turn into small greased cupcake pans, filling them one-half full. Bake 20 minutes. Cool in pans 5 minutes, then on rack. Make slit in cakes and insert slice of preserved ginger. Cover tops of cakes with butter frosting. Makes 18 – 24.
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Cream butter; add part of sugar gradually, blending after each addition. Add remaining sugar, alternately with milk, until of spreading consistency. Beat after each addition until smooth. Add vanilla and salt, and a dash of food coloring if desired. Makes enough for about 2 dozen cupcakes.