my first favorite bookI've always been a reader. From a young age I was reading Frog and Toad and (the children's version of) Anne and Green Gables. My mom read to me every night and took me to the library for story time. Books were a regular part of my life. By the time I got to first grade, I was what was known as an "advanced reader," so my librarian let me go into the "older kid" (meaning second/third/fourth grade) section.*
And this is when I picked up my first Boxcar Children book.
That isn't my "first," though. My real first is this: When I read that first Boxcar Children book, it was the first time I' had ever been drawn into a book so completely that it was all I could talk about. This is not a hyperbole. At the dinner table, I babbled incessantly about how I just couldn't stop reading and how the characters were so great and could I please live in a boxcar, please please please?
My brother uncovered a plethora of Boxcar books from when he was a kid and I promptly tore through them, as well as every single Boxcar book in my school library. My parents bought me more, all of which I still have, and I read all of those, too. In all, I probably read around 200 Boxcar Children books. (To be fair, all of the books start out with the same summary of how Henry, Jesse, Violet, and Benny became the Boxcar Children... after a few, I started to skip it.)
That same year, I started to write. My first story was a complete rip-off of the Boxcar Children characters. I never actually finished it- Benny got lost and was never found again. (Oops.) After that, I kept writing, short stories, ideas of books in notebooks that are long lost now, until many years later I finished my first manuscript. At 80-odd pages it was more of a novella, but then I finished my second one. And now I'm working on my third.
And it's all thanks to that one librarian and a red book sitting on the "big kid" shelf of the library.
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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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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