ZODIAC Blog Tour: ‘On Creating the Zodiac Universe’ Guest Post + Giveaway


I cannot tell you how excited I am to be a part of the ZODIAC Blog Tour. I hadn’t been aware of this amazing book’s upcoming release until I was invited to be a stop. But once I read its description I was fascinated, intrigued, excited to read it and host the author on the blog.

And now that I have, I am totally blown away. It is one of my top ten books of 2014. The world-building is incredible. The story is epic. And riveting. And action-packed. And heartbreaking. And so much more.

I adore Rho. She’s strong. She’s determined. She’s a fighter. She does not give up. I adore Nishi and Hysan and Mathias, too.

I love every single thing about this book. I want everyone to add this to the top of their must reads list. I can’t wait for everyone to read it so I can talk about what happened. And I cannot wait for the next book in this outstanding series to be released.

This book received my 6-star off-the-menu rating in my review which will post tomorrow. Today I have an awesome guest post by Author Romina Russell on creating the ZODIAC universe and I just had to add in a giveaway for a copy of the book.

If you haven’t yet heard all about ZODIAC, be sure to head over to its website to learn more. It was released on Tuesday so that if you’re as captivated as I was by the description, which is below, you won’t have to wait to add it to your collection.

Anyway… I am going to turn the blog over to this incredibly imaginative and wildly creative author before I end up revealing something too spoiler-y – like which “Team” I’m on, or why there were tears, or which Houses I trust and which I don’t.


About Zodiac


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Title & Series: ZODIAC (Zodiac #1)
Author: Romina Russell
Release date: December 9, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.


The Guest Post

On creating the ZODIAC universe

by Romina Russell

What’s exciting to me about ZODIAC is that it takes something we all have—our astrological signs—and explores what life would be like if they determined everything about us. Where we live, what we’re like, whom we love.

Each planetary system in the Zodiac galaxy is completely catered to the culture of its people. On House Libra, where justice is prized above all, a democratically elected government passes new laws, and a jury of twelve ordinary citizens must approve each one for ratification. On House Taurus, industrious Taurians who like to work hard to play harder will power through three-day workweeks so they can enjoy four-day weekends. House Cancer, where the protagonist (Rho) lives, is a nurturing, maternal society run by the Matriarchy—the eldest mothers in the House’s twelve founding families. And so on.

Rho has never left the Crab constellation before, but when she discovers Ophiuchus hiding in the Zodiac’s stars, staying home is no longer an option.

One of the most powerful insights she gains as she ventures through the universe is how integral our differences are to our unity. As more and more planets are attacked, Rho realizes that the more the Houses close themselves off to each other, the smaller their worlds grow—even their worldviews shrink. She starts to understand that the reason the Zodiac has a dozen worlds isn’t so they can learn about each other, but from each other. They each bring a different strength to the galaxy because they’re meant to work together, not apart.

This is an integral insight that changes the way she looks at the Zodiac and shapes the kind of leader she becomes.

About Romina Russell


Romina Russell is a Los Angeles based author who originally hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a teen, Romina landed her first writing gig—College She Wrote, a weekly Sunday column for the Miami Herald that was later picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not working on the ZODIAC series, Romina can be found producing movie trailers, taking photographs, or daydreaming about buying a new drum set. She is a Virgo to the core.


The Giveaway

A hardcover copy of ZODIAC to ONE winner

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
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  1. I’m going to be a little selfish and pick Leo – because that’s my sign. I think it’ll be a lot of fun to see what she does with all the signs, but I’m most curious to see/learn about that one!

  2. michellerae6 says:

    I love the idea of a Taurus world where I can work hard for three days and then take four days off. That would be a fabulous kind of life!

  3. rhireading says:

    I’m more than a little zodiac obsessed and traditionally I fall under Scorpio but with the 13 sign zodiac I fall into Sagittarius. I’m really looking forward to reading this!

  4. I’m a Capricorn per tropical astrology, but would be a Sag in the 13-house zodiac, according to my perusing the book’s website yesterday. Apparently I’m a curious stargazer … and I’d like to learn more about Ophiuchus, the 13th sign.

  5. danielle hammelef says:

    Sagittarius for me. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  6. Virgo sounds interesting to me.

  7. Sagittarius. I am one too! 🙂

  8. Anita Yancey says:

    For me it would be Scorpio. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  9. I’m a Sagittarius so I think I would go for my own zodiac. Though I don’t know how it’s described in this story and would love to learn more about it! ^_^

  10. I’m a Virgo so I would like to see what that house is about. Probably studious and boring! Lol!

  11. I’m gonna go with Capricorn since that’s what I am! Most likely a lot of stubborn people. XD Thanks for the giveaway 😀

  12. Even though I’m a Cancer, I like Taurus best… Only working three days a week? Sounds like the life! Can’t wait to read this!!

  13. I’m curious about what the Gemini House is like (because I’m one) 😉 Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Well… I’m a Leo, and I want to learn a little more about them after reading the book, but with the new signs, I’m a Cancer, so that would be pretty sweet too.

  15. Katiria Rodriguez says:

    I would say I would be interested in the house of Virgo because that is my sign but I am really interested in the house of Cancer too learn more about where Rho is from she sounds like a very interesting character! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  16. elizabeth1929 says:

    well, since I’m a Libra, I’ll go with that

  17. Mary Preston says:

    Maybe Taurus?

  18. House Taurus sounds interesting. I wonder how their three-day work week is like. Is it worth the four-day weekend? XD

  19. Scorpios!! i suppose i am a bit biased but every single thing that is told matches every aspect of personality. Loyal, secretive, intuitive, and a bitch to cross. Yep that about sums me up.

  20. I’m going to have to go with Libra since I am a Libra, and I do feel like things should be fair and there should be justice.

  21. I’m curious about what the Sagittarius House is like, because I’m one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. all of them

  23. Being a Cancer, I like the sound of a matriarchal society. Sign me up!! 🙂

  24. Mary G Loki says:

    Team Scorpio!!! 😀

  25. My astrology sign is Virgo, but would be a Leo in the 13-house zodiac, so those are two signs I’m most interested to find out more.
    Thanks for a giveaway! 🙂

  26. Hmmmm, Pisces?


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