Pasadena Loves YA Blog Tour: Interview with Romina Russell + Giveaway


I am totally stoked to be participating in the Pasadena Loves YA Blog Tour and hosting a Q&A with the very amazing Romina Russell, author of ZODIAC and the upcoming WANDERING STAR. If you’d like to check out what she had to say about her books,  scroll to the interview, which is just a bit further down in the post. (And yes there may be a teaser…)

And if you’d like to enter the giveaway for a chance to win some amazing books, the Rafflecopter is at the end of the post.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pasadena Loves YA, here are the deets…


When: May 23, 2015 at 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Where: Pasadena Public Library, Central Branch, 285 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA

What: Meet 20 YA authors | Panels & Book Signings | Giveaways & Refreshments | Free tote bags for the first 150 guests!

Cost: Free

Registration: No registration required

Authors: Keynote speaker Mary McCoy (author of Dead to Me) with Katie Alender, Victoria Aveyard, Alexis Bass, Julie Berry, Livia Blackburne, Virginia Boecker, Jessica Brody, Stephen Chbosky, Brandy Colbert, Ava Dellaira, Kody Keplinger, Liz Maccie, Morgan Matson, Lauren Miller, Alexandra Monir, Jennifer Niven, Romina Russell, Sarah Tomp, and Kiersten White

For more info: Visit

Note: Book sales by Vroman’s Bookstore will begin at 11 a.m. The event is co-sponsored by Bridge to Books. No registration is required, but they would appreciate it if you would post, share, tweet, and tell everyone you know about the upcoming event! Use hashtag #PLYA2015.


The Interview

Q&A with Romina Russell

Q. If you had to describe ZODIAC (the book or series) in 25 words or less, how would you describe it?

In a galaxy of people divided by their ZODIAC signs, Cancer’s young Guardian must unite the twelve Houses before an ancient evil destroys them all.

Q. If you could meet one of your characters from the Zodiac series in real life, who would it be?

I’d love to answer, but my ship would be showing… 😉

Q. For those anxiously awaiting the sequel, WANDERING STAR, can you tease a favorite quote or short passage from it?

Oooh, I don’t know if I’m officially allowed to do this, but I’m not strong enough to refuse! Here are Wandering Star’s opening lines, from the prologue:

WHEN I THINK OF MOM, I think of the day she abandoned us. There are dozens of memories that still haunt me, but that one always shoves its way to the surface first, submerging all other thoughts with its power.

Q. What can readers expect from future books in the Zodiac series?

ZODIAC explores the evolution of a young leader who’s been thrust into the galactic spotlight before she’s had a chance to figure herself out. Rho’s rise to power takes place in tragic and turbulent times, so she must learn the lessons of leadership on the job, and always on the run. In subsequent books, readers can expect Rho to try even harder to unite her universe, which means traveling to new Houses and exploring new and wildly different cultures, technologies, and worlds. <3

Thanks so much for having me! xoxoxo

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.




Add to Goodreads

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.


Find the Series…



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Title & Series: WANDERING STAR (Zodiac #2)
Author: Romina Russell
Release date: December 8, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


Orphaned, disgraced, and stripped of her title, Rho is ready to live life quietly, as an aid worker in the Cancrian refugee camp on House Capricorn.

But news has spread that the Marad–an unbalanced terrorist group determined to overturn harmony in the Galaxy–could strike any House at any moment.

Then, unwelcome nightmare that he is, Ochus appears to Rho, bearing a cryptic message that leaves her with no choice but to fight.

Now Rho must embark on a high-stakes journey through an all-new set of Houses, where she discovers that there’s much more to her Galaxy–and to herself–than she could have ever imagined.


The Giveaway


The tour includes a giveaway for…

  • Any THREE (3) books from the 2015 Pasadena Loves YA authors – US ONLY

**Giveaway ends May 20, 2015**

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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  1. danielle hammelef says:

    I’d love to meet Morgan Matson. Love her writing! Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. this looks like it would be such a fun event!!! Thank you for the fun spotlight!

  3. I wish I could go!! Sadly, I live in the middle of nowhere. I looks like fun though and I hope you enjoy yourself. 🙂

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! I so wish I could go. I would love to meet Kiersten White, Victoria Aveyard, and Stephen Chbosky.

  5. If I get to meet Stephen Chbosky, my life will be complete! I really hope I can make it to the panels…fingers crossed!

  6. Man, I wish I could go. All the bookish events are far from me.

  7. Sui generis says:

    I wish I could go and meet Stephen, Victoria, Romina and Virginia!

  8. I know exactly where this is, from visiting family in Pasadena! Wish I could attend this awesome event. Thanks

  9. I’ve met several of the authors who are attending (Morgan Matson, Jessica Brody, Ava Dellaira, Victoria Aveyard..), so I’m pretty excited to meet them again and hopefully have their books read by then. Lol But I’m also super excited to meet the ones I haven’t met yet, like Kody Keplinger.

  10. Patti (@lovesfabromance) says:

    Oh I wish I could go! This looks like a lot of fun and I hope you get an amazing turnout!

  11. I wish I lived on the west coast, that’s where everything happens! I’d most love to meet Mary McCoy, Virginia Boecker, Morgan Matson, and Victoria Aveyard!! Romina too of course <33

  12. Danielle D. says:

    Unfortunately I’m not going since I don’t live nearby. If I was going I’d love to meet Kody Keglinger, Victoria Aveyard, Jessica Brody and Kiersten White!

  13. Beatriz says:

    I hadn’t heard of this, so thank you for posting about it! Pasadena is maybe thirty or so minutes away from me, so I hope I’ll be able to go. I really want to meet Jessica Brody, and though I’ve met Kiersten White before, I’d love to see her again!

  14. Man… Why in the world can’t all of these amazing authors have some of these amazing events near ME? I live in SC and it is so rare that we get anything amazing like this. I appreciate the chance to win, and if I didn’t have a family and a job I would love to be there!

  15. Kelly G. says:

    I wish I could go! I’d love to meet Julie Berry – All The Truth That’s In Me is *amazing*.

  16. not going, but sounds fun

  17. Sadly, I am not able to go, but if I was, I would want to visit Kiersten White and Jessica Brody!

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