races of the ZODIAC


on writing


For those Zodai who are aspiring authors, I recently dispensed some of my best writing advice. You can find my thoughts on everything from world building to surviving rejection here and here.

IMMIGRANT: identifying my identity

When I was eleven, my social studies teacher assigned us an essay on immigration. We had to write a page on whether we thought immigrants were a positive or a negative influence on our country.

I ruled against them.

In my paper, I regurgitated everything I’d heard from the people around me: Mainly, how immigrants were taking away our jobs and our opportunities and our safety. Pretty proud, I shared my finished essay with my mom that night, and we read it together so that I could translate any words she didn’t know.

I’ll never forget the look she gave me when we finished reading. There was so much pity in her expression…she must have seen in that instant that a decade into my stay on this planet, I still had no idea who I was.

And she said, “Romi…nosotros somos inmigrantes.”

We’re immigrants.

read more

the BLACK MOON blog tour!


Click here to check out the complete BLACK MOON blog tour, featuring the battlefield fashions of each Zodiac House! <3

Old Zodiac Nursery Rhyme

Rise Riser Rise a Zodiac poem by Romina Russell

Rise, Riser, arise,
For the stars are telling you lies!

You are Sagittarian,
But your soul is Aquarian.

You are out of the norm,
So you’ll have to transform.

Rise, Riser, arise,
For the stars are telling you lies!

If changes manifest,
Put your old self to rest.

Your new life will begin,
When you join your new kin.

Rise, Riser, arise,
For the stars are telling you lies!

But dear Riser beware,
Of a dire fate that’s rare:

If the shift twists your mind,
No true home will you find.

Now rise, Riser, arise,
To defy the stars and their lies!



And the title of ZODIAC 4 (the last book in the series) is… THIRTEEN RISING!

ZODIAC’s Houses sorted at Hogwarts


To celebrate the release of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, here’s how ZODIAC‘s Houses would be sorted at Hogwarts…

read more

the star systems of the ZODIAC


Breakdown of the ZODIAC Solar System:

Aries: 3 planets (Phaetonis, Phobos, and Phaet) + a small sun

Taurus: 2 planets (only one is inhabited–Vitulus) + 1 moon

Gemini: 2 planets (Argyr and Hydragyr)
read more

13 reasons to read ZODIAC


SO thrilled to share that there will be FOUR books in the ZODIAC series! The third installment, BLACK MOON, comes out December 6th–and if you haven’t checked it out yet, here are 13 reasons to read the series, one for every sign! <3



And the title of ZODIAC 3 is… BLACK MOON! Coming Fall 2016.