Thursday, May 1, 2014

Justice Buried By Hilary Thompson Blog Tour + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop in the JUSTICE BURIED Blog Tour hosted by Itching For Books. Today we have a Guest Post & a awesome Tour-Wide Giveaway!

Justice Buried

Justice Buried
Justice Buried

The people need Justice, but she's not listening. One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to return and save them from their Fates.

Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior - too bad for them she isn't a believer. Trea fights against her false destiny: she rebels against her family and friends, then refuses her arranged marriage to the charming but deceitful Lexan. Learning her life is in danger, Trea is forced to trust Lexan - until she discovers a power she never knew she had, and one he already knew he did.

As betrayal closes every door, Trea decides she must submit to her stars and accept her fate. Then a handsome stranger offers her an unexpected escape and the chance to create her own destiny.


The World of Asphodel, and the Maiden of Justice 


In Justice Buried (Starbrightseries), the main character Astrea lives in the underground community of Asphodel. One hundred years before the book begins, Asphodel was formed from scratch: First Leader Lakessa used the zodiac as a religion and a base for laws, customs, and traditions. Each sign is matched with only two others for marriage purposes, and each sign has a narrow list of occupations.

These categories were created from the characteristics of each sign…how does your life match the laws of Asphodel? Please note - these are not meant to be perfect! Part of the book’s plot and theme is the characters realizing how imperfect their own system is. It is a dystopia, after all!

Vocation Matches (occupation)
Fire signs: leadership and protection
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Earth signs: organization and structure
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Air signs: thinking and reasoning
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Water signs: emotions and guidance

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Leaders: includes government, school, and organization leaders

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Protectors: includes soldiers, legal managers, and trainers

Aries: soldier
Leo: trainer
Sagittarius: legal manager
Taurus: trainer
Virgo: legal manager
Capricorn: soldier

Teachers: includes children's education, ministers, counselors

Gemini: children's education
Libra: minister
Aquarius: counselor
Cancer: counselor
Scorpio: children's education
Pisces: minister

Entertainers: includes artists, musicians, storytellers

Cancer: musician
Scorpio: artist
Pisces: storyteller
Gemini: artist
Libra: storyteller
Aquarius: musician

Producers: includes growers, cooks, manufacturers

Taurus: cook
Virgo: manufacturer
Capricorn: grower
Cancer: grower
Scorpio: manufacturer
Pisces: cook
Givers: includes medical caregiver, public service worker, cleaner
Taurus: public service worker
Virgo: cleaner
Capricorn: medical caregiver
Aries: medical caregiver
Leo: public service worker
Sagittarius: cleaner 

Partnership Matches (marriage)

Aries: may only choose Sagittarius, Gemini

Taurus: Virgo, Cancer
Gemini: Aries, Aquarius
Cancer: Taurus, Virgo
Leo: Sagittarius, Libra
Virgo: Cancer, Taurus
Libra: Leo, Aquarius
Scorpio: Pisces, Capricorn
Sagittarius: Leo, Aries
Capricorn: Pisces, Scorpio
Aquarius: Libra, Gemini
Pisces: Scorpio, Capricorn
On Prophesies and Maidens

When a woman becomes pregnant, no due date is issued. It is forbidden to plan pregnancies or force early births - doing so would result in a child born under the wrong sign, and would be an affront to the gods.

When the child is born, their future is determined by their sign. At age three, they receive a tattoo of their sign’s constellation on their temple. At age eleven, children undergo the Initiation Ceremony, where these tattoos are covered with implants - silver balls for most, diamond studs for those born on either the Spring or Autumn Equinox. This is very rare, and links directly to the prophecy.

The prophecy itself was made by First Leader Lakessa’s partner Charles - one hundred years before the book begins. The community of Asphodel must wait underground in their sealed cave until two children are born - a girl on the Spring Equinox, and a boy on the Autumn Equinox of the same year. When those children come of age, they will be partnered and Asphodel will be free to rise up into the land of sun and sky once again.

There is much mythology surrounding the prophecy - who these children really are and what their true purpose and powers are. But I’ll let you read the book for those bits: part of the pleasure of reading is figuring out the mystery as the characters do, and I would never ruin that for you!

One last warning, though - the trouble with prophecies is that they are easy to misinterpret, and their secrets are never finite.

Hilary Thompson is an independently-published author who released her debut Young Adult novel, Justice Buried, in January, 2014. Justice Buried is the first in a dystopian fantasy series incorporating mythology and astrology, with the second full-length title due later in 2014. 

She also teaches high school English, which gives her some insight into her target audience, and helps her maintain a thick skin.

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