Blog Tour: Unicorn Keep by Angelia Almos


What prompted you to write that first book? Did you always want to be an
author? 

I’ve consciously wanted to be an author since I was around 14. That was when I first started trying to write novels. It wasn’t until many years later that I accomplished the task. I’m not sure what prompted me to want to write a book, but I do remember my first few attempts which have been hidden in boxes. 🙂

Why did you choose to write about unicorns? 

One of my favorite book series as a teen was The Secret of the Unicorn Queen and I’ve wanted to write a story with unicorns in it since then. I wrote one short story many years ago featuring unicorns and this last summer when I was trying to come up with another YA fantasy to write I decided I wanted it to have unicorns in it.

Can you tell us a little bit about Unicorn Keep? 

Unicorn Keep is a young adult fantasy romance about a girl who switches places with her best friend to become a keeper.

Jiline of Ainsley is dismayed when her best friend is selected by the mages to become a unicorn keeper at the Keep, an isolated mountain fortress. Especially since Madelen is in love and engaged to the richest boy in the village. Jiline on the other hand has no prospects of marriage or a trade in their small village. So, she comes up with a plan to take Madelen’s place at the Keep and hopefully flunk out of unicorn keeper training before the mages can discover the deception. Unfortunately, the unicorns have their own plans for her.

Mage Herrick, son of the Keep Mage, returns home to the Keep as the trainee keepers arrive. A chance encounter with Jiline, who he believes is Madelen, on the trail sparks a magical connection between the two. Knowing he can’t feel a magical draw to someone who has no magic, he tries to prove Madelen (Jiline) has magic within her. His attention brings unforeseen complications for both of them.

Your books contain paranormal elements, have you ever had a paranormal
experience? 

I’ve had a couple of almost psychic experiences with a few of my horses. High stress moments were I could swear they were talking to me, but it has never gone past that moment and I’ve never been able to do it when I’ve tried. I do believe in the paranormal and the possibilities of many things existing which we don’t totally understand.

Aside from unicorns what is your favorite paranormal creature and why? 

I love shifters. Been playing with them in my books written under my other pen name Angie Derek. So far I’ve explored mountain lion shifters and wolf shifters, but I would like to write many other types of animal shifters.

Do you plot your stories out or do you just start writing? 

For me, each book is different in how I will write it. When I first start writing I might have a vague idea of where I’m going or I might know how it ends, but no clue how to get there. Unicorn Keep was a sit down and just start writing kind of book. All I had was the basic premise of unicorn keepers, the Keep, and Jiline when I started the book. On the other hand, with Horse Charmer I wrote out a synopsis first though I found I often veered off course.

What was the funniest thing you learned about your hero/heroine from writing
their story? 

I’m not sure it would be considered to be humorous, but I discovered Jiline was older than I had originally thought she was about a quarter into the book.

Which of your characters is most like you and which is least like you? 

Hmmm. I hadn’t really thought about it. I tend to think of my characters as real people especially when I’m writing. Makes it a lot easier for me to hear their voice. I’m sure there is a little bit of me in all of the characters.

Can you describe your office or where you normally write? 

My normal writing space at the moment is my recliner in the living room, but I also write in the dining room, bedroom, and office/guest room. It just depends on my mood and what is going on in the house when I am writing. I also tend to get some of my best ideas when I’m driving a long distance. I’m often pulling over to write snatches of dialogue and plot points when they come to me.

Which came first the plot or the characters? 

The idea of unicorn keepers came first then Jiline and then the plot.

Have you ever gotten stuck while writing a scene or chapter? How did you
overcome it? 

I get stuck a lot. 🙂 Well, maybe not a lot, but way more than I like. It depends on what has tripped me up. Is it that I suddenly realize I headed off in the wrong direction or a character wasn’t who I thought he/she was? If so, I usually make a note of what I will need to change in earlier chapters and then move forward with the new twist or character motivation. Is it that I have no clue what happens next? This is the worst. Sometimes I will skip ahead if I have an inkling of another scene and then keep going from there. I might go back later and write whatever scene tripped me up if it comes to me or after the first draft is completed. If I honestly have no clue what happens next, I will either put the story away from a little while and just hope something comes to me or I’ll keep typing until I get the groove back (knowing that some of that typing might be deleted later to try to take the pressure off).

Did you do any research for you book and, if so, did you find any
interesting information that you had to include in the story? 

I didn’t do any active research for Unicorn Keep, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t utilize some information I had researched long ago. I used to read everything I could find on unicorns and I did use the knowledge I already had in creating the mythology around my unicorns. I’ve done a fair amount of research on magic for previous books and I’m sure my subconscious used that information in forming my rules of magic for the mages in my story.

Jiline of Ainsley is dismayed when her best friend is selected by the mages to become a unicorn keeper at the Keep, an isolated mountain fortress. Especially since Madelen is in love and engaged to the richest boy in the village. Jiline on the other hand has no prospects of marriage or a trade in their small village. So, she comes up with a plan to take Madelen’s place at the Keep and hopefully flunk out of unicorn keeper training before the mages can discover the deception. Unfortunately, the unicorns have their own plans for her.

Mage Herrick, son of the Keep Mage, returns home to the Keep as the trainee keepers arrive. A chance encounter with Jiline, who he believes is Madelen, on the trail sparks a magical connection between the two. Knowing he can’t feel a magical draw to someone who has no magic, he tries to prove Madelen (Jiline) has magic within her. His attention brings unforeseen complications for both of them.

Bio:

Angelia Almos formed a lifelong passion for horses at the age of five when she talked her parents into riding lessons. Horses often play a prominent role in her young adult fantasy books. She also write horsey nonfiction and space opera. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, two cats, and one pony (she often thinks of bumping that number up to two).

Visit her website: www.angeliaalmos.com
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/angeliaalmos
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AngeliaAlmosAuthor

Excerpt – Beginning of Book:
The mages would judge all children between the ages of ten and fifteen at full light. Jiline hesitated outside the village square. Her stomach fluttered as she stayed in the dark corner of the livery stable. The village of Ainsley was not quiet. Voices wrapped around her. Some of the voices belonged to her friends. Any of them could be selected by the mages.
Rain clouds covered the sky. There would be no pretty dawn for the selection.
“Jiline,” a voice whispered behind her.
She jumped, so focused on the square, she missed her best friend coming up behind her. “You scared me.”
“Sorry,” Madelen whispered. “What are you doing?”
“Watching,” she whispered back.
Their fingers intertwined as they held hands. Jiline checked her friend over closely. Those in the village joked that the two girls looked more like sisters to each other than to their own siblings which was true. They were both fifteen years, same height, brown hair, green eyes, even the same mouth, but Madelen was the pretty one.
Madelen had been scared when word came out about the arrival of the mages coming into the village last night. So scared she had cried. She didn’t want to be chosen for a life of servitude. Not when the mayor’s son was in love with her. The mayor had made an offer for her a few months ago and her parents had accepted. In a little over a year, Madelen and Wilm, the mayor’s son, would be wed. Even without the prospects Madelen had Jiline wasn’t any more thrilled about the prospect of being drafted by the mages.

Unicorn Keep on sale now at:

Print – Create Space – https://www.createspace.com/3840073
Print – Amazon – http://amzn.com/1475222971/thoroughwebpr-20
Ebook – Amazon – http://amzn.com/B007YIWQAS/thoroughwebpr-20
Ebook – Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unicorn-keep-angelia-almos/1110455362
Ebook – Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/156547

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at www.lindaandrews.net She’d love to hear from you.
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3 Responses to Blog Tour: Unicorn Keep by Angelia Almos

  1. Thanks for visiting today. I love unicorns, too. Did you uncover anything in your research in the unicorn myths that you just had to use?

    • Thanks for having me to visit. Unicorns being hunted for their magic within their horn was one myth I included. Except I took the myth and twisted it slightly so that there magic wasn’t within their horn and killing a unicorn wouldn’t give the hunter any magic.

  2. LINDA B says:

    HI LINDA AND ANGEL! I JUST FINISHED ONE WITH A UNICORN AND I LOVE THE COVER!

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