Friday, January 9, 2015

The Brothers Keepers by NLB Horton - Interview and Excerpt

A friend's deception. A family's dilemma. While cataloguing looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison discovers that her daughter has vanished in France, and her son's bride has been attacked in Switzerland. After the Madisons unearth a relic whose taproot pierces the Ancient Near East, they realize that before they can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend. If he'll let them.? They sacrifice hearts and lives in a race against eternity on a four-thousand-year-old trail crossing three continents. Because choosing what's right is all that's left.

Praise for When Camels Fly (Parched Series Book I):

"Page-turning international suspense--this writer is on her way up."-DiAnn Mills, Christie Award winning author "An exciting novel of suspense, intrigue, and mystery. Very nicely done."-Paul Johnson, Readers' Favorites? "It's obvious from the writing that the author has spent time here."-Ellis Shuman, Times of Israel "The book was fantastic, and nearly impossible to set down. Highly recommended."-Kathryn Bennett, Readers' Favorites? "A unique, totally out in left field, never been told story. I love that."-Every Free Chance Blog

Advance Praise for My Brothers Keepers:

"The Brothers' Keepers, book 2 in the?Parched?series, delivers masterful international suspense driven by contemporary family dynamics. Light the late-night oil because you won't want to put this book down."-DiAnn Mills, Christy Award Winner "I thought Horton peaked with her first novel, When Camels Fly. I'll admit, I was wrong. The Brothers' Keepers is magnificent! The main characters from her first novel are beautifully developed in this sequel. This is a more accessible novel than When Camels Fly mainly because of the location -- Europe. She incorporates the history of the places her characters visit, and she weaves an incredibly feasible story around these events. The story is as complex as When Camels Fly, a good thing that requires close reading, but it is well worth the effort. I highly recommend reading When Camels Fly before this one and continuing journeying with the Madison family!-Leigh Bennett, Reader "I am once again became enthralled by the exploits of an intelligent, older woman and her family whom I first got to meet in When Camels Fly. It's so rare to find a heroine that the more mature amongst us can relate to on some level. I look forward to learning more about Grace, Mark, Maggie, Jeff and Becca as they become embroiled in yet another adventure after Maggie goes missing and an attempt is apparently made on Becca's life whilst she and Jeff are honeymooning in Switzerland."-Anne Rogers, Reader


Chapter Two
 Swiss Alps
Fat snow squirted through the broken window, swirling past billowing draperies. Its wetness strengthened the piney scent of the forest surrounding the chalet. The sniper had hidden in the trees, and the hole in the floor indicated a perch at least halfway up the mountainside.
Becca’s dark features contrasted with the snow and heavy lace dominating the Alpine d├ęcor—something Jeff was studying when the glass disintegrated. He hugged her, nesting his beard into her black hair.
“The good news is that I don’t think Mossad is involved,” she said into his chest.
“How do you know?”
“A chopper would be landing in the courtyard. Those cliffs look ripe for an avalanche. Flapping rotors might not be a good call.” She nodded toward the mountains as she smiled up at him. “Or do you think they just haven’t surfaced?”
“The shot and Maggie’s disappearance make me nervous. She’s probably not having a spa day.” He did not want to think about Mossad, or specifically, Retired Commander Abraham ben-Dove Cyril. “I always expect Mossad.”
They turned sideways, squeezing into the temporary room. Police were on the roof and in the courtyard, not bothering to hide. One call to the Wedding Cake on the Thames, as Londoners called MI6 offices, freed the couple. During the conversation, she did not mention that the bullet barely missed her.
“I’ll let the front desk know we’re checking out early,” he said. “Then arrange train tickets. We’ll have a couple of connections. Let’s pack. Given that this is Switzerland, I’m sure we’re safe now that the police are in place . . .”
“ . . . and the shooter is long gone, having skied or snowmobiled into freedom.”
Jeff nodded at an agent, rigid as the wall she abutted, and reached beyond Becca to close the door. They would be in Paris by mid-afternoon.
“FedPol and the police will follow the tracks, but no one will strike here again. You and I both know that was a warning. No sniper would miss your silhouette in the window.”
“Which is why I feel perfectly safe going to Paris. And your sister might be in trouble.”
“You think?”

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About NLB Horton

Winner of  'A People's Choice Award' in fiction, NLB Horton returned to writing fiction after an award-winning career in journalism and marketing as well as earning her Masters of Biblical Studies degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. She has surveyed Israeli and Jordanian archaeological digs, tossed a tarantula from her skiff into the Amazon after training with an Incan shaman, driven uneventfully through Rome, and consumed gallons of afternoon tea while travelling across five continents.

Horton is a member of the venerable Explorers Club, based in New York City and founded in 1904 as an international multidisciplinary professional society of explorers and scientists. From her home in the Rocky Mountains, she writes, cross-country skis, gardens and researches ideas for her next novel. Horton's first novel in the Parched series, When Camels Fly, was released in May 2014.  The BrothersKeepers is the second, with the third instalment, available in fall 2014.

Quick Questions with NLB

What inspired you to start writing, and when?
According to my 84-year-old mother, I have been writing since I was a young girl. I would sit under an elm tree in our backyard and write and draw all summer. She is now threatening to sell some of my work from kindergarten. Any takers?

What is your preferred genre?
I love to read and write international.  Daniel Silva is my favourite author.

Tell us your latest news?
I have just released Book 2, The Brothers’ Keepers, in the Parched series. You graciously shared Book 1, When Camels Fly, with your followers last spring. 

The Brothers’ Keepers continues the adventures of archaeologist Grace Madison as she struggles to do the right thing despite being dragged into espionage by her unusual family and friends.  

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest work?
Grace is cataloguing looted antiquities in Brussels when she receives a call from her son, Jeff. His bride has been attacked during their Swiss honeymoon. The family soon learns that daughter Maggie, a hydrologist, has disappeared in France.

When they convene in Paris, where Maggie was last seen, they discover a relic that might lead them to the young woman. Following its four-thousand-year-old trail across three continents, the family realizes that to save themselves, they must first rescue an old friend that has deceived them at every turn. 

If he’ll let them.

How long did it take you to complete?
From concept to turning it over to the publisher, The Brothers’ Keepers took about a year.

Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
I am told that one of us bears a slightly more than passing resemblance to Grace Madison. I decline to elaborate.

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?
The cover is a collaborative effort involving my literary agent, an artist, a cover designer, a small focus group, and me. The buck stops at my desk. This is an extraordinarily talented and discerning group of women, and I have complete faith in their ability and judgement. I am delighted with the image of Grace Madison being conveyed via gondola during a Venetian winter dusk. It represents the tone of The Brothers’ Keepers, and the climax, beautifully.

Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?
We are trying to build a brand for the Parched series, and the cover for The Brothers’ Keepers is very consistent with the redesigned cover for When Camels Fly. Cover art really boils down to finding the right iconic elements to represent the story. I love Venice and was actually there in October again. The gondola was an easy, appropriate choice. And we are already brainstorming about rough elements of the cover for Book 3! 

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
I am a combo writer. I know where the story is going and have an idea of sequence and settings. I write only about places I have been and know well. My memory works visually, so I picture scenes and interactions, and they naturally wander down rabbit trails in my mind’s eye. I plot and wing it—in that order.

Do you write under a pen name?

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out?
Don’t assume that because you made an A in high school English that you can write. Take every course you can. Practice. Take craftsman-level courses. Practice. Find a credible mentor. Practice. And don’t give up.

Ok, now some fun questions….

Coffee or Tea?
Tea. Earl Grey, English Breakfast, or Scottish Morning. 

White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?
Exclusively dark.

What is your favourite colour?
Probably green. 

Winter or Summer?
Winter for cross-country skiing and summer for fly-fishing.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
I would be eternal.

If you could be somebody else for a day who would you choose and why?
There is no one I would rather be at this point in my life. I am happy, content, and blessed.

What are three things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
My epi-pens for an anaphylactic allergy, chap stick, and my reading glasses. 

Are you a technology buff (i.e have every electronic gadget known to man)?
Good grief, no. I can work everything I own and am fearless, but I do not want to be tied to technology. I even still memorize phone numbers!

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and enjoyed?
I am addicted to NCIS. If I ever am involved in a Navy crime, I hope Mark Harmon investigates. 

Thanks for having me back, Pinky! It’s great to have bloggers from the first tour return for the second. I am honoured, and wish you and your followers all the best. 


Follow the Tour:

Teddy Rose Book Reviews Jan 5 Spotlight & Giveaway 
Cassandra M's Place Jan 6 Review & Giveaway 
Victoria Simcox's Blog Jan 6 Excerpt 
Confessions Of A Reader Jan 7 Guest Post ?& Giveaway 
Paranormal Romance Jan 8 Review 
Pinky's Favorite Reads Jan 9 Interview & Excerpt
Rockin' Book Reviews Jan 14 Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway 
Lightning Chronicles Jan 15 Review & Excerpt 
Butterfly-o-Meter Books Jan 15 Guest Post, Excerpt, and Giveaway 
Back Porchervations Jan 16 Review 
Deal Sharing Aunt Jan 19 Review 
Miki's Hope Jan 20 Review 
Devoted Mommy of 3 Jan 21 Review 
Totally Addicted to Reading Jan 30 Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway 
Reading To Distraction Feb 2 Review & Interview
Open Book Society Feb 5 Review 
Inspire to Read?Feb 9 Review & Excerpt 
Celticlady's Reviews Feb 10 Review & Excerpt 
Curling Up By the Fire Feb 11 Review 
Bound 4 Escape Feb 12 Review 
What U Talking Bout Willis? Feb 13 Review, Excerpt & Giveaway 
Teddy Rose Book Reviews Feb 18 Review 
My Tangled Skeins Reviews Feb 20 Review 
StoreyBook Reviews Feb 23 Review 
Reeca's Pieces Feb 25 Review 
Lily's Reviews Feb 26 Review & Guest Post 
TrulySimplyPink?Feb 27 Review   


  1. Pinky, it's so good to return to Pinky's Favorite Reads!

    Thanks for including The Brothers' Keepers in books you share, and I hope you and your followers have the chance to "camel up" with archaeologist Grace Madison. Best to start with Book 1, When Camels Fly, then follow with Book 2, The Brothers' Keepers. And look for Book 3 a year from now!

    Best to you,

  2. Thanks for taking part in the tour and hosting NLB!

  3. A modern day Amelia Peabody! I love it!