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Jan 6 / Michael

Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds (plus news from the trail!)

My blog has always tended toward the idiosyncratic—anacondas, and X-Men, and books, oh my!—and this month it may tend toward the sporadic, as well. My second young adult novel, Trapped, is already for sale in many places, and I am already for-selling it. I am doing over a dozen interviews and guest blogs and such over the next few weeks, and it seems possible that I just agreed to judge a contest. I am sort of saying yes reflexively at this point, because I am proud of this book and don’t want to leave anything on the table.

Of course, that may turn my own blog into a bit of a ghost town, but it’s only for a few weeks. Come February, I’ll come ridin’ back into town, a-whompin’ and a-whoopin’, a-whoopin’ and a-whompin’. And hopefully, I’ll have something to shout about. In the meantime, here’s exciting news from the trail:

1) An excellent review in Publishers Weekly calls Trapped “A gripping disaster story” and adds: “Northrop’s solid storytelling should keep readers rapt,” which is awesome because “rapt” is a woefully underappreciated word and you rarely see alliteration of that caliber these days.

2) The book is featured in an amazing, and honestly somewhat humbling, piece from Kirkus Reviews called “Snowbound with Trapped.” I sort of refuse to do the pull quote thing with it, because it is a carefully constructed and eloquent essay, and I don’t want to, you know, chop it up and sell it for parts.

3) RT Book Reviews Magazine gives Trapped 4-stars in its February issue and calls it: “Truly impossible to put down.” Hooray! Here’s hoping it’s also fairly easy to pick up…


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  1. Michael / Jan 6 2011

    That’s a photo of Bodie, California, by the way. There are a lot of haunting and beautiful images of it online, and it’s well worth a quick search. (I just chose this one because you can see my bike in the foreground…)

  2. Susan Jensen / Jan 11 2011

    I just started reading TRAPPED and I’m already hooked. Being the incredibly observant reader that I am (Ha!), I noticed that TRAPPED and GENTLEMEN take place in the same town/school. Is there any particular reason for this? Are the plots going to converge or anything like that? Just curious …

    Best of luck with the book. I can’t wait to see what happens to Weems and the gang!

  3. Michael / Jan 11 2011

    Thanks, Susan. Yep, just when I thought I was out, Tattawa pulled me back in! I already felt so familiar with and invested in that setting that I thought, you know, why not pound it into submission with a massive blizzard? I guess I’m just sentimental that way…

    I hope you enjoy the rest of the book!

  4. Susan Jensen / Jan 12 2011

    Is my ARC missing a few chapters or does TRAPPED really end like that? Argh! My review is up on my blog, if you’re interested –

  5. Michael / Jan 15 2011

    Aha! My controversial ending strikes again! Warning to the populace: I consider it hopeful, and even happy, but I ain’t writing for Disney here, folks.

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