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The Los Angeles Review of Books has a write-up on the lesbian coming-of-age story by Laura Goode, the author of Sister Mischief, with a very nice little review of Love Story.

In other news, there is nothing to make you feel like a foolish, stubborn badass like going to Ikea, finding the pieces for a desk, getting them home on the subway, and assembling them without instructions. I will be paying for it today, though.
owlectomy: Cover of "A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend" shows a teen girl at a motel with a bicycle. (lovestory)
After waking up and having the first thought in my head be, "If I don't have hot water I'm going to resort to violence," it is a bit shocking and entirely delightful to find a book trailer for A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend.

(I don't have hot water, as it happens, but I have warm water sufficient for a very brief shower).

Transcript under the cut )
owlectomy: Cover of "A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend" shows a teen girl at a motel with a bicycle. (lovestory)

98 / 139 pages. 70% done!


I am trying to get my book turned in this week, so I'm making pretty good progress on that though I am in need of more and more revision the closer I get to the end.

In other news, I'm not really sure how this happened but I appear to be on the Whitcoulls top 100 in New Zealand, sandwiched neatly between Eat Pray Love and Eragon. Thanks, New Zealand!
owlectomy: Cover of "A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend" shows a teen girl at a motel with a bicycle. (lovestory)
* Just got the word that LOVE STORY will be published in the Netherlands. My first sale of translation rights!

* Had a meeting today where I booktalked Holly Black's WHITE CAT. One of my favorite booktalks I've done because the emotional connection is so up-front and vivid. Not all great books can have their greatness conveyed in 2 minutes, and all too often the high-concept shiny books don't live up to their premise, but White Cat is the exception. By the way, can we have a moratorium on "Read ________ to find out!" in booktalks? You don't care what happens next until you're already invested in the story.

* I'm very very close to finishing up my read-through of SPARKS AND ASHES. Then a pretty light revision, and then it will be out of my hands. It's time for it to be out of my hands.

* Went to Catherynne Valente and Seanan McGuire's reading for the New York Review of Science Fiction Tuesday evening. Valente read from Habitation of the Blessed, a chapter which was utterly enchanting and pulled me into the book right away, and McGuire read from a short story about mad scientists. Thumbs up!

* I am thinking about the next book. This is something that always happens when the current WIP is off -- or almost off -- my desk. Nothing concrete as yet. Just thinking.
owlectomy: Cover of "A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend" shows a teen girl at a motel with a bicycle. (lovestory)
Sunday, Oct. 10
Books of Wonder - 18 W. 18th St. (between 5th and 6th Ave.), New York, NY
1:00-3:00

2010 DEBUT AUTHORS
JOSH BERK - The Dark Days Of Hamburger Halpin
ALEXANDRA BRACKEN - Brightly Woven
LEAH CYPESS - Mistwood
MARGIE GELBWASSER - Inconvenient
EMILY HORNER - A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend
SHAUN DAVID HUTCHINSON - The Deathday Letter
PHOEBE KITANIDIS - Whisper
JESSICA LEADER - Nice And Mean, Middle-Grade
MINDI SCOTT - Freefall
LAURA TOFFLER-CORRIE - The Life And Opinions Of Amy Finawitz, Middle-Grade
AMY BRECOUNT WHITE - Forget-Her-Nots
AMBER BENSON - Among The Ghosts

(Yes, that's Amber Benson from Buffy the Vampire Slayer!)

Friday, Oct. 22
Word - 126 Franklin St. (in Greenpoint), Brooklyn, NY
7:30-8:30 p.m.

Just Working On My Novel
"Just Working On My Novel", the curious, bi-monthly drunken new works critique series, is hosted each month by a beloved published author who reads from works new and old (previous hosts have included Emily Mandel, Jami Attenberg and legendary rapper Jean Grae). This is your chance to slam your UNPUBLISHED writing in front of an audience...and drink a lot of wine.


I do not typically drink a lot of wine! However, if I do, it will be LOLARIOUS. I promise. Seriously, I will be reading from Sparks and Ashes, so it will be something almost no one in the world has read before.
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My book comes out tomorrow! I hear that it has already started shipping from Amazon and turning up in bookstores but I haven't yet seen it in the wild myself.

Video podcast...sometime! )

Release party tomorrow! )

Reading!

1/6/10 16:10
owlectomy: Cover of "A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend" shows a teen girl at a motel with a bicycle. (lovestory)
New York locals!

Teen Author Reading Night is tomorrow (Wednesday 6/3) at the Jefferson Market branch of NYPL on 6th ave near 10th st. (It's the big library that looks like it should be a church).

Featured authors:

Cathleen Davitt Bell, Little Blog on the Prairie
Lila Castle, Star Shack
Susane Colasanti, Something Like Fate
Donna Freitas, This Gorgeous Game
Emily Horner, A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend
Eliot Schrefer, The Deadly Sister
owlectomy: Cover of "A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend" shows a teen girl at a motel with a bicycle. (lovestory)
So... last week when I said :

Also it will be hilarious if one of the major review journals gives a starred review to a book called Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad. Not like that will ever happen, hah hah.


I actually knew about this. But now I can tell you.

From Kirkus Reviews:

★ Horner, Emily A LOVE STORY STARRING MY DEAD BEST FRIEND (Starred review)
(Kirkus Reviews)
Review under the cut )

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