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Lisa “LJ” Cohen
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Attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Lives in Near Boston, MA
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Welcome to my home on the plus! If you don't want to wade through my longer profile, here's the speed read edition:

* author of 5 SF&F novels
* poet
* potter
* international spy

http://www.ljcohen.net

My novels are available in eBook and print editions in all the usual and some of the unusual places:

AMAZON http://www.amazon.com/LJ-Cohen/e/B006QL6GA0
Barnes & Noble  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/lj-cohen *iTunes*  https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/lj-cohen/id496598411
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ljcohen
Kobo http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/search?Query=LJ+Cohen&fcmedia=Book
Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/author?id=LJ+Cohen
Createspace https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=lj+cohen&sitesearch_type=STORE
*Directly from me through my website*
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Yup. All of the above. These books ROCK.
 
What People Are Saying about my superpowered serial sci-thriller THE MINUS FACTION:
"Gripping, immersive, entertaining. These are not your typical heroes."
"A unique brand of justice, morality, and heroism. Taut, thrilling entertainment."
"So easy to read and follow along. The author pulls you right in."
"Fun, fun, fun!"
"The story of unlikely hero[s]. Crackles with energy and promise."
"Keeps you guessing, keeps you surprised."
"Rare that I finish [a book] in one sitting. It's what I'd call neopulp and what most bookstores would shelf among the sf/f books, but it's also a superheroic book without capes or masks."
"More than a simple thriller-meets-comic, Wayne gives his characters realism, depth, and heart."
"Not what you expect and you WILL NOT be disappointed."
"Unusual and distinctly clever."
"What I loved the most is the sense of restraint, turning every page was fraught with the feeling that everything might go very bad, very soon. Excellent characters and an intriguing story."
"I love the that the characters themselves seems to be the driving force behind the story, rather than mere accessories."
"Grabs you by the throat and keeps you on your toes."

Episode Five: Aftershock, the penultimate chapter, was just released, and here's what some of the early readers had to say:

"F**k you, you evil bastard. Also, well done."
"Wow I did not see the end coming."
"Fast and furious, with just enough slower scenes to let you go before the next!"
"I hate you so much right now."
"I was totally blown away by the big reveal."
"[The story is] astounding and devastating."
"I feel so much for Xana. There's no one like her in anything you've read."
"I'm drooling."
"Holy s**t. Actually started it and couldn't stop reading until I was done. Intense. What a freaking ride."
"Why isn't everyone reading this series??"
"I am totally recommending people buy every single book in this series. I loved it that much."

We'll be adding some color to ol' Artemis at some point, but I wanted to share the rough art this morning.
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That first review is the BEST.
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Holy shit. Just finished this. Actually also started it today and couldn't stop reading until I was done.

I need the last episode. And then I need to read the whole thing again, start to finish.

Intense. What a freaking ride.

The series keeps ramping itself up. Well done, Rick. I kind of hate you. ;)
 
It's Here! Help me spread the word!

Rather than give you the usual -- which would be a snippet to make you frost your shorts -- I thought I'd share with you what some of the early readers had to say...

"I did not see the end coming."
"Fast and furious (with just enough slower scenes to let you go to the bathroom before the next!)"
"I hate you so much right now."
"I was totally blown away by the big reveal."
"Fuck you, you evil bastard. Also, well done."
"[The story is] astounding and devastating."
"I feel so much for Xana. There's no one like her in anything you've read."
"I'm drooling."
"Why isn't everyone reading this series??"
"I am totally recommending people buy every single book in this series. I loved it that much."

And some favorite lines from this episode:
"People who use cheat codes all the time don't really like gaming. They like winning. And that's different."

"My team doesn't need saving."

"The nun at my school said I held God like a fiery lover. With passion one day. With rage the next. I knew He was so great, but I couldn't understand why He would do this. Not to me. To my son. Leave him without a mother."

"Boss-woman’s got a clit hard-on for whoever we’re after like I ain’t never seen."

"Who?"
"The nice people duct-taped in the closet."

"[Wink] imagines stuff no well-adjusted adult ever would, even another genius."

"...rained salad and condiments on the street."

"Time is not a vine. It is a bramble. It erupts from the present like tangled string."

"Did you really think that a geek, a dyke, a kid, and a cripple were going to ... what? Save the world?"

The ebook is up pretty much everywhere. The paperback is available on my website and through the CreateSpace store and will be filtering out to other sales channels over the next couple days.

Here is the direct link:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ETKD9HW/
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I can see that. Not as much suspense there. I'll finish both this year, but I've figured out I can alternate between two projects -- in fact, I often need a break from my primary focus -- but not more than two without sacrificing quality. Don't know why. That's just how it is.

I worked on Etranger a little the other day. His familiar, Milan, may be the last narrator. 
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Happy May! We're a month from the official release of #DreadnoughtAndShuttle It's hard to believe that it all started with some handwritten notes and fragments of a few scenes in a much needed retreat last July at Dingly Dell, courtesy of the lovely and gracious +Ilyanna Kreske

Where I tried (and thankfully failed!) to drown myself and the also lovely and gracious +Bliss Morgan

11 months from idea to polished and published novel. I know there are many writers who are much faster at this word-slinging thing than I am, and many who are slower. It's not a race. I'm simply grateful that I know my own process and have the support and encouragement to write a novel a year.

In advance of the novel's release, you can read a short story that tells the history of Ada May and Emmaline Gutierrez from the war 40 years before the start of events in DERELICT (book 1). If you've been curious to know how Gutierrez lost her arm, this is where you'll find out.

It's in the anthology, STARBOUND, which is free on Kindle, currently.

https://t.co/dEBNGXQH1C
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I'm halfway through the print formatting for #DreadnoughtAndShuttle

The ebook is all but ready - just waiting for the final cover art.

Soon. Soon, my lovelies! I promise!
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So I now know what I've been working toward in the 3 Halcyone Space books. The final pieces have just dropped into place. It's been there all along, I just hadn't put it all together. The next two books are going to be quite a ride.

Damn, the subconscious is an incredible thing.

:rubs hands together:

This is going to be fun!
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+Mike Reeves-McMillan has an eagle's eye. He's managed to find elusive typos and issues even in my well-edited manuscripts.

I think he's got evil techno-magic and actually adds them in to the files after the book is published, so he can 'discover' them.

It's probably a scheme. But to be safe, hire him for editing.

:)

(And truly, he's extremely good!)
 
A few people have asked me, after I've read their books and pointed out issues that their editors missed, whether I take editing clients myself. 

Up until now, the answer has been "no", but that's just changed. At least for the month of May, my wife and I are taking on a few select clients. If you're interested in being one of them, take a look at what we offer.

(Signal boost appreciated, especially if you can personally attest to my skill at spotting punctuation errors, homonym issues and the like.)
Mike and Erin Reeves-McMillan provide line editing, copy editing and proofreading services for fiction and non-fiction. We aim to be affordable for indie authors, while maintaining a high professional standard. Mike holds an MA in English from Auckland University with first class honours.
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Via +Rich G.

Not a bad idea to set a day each year to review your on line security settings.
 
May 1st means:

Lock it down.

This morning I reviewed my Google Security settings: https://security.google.com/settings/security/secureaccount

Switched to Authy for Android for double layer security on things: http://www.authy.com

And changed some passwords I haven't changed in a while.

While I was at it I changed the batteries in my smoke detectors because why not?

It only takes a few minutes and maybe it saves you a headache later. Why not check and update your online security settings today? What can it hurt? 
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"I dress to suit myself. I certainly don't dress up for boys."
Bo Gilbert, age 100.

Oh, how I love this woman. How I want to be her when I grow up.

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/apr/29/ageism-harvey-nichols-100-year-old-model-vogue

h/t +Joyce Donahue 
Department store marks Vogue centenary by running ad that ‘proves the older generation can be fearlessly stylish too’
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April 2016

Blogposts: 5
Poems: 1
Halcyone Space book 4: 2K
InjuryWrite Twitter chats: 4, archived in a collection on G+

Not a lot of new words, but there's an ebb and flow to the work of writing. I'm comfortable with my process.

I also incorporated final edits into #DreadnoughtAndShuttle and created an e-ARC in preparation for its June publication.

Plans for May:

10-20K on book 4
Final production for #DreadnoughtAndShuttle
Balticon!
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MA folks, please consider signing this petition to force the release of funds to complete the fiber project in Western MA.
 
Please sign this petition and share it with others.

Nearly two years after the state of Massachusetts allocated $40M to help build last mile fiber to the home networks in unserved communities, and a year after dozens of towns voted in town meetings to authorize nearly $80 million in additional borrowing, the state's pseudo-public paeudo-corporate MBI organization has blocked any progress on the project and has actually retreated from their earlier promises.

Now, the towns want the governor to release that state funding and help us build the future-proof network that our communities need in order to create jobs and educate our children.

Will you sign this petition or share it with others? Even if you are not in Western Massachusetts, some of your friends might be.

This municipal cooperative broadband project (wiredwest.net) is important far beyond the borders of our area.
In 2014 the Massachusetts legislature recognized that broadband access is critical for the future of rural towns and authorized $50 million for a statewide initiative to bring broadband to unserved homes and businesses. Design and construction was expected to begin this past year, but there has been...
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Education
  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
    Physical Therapy, 1984 - 1986
  • University of Rochester
    1980 - 1984
  • Hicksville High School
  • Hicksville Jr. High School
  • Burns Avenue Elementary School
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LJCohen, Lisa Janice Cohen
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Poet, Novelist, potter, Doctor Who fan, denizen of Night Vale
Introduction
Who I really am is just plain stubborn mixed with a crazy sense of optimism, and tempered by a dash of cynicism.

I write novels as LJ Cohen across the YA, fantasy, and speculative fiction genres.

My published novels are available in all the usual venues:

Halcyone Space
DERELICT (book 1)
ITHAKA RISING (book 2)

Changeling's Choice
THE BETWEEN (book 1)
TIME AND TITHE  (book 2)

FUTURE TENSE

PEN-ULTIMATE: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, LJ Cohen & Talib Hussain, eds, is available in print and eBook editions (proceeds donated to the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund)

My short story, "I was a Teenage Alien" is in Theme-Thology: Invasion, published by HDWPBooks.

My short story, "The Forgetting" is in Theme-Thology: Day I Died, published by HDWPBooks.

Find me on the web: http://www.ljcohen.net
Find my pottery website: http://www.dragonbellyceramics.com
See more photos of my pottery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/photorad/sets/72157648775853328

Subscribe to my occasional newsletter: http://www.ljcohen.net/mailinglist/mail.cgi/list/bluemusings (well, it's always a newsletter, it's published occasionally, as in about 6 times a year, complete with original, free short fiction)

Member of SFWA (The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and Broad Universe

You can read samples of my novels (some in progress, some published) on Wattpad.

I've also been known to make pottery and give it away. :)

FYI: I have political biases. I am concerned with social justice, gender issues, and feminism. I will talk about this side by side with writing craft, pottery, and cute animal pictures.

P.S. Sadly, I know that the individuals this relates to are not the people reading this, so consider this my public venting. Most of the folks I have met on G+ have been interesting and wonderful; people I now count as my friends.  However,  I have increasingly been the recipient of private messages and emails from men, often not native English speakers, but not exclusively so,  wanting to 'get to know me better'. These "hey baby" messages are from people who have never interacted with me, aren't in my circles, and have no connection with me or my interests. This is the internet version of the street cat-call and is at best, irritating, at worse, harassment. So I will not answer chat requests from anyone I do not recognize from my circles or from prior interactions on G+ posts.

Bragging rights
Slept in a yurt on the Kyrgyz jaloo.
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Writer
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eBook formatting & conversion, wheel throwing & hand building ceramics, listening
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  • LJCohen.net
    Writer, present
  • Private Practice
    Physical Therapist, 1996 - 2009
  • Spaulding/MGH
    Physical Therapist, 1989 - 1998
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Near Boston, MA
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Westbury, NY - Philadelphia, PA - Near Chicago, IL
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