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who needs a review in the Sunday Times?

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My brother is awesome. This is his review of Girl from Mars.

Needless to say, it was great. You have a satisfying knowledge and respect for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Too many writers have ignored this brilliance for too long. I especially like the use of Klingon… Also, I smile when I see a reference to Michael Dorn, knowing that not many people are familiar with this particular thespian.

Sorry, I just get a little worked up about Star Trek. The book is awesome.





SFX (no, I haven’t misspelt “sex”)

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Okay, I thought that Girl from Mars being mentioned by Tharg in 2000AD was the epitome of cool. Little did I know that there is another way to epitomise coolness, and that is to be featured on the science fiction and fantasy magazine SFX website talking about the top five things I learned researching Girl from Mars.

So awesome. Thank you, SFX.





in the words of Tharg

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I’ve been updating my website a bit. My new featured quote for my front page:

Tharg“As the Peregrine-award winner in Julie Cohen’s Girl from Mars, my awe-inspiring influence is pan-global!”
Tharg The Mighty

I just feel so, so cool right now.

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Romance Bandits

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I’m totally a blog whore this week…today I’m on Romance Bandits, talking about comic books. And I’m giving away a signed copy of Girl from Mars.

(Don’t forget my contest for a paperback copy of Close Encounters, below!)

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some Girl from Mars reviews

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Here are some of the reviews I missed when I didn’t have internet access. I’ll slash them a bit for my “Reviews” page, but you, my dear blog readers, will get longer versions because—well, because, damn it, it’s All About Me. And besides, I have to let Great-Uncle Dick know. Right, Dick?

Girl from Mars
Five Minutes’ Peace
We all know a good book can keep you awake until the small hours whilst you scramble to finish it. When you’ve been up since the crack and driven for miles with a baby and small boy yet still want to keep your eyes open to see how the book ends, the chances are that this is some kind of fabulous book. Girl From Mars by Julie Cohen is most definitely to blame for the bags under my eyes.

All About Romance
In my eyes, Julie Cohen manages to describe spot on what goes on inside a woman who really does not know how to be a woman, how to dress, to flirt or just to normally interact with strangers (the novel is written in the first person). I also loved the way that her relationship with Jim and Digger is described. They are in a rut indeed and need to get out of it, but there is a great deal of loyalty and sweetness there that is admirable and valuable, and although they are gently made fun of, they are also described with sensitivity and understanding.

I also loved reading about “Girl from Mars” and the whole artistic process that goes into creating a comic book. I really longed to read those comics myself! …What I loved best about the book is how Fil, and to some lesser extent, the other characters, develop: They grow, but they don’t abandon where they come from, tempering their individuality with some maturity instead.
(B+, strongly recommended)

Mrs Giggles
Girl From Mars is a pleasant read because it’s like an adult version of a movie by John Hughes. In fact, I can easily envision Molly Ringwald playing Fil, heh. As someone who adore the cheesy melodrama of those movies back in the 1980s, I find that there are much similar cheesy nerd angst here that I simply adore reading about. I can’t help experiencing a “been there, done that, here’s the T-shirt” feeling as I read this story because I can certainly relate to these characters. Nerd cliques aren’t solely about friendship – they also allow the members to use each other to validate their own existence. Losing a member of the clique to those people means that there is one less friend that a lonely social misfit can relate to, and also, it means that there has to be something wrong with the lonely social misfit if his or her friend can become “accepted” while he or she can’t. It’s more than friendship being on the line here, it’s also a blow to the self-esteem.

About Books—Especially Romances
Girl from Mars is a great book. Fil, her friends and Dan are great characters and I loved reading about Fil and Dan and how their relationship evolves. But I also enjoyed the platonic friendship between Fil and her male friends. I can absolutly understand why Fil is afraid of change and that’s why I love that in the end she understands that change can be positive and beautiful and is finally ready for it. I can sincerely recommend this awesome book about love and friendship to all fans of romances.





Girl from Mars signing

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My book signing for Girl from Mars was lots of fun and I really had a blast. It seems crazy now that I was worried about being alone and abandoned—I was surrounded by supporters and readers the entire time and two hours has never passed so quickly. Several kind people made a visit to Reading town centre specifically and one young girl of eleven even asked for my autograph, though she was too young to read my books!

I’d hoped to bring Fecklet, but chicken pox meant he had to stay with some lovely friends of mine, so at half past one I scurried into town to find my friend Vicky and her beau John wrestling with an inflatable Dalek.
The Dalek proved too difficult for one man, one pregnant woman, and one nervous author to inflate by mouth so I had to run off and get a foot pump. After he was his proper Daleky shape, he came with me to the shop to help me sign books, where he was a huge hit, especially with small boys. They had me right in front, near the door.

A stream of friends and well-wishers passed through and I was kept very busy but not too busy to be astounded by the appearance of a honest-to-goodness super hero, Captain C!
Captain C
As he was in disguise, it was difficult to tell his true identity but the pocket-sized caped crusader zoomed through the shop, righting wrongs and looking pretty darn cool.

Mills & Boon Author Nina Harrington also turned up in a comic book t-shirt and space-age shades and struck a pose next to me and the Dalek (manned by Vera of Jeeve Publishing).

I’d invited friends for drinks afterwards but the Fecklet’s pox meant I had to cancel. So I owe several people a glass of wine.

Thank you so, so much to everyone who helped me, turned up, bought a book, or wished me well!





playing at the Playground

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It’s release day! Yay yay yay yay yay!!!

I’m guest blogging on the Writing Playground today, talking about GEEKS. More specifically, about my own geek credentials, which are many.

I’m also giving away a signed copy of Girl from Mars there, so come play!

Don’t forget my little fun giveaway in the post below (buried under all the stuff about my characters)!





Jim, Digger and Stevo

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In Girl from Mars, the heroine Fil has three best friends, all male. She does everything with them. So here’s a short introduction to Jim, Digger and Stevo:

Jim hero
James T. Lousder, aka Jim is Fil’s best friend. They met at school when they were thirteen and have been inseparable ever since. He’s a computer nerd and a Star Trek fanatic, and he’s got long straight hair which he usually keeps neatly back in a ponytail. He and Fil share a house which they bought between them; Jim works on the first floor, and Fil works in the loft studio. He’s loyal, sarcastic, and speaks fluent Klingon.

A secret real-life fact about Jim: he looks like this guy I see walking around Reading all the time. I don’t know who he is, but he looks like Jim. I saw him once in a cafe I was in with a friend and I whispered, “That’s Jim!” and my friend said, “Who’s Jim?” and I said, “A fictional guy who looks just like that guy!”

No wonder people think writers are weird.

Digger hero
Digger is huge. He’s six and a half feet tall, broad and bearded. Despite his bear-like appearance, he’s very quiet among strangers. The first time Fil met him, she thought he was mute. He’s reticent about talking about himself and his past, but he seems to have an empathy with other people and of the four of the friends, he’s the only one who’ll ever mention anything about (yick!) emotions. His shyness has kept him from getting a regular job, and he earns money by selling stuff on eBay. Fortunately his tastes are simple, mostly running to beer and waffles.

A secret real-life fact about Digger: Anna is in love with him.

Stevo hero
Stevo is an artist, like Fil; he works for Combat comics, where he’s known for being brilliant at portraying graphic violence, preferably with lots of blood and body parts. In person, though, he’s timid, neat and unassuming. Nobody would ever know that he’s been having a (gasp!) secret love affair.

A secret real-life fact about Stevo: I gave him my friend Ruth’s last name.

Got that? There will be a quiz later. Well no, there won’t really. But I will give a prize of some really fab multi-coloured glow-in-the-dark bracelets to the first person who guesses Digger’s real first name, in the comments section below.

(And no, it’s not Admiral Smashing Bruiser.)


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