Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Stand at Cornith by P. M. Griffin


Federation Navy Chief Admiral Jack Dundee is sent to the planet Cornith for medical R&R following intense combat in space, but he finds little rest. Beginning with a near disaster at the planeting field minutes after setting down, Dundee and his comrades, Lieutenant Mike Sandpiper and Stellar Patrol Colonel Sybil Hunt, face death from difficult spacers, aberrant winds, and enormous waves. Even more terrifying is their discovery of a massive Arcturian invasion armada whose size and power will ensure the Federation’s utter defeat in the decades-long War should it reach their ultrasystem intact. With only thirty-four small Stellar Patrol ships and armed civilian freighters at his disposal, he must draw upon ancient naval tactics and perfect timing to delay the attacking force until the help he has summoned is able reach them. Can even the brilliant and famed Gray Jack Dundee pull it off?

About the Author:

Pauline (P. M.) Griffin has been writing since her early childhood. She enjoys telling a good tale, and since she always works with characters and situations deeply interesting to her, she finds the research as rewarding as the scribbling/keying.

Griffin’s Irish love of storytelling coupled with her passion for history, the natural world, and the above-mentioned research have resulted in twenty-three novels and fourteen short stories, two Muse Medallion Award winners among them, all in the challenging realms of science fiction and fantasy. She has also written several nonfiction articles, primarily for the Brooklyn Aquarium Society’s publication “Aquatica,” several of which have won the Editors Choice for Excellence Award.

She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her cats Jinx and Nickolette and three tropical fish aquariums.

Review by Rochelle:

As a Navy veteran who cut my teeth on the likes of master writers such as Robert A. Heinlein and his admitted fan and military sci-fi writer David Weber (no relation—I wish!), my standards are high. I don’t give five roses to just any old sci-fi writer. Nor do I compare many to my heroes. But, Ms. Griffin certainly appears to warrant the accolades she has earned, and if the World Sci-Fi Society ever enters the twenty-first century and acknowledges small presses, I think she could go for a Hugo Award.

Anyway, Stand at Cornith is full of action, adventure, excitement, and even a little romance. It’s a book both you and your kids can read with strong, well-developed heroes and heroines. There are even lessons about tolerance and diversity. Buy it and see for yourself.

Author Website:
Heat Rating:  PG
Length:  342 Pages
Price:  $5.95

You’ll notice we always include the publisher’s buy link. That’s because authors usually receive 40-50% of the net proceeds from the publisher. Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%. When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left. So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40-$2.99. If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $1.70-$2.10.

Download the file from the publisher onto your computer as you would any other file. I’ve created a folder for books on my computer, with subfolders by source (Marketing for Romance Writers, Net Galley, Authors who find me on Kindle lists, etc.). That way, if there’s a glitch with your Kindle, the books are on your computer. Some publishers send books in all digital formats. If my Kindle breaks and my kids buy me a Nook, I won’t have to replace all of my books. If you have a Kindle and your hubby has a Nook, you won’t have to buy separate copies, so buying directly from the publisher can save you money.

Moving the file from your computer to your e-reader is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive. Plug the larger USB end of your e-reader charging chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from the folder into which you’ve downloaded the book to Documents/Books directory on your e-reader. Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

Thanks for visiting. Donna, Julie, & Rochelle

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