Tabitha Ormiston-Smith

Biography

Tabitha Ormiston-Smith was born and continues to age. Dividing her time between her houses in Melbourne and the country, she is ably assisted in her editing business and her other endeavours by Ferret, the three-legged bandit.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Who says I'm grown up?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My bladder. And the fear of what will happen with regard to my dog's bladder if I don't get up promptly and let her out.
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Books

Professor Tomlinson's Last Experiment
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,010. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Professor Tomlinson thought he had it made. His new invention was bound to win him international acclaim and a Nobel Prize. But there was one thing he failed to take into account....
Dance of Chaos
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,900. Language: Australian English. Published: May 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Lazy, frivolous, conceited and totally self centred, Fiona MacDougall is not an asset to the workforce. When she applies for a transfer to the Infotech department of her company, she does so only in order to get an afternoon off work.
Sophie's Revenge
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,790. Language: Australian English. Published: May 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
(4.00 from 1 review)
Sophie was sweet and kind - until the day someone messed with her.
Excuse of the Day
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,700. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
In this hilarious short story, a young woman explains to her boss why she is very, very late for work. Winner of the Gearpress Short Fiction challenge.
User Pays
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Price: Free! Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
What if we took our political leaders' rhetoric seriously? What if we implemented their dodgy policies in real life? In this chilling parable, the User Pays doctrine is examined as applied to a typical Australian family.
Grammar Without Tears
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,470. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
Learn while you laugh, laugh while you learn, with this short guide to the most egregious errors commonly made in English.
The Last Dragon
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,650. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
An old king with three sons. A dragon menacing the farmlands. A noble quest. One son is strong, one clever and the other one is Lorn. Which will defeat the dragon and inherit his father's kingdom?
Perspectives on a Dragon
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Perspectives: In this pair of short stories, the same event is narrated from two very different viewpoints. The Last Dragon: An old king with three sons. A dragon menacing the farmlands. A noble quest. One son is strong, one clever and the other one is Lorn. Which will defeat the dragon and inherit his father's kingdom?
Gift of Continence
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,130. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 6 reviews)
With the perfect wedding dress, what can go wrong? A great deal, as Fiona McDougall rapidly discovers. From the wedding from hell onwards, Fiona successively discovers that her new husband is stingy, bad-tempered and an adulterer. WARNING: do not attempt to read this book while drinking hot liquids, as they may shoot out of your nose.

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Smashwords book reviews by Tabitha Ormiston-Smith

  • Paradox - Bound By Blood on Oct. 28, 2012

    Bound By Blood – Patti Roberts Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As readers of Ms Roberts’ work will be aware, this is the third book in a series about fallen angels, and a love that transcends space and time. My remarks are primarily about Bound by Blood, but in a more general way can be taken to apply to the series as a whole as published to date, comprising the first three books. CONTENT The story is gripping and well told, and it seems clear that Ms Roberts has carefully planned out the whole series before starting. The world in which the action takes place is convincing and believable, provided that one can accept the idea of fallen angels as vampires. Some readers may find this theologically questionable, but in a work of fantasy fiction these things are perfectly allowable. With all of the vampire fiction that is constantly spawning these days, it was refreshing to find a genuinely original take on the subject. The action moves swiftly and the book is a real page turner. The characters are beautifully drawn and quite believable. I was quite delighted with it, and will certainly look forward with pleasure to the advent of further books in the series. This is in spite of the fact that in general I find vampires appallingly tedious. In the few places where sexual activity is depicted, it is treated with delicacy and restraint. I wish more modern writers would exert such control. FORM Ms Roberts is a seasoned writer and has quite obviously spent many years developing her craft. To me, this book is like a richly embroidered sampler, demonstrating her mastery of many techniques. The voices of the different characters use different language and are most believable. The tone of the writing varies according to the subject matter, and at different times we are treated to low comedy, spine-chilling horror, romance and at times the true Gothic tone. Ms Roberts’ descriptions of scenes are a particular treat, and in my opinion her ability in this area stands with that of Dickens. At different times we see used past tense, present tense, first and third persons, all with equal facility, and, which is even more rare, used appropriately to further the impact of the work. I was glad to see no instances of the egregious second person narrative. I have only one serious criticism to make of this work, and that is that the suspense ending prevents the book from standing alone, as a truly perfect novel must be able to do. Overall, I was delighted with the book, and its preceding books, and I believe that in this writer we have a truly major talent.
  • Paradox - Bound By Blood on Oct. 28, 2012

    Bound By Blood – Patti Roberts Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As readers of Ms Roberts’ work will be aware, this is the third book in a series about fallen angels, and a love that transcends space and time. My remarks are primarily about Bound by Blood, but in a more general way can be taken to apply to the series as a whole as published to date, comprising the first three books. CONTENT The story is gripping and well told, and it seems clear that Ms Roberts has carefully planned out the whole series before starting. The world in which the action takes place is convincing and believable, provided that one can accept the idea of fallen angels as vampires. Some readers may find this theologically questionable, but in a work of fantasy fiction these things are perfectly allowable. With all of the vampire fiction that is constantly spawning these days, it was refreshing to find a genuinely original take on the subject. The action moves swiftly and the book is a real page turner. The characters are beautifully drawn and quite believable. I was quite delighted with it, and will certainly look forward with pleasure to the advent of further books in the series. This is in spite of the fact that in general I find vampires appallingly tedious. In the few places where sexual activity is depicted, it is treated with delicacy and restraint. I wish more modern writers would exert such control. FORM Ms Roberts is a seasoned writer and has quite obviously spent many years developing her craft. To me, this book is like a richly embroidered sampler, demonstrating her mastery of many techniques. The voices of the different characters use different language and are most believable. The tone of the writing varies according to the subject matter, and at different times we are treated to low comedy, spine-chilling horror, romance and at times the true Gothic tone. Ms Roberts’ descriptions of scenes are a particular treat, and in my opinion her ability in this area stands with that of Dickens. At different times we see used past tense, present tense, first and third persons, all with equal facility, and, which is even more rare, used appropriately to further the impact of the work. I was glad to see no instances of the egregious second person narrative. I have only one serious criticism to make of this work, and that is that the suspense ending prevents the book from standing alone, as a truly perfect novel must be able to do. Overall, I was delighted with the book, and its preceding books, and I believe that in this writer we have a truly major talent.
  • Witchwood Estate - Going Home on March 19, 2013

    This short section is a very tantalising look into what promises to be a wonderful book. It has the smoothly competent writing that we've come to expect from Ms Roberts, but the tone of this book is lighter and more humourous than that of the Paradox series. I am very much looking forward to reading the whole book.
  • Witchwood Estate - Going Home on March 19, 2013

    This short section is a very tantalising look into what promises to be a wonderful book. It has the smoothly competent writing that we've come to expect from Ms Roberts, but the tone of this book is lighter and more humourous than that of the Paradox series. I am very much looking forward to reading the whole book.
  • Witchwood Estate - Ferntree Falls (book 2) on April 16, 2013

    Ms Roberts truly never disappoints, and this second instalment of the Witchwood Estate story is certainly no exception. In Ferntree Falls, we are introduced to the scene of the main action, and meet some more of the nastier characters. Roberts is at her best with the bad guys, and you cannot fail to hate Rotten Raymond and Vile Vera. The action moves quickly, but not too fast to give the reader a clear, detailed look at what is happening, and at the lovely, technicolour descriptions for which Ms Roberts is noted. I enjoyed this episode very, very much, and the only thing I don't like about it is that I can't get my hands on the whole thing all at once! I keenly await the next instalment. The Witchwood Estate saga is exciting, it's well-written, but above all, it's fun!
  • Paradox - Equilibrium (book 4) on Dec. 07, 2013

    I enjoyed this book very much. It's fast-paced and full of action. One of the things I particularly enjoy about this author's work is its the visual quality; Roberts is brilliant at descriptive writing, you can see the colours, smell the smells. This series is well designed with a rich background. A less meticulous writer could have written the story without bothering to create in detail the beautiful, civilised Bakhna Rakhna people, the mysterious Atnangkers, and so on - but every corner is filled with exquisite detail in Roberts' work. The other thing I really love about Roberts is her villians. She has a wonderfully light touch with them. You see the depths of evil, but you see it with a smile - there's always a leavening fillip of humour to offset the dark. The only criticism I have of this fourth book is that it stops rather than ending - in my opinion a novel ought to stand alone as a completely self-contained thing. However, readers of today's series will be well accustomed to the series as serial, so I doubt if this will be a problem for most readers.
  • Writing Great Emails is Not Art, 9 Ways to Get There on March 01, 2014

    This handy little guide is bound to find a warm reception with sales and marketing people at all levels. Short and to the point, it's packed with handy tips for the email-swamped worker of today. The focus is on presenting your email in such a way that the recipient will open it first when he looks at his crowded inbox, and then feel warm and appreciated and look forward to further emails frim this sender. There is no waffle; the book, although short, is all content. I think myself that it's a shame this book hasn't been produced in a paperback edition, even though it's small, because it is just the kind of thing that people like to have sitting ready to hand at the back of their desks.
  • The Dog Hunters on April 21, 2014

    A worthy successor to Baron Munchausen, this wonderful story of foregn adventure and derring-do is made even more brilliant by the immaculately realistic portrayal of the hound Gelert. I've always been a bit of an afficionado of dog stories, where the dog is a major character, and all too often they are sanitised into what reads more like a human hero in a dog body. But Gelert is a hound through and through, in all his pissing, farting, carrion-eating, poo-rolling, crotch-sniffing glory. I don't know when I've enjoyed a book so much. As far as I'm concerned, The Dog Hunters is up there alongside White Fang and Kazan the Wolf Dog.
  • Crosswind: Land, Sea, Sky Book 1 on May 22, 2014

    The start of a new series following on from the Pipe Woman Chronicles was naturally an occasion of much rejoicing for me, and the new book does not disappoint at all. Set some years after the conclusion of the Pipe Woman books, Crosswind takes up the story with the forces of darkness mustering against the Gods and their aims for the world. There's a whole new cast of characters, interwoven in tangled and difficult ways, and the old crew are still in evidence in the background. Ms Cantwell is extremely talented, but what to my mind is just as important is that she is also extremely conscientious. There is nothing to mar the reader's enjoyment of these beautifully crafted and meticulously edited books. A ripping good read for any age.
  • Undertow: Land, Sea, Sky Book 2 on June 09, 2014

    I've always had a soft spot for the concept of the Unity of Religion, the notion that all religions are true and that only our human limitations prevent us from seeing it. So this wonderful series, of which Undertow is the fifth book, really strikes a chord for me. Beautifully written and presented, with believable, all-too-human characters and pleasingly slimy corporate villains, the series presents to us a world in which all of the gods have come back to intervene in human affairs - Gaia, Jesus, Thor, Wotan, Diana, the whole shebang. This difficult subject has been tackled with fearless audacity - not many writers would dare to use Jesus Christ as a minor character - and is brought off with aplomb. In this volume, we see the newly improved god-laden world threatened by reactionary terrorists, and given the way America has behaved in recent years it is all too believable. A thoroughly exciting and satisfying read, either as a standalone novel or as an instalment in a truly wonderful series.
  • Lifehack on Aug. 10, 2014

    On first starting Lifehack, I was inclined to feel a little disappointed - yet another zombie apocalypse, yada yada, I thought, despite the traditional science fiction origin of the zombies rather than the more overdone paranormal. But as the story developed I quickly realised that it was far from 'yet another' anything. In a world gone crazy, its very existence threatened by a mad scientist, a traumatised young woman and a toughened combat veteran find the seeds of a great love. The development of the love between Regan and Major Terone builds slowly and comes gracefully to fruition just as they save the world. It's a charming and delicate love story, not marred by salaciousness or by over-sentimentalism, and providing a lovely counterpoint to scenes of violent action worthy of an Arnold Schwarzenegeer film. The characters are well developed, and the different points of view well handled. Picard avoids the trap often seen in science fiction of boring on and on about the technology, and love scenes are handled with grace and restraint. There's a little spice of humour, and all in all Lifehack is a most enjoyable read which will appeal to science fiction afficionados and romance readers alike. The book comes to a satisfying and definitive conclusion, avoiding the sin of the cliffhanger ending that is all too often perpetrated nowadays, but leaving enough doubt that the way is open for a sequel, and in fact I note with pleasant anticipation that two sequelae exist.