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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Nigel's Holiday
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,870. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Bestselling romance writer Nigel Hawthorne, brought low by writer's block, seeks inspiration in a walking tour of Romania, and finds more than he bargained for.
Professor Tomlinson's Last Experiment
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,010. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,900. Language: Australian English. Published: May 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
(5.00)
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,790. Language: Australian English. Published: May 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.00)
Sophie was sweet and kind - until the day someone messed with her.
Excuse of the Day
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,700. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00)
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
Price: Free! Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political, Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00)
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,470. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
(4.57)
Learn while you laugh, laugh while you learn, with this short guide to the most egregious errors commonly made in English.
The Last Dragon
Price: Free! Words: 2,650. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.33)
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,130. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(5.00)
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.
  • The Dog Hunters partly Illustrated. The Adventures of Llewelyn and Gelert part 1 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.
  • Dragon Sword on Oct. 08, 2014

    I found Dragon Sword immensely entertaining. It's a fast-paced, action-packed urban fantasy with a smart-arsed young heroine. Unlike most books I have read in this genre, though, it doesn't fall into the trap of taking itself too seriously, so a leaven of humour lifts the tone throughout, like yeast bubbling in warm bread. And the dragons! Ah, the dragons. Who doesn't love dragons, and good, noble dragons are even better. This book is evidently the second in a series, and another common fantasy series mistake Cogan has deftly avoided is banging on about forerunners. There's enough backstory that one isn't left floundering, and one is aware that there's a book before this one, but the point is not laboured and one has all the information one needs. As far as form goes, the work has been edited to a high standard, and I was delighted to see this, for it is a common failing with indie writers that quality issues are neglected. Chapter heading quotes from the Tao Te Ching provided a delightful counterpoint to the book.
  • As You Wish on Oct. 09, 2014

    A beautiful tale of three second-chance loves, this book twines about like a vine, bearing fruit at the end with two lonely people finding love and a lost faith regained. On the way, the vine offers various flowers of wisdom as Daniel faces the many obstacles he has placed between himself and his God. The book opens with a delightful air of mystery as two strangers meet in a park at dead of night. Neither knows who the other is, and neither is completely honest with the other. The intensity of dark mystery that is conveyed is almost Gothic. The central question of the book is undoubtedly the male protagonist's faith journey, but it is twined so completely with the love story that the two quests merge into a harmonious whole. Very nice writing, and a well thought-out plot from a writer who obviously is blessed with a deep and informed faith. The beautiful treatment of the age-old problem of evil on its own makes the book worth reading. This book will appeal to anyone who is, or wishes he were, close to God. The specific faith setting is Christian, but I am sure there is plenty here for those of other religions too.
  • Dogs in Space! - Illustrated on Jan. 21, 2015

    I don't get many children's books to review, so Dogs In Space was rather a treat. It's silly in the way that books for small children are, but it is the magnificent silliness that one finds in the best children's books. The earnest, bumbling dogs are very dog-like, and the wonderful arch-villain, Speed Bump Charlie, is beautifully wicked. Such a very catlike cat. This faithfulness to the animals' essential natures gives the book a level of realism that I found pleasing, despite the traditional elements of children's book that have paws functioning as hands, things being removed from pockets, and so on. The book is well paced and the action is kept up and does not flag at all; there's an evenness to it that is very pleasing. It would work well if read to a child in a number of sessions. I note with approbation that Dogs In Space is the latest volume in a fairly extensive series, and feel sure that future generations of adults will look fondly back on the Astro's Adventures books as a childhood classic.
  • Spooky & Kooky Tales on Jan. 27, 2015

    I absolutely loved this book. Sarett is a highly gifted writer, and she sparkles in this collection of short fiction. Some of the stories are creepy, some sad, and some funny, but in each and every one of them, the reader is firmly grasped by the scruff of the neck and taken where he least expected to go. A particular strength of Sarett's is humour, and the last two stories particularly showcase this, and were my personal favourites. The utterly charming Losing Mr Franklin is the nearest I've ever seen this writer come to a love story, and was executed with dash and great style. The final story, The Rabbi's Lesson, is also hilariously funny, and in particular shows the sharp observation that is the hallmark of the real writer. Of the darker stories, Happy Halloween was, I felt, one of the most horrifying stories I have ever read. I was very nearly in tears reading it. It is a striking demonstration of what I've always maintained, that you do not need a big hairy monster, or indeed anything unnatural, to show pure evil. I'll remember that story for a long time. Particularly pleasing to me is the way that Sarett never overdoes her endings; there's a tendency nowadays to feel that every loose end must be knotted off, every question answered, and nothing left to the reader at all. This most important discipline of a good writer, knowing when to stop, is something at which she excels. It makes the difference between a truly fine story and one that would have been merely good. The whole collection is impeccably written, and like Saki's stories, this book is one to keep, treasure and revisit.
  • Strange Courtships: Nine Romantic Stories on Jan. 30, 2015

    Devotees of the Barbara Cartland school of romance will not enjoy this book. There's nothing sloppy, nothing trite or hackneyed in this sparkling collection of stories. As always, Sarett's work is informed and enlivened by her acutely penetrating observation, and her immunity to pretension of every kind. From the sweet, strange String Theory, to the achingly sad A Strange Courtship, to my personal favourite, Victor's Proposal, and at all points in between, Strange Courtships takes us on a tour of some of the less-travelled possibilities of love. It's a good illustration of what I sometimes think is the difference between a Real Writer and a mere producer of paperback fodder - that ability to see something different even in the most ordinary of situations. I often see people in writers' groups remarking that some subject (love, zombie apocalypses, vampires, murder etc) has been 'done to death', and that there is no new thing under the sun. This book is an answer to, and a complete rebuttal of, that view. It serves as a reminder to us all that there is always something rich and strange, if we have but the talent to write it. These stories deserve from me the ultimate accolade: that I wish I had written them myself.
  • Understanding Your Dog. on Feb. 09, 2015

    This short and charming book give us a run-down on what dogs are all about, from a dog's viewpoint. It's well written and nicely illustrated, and, best of all, within the humour are buried many very true and important facts that all dog guardians should know.
  • Astro is Down in the Dumps on Feb. 25, 2015

    Susan Day's Astro books are all charming, but this one is something special. Designed to educate young children in defensive strategies against depression, the book follows a day in the life of Astro, a dog who has become depressed. Astro's dog friends arrive to visit him, and each one describes a technique that can be used to overcome or prevent depression. The theory behind Astro's friends' suggestions is all very sound, and the verse format, as well as being quite delightful, will go a long way to ensure the lessons learned remain in a child's memory. The technique of 'teaching verses' is a very old one, and it's old because it is effective. The illustrations are plentiful, suitable to the text and well done, and there is just nothing to criticise about the work, particularly when one reaches the end and finds an activity sheet that can be used by each child to reinforce what has been learned, personalise it to his own situation and create a ready-made action plan for himself to use should he ever fall prey to depression. This is a truly wonderful resource for any parent. A gift that can help to make your child proof against one of the most frightening threats of modern life. In the back matter, I learned that proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to fund a project to provide copies to every school and library in Australia. I hope the project succeeds, because it is a truly valuable book and should be disseminated as widely as possible.
  • Scorched Earth: Land, Sea, Sky Book 3 on March 04, 2015

    This book concludes the Land, Sea, Sky trilogy and the series of which it formed the second part. I must confess to a little sadness that the adventure is over, but once you've got the devil in chains I don't suppose there's a lot of scope for a better antagonist. Once again the recap is well handled with all necessary information provided to the reader new to the series in an extensive prologue. As I've read all of the books I couldn't really be sure, but it seemed to me that the book stood well on its own, as a novel ought to do. The various gods are handled with deftness and humour, and a lightness of touch that I found delightful, but without disrespect; there is nothing in Scorched Earth to offend devotees of any religion, unless they were absolutely determined to be offended. Once again, Cantwell's dedication to polish has produced a book that is a delight, with nothing to spoil the reader's enjoyment. A very satisfying conclusion to a wonderful series.
  • Fat Chance on March 10, 2015

    The revenge of a betrayed spouse is a terrible thing, and in Fat Chance it is more terrible than most. What made this book really special to me is that, while most 'revenge' books deal with evil revenge, fantasies such as hiding prawns in the curtain pelmets and sugar in the petrol tank, Spencer's hero brings about his revenge by using the qualities that made him a first class husband - his skill in the kitchen, his skill at home repairs, his kindness, generosity and friendliness. They are the skills of a good man rather than the fantasies of an evil one, and the punishment of his erring wife is effective, complete and dreadful, even including remediation of the other marriages she has damaged with her infidelity, although a twist at the end leaves the reader wondering if he is not about to be taken down with the sinking ship. The narrative style is rather flat, but this works well with the first-person voice of the betrayed man - he's a plain-spoken man, not over-educated but thoughtful, and his voice comes through clearly and authentically, making the book work in a way that otherwise it might not have.
  • Lane 1 Closure on March 18, 2015

    In the Dickensian tradition of the Christmas story, Lane One Closure approaches Santa from a very different point of view, as we have come to expect from Mr Spencer. It's difficult to be really original with a Christmas story, but Spencer has done it. I did feel the story could have used a little more polish, but it's a fun, upbeat read.
  • Who Shot Father Christmas? on March 20, 2015

    Those readers familiar with Mr Spencer's work will know that what you expect is hardly ever what you will get. In this novella, another Christmas story is promised, and of course delivered, but you'll be amazed at what else you get. Lest I spoil a reader's surprise enjoyment, I shan't say more about the plot other than that in true Spencer style it juxtaposes elements that no one has ever put together before. The writing is a little rough and the book could do with a good polish, but the plot is so wildly original and the situation so very entertaining that one forgives this. Nevertheless, the manuscript could, I felt, have done with a bit more work. In particular, there are far too many long explanations, which should have been integrated into the narrative.
  • Know-Nothing Nigel on March 27, 2015

    I just loved everything about this story! It's fun, heart-warming and has a happy ending after a horrible concatentation of coincidence and accident.
  • Kiss a Girl in the Rain on May 06, 2015

    A fine piece of work indeed, Kiss a Girl in the Rain is so much more than yet another love story. It's about taking chances, about leaving the comfort zone, about reaching out to life. The characters are well drawn and believable, something that is always a deal breaker for me, and the story moves along at a good pace. I could have done without the insertion of scenes of graphic sex, which I felt added little if anything to the story, but there were only a couple of these and I am aware that the majority of Warren's readers are unlikely to share my views. As noted above, the story is a good one, addressing real issues in a way that engages the reader from the first page to the beautifully satisfying conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have added Ms Warren to the small category of romance novelists I actually like to read, alongside Nora Roberts.