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Books by Tabitha Ormiston-SMITH

Books by Tabitha Ormiston-SMITH

About Tabitha Ormiston-Smith 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. Advertisements

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About Tabitha Ormiston-Smith

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.

What really went on back in 1193? Was Richard Lionheart really the hero we think? Was John really that bad? And who was Robin Hood, no really, who was he? Find out the answers to all these questions and more, in this hilariously funny counter-history.
A non-themed, cross-genre collection of short fiction, including fantasy, science fiction and horror as well as general fiction. Once Upon A Dragon is a bit like a box of mixed chocolates. Some are hard centres, some soft, some more soft than others, and the flavours are various. There is no unifying theme, although four of the stories concern a dragon, viewed from different perspectives over time.

PRAISE FOR ONCE UPON A DRAGON:

This certainly is one of the best collections I’ve read. The stories are beautifully crafted and told with masterly skill. The author’s ability to change her narrative voice is exceptional and only adds to her craft.

The stories themselves are unique; each one capturing something unique about our modern life or our expectations of fantasy. One element that flows through them all is the author’s sense of humour. It embellishes and enriches the lives of Sophie, Nigel, Professor Tomlinson and, of course, the dragons, to name a few. It sneaks in with occasional throw-away lines and with the names of minor characters such as Featherstone Minor and Bikky Blenkinsop.

If you are interested in a light and enjoyable bedtime read then this is the collection for you. I highly recommend it.
Susan Day, author of the Astro’s Adventures series

I highly recommend Once Upon a Dragon. This collection of twelve short stories has something for almost everyone: fantasy, science fiction, and horror. And humor, too — I laughed aloud at the end of “Professor Tomlinson’s Last Experiment,” although perhaps that wasn’t the reaction the author was going for. “Perspectives on a Dragon” Parts I and II are nicely-paired point-of-view studies of all those fairy tales in which an unlikely lad rescues a princess from a dragon. Later in the collection, the story continues with “The Last Dragon.” “Lifestyle Choice” takes a turn for the macabre when the heroine doesn’t get the job she covets. And “User Pays” was a creepy, if all-too-plausible, look at what might happen if your average family followed a political proposition to its inevitable conclusion.

In short, the stories in Once Upon a Dragon are well-crafted, and the collection is well-edited. I thoroughly enjoyed them.
Lynne Cantwell, author of the Pipe Woman Chronicles
Are you thinking about writing a book? Have you started the great American novel and haven’t quite finished it? Do you need help getting started? 

How to Write a Book is just what you need. 12 authors have gotten together and put together this book of tips and advice for authors just getting started.

Our chapters include:
Introduction
Reading And Writing
Getting Started On Your Book
The Closet Writer 
Yes, Virginia, Grammar Really Matters 
The Gristle Of It
The Story Arc
Let’s Talk About POV
Character Development – Podcast Transcript
Dialogue: Letting Your Characters Breathe
How To Write A Series
Plotting For The Past – Podcast Transcript 
The Importance Of Being Edited 
The Pros And Cons Of Self-Publishing
The Indie Author
Working With Children To Co-Author Books
Helpful Sites for Writers

Our authors are:
Deborah Carney
Lynne Cantwell
Rachel Cherie
Katie Darden
Karen Garcia
Judy Leslie
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Joseph Picard
John R. Phythyon, Jr.
Tory Richards
Alan Seeger
Diane Ziomek

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. 

Reader’s review: 
If you love Aussie humor, you will love this gem of a book! Lots of laugh out loud moments. You could call it, “My Big Fat Aussie Wedding”. There are a few “F” words, but it wouldn’t be a true Aussie yarn if it didn’t have a few profanities thrown in from time to time. Give it a go – and after you’ve read it, you’ll agree that it has to go straight to the pool room along with all your other little treasures. Patti Roberts – Author of the Paradox Series.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1534776133/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i6
Operation Tomcat: Left almost penniless after divorcing her cheating husband, Tammy moves to the country to reinvent her life. But life in a country town isn’t as simple as it looks…. Operation Camilla: A sleazy solicitor hacks into a dating website in order to boost his failing family law practice. But he doesn’t count on Tom…
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0648551903/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i8
Two strange encounters: THE SECRET SUMMER OF PETER FOTHERINGAY: Left at boarding school over the summer holidays, Peter is expecting a boring Christmas. But what he finds in the attic will change his world forever… NO SUCH THING: Callie Jones and her dad are devastated when the bank threatens to foreclose on their home. But help comes from an unexpected quarter, and Callie learns that actions have consequences, and sometimes the price you pay can be too high…
Everyone, it’s said, has one book inside him, but getting it out can be problematical. Perhaps you can’t English very well, or you work long hours and just don’t have time, or you started writing and then got stuck? Fear not, for help is at hand.
Packed with friendly, no-nonsense advice, Fifty Shades of Grammar will answer all those questions you were too afraid to ask. From sentence structure to punctuation, from setting up your workspace to support your efforts to overcoming the dreaded ‘writer’s block’, from traps and pitfalls to avoid to editing, the problems faced by the novice writer are clearly addressed – and with LOLCATS!
With this book at your side, the only variables will be your talent and your commitment.
Detective Senior Constable Ben Jackson is handsome, kind, hard-working and diligent. He’s also as thick as two planks.
Tammy Norman is clever as all get-out. She’s also sillier than a wet hen.
And then there is Tom.
Tom is a cat.
The complete Fiona MacDougall series.
Dance of Chaos: 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.
Can she succeed in her challenging new job?
Can she save her little brother from the consequences of his evil deeds?
Will Moses do something embarrassing to the vicar’s leg again?
Gift of Continence: 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.
Where The Heart Is: Broke and unemployed, Fiona moves to the country. But what she finds there will change her life.

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