Spring Horton is a novelist and script writer who sometimes dabbles in poetry. She has recently finished an MA in theatre directing as well and hopes to branch out in that field. She has published two novels, a play and two books of poetry and is about to publish the first novel of a new series. It is From The Embers, Book One of the Ancient Order. This book was written in a new style by creating original characters and roleplaying them with other writers online. There are currently two other authors involved in this first book and she hopes to have many more for the second.
When she isn't writing, Spring enjoys travelling, baking, art, theatre and films and the outdoors.
Where to find Spring Horton online
VideosYou Can't Be Serious
This is the first episode of a "radio" show that the Lickety Split Production Company produces. This is just one of the many projects besides book publishing that we hope to get involved in.You Can't Be Serious Episode 2
The reporters of LGBTQAP411 continue their zany antics! Prepare for Loo's secret, Quentin's break with reality and interviews!
Sky Pirate: Safe Harbor
Finnegan O'Riordan isn't your usual pirate airship captain. In a world of burly, salty sea dogs, he's a small, nicely dressed gentleman. And it's no secret amongst the other pirates that he wasn't always a man.
After The Dawn : The Reunion
The Reunion is the sequel to the first book in The Ancient Order Series, From The Embers. Picking up where we left off; Dorian Thorne goes on the hunt for his sister, Victoria. From her, we learn more about the past her brother has forgotten; a past he will wish stayed buried. But they are not the only members of the Order in Copenhagen. Why are they there and what are they planning now?
How Lucifer Lost His Wings & Other Stories of The Ancient Order
This is an accompaniment to the first book of The Ancient Order Series, From The Embers. Five stories, told from the perspectives of each of the series' characters; stretching from the mysterious stronghold of the Order to the End of Days; from 400 c.e. to the year 2070. Each story has its own unique flavor and tale to tell.
From The Embers
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Follow the lives of two immortals, Dorian Thorne and Mathias Sorensen, from their early years, to the apocalypse and beyond. These two men first cross paths in Victorian London, an encounter which does not leave them on friendly terms. They are fated to meet again though, in the present, the year 2095.
The Long Dark
In 1960's Yorkshire, teacher Edward Niven is bored, tired and completely unsatisfied with his life. He has a secret, one he has kept even from himself. When a new teacher, Grey Davis, moves to town from London, he changes everything. His teaching methods are unorthodox and he makes Edward feel things he's never felt before.
Rights of Passage
(4.00 from 1 review)
Right of Passage is an experiment in traditional poetic forms. Whether you like Victorian Ballads, French Triolets or even free verse, there is a little bit of something for everyone. Each poem is a heart felt creation of the author's soul, hitting amazing highs and woeful lows, bringing the reader along on a ride of poetic discovery.
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Smashwords book reviews by Spring Horton
- Paul & Sam
on Dec. 22, 2013
I think romance writers could learn a lot from Justin South. So many romances are written in such a formulaic way. There are two people who don't like each other, but are secretly in love; then the author spends half the book coming up with reasons to keep them apart and then, when they do get together, something has to break them up. It's very frustrating to read. Paul & Sam was not that kind of book at all. It is a story of two people who fell in love, simply and beautiful. And not only did they fall in love, it turns out they'd loved each other from afar for years before hand.
Some people may find the love story too simple or unrealistic, but to me, Justin South has written the story of the love we'd all like to find; especially for those of us whose sexuality, gender, etc. means that finding any love at all, much less one so perfect, may never happen. He proves that books, especially romances, can be easy and enjoyable to read. There don't have to be complications. He added plenty of that in the mystery to be solved. The story is not all wine and roses, covering murder, rape and the homophobia that still exists within the general community. I also love that this was written from an Aussie point of view including the language, giving insights into what it's like to be gay there.
I can't wait to read more of his writing. Each page was joy even when the issues were tough because I knew that the characters would be there to help each other through it.
- Maledictus Aether
on Jan. 07, 2014
First, I have to say that there is nothing I don't love about this book. As a fellow writer I will point out a couple of obligatory things to get them out of the way. It took a few pages (just a few!) to really get into the swing of things. It felt almost as if the author was getting his bearings, but once he did, it turned into an amazing book. The comma use could have been toned down a bit and sentences split up more. This was a very minor distraction, though, that I am guilty of myself.
Now, to the good stuff, which was everything about the book really. It was a very well thought out steampunk novel; true to the genre without being confusing for someone who isn't use to it. There was adventure, mystery and a good deal of surprise. The main character Kennedy, with his brass prosthetic parts, was unique and easy to identify with. The mechanicals, especially those of the ships and Skylands, were brilliantly created and well described. I loved the idea of self-sustaining ships. There was great attention to detail; for instance, the soreness of Kennedy's skin where the prosthetics were connected. These details were written into the story in a way though that they did not become tedious.
The only thing that confused me was that I found this book when I was searching through gay fiction. For a long time I wondered why it was listed there. But then...then I realized why and it became one of my favorite things about this novel. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that the way it was written into this book; slowly and naturally, was just wonderful. I can't wait for the next book in this series to come out and I'm really hoping that there is even more of this aspect in the next one. I have no idea where this story might go. The possibilities are endless and I love that.