Denzel’s list of novels includes the Mitt Stone series of five: Horse Thief; Last Race Sunday; Big Cypress; Concho; and Phantom Herd. This year Denzel dared to try something different. He wrote A modern day adventure/mystery, which he entitled LITTLE STONE MOUNTAIN. Like the Mitt Stone series, its roots are in the original novel, “The Horse Thief and the Lady.” A scene in “Horse Thief” has Mitt Stone dropping off two thousand dollars in gold coins at the family ranch out of Uvalde TX. The family is to hide the money to protect them from the hardships to come during the Civil War. Nothing else is said about the gold for 153 years. And now, the last surviving possible heir to the fortune learns that the coins may still be there, thirty miles from his home.Denzel will talk about his new novel but also bring us up to date on his experiences on the road selling his novels .

Denzel Holmes retired from Federal Civilian Service in Temple twenty years ago and went to work on his dream of writing. His rural background from tiny Sheffield, Texas, near the Pecos River naturally led him into a love of Western fiction.The first novel he drafted was eventually published as “The Horse Thief and the Lady.” It became the flagship novel for five more books, which he calls his “Mitt Stone Series.” He was inspired to write “Horse Thief” based on tales handed down to him by his father who was raised by Denzel’s great grandfather, Mitt Holmes. The name “Mitt Stone” was used to appeal to publishers who didn’t want to publish a book of “family memoires.”Before “Horse Thief” found a home, Denzel met up with a man who wanted to co-author a novel about the German immigration to Texas in the mid-1800’s. As a result, their joint effort, TEXAS VICTORY, was published before “The Horse Thief and the Lady,” but was written later.

If you or someone you know is a local published author and would like to be a guest speaker at the guild, please contact Shirley Mobley at 254-231-1843 with your referral..


  • Occurred Monday, July 3rd, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Lena Armstrong Public Library

301 E First Ave
Belton, TX 76513


Shirley Mobley

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