Horizons Past is a romantic love story between Trish Lowe, a movie star, and Christopher Maven, a reclusive beach poet, that examines the possibility of two people with opposite lifestyles developing a lasting relationship, when all they have in common is a shared goal – to escape who they are. Guilt, “Hollywood,” and a hurricane all collide, keeping the resolution just out of reach until the reclusive poet and movie star learn – letting go of each other is even harder than letting go of the past.

Bill Stephens’ ability to place the reader in each scene is remarkable. Trish’s movie action scenes, and the roaring passages that tell of the hurricane’s destruction, are crisply detailed and lend urgency, and the love story’s realism transcends both Trish’s glamour and Chris’ guilt to make for an unanticipated and satisfying ending that readers will jump up and cheer.


“Horizons Past is a profound novel of transformation. The setting is stunning. A hurricane provides the thundering climax of this brilliant novel of human struggle and redemption.”Florence Weinberg, Ph.D., author of Unrest in Eden

“What follows is a funny, romantic and dramatic story of fame, loss, and reconnection. You can smell it, taste it, and even feel the sand between your toes as you read.”Cindy Leal Massey, author of Helotes, Fire Lilies, and The Texas Ranger and the Naturalist

“Horizons Past by Bill Stephens is a terrific read! I felt as though I were walking along the beach with the sand between my toes. The characters are well drawn, interesting, and believable, and the story that binds them together a page-turner.”Linda Shuler, author of Hidden Shadows

Reader Reviews

Horizons Past is engaging, substantive, true to its characters, dead on in its setting on the Texas Coast, with intertwined plot lines managed with clarity and insight. - WMS

Romance novels are seldom classified as serious literary works but Bill Stephens' Horizons Past is not the usual formulaic example. His plot descriptions and settings pull the reader into the story. - Ferguson


Bill Stephens writes about what he knows, where he’s been, and what he’s experienced — or at least dreamed of. His acquaintances know him as a great cook and successful restaurateur; his friends as a warm, generous and delightfully funny individual. His readers will come to know him as a wonderful storyteller who can make you laugh and cry in the same chapter.

Meet Bill Stephens

In July, 2013, Franklin Scribes Publishers released Horizons Past in trade paperback available in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all other Internet booksellers. Horizons Past is also available in EBook format from Amazon’s Kindle.

His blog, “Read it And Weep,” is continually in the Top Ten Blogs in www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/billstephens

Bill Stephens wrote over 1,000 weekly columns for Harte-Hanks, Murdoch, and Hearst newspapers. His features on wine, food, travel, and outdoor appeared in Wine News, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, Chef, and Field & Stream.

As a food service entrepreneur his business empire grew to include two tablecloth restaurants; three airline in-flight kitchens; three employee-feeding facilities; catering of a dinner train, and he was the third largest off-premise caterer in South Texas. His notable catering clients included Texas governors, presidential candidates, the family of the King of Saudi Arabia, the Prince of Wales, Pope John Paul II, Tom Jones, Neal Diamond, Willie Nelson, and many others

Stephens is a graduate of The University of Texas and studied creative writing at Trinity University, San Antonio. As an avid outdoorsman he has hunted and fished from Alaska to Mexico and has ridden his Harley Davidson Motorcycle coast-to-coast, border-to-border, and more than 12,000 miles in Mexico. He lives in Texas with his wife and her critters. Visit his Facebook Author Page www.facebook.com/authorbillstephens

He soon will release his third novel, Woke Up This Morning, and a collection of short stories.

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