A Different Kind of Bookstore

Welcome to Home Grown Books, a unique bookstore created by authors. Home Grown Books is dedicated to showcasing self-published authors. We offer readers a rare opportunity to discover new talent and to read books not found in traditional bookstores. We also provide a venue for authors to get their self-published books into the hands of the public. All the authors and artists are from or have connections to the Ozarks and represent a wide variety of genres.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wold War ll Veteran Honored

World War ll Veteran and Local Author Honored

World War ll veteran, William “Billie” Armstrong was one of a small band of special guests invited to the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll in January to commemorate the 71st anniversary of Operation Flintlock. Bill and the other men were part of the campaign against the Marshal Islands in the Pacific campaign of World War ll.
Bill has authored two books detailing the events and his part in the invasion to free the island of Kwajalein from the Imperial Japanese force. Both books, Survival on a Coral Planet and The First Voyage are his eyewitness accounts to this historical event. A special feature of the books is the great collection of photographs Bill included in retelling the dramatic events of the invasion. Booth books are available at amazon.com.

Home Grown Books is Proud to Announce

Local Author’s Book Soon to be a Movie

A movie producer has optioned the rights to award winning  author and Amazon bestselling book No Paved Road To Freedom by Sharon Rushton. Based on a true story, the book chronicles the story of Cornel Dolana who lives through the communist takeover of Romania after the end of World War II, and Dolana's harrowing escape to freedom.

The producer Michael Cuccolo said, “This book is equally as inspiring as Unbroken and for those of us who take freedom for granted, it is a must read.”  Normally the only way to reach a movie producer is through an agent. Cuccolo came to read No Paved Road To Freedom because of a recommendation from his mother. “For two months my mother kept telling me, “You have to read this book!” When he was visiting her over the holidays, he picked up the book. “I had been going through some difficult times. I read the book in three settings, and it has literally changed my outlook on life. If Mr. Dolana can do what he did, then any of us can achieve our dreams and goals. Truly a life changing read!” 

Cuccolo said that his company has completed their outline and have started writing the script. They are making a few modifications, and he is promoting it as the ultimate “American Dream” story and says, “ It’s like Unbroken meets The Shawshank Redemption." 

No Paved Road To Freedom by Sharon Rushton is available at Amazon.com.

2015 Women's Conference

Treasures of the Heart
April 24-25
Branson Missouri

Make your reservations now for the 2015 Women’s Conference. Harriett Ford, author of If God Wants Me Well, Why am I Sick?,  will appear as one of the guest speakers. Register for this event at: www.TreasuresofTheHeart-Brasnson.com .

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Family Recipes

A Family of Cooks

Authors of Recipes from the Farm, Kathy Brown and Schyrlet Cameron, are sisters. Their love of cooking prompted them to compile their best family recipes into cookbooks to share with others. Join their new blog, Red Rooster Cookbooks, at http://redroostercookbooks.blogspot.com/. They hope you will enjoy the stories, find the tips helpful, and try out some of the recipes you find on the site.  

    The Love of Cooking

Recipes from the Farm is Kathy and Schyrlet's first published cookbook. It is dedicated to their Grandma Flood. It is a great collection of their favorite farm recipes, such as “Fresh Peach Pie” and new discoveries, such as “Cheeseburger Casserole.” (over 450 recipes) Recipes from the Farm and other cookbooks written by the two sisters are are now available at several locations in Missouri: Whitley Pharmacy in Cassville, KeenBean Coffee Roasters in Mt. Vernon, and Sullivan’s Mill at Silver Dollar City in Branson.  

Making Memories with Grandma
     Reminiscing about the good ole days spent with Grandma Flood brings a smile and a warm “fuzzy” feeling. Many fond childhood memories were made on that eighty acre farm near Highlandville, Missouri. A time when water was drawn from a cistern, the garden was tilled with a horse-drawn plow, and fruits and vegetables were stored for winter months in a root cellar.
     Kathy and I especially looked forward to helping Grandma in the kitchen. It was a magical place for two young girls who couldn't wait to help Grandma make a hearty meal. We felt very important whether cracking an egg, punching down dough, or peeling carrots.
     But first things first; we had to get our aprons! We stood holding the strings out to our sides and waited as Grandma cinched them on. Grandma had aprons of every size and type—long ones, medium ones, short ones, ones for everyday wear and ones for Sunday best and company; a complete apron wardrobe! The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath. Since she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses, and they used less material. Not only that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
     Back then, Grandma’s house didn't have electricity or modern heating. Food was cooked with a cast iron wood-burning stove. Over five feet high and almost three and a half feet wide, it was the centerpiece of the kitchen. The stove had an oven, a warming oven, a solid copper water reservoir with a tap, firebox, and a large cook top surface with six lids. We learned to cook on this stove, as did our mother and aunts before us.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Arrival for October

Rick Mapson
Christian Author
Author: Rick Mapson is a father of four and Grandfather of three. Rick has always been a story teller, especially with his kids. At church he was the Children’s Church leader for several years and usually told stories to emphasize the lesson. Over fifteen years ago, he started writing down some of those stories. Both children and parents enjoy the creativity and depth of his stories which are now becoming available to the public. Rick and his wife live on 10 acres in Miller, Missouri with their cats, dogs, and chickens.

Title: Seeing Clearly: A View from Heaven
Genre: Fiction/Christian
Description:  "What happens when you die?" The words burst out of young Matthew's mouth louder than he intended. This is the start of Matthew Peterson's journey. Like all of us he wanted to know the unknowable. Like many of us, he lets life's ride consume him, helping him ignore the truth that someday it will end.

Matthew dies and starts his journey to life as he sojourns to heaven. In heaven nature comes alive to welcome him home. The knots of life unwind as he becomes close friends with a carpenter who helps him on his voyage to understand, to know, and be known. The book is available at amazon.com.

Title: The Coffin Train
Genre: Fiction/Christian
Description: Join Dede Ray as he goes to see his first “Coffin Train”. The Coffin Train was a yearly occurrence in the South African village of Dara Lee. That was ten years ago before the Seven-Year-War. Anyone who could afford it would have an elaborate coffin built to show off their final resting place to the world. That was the tradition. Tomorrow would be a little different. The book is available at amazon.com.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mystery and Intrigue Fest

Mystery and Intrigue Fest
Saturday, October 4
10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Special Guests: Paranormal Science Lab (PSL)
Stop by the Paranormal Science Lab (PSL) booth at the festival. PSL is a paranormal investigation team based out of Joplin, MO. They serve the entire Missouri, southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas areas. Paranormal Science Lab conducts research at a variety of locations, including private residences, commercial buildings and historical sites. They emphasize scientific method, empirical research and data, and analyzing that data in the context of the factual history and events associated with a particular location..
Tickets will be available at the Mystery and Intrigue Fest for the Upcoming PSL Events

October 3 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

October 4 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

October 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

October 17 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm