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, 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

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Arrival for August

Jan Moon

 Author:  Jan was born and raised in upstate New York. She has lived in Hawaii, Louisiana, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Nevada. She has a degree in English and has spent four decades working as a nurse. Now retired and living in lives in southwest Missouri, she stays busy with church, gardening, writing, and her two dogs and two cats.

Title: The Fall of the Year Paperback
Genre: Historical Romance/ Fantasy
Book: Two men, closer than brothers, yet worlds apart. One seeks revenge, the other peace. A young widow, forced to confront her humanity, her courage and her passion. Will her love be strong enough to make a difference? In the year 2000, widow and photographer Teresa Riley slips at the top of a waterfall and plunges into the eighteenth century. She is rescued by an ancient woman, Naomi, and her two companions, Matthew Gunn and Joseph Brant, taken to a Mohawk Indian village and forced to take up residency. Swept up in an adventure beyond her wildest dreams, she forges a tentative friendship with her three rescuers. But when she discovers a deadly conspiracy, she must place all her trust in them to help her change the course of history. This book is available at amazon.com.

Title:  Mark’s Remarkable Summer
Genre: Christian Inspirational
Book: Summer school, summer jobs, girls, good friends. Sounds pretty normal for a kid in a small town in north central Missouri. All 17-year-old Mark Stone wants is to get a passing grade in his Shakespeare class, score some time with Deborah, and have fun with his best friends, Carl and Herb. But he has begun hearing voices, seeing people who aren’t there, sensing something isn’t quite right. Is it his imagination? Is it the pot he’s been smoking just to be sociable? Or is it something more? Why isn’t his friend Hilda as disturbed as he is? And why can’t he get the lovely Deborah to just look at him? Now Herb seems to be out of control with drugs, Deborah seems to have a new love, and Mark hasn’t the first clue how to fix any of it. Hilda is a good listener but she’s old. What does she know about any of this? And now she wants him to read the Bible. What’s up with that? Hilda Barbour has watched a generation of kids in Hemlock, Missouri, grow up, go off to college or the military, or simply stay right here. Mark has always been special. He reminds her of her brother, killed during World War II, but he also brings out her maternal instinct, childless as she is. Now she, too, is concerned about some of the phenomena occurring around Hemlock, though her Christian convictions sustain her and she knows the Lord is in control. But how to impart this to Mark? There’s more at work here than just the world and the flesh, and she must call upon every ounce of faith she possesses, as things spin out of control, and two lives-and two souls-literally hang in the balance. This book is available at amazon.com. This book is available at amazon.com.



Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fiction Writers’ Conference

Ozarks Romance Authors Annual Conference
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Workshops – Pitch Sessions – Speakers – Headshots – Networking – Fun
You are invited to Ozarks Romance Authors’ Annual Fiction Writers’ Conference! This event is not just for romance writers. The fundamentals of good writing are universal, and you will learn vital information about the publishing industry, no matter the genre you write. Stay tuned for more details as plans are confirmed.

For more information or to register for the conference visit Ozark Romance Authors official website: http://ozarks-romance-authors.com/conference-2014/oracon-2014/ .

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mystery and Intrigue Fest

Mystery and Intrigue Fest

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Mystery and Intrigue Fest will take place in Mt. Vernon, Missouri. The event is hosted by the Mt. Vernon Regional Arts Council. All Celebrities, guests and events have been exclusively planned and organized for your entertainment by Home Grown Books. The event will also include vendor and author artist displays. In addition, the festival will host a special after dark investigative Ghost Tour of a local landmark. (Admission: Free) For more information call 417-452-3507or visit the website or visit our website at http://mysteryandintriguefest.wordpress.com.

Special Guest Appearnce by Chris and Roseann Cupit
Their story, Deliver us from Evil-The Chris & Roseann Cupit Story, will be featured on a fall episode of the TV program A Haunting on Destination America.
Presentation: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Admission: Free