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.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


New Forums Press Seeking Submissions

New Forums Press is looking for regional book-length fiction devoted Oklahoma and surrounding states. The fiction line is focused on region, and they are looking for manuscripts that depict life in Oklahoma and its neighboring states. While this depiction may include historical fiction, they are also interested in characters and storylines that portray the region’s current lifestyle and circumstances, such as economy, technology, and societal shifts. They are looking for literary characters with whom readers can identify, and share the experiences of what it’s like to live and/or work in this region during a specific time.

Submission Guidelines
Submit work to P.O. Box 876, Stillwater, OK 74076. All submissions must be accompanied by an SASE and a cover letter. E-mail submissions are also accepted. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately through e-mail or phone if your work should be accepted elsewhere.

All submissions must be 12 font size, Arial or Times New Roman, 1.5 or double spaced, with the author’s name and word count specified on each page. We encourage authors to polish their work before submitting, as work that has many errors will be returned and asked to be edited before re-submission.

Email New Forums Press at fiction@newforums.com

Lead the Way

IWA Wants You!

You can help change the way the publishing industry views Independent writers. A new organization is starting for indie authors.  If you're like me, you're probably wondering who fits that description. Indie authors are writers who are published through a small press or are self-published. Small presses are considered any publisher besides the "Big 6."  

This organization is brand new and looking for charter members, board members, reviewers, and just plain good leaders.  This is our chance to get involved and form this organization into something that works for us in this publishing industry that is currently reinventing itself.  

Join the Independent Writer's Association's Facebook page to get in on this movement.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Springfield News Leader-Springfield, Mo

Fiction Series Brings History of Bennett Spring to Life
Springfield News Leader -Springfield, Mo.
Reporter: Linda Leicht

Author Laura Valenti was featured in the September 2 issue of the Springfield News- Leader. Her first book Heart of the Spring deals with the controversy over turning Brice into a state park. Her second book Heart of the Spring Lives On tells the story of one Ozarks family's struggle to survive. To find out more about Laura and her books visit www.BetweentheStarandtheCross.com .

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Arrival

Ronald Powell Joins Home Grown Books

Book: South Through Bare Foot Pass is a collection of short stories of facts, fiction, and folktales of a journey across the Ozarks and beyond, remnants of bygone days in this great country and its people.

Author: I was born on a cold, windswept morning, October 21, 1935. I shared my birth with my twin brother, Donnie. We were a fragile pair, weighing at approximately 2 lbs 5 ounces each. Born at seven months and not expected to live through the day. If not for the warmth of a wood burning stove and the infinite kindness and wisdom of a neighbor woman, we would surely have perished. The old homestead farm lay along the south bank of the Dousinberry Creek, three miles south of Long Lane, Missouri. This beautiful part of the Ozarks became my playground. Early in life I developed a deep appreciation for the land, its people and the rich heritage that has led me many times into the past. I retired 18 years ago from the Missouri Department of Conservation. I am now a woodcarver, an artist in oil paintings, and writer.

Other books by Ronnie Powell include Tiddleson, Son of Tiddle, A Strange in London Smoke, and Life along the Dousinberry. To learn more about Ronald Powell and his books visit his blog at  http://souththroughbarefootpass.blogspot.com    


St. Louis Welcomes CC Brown

Dark Side, a paranormal thrilled by CC Brown, was featured at Crestwood Barnes and Noble Bookstore in St. Louis August 27. CC Brown was on hand to talk with fans and personalize copies of their book. (CC Brown is the pseudonym adopted by the three authors Schyrlet Cameron, Carolyn Craig, and Kathy Brown.) Dark Side is available as a hardback, paperback or ebook at amozon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and  smashwords.com. 

Children's Book to Appear on Arkansas State Library Poster


Homeless Willie by Derlyne and Lanny Gibson is one of the books chosen to appear on the Arkansas State Library Poster.  

Homeless Willy is a modern magical tale about a homeless dog with a sense of humor. When he plays an amusing joke on the people of Mt. Judy, everyone is surprised with the outcome, especially Willy! Language rated for grade level 3 and up. Homless Willie is available at amazon.com.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Writers of Educational Resource Books

Ooey Gooey Science Workshop
Saturday, August, 25
Crestwood, Missouri 
Barnes and Noble Bookstore

Schyrlet Cameron and Carolyn Craig demonstrated the effectiveness of using 10-minute teacher directed vocabulary games and hands-on activites to St. Louis middle school teachers. The workshop was based on the author’s latest education resource books Science Vocabulary Building, Confusing Science Terms, and Scientific Method Investigation. These books and others authored by Cameron and Craig can be found at http://www.marktwainmediamath.com/