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.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Home Grown Books Expands

MeMe’s Antiques and Tearoom
The Home of REAL Home Cooking
Located in Downtown
Reeds Spring, Missouri

Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM – 3 PM
Sunday 11 AM – 3 PM.

We are pleased to announce Home Grown Books is partnering with MeMe’s Antiques and Tearoom to offer local authors a fourth location in Missouri to display and sell books. The bookstore is also located inside KeenBean Coffee Roasters in Mt. Vernon, Maggie Mae’s Tearoom in Miller, and Denali Dreams Gallery and Coffee Shop in Monett.

Specials change daily at this restaurant-slash-antique shop in Reeds Spring. Make sure you leave room for a little bit of dessert; we hear the coconut cream pie is to die for here. Meme’s is also available for wedding rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, organizational meetings, and after hours parties.

Mt. Vernon, Missouri

Mt. Vernon Business Expo
A Great Success

Vendors and attendees packed the January 28 Mt. Vernon, Missouri Business Expo.

Kathy Brown displayed books and distributed information about Home Grown Books at the Expo.

Author Zona Crabtree displayed books in her Corn Cave Series. The adventure fiction series takes place in the eastern part of the country in the early 1700s. White Dove, a young Indian girl, is rescued from white trappers by Gray Wolf, a boy from another village. When two young braves try to take her back to her people, the three are followed by the trappers. The story follows the lives of Gray Wolf and White Dove as both villages face problems. The series includes Gray Wolf, The Travelers, White Dove, The Return, and Shadow of the Hawk. Zona’s books are avaiblae at Amazon.com.

Mary Boll offered Expo attendees samples of her famous apple cake as they browsed her display. The recipe is just one of many found in her down-home cookbook series that will truly delight! Mary says her cookbooks are for the busy person because the recipes are quick and easy and call for ingredients usually on hand in the kitchen. MeMa's Manna Recipes for the Busy Person, MeMa's Manna 2: Simple Easy Budget Wise Recipes, and MeMa’s Manna 3: Better Than Take Out are available at Amazon.com. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Special Event

BooK Signing
with 6 Local Authors!

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 6...................June Barnhart & Kay Rose
Wednesday, Feb. 8 ...... Ellen Mitchell & Ann Charlotte
Friday, Feb. 10..........Harriett Ford & Susie Macomber

Special Offer from Carol for first 10 new members:
Joining fee will be waived with book purchase!

Offer based on first visit enrollment, minimum 12 mo. c.d./e.f.t. program. Discount applies to initial service fee. Not valid with any other offer. Valid only at the participating location of Mt. Vernon, Missouri. ©2010 Curves International,Inc.

For more info call about this special event!
588 N. Spring Park Blvd.
Mt. Vernon, MO

Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Arrival

Author: Jeffery Goss lives in the Ozarks. He has done extensive research on the Heritage Seed Business.

Book: Break Up you Fallow Ground takes a fascinating look at the Heritage Seed Business.

Break Up you Fallow Ground can be ordered by email at homegrownbookstore@yahoo.com .

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Don't Miss This Opportunity!

The 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award brings together talented writers, reviewers, and publishing experts to find and develop new voices in fiction. The 2012 international contest will award two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance.

Open submissions for manuscripts will begin on January 23, 2012 and run through February 5, 2012. If you're an author with an unpublished or previously self-published novel waiting to be discovered, visit CreateSpace.com   to sign up for regular contest updates.

See the official contest rules, or read details on how to enter visit

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Arrival

Diabetes: One Step at a Time
June Spires Barnhart

Author: A diabetic for forty-nine years, June Spires Barnhart has penned the ultimate reference guide. June has a Missouri Licensed Practical Nursing Degree/I.V. Certification, a Bachelor of Arts from Baptist Christian College, a Master of Arts from Baptist Christian University, and a General Bible Diploma from Liberty Bible Institute.

Book: Diabetes: One Step at a Time is a concise and practical primer for diabetic care with emphasis on cost-effective and faith-based initiatives. It is the culmination of Barnhart’s years of personal experience and careful research, this book has everything a diabetic needs to work with their doctor to control their disease.

Deftly combining medical information with carefully chosen scripture, both the newly diagnosed and those living with the disease will benefit from these easy-to-understand explanations and realistic advice. Diabetes: One Step at a Time is available at amazon.com.

New Arrival

Simple Science Object Talks
Super Fun Science
Heno Head, Jr.

Author: Heno Head, Jr. combines his love for God with his knowledge of science to reach the hearts of kids. Heno lives in the Ozarks and is a retired high school science teacher. He now visits area churches with his God Rules program in which he combines science experiments and bible teaching in ways that captures kids’ attention

Books: Simple Science Object Talks and Super Fun Science presents bible truths in a way kids will never forget! These simple-to-do demonstrations illustrate bible concepts and bible stories in fun, fascinating ways. Common objects from your kitchen craft basket or tool chest will turn lessons into ‘wow’ memories for kids.

Other books authored by Heno Head are God Made Our Bodies, God Made Outer Space, God Made Dinosaurs, Ozark Tales and Trails: A Coloring Book, and Camp Barnabas. For more information about the author’s books or presentations, contact Heno Head at zoocroo@suddenlink.net .


Coffee, Authors, and Santa
Monett, Missouri
Saturday, Dec. 17.

Several authors were on hand to welcome Santa and thirsty visitors to Denali Dreams after the city’s annual Christmas Parade.

Betty Craker Henderson is author Child Support, From Trash to Treasure, and Junkyard Bones.                                

 Cathy White author of Maury the Mouse.

 Ellen M. Mitchell author of  Hospice Stories.

Harriet Ford author of Shadow in the Rain, Frankly Madame, Beware, and If God Wants Well, Why Am I Sick?        

CC Brown author of Dark Side.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Don't Miss This Opportunity!

The NewPages Classifieds

The NewPages Classifieds is a great online resource for writers. It post print and online magazines, newspapers, websites accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews, art, and photography.

Visit NewPages Classifieds for lists of publications and details http://www.newpages.com/classifieds/calls  

Authors Pay to Get Published


When self-publishing, it is very important to find out how the publisher tracks sales and pays royalties.

·         Xlibris
            Website: http://www2.xlibris.com
·         Babybook
            Website: http://www.bookbaby.com/services/book-printing
·         Createspace
            Website: https://www.createspace.com
·         Lulu
            Website: http://www.lulu.com/publish/books
·         Smashwords (Ebook)
            Website: http://www.smashwords.com 

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Publishers Accepting Manuscripts


Kensington Publishers Corp.

High Hill Press
Click on High Hill Press in menu on Home page

Tate Publishing

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Sage Journal: New Writing Contest

The Sage Journal: New Writing Contest: TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS awarded to the best story which completes the unfinished tale beginning on page 85 in the book: KINTA STORY...