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, May 31, 2012

New Arrival for June

A Love Story: How God Pursued Me and Found Me
Samantha Ryan Chandler 

Author: Those who grow up with the knowledge of God’s love know that He is there to guide them in their life. Even in bad times, they know that God will help them see things through and come out better when the trials have ended. But what about those who have not been raised with God in their lives?

Samantha Ryan Chandler knows about living without God. Or at least she thought. In A Love Story: How God Pursued Me and Found Me, she tells her story of love, hatred, abuse, forgiveness, betrayal, greed, enlightenment, and fear. Born to a pagan mother and a former altar boy living in a land of denial, she recounts how God was involved in her life even before she knew who He was. She shares the story of her trip to the Holy Land and how her prayers at the Wailing Wall were interrupted because of a hamburger. Yes, despite her tribulations, her life has had its funny moments as well.

Note: Samantha is co-found of the children’s ministry Childspring International. The organization brings children with severe deformities or life threatening illnesses to the United States for donated surgeries and medical care.  

Title: A Love Story: How God Pursued Me and Found Me
Genre: True Life/Inspirational
Book: The tale of Samantha Ryan Chandler's life is evocatively portrayed in her book: A Love Story, How God Pursued Me and Found Me. It tells of a life that is as disturbing and unsettling as it is uplifting and, in the end, gratifying. How "A girl from Nowhere, Louisiana" finds her way from such humble beginnings to live and walk amongst presidents and the supremely rich, only to find her trust and faith betrayed by those that she loved and trusted the most. She would be tested to the point where she began to doubt her own sanity and, at the moment of her greatest desperation and doubt, she was found by God and brought back from the brink of hopeless despair. Blessed with an almost unquenchable optimism and a unique sense of humor, she relates the story of a life that will speak to those who have encountered abuse, unfairness and anguish. Her love for her children and her faith in God carried her through a crucible of fire and in the end, made her a better, stronger person, ready to carry on with a life that is again filled with love, joy and laughter. A Love Story, How God Pursued Me and Found Me will both inspire you and touch your heart. A Love Story, How God Pursued Me and Found Me is available at Amazon.com. 

New Arrival for June

Kory’s Jungle
Ann M. Jayne  

Author: Ann M. Jayne first children’s chapter book, Kory’s Jungle, was published and released in November, 2010.  Jayne received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Photographic Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma. She lives in Edmond with her husband, David, and two sons, Ian and Justin, and their two dogs.  Jayne teaches yoga, is a substitute teacher at Oklahoma Christian Academy, and is involved in various activities with OCA and the Edmond Church of Christ.  In her spare time, Jayne enjoys writing, photography, traveling and riding her horse. 

Title: Kory’s Jungle
Genre: Children/Young Adult
Book: Ian tries his best to be strong for the family, but he doesn't want to leave his old house or his old room. Most of all he doesn't want to leave his friends. He's most scared about starting third grade. In an effort to make the transition easier, Ian's parents let him pick how he wants his room decorated. After some deliberation, he decides upon a jungle theme so his stuffed animals will have a place to live, especially Kory. His mom transforms his new room into a very special jungle! Little does she know how special it will be... When the time comes to go to school, he reluctantly concedes, only to be met head-on by the class bully, Doug. Find out how Ian learns to deal with Doug, the class bully, by escaping to his secret jungle! Will Ian unlock all the secrets of strength in Kory's Jungle? Kory’s Jungle is available at Amazon.com.

New Arrival for June

Deadly Sins Series
Nicci Sefton  

Author: In 2008, Nicci won her first national writing contest by describing her wow first kiss with boyfriend. Since then she hasn't looked back.  A 2008 graduate of Tulsa Union Public Schools, Sefton now has three novels under her belt: Luxuria,  Invidia, and Superbia. These are coming of age tales written in the vampire genre. Sefton connected with her publisher, Total Publishing and Media, through a booth at the Tulsa State Fair several years ago.

Title: Deadly Sins Series: Luxuria, Invidia, Superbia
Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Mystery
Book: Vampires and mortals, love and lust; these things usually don't make good combinations. They all come together to make one enthralling and captivating story. Tulsa author Nicci Sefton creates a world between the living and the undead from which a love story unravels. Each of the books in the Deadly Sins Series is available at Amazon.com.

New Arrival for June

God’s Acres
David Gerard  

 Author: David Gerard was born David Gerard Jurkiewicz in 1952 in St. Joseph, Missouri. He attended parochial schools there and, as a youth, worked in his father's shoe repair business. He earned a Master's degree in literature from the University of Tulsa in 1992. He has worked for the Muskogee Phoenix in Muskogee, Oklahoma, since 1995 where he spent ten years as a reporter and copy editor and the last five years as opinion editor. He is a freelance writer, has written one other novel, Judge Not, and has published short stories in literary magazines. Gerard and his wife Audrey have three adult children. He enjoys gardening, hiking, bicycling, and bird watching.   

Title: God’s Acres
Genre: Inspirational
Book: In God's Acres, six-year-old Bud tells the story, set in the 1950s, of his family's relocation from St. Joseph, Missouri to a small farm just outside of town. The twelve-acre homestead represents the idyllic life for Bud's mother, the story's central figure—a woman driven by unwavering religious beliefs and a rigid work ethic—but it turns out to be the source of much heartache. With an endearing earnestness and bits of laugh-out-loud humor, Bud intertwines signal developments in the lives of his family members with key world events—all of which seem to be of equal importance from his perspective as a child. At the start of each chapter, an adult Bud speaks from the present, closing the circle on a complex tale of family relationships. God’s Acres is available at Amazon.com.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Author's Travel Special

The Tribesman Resort
416 Cave Lane Branson, Missouri

Author’s Travel Rate
20% Accommodation Discount
(Excludes Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day and Thanksgiving)
No other discounts apply.
On Table Rock Lake
Mention “Author Program”

The Tribesman Resort is a Branson resort located near Branson, Missouri by Silver Dollar City and onTable Rock Lake with 2 private marinas featuring boat and slip rentals. We have1-6 bedroom apartments and cottages with up to 6 baths.

With 5 Pools ( 4 outdoor and 1 indoor/heated), 3 Outdoor Hot Tubs , 2 marinas, sun and swim deck on the lake, boat rentals, nature trails, free Wi-Fi hotspots , free Kids and Family activities and picnics, game room, and toddler toy room, and more, there's plenty to do.

Great Success

Women’s Night Out
206 West 4th Street, Miller, Missouri

Mashtini, the first in a series of Women’s Nights Out, was hosted by Marsha Hill, owner of Maggie Mae’s Tearoom. A winning combination of friends, great food, and fun was a big hit with the ladies.

Amber Kilby enjoyed the mashtini bar.

Author Sharon Fieker Cummins spoke about her new book I Choose This Day: Mournings and Miracles of Adoption.

Kathy Brown (left) enjoyed Harriette Ford's (right), book talk about her suspense/mystery novel Frankly Madame.

The pink dessert bar was a big draw for Kathy Delay.

Representatives Tasha Brammell and Katy O’Neal displayed Pampered Chef’s new product line.

Mary Kay Consultant Karen Schmedeke offered hints for summer skin care.

New Arrival for May

Generations of Chains
Kristen Hawkins

Author/Artist: Kristen Hawkins is a writer and artist. Her work is inspired by the world around her. She feels the colors, textures, and care that is given to all things, living or otherwise, is truly a miracle.  She writes and paints because she feels compelled to share what she has been given by God. Kristen believes God has given every one of us wonderful gifts that are meant to be shared. She encourages others to share their gifts. Kristen Hawkins Lives in the Ozarks with her family.

Title: Generations of Chains
Genre: Inspirational
Book: Dorothy Stein was a middle aged woman who was unsettled and looking for answers in her childhood haven. She found them in the most unexpected ways after an encounter with a supernatural stranger. Follow her through her journey of the discovery of herself and God.

Generations of Chains is available on Kindle/Amazon and the paper back version is available by contacting Kristen at khawk_pnp@hotmail.com.

New Arival for May

Love Has a Double Edge
Barry Powell

Author: Barry was born in England. He married an American lady and then move to American. He has spent most of his working life as a golf professional. Barry now lives in the Ozarks.

Title: Love Has a Double Edge
Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Mystery
Book: Love Has A Double Edge is a story of passion, intrigue and espionage. It is the author's hope that as you read the book you will discover some of the meanings of love, but not all because love has to hold some degree of mystery. Love Has A Double Edge is available on Amazon.com.