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.

Friday, September 28, 2012

New Arrival for October

Yama the Llama
Karla Lowe-Phelps

Author: Karla Lowe-Phelps, the author of the Yama the Llama series, loves working with her husband, Russel on their cattle ranch in Southwest Missouri. Together they raise registered Black Angus for breeding stock. Her favorite times of the year are Spring and Fall when the calves are born. She says, "It is so much fun to watch new calves run through the pastures, almost as much fun as watching the antics of new kittens in the barn!"

She and Russel have traveled nationally and internationally, meeting people and llamas in as varied places as Conway, Missouri and Belo Horizonte, Brazil! Karla was surprised to meet llamas in Australia. She especially adored one llama named Hannah, who was very loving and who inspired the drawings of Yama.

Karla is passionate about children. She believes that showing children that they are the beloved creation of God is as essential to their growth as good nutrition. She and Russel raised three sons who are, now, the fathers of their 5 grandchildren. They have also supported eight children through ChildFund. Yama the Llama is dedicated to her grandchildren and the children of ChildFund. A portion of every book sold goes to support the health and education of Third World mothers and children.

Karla is a registered nurse. She uses her skills and knowledge as a volunteer with her church in the both children's and health ministries, International Volunteers in Mission, Red Cross and school nursing.

Title: Yama the Llama off to Bethlehem and Yama the Llama off to Jerusalem
Genre: Children/Christian
Description: Yama the Llama series: These books beautifully tell of two great event: the birth and death of Jesus. Simply written from the heart, it relates the journey of Yama the little llama, whose own pure and trusting heart takes him on the grandest of quests. Children will be captivated by this simple tale. A sweet treat for the coming season - with a warm message at the center. Both books are available at Amazon.com.

New Arrival for October

The Dark Craft
Wesley Fox

Author: Wesley Fox grew up in the four state areas of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. He now resides in Branson, Missouri with his family. Unexplainable events that happened to him as a child compelled him to write about the paranormal. When not writing, Wesley enjoys being a guide for the Branson Ghost & Legends Tours.

Title: The Dark Craft
Genre: Suspense/Mystery
Description: For Amber McCall, getting out of an abusive relationship meant moving away from her old life and starting over. After finding her dream home, Amber was enthusiastic about her new life. The one thing missing was her friends from back home. Soon strange events begin to unfold, and her dream home turns out to be a terrifying nightmare. After being chased from her new home by something evil, she has no choice but to call on her friends for help. The Dark Craft is available at Amazon.com.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Not So Square Arts and Literary Festival

 Artwork, performance, dance, literature, food, and fun all came together Saturday, September 8 in Mt. Vernon. The Not So Square Arts and Literary Festival was held at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center (MARC). The one-of-a kind Missouri Festival was a great success. Several members of Home Grown Books displayed and sold books.

Kristen Hawkins artist and author of Generations of Chains

David Gerard author of God’s Acres and Judge Not


Dan Trogdon cartoonist and author of And So It Goes

2012 Best of Show Award

Kathy Brown of Home Grown Books presents local author Susann Stark the Best of Show award for the Not So Square Arts and Literary Festival held Saturday, September 8 in Mt. Vernon, Missouri.  Susann is author of Temptation with Luggage, a Christian romance.  Temptation with Luggage is available at KeenBean Coffee Roasters or at Amazon.com as a paper back, hardback or eBook.