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 19, 2013

New Arrival for September

A Traveler’s Guide to Understanding
Ken Bavuso 

Author: Ken Bavuos lives in southwest Missouri with his wife. In 2008, he lost his way and began to search for purpose and fulfillment in life. A Traveler’s Guide to Understanding was borne out of his search for answers. Ken hopes his journey may help someone else who is wondering,”What’s next?”

Title: A Traveler’s Guide to Understanding
Genre: True Life/Inspirational
Description: In 2008, Ken lost everything. He lost his home to foreclosure. He lost his business, rentals, retirement, and life savings. When he walked out of his home for the last time, he had less than one hundred dollars in his pocket. In his sixties, he found himself trying to find work competing against 8.7 million others who had also lost their jobs. A potent mixture of depression and a death in the family caused Ken to face his mortality in a way he never had before. He felt like he was running out of time. A Traveler’s Guide to Understanding is the true story of Ken’s journey for answers. Ken’s book is available at amazon.com

New Arrival for September

A Glimpse of Glory: My Journey to Heaven and Back
Rick East and Yvonne Erwin 
Authors: Rick East and Yvonne Erwin both live in Springfield, Missouri. Yvonne is the president of the Springfield Writers' Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers' Guild, and is a member of Ozarks Romance Authors. Yvonne recently won second place in the prose-fiction category in the 19th Annual Springfield Writers' Contest Literacy Contest. Finding Rick’s story compelling she partnered with him to write a true story, A Glimpse of Glory: My Journey to Heaven and Back. The book is available at www.amazon.com.

Title: A Glimpse of Glory: My Journey to Heaven and Back
Genre: True Life/Christian/Inspirational
Book Description: A mysterious illness caused Rick East to lapse into respiratory failure the afternoon of December 25, 2012. Rick discovered his spirit was in heaven and was being coached by the Holy Spirit. Rick saw the city of heaven and had many conversations with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit answered questions that have puzzled Christians for years.  A Glimpse of Glory: My Journey to Heaven and Back is available at amazon.com.  

New Arrival for September

Buffalo Gal
Perry Posey 

Author: Perry Posey is retired and lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Title: Buffalo Gal
Genre: Historical Fiction/Christian Romance
Book Description: An inspiration love novel. The rich city boy meets the poor Indian girl--Buffalo Gal. They meet in their young years and make a blood covenant that no one or anything could ever come between them. The book is available at Amazon.com.

New Arrival for September

Trouble on the Doorstep
Elaine Orr

Author: Elaine Orr was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Maryland. She currently lives in the Ozarks with her husband. She has studied writing at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University School of Continuing Education, the Writer's Center of Bethesda, Maryland, and the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

Elaine has written fiction and nonfiction for many years and recently introduced the Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series. Elaine created a setting she likes (an east coast beach town) and a profession that would let Jolie meet a lot of people and have an opportunity to get into a lot of trouble (real estate appraising). And friends, lots of friends. The first book in the series is "Appraisal for Murder," then "Rekindling Motives." "When the Carny Comes to Town" was published in February 2012, and "Any Port in a Storm" was out in September. "Trouble on the Doorstep" debuted in March 2013.

Other books written by Elaine include "Secrets of the Gap," set in Bath, England, home of the astonishing Roman Baths that have been excavated since the late 1870s. It's a wonderful site with ancient and modern mysteries. "Biding Time" is the story o
f young Frank Myers, nephew of his namesake who was MIA in Vietnam. Geared to a young adult audience, "Biding Time" has appeal for all. It was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's 1993 fiction contest, the club's first. All of Elaine's book are available at www.elaineorr.com.

Title: Trouble on the Doorstep
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Description: From Hurricane Sandy to B&B repairs to Aunt Madge's wedding in three weeks. If Jolie can handle that surely she can deal with a sobbing woman who shows up at midnight. When the next morning Jolie learns that Pooki's husband is missing, and his partner is dead, it seems there may be a connection to some shady hurricane repairs at Ocean Alley's senior complex. Jolie incurs the ire of a prominent builder, her boyfriend (local reporter George Winters), and of course the police--so she knows she's on to something.

New Arrival for September

City of the Gods: The Descendants

SJ McMillian

Author: Samantha McMillian lives in Southwest Missouri with her super supportive husband and three energetic young rascals. After a slew of interesting job choices, she just could not shake the writing bug she picked up in high school. The love of reading is what spawned the desire to try her hand at writing a novel of her very own. She loves creating the characters and giving them their own personalities and voices.

Title: City of the Gods: The Descendants
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Description: In 700 A.D. Teotihuacan, Mexico, the High Priest believed himself to be a powerful as the gods. He set a plague on the city as a demonstration of his power. The Gods took pity on the remaining loyal congregation. They granted each survivor immortality and an extraordinary ability. Three loyal survivors were given a mission of great importance: train the lone human descendant of their civilization to stop the evil priest from damning the rest of humanity.

Now in San Diego, California, the time has come to finally make Katalina Deckard aware of her destiny. Her life has been a constant struggle since the loss of her parents when she was young. These struggles have made her a fighter, but she doesn’t believe they have prepared her to save the world. Her friends, who have survived for so long, must convince her that she has what it takes to accept the mantle of the Redeemer. 
City of the Gods: The Descendants and other books by SJ McMillian are available on amazon.com.

New Arrival for September

Healing for the Heart
Nancy Hughes
Author: Nancy is a published author and abstinence educator. Besides traveling extensively and sharing her knowledge and experiences through the years, Nancy has written a series of children's books that teach life lessons. It was only through her experience as a recent widow that she realized the need for a ministry to women in her situation. Nancy lives in southwest Missouri with her 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Title: Healing for the Heart: Survival in the World of the Widow
Genre: True Life/Christian/Inspirational 
Book Description: As Nancy walked through their living room door and called her husband's name, she knew instantly that something was terribly wrong. While trying to deal with her overwhelming sadness and grief at the death of her husband, Nancy found hope and compassion in the Lord. She also found that there were many experiences as a widow that she was totally unprepared for and needed answers. Healing for the Heart contains personal stories and encouragement from seven widows to help strengthen your faith and reassure you that the Lord will never leave your side in this journey. It is Nancy's prayer that this book will speak to those women who have become members of the "Widowhood Club." She also provides information for anyone who wants to reach out to widows, but is unsure of what to say or do. Healing for the Heart: Survival in the World of the Widow is available at Amazon.com.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Not So Square Festival Rounds up Crowd

Local and regional artists and authors were on display Sept. 7 at the Mt. Vernon, Missouri festival of the arts sponsored by the regional arts council. The sixth-annual Not So Square Arts and Literary Festival event sees largest crowd yet with estimated overall attendance between 1,500 to 2,000 people.

Two Authors Recognized at Festival

Kathy Brown of Home Grown Books presented Laurence Stoll author of The Happy Accident, a Christian romance, with the “Author of the Year Award.”

Schyrlet Cameron of Home Grown Books presented Bill Armstrong, World War II Veteran and author of the Survival on a Coral Planet and The First Voyage, with the Best of Show Award.

Festival Offers Readers a Variety of Genres

Susan Stark 2012 recipient of the “Best of Show Award” and author of Temptation with Luggage

Karla Phelps author of Yama the Llama-Off to Bethlehem and Yama the LLama-Off to Jerusalem 

Mary White author of Jack the Rat and His Funny Little Hat


Linda Sartin recording artists, Simply Dulcimer  and Dulcimer Daze  


Sharon Rushton author of No Paved Road to Freedom    
Perry Posey author of Buffalo Gal

Nancy Hughes author of Healing for the Heart-Survival in the World of a Widow


June Barnhart author of Diabetes: One Step at a Time

Don Shmedeke author of Three Feet to Now

Kitty Sutton author of Wheezer and the Painted Frog and Wheezer and the Shy Coyote


Mary Boll author of MeMa’s Manna Cookbooks

Dan Trogdon author of And So It Goes

Larua Valenti author of several Christian romance novels including the Heart of the Spring Series

Samantha McMillian (right) author of City of the Gods: The Descendant

LeAnn Campbell author of Century Farm Juvenile Mystery Series and Kay Rose author No God No Hell No Churches No Saloon

Richard East author of A Glimpse of Heaven

Zona Crabtree author of the Corn Cave Series


Elaine Orr author of a murder mystery series including the novels Trouble on the Doorstop and Appraisal for Murder

Ken Bavuso author of A Travelers guide to Understanding