Ozarks Home Grown Books

Your spot to find Ozarks talent grown right outside your door.


Welcome to Home Grown Books, a unique bookstore created by authors. Home Grown Books is dedicated to showcasing self-published authors and recording artists. 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. Take a look around. We're sure you'll find something you'll enjoy.

New Arrival for August

Home Grown Books Welcomes New Author

Jan Moon



Author:  Jan was born and raised in upstate New York. She has lived in Hawaii, Louisiana, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Nevada. She has a degree in English and has spent four decades working as a nurse. Now retired and living in lives in southwest Missouri, she stays busy with church, gardening, writing, and her two dogs and two cats.




Title: The Fall of the Year Paperback

Genre: Historical Romance/ Fantasy



Book: Two men, closer than brothers, yet worlds apart. One seeks revenge, the other peace. A young widow, forced to confront her humanity, her courage and her passion. Will her love be strong enough to make a difference? In the year 2000, widow and photographer Teresa Riley slips at the top of a waterfall and plunges into the eighteenth century. She is rescued by an ancient woman, Naomi, and her two companions, Matthew Gunn and Joseph Brant, taken to a Mohawk Indian village and forced to take up residency. Swept up in an adventure beyond her wildest dreams, she forges a tentative friendship with her three rescuers. But when she discovers a deadly conspiracy, she must place all her trust in them to help her change the course of history. This book is available at amazon.com.


Title:  Mark’s Remarkable Summer

Genre: Christian Inspirational



Book: Summer school, summer jobs, girls, good friends. Sounds pretty normal for a kid in a small town in north central Missouri. All 17-year-old Mark Stone wants is to get a passing grade in his Shakespeare class, score some time with Deborah, and have fun with his best friends, Carl and Herb. But he has begun hearing voices, seeing people who aren’t there, sensing something isn’t quite right. Is it his imagination? Is it the pot he’s been smoking just to be sociable? Or is it something more? Why isn’t his friend Hilda as disturbed as he is? And why can’t he get the lovely Deborah to just look at him? Now Herb seems to be out of control with drugs, Deborah seems to have a new love, and Mark hasn’t the first clue how to fix any of it. Hilda is a good listener but she’s old. What does she know about any of this? And now she wants him to read the Bible. What’s up with that? Hilda Barbour has watched a generation of kids in Hemlock, Missouri, grow up, go off to college or the military, or simply stay right here. Mark has always been special. He reminds her of her brother, killed during World War II, but he also brings out her maternal instinct, childless as she is. Now she, too, is concerned about some of the phenomena occurring around Hemlock, though her Christian convictions sustain her and she knows the Lord is in control. But how to impart this to Mark? There’s more at work here than just the world and the flesh, and she must call upon every ounce of faith she possesses, as things spin out of control, and two lives-and two souls-literally hang in the balance. This book is available at amazon.com.




Join Us!

Mystery and Intrigue Fest

This event is brought to you by Mt. Vernon Regional Arts Council. All Celebrities, guests and events have been exclusively planned and organized for your entertainment by Home Grown Books. For more information call 417-452-3507or visit the website http://mysteryandintriguefest.wordpress.com.

Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay
Coming October 4 to the MARC in Mt. Vernon, Missouri, the nationally acclaimed Illusionist Sean-Paul and Medium Juliana Fay.  Featuring Special Guests from the other side, the duo will demonstration mysteries that bring the crowd to the edge of their seats! Tickets for the 2:00 p.m. performance will be $17.00 at the door.
Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay
Coming October 4 to the MARC in Mt. Vernon, Missouri, the nationally acclaimed Illusionist Sean-Paul and Medium Juliana Fay.  Featuring Special Guests from the other side, the duo will demonstration mysteries that bring the crowd to the edge of their seats! Tickets for the 2:00 p.m. performance will be $17.00 at the door.


Wesley Fox
Director of Branson Paranormal Chasers
Author of House of Echoes: A True Haunting. The story will be featured on a fall episode of the TV program A Haunting on Destination America.

Presentation: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Admission: Free

Join Us!

Mystery and Intrigue Fest
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Mystery and Intrigue Fest will take place in Mt. Vernon, Missouri. The event is hosted by the Mt. Vernon Regional Arts Council. All Celebrities, guests and events have been exclusively planned and organized for your entertainment by Home Grown Books. The event will also include vendor and author artist displays. In addition, the festival will host a special after dark investigative Ghost Tour of a local landmark. (Admission: Free) For more information call 417-452-3507or visit the website or visit our website at http://mysteryandintriguefest.wordpress.com.

Special Guest Appearnce by Chris and Roseann Cupit
Their story, Deliver us from Evil-The Chris & Roseann Cupit Story, will be featured on a fall episode of the TV program A Haunting on Destination America.
Presentation: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Admission: Free

Fiction Writers’ Conference

Ozarks Romance Authors Annual Conference
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Workshops – Pitch Sessions – Speakers – Headshots – Networking – Fun
You are invited to Ozarks Romance Authors’ Annual Fiction Writers’ Conference! This event is not just for romance writers. The fundamentals of good writing are universal, and you will learn vital information about the publishing industry, no matter the genre you write. Stay tuned for more details as plans are confirmed.

For more information or to register for the conference visit Ozark Romance Authors official website: http://ozarks-romance-authors.com/conference-2014/oracon-2014/ .

New Arrival For January

Home Grown Books Welcomes New Author

Kim Doll



Author: Kim Doll lives in the Ozarks with her family.










Title: Keeper of the Canines

Genre: Fantasy



Book Description: Truth. It is something we all want to believe exists, but it is something that often eludes us. Imagine for a moment that beyond Earth, intangible forces direct events as if humans were mere puppets on strings. Now imagine that the prophecy of a man returning as the savior of our planet is false, but that the redeemer is already here, embodied in a dog. Moon Shadow is that special canine. Chosen by the guardians of the Crystal plane, a Border Collie named Moon Shadow is the light to a greater truth. Teaming up with Feather, a rookie guardian angel, the two form a partnership to do battle against the evil forces of the Obsidian plane. Moon Shadow's journey takes her from the hell of a puppy mill, to life with a neglectful and abusive family, before she eventually finds freedom on the streets of a Midwestern city. After a brief taste of independence, she is captured. Her captor is a scarred and despicable man, but when she uses her new found powers to save his soul, she knows that her path of destiny has started. Moon Shadow and the Keeper of the Canines is the beginning of a saga pitting good against evil and the quintessential wake up call for humanity. Keeper of the Canines is available at www.kimdoll.com.

New Arrival For January

Home Grown Books Welcomes New Author

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.


New Arrival for November

Home Grown Books Welcomes New Author

Velma Merritt



Author: Velma Merritt loves to write and read Christian romances. As a teacher and speaker as well as a writer, she communicates the vastness of God's love. Her interest in Christian romance began when she met and married her college sweetheart, who kept her life an adventure. While raising three children, they lived in seventeen different areas, including two European countries and four states. Today Velma lives in the Ozarks. In addition to Christian romance, her interests include travel, gardening, and her beloved pets.


Title: River of Love

Genre: Fiction/Christian Romance



Book: Meg, a teacher on summer break, plans to have a relaxing summer working at River's View Resort. Can she endure the summer working with the new manager who irritates and fascinates her? As she begins to love, can she survive losing James, a man she can never have-or is love even possible?The book is available at amazon.com.

New Arrvial for October

Home Grown Books Welcomes New Authors

Authors: The three authors, Carolyn Craig, Kathy Brown, and Schyrlet Cameron, live in the Ozarks with their families.



Title: Wet, Wild & Woodsy

Genre: Wild Game Cookbook



Book: This wild game cookbook offers a complete collection of recipes that are easy to prepare and taste great. The three authors, Carolyn Craig, Kathy Brown, and Schyrlet Cameron, share over 400 of their families’ favorite recipes, such as roast venison and elk steak smothered in mushrooms. They have also included an assortment of their more unique recipes, such as armadillo meatballs, opossum casserole, and rattlesnake kabobs. 

The book is available at amazon.com.

New Arrival for October

Home Grown Books Welcomes New Authors

CC Brown



Author: CC Brown is the pseudonym adopted by the three authors: Schyrlet Cameron, Carolyn Craig, and Kathy Brown. The authors have published two novels in the Dark Side Series: Black Widow Society and Wolf Stone. The women live in the Ozarks with their families. Both books are available at amazon.com. Visit their website at www.ccbrownbooks.com.


Title: Black Widow Society

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Mystery


Book: The sacred relic of the undead . . . the Vampire Bible has fallen into the hands of a paranormal-artifact dealer. An eBay bid and an annual vacation lead Koleen O’Brien and her five friends to San Antonio to deliver the book to a wealthy Texan. They are clueless to the fact that a pack of blood-thirsty vampires are stalking them to reclaim the Bible. Immortals meet their match as they discover that these women aren’t typical mortals; they're members of the Black Widow Society!

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Title: Wolf Stone

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Mystery



Book: Just when Dmitri thought nothing could stop him from executing his plan to become king of the shapeshifters enters sexy Mona Dix. The sacred relic of the werewolf nation, the Wolf Stone, has fallen into her hands. With the possession of the stone comes the power to dominate and rule the thirteen werewolf tribes. Vacationing on the Oregon coast in the rugged terrain of the redwood forest, Mona and her friends are unaware of Dmitri and his pack of ancient wolves in hot pursuit to retrieve the precious stone. For the first time, Dmitri meets a woman who is more than a match for his supernatural powers and strong will. She is a Black Widow and a member of the Society.




New Arrivals for September

Home Grown Books Weclomes New Authros

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 at amazon.com.


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. The books is available at Amazon.com.


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 of 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.

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. All of Elaine Orr’s books are available at Amazon.com.



Healing for the Heart: Survival in the World of the Widow

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 is available at Amazon.com. 

Good News for April

Monthly Radio Program

Wesley Fox, author and director of Branson Paranormal Chasers,  will be featured the first Friday of each month at 5:40 p.m. on 97.5 FM KRMS Radio (Missouri News Talk Radio Lake Ozark). Wesley will discuss his organization and current investigations he is conducted with his team of ghost hunters.
Home Grown Books Expands
New Location
Home Grown Books will soon display and sell books in a new location. We are partnering with Mother Road Coffee Shop opening on the square in Carthage, Missouri. Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening April 26.
#1 on the Top Ten Country Billborad

Congratulations go to singer/songwriter Bob Senninger. Bob’s song, “Until the End of Time,” on the Pop ’n Country CD released through JIP Recordings is now # 1 on the Top Ten Country Billboard in Finland!

World War II Veteran


             The First Voyage


World War II veteran, Bill Armstrong’s new book The First Voyage is now available on Amazon.com. Bill tells the history of the USS Chincoteague AVP-24, the ship he served on during the war. His story includes "The Tragedy at Vanikoro" and other events from WW II, 1943-1946. The book is now available at amazon.com.


New Arrivals for February

Home Grown Books Welcomes

Ellisa Reese

On The Banks of Lake St Clare Series


Author: Ellisa Reese grew up in Rogers Arkansas. Ellisa, her husband, and three children currently live in Noel, Missouri. In her free time, she likes to write. She has written two romances in the On The Banks of Lake St Clare Series.


Title: On The Banks of Lake St Clare: Falling

Genre: Fiction/Romance


 Book: Alex Dillard and her friends live a slow life in the small town of Noel. They spend their summer people watching; either at the baseball park, or at the local hangout. Life is peaceful and almost boring, (unless you count the usual cheer squad drama), until Michael Williams, a jaw-dropping athletic hunk moves to town. Mesmerized by Michael's good looks and charm, Alex fears he is way too perfect her. Their fairy tale love is more than puppy love as they discover what real love is together. Sweet, lovable Alex could never hurt anyone, but he seems to have made enemies all over town. When her friends find her naked in a pool of blood, and left for dead, people start to doubt her story. Life can change in a heartbeat, something Alex discovers firsthand. Has the trouble followed the love of her life to town? Will he stick it out?


Title: On The Banks of Lake St Clare: Forbidden

Genre: Fiction/Romance



Book: Erica Gallo is described by her friends as the “promiscuous one.” Although they seem to disapprove of the numerous guys she has boasted about, they like to live vicariously through her, making the small, sometimes boring town of Noel a little bit more exciting at times. But things aren't always as they seem. The four friends seem to all be going in different directions. While her best friend Alex is blinded by the “perfect love,” Erica’s double-life may tear their friendship to the ground, can she juggle her best friend and her forbidden love?


On The Banks of Lake St Clare: Falling and On The Banks of Lake St Clare: Forbidden are both available at amazon.com.









New Arrival for November

Home Grown Books Welcomes

Jack the Rat and His Funny Little Hat


Mary White



Author: Growing up on a farm just outside of Safford, Arizona, May White had more animals than friends. When she would get picked on or teased by other children, her mother would draw pictures and tell her stories of brave animals and how they dealt with similar situations. She carried on this tradition with her children and grandchildren. She still has lots of pets on a small parcel of land near Ash Grove, Missouri, where she watches the squirrels and rabbits play, and she imagines all the wonderful things they talk about.


Title: Jack the Rat and His Funny Little Hat

Genre: Fiction/Children



Book Description: Jack the Rat does it all in his hat! He plays, eats, and even sleeps in that cap. But one day a strong wind comes along and Jack’s favorite hat is quickly gone. The book is available at amazon.com. 










2012 Best of Show Awarded

Not So Square Arts and Literary Festival 

Kathy Brown of Home Grown Books awards Susan Stark the Best of Show trophy for the Not So Square Arts and Literary Festival held in Mt. Vernon, Missouri, September 8. Stark is author of Temptation with Luggage a Christian romance. The book is available at amazon.com. 


Author: Susan Stark writes under the pen name of Sandy Shell. Susan likes telling others about Jesus and His role in every day life. She is from a town surrounded by the natural beauty of the Ozarks. A large robust family fills her days as well as a cherished group called The Ozark Prairie Quilters. It’s amazing she finds time for sharing garden plants, staying fit with friends, plus cooking fast and fun meals.


Susan has traveled for years and is happy to return to the Midwest where she plans to write more of the sort of books she likes to read.  


Title: Temptation With Luggage

Genre: Christian Romance



Description: Judy Hampton just moved back to her hometown and is still trying to unpack her household goods, reconnect with friends and deal with her past. She is a sensible person, a thoroughly disciplined Capricorn with frugal tendencies in the areas she picks to be prudent in.


Single again, she plans to move smoothly into a new chapter of her life. What Judy needs next is employment and not unleashed emotions that have been tucked away. Her celibate days have her unprepared for sexy Simon Riverson when he washes into her garage and into her temptations on a damp, rainy morning.




"Until the End of Time" Recorded in Nashville 

Bob Senninger




Contemporary singer/songwriter Bob Senninger has been writing songs since 1973. In 1984, Bob recorded the songs "Just One Life To Live" and "Special Song.”  In 1985, "Special Song,” was aired on KKBL FM radio in Monett, Missouri.  Since their release, both melodies have become popular wedding ceremony songs.




Over the past several years, his music has turned from Christian love song to a more general style of ballad. He claims to be right next to the radio host “Delilah” as the “King of Sap.”



Bob’s first CD, Love Notes -Together Forever, was released in 2007 by Harmony One Music Studio. The CD is a collection of “love notes” and “love songs” straight from the heart. Love Notes -Together Forever is available at homegrownbookstore.webs.com. 




In 2012, the CD Pop ‘n Country produced in Nashville, Tennessee by George McClure and released by JIP Recordings features “Until the End of Time,” a song written by Bob. The CD is a collection of original pop-flavored songs that will stick in your mind. Pop ‘n Country is available on iTunes, jiprecords.com, and cdbaby.com.

New Arrival for October

Home Grown Books Weclomes

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

Home Grown Books Weclomes

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.

New Arrivals for July

Home Grown Books Weclomes


5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado


Spirit of Hope: The Year After the Joplin Tornado


Randy Turner and John Hacker



Authors: Randy Turner and John Hacker

Randy Turner is an eighth grade English teacher at Joplin East Middle School. Prior to entering the educational field, Turner was a reporter and editor at various Southwest Missouri newspapers for more than two decades, receiving more than 100 national, state, and regional awards, including 30 for investigative reporting. He is the author of four books, two novels, Small Town News and Devil's Messenger and two non-fiction, Newspaper Days and The Turner Report.


John Hacker is the award-winning managing editor of The Carthage Press, and former editor of the Joplin Daily. Hacker, a graduate of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, has been one of the top reporters and photographers in Missouri for the past two decades, with a reputation for covering breaking news. Hacker is recognized as a top weather photographer and has had numerous lightning photos exhibited.


Titles: 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado and Spirit of Hope: The Year the Joplin Tornado

Genre: True life/Inspirational


Book Description: In 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado

Veteran southwest Missouri reporters, Randy Turner and John Hacker, tell the story of Joplin from tornado to triumph. At 5:41 p.m. May 22, 2011, the deadliest single tornado to hit the United States in 50 years tore its way through Joplin, Missouri. By the time it completed its murderous course, 160 lives were lost, and those who survived have stories they can tell for the rest of their lives. The book features photos taken by Hacker within moments of the deadly tornado and details about some of the horrific moments that came to symbolize May 22, 2011, in Joplin, Missouri.


Book Description: Spirit of Hope: The Year After the Joplin Tornado

The EF-5 tornado that ripped through the heart of Joplin, Missouri, May 22, 2011, killed 161 people and damaged one-third of the community. What it did not do was destroy the indomitable nature of the people who live in this city of 50,000. Spirit of Hope: The Year After the Joplin Tornado tells the story of how Joplin residents began the rebuilding process almost immediately. The heroes of this book are many- not just the leaders whose faces became familiar on local and national news, but the volunteers from Joplin and the world. Spirit of Hope, the follow-up book to 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado, is the inspirational story of the city that would not die.


5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado and Spirit of Hope: The Year the Joplin Tornado are both available at Amazon.com. 


And So It Goes


Dan Trogdon



Author: Dan is a native of Missouri who lived for a few years in Massachusetts, before returning to Missouri to finish his teaching career.  He credits the comedian, Steve Martin, with sparking his interest in comedy and his appreciation for that which is absurd.  He plans to continue cartooning with the intent of producing more collections. An avowed porch sitter, he can oftentimes be found in the evening sitting on his back patio just watching the world go by.


Title: And So It Goes

Genre: Humor/Satire



Book Description:

And So It Goes is a collection of cartoons

that take a humorous look at our world. And So It Goes the books website www.andsoitgoescartoons.com.  


New Arrivals for June

Home Grown Books Weclomes

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 Sin Series is available at Amazon.com.


Kory’s Jungle


Ann M. Jayne



Author: Ann M. Jayne lives Oklahoma with her family.










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.


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.


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 a 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 Arrivals for May

Home Grown Books Welcomes

Love Has a Double Edge


Barry Powell




Author: Barry Powell 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.






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 Arrival for April

Home Grown Books Welcomes

I Choose this Day:

Mournings and Miracles of Adoption


Sharon Fieker Cummins



 Author: Author Sharon Fieker is a volunteer at the Pregnancy Care Center in Springfield, Missouri. Her education includes a B.S. in Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology. She co-founded Adoption Triad of the Ozarks, a support group for anyone touched by adoption. She and her husband live in Springfield, Missouri. They enjoy traveling and spending time with their children and grandchildren, their families, and their friends.


Title: I Choose this Day: Mournings and Miracles of Adoption

Genre: Nonfiction/True Life/Inspirational



Book: Have you faced a difficult decision concerning an unexpected pregnancy? Sharon Fieker Cummins uses I Choose this Day: Mournings and Miracles of Adoption to convey how the circumstances of the darkest period in her life evolved into the brightest time. She includes the challenges and blessings surrounding her pregnancy. The heartache of "not knowing" what happened to her baby and the beautiful story that unfolds as she meets her birth daughter are inspirational. When going through difficult times, Sharon sometimes wondered how God could allow such troubling things to happen. Her story demonstrates how He had a plan for her--one filled with hope. He also allowed her free will to make her own choices. If you're facing or have faced an unplanned pregnancy, you will benefit from reading I Choose this Day: Mournings and Miracles of Adoption. This book is available at amazon.com.

New Arrival for March

Home Grown Books Welcomes

Simply Dulcimer


Linda Sartin


Recording Artist: Linda Sartin is the co-founder and past president of Mid-south Writer’s Group. She works in public relations and sales, and currently performs as a storyteller and musician.







Cd Recording: Simply Dulcimer and Dulcimer Daze -The mountain dulcimer is one of few Truly American invented instruments. When played in the traditional Ionian tuning, the mountain dulcimer’s bright, clear tones are reminiscent of the bagpipe, the instrument it was created to mimic. Though there are several tuning choices, Linda use the traditional Ionian tuning to produce a unique bluegrass sound. The music is upbeat, toe tapping and a truly enjoyable experience. Both Cds are available at all four Home Grown Bookstore locations or by contacting the artist at lindarosesartin@gmail.com .


New Arrival for March

Home Grown Books Welcomes

Wild Heritage


Gary A. Sartin


Author: Born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks, Gary Sartin de­veloped a love for our natural world and the abundance of wildlife that inhabit the remaining wilderness areas. Gary's hikes through the wild area of Southwestern Missouri and Northwest­ern Arkansas, and the high mountains of the Col­orado Rockies have resulted in three volumes of literature; Wild Heritage, an account of his Ar­kansas National River Way trek, Wild Innocent And Free, a lifetime of poetry, and Mountain Od­yssey, Gary's adventures in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. These books are available at all four of the Home Grown Bookstore locations or by contacting the author at lindarosesartin@gmail.com.



Book: Wild Heritage is an adventure, a philosophy and a dream that takes place in the Arkansas wil­derness area known as the Arkansas National River Way; a beautiful, wild and relatively untouched wilderness through which the Buffalo River flows. Drawn from concise journal entries, Wild Heri­tage chronicles the author's journey through areas of Northwest Ar­kansas that few have seen. The reader will experi­ence the joy of discovery, true communion with nature and a glimpse of the distant past. 



New Arrival for March

Home Grown Books Welcomes


Indian Point Short Stories





Arno Wehr



Author: Arno Wehr attended Lane Techni­cal High School where he attempted to write many school newspaper articles without errors. He didn't. In college his writing skills did not adjust to Bradley University's standards so he gave up writing to be a storyteller. During college, he decided to become a singer. One evening, Arno was watching John Davidson singing on the Kraft Music Theatre television program. Arno's father turned and said, "Son, you will want to finish your engineering degree." So basic degrees in engineering and management led to more advanced studies and corporate experiences.


Then came the visit to Table Rock Lake of Branson, Missouri. Arno and his family bought the Tribesman Resort at Indian Point on the lake. He has been an active community member for the past 30 years.




Book: Indian Point Short Stories: 1805-2005-For over the past three decades, Indian Point has been Arno Wehr’s home. In that time, it became obvious to him that living on the end of a peninsula was a lot like island living. When it is time to shop, a peninsula resident checks the weather, considers the distance of the service they seek, and then selects a vehicle based on the weather conditions. Islanders have waves to consider as well as the height of their tides before they select a boat to go forth. On Indian point, the traffic patterns are like the tides. If you go against the tide, unlike in boating, you get somewhere. Going with the tide, well that's the subject of another story.


It is hoped that the reader will enjoy some of the local lore of Indian Point. Maybe you will recognize a few names and places. The folks in the stories positively helped this three-mile long piece of land become a great place to live. Indian Point Short Stories is available at any of the four Home Grown Bookstore locations or by contacting the author at arnoii@yahoo.com.

New Arrival for March

Home Grown Books Welcomes

The Ozarks

A Personal History


Tony Stephenson



Author: Tony Stephenson is a sixth generation Ozarker and a self-proclaimed Hillbilly. A graduate of the College of the Ozarks and Missouri State University, his teaching career has spanned five decades. Tony is a lifelong resident of the Republic and Springfield area.






Book: The Ozarks: A Personal History tells the story of the Ozark Hillbilly and the rugged plateau they called home. But it is more than that; it is the story of the Native Americans, who populated the region before the arrival of the white man. It is the saga of the author’s family who arrived west of Nixa in 1843, and scratched out a primitive homestead. It is the story of six young boys, three of which gave their lives, fighting to protect their country from disunion. It is the tale of a region plunged into lawlessness and disorder after the Civil War. It is the story of the coming of the railroad that gave rise to towns like Republic as well as the timber and lead crazes. Finally, it is the story of the Great Depression and how the Ozark’s rugged people survived and flourished. It is the story of the Ozarks! The Ozarks: A Personal History is available at amazon.com. 



New Arrival for March

Home Grown Books Welcomes

A Tale of Three Journeys


Rich Eskew



Author: Rich Eskew was born in Texas and raised in Missouri. He re-settled in Alaska. He is a world traveler, living and working overseas for fifteen years. Rich and his wife, Gloria, currently reside in Springfield, Missouri.


A real modern-day adventurer, Rich has survived in the Alaska wilderness, tread in the footsteps of Marco Polo over the Silk Road, and traveled from the Himalaya’s to the Rub al Khali.  He has taken a page from Hemmingway’s, The Sun Also Rises, and ran with the bulls in Pamplona.  


Rich wrote his first piece of poetry at the tender age of ten:  A Whisker’s Luck. His most recent endeavors include:  An anthology of poems on the Civil War, Walk With Me, a three-volume collection of poems celebrating the Gold Rush Era in Alaska and the Yukon, Memories From the Muck, and his first venture into the genre of Cowboy poetry, The Devil’s Riddle. In 2012, he published his first novel, A Tale of Three Journeys.



Book: A Tale of Three Journeys looks into the souls of three characters, and places you in their shoes.  Any one of the three journeys could have been your journey.


Three characters, from St. Louis, Chicago, and Scotland, are controlled by what the fates dictate. The time is set in the late 1800’s, but it could just as easily be today. 


·         Thomas Meeker, born in poverty and cared for by loving souls, confronts despair and moves on, ever westward to a destiny which challenges his strength as well as his soul.

·         Frederick Wagner is born into a life of mean and hate. He is nurtured in a world without a conscience; where rewards are earned through deception, pain and cruelty.

·         Seamus McGregor’s world begins on the fringes of aristocracy and slides ever-perceptively to the realities of life.  A complete life is given to do the right thing, but ends tragically, alone and without merit.


The tale culminates in Dawson City in the Yukon, where the three characters come together for one brief, fatal encounter. The Tale asks the question:  Which of these three, completing their pilgrimage, is the strong, the brave, the sane? A Tale of Three Journeys is available at amazon.com.

New Arrival for March

Home Grown Books Welcomes 

Christian Devotional and Study Guide


Carol Levergood



Author: Carol is a member of CLAS Seminar and is an author and speaker. Carol and her husband, Bill, were missionaries for 21 years in Brazil, South America. They are currently at the Baptist Bible College of Springfield, Missouri where Bill is Dean of Students. They are currently on staff at Cherry Street Baptist Church where Carol and her family are charter members.


Carol Levergood found writing devotionals a fun way helped her cope with the difficult situations surrounding life and missionary work in South America. Some situations not so humorous and were in fact very dangerous, such as facing the Brazilian mafia, robbed of everything they owned, and many deaths of friends on the Brazilian highways.


Titles: Sliced, Diced, and Mashed “Son" Ripened, I'm Going Bananas, A Banana With No A "Peel," Fried Green Bananas, Piece of Cake, and Whatever Floats Your Boat.

Genre: Nonfiction/True Life/Inspirational



Book: Carol Levergood has written a series of books unlike anything you have read before. Each book is a women’s directional devotions study guide. The unifying banana theme, presents humorous anecdotes that touch the mind and sprit. With a tropical flavor inspirited by her years as a missionary in South America, she wrote, Sliced Diced, and Mashed “Son" Ripened, I'm Going Bananas, A Banana With No A "Peel," Fried Green Bananas, Piece of Cake, and her newest book,  Whatever Floats Your Boat. For a look at all of Carol Levergood’s books visit 



New Arrival for March

Home Grown Books Welcomes 

Wheezer and the Painted Frog


Kitty Sutton




Author: Kitty Sutton was born Kathleen Kelley to a Cherokee/Irish family. Both sides of her family were from performing families in Kansas City, Missouri and Kitty was trained from an early age in dance, vocal, art and musical instruments. Her father was a Naval band leader. During the Great Depression, her mother helped to support her family by tap dancing in the speakeasies even though she was just a child; she was very tall for her age but made up like an adult. Kitty had music and art on all sides of her family which ultimately helped to feed her imaginative mind and desire to succeed.


Kitty married a Cherokee artist from Oklahoma, in fact the very area that she writes about in her Wheezer series of novels. After raising her family, Kitty came to Branson, Missouri and performed in her own one woman show there for twelve years. To honor her father, she performed under the name Kitty Kelley. She has three music albums and several original songs to her credit and is best known for her comical, feel good song called, “It Ain't Over Till The Fat Lady Sings.” Kitty has been writing for many years and in 2011 Inknbeans published her historical Native American murder mystery. First in a line of stories featuring Wheezer, a Jack Russell Terrier and his Cherokee friend, Sasa, it is called, Wheezer And The Painted Frog. Kitty lives in the southwestern corner of Missouri near Branson with her husband of 40 years and her three Jack Russell Terriers, one of which is the real and wonderful Wheezer.


Title: Wheezer and the Painted Frog

Genre: Historical Fiction/Adventure



Book: From the time Europeans landed in North America, the People were forced out of the land they had known for generations. By the nineteenth century, the United States had pushed them into the remote and undeveloped area known as Indian Territory and promised them food and protection that never came. Plagued by the loss of their ability to farm and hunt, the lack of food and shelter, the disease brought by the White Man, every tribe suffered losses so great only the memories of the survivors could document the dead. This story, taking place among the Cherokee after the Trail of Tears, is a story for all the People.

Wheezer and the Painted Frog is at once joyous and heartbreaking. You will ache for the suffering, be outraged by the wrongs, fascinated by the way of life, identify with Sasa, and above all you will love Wheezer. You will look for his spirit in every dog you meet! Wheezer and the Painted Frog is available at amazon.com.

New Arrival for March

Home Grown Books Welcomes 

Then God Said


Bob Martin



Author: As Bob Martin daily sought to live more intimately with God, walk more closely to him, and work more effectively for him, God revealed ideas that helped Bob progress toward those goals. Bob followed his urge to write down the ideas God revealed to him. Bob filed these ideas under “might use them later.” For the last several years, they have accumulated in several drawers of his computer desk. This book contains some of those ideas



Book: Then God Said is designed to bring the reader face-to-face with the challenges and responsibilities of living for Christ. If you read, pray, and let God lead, this book can be life-changing food for the soul. -Hosea Bilyeu, Senior Pastor, Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Springfield, Missouri


Then God Said is available at any of the four Home Grown Books' locations or by contacting Bob Martin at mjobob@att.net.

New Arrival for March

Home Grown Books Welcomes

No Paved Road to Freedom


Sharon Rushton



Author: Veteran freelance writer Sharon Rushton has been honored with numerous awards throughout her career. Her magazine articles have appeared in U.S. and Canadian publications. Originally from Colorado, she lives on Table Rock Lake in Missouri with her husband and two dogs.







Book: No Paved Road To Freedom is a gripping and emotional story that humanizes the impact of communist occupation in Romania after World War II. It is relevant, it inspires, and it reminds us that freedom is precious. Based on a true story, it documents the extraordinary courage of Cornel Dolana and his family as they pay an incredible price for resisting communism. Cornel makes up his mind to escape the oppression and uses his ingenuity to put his plan in place. His fortitude keeps him moving toward his goal, despite enduring enormous setbacks, brutality, and extreme outdoor elements that few humans could survive. No Paved Road To Freedom is available at amazon.com.


The Military Writers Society of America selected No Paved Road To Freedom as their Book of the Month for February 2012.

New Arrival for March

Home Grown Books Welcomes

Survival on a Coral Planet


Billie R. Armstrong



Author: Billie R. Armstrong arrived on this planet October 9, 1925, in the city of San Diego, California. Like many children of that era, he was part of the Great Depression years. At the age of sixteen, he quit school and got a job to help his mother support his younger bother and sister. In 1942, when he reached the age of seventeen, he joined the U.S. Navy. The results of this decision are to be found within the pages of his book, Survival on a Coral Planet.


Billie Armstrong now lives in Nixa, Missouri. He is scheduled to be one of the local WWII veterans who will visit Washington, D.C.as part of the Ozarks Honor Flight program this spring.



Book: Survival on a Coral Planet is a journey back in time to the war years of 1942 through 1946 where a seventeen year old boy faces the realities of WW II. The book is the true life account of heroic actions and survival in the South Pacific. Survival on a Coral Planet is available on amazon.com.

The Word is Out! 417 Magazine Article About HGB!


A New Approach to Book Selling

Small-town eateries provide a venue for authors to get their self-published books into the hands of the public!

Very exciting news. Article about Home Grown Books is in the April issue of 417 Magazine. It is also posted on-line. Hope you will go to the site below and check it out. If have a Facebook page, click on the Facebook word "like" at the top of the article. It will take you to Facebook where you will have to log in. Then it will post the link on your wall.  



Home Grown Books Expands

MeMe’s Antiques and Tearoom
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.


MeMe's is the home of REAL home cooking. 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! Meme’s is also available for wedding rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, organizational meetings, and after hours parties. 


Mt. Venron, Missouri 

Mt. Vernon Business Expo

A Great Success


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


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


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 young indian 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. 

New Arrivals for Janurary

Home Grown Books Welcomes 

Diabetes: One Step at a Time


June Spires Barnhart



Author: A diabetic for forty-nine years, June Spires Barnhart 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. For more information or to order the book, contact June Barnhart at jubarnha@centurylink.com .


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



Book: 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 Trials: A Coloring Book, and Camp Barnabas. For more information about the author’s books or presentations, contact Heno Head at zoocroo@suddenlink.net .





Recording Artists Join Home Grown Books

 Home Grown Books Welcomes

The Same Way As The Wind


Liz Moriondo



Recording Artist: Liz Moriondo-As all of us know, it takes guts to make the big move to Nashville. But after 2 years of intense college basketball and poli-sci debates, Liz knows how to face down a challenge. She has opened for numerous artists including Sara Evans, Lee Brice, and Joe Diffie. Now attending Belmont University, Liz might well be the first-ever country female upstart who also dreams of sitting on the Supreme Court of Justice.






Musical CD: Liz Moriondo opens up her mouth to sing, and out comes a blend of Shania Twain’s breathy perfection and Bonnie Raitt’s sensual, bluesy grit. If you listen closely enough, you can still hear the Ozark Mountains of her native Missouri where she first started singing in front of audiences at the age of 3.





Love Notes -Together Forever


Bob Senninger



Recording Artist: Bob Senninger- Love Notes-Together Forever is an original creation by Bob Senninger. A colleague of his, Don Mills, produced and orchestrated the CD. Bob has been writing songs since 1973. In 1985, one of his songs was featured on a Sunday morning gospel show on KKBL, Monett, MO. Over the past several years, his music has turned from the religious type love song to a more general style of ballad. He claims to be right next to the radio host “Delilah” as the “King of Sap.”



Musical CD: Love Notes -Together Forever is a collection of “love notes” and “love songs” straight from the heart. The CD reflects the thoughts of a young man who has searched for his true love, finds her, but struggles with how he can and will express the true love he feels in his heart, in his soul and in his mind for her--the love of his life!


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Author's Corner

Three Feet To Now

Donald E. Schmedeke



Author: Don Schmedeke is a dedicated family man. He has been married for fifty years this coming December. He has two children and two grandchildren. He served in the Army during the Cuban Crisis in the early 60's. He serves his church as elder of the congregation of the Lutheran Faith. He has been a farmer, salesman, auctioneer, and now a retired

 banker. He lives in Mount Vernon, Missouri.


Book: Three Feet To Now is a stirring autobiography. The book follows a contemporary American man doing all he could to build a life and to thrive in Post-War II America. It begins at a Welcome Home Parade for the troops of World War ll. The book covers thirteen presidents and six major wars in including World War ll, Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Iraq War, and the Afghanistan War. The Cuban Crisis was also covered with some interesting points.

What unfolds in the pages of the story is also a history of a nation during an incredible period of prosperity and challenge. It is a quiet tale shared by millions of hard-working Christian men and women trying to navigate the waters of modern middle-class anxieties and hopes for the future. Don said, “It was a story that I carried around for years in my head, and I finally knew I had to get down on paper.” Three Feet To Now is available at amazon.com.


New Arrivals For December

Home Grown Books Welcomes


No God, No Hell, No Churches, No Saloons


Kay Rose


Author: Kay Rose is a life long resident of Liberal, Missouri. She has woven the recorded history of the town’s founding with the accounts of family members influence to create No God, No Hell, No Churches, No Saloons. This is her debut novel.







 Book: No God, No Hell, No Churches, No Saloons is a compelling historical tale of love, family bonds, and the determination of a family to succeed in a town undergoing great change. Mary Bouton can hardly believe anyone would want to live in a town without churches or God. But James, her young physician husband, is enthusiastic about Liberal, a new community being built in southwest Missouri. He sees an opportunity to start a medical practice, but Mary and their daughter, Bertha, are less than excited to leave the only home they have ever known. Even so, in a matter of weeks, the Bouton family is on their way to Liberal—a town that greets Christians at the depot with a sign that instructs them to get back on the train and separates Christians and “free thinkers” with a barbed wire fence. No God, No Hell, No Churches is available at amazon.com.


The Langston Saga


Carolyn Boyd


Author: Carolyn Boyd grew up in Parker County, Texas, and lived most of her life in the North Texas area depicted in her novel, The Langston Saga. Her Great-Great-Grandfather moved his family to Texas prior to the Civil War. His stories were the inspiration for The Langston Saga.







Book: The Langston Saga-Charles Langston was four when his parents died and he went to live with his Aunt Sophie. He met Ben Dunn and Ellie Sorenson, and the three forged friendships that would last their lifetimes.

The Civil War leaves the South stripped of its wealth and dignity. Faced with losing everything to the carpetbaggers the Langstons soldl the plantation and moved to Texas. The story that unfolds depicts the challenges and hardships they encountered while living on the raw Texas frontier.


For more information about The Langston Saga visit http://www.carolynboyd.net/index.html . The book is available at amazon.com.


Not too Late to Weep


R. Dwain Burton 



Author: R. Dwain Burton is 69 years old and has lived 59 of those years with weakened kidneys leading to renal failure. Dwain has been on home hemo-dialysis for 35 years. With his wife as caregiver, he has survived many of the enemies that attack dialysis patients. Not too Late to Weep is the story of his life.



Special note: On October 9, Dwain Burton passed away. Each and every letter typed, came with great pain to the author. His hands had been useless for many years. He wrote his book with his left hand, one finger, and one letter at a time. He was forced to use a magnifying glass to see. As you read, you will find errors in spelling and punctuation. The family chose not to change what Dawin had struggled to write as a tribute to the author’s determination to share his story.



Book: Not too Late to Weep is the story of a boy who faces insurmountable trials as he grows into manhood and yet somehow manages to overcome them without tears. Weakened by kidney disease the boy, and later the man, tries to compete in a world that is alien to him. He lets the written pages record his life spent struggling with the disease: the beautiful and the ugly, the gains and the losses, and the unforgiving and the forgiven. The book is available at amazon.com.


Let Yesterday Go


Lucinda Mills


Author: Lucinda Mills lives in the Ozarks with her family. In her book, Lucinda shares her heartrending story of survival and ultimately triumph over the abuse she suffered as a child. Raw with emotion and honesty, this story is one that victims of all types of abuse can find hope in, discovering that it is possible to "Let Yesterday Go."



Book: Let Yesterday Go-Murderer, pedophile, and church deacon are some of the words that characterize Lucinda's father. From the age of seven to the age of eighteen, she lived in fear of her father. The very man who was supposed to love and protect her was the one who robbed her of her innocence. Years later, Lucinda was still dealing with the aftermath of the abuse. The hatred for her father, and the baggage she carried affected every aspect of her life, even her relationship with God. For more information about the author and her book visit http://lucindamills.tateauthor.com . The book is available at amazon.com.


The Monday Night Flight Club


Joyce Grubbs



Author: Joyce Grubbs has had many intriguing experiences with politicians, criminals, and being privy to the integral workings of the "shadow world" that exists around us in our cities. Joyce drew from her experience with the underground relocation and protection services for victims of rape/sexual assault and domestic violence when writing her novels. She has completed eight novels (romantic/suspense and mystery/suspense). All eight are available at amazon.com. Her novels are stand-alone books but are known collectively as the Greyhound Lady Walking series.




Book: The Monday Night flight Club-At just eighteen, Presley finds her Prince Charming, Bristol, who whisks her off to England. Presley soon discovers, however, that her prince is really a beast, who repeatedly abuses her. Presley finally escapes, and she has grown from her hardship. She now helps other abused women escape their abusers, by establishing the "Monday Night Flight Club." Her ex-husband, however, is determined to have revenge, by taking Presley's new life apart. Will the obsessive hate of one man prevail? Or, can a group of people, brought together by adversity, use their love to conquer all?

Other books written by Joyce Grubbs are The Wrong/Strong Side of the Tracks, Jason’s Love is W.A.R, Mysteries of the Dogwood Diaries, and Greyhound Lady Walking
For more information about the author and her books visit http://www.joycegodwingrubbs.webs.com . All the books are available at amazon.com.







New Arrivals For November

Home Grown Books Welcomes

The Legend of the Golden Huaca


Colleen Tucker



Author: Colleen Tucker worked as a secretary with the F.B.I., taught course at Huff College, was a court reporter certified in Federal and Circuit courts and owned a court reporting agency. In later years, she was a talent and casting agent, working on television shows such as America’s Most Wanted, Unsolved Mysteries, movies Ozark Lends and Legacy at IMAX, A Place To Grow, as well as commercials for Silver Dollar City and Missouri Travel Tourism.



Book: Tom and his son, David, get lost while hunting. They find ancient carvings on a rock. They believed the carvings may be tired to the legend of a Spanish treasure hidden in remote caves of the Arkansas Ozarks. David’s father sets off to search for a way home and disappears.  After months of searching for his father, David is joined by three college friends and an intuitive Chihuahua.  Their mysterious adventure lead to the discovery of the Legend of the Golden Huaca. For a copy of The legend of the Golden Huaca,contact the author at her email address: mailto:colleen40quail@yahoo.comwww




Ann Charlotte


Author: From an early age, Ann Charlotte has been writing stories. Encouraged by her Creative Writing professor, she has pursued her dream of a career as an author. A short story has been published by Reader’s Digest (Canadian Edition) and a work of poetry has been published in an anthology of verse. Of three full-length novels completed thus far, Spellbound, is the first to be professionally produced. She is currently working on a children’s book, The Adventures of Skeeter Marie. Originally from Nova Scotia, Ann Charlotte was raised in Ontario, Canada. She currently lives in Missouri.



Book: In 1861, Clarissa Montgomery was beside herself with grief as her husband, Charles, prepared to enlist in the Confederate Army. Raised by her Cajun grandmother in the bayous of Louisiana, Clarissa had learned the art of black magic, spells and incantations, though never really did believe in its power. But when she could not talk Charles out of going off to war, she resorted to the next best thing—she cast a spell to keep them all safe. Little could she have known the ramifications the frivolous little rhyme she just made up on the spur of the moment would have on their lives. A century and a half later, after the sudden death of her husband, the temptation to explore the historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia was too strong for Claire LePaige to resist. Yet the closer to Shenandoah she found herself, the more eerily familiar the area seemed. And when she stumbled upon an old, ramshackle house by the river, Claire knew she had to have it even though it was rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a Civil War soldier. The children saw him . . . tried to convince her he was real. However, Claire no more believed in ghosts than she did in reincarnation. It took a series of unexplainable coincidences for Claire’s resolve to crumble. Now available at amazon.com or .



The Hawksbill Crag


Richard O. Snelson



Author: Missouri author, Richard O. Snelson has roots that are set deeply in the Crawford county area he writes about. The Snelson-Brinker cabin, built in 1834, still stands proudly in the Ozark Mountains located near Meramec Springs. Snelson was intrigued when he learned of the 1838 hanging of a 14-year-old slave girl who once lived there. Hence, The Hawksbill Crag adventure novel was born. He has also written a light-hearted novel about the country music and outdoor wonderland around Branson, and for aviation publications. Richard and his wife, RoxAnne, enjoy living on a ranch with their horses, while he continues to pen stories of the Ozark area he loves. Website: www.thehawksbillcrag.com


Book: In 1865, Union Army Captain Nelson Paintier returns under military orders to his boyhood home, bushwhacker ravaged southern Missouri. His orders are to pardon or kill the raiders riding there under the black flag of "Give No Quarter." Caught up in a bushwhacker chase, he must help them or lose the schoolteacher love of his life. She alone understands his guilt for causing the death of a fourteen year old slave girl years before. Because of their love, his dedication to duty, and his desire to correct his past sins, they ride a path that leads them straight towards death on the sheer edges of the Hawksbill Crag. The Hawksbill Crag is now available from Amazon.com and http://www.bboty.com/.


Temptation with Luggage


Sandy Shell


 Author: Sandy Shell likes telling others about Jesus and His role in every day life. She is from a town surrounded by the natural beauty of the Ozarks. A large robust family fills her days as well as a cherished group called The Ozark Prairie Quilters. It’s amazing she finds time for sharing garden plants, staying fit with friends, plus cooking fast and fun meals. Sandy has traveled for years and is happy to return to the Midwest where she plans to write more of the sort of books she likes to read.  Website: http://sandyshell.com/


Book: Judy Hampton just moved back to her hometown and is still trying to unpack her household goods, reconnect with friends and deal with her past. She is a sensible person, a thoroughly disciplined Capricorn with frugal tendencies in the areas she picks to be prudent in. Single again, she plans to move smoothly into this subsequent chapter of her life. What Judy needs next is employment and not unleashed emotions that have been tucked away. Her celibate days have her unprepared for sexy Simon Riverson when he washes into her garage and into her temptations on a damp, rainy morning. Temptation with Luggage is now available on amazon.com.

Featured Author/Book This Month


Author: Penny Robichaux-Koontz is an author, (whose life story has been featured on national TV, chronicled in newspapers and told in local and national magazines) artist, teacher, inspirational speaker and business woman who traveled nationally and internationally launching businesses and coaching in the health and fitness industry.





Book: I Thought You Had a Bigger Dream  is the amazing true life story of Penny Robichaux-Koontz. Penny was completely paralyzed in 1952 at the age of three from polio. However, with her mother's guidance and her own determination, she overcame the first bout of this disease.  In the early 1980's she was struck with post polio syndrome and a devastating prognosis "you will never walk again." I Thought You Had a Bigger Dream is available at amazon.com.


To learn more about Penny Robichaux-Koontz and her book visit   http://www.pennyrobichauxkoontz.com/