You don’t have to travel very far to find great summer reading. St. Louis has its own pool of great authors who have supplied the literary world with a variety of reading enjoyment for any age group, on a wide variety of topics. Check out these books from St. Louis dwellers.


“Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice” – Bob McCarty

A chance meeting in a European nightclub leads to an encounter that changes a Green Beret’s life forever. This story of lust, emotional devastation, political intrigue and courtroom corruption and drama is not the latest version of a Harlequin romance novel. Based on the true story of SFC Kelly Stewart, “Three Days in August” is the first book written by St. Louis journalist and blogger Bob McCarty.

McCarty, who writes, contributes to websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,,, and He has also been featured on The Drudge Report, World Net Daily, Hot Air and Michelle Malkin. His book is available at Barnes & Noble or on the book’s website.


“The Light Bringer” – Chris DiGiuseppi and Mike Force

“The Light Bringer” is a novel written by two Lake St. Louis police officers who have drawn from their personal experiences in law enforcement to tell a story of mystery, intrigue and strong spiritual foundations. Chris DiGiuseppi and Mike Force have spent nearly 20 years working in law enforcement and wanted to express that aspect of the bigger picture of life they see in their work that doesn’t often get told.

“The Light Bringer” is the first in the trilogy series and is available at, and at Barnes & Noble.

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“The Inverted Forest” – John Dalton

John Dalton, who teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, follows up his award-winning debut with an absorbing drama set in a rural Missouri summer camp. It has received rave reviews since its release last year. Entertainment Weekly called it a “gripping, tender, and at times disturbing tale,” and in a starred review, Kirkus Book Reviews called it a “humane yet largely unsentimental narrative of lingering impact.”

The compelling characters and the controversial themes the novel covers make “The Inverted Forest” a great summer read. And if you want to read more of Dalton’s work, check out his impressive debut “Heaven Lake,” a 2004 winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award in Fiction.

“The Inverted Forest” is available at Barnes & Noble and at

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“Kids Learn With U.S. Holidays: February Edition” – Tere Scott

Tere Scott is not your average stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. She is a busy author and blogger as well. In addition to writing several articles for content areas as an reporter and a CBS St. Louis blogger, she has published several books. As she understands the power of the growing internet publishing venue, most of her work can be found on

Tere shares her knowledge and experience in homemaking, child rearing and homeschooling in the e-books “20 Essential Household Items to Use in Repurposing, Removing Stains, and Cleaning Items for Resale,” “Rainbow Worlds for Preschoolers,” “Easy Ways to Repair and Repurpose Children’s Clothing” and available in paperback or ebook, “Kids Learn With U.S. Holidays: February Edition.”

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at