Sunday, July 31, 2016

Exciting Announcement-- New Book!

Good morning!

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Arcadia Publishing. Due to the success of my book "Shipwrecks of Coos County," we began discussing the possibly of my writing a second local history book for their "Images of America" series. I chose to wait to make an announcement until we reached an agreement.

I'm excited to announce that I'm currently under contract to write a follow up book titled "Shipwrecks of Curry County." The new book will basically pick up where the other one left off. It'll continue discussing shipwrecks along the Oregon coastline beginning just south of Bandon and continuing to the Oregon-California state line.

Although Curry County is smaller than Coos County, many of its settlements are older. There are several geographical similarities between the coastlines in both counties that make them particularly treacherous for ships (especially early in their history). But, there are also several features that make Curry County unique. I will be discussing both in the new book. There are also some amazing Curry County shipwreck stories. For instance, it was the location of one of the last American ships to be torpedoed off of the Oregon coast by a Japanese submarine during World War II. Fortunately, most of the crew survived. There are some amazing photographs related to the incident.


Tentatively, we're looking at a July 2017 release date for "Shipwrecks of Curry County." The retail price will be $21.99.

Please e-mail me or leave a comment on this post if you'd like to pre-order a copy of the new book. I'd be happy to e-mail you when the book is released and mail you a signed copy.

I'll also be lining up several shipwreck talks/book signing events within both Coos and Curry counties for next summer and fall. I'll post more information as the publication date gets closer.

Thank you all for your continued support of my writing career. I couldn't do it without you!


Woo-hoo! Time to roll up my sleeves and do some local history research!


~~ H. S. Contino

Sunday, May 15, 2016

New Author Blog

Hello!

As most of you already know, I've been using Blogger for more than five years. Unfortunately, over the past year they have made more and more changes to the webpage that have made using Blogger for my author and crafting blogs a nightmare. The changes make the webpage freeze up on a regular basis while I'm attempting to create new posts. In addition, ever since they merged with Google, the webpage regularly kicks me out of my Blogger account and logs me into my pre-existing Google account instead. In the process, lots of my posts-in-progress have been lost. It's been incredibly frustrating.

After months of fighting with the updated Blogger, I've decided to wave the white flag. I give up! This will be my last post on this blog.

For now on, you can find me at my newly created author blog on Word Press. The new web address is:

HS Contino on WordPress

I hope that all of my regular followers will follow me to the new web page.

As always, thank you for your continued support of my writing. I really appreciate it!

Best wishes!

~ H. S. Contino

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Green Acres Grange Sale

Howdy!

Just a friendly reminder, this weekend is the Green Acres Grange Flea Market and Craft Fair. The market will be held on May 6th and 7th (Friday and Saturday) at the Green Acres Grange Hall. It is open to the public from 9 am until 4 pm.

There'll be a variety of vendors including both handmade crafts and affordable used items. There is also a small kitchen where they sell affordable hot lunches. They usually have donuts or muffins in the morning as well.
 
I'll be there with my books and a variety of handmade crafts. I also know that my friend, Jo Quackenbush, will be there with her "Crochet Blessings." She makes wonderful crocheted hats, scarves, and necklaces.

Come check it out! Mention this blog post and I'll give you 10% off your purchase at my booth.
 
~~ H.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Camp NaNoWriMo

Greetings!

As many of you already know, I'm a big fan of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I've been participating every November for several years now. I love the online camaraderie and I tend to work better under a deadline. I find having the time limit of only 30 days to complete the rough draft of a novel with a minimum word count of 50,000 words to be extremely motivating.





NaNoWriMo was so popular that for the past few years the non-profit group that runs it has also been hosting smaller "Camp NaNoWriMo" events in April and July each year. Camp is fun because it's much more laid back. They also give you the option of choosing your word count goal, so you don't have to commit to the full 50,000 words if you don't have to.


 


I'm excited to announce that I was able to convince my supervisors at the North Bend Public Library to host weekly "write-in's" at the library throughout the month of April. So, if you're interested in writing, please feel free to join us.
 
 

Camp NaNoWriMo at the

North Bend Public Library!

 
When: Wednesdays from 4-6 pm
 
Where: North Bend Public Library-- Meeting Room
1800 Sherman Avenue
North Bend, OR 97459
 

Our first write-in will be this Wednesday, April 6th. It's going to be a lot of fun. There'll even be snacks! So, if you're in the area, please feel free to join us!

Happy Spring!

~~ H. S. Contino

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'd like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.

May your day be filled with love, laughter, and loads of food!

 
 
 
 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015!

It's November, do you know what that means? It's National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo)!

 
 
The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write the rough draft of a novel with a minimum total word count of 50,000 words. The catch is that you've only got the 30 days in November to write it.
 
 
This is often affectionately referred to as "30 Days and 30 Nights of Literary Abandon."

I've participated in NaNoWriMo every November since 2011. I enjoy the challenge, the company (the web page is full of forums and chat rooms where you can chat with fellow writers, offer advice, vent frustrations, and share the writing experience).

Noisy Neighbors


This year, I'm attempting to finish a (very) rough draft of a science fiction novel. I'm calling it "Noisy Neighbors." It'll be a while before a polished draft that's ready for publication, but I'm enjoying the mess and struggle that comes with composing the first draft.

My current total word count is 38,682. So, slowly but surely, I'm getting there.

Alright, enough procrastinating! Time for me to get back to work! Back to the writing cave I go!

For more information, please visit: www.NaNoWriMo.org



 















Hmm, I seem to have lost my 2013 winner badge...



Friday, September 25, 2015

Upcoming Events

5th Annual Florence Festival of Books

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Florence Events Center
10 am until 4 pm

This annual event gives the public a chance to meet local authors and purchased signed copies of their books. The number of participants increases every year. If I remember right, there were around 60 authors in attendance last year. There are also usually a few publishers. So, if you're interested in becoming a published author, feel free to visit those booths to learn more.

There are usually events spaced out throughout the day including book and poetry reading, live music (usually a piano player), and the kitchen sells a variety of lunch options.

I'll have all four of my published books available in my booth. Please, stop by and say "hi."

www.FlorenceFestivalofBooks.org

www.eventscenter.org






1st Annual Oregon Authors Day

Saturday, October 10th, 2015
Coos History Museum
10 am until 3 pm

The museum will be hosting its first annual Oregon Author Day in the newly constructed building on Front Street in Coos Bay. Come visit with some of your favorite local authors and check out the shiny new building. At least a dozen local authors will be in attendance. They'll be representing both non-fiction and fiction genres.

www.cooshistory.org