I’m exited to announce that my order of my new book, Shipwrecks of Curry County, has arrived. The book isn’t officially available for sale until Monday, but I’d be more than happy to accept pre-orders. Feel free to send me an email if you’re interested.
I hope you’re all enjoying your summer. It’s been gorgeous here on the Oregon coast over the past few days.
As a ship/shipwreck enthusiast, news articles relating to ships and shipwrecks (both past and present) always draw my attention. I’ve decided that in the future I’d like to periodically write a blog post that includes a list of online articles and their links. The theory is that if someone has read and enjoyed my books then there’s a good chance that they’ll find these online articles interesting.
There have actually been quite a few maritime related articles in the news over the past week. For instance, I found this article from the Oregonian last night:
The article talks about an interesting piece of wood that washed ashore on Cannon Beach. They reported that the piece of wood is 18 feet long and weighs several hundred pounds. Based on the square nails, notches, and cut-outs in the wood, it’s possible that it came from a wooden ship built in the 1800’s.
It’s going to take more research and consulting with experts– and we may never know for certain which ship it came from– but, it’s still a pretty cool find!
On a sadder note, I’ve been following the story in the news of the collision between a Navy destroyer and a container ship:
Collisions are on my list of the top three worst things that could happen at sea. As you’re probably aware, container ships are enormous. Fortunately, the navy destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, was sturdily built.
They’re still investigating, but it looks like the ships got lucky. Collisions are always bad and can potentially cause both ships to sink. Although both sustained damage and will need repairs, neither sank. Things could have been a lot worse.
When I first read about the accident, they reported that seven US sailors were missing. I had been holding out hope that by some miracle they would be found alive. Sadly, when I checked for an update on the story last night, I learned that the bodies of the sailors had been found inside one of the flooded compartments of the ship.
My condolences go out to the friends and family members of these sailors.
As someone that has spent a lot of time researching maritime history, I know that the outcome of this tragic accident could have been much worse. I’m grateful for the lives that were saved– on both ships.
~~ H. S. Contino
Let the Countdown Begin…
I have an exciting update on my new book, “Shipwrecks of Curry County.” My publisher, Arcadia, has set an official release date: July 17, 2017. Yay!
As always, thank you for your continued support.
H. S. Contino
Happy New Year!
I’ve created a new coupon code for my Etsy shop, “Reprieve’s Corner.” Shoppers can save 25% off of their purchase of $5 or more. This discount applies to both my handmade crafts and signed copies of my books.
Simply enter the coupon code “WINTER25” while checking out (coupon must be entered in order to receive the discount).
The promotion will expire on March 1st, 2017.
Greetings from the chilly Oregon coast!
I apologize for not posting more often. Between working at the library, setting up my booth at local farmers markets, craft fairs, and book festivals, and working on the new shipwreck book, I’ve been pretty busy!
I’m happy to report that the new shipwreck book is going well. I recently received the cover proof from my editor. It looks great!
The following is a close up on the back cover text:
So, what do you think?
Stay warm everyone!
H. S. Contino
I haven’t posted in a while so I figured that I’d provide a quick update.
The research for the new shipwreck book is going well. Phase one was compiling a list of Curry County shipwrecks and then hitting the books. I gathered as much information as possible about each ship and the circumstances surrounding their wrecks.
I’ve now moved on to phase two which is locating historical photographs and artifacts relevant to each shipwreck. Since the book will be published as part of the “Images of America” series, I need a minimum of 180 photographs to complete the book. I’ve been spending several hours per week visiting local museums to search through their collections.
So, there you have it– a brief update on the new book.
Thank you for your continued support!
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 having me write 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
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. The weather here on the Oregon coast is absolutely gorgeous today. I’m planning on taking my dog for a long walk in the sunshine later today.
I’ve just got a few updates to share. First, I’ve been continuing to add information and adjust the settings on my new Word Press author blog. Yesterday, I spent some time scanning newspaper clippings related to my books and past speaking engagements. I’ve added the newspaper clippings to the “Book Buzz” page.
It’s been a few years since “Shipwrecks of Coos County” was published. It was fun for me to re-read the newspaper articles about the book’s release. It brought back some great memories. The book was my first to be published by a traditional publisher. I’m so proud of how the book turned out. I put a lot of work into it. And, I love that it helps highlight some of our local history.
There have been numerous books about west coast shipwrecks written in the past, but most of them overlook Coos County. Usually, the focus was on the larger ports– like San Francisco and Portland. My book shined a light on the ports of Coos Bay and Bandon.
This area has a rich maritime history. I’m so proud of my book and the way that it helps preserve this history and share it with others.
Well, the sunshine is beckoning me. I have one more quick update before I go. Don’t forget about the promotion that I’m running in my Etsy shop. From now until August 31, 2016, you can save 20% off of your order when you use the coupon code “SUMMERFUN20.” There are no minimum purchase amounts and the discount does not apply to shipping costs. (Coupon code must be entered during checkout to receive the discount).
This discount applies to both my handmade crafts and my books. Please, feel free to take advantage of it!
Have a great week!
~~ H. S. Contino
With summer break right around the corner, I’ve decided to create a new special Etsy shop, Reprieve’s Corner. From now until August 31, 2016, you can save 20% off of your order when you use the coupon code “SUMMERFUN20.” There are no minimum purchase amounts and the discount does not apply to shipping costs.
** Please note, the coupon code must be entered while checking out otherwise Etsy won’t apply the discount. **
To visit my shop and check out the hundreds of handmade items that I have available, please click on the following link:
Oh, to be clear, signed copies of my books are eligible for the discount (hint, hint).
Happy almost summer, everyone!
~~ H. S. Contino