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Labor Day Sale!

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Save 25% off of all of your purchases from my online Etsy shop, Reprieve’s Corner, between August 15th until September 14th, 2018. No minimum purchase required. No exclusions.

Please, take advantage of this is the perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping. My shop includes a variety of handmade crafts including jewelry, hand painted signs, and even a few plush toys.

This sale also includes signed copies of my two published history books, Shipwrecks of Coos County (Arcadia Publishing, 2011) and Shipwrecks of Curry County (Arcadia Publishing, 2017).

As always, thank you for your continued support of my writing and crafting projects!


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In the News

Hello everyone!

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:

Debris that could be from a 100-year-old shipwreck found on Oregon coast

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:

US Navy Destroyer Collides with merchant 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.

US Navy ship collides merchant vessel off coast

My condolences go out to the friends and family members of these sailors.

Traumatic collision that killed sailors almost sank destroyer navy says

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

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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 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 BooksCoos 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

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A Few Updates


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.

Shipwreck Book Focuses on Local Maritime History by Alice Campbell, The World Newspaper, Apr 11, 2011It’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!

Reprieve’s Corner on Etsy

Have a great week!

~~ H. S. Contino


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Welcome to my new blog!

I’ve been using Blogger for the past few years to promote my writing. However, someone suggested that I give Word Press a try. So, here I am!

I’ll be adding additional features and information over the next few days. Please feel free to check back often.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ H. S. Contino, author