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Fan Mail Friday!

Good morning!

Can you believe that we’re approaching the end of 2021? Time sure does fly by!

For this month’s Fan Mail Friday, I’m sharing another older review. This one is for a collection of pet and animal stories that I published back in 2013. I self-published the book so I could easily donate a portion of the sales to a local animal shelter. I initially chose Pacific Cove Humane Society because they were fund raising to build a new local shelter. Eventually, the organization re-reviewed their priorities after realizing that there was no longer a need to build a second shelter. Since then, I’ve been making donations to the Coos County Animal Shelter.

“Paw Prints” was a lot of fun to write! It’s a bit of a memoir since it includes numerous stories about myself, my childhood, and the pets that I’ve had over the years. I also invited a few friends to contribute stories to the collection– including my mother and sister-in-law.

The best part? The photo on the cover is Loki, my black Labrador Retriever. She’s a puppy in the photograph, but she’ll be 10 in February 2022. Like I said earlier, time flies by!

I hope you all have a great weekend! 

~ H. S. Contino

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Let’s Connect!

 Good afternoon!

I hope that everyone is enjoying their last few weeks of summer. The weather here on the Oregon coast has been gorgeous! Loki and I have been enjoying lots of long walks! We’re so blessed to live in an area with an abundance of natural beauty to enjoy!

Walking with Loki in Mingus Park

Just a quick post today. Someone recently mentioned that they had trouble finding one of my social media accounts. So, I thought I’d make it easy for everyone and list them all here. I use most of the popular social media platforms, but I spend the most time on Facebook and Twitter. Feel free to visit my social media pages, follow me, or send me a message. I love hearing from readers and befriending fellow authors/artists/creative types!


Author, H. S. Contino

Reprieve’s Corner




User name: Reprieve’s Corner

  • Note: Pinterest is fun because you can see that I really am a hodgepodge when it comes to my interests. I have boards on a variety of topics Including books, animals, stargazing, science-fiction (books, movies, and TV shows), & more!


H. S. Contino, Writer & Small Business Owner at Reprieve’s Corner


User name:  hscontino


User name: hscontino





User name: HS Contino (Reprieve26)

Amazon Author Central:

User name: H. S. Contino

GoodReads Author Profile:

As you can see, I’ve signed up with numerous platforms over the years. I know that everyone has different preferences and favorites when it comes to social media, so my approach has been to create accounts where people can find me (and by extension, my work).

Have a great week everyone!

~ H. S. Contino

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Today’s “Fluff Piece”

Good morning!

Since all of my recent posts have been serious, I decided that it was time to write about something light-hearted. A “fluff piece” if you would…

The name is Fluff… Sir Fluff!

Sir Fluff is my four year old house cat– although he would disagree with that description. While I’m typing this, he’s outside exploring my yard– after he snuck out this morning and refused to come back in (and he’s faster than me!).

He earned his name because he’s the first long haired cat that I’ve ever had. My niece and nephew picked him out for me from a litter of kittens that our local humane society was adopting. He’s since grown into his fur, but as a kitten he looked like a grey fluff ball:

Sir Fluff is a conundrum. On one hand, he’s a sweet, affectionate cat. He loves snuggles, curling up in my lap when I’m reading, and he even gives hugs! On the other hand, he’s incredibly mischievous! Sometimes it’s cute– like when he hops onto my back when I’m doing yoga or when he hops onto my shoulder to “help” me with manuscript edits:

Other times, Sir Fluff makes me grr! For instance, when he decided that the wallpaper trim I installed in the attic made a great scratching post (despite the fact that there are actual scratching posts in nearly every room of our house!). I’ve also had to use rubber bands to the door handles of every cabinet in the kitchen in order to keep him out. There’s nothing worse than retrieving a plate only to discover that your long hair cat has been using it as a bed!

Hanging from the bathroom curtains– “Sure, Mom, take a photo instead of untangling me!”

But, overall, Sir Fluff is a great cat and he certainly keeps us all entertained! For instance, he sleeps in the strangest positions– often with a leg or two sticking out straight:

If I slept in this position then I’d get a crick in my neck!

Sir Fluff also hero-worships his big sister, Loki the Labrador. He loves following her around and copying her:



I hope this fluff piece made you smile. Have a great week!

~ H. S. Contino