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December Specials & Upcoming Markets

 Good morning!

Can you believe that it’s December already? This year has flown by!

I’ve just got a few updates today. First, I’ll be continuing to discount everything in my online Etsy shop, Reprieve’s Corner, through the end of the year.

December Specials:

Autographed Books 25% Off (all titles– including my new novel, Alternatives)!

Handmade Jewelry 50% Off! 

All Handmade Crafts, Vintage, & Supplies 40% Off!

Free shipping on orders of $35 or more (US only)

Upcoming Markets:

Coquille Eagle’s Holiday Craft Bazaar

Friday, December 3rd– open 9 am until 5 pm

Saturday, December 4th– open 9 am until 4 pm

Location: Coquille Community Building, 115 N Birch Street, Coquille, OR 97423

This annual event always draws a large variety of local merchants. There are usually a few non-profit groups as well (including the local human society). Additionally, the Coquille Eagles usually have a booth where they sell fresh baked donuts– yum!

Pony Village Mall Holiday Craft Faire

Saturday, December 11th from 10 am until 4 pm

Location: Pony Village Mall, 1611 Virginia Avenue, North Bend, OR 97459

This will only be my 2nd time participating in this particular market. Last time there were a variety of vendors– some selling handmade items and some resale. Please, feel free to check it out!

(Shore Acres Light Display)

As you can see, it’s a scaled down list for me this year. Unfortunately, the combination of the global pandemic and my personal health issues have taken their toll on be over the past two years. As much as I enjoy participating in local markets (and visiting with members of our community), I’ve had to reduce the number of markets that I participate in.

As my regular readers know, I’m not the most consistent blogger. So, in case I don’t post again before then, I’d like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post and for supporting my little crafting and writing business. I really appreciate it!

Happy reading!

~ H. S. Contino

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Black Friday Came Early!

 Good morning!

I know that the past two years have been rough on a lot of people (myself included). Going into this holiday season, many of us have a limited budget to purchase gifts for our friends and family. With all of this in mind, I’ll be running a series of sales in my Etsy shop, Reprieve’s Corner, from now through the end of the year.

For the month of November:

Save 30-40% off ALL handmade crafts, vintage, and crafting supplies!

Save 20% off autographed copies of my books! 

Free shipping on orders of $35 or more (US only)

(These sales end on November 30th, 2021, but I’ll be creating new ones for December).

 Please, feel free to take advantage of these deals and help spread the word!

Happy fall everyone!

~ H. S. Contino

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It’s Fan Mail Friday!

 Good morning!

It’s nearly Halloween. Have you chosen your costume(s)? Feel free to share in the comments section!

For this month’s Fan Mail Friday, I’m sharing an older review of one of my books. “Shorts” is a collection of short fiction (short stories and poetry) that I published back in 2013. It’s a diverse mix of stories and genres. Appropriately, the review mentions one of my Halloween themed stories.

Have a sugar filled weekend!

~ H. S. Contino

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Welcome Fall!

 Good morning,

Here on the Oregon coast we’ve transitioned into the time of year where it’s necessary to wear layers. It tends to be chilly in the mornings, warm up to t-shirt weather during the afternoons, then get overcast and chilly again overnight. The result is a bunch of people constantly adding and removing layers of clothing as needed. (LOL)

Nature’s Fall Color Show…

It’s also the time of year that I start planning my holiday shopping. I’ve always been an introvert and large crowds give me anxiety, so I like to shop early. It’s also always a relief to have the shopping done ahead of time.

Since I’m sure I’m not the only one that takes this approach to gift shopping, I like to start running early sales and other promotional offers in my online Etsy shop, Reprieve’s Corner. Beginning October 1st, I’ve marked everything in my shop 30% off. This includes everything— my hand painted signs, hand made jewelry, hand sewn plush toys, autographed copies of my books, and even my new clay art!

Save 30% Shop Wide!

I’ve also been lining up fall and winter in-person markets. As everyone knows, we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, so it won’t be a normal holiday shopping season. Some events have already been cancelled. Others are still being planned with plenty of restrictions in place to try to keep everyone healthy.

I’ll be posting more in the next few weeks as I line up in-person markets. If you’re local (southern Oregon coast) and here about an upcoming market, please feel free to send me a message. I’m always open to suggestions!

Meanwhile, I hope everyone is enjoying watching the leaves change colors and having an excuse to sip more warm beverages while snuggling in our warmest sweaters!

Happy reading!

~ H. S. Contino

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Florence Festival of Books Follow-Up

Good morning! 

Earlier this month I wrote about the upcoming Florence Festival of Books. The event is usually annual, but it was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. I was excited to return this year. (Fun fact: the 1st annual Florence Festival of Books was in 2011– which was the year my first book was published. As a result, I can proudly say that I’ve attended every year!). 

This year got off to a bit of a rough start. It was stormy on the Oregon coast Friday night. I’m such a light sleeper that the strong winds and heavy rains woke me up several times. Fortunately, by Saturday morning the storm was letting up. It rained off and on during my drive to Florence, but it cleared up about an hour after the festival opened. 

My 2021 booth

I knew when I signed up that this year’s festival would be different. In fact, for the week leading up to the event, I half expected to receive a message saying it had been cancelled. We’ve been experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases on the Oregon coast over the past few months (mostly due to the Delta variant). But, they decided to go ahead with the event while implementing several safety efforts. 

If you look closely, you might recognize the author in the lower left photograph.

In addition to requiring everyone (both vendors and visitors) to wear masks inside the Florence Events Center, they limited the number of booths. If I remember right, they said there was 1/3 less booth this year than in past years. This allowed them to space out the tables which made it easier for participants to practice social distancing. They also had hand sanitizer stations set up throughout the building.

Despite advertising the event through all of the regular channels, this year’s book festival didn’t draw as many visitors as it usually does. Given the circumstances, this wasn’t surprising; but, if I’m being brutally honest, it was still disappointing. 

I’m incredibly grateful to the people that did attend the event. I enjoyed chatting with the visitors to my booth. Since I wrote two books on local history, I tend to catch the attention of fellow history enthusiasts. This inevitably leads to interesting conversations! I also enjoyed catching up with several of my fellow west coast authors.

Baby book’s 1st book festival…

I’m looking forward to next year’s Florence Festival of Books. Fingers crossed that the world has returned to “normal” by then!

Happy reading!

~ H. S. Contino