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ASL Interpreter and LGBTQI Author Drue M. Scott Will Sign Books at Lincoln City Archery (Press Release)

Drue M Scott author of "The Monster in Blackwood Forest"

Lincoln City, OR (May 13, 2021) – From May 29 to 31, 2021, Lincoln City Archery will host author Drue M. Scott, whose new release is the third in the Mortal Choice series set in the fictional town of Blackwood Forest, Oregon. Scott’s Mortal Choice series has found resonance within the Deaf community for its heroine Jinx, who is a werewolf and happens to be deaf. Her best friend Christian is gay.

Originally, Scott had intended to explore what happens when a Deaf girl changes into a werewolf, and how that change would affect her hearing. He was also interested in exploring the dynamic between the werewolf and her gay best friend, who doesn’t know she’s a lycanthrope. The story follows more than the two characters Scott had envisioned in its first phases, and Oregon plays its own role.

“I love the Pacific Northwest: the smells, the sights, the mountains and rivers, and the ability to drive a short amount of time and be in the wilderness. I wanted a place far enough removed from the hustle of city life but still attached enough to be open-minded, mostly. A place that could easily harbor some close-mindedness but not be without hope for making the world better,” said Scott. “I really wanted my fictional town to be cool, damp, beautiful, and not too far from the rocky coast of the Pacific; Oregon was the perfect place to create Blackwood Forest.”

The Mortal Choice series has been called cinematic in scope and, with its werewolves and fairies, it compares favorably to “Twilight.” Those who are looking for a new twist on old themes will definitely enjoy Scott’s stories.

“This series is unique because it takes some of the typical mythologies of supernatural beings and beasts and looks at them through a different lens,” said Scott. “The Mortal Choice series takes place in a rich environment full of things the reader will find familiar, but done in a fresh new way.”

Scott will be at Lincoln City Archery on May 29 from 4pm to 7pm, when he will give a talk on “Inclusivity in Fiction” in the evening. On May 30, he will be available to sign books from noon to 4pm, and on May 31, he will be in town to sign books from 11am to 1pm. Hours may be expanded due to popularity.

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Salem Holiday Market 2019 Preview: Cacao Kingdom, Booth JD-8

Cacao Kingdom Millionaire Cookies

With over 250 vendors at Salem Holiday Market 2019, there are a lot of people to see and gifts to choose from. Nathan Rogers of Cacao Kingdom took some time out of his busy holiday schedule to answer our questions about his business’ participation in the Salem Holiday Market.

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Penguins Available for Adoption at Salem Holiday Market 2019

Jenya and penguins at the Salem Holiday Market 2018

All of our penguins are handmade and unique. So, if you like one, you need to contact us and let us know or get to Salem Holiday Market 2019 between Dec. 13 and 15. You can get a coupon off entry, and if you join our Patreon, you get $1 off every $10 you spend!

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Salem Holiday Market 2019 Preview The Short Straw (JD-2)

glass straws

The Salem Holiday Market 2019 is so large it fills two buildings and features over 250 vendors! We thought we would highlight some of the great items available. Shannon Biamonte of The Short Straw took some time away from her market preparations to answer some of our questions:

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Salem Holiday Market 2019: Free Calendar and Friday’s Event

Jenya and penguins at the Salem Holiday Market 2018

On Friday, December 13 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, the 2019 Salem Holiday Market is partnering with Chemeketa Community College Foundation. Entry into the market will be $8 per person or $15 for a couple; the proceeds will benefit the Chemeketa Student Relief Fund, which provides students with help for a variety of needs including meal passes and textbooks. It also supports the Chemeketa Food Pantry, which allows students to focus on studying rather than figuring out where their next meals are coming from.

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Salem Holiday Market 2019 Preview: Bliss Nut Butters (JD3) and SJL Woodworking (J15)

Bliss Nut Butters Line up

Salem Holiday Market 2019 has over 250 vendors this year, so we thought we would highlight some of them. If you plan your gift buying early, you’ll know how much you need to budget and what to look for when you arrive.

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Salem Holiday Market 2019 Preview: Santiam Soap Co. (J-D17)

Santiam Soap Co

The Salem Holiday Market 2019 will feature 250 vendors in two different buildings! There are door prizes to be given away, carols to be sung, and Santa might even make an appearance! Maybe, he’ll give his elves a break and pick up some amazing handmade items! Even if Santa isn’t delivering to your house, you can still get gifts from some amazing local talents and businesses. Jessy and Vinnie Rolfness od Santiam Soap Co. took time out of the holiday preparations to answer some of our questions about their participation in the market.

How many years have you been attending the Salem Holiday Market? This will be our second year as vendors at the Salem Holiday Market, but we have been in attendance for many years as shoppers!

What are you bringing to 2019’s Market? We will have both our hand-crafted artisan soap (including our holiday collection!) and highly scented soy wax melts. 

What’s new at your booth? We have an exciting new line of soy wax melts as well as a new design of our infamous Unicorn Breath soap!

What’s your favorite thing about Salem Holiday Market? We love the environment of the Salem Holiday Market. Walking down the red carpet with the live music playing and Christmas wreaths above. It really gets us in the holiday spirit!

What’s the best advice you have for people coming to the Salem Holiday Market? Take your time when you’re browsing and do a full walk through before purchasing anything! It is inevitable that you’ll miss a few booths when you’re wandering through and, who knows, that could be the one with the perfect gift! 

What is your website address? www.santiamsoap.com

Penguinate.com will be at the market as well (J13). Make sure you get your discount coupon for entry and drop by to see us.

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Salem Holiday Market: Preview Just One Week to Go!

White Picket Fence Caramels

With the Salem Holiday Market 2019 ready to kick-off in just about a week, you may be wondering what to expect. The Market will be filled with Christmas and holiday cheer as carolers and other groups perform daily. There will be several activities available in both halls with a focus on children in the Columbia Hall where the there is a kids’ activity center, pet adoptions and a huge model train setup.

As one of the vendors in the Jackman Long Hall this year, White Picket Fence Caramels (Booth J-F) will be there for their third year! Erica Wade says that she loves how welcoming the visitors and vendors at the market and suggests that shoppers look at everything at the market before making a purchase. White Picket Fence Caramels will be bringing their handmade, soft caramels.

The Salem Holiday Market 2019 runs Dec. 12 with a special night benefiting Chemeketa Community College’s Student Relief Fund. Many vendors will have specials for that evening. At the Penguinate booth (J13), the first 100 people to come by will get a code for a free 2020 calendar download. (No purchase necessary; offer valid until supply of codes runs out.) Saturday, bring a canned food item and get a discount on entry. You can also get a discount on entry by printing these coupons and bringing them with you.