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Take a Trip to Hotel Safari

I have some good news and bad news for you. Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard that line before. But in this case, there’s no other way to state it. I’m going to get you psyched up and then I’m going to let you down. But gently, friends. Gently.

First the good news:

Hotel Safari is a brand new, absolutely original new series from my good friend Tori Knightwood. It’s so well written that I am now hooked on a series in a genre I never thought I’d like to read. Seriously, I would have never picked up a book in this genre. I’m more of a contemporary, historical fiction kind of reader. But when a writer is super talented, (and Tori Knightwood is,) she can suck you into a story and keep you there right up to the end. Think of Barbara Kingsolver and The Poisonwood Bible. Didn’t you imagine you were there in Africa with the Price family when you read it? When I read Tori’s book, I felt like I was standing in the lobby at the Hotel Safari.

Tori has lived in Africa and has written oodles of stories about that magnificent land and its people. I love being one of the lucky ones who get to beta read for her. So when she decided to write a book about something, let me just say unusual, I said to myself, “That’s not my cup of tea, but I’ll read it anyway.” I’m so glad I did! I’m hooked on this series. More good news is that she already has two more stories in this series lined up. The best good news is that Hotel Safari has branches all over the world, so the stories can keep coming as long as you want to read them. Boo-yah!

Now the bad news:

You have to pre-order the book and wait until June 1st to read it. I know, June 1rst is so far away! It’s like booking a room at the Hotel Safari for your next vacation, and you’re counting the days until you get there! But there is a way to visit the Hotel Safari before the series goes live on Amazon. Read on to find out how, and to get a peek at the fabulous cover and a glimpse of the story.

Cover Reveal: Pride of Africa

I’m happy to announce that Pride of Africa, the first book in the Hotel Safari series, will launch on June 1st, 2016.

Serena Fitzgerald, southern belle and student of animal behavior, comes to Kenya to study under a world-renowned biologist-turned-safari lodge owner. She expects to work hard. She expects to learn a lot. She expects a multitude of new experiences. But she didn’t expect to fall for her mentor’s son.

Colin Kemboi is a bored and rich playboy. Half British and half Kenyan, he fits everywhere and nowhere. But as a lion shifter, he yearns for the Kenyan bush. And he yearns for a woman who can love all of him, not just the jet-setting lifestyle he can provide.

Will Serena accept Colin’s lion half? Is Colin willing to settle down with a woman who isn’t among London’s elite? Can they find passion and happiness…together?

And here’s the beautiful cover, thanks to South Mountain Studio:

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The pre-order is now live on Amazon.

Thanks to my critique partners, launch team, friends, and family. I couldn’t have done this without you!


PS If you’d like to join my launch team and receive a free digital ARC in exchange for your honest review, please join my mailing list and then email me at tori at toriknightwood dot com to request to join the team.

About Tori Knightwood

Tori 5 black and whiteTori Knightwood has been lucky enough to live and work in some fabulous exotic places around the world. She faced down angry forest elephants in Tanzania, got a henna tattoo in Kenya, and fell in love in Rwanda. She writes stories to bring a little spice into your life.

You can find Tori online at the following links:

Amazon author page

Facebook author page

Goodreads author page

Tori’s website

Twitter: @PocketRomance




WOW! Women on Writing Fall 2011 Contest

Entry Fee: $10.00

Deadline: November 30, 2011

Guidelines: WOW! Women on Writing

If you want to get noticed by an editor of a publishing house, the WOW! Women on Writing quarterly contests are one way to do it. They are judged by editors, agents, and seasoned writers. The contests are friendly and fun, and still are able to be professional.

Read the WOW! website, and you’ll get a feel for the quirky, upbeat, and fun, (yes, I used the “f” word again) atmosphere. The same writing style goes over well with the contests. But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just an easy does it contest. The competition is quite fierce, as the site has a fabulous reputation among female writers.

This contest has an open prompt, which means you can write about any topic you love in any genre, keeping it between 250 and 750 words. The $10 entry fee pays for the awards and the tons of swag that go to the winners. Best of all, WOW! is eager to promote the winners on their website with interviews and pictures.

Happy writing!

Fiction365 Open to Submissions

Fiction365 is a website devoted to publishing one short story every day of the year. All genres are welcome, so the stories satisfy readers of all kinds.

The submission guidelines are simple:

Send short fiction, under 4k words, by email to submissions at fiction365.com. They also ask for a three-sentence synopsis of each story submission. Pitch practice at its finest.  They state that they are a paying market, but the rate is unspecified.

If you like to write short fiction this might be an option for you. Check out the guidelines and already published stories at Fiction365.com.

Divertir Publishing Accepting Fictional Satire

Deadline: March 15, 2011

Guidelines: Divertir Publishing

Divertir Publishing, a relative newcomer on the literary scene, is accepting fictional satire for an anthology scheduled to be released in July 2011. They have one book out already, and another one with a release date of February 19th.

The books are sold in print format and as ebooks. Amazon gives a few sample pages of When Nightmares Fall to peruse before buying.

The guidelines for submission are detailed, but the information about each anthology leaves matters up to the writers’ imaginations. Fictional satire could mean many different things to different writers. The website only states they want stories between 4,000 and 6,000 words that focus on the ridiculousness of modern day life and situations.

Divertir Publishing is a royalty paying market. Their goal is to present short story and poetry collections from a diverse range of writers.

Good luck, and happy writing!

Taleoh Tales Wants Choose Your Own Adventure Stories

D&D Choose Your Own Adventure

Image by mediafury via Flickr

Deadline: February 28, 2011 (for the first issue)

Guidelines: Taleoh

I remember reading “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories with my kids when they were young. Yes, I’m that old.

If you aren’t familiar with them, they are books that give the reader a choice at a critical decision point. If the reader chooses A, he skips ahead to one page in the story, but if he chooses B, he skips ahead to a different page. We loved reading them because the story could be different every time we read it.

“Choose Your Own Adventure” books are popular again in the middle grade crowd. Taleoh Tales is capitalizing on that popularity and publishing this type of story online. The stories are intended to be read in class in a 20 to 40 minute period. Students will vote on which choice to make at each decision point.

This is a great way to open up discussions about character motivation, plot outcomes, and possible plot twists. If you’re interested in writing for Taleoh, the first round of submissions closes on February 28th. They pay a flat rate for the stories. It sounds like fun to me.

Happy writing!

Children’s Writer Contest

Entry Fee: FREE to subscribers, $15 without subscription

Deadline: February 28, 2011

Guidelines: Children’s Writer

Children’s Writer is one of the best magazines of its kind for writers of anything from picture books to young adult. Each issue includes articles from talented published authors and market listings for the topics covered. I save all my copies. They’re that good.

You don’t have to be a subscriber to enter this contest, but if you are, you get a discounted entry fee. This magazine is a companion to a well respected writing program, so follow the guidelines carefully. Give it your best writing. There will probably be a good deal of competition.

The theme for this contest is Kindergarten. Write a story in 150 words or less that has to do with family or school. It should be at a level that a kindergarten student could read. Most of all, it should be entertaining. No preaching here.

The first place winning story will be published in a future issue of Children’s Writer. Cash prizes are not too shabby:

  • First place: $500
  • Second place: $250
  • Third, fourth and fifth place: $100

Good luck and happy writing!

Creative Writers’ Circle Contest

Entry Fee: FREE

Deadline: February 28, 2011

Guidelines: Creative Writers’ Circle

Creative Writers’ Circle is devoted to offering free writing contests. The current contest is sponsored by Serenity Sales. They’re offering a $60 gift certificate to the winner, and $35 gift certificate for second place and a $25 gift certificate for third place.

Using the prompt provided at the end of this post, write a story of 3,500 words or less. Entries must be previously unpublished, original works of the entrant. Clean writing is the goal here, in more ways than one. No profanity or explicit sexual content will be considered for a winning entry.

Writing Contest Prompt

Silver moonlight spilled across the wilderness, shining like a searchlight on snow-dusted mountain peaks and filling the valleys like floodwater. Ara stood in the shadow of a tall oak, sheltered from the unusual nighttime brightness. Traveling in the revealing moonlight didn’t feel safe, but neither did the woods. Those closely clustered trees were older than her grandparents and could hide too many things beneath their dense canopy – not so much as a single drop of moonlight touched the forest floor. Behind Ara, her mare nickered. She felt the animal’s breath on her shoulder, followed by a soft nudge. She didn’t want to stand still any longer. Well, neither did Ara. She swung into the saddle, clutching a familiar strand of blue beads that had been mined out of the very mountains she faced. She heeled her mare forward and wondered for what must have been the hundredth time where Jon was now.