Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hands Full of Ashes

With: Kim Hotzon

Congratulations to "Trish", the winner in Kim's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

Olivia makes a promise to her dying husband. It is a promise that will take her on a journey to Africa, where love, hope and betrayal will shatter her heart, like ashes in the wind.


A romantic suspense novel inspired by a journey of love in Africa.

Permission was what she sought. Olivia desperately wanted to push forward with her burgeoning relationship with Roger. The desire to be loved, held and protected was an unwavering force, pulsating relentlessly. Danni's abduction weighed on her every day, but she needed to allow herself, on some level, to keep on living, however marginally it would prove to be. In the brief time she had known him, Olivia had received continuous support from Roger. He had put up with her crying spells, her morose state of mind, for days on end. 

Now it was time for her to release part of her soul. Yesterday belonged to the past. There was today. She would not think yet about tomorrow. She removed the leather pouch from around her neck and put it away, in her backpack. The dual chamber of her heart existed together, side by side. One for Jack. There is room for another. Let Roger take his place. As she lay on the bed beside him, she felt a pull of electricity surge between them.


Olivia promises to fulfill her dying husband's wish - to scatter his ashes around the world. Wading through grief and depression, she journeys to a remote orphanage in Uganda. Living amongst the children in their threadbare surroundings, she vows to fight for the children's lives as she begins to fight for her own. While Olivia develops a passion for humanitarian work, the lonely director of the orphanage develops a simmering passion for her.

Just as time begins to heal the wounds of Olivia's fragile heart, her world is shattered when she is involved in a violent encounter with an armed rebel group in the picturesque mountains of Uganda. Olivia flees to the safety of Rwanda, where she learns the truth of her husband's unimaginable betrayal.

As Olivia hovers on the brink of an emotional collapse, her broken soul is reawakened with a startling new love - but her life is about to take another dramatic turn as she struggles to survive in a region left torn apart by civil war. It will take every ounce of Olivia's courage to hang on to those she loves the most but it may come at a great cost to all of them.

One reader will have a chance to win an e-book copy of Hands Full of Ashes! I would kindly ask the winner to leave a review on Amazon!

About Kim Hotzon

Born in beautiful British Columbia, Kim developed a passion for writing at an early age. Her interest in people led her all over the globe, including a two year stay in Japan and a humanitarian trip to Rwanda.

She loves to write contemporary romance stories that feature strong women who deal with compelling issues. Kim enjoys adding unexpected twists, usually involving a dangerous and dramatic backdrop. Her first novel, Hands Full of Ashes, was inspired by her trip to Africa.

Kim spent many years teaching young adults with learning disabilities at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and she currently resides in the sunny Okanagan with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found plying the local ski hills, or getting lost in her kayak in the surrounding lakes.

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  1. Thanks for hosting me today! Readers, don't forget I'm offering a giveaway, so make sure to leave a comment!

  2. I read a lot, but I don't remember ever reading a romantic suspense story that takes place in Africa. New author, new setting. ... I'm in!!! Thanks for the chance to win. Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

    1. Thank you, Trish. The novel was inspired by my own journey to Rwanda in 2012. The country was so full of life and beauty it was hard not be taken by the people and the surroundings. Africa was everything one would imagine.

  3. What an interesting background for a romantic/suspense novel! Sounds inspiring and educational while still lighting a fire inside.

    1. Thank you, Belle Ami. There is certainly a lot of suspense in this story.

  4. interesting setting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. Yes, bn100. There is a lot of political turmoil in that region, but it is also a land of extreme beauty which I wanted to capture in the story.

  5. Very nice write up. The book sounds wonderful, emotional and exciting. Best wishes.