Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hands Full of Ashes by Kim Hotzon

I've got another great author to introduce you to today. Meet Kim Hotzon, a fellow Soul Mate author. Her debut novel, Hands Full of Ashes, hit Amazon yesterday and is already climbing up the ranks.


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 her heart, Olivia learns the truth of her husband's unimaginable betrayal. She flees to the tiny country of Rwanda where her soul is reawakened with a startling new love. Olivia realizes that love always comes with a price when she is faced with a decision she thought she would never have to make.

Surrounded by the rugged beauty of Africa, Olivia is determined to find true love while learning how to survive in a region left torn apart by civil war.

I cannot even fathom losing my Mr., let alone have the strength to move on from it and travel around the world alone to exotic locales. What a great premise for this story. 


I didn't know it at the time, but apparently Kim is quite an ingenious gal. To celebrate her release, she has scattered all around the internet, or at least on every blog she's visiting, short excerpts and fun facts about Rwanda. Here is the short excerpt she left with me. 


Somewhere, in another world, a faraway place, it was snowy and beautiful. Shreds of her memory hung loose, a coil of wire unspooled. She was in an alpine forest. The Black Tusk was there, across the valley between the mountains. Her hands were cold and they held something, a bottle or a jar. Olivia saw tiny, silver flashes, lifting and flying above.

Her arms reached out, trying to grab them. Her gravity shifted, and she knew she was falling down, into the valley far below. Is that you Jan? Where are you, Jack? Where are you going? Don't leave me here! The faces of the two men hovered above her, and she desperately reached out to both of them as she slipped over the edge.

Rwandan Fact #5: There are more women parliamentarians in Rwanda than anywhere else in the world. 56% of the government's parliament in Rwanda is female. That beats out even Sweden!

Way to go Rwanda! Gotta love girl power.


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 romance stories with a twist, 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.

You can get in touch with Kim by visiting her website or follow her on:


Thanks, Kim, for letting me help you celebrate the release of your debut release. May you have many sales and great reviews. 

Here's that buy link one more time. CLICK HERE TO BUY! You can show Kim some love by doing the following:
  1. Purchase Hands Full of Ashes and leave an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads when you finish reading it. 
  2. Connect with Kim on social media to wish her good luck.
  3. Leave a comment below, then share this post with all your friends to help spread the news. 
Come back next Tuesday when the Romance Writers Weekly gang dishes on their quirky writing habits.


  1. Hi Elizabeth,
    Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! Your site, by the way, is fantastic. Thanks for the warm wishes, and sending them right back to you!

  2. Fabulous idea for a plot and really liked the excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.