Please join me in welcoming Caitlyn O’Leary to this week’s Wednesday Words. Her latest book, Protecting Olivia – Book 2 in the Fate Harbor Series, releases on May 15th and focuses on a topic that is near and dear to Caitlyn. Today she is sharing a little bit of why it’s so important to her. Without further adieu, here’s Caitlyn…
Thanks Lynne for hosting me on your blog, and allowing me a moment to talk about why this book means so much to me. It is the second book I have written. It follows Trusting Chance in the Fate Harbor Series, and I like to think I’m still delivering the same kind of fun, strong story to my readers. As a matter of fact, they get hunky firemen, and a mystery! I’m also introducing two ex-Special Forces men who also come to help protect Olivia because somebody is really out to get her.
The reason this book really tugs at my personal heartstrings is that it mentions one topic that that is especially relevant to me. That is the need for homeless shelters. My mom was mentally ill, and she had five children who desperately loved her and would have taken her in at any time, but because of her illness we couldn’t always find her. Knowing that there is a shelter system in America where people who are in need can find refuge is important to me. When I wrote this story for Olivia, I hadn’t even realized that connection between my mom and Olivia’s passion. It was re-reading the story during the editing process that it clicked for me why the story resonated. All of my characters seem to write their own stories and I have very little say on what they do, so I was happy to see that Olivia was doing something about a cause that would have helped my mom.
Okay, with all that being said, the people that I have had read the book, still said that the mystery and action had them turning pages until the very end. And that the book was extremely steamy. So go read the excerpts, before thinking that Olivia spent her entire time taking care of the homeless, I assure you she spent plenty of time “playing” with her oh-so-hot firemen!
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I want to thank Caitlyn again for visiting Wednesday Words and explaining the story behind the story of Protecting Olivia. If you’re interested in volunteering your time or donating to a homeless shelter you can find more information here: