Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Guilty of Corruption

I can’t even say anymore, just read the article. I’m so sad right now.  We  put so much trust into Nagin after the storms and we needed so much help.  I say “we” because the citizens of New Orleans are American Citizens, Southern Citizens, the whole nine.  I do hope that this is not all true.  I hope that he has been set up.  Even as I write this, I hear my readers saying, “Wishful thinking, Latrivia.”  What is really going on in the world, Craig? He could have made $60,000 writing a good book about his experiences there in New Orleans during the Hurricane.  Geesh!!!

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By Elizabeth Chuck

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was convicted Wednesday of accepting bribes and free trips from contractors in exchange for helping them clinch millions of dollars in city work when he was in office.

Prosecutors in the federal corruption case alleged Nagin took bribes worth more than $500,000 through various criminal acts, starting before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 and continuing through the storm’s recovery.

Nagin, a Democrat who was mayor for two terms from 2002 to 2010, denied he took any bribes. He faced a 21-count indictment, and was found guilty of 20 counts. The counts ranged from conspiracy to filing a false tax return.

Read the indictment

One of the most egregious charges Nagin was found guilty of was accepting $60,000 from an engineering firm, Three Fold Consulting, in exchange for special treatment. The lone charge he was found not guilty of was a separate bribery charge: accepting a $10,000 bribe arranged by a principal in Three Fold Consultants.

Nagin, 57, faces more than 20 years in prison. His sentencing date has not yet been set. U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan ordered him to be under house arrest until the sentencing, WDSU in New Orleans reported.

The jury deliberated for about six and a half hours before delivering the verdict.

First published February 12th 2014, 12:59 pm

First Lady Michelle Obama Killed in her ballgown last night!!!

Michelle Obama wears Carolina Herrera gown at state dinner

Michelle Obama wears Carolina Herrera gown at state dinner

I can’t give you an actual account of what happened at last night’s state dinner because I wasn’t there. LOL. To say that I was invited but I had other things to do is like choosing to stay home and wash your hair the day of rapture. But I still kept up with all the excitement. I love most things French and was excited about the President of France coming to the states. Then there was a star-studded event worthy of a good romance novella all by it self. But what impressed me the most was not our debonair President or the celebrities, it was First Lady Michelle Obama’s dress. Damn, the girl killed it and I’m so proud of her. First Lady Obama is one of those women whom I just absolutely am proud of Monday through Sunday and she couldn’t have picked a better dress or hairstyle than last night’s for the big State Dinner. Read more below, but that was just my account on what I didn’t see for myself (snicker).

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ABC News’ Chris Good: “Citizen-Stars Of The State Dinner” For the most part, Tuesday night’s state dinner was a star-studded affair. Marking the visit of French President Francois Hollande, President Obama and his French counterpart toasted each other’s countries before a lavish meal at the White House, and before an entertainment- and political-celebrity-filled crowd that included the likes of Bradley Cooper and his supermodel girlfriend, Mindy Kaling, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, outgoing NBA Commissioner David Stern, Stephen Colbert, and members of Congress and cabinet secretaries. LINK

USA Today’s Maria Puente: “Obamas Bid Bon Appetit To Hollande (And Bradley Cooper)” Guess who came to dinner at the White House state affair for French President François Hollande? Well, besides Bradley Cooper. Well, besides Bradley Cooper. Not Hollande’s wife, because he doesn’t have one. Not his gorgeous girlfriends, because he’s already dumped two of them. And not his current gorgeous girlfriend, because, well, she’s just too new to display to the Yanks, already agog at the details of his complicated romantic life. But the show must go on when it’s a grand state dinner at stake, and so President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed a solo Hollande for tonight’s gala at the White House, where the celebrity guests included French-speaking heartthrob movie star Bradley Cooper and his girlfriend Suki Waterhouse. LINK

Another hot first lady look…
Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Margarita Zavala, Felipe Calderon

The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: V6 Cover Revealed

The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: V6 by Latrivia Nelson

The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: V6 by Latrivia Nelson

Latrivia Nelson Steps into 2014

Latrivia Nelson and Bruce Welch

Latrivia Nelson and Bruce Welch

At the stroke of midnight, I was on the phone with Shag, while he told me that he loved me as he was working. I was in route to the party we both we soon be at in the late hours of the night. Our promise to ourselves was simple…We would no longer allow ourselves to be controlled by other people and their demands of us.

We had endured a tough year (1) the loss of our unborn child, (2) the craziness of past relationships, (3) near death experiences, (4) cleaning up the garage…and the list goes on. But we made it. Now it’s a new year, and a lot has changed. I went from the Sr. Account Services at the firm that I work for to the Senior Account Executive (big jump), I’ve got a load of new material to release for the Latrivia Nelson brand and more than anything, I’m actually thinking outside of the box.

The key, however, is to be consistent. You have to think outside of the box on a continual basis. Not easy. Not easy at all. It’s like sticking your big toe in the water but not following through with getting in, even if the water is just right. So this year, I’m diving in.

To prove it, I’m sharing something with you. Here is the rough, rough, rough draft of the Prologue of The Chronicles of Young Dmitry: Volume 6. I refuse to miss out on one more opportunity to share with you, because no one is promised tomorrow.

How are you stepping into 2014? I’d love to hear, so please share.

XoXo and all that jazz,
Latrivia

The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov
Volume 6

By: Latrivia S. Nelson
Confidential Copy

Prologue

Midnight, Private Airstrip
Manhattan (New York City, NY)

After a physically and mentally exhausting flight from Prague, Dmitry Medlov stepped off his shiny, new private Learjet in a private Manhattan hangar with five of his best men in tow and planted his long limbs on solid ground.

Ahh.

It felt good to be out of the confinement of the stuffy plane and back on the earth’s surface again. He’d never truly been fond of planes, because it took away too much control and put it in the hands of another; although at the same time, planes were an absolute necessity for his way of life. So were the bodyguards and the armored cars and the guns and so many other things, he would have been happy to live without had he had another life. A simple life. But that was wishful thinking.

Three black bulletproof SUVs were waiting outside of the hangar for the men along with his eager-to-please Brighton Beach team. All of the men on the team were young, barely in their thirties, dying to be in charge or at least to be recognized. They greeted him with the customary respects, shocked to see the boss in the flesh.

Although he was tired, he made sure to shake every man’s hand, even though he didn’t have to. It was unbelievable what a man would risk if shown a little respect. Over the years, just shaking a man’s hand had led them to dive in front of bullets for him, knowing that they would not survive. And what did it take to get them to sacrifice themselves? A little kindness. But that had been learned not taught sense, something that had come at a hefty price.

“Boss, you’re here,” Semyon said, opening the door for him to the SUV.

Dmitry paused at the door and looked at Semyon. “I want you on your best behavior.”

Semyon tilted his head. “Of course, boss.”

Although Dmitry loaded up, no part of him wanted to sit for a second longer. He would have walked in the night’s air, if he had the time.

His body ached in places that only a man of his age could, longing for a steaming hot bath and a warm bed, but he knew that his attention needed to be in other places at the moment, namely on his more than defiant daughter, Anya.

In a word, she was out of control.

And as a result, so was he.

Only, he denied himself any reason to show it. He couldn’t give her that power over the situation.
Another power struggle.

Life was full of them.

After an explosive argument that he and his oldest daughter had the day before about her desire to start running a part of his business that she should have neither known about nor in her right mind wanted anything to do with, she had packed her things and left the country.

The country.

It was a move that only proved to him that she was still an immature child, even if she was now technically a woman. However, his wife had begged to differ, rationalizing that his tyrant-like hold on Anya’s life was the reason that she had chosen to flee.

Who would blame her, Royal had reasoned.

Women all stuck together, no matter the age.

Again, it all came back to being his fault. The very notion that all that he had done to keep her safe had been not only unappreciated but completely overlooked made him want to show everyone what real immaturity looked like, but it wouldn’t have done any good. Anya had a hold on him, whether he admitted to it or not.

To keep the family from knowing her exact whereabouts, Anya had chartered a flight across the ocean using her own money, but what she hadn’t counted on was the chip that Dmitry had installed in the diamond bracelet that she was still wearing. It had been necessary after he had found out about her secret relationship with Semyon and her proposed marriage to the prince who would remain nameless.
Within one mission in mind, they headed in a tight convoy towards NYU’s campus. As soon as Dmitry heard where she had traveled to, he knew exactly where to look for her. And after one call, he had gotten an address. There was only one person whom she’d travel thousands of miles to cry to, her childhood friend, and one of the sons of his most trusted confidants, Adamo Agosto.

***

Twisting the cap off a cold beer and throwing it on the coffee table in the living room, Adamo plopped down on his brown leather sofa, put the pillow on his lap, and grabbed the remote.
It was a perfect Saturday night, and here he was watching The Godfather trilogy and babysitting. What a life? He should have been out hanging with his friends or crawling into bed with strange women, just like his brother Madison was doing at that moment, but Anya needed him.

She had shown up on his doorstep unannounced and alone the night before, interrupting his session with Apple, a California blonde named for Silicon Valley’s most coveted technology and shaped like a vintage coke bottle, whom he had devoted two very long weeks to getting in bed. The entire courtship had been all for naught, seeing that he had to throw her out on her ass when Anya came storming in teary eyed and upset.

Apple had been his weekend plan, but Anya had been his friend most of his life.

Now, it would take days to line up something else; time that he didn’t have. Major exams were coming up starting Monday morning, and he had to produce good grades or his old man would have his ball sack. If he could recall correctly, his father had used those exact words in his threat.
So help me if you don’t get those grades, I’ll have your ball sack on my rearview mirror for Christmas, his father had threatened.

Reason enough for any sensible young man to take his classes seriously.

“Do you feel like some company?” Anya asked, standing at the top of the spiral staircase that led to the bedroom. Her voice hummed through the air like a summer breeze.

Adamo looked up from the sofa and spied her in one of his dress shirts. It was like a jolting shock to his inner wolf, and suddenly he was begging to get out. True, they had seen each other plenty of times naked when they were kids playing in the backyard of his parents’ home with the water hose, but this was no child that he was beholding.

Anya was all woman, all curves and sensuality. Her long black mane flowed like a black river down past her shoulders and her killer body peaked out of the Brooks Brothers pin stripe making him nearly forget that she was at least like his sister. Her perky large breasts pressed hard against the fine fabric and flawless firm long legs anchored her stealthy frame. And even in the shirt that tried to dwarf her, he could see wide hips and a remarkable tiny waist.

Absolute perfection.

Absolutely untouchable.

He moved the bottle from his mouth absently and swallowed hard. His large Adam’s apple bobbed in his throat. “Sure,” he croaked in a deep southern baritone. He moved over on the sofa quickly and tapped the cushion. “Bring a throw with you. It can get chilly with the ceiling fan.” He couldn’t take his gaze off the still, diamond-like blueness of her sultry eyes.

Look away, he told himself quietly.

“You sure? I don’t want to intrude any more than I already have,” she said in her weird English and Russian accent.

Even after many years of spending time back and forth in the states, Anya sounded extremely foreign to Adamo.

“Hell, you’ve already intruded more than you should have. Might as well go the whole way.” He knew that she knew he was playing.

“I’ll be right down.” Anya smiled gently, almost with a hint of flirtation, and disappeared back in the room to grab the covers. As she did, Adamo caught a glimpse of her white lace panties from his low vantage point. He liked white.

His brow spiked in curiosity, but he quickly shut it off. “It’s Anya for Pete’s sake. Get a hold of yourself,” he mumbled under his breath.

“What did you say?” she called out from the bedroom.

“Umm…nothing,” Adamo said, looking down at his lap. This would have all gone better if Anya had just shown up a little later last night. Apple would have cured what was suddenly ailing him.
Trailing down the staircase with the throw in her hands, she stopped midway when his doorbell rang.

“Are you expecting anyone?” she asked, staring at the black wooden door.

Adamo stood up. “I’m never expecting anyone,” he said, walking across the room. “But that doesn’t mean shit.”

Anya wanted to tell him not to answer it, but kept her lips pursed closed.

“Who is it?” Adamo asked, looking through the peephole. He looked back at her and shook her head. “It’s your dad,” he said with a sigh. Great, more drama for the night. Just what he needed. All he was missing was the angry boyfriend.

“Shit,” Anya said, heading back upstairs. “Stall him.”

“Uh huh.” Adamo waited until she closed the bedroom door before he opened the front door. “What’s up, old man,” he said with a smile.

Dmitry looked down at Adamo, shirtless and wearing basketball shorts and growled. “I’m here for Anya,” he said, breezing past him.

Adamo stood to the side and let his NBA sized entourage inside. Closing the door behind them, he ran a hand through his black curls. “I can’t say that I didn’t expect you. Where there is one Medlov…there are normally many more.”

“I could say the same for the Agosto’s,” Dmitry quipped.

Standing in the middle of the open room, Dmitry looked around the little loft apartment, complete with New York Yankees memorabilia hanging on the exposed brick walls, a bike in the corner and tons of old textbooks lined up on the bookshelves. A typical college apartment. “Where is she?” he asked flatly. He took off his suit jacket and laid it on the recliner adjacent to the sofa.

Adamo pointed. “Upstairs changing,” he said, locking eyes with Semyon, who was standing right beside him, glaring at him. “What’s up with your guard dog?”

Semyon’s eye twitched and the veins in his neck protruded out.

Dmitry walked into the small kitchen and grabbed a glass out of the cupboard, like he had been there a hundred times before. Leaning against the counter, he sipped the water and looked out the window at the Manhattan skyline. “How is your family?” he asked, ignoring Adamo’s snide remark.

Adamo was about to respond when the dog finally spoke.

“Just another fucking spoiled American suka,” Semyon snarled. He stepped closer to Adamo.
“Suka?” Adamo turned and looked up at Semyon, blue eyes blazing. “Who are you calling a bitch, bitch? You better take that shit outside.”

“Boys,” Dmitry said, slightly raising his voice. He glanced over at them with a warning glare. He wasn’t here for them to measure their dicks. He was here for his daughter.

Both men backed down, but only because of Dmitry’s command. Otherwise, they would have already been at each other’s throats.

Adamo had been around Russians most of his life, so the intimidation factor had long gone out the window, and he spoke the language fluently, knew the customs, understood the underworld. Plus, if one added in the factor that he was also an interracial child born out of a marriage of a black woman and a white man, Italian in fact, then he’d had hard knocks enough. As such, he had become hardened over the years. He was his own man, ready to stand when needed against anyone who got in his way.

“You didn’t answer my question,” Dmitry said in a low even tone.

“Pop is good. He and mom took a vacation to Cabo,” Adamo finally answered Dmitry, while at the same time stepping away from Semyon before he lost his cool. “My brothers are scattered out. Madison transferred up here to NYU this semester. Michael and David are all stars on the football team back home. Rosalyn and Sadiri are both boy crazed middle schoolers. We’re all just one big happy family,” Adamo said, walking into the kitchen. He opened the frig and pulled out another beer. “Want one?” He offered the bottle to Dmitry.

“It’s odd watching you even offer me that,” Dmitry said, taking the beer. “Just a minute ago, you were a child running around my house with your brothers.”

Adamo grabbed one for himself. “Well, I had to grow up sometime.” He took a sip and looked back over at Semyon critically. “You sure that he should be here when she comes out? She was pretty upset when she arrived.”

“Why wouldn’t he be?” Dmitry asked, looking over at Semyon, who had his eyes locked on Adamo’s closed bedroom door.

“He’s part of the problem,” Adamo said, intentionally not lowering his voice.

“Lovers often are,” Dmitry said with finality.

Adamo bucked his eyes. “Him?” He shook his head in disbelief. “What happened to Prince Pussy pants?”
The bedroom door opened and Anya emerged fully dressed. As soon as her hand touched the banister, she locked eyes on Semyon. Even in his brooding silence, he dominated the room and her attention.
Without intention, her mouth parted when she saw him. His deep tan skin glistened with sheer anger. Looking over at Adamo and back at her, he raised a brow.

“No,” she said, rolling her eyes. “He’s just a friend.”

The tension left his wide mountainous shoulders. Licking his deep rose lips, he gave her another look, one that was mixed with relief and need. Semyon headed up the staircase towards her. Then he remembered himself. Gritting his teeth, he looked over at Dmitry. “Boss, may I have a word with her alone?”

Dmitry placed the beer down carefully on the countertop and walked back out where she could see him.

“Daddy,” Anya said, straightening up. “How did you find me?”

“Boys, why don’t you all step outside,” Dmitry said, temper quietly flaring. He kept his eyes on Anya. “I need to speak to my daughter alone and unlike Semyon; I don’t have the energy to hike up a flight of stairs.”

Adamo opened the frig again and pulled out the rest of his beers. “I guess I’ll be outside then,” he said, walking to the front door.

Semyon looked at Anya one last time and then headed out of the door behind Adamo.

As soon as the door closed, Anya came down the stairs. “I needed some time,” she said before Dmitry could speak.

“You were throwing a fit. Stomping your feet won’t solve anything with me, Anya. You have to know that by now.”

Anya raised a finger. “I was not stomping my feet.”

“Really?” Dmitry said, lifting his palms in the air. “We’re in New York. You left the country because you were upset.”

“I needed to get some distance between myself and my situation,” she said in a matter of fact tone. “But you can’t understand that because you’re too busy still trying to control me.”

“Are you trying to provoke me?” Dmitry asked, voice even. He put a large hand on his hip.

“No, I’m trying to…”

Dmitry cut her off. “Don’t. If you try, I might just get provoked.”

“Then what, Daddy? I’m not a Vor. You can’t have me killed because I don’t want to do exactly as I’m told.”

Dmitry smiled. “Clever girl. You think I’m out of options, don’t you.” He shook his head. “I’m far from it. You will do as I have instructed because I have instructed it.”

“I will not,” she said calmly. She clenched her jaw. “I’ve decided that I’m not going back with you. So, you’ve wasted a trip. And I won’t come back until you hear out my proposal. It’s a good proposal…”

“It’s ridiculous. You running my London affairs? Have you gone mad? No women are on the council. No women run entire outfits. You’re a child.”

“I’m not a child,” she said, snapping back at him. “I haven’t been a child since the day that Davyd was killed.” She fought tears as she said his name.

Dmitry pointed a finger at her. “You will not place yourself in harm’s way by running London.
Viktor is running London, and he’s doing fine as my…”

“Viktor is dead,” Anya interrupted said, voice lower. “And I assure you, he’s not fine.”
Dmitry’s brow furrowed. “What?” Did he hear her right? Why had he not been informed?

“I killed him,” Anya said, eyes darkening. She walked around the sofa toward her father. “Before I flew here, I stopped in London, and I met with him at his house, where I confronted him about his dealings with Hashed Nadir, and then I killed him after he basically admitted to stealing from us to fund activities that we don’t support, specifically terrorism. He was helping fund and fuel a civil war with our weapons and with our money.”

“If you had been in London, I would have known about it. If Viktor was dead, I would know about it,” Dmitry growled.

“Because of the diamond bracelet?” she asked, raising her wrist. It reflected in the light. “One plane came straight to New York with the bracelet on it. One plane went to London. And the reason that you don’t know about Viktor is because his men are dead also.”

Dmitry saw a glint in his daughter’s eyes that reminded him of a man he once knew. Even now, she bore his resemblance.

“Am I really to believe that a little girl killed my men?” Dmitry sucked his teeth. “Who helped you?” He looked toward the door as if to implicate Semyon.

Anya drew her father’s attention. “He wouldn’t have, even if I had begged him. He’s loyal to you way past a fault. And none of your men would have stood with me for fear of you, even though Viktor was a sorry excuse for a man and a traitor. The order didn’t come from you, so I had no help.”

“How many?” Dmitry asked.

“Five,” Anya said without flinching.

He thought it hard to believe that his daughter was capable of such a thing.

“They weren’t expecting it. That’s what made it easy,” she explained. “If they had even an inkling of an idea that I came there to kill them, then I’m sure that I’d be dead.” Still, she did not flinch.

“You only get that kind of advantage once. Eventually, your innocent façade will wear off and people will see you for what you are. No more surprises. No more advantages. Then where will you be?”

“And just what am I exactly, daddy?” she asked.

Dmitry walked up to her and rubbed her face. “You’re a Medlov.”

“Then give me the opportunity to prove it. My brothers have no desire to run anything outside of Anatoly. He’s got the States and everything on that side of the glob locked. But London…” Her eyes were bright. “We have so many growth opportunities in Europe.”
Dmitry’s shoulder’s slumped. “It kills me when I can’t give you what you want…”

“But…” She urged him to finish his sentence.

“But this is one of those times that I’ll just have to be unhappy. The Vor has no place for women and absolutely no place for my daughter. This family has billions of dollars at its disposable because I did the heavy lifting years before you were born. As a result there are even more opportunities…legal opportunities…for you to explore than most of the entire world put together. So you see, I can’t indulge this desire you have to live recklessly at everyone else’s expense. I appreciate your dealings with Viktor, and I will be following up on everything that you said, but if you are caught inserting yourself into my business again, then I’ll be forced to take drastic steps.”

“So because I am a woman…”

Dmitry cut her off. “You are my daughter. You will do as I say. This discussion is over. Now, I have rooms for us at the Waldorf. We’re leaving and going their now. And upon your arrival, you will call your mother and let her know that you are safe again.”

“I was safe before,” she snapped, stepping away from him. “I can’t believe after everything that I just told you, it still boiled down to a no answer. Do you think that my spoiled ass baby brothers are going to lead the next generation of men? Or Demi?” she laughed facetiously. “Anatoly isn’t exactly raising the next Czar. Gabriel never had a blind man’s chance in the first place and if you even think about selecting Semyon over me…” Her nostrils flared.

Dmitry smacked his lips and looked away from her. “You’re too power hungry for your own good, Anya,” he warned.

“It worked out well for you, didn’t it. Heavy lifting aside, you made out pretty well from the slums of Moscow to where you are now.”

“Do you think that you really have what it takes to lead at all costs?” he asked, stone faced.

“Yes,” she answered quickly.

“Fine,” Dmitry said, pulling his gun from the holster under his tailored suit jacket. The steel weapon gleemed across the room. “What if Semyon is the only thing standing in the way of you and your coveted position? When I was your age, I would have simply killed him. Got him out of the way.” He put the cold steel in her manicured hands. “Not much has changed since that time when it comes to life and power. If you want the Vory so badly, go and get it. He won’t be expecting it either. Blow his brains out and if you’re afraid of Adamo being a witness, then kill him too.”
Anya looked at the gun and then shoved it back toward him.

“What’s the matter?” Dmitry asked, taunting her.

“You would really let me kill them. Both of them. I know it,” she said pissed.

“That’s the point. The Vory v Zakone has no place for love,” Dmitry said, acknowledging the fact that he knew about covert but blooming relationship that she was having with Semyon.

“Who said anything about love?” she snapped.

“If I have to tell you how I know, this conversation is going to take a drastic turn. Now, I’m still your father dammit.” His teeth showed

Like a deer in headlights, Anya stood in shock. “How did you know?” she asked. “Did he tell you?”
“No. He did not tell me, though it did nearly cost him his life.”
Anya’s eyebrows immediately spiked.

Dmitry continued with a low ease in his voice. “Besides, it’s my business to know.” He bit his wide heart-shaped lips, contemplating just how much to tell her. “I may not always have a close enough eye on my men, Viktor being a prime example, but you aren’t one of my men, and I have to keep you safe and keep both eyes on you.” He sucked his teeth. “Would you make an excellent Czar? Absolutely. Will you make an excellent Czar? Hell no. It will be over my dead, rotting body.” He thought instantly of his father.

“As usual, your word is the last word father,” she said snidely. Her eyes were ice cold as was the sudden chill in the room.

Dmitry countered quickly. “And as usual, you only see your side.”
With that Anya threw her black backpack over her shoulder and cut her eyes at her father, realizing that at that moment he was getting exactly what he wanted while she was left empty handed yet again. “You’re making a mistake,” she said, walking to the door. “I’m your best chance for the future of the Medlov family and you know it.”

Dmitry followed a few feet behind her with his hands tucked into his pants pockets. She could say whatever she wanted now that she was in his view, unable to get into any more trouble. “If I have to chose a fallen legacy in organized crime or the health and protection of my daughter, then I think that the answer is obvious.”

Anya opened the door and turned to look up at her father. “The problem is that you don’t have to choose. You can have both.”

“That’s the child in you speaking, Anya. Serving two masters has consequences.”

Dmitry immediately thought back to when he was her age and a young woman he was seeing taught him first hand about serving two masters and having two faces.
Elsa.

Even after all of the years that had passed, he could see her bright perfect smile and how when the light hit her beautiful flawless face just right, the damage and bagged showed. Her eyes told the story of a woman who had been through too much, had been hurt by the ones she trusted the most.
The result had been inward destruction. Somehow Elsa had begun to rot from within; only he hadn’t noticed it in time to save her. He had accepted that, but he would never accept what Anya was proposing.

He couldn’t and wouldn’t let that happen to his daughter. Despite Anya’s desire to fight against it, she still had a more good in her than anyone else he knew. And it was his job to protect it, to bring it out of her, even if it was the last thing that he did.

When will V6 be released? We are tired of waiting?

 

Everyone should recognize where their strengths and weaknesses are.  It makes you a better person.  I have a lot of strengths but my weakness is that I want so badly to give readers a book until sometimes, I forget to give myself breathing room for life.  Simply put, I look at a calendar, say Oh, I can get a book out by then,” without ever really taking into account things like root canals, kiddie homework, crazy office work and Trivi’s occasional writing block.

When I started V6, I knew exactly what I wanted, but after I got more than half way done, I hated it.  It didn’t capture me at all. In fact, it didn’t capture Dmitry. So I threw out the entire story and started again.  Now, I’m feeling it. I like the story and I like where it’s going, but when am I going to be done?  Hell if I know.  It won’t be a long story.  It’s not designed to be.  V6 is all about outlining that pivotal point of no turning back for Dmitry and Ivan (and all the bystanders around them).

So, I wanted to let you know that I’m working on it, but it’s not there yet.  It will be soon.   However, please bare in mind that the synopsis is still the same.

How soon? Well, that’s how I get into this the first time.  I’ll never give a date again (PROMISE).  I’ll just let you know when it’s done and ready for you to order or download.

But I promise to keep you updated.  In fact, I will put up the prologue in a couple of days for you to read and see where it’s all headed.  Of course, it’s a rough, rough draft, but it will still be fun!

 

XoXo and all that jazz,

Latrivia

 

 

A Little Truth to Volume 1 of The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov

flatecover-4Some of my readers have expressed to me that forging documents and getting out of a maximum facility prison (in Russia) seems highly unlikely.  And as you remember, Dmitry did just that to get his freedom when he was barely 18 with the help of outside Vory v Zakone members.  I had actually gotten the information after researching bribes that had been made in Russian right before the fall of the USSR.  Well, today in reading some Internet news, I found an article that supports my story (in America) that I’d love to share with you.

Check this out…

Authorities are searching for two men who they say were mistakenly released from a Florida prison earlier this year.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Authorities say two men convicted on murder charges were mistakenly released from a Florida prison with forged documents.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker were released separately from a prison in the Florida Panhandle in late September and early October. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement learned about the mistake Tuesday.

Walker was serving a life sentence on a second-degree murder conviction. Jenkins was serving a prison sentence for a 1998 first-degree murder conviction. According to the sheriff’s office, both convictions stemmed from crimes committed in Orange County.

The Florida Department of Corrections says the men were released based on forged documents filed with the court to alter their sentences.

State and local authorities are searching for the men and investigating how they got released.

http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/2-florida-men-mistakenly-released-from-prison

Ten Questions for Author Latrivia S. Nelson

By: Gina Morris

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1.       How would you describe yourself?

I’m a pretty laid back person.  What you see is what you get.  I love my family, my friends, my professional career and my hobbies.

 

2.       What do you do outside of writing?

I’m the President and CEO of RiverHouse Publishing.  I am a partner in a national cleaning service.  And from 9-5, I represent some of the nation’s most promising businesses, political figures, non-profits and initiatives at a world-class public relations firm.

 

3.    What made you start to write interracial romance?

I’ve been writing since I was four.  I had my first poem published when I was five.  I started to write interracial romance in high school and finally committed to my first novel in undergrad.  I have always been drawn to the genre and felt like the only way to truly share my vision of IR was to write it.

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4.       How did you grow such a large readership?

I started out with 50 people whom I had to beg to write my book.  Then I developed a small grassroots marketing plan and started to reach out to IR readers.  My base went from 50 to 500 overnight and now it is at 50,000 readers globally.  Three of my basic tenets is to respond to emails, encourage open and honest dialogue and write to entertain.  I always want my readers to know that I appreciate them and their opinions and their support.  So, I do what I can to show that through my communications.

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5.       Is it true that you’ve dated Russian mobsters?

It’s true that I’ve dated a Russian. The rest is funny fiction.  I don’t know where the rumor started, but it was shortly after a post that my ex put on my page who also happened to be a 6’8”, blue-eyed Russian.  He was the muse for the book, but the rest is just an overactive imagination.

 

6.       With over 10,000 reviews online on combined sites, most people seem to either love you or hate you.  How do you handle bad reviews?

I read the reviews to gather input, but I have learned to only take the good from even the worst review.  One of the things that I remind myself of constantly is that after I’ve done my best, I just need to walk away from the project and move on to something else.  It keeps it fun and light and allows me to keep writing.  Plus, you can’t please everyone.  So, I don’t try.  If I can please the majority, then I’m a happy camper.

 

7.       What is the process for you writing a novel, whether short or long?

I ask myself if I’d fantasize about the scenario.  And if I would, then I write it. If I get bored with even the thought of the storyline, then I dump it.  There are so many half-finished manuscripts on my desk, until it’s not even funny.  But if I don’t think its good enough, I don’t give it to my readers, because they deserve my best.  I normally start out with an outline, cut out pictures, develop a soundtrack and then depending on the mood of the book, I carve out time during certain parts of the day to write it.

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8.       Your divorce was pretty public?  How did you handle it and are you dating now?

I encourage all women and men going through a tough divorce to pray hard and know that this is just a season in your life.  Wake up every day and look forward.  Visualize where you want to be and get there through hard work, prayer and healthy living. It was hard at first. I lost a lot of weight, was sick, got out of my normal schedule and really had to find out who I was without the “Mrs.” on the front of my name.  But in searching for the new me, I discovered that there was a better me around the corner.

 

Yes, I am dating now.  I’m in a happy relationship with a real “Southern Gentleman”.  LOL.  He’s funny and smart, but I think that outside of what he brings to the table, I’m a whole person, so we can mutually complement each other. You can’t do that when you don’t have it together yourself.  There will always be one step forward and two steps back.  But Trivi is okay now.

 

Plus, I like that every day with him is exciting.  We are both parents, both divorced and both anxious to see what life has in store for us.  Hopefully, what is in store will be something that we can enjoy together.

 

9.       Do readers have new characters to look forward to in 2014?

The Medlov Men will be out in January.  The Nine Lives of Kat Steele will be out in 2014.  And there will be new characters will completely different stories for The Lonely Heart Series.

 

10.   What’s next for you?  You’ve accomplished so much in a short time.  What else are you looking to achieve?

 

In 2014, I will be trying my hand at merchandising through a new company that I’m launching.  Trivi’s Treasure Chest.  There will be more to come on that, but I hope that the ladies like it.

 

The next set of questions are meant strictly for entertainment.  So have fun with it.

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Favorite Clothing Line

Armani

 

Favorite Perfume

Acqua di Gioia by Giorgio Armani

 

Favorite Flower

Red Roses

 

Favorite Movie

Too hard.  My list is too long.

 

Favorite Sport/Team

Football – Dallas Cowboys

 

Favorite Alcoholic Beverage

Jack and Coke in a crystal tumbler with two cubes of ice

 

Favorite Vacation Spot

Looking for a new one, but I’d have to say Palm Springs, California. I love the mountains and the amazing views.

 

Favorite Song

Beyoncé  – Run the World (Girls)

 

Favorite Color

Black

 

Favorite Body Part on a Man?

His chest and arms (they have to be bigger than life)

 

Favorite part of the day

Running a hot bubble bath in the garden tub right at dusk, opening the windows, having a glass of wine and listening to Robin Thicke.  It’s priceless.

 

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Most Dangerous State in the Country: Tennessee

http://www.today.com/video/today/53207707?from=en-us_msnhp#53207707

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Staggering Stats:

1. Tennessee

> Violent crimes per 100,000: 643.6

> Poverty rate: 17.9%

> Pct. of population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 24.3%

> Property crimes per 100,000: 3,371.4 (10th highest)

Tennessee has the dubious distinction of having the worst violent crime rate in the country. The state was among the top 10 in the country for murders and robberies and was first for aggravated assaults, with an estimated 479.6 for every 100,000 residents. Tennessee’s 41,550 violent crimes in 2012 were up 6.8% from 2011 but down 10% from 2007, when there were 46,380 violent crimes. There were 388 murders in the state in 2012, up for a second straight year. To be fair, Tennessee’s violent streak is concentrated in some of the major metropolitan areas. Memphis‘s violent crime rate was the nation’s fifth worst, while Nashville’s was the 18th worst. Like many states with high violent crime, poverty in Tennessee is acute, and high school and college graduation rates are lower than most of the country.

 

The Prince is Free

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This has nothing to do with anything but it gave me an awesome idea; so I figured I’d share news from across the ocean about one of the world’s most followed royal families.  Plus, I like the Prince.  I think he’s trying to live a life rooted in principalities.  After reading the article, I also had a chance to think outside of the box.   You’ll hear more about it soon enough. For now, congrats Will.

LONDON (AP) — Prince William has finished his tour of duty as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot and has left operational service with the British military to focus on royal duties and charity work, royal officials said Thursday.

William’s Kensington Palace office said that the second in line to the British throne completed his final shift earlier this week.

It said he will now focus on royal duties and is “considering a number of options for public service.”

The palace said William, 31, would “expand his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of endangered species” and would work on charities that help children and veterans.

William has spent more than seven years in the military, first in the army and then as a Royal Air Force pilot, stationed on the quiet island of Anglesey in north Wales.

He was able to blend in with residents and fellow military personnel, enjoying a degree of privacy despite his royal status.

In July his wife Kate gave birth to the couple’s first child, Prince George. Now that William’s active military career is finished, the family will move into refurbished quarters at Kensington Palace in London. They had been living in a rented home in Anglesey.

William started as an officer cadet at Sandhurst military academy in 2006. He started search and rescue helicopter training three years later.

The palace said he had participated in 156 search and rescue operations, helping to rescue 149 people. He has completed more than 1,300 flying hours.

William’s younger brother, Prince Harry, remains active in the military, and has served in Afghanistan as an Apache helicopter pilot.

Published in: on September 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Volume 6

A year after Dmitry Medlov makes a deal with his lover/business partner, Elsa, and her father, a general in the Angolan MPLA to provide all of their munitions, he hands over the reigns of the agreement to her fully in order to take on more lucrative and legal ventures in Milan, Italy.

Wrapped up in a huge development deal to build a new skyscraper, he turns his attention away from the Medlov Crime Family to strengthen the newly acquired, Hutton Industries.  Only his trust in those whom he has put in charge is quickly found to be misplaced.

His brother, Ivan, is building an army right under his nose to distribute and sell drugs at his clubs through the very men he was commissioned to kill and his new king maker’s son, Vladimir is helping to destroy him one secretive deal at a time.

Meanwhile, Elsa and Ivan’s wife, Arie, wage war on each other, not only over territory but also over Dmitry’s affection.  When Dmitry discovers all of the backstabbing schemes going on around him, he is forced to make life-changing decisions.

Read the sixth installment of national bestselling Author Latrivia Nelson’s The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov as the famous Russian brothers finally reach the point of no return.

Coming September 30, 2013

Official Fan Page on Facebook

bwSo, I’ve been listening and I’ve been trying to deliver.  And I know that you all are tired of having to sift through personal “stuff” on my pages just to get the basics.  Many of you don’t care what I ate for lunch or hear the chatter between “us” that goes on about why Dmitry’s eyes are a different shade of  blue from Ivan’s.  You just want to know when the next book is coming out, where the next book signing will be,  watch the latest book trailer or interview, post your questions and move on.

In fact, quite a few of you have suggested to me (to the point of asking Megan to get on it) to have a normal Fan Page on Facebook that you can “Like” without having to see 1,000 pictures of my children.  LOL. I get it.  And you know what???!!! It’s finally here.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Latrivia-Nelson/1435352090024075?ref=hl

This page is devoted strictly to readers, very much like the blog and everything else, but again, there are different fans who need different things and I am so happy to help.  I’m grateful for you and as long as I can possibly meet your requests, I will do so.

Here is the link.  “Like” me today, join and stay updated on what’s going on.  Also, feel free to post and share your own book reviews and blog entries.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Latrivia-Nelson/1435352090024075?ref=hl

Also, just to let you know there is a fan page for The World in Reverse, https://www.facebook.com/NicolaAgostoSeries?ref=hl.  Check it out today:-)

 

XoXo and all that jazz,

 

Latrivia S. Nelson

 

Introducing The World in Reverse Book Trailer

I love this part of the book promotion process.  You get a chance to interact with the global community, other authors and spread the word about your work to readers all over the universe (yes, that was dramatic).

The emails that I have received have been so heart warming.  And the love online has been truly overwhelming.  You guys rock!  Encouragement has not only come from readers everywhere (which is so awesome) but also authors who support and promote your work because they want to uplift you – a true sense of sisterhood.  Friends like Sienna Mynx, my entire crew of friends at Beautiful Trouble Publishing and so many more have taken time out to give me a call and spread the word for my first work to be released since the big “D”. So, I’ll just say thank you so much.  You’ll never know how much this means to me.

This marks a new beginning for me, and I’m very honored add to these blessed memories that will last me a lifetime, all of your kind words and support.

And so now, please enjoy the first book trailer from The World in Reverse.

Druglord Update: LIFE

A federal judge in Memphis sentenced multimillionaire Craig Petties, a high-level broker for the Mexican cartel, to nine life sentences during a hearing Thursday. The sentences are to run concurrently. There is no parole in federal prison.

Petties turned with a slight smile and pointed at his family, then turned and pointed to Lucy Turner, the mother of a man who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered. “To my family and to the victim’s family, I apologize for the decisions I’ve made in life.”

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Petties, initially arrested by Memphis police in 2001 with an estimated $300,000, fled the country in 2002 and remained in hiding under the protection of the Beltran Leyva cartel.

Abe Collins, a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, learned that Petties was the major supplier of cocaine into Memphis and other Southern cities, routinely shipping in millions of dollars worth of the drug from Mexico. Collins worked on the case for more than a decade and headed a task force that brought down Petties and more than 40 associates.

Petties members have threatened to kill Collins and Memphis police detective Therman Richardson, who donned dreadlocks and a grill to make undercover drug buys from Petties organization members. Both have said they would do it again to stop someone like Petties.

Petties, arrested by Mexican police in 2008, pleaded guilty in Memphis in 2009 during a secret hearing. Many details about the case remain sealed because Petties and other associates agreed to give government officials information about other crimes that could put them in danger.

Collins and Richardson thwarted at least four murder plots, including ones where money had already been paid to hit men.

Petties pleaded guilty to 19 charges, including trafficking more than a ton of cocaine and marijuana, racketeering, money laundering and ordering four murders, including a government witness. He initially was charged with two additional murders.

“Mr. Petties has committed more serious crimes than anyone I’ve ever sentenced,” said U.S. Dist. Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays. “The violence is truly reprehensible.”

Turner said as she drove her granddaughter to school today, the girl asked: “Are you going to court for that man who killed my daddy?”

“I’m getting my closure today,” Turner said. “He has damaged so many lives.”

© 2013 Memphis Commercial Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 

Published in: on August 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Infamous drug lord with ties to bloody Mexican cartel back in Memphis court Thursday

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Commercial Appeal Article:

Beth Warren

Craig Petties is used to being in control.

Before his arrest, the infamous drug lord, believed to be one of the richest and most deadly dealers in Memphis history, had an organization of people who followed his orders or paid the price, sometimes with their lives.

Petties, a high school drop out who grew up in the impoverished Riverside neighborhood in South Memphis, emerged as a multimillionaire and ran an international trafficking empire that funneled hundreds of kilos of cocaine and more than a ton of marijuana from Mexico into Tennessee and other Southern states. Anyone who was perceived as a threat to the business — including one of Petties’ beloved cousins — was silenced with bullets.

Now, through two lawyers, the 36-year-old is angling for control of his court case, a dozen years after his initial arrest.

The man who remained a federal fugitive for five years is asking a judge to force prosecutors to shave time off his sentence because he spared them the expense of a trial by pleading guilty in 2009 to racketeering and murder charges, and because he spilled secrets about other crimes to aid other investigations.

U.S. Dist. Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays is expected to sentence Petties, who faces life in a federal prison, during a hearing Thursday.

Prosecutors are fighting back, arguing during previous court hearings that while Petties has cooperated to some extent, he still isn’t revealing all he knows about murders and other crimes in Memphis or in Mexico.

For instance, Petties claimed he was in bed asleep on April, 21, 2002 when one of his hit men fired 10 shots at Petties’ cousin, Antonio Allen, outside a South Memphis home. Investigators say they’re sure Petties gave the orders to kill Allen, erroneously thinking Allen had become a government witness.

Petties and the hit man served as pallbearers at the victim’s funeral.

Another problem for Petties, because he remained a federal fugitive for years, is that much of what he has said came too late — after his minions disclosed many of the same details about the drug ring to reduce their own sentences.

Through the years, more than 40 Petties’ associates have pleaded guilty and received prison stints, causing members who were friends since childhood to turn against one another.

Many secrets of their underworld still remain hidden in sealed court documents, further protected when Mays closed portions of hearings to reporters and the public. Yet a glimpse has been gradually revealed during the past decade in police reports, hearings and unsealed court records.

Organization members have testified how they followed Petties’ orders to kill an associate who became a key government witness. And police listened in on jail phone calls between drug-ring members who were discussing plans to kill the lead investigators, Abe Collins, a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and Memphis police detective Therman Richardson.

A jury convicted two of Petties’ enforcers, the only ones who demanded a trial, last year, and both were sentenced this summer to life sentences in federal prisons. A sign of the volatile nature of the drug ring: jurors’ names were shielded even from the judge, and armed deputy U.S. Marshals escorted them from an undisclosed location before and after court each day of the six-week trial.

Spectators, including the mother of a victim who was kidnapped, tortured for days and murdered, watched the trial eight floors below the courtroom in a room protected by an additional security checkpoint and rigged with video conference equipment that never showed jurors’ faces.

Prosecutors had to wait to prosecute one lingering associate, Christopher Hamlett, a childhood friend of Petties who became part of the drug leader’s inner circle. Hamlett, 36, who spent five years in a Mexican prison, was sentenced in Memphis earlier this month. As part of his plea deal, which landed him a 15-year sentence, he connected several murders in Mexico to Petties, Asst. U.S. Atty. David Pritchard said. Those are murders Petties didn’t tell prosecutors about.

A third factor that could have hurt Petties’ chances at a reduced sentence: He has caused problems behind bars.

He was initially held at a federal jail in Memphis, but was caught with a 6-inch shank hidden in the mattress in his jail cell. Even while standing before the judge in December 2010, he tried to minimize the crime — saying it was a piece of “plastic off my tray,” before agreeing with prosecutors’ assertions that it was made of metal and sharpened into a crude knife. Petties was moved to a jail in Atlanta, but prosecutors filed a request, in a document that still remains sealed, to move him. According to a copy of the judge’s September 2012 order, Mays agreed there was “good cause” Petties should be sent to a federal jail in New York, where he was placed in solitary confinement.

Petties, caught by Memphis police with an estimated $300,000 worth of marijuana in 2001, fled the country in 2002. He lived a life of luxury in Acapulco and central Mexico under the protection of his drug suppliers, the violent and powerful Beltran Leyva cartel, and had a personal trainer, chef, maid, nanny, driver and armed security detail. When police in the country pulled him over for any reason, after Petties made a quick call to the cartel, the officers ended up apologizing to him.

Despite landing on the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted list, Petties could avoid capture by keeping on the move and bribing corrupt Mexican officials. But in January 2008 he feared his phone calls were being intercepted so he threw the phone away, preventing any officials from tipping him off.

The military blocked off streets, sent snipers crawling on rooftops of area homes, positioned a helicopter to hover above and stormed Petties’ homes in the upscale suburb of Queretaro, 136 miles northwest of Mexico City. Petties, speaking Spanish, tried to bribe his way free, but was arrested. Four of his children, twin 4-year-old boys and girls ages 10 and 16, were taken to a facility. The children’s mother, Latosha Booker, 35, who was taking their 10-month-old girl to the nanny at the time, eventually returned to the U.S. with her children.

Petties was quickly deported to Houston before being brought to Memphis.

He immediately began to cooperate with federal prosecutors, who initially had considered pursuing the death penalty against him. In exchange for his cooperation, Petties wanted help safeguarding Booker and his children from a vengeful cartel.

Petties pleaded guilty to 19 charges, including ordering four murders, during a secret hearing in 2009. Much of the court case remains sealed.

His sentencing will end the 12-year-old case of a drug-trafficking organization believed to be one of the largest and most deadly in Tennessee history.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2013/aug/21/infamous-drug-lord-with-ties-to-bloody-mexican/

 

Latrivia Nelson Hosts Dialogue with Deidre Today

latrivia_close_up_323175941_stdJoin me today as I guest host, Dialogue with Deidre and talk about my newest book, The World in Reverse.  Also, I will have RiverHouse Publishing Author Dr. John E. Bell to talk about his books and his new movie and RiverHouse Author Lanette Escobar to talk about her book, Journey Behind Prison Walls.  It will all happen today on MUTV-1 from 1:00 – 2:00 (CDT).

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mutv1-channel-31

Also check out a previous show where I was a guest on Dialogue with Deidre  with Commissioner Mike Ritz.

Interview with CBS Affiliate, WREG-TV (LIVE @ 9) with Marybeth Conley and Alex Coleman

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WREG-TV Live@9 with Marybeth Conley and Alex Coleman

At 8:00 this morning, I wondered if I was going to be late.  I had to drop the kids off, traffic was heavy and all things Monday were happening.  But sure enough at 8:40 a.m., I pulled up on time to Channel 3 Drive, checked my lipstick and hair and ran into the building.

Once called back, I was greeted by the warm handshakes and hugs and sat down with Marybeth Conley and Alex Coleman, two of the city’s best reporters to talk about my book, The World in Reverse.

Countdown…action…

They start off by saying this…

Author Latriva Nelson has topped several of Amazon’s Best Seller lists with her new novel “World in Reverse”.

She spins a nail-biting tale set right here in Memphis. As her hero, a Memphis cop, has to go against everything he stands for to solve a grisly murder case.

Wow. Okay, I’m officially flattered.

I can’t help but smile.  I love Memphis, love the idea that Memphians love the book and I’m ready to talk.

You can see the rest by simply clicking the link and checking it out.

I can’t thank WREG-TV enough for their hospitality and highlighting my newest work.  15 books down and 150 to go.

Xoxo and all that jazz.

 

Latrivia S. Nelson

The Order to Read The Medlov Organized Crime Family Series:

I’ve heard your requests.  You just heard about the books or you’ve just decided to read them, only you don’t know which order.  Here’s a guide to help you keep it all together.

The Order to Read The Medlov Organized Crime Family Series:

  1. Dmitry’s Closet
  2. Dmitry’s Royal Flush: Rise of the Queen
  3. Anatoly Medlov: Complete Reign
  4. Saving Anya

If you like Dmitry Medlov’s character and want to learn more about how he became the Czar of the Underworld, then you should read The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Volume 1-5.  This series can be read at any time before, after or during the process of reading the larger books.

Dmitry’s Closet:

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From author Latrivia S. Nelson, author of the epic romance Ivy’s Twisted Vine, comes a story about Memphis, TN, a deadly faction of the Russian mafia and an innocent woman who dismantles an empire.

Orphaned virgin Royal Stone is looking for employment in one of the country’s toughest recessions. What she finds is the seven-foot, blonde millionaire Dmitry Medlov, who offers her a job as the manager of his new boutique, Dmitry’s Closet. After she accepts his job offer, she soon accepts his gifts, his bed and his lifestyle. What she does not know is that her knight in shining armor is also the head of the Medlov Organized Crime Family, a faction of the elite Russian mafia organization, Vory v Zakone.

Falling in love with the clueless Royal makes Dmitry want to break his coveted code, leave his self-made empire and start a life far away from the perils of the Thieves-in-Law. Only, his brother, Ivan, comes to the Memphis from New York City bent on a murderous revenge.

With the FBI and Memphis Police Department working hard to build a case against Dmitry and his brother trying to kill him, he is forced to tell Royal of his true identity, but Royal also is keeping a secret – one that changes everything.

Who will win? Who will lose? Who will die? Watch all the skeletons as they tumble out of the urban literature sensation Dmitry’s Closet.

Warning: This book contains graphic language, sex, and various forms of violence. However, it will also melt your heart!

Revised Version: March 2010

This book is the first of The Medlov Crime Family Series.

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Dmitry’s Royal Flush: Rise of the Queen:

From the popular multicultural author, Latrivia S. Nelson, comes the highly anticipated second installment of the Medlov Crime Family Series, Dmitry’s Royal Flush: Rise of the Queen.

For Dmitry and Royal Medlov, money doesn’t equal happiness. Forced to leave Memphis, TN and flee to Prague after a brutal mafia war, the couple nestled into the countryside to raise their daughter, Anya, and lead a safe, quiet life. But when Dmitry’s son, Anatoly, shows up with an offer he can’t refuse, Dmitry is forced to go back to the life he left as boss of the most feared criminal organization in world. Consequently, the deal could not only destroy the Medlov Crime Family but also Dmitry and Royal.

Royal hasn’t been the same since she was attacked three years ago. Where she used to be a sweet, innocent girl, she’s now the jaded, bitter mistress of the Medlov Chateau. However, a reality check is in store for the pre-Madonna when Anya’s new teacher shows up with her sights set on stealing Dmitry, and Ivan’s old ally shows up with his sights on killing him. Can Royal save them all? Will she?

With a family in such turmoil, the only way to survive is to stick together. Read the gripping tale of a marriage strong enough to stand the test of time as Dmitry realizes that he has the best cards in the house as long as he has a Royal Flush.

Anatoly Medlov: Complete Reign:

From the bestselling series, the Medlov Crime Family, comes the highly-anticipated story about America‘s favorite bad boy…

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Anatoly Medlov is the youngest crime boss in the Medlov Organized Crime Family’s history. Now, he has to prove himself to a council who thinks his legacy has not been well-earned, amidst a grueling investigation by Lt. Nicola Agosto of the Memphis Police Department and during plot to destroy him by his ex-lover, Victoria. In his loneliness, the only one he can confide in is the shop girl, Renee, an old friend who knows more than anyone about his personal journey. However, his friendship soon turns to love for a woman he knows that he cannot have because of the feared code his is bound to by the Vory v Zakone.

When his estranged mother dies suddenly, Anatoly flies to Russia to pay his last respects and discovers a jolting secret. The late Ivan Medlov’s own brutal legacy still lives through his son, Gabriel, and his New York crime family. Anatoly’s father and former Czar of the underworld, Dmitry, sees this as an opportunity to unite the two major families and blesses both men. However, Anatoly sees Gabriel as a threat to his empire and competition for the affection of his father. Will cousins kill because of the sins of their fathers?

Gabriel Medlov has always resented his existence. Now as an undercover DEA agent, he plans destroy the Medlov Crime Family once and for all. Only in order to get close enough to destroy the organization, he must also get close enough to love his estranged family. Will blood prove thicker than water or will one man’s revenge end the Family for good?

Follow the story of one young man who fights to be king in a room full of royalty and suffers the pain of his position in the romantic suspense guaranteed to make you want more.

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Saving Anya:

What will a man do for his family? If you’re a Medlov, the answer is anything.

Dmitry Medlov, former boss of the Medlov Crime Family, is finally happy with his life. His legacy has been passed on to his heir, Anatoly, and his family is flourishing with birth of his new twin sons. However, everything is shattered when his little girl is abducted from her school only days after his sons’ births.

The question with Dmitry having so many enemies is who has her? A supporter of Dorian, a follower of Ivan or family of the council members he slaughtered? No one knows.

A ransom is put on the young girl in the amount of $500 million – a price Dmitry is more than ready to pay – but the fear in everyone’s heart is even if he pays, will she live?

Everyone comes together and puts aside their differences to save her. Dmitry returns to the council, Anatoly steps aside and Gabriel takes his rightful place as a Vor.

Anya is the key to the very foundation of the family and her father’s fleeting sanity. With her missing, Dmitry’s rage is unleashed unlike anyone has ever seen before.

Gabriel used to serve the very government that he is about to defy as he learns what it means to be a true Medlov.

And Anatoly is forced to grow up when he not only finds out that the little girl he’s loved her entire life has been stolen but also that he’s about to be a father himself.

Read the last book of the Medlov Crime Family Series, guaranteed to top all others, as the men discover that the only thing more important than money and power is family.

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The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov

Volume 1:

There just isn’t enough time for Dmitry.

America’s favorite fictional crime boss, Dmitry Medlov, had a very macabre start to his larger-than-life existence. In the short story series, The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov, volume one explores the inner-struggles of a rogue teen and his rocky rise in the feared organized crime group, the Vory v Zakone, before he became a billionaire underworld Czar.

Accidentally released from prison at the age of 18, Dmitry Medlov has 48 hours to assassinate a Ukrainian drug lord and get both he and his brother, Ivan, on a plane to London, before the authorities realize that the teenage hit-man is on the loose.

With the clock ticking, he hikes back to Moscow through a snow storm to discover that life has gone on without him. When he left, he was a feared earner for his underboss, Kirill. But as he returns, he finds that many things have changed including the lives of the people he cared for the most.

Baby brother Ivan isn’t a little boy anymore, and he’s showing signs of being a heartless sociopath. Following in his big brother’s footsteps, this bad boy can’t be trusted around his two most favorite toys – automatic machine guns and hunting knives. Trying to keep Ivan in line proves to be an on-going nightmare for Dmitry as he realizes that his brother might eventually be the end of him.

And while love was never on the agenda for Dmitry, the woman he cared deeply for has recently gotten engaged to a common wife beater. When Dmitry finds out, there might be one murder in Moscow for free.

While most kids are learning how to drive and going off to college at his age, Dmitry Medlov is cutting his teeth on murder, sex and mayhem.

This coming of age story is not like any other. Understand why the Medlov men became global threats through their feared brotherhood in the twelve-volume series that will take you jet setting around the world.

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Volume 2:

It has been one year since their escape from Moscow, and Dmitry and Ivan Medlov are struggling to keep their small organized crime family together in London. Used to a communist culture, the boys are exposed to the new opportunities of a capitalistic society while trying to compete for business in the gun-trafficking industry.

Ivan wants more recognition and girls. As his behavior becomes more erratic and his temper becomes more dangerous, the sixteen-year-old bad boy experiences firsthand what it is like to live in another person’s shadow.

Dmitry wants more knowledge and power. When he’s not reading, strategizing or selling illegal guns, he’s working towards bigger and better relationships to get the Medlov name in the right circles. And the perfect storm is brewing at his doorstep. His contact with The Free Right, a women’s rights group, needs a large shipment of guns for their clandestine operations. However, she is also interested in what the blonde assassin is like in bed.

Drawn in by his beauty and charm, Emma introduces him to the head of her organization on the eve that the USSR falls. Only, the head is also the billionaire business mogul, Lady Catherine Hutton. Now with more access to munitions and more opportunities to get rich, Dmitry has an awful decision to make which will lead him one step closer to losing his brother and one step closer to becoming the world’s most notorious underworld boss.

Read the second volume in the Medlov Crime Family short story series that tells the intimate story of how one man built an empire that became untouchable.

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Volume 3:

No crime boss has ever been as brilliant, beautiful and deadly as young Dmitry Medlov, and this Red Fella proves his affirmation in Volume 3 of The Chronicles, the longest of the short-story series.

Two years after meeting Lady Catherine Hutton and after fleeing Moscow to London, Dmitry has found the secret weapon to securing riches beyond his wildest dreams through a false marriage with British royalty.

Their quid pro quo arrangement was supposed to be a short-lived farce designed to give Lady Hutton one last thrilling sexual escapade before she met her untimely demise. However, in the process of teaching Dmitry how to be a real gentleman and making Catherine feel like a young woman again, the curious couple accidentally develops deep feelings for each other.

When Catherine realizes that Dmitry is in it for more than just the money, she leaves him a gift that rocks the foundations of the Medlov Crime Family – her entire estate worth over one billion pounds.

Dmitry’s new fortune, however, comes with a high price. The board of directors of the company he now owns wants him dead; one of the Vory elite “gifts” him the daughter of an Angolan war lord, and his brother, Ivan, falls for a woman who is as much of a sociopath as he is. There is also the matter of the media who declares him London’s most eligible bachelor.

While trying to steer away from the attention he’s getting country-wide with his new fortune, he finds himself drawn to the beautiful African scholar, Elsa, a student at Oxford who might just be able to help him stay in control of his multi-national corporation and remember what it’s like to actually “like a girl.” Passion strikes when the two are forced to live together while she reorganizes his business, but Dmitry wants more than sex from Elsa. He wants her home-country contacts.

Read the eleven-chapter, page-turning novelette that tops its two predecessors (Volume 1 & 2) with more action, romance, sex, murder and mafia.

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Volume 4:

Now a widower, Dmitry Medlov’s life has completely changed. Wealthy beyond his wildest dreams, his aspirations quickly move from more money to more power. Only the power he seeks is held by the commanding and elusive Czar of the underworld, Boss Smirnov.
When Dmitry successfully talks the underboss and the all-knowing eye of the underworld, Khalid, into arranging a meeting between he and Boss Smirnov, he has no idea what troubles he is about to face. There are secrets that will be exposed in Prague that will forever change his young life again, leading to a decision that will rock the underworld for good.

Meanwhile, back in London, the city is buzzing about the deaths of the entire board of directors of Dmitry’s newly acquired business, Hutton Industries, minus the company’s former front man, who was involved in a gruesome home invasion that left him blind, deaf, mute and paralyzed.

With no witnesses, leads or proof combined with the botched attempt on his own life during the horrid chain of events, Dmitry is looked over as a person of interest by Scotland Yard and is given carde blache to turn his new private company into his personal money laundering hub right under the public’s nose with the help of his Africa girlfriend, Oxford University senior and business genius, Elsa. And it’s just in time for his new secret alliance with the leaders of a powerful paramilitary sect led by Elsa’s father in Angola, Africa.

Dmitry’s new found power creates a checkmate for his ambitions to be boss but puts a target squarely on his back by not only organized crime heads around the world but also by his own brother, Ivan. Secret alliances are formed. Money is exchanged, and a definite war is looming. Only no one is willing to give up as much as Dmitry is to be king.

Read the last volume of the first book, The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov and witness the heart stopping rise of a giant and everything that he’s willing to do to become the world’s most powerful and deadly boss.

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Volume 5:

After the explosive blow up in Prague, the Medlov men are burdened with the task of returning to business as usual. Dmitry heads to Angola, Africa to help fuel a civil war, and Ivan heads to London to murder the Irish gang, The Sulfux Boys. Only nothing can return back to the way it was before the boys faced Boss Smirnov. Dmitry accidentally unveils Elsa’s plot; Ivan and Arie do the unspeakable, and an old enemy becomes a new ally.

Plots thicken and alliances form in the latest installation of The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Volume 5 by national bestselling author Latrivia S. Nelson.

This is by far one of my largest short stories at 245 pages.  But it was fun to write.  Dmitry is a man who knows how to take charge of his organization and he’s proven that, but this story is about the shifting in the atmosphere.  There are alliances that are being formed because of personal interests.  The scum is going to cling to other scum and the good guys (if you can use that terminology with these books) find each other and work on strategy.  We see how depraved our dear Ivan can be and we see Dmitry teetering on some serious affection for Elsa.  This is the transitional story that puts V6-12 in gear.

Book One (Compilation of Volumes 1-4 in one book)

f you’ve been waiting to buy all the volumes of Book One of The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Volumes 1-4, the time has now arrived.

By popular demand, Latrivia S. Nelson is proud to announce a compilation of the first four of the twelve volumes from the Medlov Crime Family Short Stories Series.

Dmitry Medlov wasn’t always a billionaire crime boss. His rise to the top was a painstaking process that took many years and many trials and tribulations. From breaking out of prison on a twenty-year bid in Russia to trafficking guns in the back alleys of London and finally toppling a dynasty run by a blood-thirsty Czar, this seven-foot tall, bad boy had to earn every penny.

Along the way, however, he also learned about a woman’s heart, the pain of losing a sick wife, the drain of taking care of a psychotic kid brother, the knowledge of finding out that he was a father and pride of building an empire all before his 25th birthday.

Read about American’s favorite mob boss in four short tales that will have you flipping through the pages and begging for more.

The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Book One by national bestselling author Latrivia S. Nelson.

Quick Facts:  Did you know that you can buy The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Volumes 1-4 as a compilation on eBook or as a paperback?

What is a Medlovian?

images-5 copyIt might seem severely OCD, but I print out all of my emails from fans who write to me and put them in these oversized binders.  They are keepsakes for me, meaningful notes from people who reached out to me.  They are all important, all special.

Anywhooo, I was printing off yesterday’s emails, which came to 46, and I highlighted the word Medlovian.  Well, 31 of the people referred to themselves as Medlovians.  It is a term that was made by fans for fans of The Medlov Men and Women.

So, I got to thinking….yes got.  And the question became what is a Medlovian?  Why are there Medlovians?  And is it an entire movement of readers?

Well, I’d like to say on record that I’m a Medlovian too.  Proud to be.  But I want to hear from you.  Tell me what your thoughts are on being one and what makes you one.

Also, for Christmas, we will be releasing a small line of merchandise for Medlovians: coffee cups, work bags, book marks, etc.  It might be great to gift yourself or someone you love with a cute little what-not.  Be expecting more when we officially launch for Thanksgiving.

Dive in and let me know what you think.

XoXo and all that jazz,

Latrivia Nelson

 

V6: Coming at the end of August

TDmitryhe love that I’ve received from readers regarding The World in Reverse has truly been amazing.  Everyday I answer hundreds of emails and go to bed with plenty more for the next day.  It’s better than money realizing the time that people have taken out of their lives to read something that I wrote.  Such an honor.  With that being said, almost every email that I’ve received has had one important question at the end.  “When is the next book coming out?”

 

Well, I’m happy to announce that The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Volume 6 affectionately called by Medlovians, V6 will be out by the end of the month.  In comparison to a 741-page book, it’s a super short story that again revisits the early life of our dear Dmitry.  We catch up with him, Elsa, Ivan, Arie, Vladimir and Davyd during the middle of the Angolan Civil War.

 

Now, if you’ve read V5, you know that Elsa’s father is a general in the war.  She also has paved the way for Dmitry to build a relationship with him and become his only supplier.  But there is so much more to that story (no spoilers for you), until you’ll have to check it out yourself.

 

I’m sorry in advance that it’s not a long story, but these stories are designed to be short insights.  Plus, every volume that we finish, we get closer to The Medlov Men, a new series that will hit January 2014, where we will focus on the current story of Dmitry, Anatoly, Gabriel, Vasily, Boris and so many more.

 

Thanks again for being so awesome.  We are working on a conference call date and the release of the book trailer for The World in Reverse. I hope that you’ll join us.  Also, I’ll be speaking to the lovely ladies of Sienna Mynx’s personal page (over 600 devoted readers on August 25th).  We have seven book club meetings between now and then with various groups including the lovely ladies of the Miami MegaMoms Book club on tonight.

 

XoXo and all that jazz,

 

Latrivia Nelson

 

 

 

Let’s Get Together:-)

Since the release of The World in Reverse, I’ve been running like crazy.  But I want to take time before this all moves on to another book and I want to talk to you. Many of you have amazing feedback to share or just simply want to tell others how you felt about your book experience.  We are currently booking private talks across the country, but I also wanted to offer an international call very soon for readers in all of our countries to chat and share at the same time.  What do you think?  Would you like to participate?  Take the poll and let’s see where we stand.

XoXo and all that jazz,

Latrivia Nelson

Tri-State Defender: Memphis author pens national bestselling crime thriller

Author Latrivia S. Nelson has firm roots in Memphis as a graduate of The LeMoyne-Owen College and as a marketing and public relations professional with over 14 years of experience with some of the cities most recognized organizations. She leans on that background to write her steamy love stories and incorporate all things Blues City in her books.

“Memphis is so rich with culture until if I never wrote about another locale in the world, I’d still have plenty of subject matter,” said Nelson. “Each day, I find something or someone new to write about. It never gets old or boring. All you have to do is step outside of your door and you’re bombarded with notable personalities.”

Her latest novel, “The World in Reverse,” has topped several Amazon best sellers lists, including #1 for African American Mystery and #1 for organized crime. And it’s all about Memphis politics, police and crime.

“I was sitting on a bench downtown having lunch when I thought up the idea after reading a news article. The characters just fell in place over time, but they have no real counterparts,” said Nelson. “The book is simply one big what-if scenario.”

“The World in Reverse” is a sequel to her first book, “Ivy’s Twisted Vine,” and centers around one of Nelson’s former leading characters, Nicola Agosto, a white Memphis police officer, his African-American wife and four children. During the course of an investigation into a series of child murders, Agosto is accused of using excessive force against an African-American suspect, suspended from the department and accused of being a racist.

To solve the city’s biggest case, protect his family and clear his name, he enlists the help of the seedy Russian mafia organization he had once been in charge of investigating to uncover a bigger conspiracy that includes a local politician and a fellow officer. The journey includes a riot that erupts downtown during a vigil, bombings and shootouts. And it ends with an even bigger twist.

With 14 novels under her belt, Nelson has had five national bestsellers in the last three years. After going through a pain-staking divorce, many of her readers questioned if she could come back strong.

“My most popular novel was based around my experiences at Camp Lejeune and the passion of my marriage. When I announced my divorce to my readers as the reason that they wouldn’t see new work for me for a while, the rumors started. It didn’t help that the next book that I released, “The Contingency Plan, didn’t do so well,” said Nelson.

“But I stayed focused. I realized that I needed to get my personal life in order and find peace through prayer in order to truly write something of quality. My readers deserved it and so did I.”

As a romance author, Nelson has set records, writing the largest interracial romance novel in the genre, “Ivy’s Twisted Vine,” in 2008. She also had three books on Amazon’s Multicultural Best Sellers List at the same time in 2011. “The World in Reverse” has now topped her former record as the largest interracial thriller to date with 741 pages.

Nelson, who owns RiverHouse Publishing, LLC in Mid-Town, has six authors whom she represents.

“The great thing about owning and running your own business is your ability to control your message and grow your ideas. I was taught by the best. RiverHouse Publishing has been a blessing, because I not only have had my own dreams realized, I’ve been able to help others reach their own goals. It’s hard work, but it’s truly fulfilling.”

(“The World in Reverse” is available for $5 via e-book on Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble‘s nook. It will be available in paperback format on Sept. 1. For more information, visit www.latrivianelson.com.)

New Purpose for My Oldest Blog: Connecting Fans

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Connecting My Many Blogs:  Picking One Place To Post Everything

I have a small shop; I’ll admit it. But I listen to each and every suggestion with a serious ear.  Lately, I’ve been getting emails from readers wanting several things (1) one website (2) one blog (3) fan page on Facebook.

Great news is that I’m working on each one of those items.  Bad news is that it’s going to take me at least a month to get it all done.  However, you can’t eat an elephant in one big bite…you know that whole saying.  So, the first step that I’m taking to streamline everything so that you don’t have to run all over the Internet looking for me is our blog.

In the past, I’ve found that not all readers are created equal. Some like to talk about the Medlov family and some like to talk about The Lonely Heart Series and others like to Ivy & Nicola.  So to keep the discussions separate, I always started a new blog for a new book.  However, now that the books have become 15 in total, then I think I need to bring us all together.  Power in numbers, right?

So that’s exactly what I’m doing.  Starting today, all blogs will be posted on one site.  www.latrivianelson.wordpress.com.   This will allow us the opportunity to keep all conversations together and maybe even provide more insight.  Now, I will not deactivate old blogs, because your previous shares on there and they are priceless, especially comments from  our late, great Rhonda Scales.

I hope that this new move brings us all closer together to share and be merry.
XoXo and all that jazz,
Latrivia S. Nelson

Latrivia@LatriviaNelson.com

Enter the Dragon Star Dies at 67 Leaving Behind Life Partner of 33 years and Wife

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Direct from the Tri-State Defender

 

Jim Kelly, who parlayed his martial arts skills into a successful but brief career in action movies, has died. He was 67.

Kelly’s former wife Marilyn Dishman told CNN that the actor died Saturday of cancer – but did not elaborate.

Kelly worked as a martial arts instructor in Los Angeles when he was tapped for his first role in the action movie, “Melinda.” But he is best known for his work in the 1973 Bruce Lee film “Enter the Dragon.”

Kelly’s appearance in the movie was brief – fans lamented he was offed too soon – but his electrifying Afro, lanky 6-foot-2 frame and his wise-cracks left an impression.

Producers came calling. And he capitalized on the attention by taking on the title role in “Black Belt Jones” the following year. A spate of other roles followed throughout the 70s, most notably “Three the Hard Way,” but then dried up.

In later years, Kelly took up tennis professionally – becoming a ranked player on the USTA senior circuit.

“I never left the movie business,” Kelly told The Los Angeles Times in 2010, when a retrospective DVD set of his movies came out. “It’s just that after a certain point, I didn’t get the type of projects that I wanted to do.”

But he was never far from the screen or the spotlight.

In 2004, he starred with basketball star Lebron James in a Nike commercial that spoofed another Bruce Lee film, “Game of Death.” And he sometimes appeared at comic book conventions, much to the delight of his lasting fans.

Among them is Anthony Bourdain, star of CNN’s “Parts Unknown.”

“RIP Jim Kelly, hero of my grind house youth,” he posted on Kelly’s Facebook page.

The page posted the following announcement Sunday about the actor’s death:

“It is with sadness and regret that we must announce the passing of a great man and legend Jim Kelly. He will be deeply missed by all. Jim had great love for his family, friends, tennis and martial arts.

“We are devastated by Jim’s passing but through faith and support from family, friends and fans-we are comforted, blessed and will remain strong.

“He was survived by his lifetime partner of 33 years and wife.”

 

President Obama Pledges to Fight to Restore Key Provisions of Voting Rights Act

Taken directly from the Tri-State Defender because it’s too important not to share….

 

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has pledged that his administration will do “everything in its power” to repair the damage done by the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday when it struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

“I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today,” he said in a statement.

“For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. (Tuesday’s) decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.”

The president continued, “As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote. But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. And while (Tuesday’s) decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination. I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.”

A sharply divided Supreme Court upheld the legality of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, but said it can’t be enforced until Congress updates the way it determines which jurisdictions are covered under Section 5, the provision that requires preclearance by the Justice Department or a federal court before changes to local voting laws can be implemented.

The 5-4 decision by the conservative majority effectively guts the strongest section of the Voting Rights Act until Congress passes new legislation to meet the objections raised in the latest ruling, which grew out of a challenge filed by Shelby County, Ala.

“In 1965, the states could be divided into two groups: those with a recent history of voting tests and low voter registration and turnout, and those without those characteristics,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority. “Congress based its coverage formula on that distinction. Today the nation is no longer divided along those lines, yet the Voting Rights Act continues to treat it as if it were.”

Joining Roberts in the majority were conservatives Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. Dissenting were the court’s four liberals: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, along with Obama appointees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Thomas, just as he had in the University of Texas affirmative action decision handed down a day earlier, expressed the most extreme position on the court, saying he was willing to nullify the entire Voting Rights Act.

“I join the Court’s opinion in full but write separately to explain that I would find Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional as well. The Court’s opinion sets forth the reasons,” Thomas wrote.

Rep. John Lewis (D.-Ga.), who was savagely beaten on “Bloody Sunday” during the Selma to Montgomery March in Alabama in 1965, was livid after the ruling.

“Today, the Supreme Court stuck a dagger into the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most effective pieces of legislation Congress has passed in the last 50 years,” he said. “These men never stood in unmovable lines. They were never denied the right to participate in the democratic process. They were never beaten, jailed, run off their farms or fired from their jobs. No one they knew died simply trying to register to vote. They are not the victims of gerrymandering or contemporary unjust schemes to maneuver them out of their constitutional rights.”

Lewis, one of the leaders of the Alabama march that led to passage of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, questioned whether Congress has the will to pass legislation needed to repair the damage done by the Supreme Court.

The Voting Rights Act expired after five years, but was extended by Congress in 1970, 1975, 1982 and for another 25 years in 2006 with bipartisan support. The last time, it passed the House 390-3 and the Senate 98-0. President George W. Bush signed the last measure in a Rose Garden ceremony witnessed by members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The case heard by the court began with a challenge from Shelby County, near Birmingham, Ala. Shelby County sued Attorney General Eric Holder after the Justice Department rejected a redistricting plan that evidently played a role in the defeat of Ernest Montgomery, the lone black member of the Calera, Ala. city council.

Montgomery was first elected to the city council from a district that was 71 percent Black. Two years later, the district was redrawn to reduce its black population to 23 percent. When Montgomery ran for reelection from the redrawn district in 2008, he was defeated by a white challenger.

The Justice Department invalidated the election because it had not been precleared and Shelby County sued in federal court, seeking a permanent restraining order. Two lower courts sided with the Justice Department before the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.

Although Shelby County didn’t apply for it, Section 5 has a “bail out” provision that allows jurisdictions to avoid pre-clearance requirements if they can prove that they have not been discriminating for 10 years. When the case was heard, 46 jurisdictions had successfully opted out of pre-clearance with two cases pending.

Section 5 applied to jurisdictions that had a history of racial discrimination. States or political subdivision were placed under that provision of the Voting Rights Act if they restricted voting, had less than half of their eligible residents were registered to vote or less than half had actually voted in the 1964, 1968 or 1972 presidential election.

In his majority opinion, Roberts stated, “Shortly before enactment of the Voting Rights Act, only 19.4 percent of African-Americans of voting age were registered to vote in Alana, only 31.8 percent in Louisiana, and only 6.4 percent in Mississippi. Those figures were roughly 50 percentage points or more below the figures for whites.”

He said that has changed dramatically.

“There is no denying, however, that the conditions that originally justified these measures no longer characterize voting in the covered jurisdictions. By 2009, ‘the racial gap in voter registration and turnout [was] lower in the States originally covered by Section 5 than it was nationwide…African-American turnout has come to exceed white voter turnout in five of the six States originally covered by Section 5, with a gap in the sixth State of less than one half of one percent.”

In her dissent, Ginsburg said, “In the Court’s view, the very success of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act demands its dormancy.”

She said, “True, conditions in the South have impressively improved since the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Congress noted this improvement and found that the VRA was the driving force behind it.”

She said more than 15,000 pages of congressional testimony presented countless “examples of flagrant discrimination” and “intentional racial discrimination in voting remains so serious and widespread in covered jurisdictions that section 5 preclearance is still needed.”

Among the examples she cited:

In 1995, Mississippi sought to reenact a dual voter registration system;

In 2003, after African-Americans won a majority of the seats on the school board for the first time, Charleston County, S.C. proposed switching to an at-large voting system;

In 1993, the city of Millen, Ga. proposed delaying the election of a majority-Black city council district by two years;

In 2004, Walker County, Texas threatened to prosecute two Black students after they announced their intention to run for office; and

In 1990, Dallas County, whose county seat is Selma, sought to purge its voter rolls of many Blacks.

Both Roberts and Ginsburg credit the Civil Rights Movement for passage of the Voting Rights Act.

“Alabama is home to Selma, site of the ‘Bloody Sunday’ beatings of civil rights-demonstrators that served as the catalyst for the VRA’s enactment,” Ginsburg wrote. “Following those events, Martin Luther King, Jr., led a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama’s capital, where he called for passage of the VRA. If the Act passed, he foresaw, progress could be made even in Alabama, but there had to be a steadfast national commitment to see the task through to completion.”

In his majority opinion, Roberts made it clear that the Voting Rights Act has served its purpose.

“Coverage today is based on decades-old data and eradicated practices,” he wrote. “The formula captures States by reference to literacy tests and low voter registration and turnout in the 1960s and early 1970s. But such tests have been banned nationwide for over 40 years.”

At another point in his opinion, Roberts said, “But history did not end in 1965.”

In her dissent, Ginsburg quoted everyone from Shakespeare to philosopher George Santayana.

“The Court criticizes Congress for failing to recognize that ‘history did not end in 1965.’ But the Court ignores that ‘what’s past is prologue,” she said, quoting “The Tempest.” And ‘those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’”

 

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We Are Global: A Look Into Latrivia Nelson’s Fan Base

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I’ve been working along diligently on this book, and let me just say that it has not been easy.  This is clearly one of the most challenging books that I’ve ever had to write but it is also very fulfilling.  Every chapter completed is one step closer to completion and one step closer to fulfilling my newest goal.

I know that people are patiently awaiting The World in Reverse and I promise you that it is so close to completion, but we want to provide you with a great product, something that won’t get me beat up at my next book signing (lol).  So, it’s taking more time than originally planned, but hey, I think you’ll like it.

In the process of working on the book, the team and I noticed something that was…well…amazing.  We noticed that our list had grown exponentially from 58 countries to 124 countries.  We have reached twice as many countries since we last checked.  It really got me perked up.  I was amazed and humbled and grateful and all of those words.

There is a tracker that lets us know on both our blogs and our websites, exactly what countries are visiting and how often.  With such a diverse group of readers, I wanted to recognize everyone all at once and say a sincere thank you for visiting the sites and staying engaged.

Anywhoo…let’s do a country-by-country roll call for the last week.  Remember that the list according to unique hits.  So, if your country is towards the top of the list then that means that more people from your country visit the site.  Again, thanks so much for your support.

 

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Trinidad and Tobago
  5. Barbados
  6. France
  7. Australia
  8. Brazil
  9. Germany
  10. Indonesia
  11. Bahamas
  12. Russian Federation
  13. India
  14. Netherlands
  15. Jamaica
  16. South Africa
  17. Sweden
  18. Malaysia
  19. New Zealand
  20. Ukraine
  21. Italy
  22. Greece
  23. Poland
  24. Czech Republic
  25. Philippines
  26. Turkey
  27. Thailand
  28. Mexico
  29. Romania
  30. Portugal
  31. Belgium
  32. Republic of Korea
  33. Japan
  34. Serbia
  35. Spain
  36. Denmark
  37. Slovakia
  38. Switzerland
  39. United Arab Emirates
  40. Morocco
  41. Saint Lucia
  42. Iceland
  43. Ireland
  44. Pakistan
  45. Colombia
  46. Austria
  47. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  48. Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic
  49. Saudi Arabia
  50. Kenya
  51. Latvia
  52. Bulgaria
  53. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  54. Singapore
  55. Finland
  56. Egypt
  57. Argentina
  58. Norway
  59. Taiwan
  60. Israel
  61. Slovenia
  62. Virgin Islands
  63. Qatar
  64. Costa Rica
  65. Kuwait
  66. Chile
  67. Cayman Islands
  68. Albania
  69. Zimbabwe
  70. Hungary
  71. Algeria
  72. Croatia
  73. Venezuela
  74. Myanmar
  75. Peru
  76. Sudan
  77. Grenada
  78. Bangladesh
  79. Lebanon
  80. Tunisia
  81. Haiti
  82. Mauritius
  83. Antigua and Barbuda
  84. Sri Lanka
  85. Bermuda
  86. Jordan
  87. Nigeria
  88. Malta
  89. Viet Nam
  90. Guam
  91. Ecuador
  92. Georgia
  93. Syrian Arab Republic
  94. Guyana
  95. Namibia
  96. Belarus
  97. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  98. El Salvador
  99. Palestinian Territory, Occupied
  100. Bolivia
  101. Lithuania
  102. Chad
  103. Ghana
  104. Estonia
  105. Cyprus
  106. British Virgin Islands
  107. Dominican Republic
  108. Samoa
  109. Guatemala
  110. Saint Martin
  111. New Caledonia
  112. Cambodia
  113. Tajikistan
  114. Mozambique
  115. Hong Kong
  116. Bahrain
  117. Libya
  118. Anguilla
  119. Paraguay
  120. Angola
  121. Uruguay
  122. Uganda
  123. Azerbaijan
  124. Aruba
  125. Madagascar
  126. Iraq
  127. Moldova
  128. Puerto Rico

 

 

The Contingency Plan : Book Four of The Lonely Heart Series is So Much Fun!!!

So everyone knows that my life has been pretty crazy lately with the pending divorce and the complete change of life, but there have been some great things that have happened.  In fact, my list of good completely outweighs my bad list.  That’s all due to the Man Upstairs, who has shown his face in my life continuously and never left my side.

As a celebration of life and love, I released a new book, and don’t worry this won’t be the last. I’m currently working on V5 for all the Dmitry fans.

The Contingency Plan is a fun book, designed to ask “what if”.  It’s not supposed to change any lives or make some huge point, it is however designed to entertain you.

Here’s the synopsis:

How many times do you hear about a woman asking a man to father her child via artificial insemination?  The concept is so common until it barely garners any notice.  But how often does a multi-millionaire, blue blood, heart throb ask Charlene “Charlie” Meadows to donate her eggs to mother his children?  Just once.  And it’s enough to make for one hell of a story.

Charlie is a dedicated solider to the cause of the Democratic Party.  As an intern, she gives one hundred percent to the Orrin campaign, and after hours, she gives one hundred percent to campaign manager, Sullivan Orrin.  Their connection is undeniable, and in her mind, they could be together forever.  Only all that changes when the man of her dreams is offered his dream job.

Sullivan “Sully” Orrin is no regular man.  An alpha male from head to toe with the fine finishing of an upper-class family and an Ivy League education, he is set-up and expected to succeed.  As a former playboy, he’s not ready when a young black girl from South Florida nearly derails his plans and makes him fall in love.  So what does he do?  Run.  Only he can’t run far enough from true love.  It catches back up with him nearly a decade later when he realizes that traditional relationships don’t work for him.  Opting to use InVitro Fertilization to start his own family, he has to pick the perfect woman.  And there is only one candidate that he has in mind.  Too bad she’s engaged.

Now Sully has to grovel and beg to get what he wants, and Charlie is now the successful woman that she always promised she would be.  Convincing her won’t be easy, and even if he does get her eggs, will it only make him want more?

Read the fourth book in national bestselling author Latrivia S. Nelson’s Lonely Heart Series, The Contingency Plan for a story that spans nearly two decades between polar opposite lovers who can’t help but attract in a romance that proves that even the best laid plans still have to be tested by life.

We are currently on the Amazon’s bestseller’s list, and we keep climbing.  This is all due to you.  Please log on to one of the blogs and share your thoughts.  I can’t wait to hear from you, and thanks for your unwavering support during this time in my life.  I love you all.

XoXo and all that jazz,

Latrivia S. Nelson

My World in Reverse

Wow.  It has been a long time since I was on WordPress talking to my girls.  I miss you so much.  As I’m sure that you’ve heard through the grape vine or just through my Twitter page where someone was awesome enough to put all my business, I am going through a very hairy divorce.  For those who don’t know, you may read this with a hand over your mouth and the words, “no!” or “what?” on your lips.  But it’s the truth and there is no point in hiding it anymore.  I’ll still be Ms. Nelson after the divorce, as I am keeping my name, but the rest as they say is the rest.

With all the new changes that have occurred in my life – new house, new car, new employment and new attitude – I had to take a serious pause in my writing.  It’s not because I wanted to, but because I had serious writer’s block.  Talk about a mine screw, trying to write under serious duress is like writing on hot coals.

God has been good, as he always is, however, and my recovery back to a state of actual bliss was a short trip.  I am now feeling much better.  In fact, I am hopeful that the stories that I write for you will have even more depth and maybe more real experiences that we can all lean on and learn from.

It’s going to be hard to get back to RiverHouse as it was.  I had to let my staff go and start a new. So, if you call there will be new voices.  I have some orders that have not gone out and about 5,000 emails that I have not returned.  I plan to get to all of that ASAP.

So, you see my world was in a bit of reverse itself.  I had to learn some hard lessons about the people (person) that I loved and was forced to face that love in one person’s eyes isn’t always the same as in another’s.  The great news is that I didn’t end up in the looney bin or bankruptcy court. I just ended up realizing that I’m so much stronger that I ever knew that I was.  Plus, I had a few awesome angels on my side day and night.

I know that you’re waiting on Dmitry to emerge with a new volume of The Chronicles and The World in Reverse.  I’m getting over my block and taking some time to explore some things that I had long pushed back in the closet.  The real Dmitry even visited to remind me that there is still a lot of joy in lifeJ  Thanks for everything, Mark.

You ladies are wonderful.  You  have been patient, prayerful for me and uplifting. I love you all, and I promise not to disappoint.  We are going to have fun, going to go to the depths with our favorite men and we will conquer.

Talk to you soon,

 

Latrivia S. Nelson

 

100 Copies of The Grunt for Wounded Warriors by Latrivia S. Nelson

You all know how I love the military.  My husband’s service to the Corps is something that we are very proud of.  So in celebration of Memorial Day this year we are going to give away 100 copies of The Grunt to various Wounded Warriors around the country.  Now, I know that there are vets everywhere and many are not housed at the bases.

I’m reaching out to you to ask that if you know of vets who love to read, please send me their information so that we can get them a copy in the mail or on their e-readers.  I plan to match the paperbacks with PDF copies and purchase copies for people online.

We’re currently looking into Gift Certificates for the Kindle and Nook or ways to charge copies on a company account for readers.  We have done this in the past very successfully and we want this drive to be awesome.

The Grunt is something that both men and women can read and it’s been received very well worldwide.  Let’s use this opportunity to share the book with those who have sacrificed so much.  Please send an email to Latrivia@LatriviaNelson.com with the title “100 Wounded Warriors”.

Thanks again,

Latrivia

Game of Thrones: Season Two

My husband has accused me since I was young girl wearing pig tails of being pleased far too easily.  In all these years, I haven’t grown out of that.  It’s Sunday and I’m starting to really feel like myself again.  After a long writing session, everything seems to be drained out of me.  This last time was no different.  So, I spent days in the bed just sleeping and eating.  Tonight, I plan to do two things.  (1) Go and see a very close friend of mine and catch up on all that I’ve missed in his life since we’ve been busy, (2) Watch Game of Thrones with Adam.  You would think that I’d be happier about one than the other, but in truth, I’m bubbling over to see the second season of my newest favorite show.  I plan to be home by eight no matter what.  I have so many questions.  What is going to happen to everyone?  I hope that the dragons do battle and that little king gets all that is coming to him. What I really want to know is what is the winter going to bring?  If they have dragons, then they must have other monsters.  I really don’t recall when I’ve enjoyed fantasy writing so much.  I feel like a little kid, all giddy about the television.

I guess the point is that life has some awesome little pleasures that make it worth living.  And that has never been lost on me.  I guess I’m lucky.

So Close to the Finish Line

I know the question is, what happened?  Even as I sit here and right this, I’m asking myself the exact same thing.  I went to North Carolina to participate in the Beautiful Trouble Publishing Eat and Greet, which was awesome by the way, and then I came home to complete hysteria.  Deadlines were falling out of the sky like dead birds and the minute that they hit the ground, they infected me with more work.  In between traveling like a complete psycho, hitting the office, and taking care of home, I was getting four hours of sleep at most, but the one thing that I did accomplish was Saving Anya.  I have notes that go a mile long, at least.  I wrote on napkins and paper bags, on books and notepads.  I got great ideas that forced me to change the story at least ten times.  But you know what, somehow all of the hysteria in my life only made me more creative.

On the due date of Saving Anya, I had a choice.  I could drop a book that I would be embarrassed to put my name on or I could wait and give you something that was worth your money.  So that’s what I’m doing.  I’m literally on the cusp of this book being finished and I feel damned good about it.  I can’t tell you how good that feels.

Now, in order to that, I had to fade to black.  I didn’t accept any phone calls or send out any emails.  So, I promise that I’ll answer all of them once I’m done.  I didn’t get on Facebook, Twitter anyone, or even blog.  That was so hard not to do.  But I had to focus .  Every moment that I could, I wrote.  Now I am so close to the finish line.

Being such, I can finally get back to at least blogging with you guys.  There are things that I can’t wait to ask you, and I can’t wait to share like my experience with the best group of gals in the world from BTP.  That will be in a blog entry shortly following this one entitled The League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen. Even though I was under the gun, I got a chance to meet the world’s most amazing librarians, some seriously empowered authors and devoted fans. It was totally worth pulling away, and my mom even went with me.  That was so cool…even though she is more of a free thinker than I first knew.  That’s a whole other blog entry.

So, I’ve been taking care of Adam, who is getting better by the day.  I’m proud to report that he’s looking great these days.  I’m so proud of him, and so proud that he’s pulling through.  With everything that he’s been through, to see him smile and laugh (my brother-in-law and sister-in-law came down for a week to help out and totally made our month), is better than any amount of money.

You know, people always say that they’ll do anything for their spouse, but sometimes we have to prove it.  We have to put everything down and stand in front of the bus with it moving at top speed and say take your best shot because I’m not going anywhere.  Well, that’s what I’ve been doing in his healthcare.  I’ve been standing in front of that bus, and even though the impact hurt, I’m not flat yet, ladies.  I’m still standing.  But the bus…isn’tJ

So you want to know when the book will be out.  You don’t want empty promises.  Well, let me give you a real timeline.  This book will be finished in draft form by this Monday.  Our good friend Karen is going to look over it and give it her proofreading and editing seal of approval and then we send it to the printer for a week.  Basically, we’ll b ready to take e-book orders and pre-orders on March 27th or sooner.  Then it’s on to The World in Reverse.  Hey, no one ever said life was easy.

To everyone who has called and sent emails, I want you to know that I love you, appreciate you and pray for you also in return.  Thanks for being amazing, and having patience.  This has not been an easy time in my life at all, but God has given me strength, and I’m still here.  And as long as I’m here, I’ll be writing for you guys.  So, I may be late, but I’ll be there.

Until next entry, have a great one.

XoXo and all that jazz,

Latrivia

Saving Anya Release Date Changed

First of all, thanks for the thousands of email and well wishes for the family.  I truly appreciate it during this time.  Of course, Iraq is the gift that keeps on giving for many military families and mine is no different.  However, Adam is doing much better and we hope to resolve his issues in the New Year.  As a wife and mother, I had to re-arrange my priorities, and even though the book was so close to release, I had to pull it as well as The World In Reverse. 

It was my hope to release them during the Christmas Break.  However, now I am at least two weeks off the mark.  The books will be released in late January or early February.  I refuse to give another date just to disappoint my wonderful fans. 

I love you dearly and I hope that you can forgive me for the tardiness of these two very important projects.

This week, I plan to upload the first chapter of Saving Anya to the blog for your reading pleasure, also in interim I will post some new discussions so that we can keep in touch. 

It truly is an honor to have you as fans.  I have 3,456 emails from readers about the new books.  I plan to respond to each and every one, but it will take time.  However, I don’t want you to think at any time that you aren’t appreciated, because you truly are. 

While Saving Anya will be the last book of The Medlov Series, it won’t be the last book about the Medlov clan.  The next installment (Volume 5-7 will be released in Winter 2012) and the new Medlov Legacy series will be released in late 2012, detailing the early adult lives of all of your favorite characters’ children. 

One thing at time, I know.  I’m working on getting these new books to you in e-book, Kindle, Nook and paperback format.  Also, don’t forget that we now use PayLoadz for all of our e-books to ensure that you receive your immediately.  I’ve listened to your suggestions and RiverHouse searched high and low to find a service that will accommodate you.  I hope that PayLoadz delivers for us all.  We’ve even set up a survey to track your thoughts on the new service.  After all, it is for you.

Well, that’s all for now.  Thanks again for everything. 

Sincerely,

Trivi

The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: V4 Finally Released!!!

It’s been a long time coming, and to all my faithful fans, I do apologize.  Life always gets in the way of my writing plans.  It makes me remember a saying, “if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.”  During the last quarter, I had planned to drop several books, including V4.  My expectations, however, did not include my husband nearly dying in sleep, kids with insane homework assignments and several family trips, outings and visits.  Not to mention, RiverHouse opened a new office dead smack in the middle of the financial district of Manhattan (NYC).  I have been buuusssyyy.

The good news is that Adam is doing much better.  You don’t realize how special they are until they are nearly taken from you , right beside you.  For that, I am so thankful to my dear sweet savior, Jesus Christ.  The office is working out great in New York and will offer even more opportunities for readers and authors alike who follow RiverHouse and the family visits were awesome.  I saw my cousin for the first time in ten years and it was amazing.  We are even moving to the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area next summer. 

But with everything going on, my writing slowed to a pitiful crawl.  Now, I’m back.  And as normal after being pulled away from my work, I am on fire.

I have a lot in front of me.  Saving Anya and The World In Reverse are due out both on Christmas Day.  It will be out no later than December 31st.  Please be patient with me.  If I pull this off, this will be the biggest project that I’ve ever taken on.

Now on to Volume 4 and Book One of the Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov.

The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Volume 4

Now a widower, Dmitry Medlov’s life has completely changed. Wealthy beyond his wildest dreams, his aspirations quickly move from more money to more power. Only the power he seeks is held by the commanding and elusive Czar of the underworld, Boss Smirnov.
When Dmitry successfully talks the underboss and the all-knowing eye of the underworld, Khalid, into arranging a meeting between he and Boss Smirnov, he has no idea what troubles he is about to face. There are secrets that will be exposed in Prague that will forever change his young life again, leading to a decision that will rock the underworld for good.

Meanwhile, back in London, the city is buzzing about the deaths of the entire board of directors of Dmitry’s newly acquired business, Hutton Industries, minus the company’s former front man, who was involved in a gruesome home invasion that left him blind, deaf, mute and paralyzed.
With no witnesses, leads or proof combined with the botched attempt on his own life during the horrid chain of events, Dmitry is looked over as a person of interest by Scotland Yard and is given carde blache to turn his new private company into his personal money laundering hub right under the public’s nose with the help of his Africa girlfriend, Oxford University senior and business genius, Elsa. And it’s just in time for his new secret alliance with the leaders of a powerful paramilitary sect led by Elsa’s father in Angola, Africa.
Dmitry’s new found power creates a checkmate for his ambitions to be boss but puts a target squarely on his back by not only organized crime heads around the world but also by his own brother, Ivan. Secret alliances are formed. Money is exchanged, and a definite war is looming. Only no one is willing to give up as much as Dmitry is to be king.
Read the last volume of the first book, The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov and witness the heart stopping rise of a giant and everything that he’s willing to do to become the world’s most powerful and deadly boss.

The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Book One

If you’ve been waiting to buy all the volumes of Book One of The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Volumes 1-4, the time has now arrived.

By popular demand, Latrivia S. Nelson is proud to announce a compilation of the first four of the twelve volumes from the Medlov Crime Family Short Stories Series.

Dmitry Medlov wasn’t always a billionaire crime boss. His rise to the top was a painstaking process that took many years and many trials and tribulations. From breaking out of prison on a twenty-year bid in Russia to trafficking guns in the back alleys of London and finally toppling a dynasty run by a blood-thirsty Czar, this seven-foot tall, bad boy had to earn every penny.

Along the way, however, he also learned about a woman’s heart, the pain of losing a sick wife, the drain of taking care of a psychotic kid brother, the knowledge of finding out that he was a father and pride of building an empire all before his 25th birthday.

Read about American’s favorite mob boss in four short tales that will have you flipping through the pages and begging for more.

The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Book One by national bestselling author Latrivia S. Nelson.

Now comes the good part.  The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Book One will be available in print on December 23, 2011.  If you want to purchase, you can pre-order on the website.  It would be a great stocking stuffer, collector’s addition.  I do hope you consider itJ.

In the next week, we will also be releasing a new book trailer for Book One, which will cover all of the volumes so far.  Lots of fun on that one too. 
http://www.latrivianelson.info

A Friend Lost to Cancer – Xavier Dolino Will Be Missed

He spoke three languages fluently: French, Italian and English.  Educated in Europe and the States, he had a way with people.  Everyone loved him, adored his smile and laughter, appreciated his knowledge.  On top of being brilliant, he was beautiful.  Hair as black as midnight, deep set brown eyes and a pensive, serious stare, analyzing the world and all in it.  Xavier Dolino was a wonderful man.  Before finding my soul mate, Adam, Xavier was my boyfriend.  But more than that he was my friend. 

And as far as an inspiration, he inspired thousands and the co-founder of Hour of Power and an international health guru.

His friends in Dublin, Ireland knew him for his serious workout sessions at his studio and his rock hard abs cut to perfection.  I knew him as something graceful and charismatic.  A man that I could talk to about just about anything and often did.  We would spend hours on the phone talking.  The cell phone bills were ungodly. 

I can’t believe that he is gone.  Just a year ago, we were talking about his last trip to Italy to live off the land and ride bikes through the countryside.  Two years ago he was at the Arnold Classic defying physics with his intense workout regiments.  Even though I had moved on with my life and he had moved on with his, we were still dear friends, because we had never crossed each other or done anything wrong to each other.  We simply were at different points in our lives. 

Then there was Baby Joe.  The best Boxer in all the world.  He was man’s best friend, especially Xavier’s.  I remember once he sent me a picture of Baby Joe in a Bruno lime green outfit.  I had had a horrible week and needed cheering up.  Xavier knew just the trick.  I opened my email and laughed for days. I still thank him for that. 

Both French and Italian,  he had a wonderful way of seeing the world.  We often talked of his time in Florida while studying abroad and how those had been some of his most exciting memories as a young man.  I used to try out my French on him, holding long conversations butchering his native tongue, but he was kind.  He would indulge me and only correct me afterwards, always starting off the conversation with “you are magnificent, but you messed up a few words, love.”  Then he would say it the right way and it always sounded better coming from his mouth.  We did the same in Italian.  Often, when I would get really excited about something, I would speak to him in Italian and French at the same time.  He would laugh, but he always understood me.  I gave a new meaning to bilingual. 

When my husband was ill a few years ago, he would send words of encouragement.  He would share personal things with me to give me hope.  I never once heard him speak a negative word…not in all the years I knew him. Not one negative word about anyone or anything, even when he got sick last year. 

His friends held him in the highest regard.  Gordon was one of his best friends.  How he loved Gordon.  But he always spoke of all his friends in the highest regard, like he was surrounded by royalty.  He had a way with making everyone feel special.  His team of guys was his second family.  He would always send me pictures of them – a group of happy fellows and women who were always striving for a more healthy world.  The last time I spoke with him, he was training for a 2011 event where he was working out like crazy.  He reminded me of Adam in that way.  I guess that I’ve always loved athletes, people willing to take their bodies to the next level through mind over muscle. 

I miss him as I’m sure that everyone does, especially his dear brother, Daniel, his parents and his friends back home in Ireland.  He would always come to the states for the Arnold Classic.  I’ll miss hearing about his trips and hearing about his dreams.  But I’m glad to have known him.  I wouldn’t give that time up for anything. 

He was the kind of guy that would make a beautiful leading role in one of my romance novels…the kind of guy that you fall head over heels in love with after a few pages.  I’m sure in the future, I’ll try to make a story around him, though I’m sure it will never capture all of his beautiful essence.  It will have to be my way of memorializing him. 

I’m sure that hundreds of thousands of people have stories like mine.  They have friends, family, loved ones who have been taken away by cancer.  And just like Xavier, they had a story that shouldn’t have ended so soon. 

As I write this with tears, I know in my heart that we must continue to fund cancer research.  We must find a cure.  We have lost too many already. 

I worked for AlSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for a while in college.  As an intern there, I developed and implemented Stepping for A Cure, a program that reached out to HBCUs nationwide and encouraged Greek organizations to coordinate step shows that would benefit sickle cell research as well as other catastrophic diseases.  My boss, Chuck Donlin, was the kind of man who supported a good thing.  He pushed me to make it happen and the Memphis Police Department and local alumni chapters of all the Divine Nine were there to support me.  It was a marvelous event, but it was the purpose that really pushed me to see it through.  It was about saving lives…saving people through working together. 

Shortly after taking the job, I lost a friend from high school, Matt (my first kiss) who passed away and was buried on September 11th.  I never made it to his funeral, but I remember feeling so sad when I heard that he had passed.  A friend came by my mom’s house and told me.  I grew up with him from fourth grade until graduation.  On my first day at a new school, Matt became my first friend.  He gave me a kiss under the tires on the playground.  He never got the chance to graduate from college, marry, have children.  He too was taken from the world too early.  There were many others.  My own grandmother (paternally) fights the disease every day. 

Cancer does not discriminate.  It’s a tool of the devil to rob, kill and destroy.  But I know that Jesus came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly.  Through him there has to be a cure…an answer.

I pray for Xavier’s family and every family like his. I pray for my own family.  And I still appreciate that God allowed these people to have lived and to have touched as many lives as they did. 

I took this from another close friend’s blog.  He said, “

It is his mentor and close friend Dragan Radovic, who today has invited everyone who knew Xavier (or would simply like to honour him) to perform 100 continuous lifts of any dumbbell. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing today – to take 5minutes from your schedule to do these 100 lifts. To take a minute’s silence to remember the man…then take 5minutes of physical action to honour what the man stood for.  It is absolutely what he would have wanted.”

I got to 50, Xavier.  You know me…

I’ll miss you, Xavier. 

Here are some links of him doing his thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3G8jcatqnc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JF6xuchrOA&feature=related

XoXo and all that jazz,

Latrivia S. Nelson

Awesome Interview with the Legendary Koko Brown for The Grunt

This truly has been a crazy week.  We’re currently working on the foundation for our new imprint, Taboo, a project that will launch in the summer of 2012 for Interracial Romance Readers globally.  I’ve been writing up a storm on The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Volume 4, The World in Reverse and Saving Anya.  Plus, I have completed seven book club meetings and it’s only Tuesday.  However, I’m doing what I love, and because of that I know that I’m blessed.

Koko Brown really made my week with the latest review of The Grunt.  Words cannot express how proud I was to read this. I woke Adam up from his nap and made him read it twice.  Even he had to smile, and those who know Adam know how hard it is to make him smile.

So, I want to share this review with you.  Here’s the link.  Please check it out.  Respond.  Tell her what you think and share it with others. 

Link: http://kokobrown.net/2011/09/whos-in-the-hot-seat-author-latrivia-nelson.html

Thanks so much to all the reviewers who have taken the time to write a review about The Grunt and thanks so much to all the readers who have read the book.  Thanks to Koko for making my week go a little smoother. 

Hope all is well.

XoXo and all that jazz,

Latrivia S. Nelson (one happy woman)

From Complaint to Cyberharassment!

For all you soon-to-be authors out there who really want to know what being in the public eye (really just a glimpse of the public eye because I am not Hollywood) can be like, I’m sharing this with you.  I want you to understand that you have to take the glory and the “stank” with the job.

Plus…

I might as well put it out there.  Only because I’m not sure how crazy this person is. 

And…

Everyone likes gossip.  We all curl up to our computers when a juicy story hits the wire.  We laugh and say “oh my goodness” knowing the entire time we love it when there is “crap” in the game.

So here it goes…

RiverHouse has asked the person who I recently discussed as part of my “This Is Where I Draw the Line” blog entry to permanently stop emailing me.  I had to call my lawyer this late at night and have him type up an email to her, because I have received my fourth lengthy email from her in less than 48 hours.  She went from attacking the book to a long apology to now just pissed off! 

Evidently, as soon as she said she didn’t mean to offend me, I was supposed to forget that it ever happened.  But what I wonder is if she would have apologized at all if I had not stood up for myself.  And the entry was not just about her, but people like her in general.  She was just the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. 

I’m sure now, she’ll move on to blasting me whenever and wherever she gets a chance.  I’ll have reviews that start out, “I hate her” or “This author is unprofessional and petty” or “I want to put a hit on this woman” But like my mom says, “I have the blood of Jesus.” So, even if it gets to that, I’ve got someone who has my back.

In the email, she threatens to go to book retailers and ask them to take down my work, accuses me of milking my fans for sympathy and basically getting pissed, because I did not accept her apology.  Childish.  I know.  But in the vein of PR, it’s better that I say something now, before she starts a full-on assault campaign to smear my name like Philadelphia Cheese to a warm bagel. 

But you know how these things go.  Scorned people have a tendency to get really “crazy”.  Lord knows I have had my share of crazy people communicate with me.  Probably ten percent of the emails I get per day.  At over 100 emails a day, you do the math.  However, they tend to send one email, not four.

A smart person would take down their email address, but there are so many great readers and reviewers, until you have to take these things as part of the job.  As a courtesy to her, however, I did take down her email address so that the 10,000 readers and hits on this blog wouldn’t have personal access to her they way that she has to me.  Imagine how full her email box would be!  Plus, a dose of her own medicine would be fun but not cool on my part.

I think she’s pissed that I told her and people like her how I really felt about personal attacks.  I know that she’s pissed that I actually stood up for myself.  I think she thinks that just because she purchased a book, I must then be deaf and mute, unable to defend myself against her.  Some of the best authors I know are some of the feistiest.  I dare you to send some of these authors a crazy email and expect not to get a reply. Or better yet, many authors don’t reply at all one way or the other.    So it’s a catch 22.

Some of the authors I know go as far as getting on Amazon and going head up with people about their work.  This woman came to my blog, posted and then got upset when she got a response.  Go figure. 

Anyway, tonight, we’re holding a burial ceremony for this subject and this reader. 

Keep in mind, this is not for all reviewers who just don’t like my work.  I’ve learned a lot from the reviewers who have taken time to share their thoughts and make suggestions.  Even the ones who have been really crude have had great points, and I used them to make myself a better author.  I still encourage them to write to me, to share their thoughts and not worry about being attacked.  It’s just that if you have something “horrid” to say, expect a horrid response. 

This burial ceremony is for this particular reader.  I don’t want to deal with her anymore, and I’m growing bored and tired with the entire thing.   I say her, but I don’t even know this person’s name.  She could very well be a 600 pound man who lives on the computer, cross dresses and likes to be called Mary.

I don’t have a priest here at the house, so I’ll just say about this reviewer who is now dead to us all that God Bless Her and Give Her a Life of Abundance and Grace, and please Lord don’t let our paths cross again.
XoXo and all that jazz,

Latrivia

 

The Grunt Looks Great in Paperback!!! And it’s only $8 on My Site!!!

Today, I received the proof copy of The Grunt in paperback.  When it was delivered, I was expecting another book from another author, but when I opened the box and realized that it was my book, I freaked out!  I can’t wait for you guys to get it in your hands.  I went for a matte finish this time, and Kandace Tuggle, my partner in crime and my exclusive and very awesome book designer, did an excellent job of putting my concept together with her own.  The book is only $9.99 retail, only $7.99 on my site, and is now available for pre-order

It will be available for sale on September 1st.  Can you say awesome?  In a few days, I’ll get The Ugly Girlfriend in print also.  The retail price for it is $9.99, but a reader brought up a very important point.  She said that she had already purchased the e-book and wanted the paperback for her collection.  So, she wanted to know if my readers who ordered from my site could get a discount.  Makes a lot of sense, right? 

So, I’m adjusting my prices.  The Grunt will be available on my site for $7.99 and The Ugly Girlfriend will be available on my site for $6.50.  And Finding Opa!  will be available for $6.99.  Don’t forget shipping and handling.   If you purchase on the .info site, you have to add shipping and handling. 

Essentially, you can get The Lonely Heart Paperback Pack with all three books for only $19.99.  You’re saving over $5 on my site for all three books versus other sites, plus you get an autograph (not that it’s worth muchJ, but I think it’s sort of cool).

I realize that many of you have already read the book, and I thank you so much for your support, but if you want to share the book with a friend or family member, with a mom, sister or best friend, then please consider gifting it.  I know that I plan to.  My mother-in-law and mom do not do the e-book thing, so they always wait for it to come out in paperback so that they can enjoy it with the rest of us. 

I just can’t express how happy I am right now.  I love the tangible product.  I’ll probably spend the rest of the evening just staring at it.  Then, I have to get back to typing.  I’m working hard on V4.  It has to be short, cover a lot of different subject matter and move Dmitry to the next level.  Talk about a day!

A side note.  The other night, I sent out a blog entry where I just vented up a storm.  However, there was one great thing that came out of that.  I had a chance to hear from you.  You shared how much you appreciate my support, you made me remember who I am, and whose I am, and you made me feel special.

Now, this wasn’t an attempt to get attention, and I don’t want you to ever think that I would stoop to doing something like that.  It was a genuine cross roads for me that I had an opportunity to share with you.  And words cannot express how you guys have made me feel.

As a full-time author now, I have so much joy.  I get to entertain you guys for a living, and it’s amazing.  How many of us have shared private conversations?  How many of us have spent half the night responding to emails?  The relationships that have been established through these stories are priceless.  And I need to remember that instead of letting people get under my skin. 

So, let’s celebrate! Pre-order your books today, and let’s get ready for a global conference call soon on The Grunt.  I’m thinking that we should do it in September.  We haven’t done it in a while, but it’s long overdue.

Anyway, I’m done ranting…until tomorrow.

XoXo and all that jazz,

Latrivia

This Is Where I Draw The Freaking Line!

I just received the longest email known to man about how horrid my book was (Dmitry’s Closet).  Unfortunately, I had to delete the post.  Why?   It was so long and such a drag until I refused to let it stay up. 

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m used to getting the occasional email about my work.  And I normally take it in stride.  Countless readers have given me constructive criticism, offered their services and tried their best to help me.  I appreciate them, and I understand their purpose and points.  Some of their words have helped me A LOT.

But when someone sends me a three page letter on why they hated my stuff, I have to draw the line.  First of all, who has that type of time if they have a life?  Now, I did read the blog response. And I know a lot of authors who wouldn’t  have taken the time.  So, at least!!!

Anyway, you guys are my friends and my fans.  So tell me if I’m wrong. I’ll believe you.  But I just can’t take it anymore. Maybe it’s because I’m on my cycle and I am irritable, but maybe there is certain thing called “tact.”  And this email didn’t really have much of it.

If this reader felt so compelled to share her response with just me, then why didn’t she just send me an email?  I post my email everywhere.  Latrivia@LatriviaNelson.com.  And all of you know that I get 100 emails a day. Not all of them are nice, but I take time and I respond.  It’s important to them.  It’s important to me.  And it’s part of being a published author. Not everyone is going to like you.  I get it. I do. 

Instead of sending an email, however, she blasts me on my own blog and expects a nice response.  WTF!!!  That, my friends, is bullshit. And I am tired of always being nice.  You don’t come to someone’s house, fart in their living room and call it air freshener. And you don’t go to someone’s blog, basically tell them to quit their day job and call it constructive criticism.  Kiss my ass.

I print out every email.  Good and bad.  I look over them. Study them.  I outline the points that they make, use them to make my work better.  But I’m still a person with feelings.  I know (whine, whine) but I am a person, and I take my work seriously.  If I don’t defend it, who will? 

I spend countless hours away from my family, friends and life, doing what I consider to be the best job in the world.  I’m going to have feelings about it.

It’s not easy going after your dreams.  And often, your first, second and even third try can be semi unsuccessful, but I’m proud of the Medlov series.  It’s successful to me.  We have sold over 25,000 copies. I’ve made wonderful friendships as a result, and I’ve faced my fears.  That is so important to me. 

Now, there are things that I’m getting better at…like the copyediting element.  And now, I have Karen, and she is awesome.  She’s helping me fix things.  We’re going back and fixing the grammatical errors that made me a leper in the IR genre.  But at least, I’m in the genre.  At least, I’m giving it all that I have.  At least, I’m living my dream. 

When I first started out, I thought, I’ll just wait until everything is perfect.  But after Adam nearly died, I realized that no one is promised tomorrow.  I looked at him lying in the hospital bed and knew that there is no perfect time.  There is only right now.  Trust people. This is truth.  Don’t let fear steal your dreams from you.  Fight for them with everything that you have inside of you. 

So, I went balls to the wall, and I did it.  RiverHouse was born out of a need to share my voice and my thoughts with the world.  As imperfect as my books  may be, I still did it.  I put it out there, paid a horrid copyeditor, and I published my first book.  Now, I’m on my tenth.  If I should die tomorrow, then at least I will have accomplished something on my list that means so very much to me.  How many people can say that? 

I used to think that I had to take the “stuff” that people put out there about me.  But one day I looked in the mirror and realized that I don’t have to take it, and I won’t anymore.

You know what really irks me?  There are some people out there who hide behind their computers, behind these made up names, and these computer-generated photos.  They blast authors, singers, anyone who is trying to express themselves, and they do it anonymously so that they don’t have to face public humiliation after they purposely and maliciously humiliate you. 

They pick people apart.  They accuse you of having your friends and family post reviews just because they don’t like your book and couldn’t imagine that anyone else would.  In essence, they call you a freak fraud. 

They stomp on your dreams and your aspirations. 

They hope that you’ll quit, give up. 

Their entire purpose in life is to embarrass you!  But they have never penned a thing, published a thing, had one creative thought in their entire life that they followed through with. 

And authors like myself, who put their real picture and name up or authors who use pens names but put their real feelings and dreams into print are forced to deal with what they have said.  And we don’t get to do it anonymously.  We have to face the humiliation just as we are. 

They hide behind emails and computers.  We face the world.  Who is really coward? 

They go online and posts under several names and give horrid reviews.  And they don’t buy just one book. It’s like they can’t wait for you to release something else so that they can attack that too. 

Why?  I don’t know.  They do it though.   And then they curl up in their beds ALONE and sleep all night with a smirky little grin on their faces, because it makes them happy to tear you and your dreams apart.  What a trip!!!!

Well, I don’t have to take it.  I won’t take it anymore. 

There are going to be bad reviews.  And women and men who spend their money and their time deserve and opportunity to share their opinions.  I believe that. And I honor that.  I want to hear from them.  I want to be better for them and all my readers.

But I deserve the right to defend myself as well from that “other” type of reviewer – the one who wished that they could have done something else but didn’t, the one who never found the perfect opportunity so she just gave up and spent her entire life being bitter and attacking others. 

As an Interracial Romance Author, I get 10-20 emails a week from hate mongers who tell me that I’m not even human and have no right to write about a black woman and white man marrying each other.  I have to hear that my children are an abomination and that I don’t have a soul and should be back on a freaking plantation.  It’s hard enough to try to deal with those idiots. 

But on top of that, I get letters from sisters who would rather see me flipping burgers at a restaurant than pursuing my dreams.  I’ve already given the finger to the bigots of the world.  It looks like I’m going to use the other hand to give the finger to you too.

Fifty years from now, if God Almighty sees fit to still bless me with breath in my lungs, I’ll still be writing. I won’t ever quit.  So stop sending me emails and asking me to.  You’re wasting your time and more than that you’re pissing me off.

Do me a favor.  If you are only interested in attacking me, then don’t buy my books.  This is for the entertainment of people who want to do more than tear others down.  I want to hear from them.  I want their criticism, their support – not yours!!!

New Review from Ivolve Beauty for The Grunt & The Ugly Girlfriend !!!!

Writing gives me pleasure for several reasons.  I love to entertain people and take them from the real world into some new place with new people, and I love to meet new people through my books.  The readers, reviewers, publishers, conventioneers, etc. are all amazing.  Normally, I get the reviews later than everyone else, because I’m always in my office or in my “room” at home behind a desk, typing on the computer, music blasting in my ears, television playing – away from the world and everyone around it.  However, lately, I’ve been getting out.  So, I’ve been getting the reviews as they post, and I have quite enjoyed it.

My latest review has come from Chaz over at IvolveBeauty.com.  They have been reviewing my work since I first started, and I always thoroughly enjoy reading what they have to say.  So, I want to share this with you and ask that you visit their blog from time to time to see all of the wonderful offerings they have on their page regarding “the total woman.”

Chocolicious Reviews: The Grunt (The Lonely Heart Series)

I am so happy to report that Chocolicious Reviews did an amazing review for the The Grunt.  Of course, anytime there is new news, I want to share it with you.  So, please check out the link below.

http://chocoliciousreviews.com/2011/08/13/the-grunt-by-latrivia-s-nelson/

Thanks again,

Latrivia

“Like” The Lonely Heart Series Facebook Page Today!!!!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lonely-Heart-Series-by-Latrivia-S-Nelson/178658528870198?ref=ts#!/pages/The-Lonely-Heart-Series-by-Latrivia-S-Nelson/178658528870198?sk=wall

The world has gone global and so has The Lonely Heart Series.  To keep people abreast of what is going on no matter where they are in the world and what their favorite mode of social media is, we have expanded our brand to include Facebook.  So now, you can Like The Lonely Heart Series Facebook Page, share your thoughts and keep up with when new books are dropping.

FYI.  All three books are now available for pre-sale in The Lonely Heart Series, including The Ugly Girlfriend, Finding Opa! and The Grunt.

This page was recommended by several devoted readers, and I’m happy to have received your suggestions.  Keep them coming and thanks so much.

Latrivia

Latrivia Nelson’s New Facebook Page

It’s not really anything to complain about.  In fact, it’s a marketer’s dream.  I have filled and over-filled my original Facebook page.  So, I’ve started another page.  http://www.facebook.com/?sk=inbox&setup#!/authorlatrivia.nelson

For all of my readers who want to keep up with what is going on, I encourage you to join.  Facebook is really a great tool to keep in touch.  And I put all sorts of personal as well as professional “stuff” on it. 

I also like for other authors and publishers to join.  There is nothing like a virtual community.  It’s better than any other form of communication out there.

So, if you want to be in the “know” of what is going on with the books, the publishing company and me, then join today. 

However, if you’re already a member of my old Facebook page, don’t worry. We’ll still be doing updates on both.  No one will miss a thing. 

XoXo and all that jazz,

Latrivia S. Nelson

Latrivia Nelson @ Age 31!

Me in New York on the Hudson Bay with a Friend

It’s the day after my big 31st birthday, and I woke up this morning at 6:30.  Now, anyone who knows me can appreciate what a big step that is for me.  I’m a late riser, and I tend to go to bed very late.  It’s only because I write better late at night.

However, momma’s gotta brand new idea for age 31.  I want to be more proactive.  So, I’m attempting to get up earlier and get used to doing things the conventional way.

My husband, Adam, doesn’t have much faith in my new experiment.  He thinks that I’ll just ease back into late mornings where I wake up after ten to twelve hours of sleep and get started with my day.  But I’m going to surprise him. 

This morning, you should have seen his face when my alarm went off before the sun could rise all the way.  He was on the computer in the corner of our bedroom and when he heard the comforter rustle, he looked back all shocked with that “what in the hell” look on his face.

Well, I’m going to really get motivated this year. 

OMG!!! I am thirty one years old.  This is big!

I remember going out with my guy friends on a few occasions and there were always women in their 30s with us.  They seemed more together, more fashionable, had all the right comebacks and seemed to have it all figured out.  I was very young then, barely twenty, hanging with men ten years older or better.  They used to call me princess and little girl and so many other pet names. 

Now, I’m in my thirties and my guy friends are still around, and they don’t call me a baby anymore.  While I’m still younger than them, I find myself in the most stylish outfits with the busy schedule and quick and often sharp comebacks.  However, I don’t have it all figured out.  I’m still working on that one.

So the big question is what is going to be different about 31.  Well, I have a list.  And I won’t share it with you, because it’s sort of personal, but I can tell you that it includes three subgroups: financial, physical and spiritual.  I want to work on myself in all three areas.  Can you believe the kids fit into all three categories as well as Adam.  They are so greedy.

Many of my readers are well over 31.  I love to get their stories via email.  They share the most interesting stories.  I look forward to waking up, checking my email and getting a story from some of my readers who have had exciting weekends or finally found “the one.”  It makes for great material, and it enhances my life. I’m one of those who truly believes that sharing your stories helps other people grow.  Shame on you if you haven’t shared a story with someone.  It’s enlightening.  Plus, it’s down right entertaining.

One thing I wonder is if Adam still thinks of me as a young woman.  I wonder if my kids think that I’m old.  However, Jordan, our son, told me that I was 100 years old.  He needs to give me a freaking break. 

With every blessed year that you get a chance to be on this earth, however, I imagine that you have to give something back.  You have to pay your dues.  I know what I want to give in terms of literature and it terms of family and friends, but there has to be more.  So, I’m searching, you know.  I’m looking for one incredible way to give back.

What about you?  What things have you promised to give back as a result of you being on the earth one more year?

Well, that’s all for now on this blog.  I’ll be updating new blogs this week.

Oh, one more thing to share.  I started a Lonely Hearts Blog.  www.thelonelyheartseries.wordpress.com.

It’s a way to keep up with what’s coming up versus what’s already out there.

I hope you like it.
XoXo and all that jazz,

Latrivia S. Nelson

THE GRUNT CLIMBS TO NUMBER ONE SPOT ON AMAZON’S BESTSELLER LIST

Multicultural Romance Author Latrivia S. Nelson Pens Authentic Tale about Marine Corps Life

(August 10, 2011 – Memphis, TENN)  RiverHouse Publishing’s bestselling author, Latrivia S. Nelson, released the third book in her bestselling Lonely Heart Series, entitled The Grunt.  The full-length romance novel is the second bestseller out of the series and has already climbed to the coveted number 1 spot on Amazon’s Multicultural Bestseller’s List since its e-book release during the last week in July. The Ugly Girlfriend, which has stayed on the Amazon Multicultural Bestseller’s List since the first week of January 2011, has also been a fan favorite, giving Nelson two books on the same bestselling list for the second time this year.  This is the tenth book that Nelson has released in the last three years and the fourth book she had released in 2011. 

“The Grunt is a powerful story of love and life in the Marine Corps.  As a wife of a combat-wounded, retired Marine and having spent many years at Camp Lejeune, I was especially excited about writing this novel.  It infuses the alpha male qualities that my readers like in their characters with the power of a strong, yet loving woman.  Moreover, it details the struggles of loving someone who is serving in the military and all that is required of them by our country while trying to balance a relationship.”

The Grunt is available on Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook and Nelson’s official website (www.latrivianelson.info).  The paperback will be available for sale nationwide on September 1, 2011 for $10. 

Synopsis of The Grunt:

Staff Sergeant Brett Black has a bad feeling that something is going to go terribly wrong. And as a Recon Marine, he pays attention to his gut. Only nothing can prepare him for what he encounters when he arrives at home from the base. His wife is leaving him, and there is nothing he can do about it.

Abandoned with a kid, the super alpha-male has to become domesticated quickly or find a willing substitute to help him with his son. Only the substitute he finds is no substitution.

Courtney Lawless is a true wild card. The budding librarian loves the classics and carries herself like a lady by day. But she also is full of life and surfs the waves of the Atlantic Ocean by night. Since her parents won’t pay for college because of bad decisions in her past, the reformed bad-girl takes a job as Brett’s live-in nanny to finish paying for school.

Brett has never seen a woman of such complex duality. Used to a wife who won’t clean, cook or even talk to him, when he starts to live with Courtney, he realizes what he’s been missing his entire life. Educated, amazing and refreshingly honest, the only thing that that this transparent beauty hides from her new boss is that she’s also the Lieutenant Colonel’s daughter.

Faced with another deployment to Afghanistan soon, the brooding Marine is forced to come out his shell to fight for what he loves; only this time, the war is at home.

Enjoy the interracial must-read romance of the summer, The Grunt, the third and longest book in Latrivia S. Nelson’s Lonely Heart Series.

30 Elite US Military Men Dead

Let’s take a moment and pray.  As I was posting about a book, I got this email.  I’m taking it directly from AP, so credit goes to the reporter on this.  However, please pray for the families of the men who were lost.  This is a reminder of how things can change in a blink of an eye.  Please don’t forget to tell the men and women you know in the service how much they are appreciated.

Here it is…

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite unit as the Navy SEALs who killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, U.S. officials said Saturday. It was the deadliest single loss for American forces in the decade-old war against the Taliban.

The downing, in which seven Afghan commandos were also killed, was a stinging blow to the lauded, tight-knit SEAL Team 6, months after its crowning achievement. It was also a heavy setback for the U.S.-led coalition as it begins to draw down thousands of combat troops fighting what has become an increasingly costly and unpopular war.

None of the 22 SEAL personnel killed in the crash were part of the team that killed bin Laden in a May raid in Pakistan, but they belonged to the same unit. Their deployment in the raid in which the helicopter crashed would suggest that the target was a high-ranking insurgent figure.

Special operations forces, including the SEALs and others, have been at the forefront in the stepped up strategy of taking out key insurgent leaders in targeted raids, and they will be relied on even more as regular troops pull out.

The strike is also likely to boost the morale of the Taliban in a key province that controls a strategic approach to the capital Kabul. The Taliban claimed they downed the helicopter with a rocket while it was taking part in a raid on a house where insurgents were gathered in the province of Wardak overnight. Wreckage of the craft was strewn across the crash site, a Taliban spokesman said.

A senior U.S. administration official in Washington said it appeared the craft had been shot down. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the crash is still being investigated.

“Their deaths are a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices made by the men and women of our military and their families, including all who have served in Afghanistan,” President Barack Obama said in a statement, adding that his thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who perished.

The U.S.-led coalition said in a statement that 30 American service members, a civilian interpreter and seven Afghan commandos were killed when their CH-47 Chinook crashed in the early hours Saturday. A current U.S. official and a former U.S. official said the Americans included 22 SEALs, three Air Force air controllers and a dog handler and his dog. The two spoke on condition of anonymity because military officials were still notifying the families of the dead.

The Lonely Heart Series Now On Sale in Paperback! Pre-Order The Grunt Today!

Hello Everyone!!!

It’s been a long time coming, but I am happy to announce that we are taking pre-orders for all three books in the Lonely Heart Series (The Ugly Girlfriend, Finding Opa! and The Grunt). You can purchase each book separately or you can purchase all three books in the Lonely Heart Paperback Pack for $19.99, plus shipping and handling.  Simply go to www.latrivianelson.info to put in your order today in time for Labor Day weekend

I hope that you all enjoy the books.  We have received over 300 requests since The Grunt was released last week to format it in paperback.  In response, the team has worked tremendously hard on getting a tangible product in your hands. 

This has been an exciting week, and I’ll be sharing a little more with you about why on upcoming blog entries.  However, I want to say now that I appreciate each and every one of you for your kind words of support and encouragement and your continued support of my work through your purchases.

I’ll be returning to the blogs more in the upcoming weeks also.  I know everyone wonders where I went.  Working on upcoming projects, I have been locked in the office and at the home office typing up a storm, but I need a break and I need to get back to my people.

I also am working hard right now to return each and every email that I have received about the books. I even printed them out so that I can read them when it’s late at night and I’m tired and want to quit.  You all have given me so much motivation.  I think of each of you every time I sit in front of the computer to write a book.

God Bless,

Latrivia S. Nelson

 

The Grunt is Now Available on Kindle

The Grunt by Latrivia S. Nelson

I am happy to report and 4:00 in the morning that the third book in my Lonely Heart Series, The Grunt, is now available for sale on Kindle

Many of you, who have supported me for years, have moved into the tech era and have either a Nook or Kindle.  So, we have worked really hard to ensure that you would have access to the book before the end of the week.

I do hope that you enjoy it.  It is a ful novel with 15 chapters and over 309 pages of fun and excitement. 

Don’t forget when you are done to send me an email and share your feedback.

XoXo and all that jazz,

Latrivia

New Book from Lonely Heart Series: The Grunt

Staff Sergeant Brett Black has a bad feeling that something is going to go terribly wrong.  And as a Recon Marine, he pays attention to his gut.  Only nothing can prepare him for what he encounters when he arrives at home from the base.  His wife is leaving him, and there is nothing he can do about it. 

Abandoned with a kid, the super alpha-male has to become domesticated quickly or find a willing substitute to help him with his son.  Only the substitute he finds is no substitution. 

Courtney Lawless is a true wild card.  The budding librarian loves the classics and carries herself like a lady by day.  But she also is full of life and surfs the waves of the Atlantic Ocean by night.  Since her parents won’t pay for college because of bad decisions in her past, the reformed bad-girl takes a job as Brett’s live-in nanny to finish paying for school. 

Brett has never seen a woman of such complex duality.  Used to a wife who won’t clean, cook or even talk to him, when he starts to live with Courtney, he realizes what he’s been missing his entire life.  Educated, amazing and refreshingly honest, the only thing that that this transparent beauty hides from her new boss is that she’s also the Lieutenant Colonel’s daughter. 

Faced with another deployment to Afghanistan soon, the brooding Marine is forced to come out his shell to fight for what he loves, only this time, the war is at home.

Enjoy the interracial must-read romance of the summer, The Grunt, the third a longest book in Latrivia S. Nelson’s Lonely Heart Series and today. 

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Best Boutique in town: Celery

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I’d like to think that I’m a simple woman with simple tastes, but I had to re-evaluate my inner truth when it came time to shop for clothes in Memphis.  There were only a few stores that matched what I was looking for in style: comfort, sleekness, quality and classic design.  I’m the type that likes to buy quality the first time around and keep it in my closet for many years to come.

When arriving in Memphis back from Camp Lejeune, the first thing that I did was cozy up to Ann Taylor, one of the only stores that I frequent incessantly.  The second thing I did was find a good shoe store.  I was horrified to find that the only store to fit my big foot was Nine West.  The soles don’t hurt and the shoes don’t crush my toes.

We’ll talk about Victoria Secret, the best place to find perfume, lotions and hosiery on a later post. 

So, if I don’t go online and grab something from Saks Fifth or Neiman Marcus, then I’m at Ann Taylor.  Needless to say that my wardrobe is pretty boring, except for the occasional haul-ass to Muse for nights when I really want to impress.  My favorite color in the world is black.  I buy black Armani everything, and I get a good buy on Armani.com, where I often jet off to the Armani exchange for sales items for daily wears.

Then one day, I was in Ann Taylor at WolfChase and this woman leans into me and says that she should have gone to Celery before coming here.  I stood there puzzled.  What was Celery?

She told me that it was a high-end boutique right in the heart of Memphis on Brookhaven circle that carried Ann Taylor among a thousand other names that I nearly choked after hearing.  This nameless saint did not have a card from the place but told me exactly where to find it.

The next day in between house errands and working at the office, my interest peaked and I found myself at Celery.  Sure enough, it was right where the woman said it would be.  

It is a lime green building with white border right in the middle of Brookhaven cove.  In truth, it is less than intimidating.  It looks like a secret hiding place for girls.  I immediately thought that on the screen door there should have been a sign – No Boys Allowed.  It gives you a giddy feeling when you pull up, like you’ve arrived at an adult playground for women with discriminating tastes. 

I was greeted by a nice young woman, a graduate of University of Memphis I believe, who gave me a ticket with three types of sales: 75% off, 50% off and 25% off.  As a budding penny-pincher, I felt proud that I was actually in a place where I could spend some cash and save even more to spend later on the kids who suck me bone dry.   

As I entered this secret layer covered in jewelry, fine silks, purses, belts and other accessories, the sales women were right there beside me. They wanted to know what I was looking for, what were my favorite labels, etc. It was very helpful when I realized what a gold mine I had fallen into.  I needed a seat!  I needed to catch my breath!

You see, this place, this Celery had Armani, Coach, St. John, Dolce & Gabanna, Ann Taylor (of course), Bowl of Cotton, Chanel, the list goes on and on.  Most of the clothes still had the price tag on them from the original purchase, everything looked brand new, everything was incredibly priced, everything was incredibly cute and jazzy and it was all mine!

Overloaded, I had to sit down for a minute. The women there provided top-notch service, offering a glass of wine, a fitting room, great smiles, good conversation and they had the nerve to play great music. 

The greedy and spoiled Trivi felt like this was one secret that I could not share.  If I told everyone why I was always dressed so smart and had extra money to spare, they might overrun my new haven and take all the deals for themselves.  But the good witch Trivi knew that there are far too many women out there who work themselves to the bone, want to look good and don’t want to spend retailer’s price for top-drawer fashion.

So, here I am pouring my name brand heart out to you and telling you my secret.  The best boutique in Memphis is a little place off Poplar on Brookhaven Circle called Celery.  They have everything: dresses, shoes, accessories, purses, suits, jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, cocktail dresses, evening gowns and I think I saw a unicorn!

Tell them that I sent you and get 10% off.

On Wednesdays, they have the mother of all sales.  Wine and Snacks from 4-7 and a preview of some killer summer styles.

What’s the address?

728 Brookhaven Circle

Memphis, TN 38117

http://www.celeryresale.com/

The concept is just ingenious.  Consignment of only designer, in-season labels in the best condition.  What more can I say?  You’ll do yourself a favor by stopping by. 

Until the next extry, take over the world one idea at a time.

XoXo & all that jazz,

Latrivia  

 

Buy Nine Interracial Romance Novels for $10 on Latrivia Nelson’s website

Everyone is looking to save a dollar this summer. With gas prices climbing and a hundred things on the to-buy list, authors have to be very mindful of their price points for their work.  This is why I have made it very simple for readers who want a lot of bang for their buck.  On my official site (www.latrivianelson.info), you can purchase all nine of my books including: Ivy’s Twisted Vine (2008), Dmitry’s Closet (2010), Dmitry’s Royal Flush (2010), Anatoly Medlov: Complete Reign (2011, all three volumes of The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov, The Ugly Girlfriend (2010 and Finding Opa! (2011) for only ten dollars.

I guarantee that you’re not going to find a deal like that on any other site.  Why do I price them so cheap?  Well, I want more than anything to provide you with an enjoyable reading experience.  I also want to build a base of life-time readers.  So, considering I’m not going anywhere for a very long time, and you ladies will continue to read for a long, long time.  Then, we might as well build a great relationship.

Also, I love to hear from my readers.  You can always send me an email (Latrivia@LatriviaNelson.com) or participate on the blogs.  We normally break down the entire story and ask questions about the characters and the plot line. 

I hope as you look for things to read this summer you will consider my novels.  Interracial romance is not only about race but also about unique and genuine relationships between men and women.  Each and every one of my books focuses on that core compatibility while hopefully making you laugh, cry and maybe even scream for the characters.

Stop by my website today and purchase the $10 combo pack today!

Going back four years ago. Why the Medlov’s ended up in Sochi during the 2014 Olympics

Latrivia Nelson:

Throwback about Dmitry’s Royal Flush: Rise of the Queen

Originally posted on Dmitry's Royal Flush: Rise of the Queen:

Everyone wants to know what Dmitry ended up in Sochi.  Well, I pulled this excerpt from the book that might bring it the forefront of everyone’s minds.  Take a look and let’s start up a discussion.

chateau in Prague

(Excrept from Dmitry’s Royal Flush: Rise of the Queen, Copyright by Latrivia S. Nelson and RiverHouse Publishing)

Dmitry smiled softly and sat back in his chair.  His eyes narrowed in on his son.  Rubbing his hands together, he sighed.  “So, lay it out, Anatoly.  Why should I come back, even if it is for just little while?  You see that I have both of my hands full here.”  His smile disappeared and the lines at the sides of his eyes showed more and his age was suddenly apparent.

“Papa, this is an opportunity unlike any other,” Anatoly said, changing gears.

“I’ve said that about each and every opportunity that has come my way.”

Anatoly…

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Dmitry’s Royal Flush Comes back to Life during Sochi Olympics

Latrivia Nelson:

This comes to mind…

Originally posted on Dmitry's Royal Flush: Rise of the Queen:

This book had been put to bed by many but picked back up during the Olympics at Sochi.  I can’t  help but pick it back up too considering that I wrote the book four years before the Olympics actually took place.  It’s fun though.  I love the fact that we are looking at the book at it’s characters.  So, until the Olympics are over, every day, I’ll share a little DRF with you for our own reading pleasure.

First we have to remember the Synopsis of DRF.  Here it is…

Dmitrys Royal FlushFrom the popular multicultural author, Latrivia S. Nelson, comes the highly anticipated second installment of the Medlov Crime Family Series, Dmitry’s Royal Flush: Rise of the Queen. For Dmitry and Royal Medlov, money doesn’t equal happiness.  Forced to leave Memphis, TN and flee to Prague after a brutal mafia war, the couple nestled into the countryside to raise their daughter…

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