Anatoly’s Retribution: Book Two is #1 on Amazon’s Bestsellers List (AA Mystery)

This is all because of you and your support of my work.  We did it. We made #1 on Amazon’s AA Mystery Bestsellers List.  I don’t care if it is for 1 day or 1 year, we have to celebrate!!!  Thank you so much.  Please continue to buy the book, share the word, post reviews and enjoy the Medlovian experience.  I truly appreciate you and all you have done.  I’m sending you hugs and love all around the world.  Please keep in touch.  We’ll be having a book chat soon.

Sincerely,

Latrivia Welch

Your biggest fan

 

Anatoly’s Retribution: Book Two is LIVE

Anatoly’s Retribution: Book Two

There is nothing more important than family. Billionaire crime boss, Anatoly Medlov, discovers this when a pimp in Miami Beach comes into the possession of his half-sister, Anastaysia. The clock is ticking. He knows he has to find her before she’s sold off or even worse, killed.

The Medlov Russian Crime family comes to the underworld prince’s aid, bringing a Bloody Sunday to the vacation destination in true mafia style. But the lessons that are learned and retribution exacted teach Anatoly and the people he loves about more than just vengeance, it teaches them about purpose.

Read the action-packed second part of the bestselling Russian mafia romance sensation, Anatoly’s Retribution: Book Two, by the founder of the genre, USA TODAY bestselling author, Latrivia Welch.

Anatoly’s Retribution: Book Two Coming Soon – Just Not Today

Dear Fans,

Well, I’ve been offline all day, hoping to bring this book to you before my midnight deadline to keep my word of a drop date on Sunday.

Two hours before midnight, I don’t think it’s going to happen.

My first knee-jerk response was to give you another date, but I can hear the wisdom of my team begging me not to. What I can tell you is that the book is complete. We are working to make sure the final product is the absolute best that we can provide.

This is all on me. No one is else is responsible. I should have allotted more time Wednesday when I made the announcement, but I was eater to please. Lesson 1 of all of this – don’t over promise and under deliver. What I can assure you of, is that it will be out soon. I’ll send out a communication after we have pressed PUBLISH and after the book has gone LIVE. I’ve been getting emails all day, but I have not been able to respond, because I’ve been working.

Thank you, however, to everyone for being understanding. So many texts came in from fans telling me to take my time, do it right, they’d be waiting, they’d support me. About three hours ago, I got on my knees and prayed. But I also had to thank Him for surrounding me by such love. Thank you again. I’m on it. I have to get back offline and work. I won’t be sending emails or on FB or social media until we go live. But I also didn’t want you to think that I’m just ignoring you. Trust me. I do it all for you. I just want to make you happy, by giving you the best final product that I can.

All my love,
Latrivia

Anatoly’s Retribution: Book Two Drop Date Pushed Back till This Sunday

 

Dear Medlovians,

I know many of you won’t be happy with me, but I must push the drop date for Anatoly’s Retribution: Book Two from Wednesday to Sunday of this week. As many of you know, I lost my grandfather on the 11th of this month, and we buried him on the 21st. I needed time to grieve, and I needed time to help my family. I don’t want my work to suffer for it, so I won’t release it until we are finished editing it sufficiently. Sunday should be enough time to do the trick. I ask for your patience, and I thank you in advance for your understanding. You deserve the best Book 2 has to offer. And I want to give that to you.

Stay tuned for more and God Bless.
Latrivia Welch.

The First Russian Mafia Romance Novel was Dmitry’s Closet in 2010

FACT: The First Russian Mafia Romance Novel was Dmitry’s Closet in 2010

Series: The Medlov Crime Family Series

Year: 2010

Author: Latrivia S. Nelson (Now Latrivia Welch)

Books in Series: Dmitry’s Closet (2010), Dmitry’s Royal Flush: Rise of the Queen (2010), Anatoly Medlov: Complete Reign (2011), Saving Anya (2012).

I get asked the question alot these days.  My answer is the same.  I’m proud that the genre I started with one book has grown to hundreds of books and hundreds of authors across racial lines and country lines.  But I do hope that those who love the genre know it’s origins.  It doesn’t matter if you’re into interracial romance or not, this book is one of the truest testaments to the Russian Mafiya lifestyle.  It will also give you an idea of how these men do business.  We started the billionaire mafia craze with the introduction of The Medlov Crime Family and the seven foot lover, Dmitry Medlov.  Check it out and tell me what you think.  Remember, it happened here first.  #Medlovian

 

SYNOPSIS:

“A man like Dmitry was never irate. His coldness was only reflected in the manner in which he destroyed.”
Read the book that started the Russian Mafia Romance genre nearly a decade ago. From USA TODAY bestselling interracial author Latrivia S. Nelson (now Latrivia Welch), comes a story about a deadly faction of the Russian mafia and an innocent woman who threatens to dismantle their empire with the promise of forbidden love.

The virginal recent college graduate, Royal Stone, is looking for employment in one of the country’s toughest recessions. While desperately wondering downtown Memphis résumé in-hand, she stumbles upon the seven-foot, blonde billionaire Dmitry Medlov, who offers her a job as the manager of his new boutique, Dmitry’s Closet.
Royal Stone is in for a big surprise.

After the clueless beauty accepts Dmitry’s generous job offer, Royal soon accepts his extravagant gifts, his bed and his upscale 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.

Dmitry Medlov faces a fork in the road.

For the first time in his life, the brutal mob boss is introduced to happiness, but not everyone around him wants the lonely Czar to have a happy ending. Under investigation by a joint task force, working to uncover a conspiracy on his council and battling with the old guards to bring their organization into the 21st century, the last thing Dmitry Medlov needs is to lose focus.

However, falling in love with Royal makes Dmitry want to break his coveted code, leave his self-made kingdom and start a life far away from the perils of the Thieves-in-Law. She is his purpose in life made flesh. But when his sociopathic brother, Ivan, comes to the Memphis bent on a murderous revenge, old sins resurface, and Royal becomes the unsuspecting target of Ivan’s wrath. What neither of the men know, is that Royal is carrying a secret of her own.

Who will win? Who will lose? Who will die? Watch all the skeletons as they tumble out of the interracial romantic suspense 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

How to Read the Series:
Dmitry’s Closet (2010)
Dmitry’s Royal Flush: Rise of the Queen (2010)
Anatoly Medlov: Complete Reign (2011)

Celebrating the Life of My Grandfather, Rev. Ivory Artis, Sr. (May he rest in peace)

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:2-3

 

I bet Daddy’s mansion is going to be huge! I know he’ll be there watching westerns, fixing a feast of BBQ and his famous baked beans and making the angels laugh with his thousands of stories when I get there. I can see his face, bright and warm with a toothy smile, walking around in perfect health and ready to show me around.

…words cannot really express how I feel about my grandfather, Ivory Artis, Sr. Trust me, over the last few days, I’ve tried to find them, but there are none grand or wonderful enough to describe his smile, his voice, his warm eyes or his huge heart.

Everyone who knows me, knows that I called him Daddy. Since the day that I was born, he has been there for me. I lived in his home and was nurtured under his large protective wings. But he was never selfish with his love. There are so many people who share the same bond of knowing a man who always wanted the best for everyone around him.

For 37 years, Daddy was there to be everything for me. He loved me unconditionally and taught me how to be a good person, scolded me when I was a bad person, and never passed judgement. He wiped my tears, chased away my fears, made me feel like a giant and a princess. I was blessed to have had him in my life, and I am not alone.

On October 21st, we will commit Rev. Ivory Artis, Sr. back to the earth during his homegoing celebration. If you have known him or have known the Artis Family, I humbly extend the invitation to celebrate his life with us.

Yes, I am so very sad to see my father leave this Earth, but I rejoice in knowing that Heaven truly has a special man added to their ranks.

No more pain. No more worry. No more earthly concerns. Let us celebrate a man who exemplified what is was to be a kind, generous, loving servant of God and an amazing man.

Homegoing Celebration
Rev. Ivory Artis, Sr.
May 30, 1935 – October 11, 2017

Wake:
N. J. Funeral Home
Friday, October 20, 2017
4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
12 S Parkway W, Memphis, TN 38109

Homegoing Celebration:
Summerfield Baptist Church
Saturday, October 21, 2017
10:00 a.m.
1383 Boxwood St, Memphis, TN 38108

Internment:
Calvary Cemetery & Mausoleum (immediately following)
1663 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN 38106

Repass:
Summerfield Baptist Church
Saturday, October 21, 2017
1383 Boxwood St, Memphis, TN 38108

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Check out today’s radio show on Anatoly’s Retribution: Book One

For the last two weeks, it’s been all about Anatoly’s Retribution: Book One.

To celebrate our readers, we had a radio show today.

So… we only got to answer about 25% of the questions out there today during my first radio show in over a year, but I can assure that we’ll continue each week until we get it all done and then we can start all over again with Book Two, due out on November 1st.  I’m battling a flu right now. And I hate that because I sound like a frog, but the show must go on.  So check out today’s radio book chat where I answered some of the questions that have been sent in to me over the last two weeks.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/latriviawelch2/2017/10/07/anatolys-retribution-book-one-book-chat

Also, don’t forget to:

Like my page of Facebook.  Show your support. www.facebook.com/latriviawelch

Visit our updated website at www.latriviawelchbooks.com 

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Sign up for our mailing list, so we can stay connected.

 

 

Anatoly’s Retribution: Book One is Amazon #1 Bestseller for AA Mystery

 

Thank you for making this happen.  Through your love and support, we hit the #1 slot on AA Mystery, and people are still talking about Anatoly’s Retribution: Book One.  I am so honored and proud, but I could not have done it without you.  THANK YOU.

Please continue to share the book and vision that is ours of the Medlov Men.  For only $3.15, readers can enjoy a world of fun with the first family of the Russian Mafiya – The Medlov Men.

Also, if you’re up for it, join us this Saturday from 4-4:30 CDT for a book chat. Now, if you haven’t gotten around to the book, don’t listen in.  There will be spoilers, but for those who have read and want to share their thoughts, we’d love to have you.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/latriviawelch2/2017/10/07/anatolys-retribution-book-one-book-chat

More information coming soon.

Have a great Wednesday.

Latrivia

 

Are You Reading Anatoly’s Retribution: Book One This Weekend?


The book is finally out. After a few months of haggling with myself to get it done, I finally released Anatoly from my clutches. I have to admit that it’s hard. You grow so close to the characters until the manuscript is never really complete in the author’s mind. I could re-edit, rewrite for the rest of my life on the Medlov Men and never find a stopping point, because I enjoy it so much.

Alas, I have worked through my desire to keep this project close to my bosom and given my baby to you – for your personal entertainment.

So, now my question is, what are you doing this weekend. Outside of all the other things we have to do – soccer games, homework, dinner, weddings, hitting the gym, grocery shopping, laundry, quality time with the family and loved ones, etc. – I truly hope that you’ll be reading my book as well.

So far, I’ve received nearly 100 emails from our Quill Pen readers who have already read the book. They want to know when the second part of the book is coming out, because in the past I have been notorious for disappearing for months after a book drop. Well, not now. I’m back, ladies and gents. And Book Two will be released on November 1st. It will also be $3.15.

The second question that seems to be very popular is will all the questions be answered in the second book that arise from the first book. The answer is ABSOLUTELY! I love giving you a firm foundation and understanding of the characters and their state of mind before we get to the action and adventure of it all.

This book, in paperback format, which will come out on Amazon in one week, is 400 pages long. However, on the Kindle, they say it’s 246. If you’re hoping to get the paperback for your collection. We’ll send a separate update on that.

For Amazon Readers:

 

For Barnes and Noble Readers:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/anatolys-retribution-latrivia-welch/1127154983?ean=2940158882258

 

I really hope you buy the book today. We’re on the Amazon bestseller’s list in both Romantic Suspense and Multicultural/Interracial Romance. This is because you all have been so very wonderful with your support over the years.

I cannot express my gratitude for each of you. This new book is a celebration of life for me. LIAM is here, and he’s beautiful and precious and wonderful. The love I have for him is immeasurable. Y’all he is so perfect. God has been good. So, I’m on cloud nine. Thank you for being patient with me.

Also, I still have to put my collaboration with nine other amazing authors in our New Orleans project, Creole Nights. This was my first paranormal romance. Warlocks: The Creole Coven is the last book in the box set. I plan to re-release it in December with more meat. Make it bigger, better and more exciting. However, I can say it was an honor to watch the women on this project work. They are true professionals and talented their crafts.

So now back to my question. Are you going to read Anatoly’s Retribution: Book One this weekend? I truly hope that you will. And don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon, especially if it’s a good one. LOL.

Sending all my love to you. May you have a wonderful weekend.

Latrivia Welch
http://www.latriviawelchbooks.com

I just hit PUBLISH on Amazon for Anatoly’s Retribution: Book One

In just a few hours, my latest addition to the The Medlov Men Series will be live.  For only $3.15, ,you get 17 chapters of passion, action, adventure and Medlov Style.  I’m so excited for several reasons.  This is the second book released since my son was born in July.  And this marks another opportunity to entertain you.  I truly hope that you enjoy it, and you don’t have to worry.  Book Two comes out on November 1, 2017.  There will also be a paperback of Book One.  We’re working on that right now.  Don’t forget to check Amazon this evening and buy your copy today.

Sending all my love,

Latrivia

 

Anatoly’s Retribution: Book One
“Life has a way of coming full circle, even for the wealthiest and most powerful of men. If he is lucky, that closed circle will lead him to his purpose.” Renee Medlov

Anatoly Medlov has seen a few things in his young life. From rags to riches, the beautiful blonde Vor was elevated from the poverty-ridden streets of the Kapotnya District in Moscow to the lavish, billionaire lifestyle of his international Russian Mafiya father, Dmitry Medlov. However, ascension did not come without sacrifice for the young prince of the underworld. Every woman Anatoly has ever loved or had affection for in his adult life has been scarred by him in some way.

While on a mission to find his half-brother in Miami, Anatoly is faced with a chance to face his demons and save his marriage, but what he doesn’t know is closing the perpetual circle of hurt in his life will lead him on a larger journey to save his baby sister from a sinister man and its sex trafficking ring.

Anastaysia is right under Anatoly’s nose, being trafficked in the same city that he’s in to carry out his father’s orders. Torn from her family and tricked into slavery, she discovers that there are worse monsters in this world than her brother, Anatoly. With no way to find Anatoly and no way to run, she must depend on her prayers to be heard and a miracle to happen.

Read Book One of Anatoly’s Retribution by USA TODAY bestselling romance author, Latrivia Welch. Book Two will be released on November 1, 2017.

Also, don’t forget to LIKE my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/latriviawelch and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter on http://www.latriviawelchbooks.com.

All the best,

Latrivia

 

Excerpt from Anatoly’s Retribution: Book One

Only three chapters left and I’m done with Book One. But here’s a little excerpt from Anatoly’s Retribution: Book One.

Right behind where Anatoly stood mulling over his next move, a shiny black S-Class Mercedes Benz pulled up to the curb, and the driver, a Russian man with a low buzz haircut, jumped out and opened the back door for his boss.

A tall blonde man emerged from the back seat donning a tailored tuxedo under a black wool coat. He immediately noticed the young man standing on the sidewalk in a pair of jeans and light jacket too flimsy for the fall weather, but Anatoly didn’t notice him. He was too focused on the huge oak doors in front of him.

Snow crunched under the man’s Italian leather dress shoes. A deep baritone interrupted the silence. “Are you looking for someone?” Dmitry asked, stepping up on the sidewalk.

Anatoly turned around and ran his gaze up to the 7-foot giant’s piercing eyes. Flakes of snow landed in the man’s blonde curly hair and a gust of wind caused him to tug at the top of his coat. He looked down at the boy with ice blue eyes that seemed to burn straight through him.

Anatoly swallowed hard and cleared his throat. Digging in his hands down in his pants pockets, he answered. “I’m looking for Dmitry Medlov.” He stood up straighter. Something about the man, demanded it of him.

“What do you want with him?” Dmitry asked curiously.

“Kirill Derevenko sent me from Moscow,” Anatoly explained, noticing the driver’s posture tense. The driver didn’t bother to hide the guns under his jacket or his suspicion of the boy’s presence. Anatoly glanced back up to Dmitry, hesitant to blurt out their familial connection so quickly. “He said you were expecting me.”

There was a brief awkward silence.

Dmitry’s smooth tanned face finally lit up pleasantly with a toothy smile. His high cheekbones were rosy. “Kirill! Yes, he is a very good friend from back home.” He winked at Anatoly. “I’m the man you’re looking for.”

Order to Read the Medlov Books

Are you a Medlovian?

In what order should I read the Medlov Books?

First, thank you for your interest in the series that started the Russian Mafia Romance genre. I promise you that you won’t be disappointed. The Medlov Family is a fictional look into one of the most complex clandestine societies that the Russian culture ever gave to the world. Currently, there are three series around the Medlov family: The Medlov Crime Family, The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov and The Medlov Men.

The Medlov Crime Family consists of four books and I would recommend reading these first.

• Dmitry’s Closet (2010)
• Dmitry’s Royal Flush: Rise of the Queen (2010)
• Anatoly Medlov: Complete Reign (2011)
• Saving Anya (2012)

Each of these books introduce the characters who will continue to play a role in shaping the world of the Medlov empire and family.

The next group of books to read would be the Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov. They are a look back at Dmitry Medlov’s life from the time of 18 up until the transition of his life when he became the Czar of the underworld. There are so many questions answered in this series. We see the relationship between Ivan and his brother grow and wither, the introduction of beloved bodyguard Davyd, intimate relationships between al the main characters and the birth of many of your favorite bad boys. I am still working on Volumes 8-12, but there is plenty to read in Volumes 1-7.

• The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Book One
• The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Book Two
• The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Book Three
• The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Book Four
• The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Book Five
• The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Book Six
• The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: Book Seven

The Medlov Men Series is a contemporary look at the men of the Medlov family and council. Instead of just focusing on their arms deals, we focus on the interpersonal relationships they have with each other and the women they love. After you have read the other series, you will definitely apprecieate the Medlov Men Series, but you don’t have to read the other books to understand these. I’ve designed them to be stand-alone books with full explanations, so you’ll never be lost.

• Vasily’s Revenge
• Gabriel’s Regret: Book One
• Gabriel’s Regret: Book Two
• Anatoly’s Retribution: Book One (Coming Soon)
• Anatoly’s Retribution: Book Two (Coming Soon)
• Dmitry’s Redemption: Book One (Coming Soon)
• Dmitry’s Redemption: Book Two (Coming Soon)

 

Dmitry’s Closet (Book 1) Medlov Crime Family Series – The Beginning of the Russian Mafia Romance Genre

“A man like Dmitry was never irate. His coldness was only reflected in the manner in which he destroyed.”
Read the book that started the Russian Mafia Romance genre nearly a decade ago. From USA TODAY bestselling interracial author Latrivia S. Nelson (now Latrivia Welch), comes a story about a deadly faction of the Russian mafia and an innocent woman who threatens to dismantle an empire with the promise of forbidden love.

 

The virginal recent college graduate, Royal Stone, is looking for employment in one of the country’s toughest recessions. While desperately wondering downtown Memphis résumé in-hand, she stumbles upon the seven-foot, blonde billionaire Dmitry Medlov, who offers her a job as the manager of his new boutique, Dmitry’s Closet.
Royal Stone is in for a big surprise.

 
After the clueless beauty accepts Dmitry’s generous job offer, Royal soon accepts his extravagant gifts, his bed and his upscale 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.

 
Dmitry Medlov faces a fork in the road.

 
For the first time in his life, the brutal mob boss is introduced to happiness, but not everyone around him wants the lonely Czar to have a happy ending. Under investigation by a joint task force, working to uncover a conspiracy on his council and battling with the old guards to bring their organization into the 21st century, the last thing Dmitry Medlov needs is to lose focus.

 

However, falling in love with Royal makes Dmitry want to break his coveted code, leave his self-made kingdom and start a life far away from the perils of the Thieves-in-Law. She is his purpose in life made flesh. But when his sociopathic brother, Ivan, comes to the Memphis bent on a murderous revenge, old sins resurface, and Royal becomes the unsuspecting target of Ivan’s wrath. What neither of the men know, is that Royal is carrying a secret of her own.

 

Who will win? Who will lose? Who will die? Watch all the skeletons as they tumble out of the interracial romantic suspense 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

How to Read the Series:
Dmitry’s Closet (2010)
Dmitry’s Royal Flush: Rise of the Queen (2010)
Anatoly Medlov: Complete Reign (2011)
Saving Anya (2012)

 

Creole Nights is Coming for only 99 cents!

It’s been a while. I’ve been off this year, carrying my last child and giving birth to a beautiful 7 lb, 14 oz boy named Liam, but that’s for another post.   I wanted to share a special project that is near and dear to my heart, simply because of the amazing women who are a party of it.

I am happy to announce a new book full of fun, excitement and New Orleans mystery, plus my first paranormal romance short story, as a part of the Creole Nights Anthology. It’s 99 cents, which is a steal for all these stories and some of the best in paranormal are a part of – save a girl just trying something out. LOL.

You can buy it on just about any eBook platform, but you know I always share the Amazon link because that is what I’m asked most about. Stay tuned for excerpts…

Check out the information below…

Creole Nights Anthology
paranormal/fantasy/ir/romance
Authors- LaVerne Thompson, Phoenix Daniels, Latrivia Welch, Twyla Turner, Reana Malori, Angela Kay Austin, Sage Young, Adrienne D’nelle Ruvalcaba, S. Campbell Williams, Stephanie Morris

Ten original sexy tales from ten bestselling authors. When the sun goes down in New Orleans the heat will rise. Take a sensual exploration of those Creole nights with our hosts of humans, witches, vampires, shifters, wolves, sorcerer, ghost, reapers, voodoo priestess, warlocks, demons, priests and angels. Find out who lives, who dies, who loves for once in a lifetime. Read their sides of the story.

The Beast Within- LaVerne Thompson – From moonrise to moon set the beast will rule.
When the Beautiful Awake: Thakathi Awakening- Angela Kay Austin- You can’t hide from us.

Spellbound – ‪Reana Malori- True love is its own destiny.

The Elixir of Life, Legacy: Origin- S. Campbell Williams- There is never an end, but always a new beginning.

Warlocks: The Creole Coven- Latrivia Welch USA Best-selling Author- Love is the greatest magic of all.

Phoenix Daniels Blood Ties – You can’t run from who you are.

Falling for the Reaper- Adrienne D’nelle Ruvalcaba- He had seen death before, but this time is different.

Love Bites- Twyla Turner – Be careful what you wish for.

His to Claim – Stephanie Morris- He’s got everything under control and she likes it that way.

In Another Time- Sage Young – My love I will find, in another place, in another time.

 

MEDIA STATEMENT

 

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LATRIVIA WELCH CANCELS APPEARANCE AT BLUE’S MARCH MADNESS EVENT
High-risk pregnancy leads to cancellation of all events during pregnancy

 

(January 13, 2017 – Memphis, TENN)  It is with great regret that I must cancel my appearance at Blue Saffire’s March Madness Event at Wild Dunes Resort in South Carolina.  Currently, I am proudly pregnant with my third child.  However, this is a high-risk pregnant.  Per my doctor and family, I am following orders to stay on bedrest and limited travel.  It really pains me to have to cancel on my friend and colleague, Blue Saffire and the other authors who will be attending.  But I want to encourage all of my fans and friends to still attend this wonderful event on March 23-25, 2017.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and your prayers.

 

 

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2017 Schedule of Events for Latrivia Welch (JOIN HER!)

MARCH):

Who’s with me? Join some of your favorite authors in Atlantic City, NJ on March 2nd. Check it out. One Day Only!!!  Continental Breakfast included.  Register at http://www.kbtravelevents.com/

 

MARCH:

Join Latrivia Welch for Blue Saffire’s March Madness at Wild Dunes Resort March 23-25th, 2017

Did you hear? The authors are coming to South Carolina for a weekend of luxury. What authors you ask, Blue Saffire, S.k. Lessly, Tiffany Patterson, and Author Latrivia Welch. I was wondering…will you be there? Register now for your spot.

http://bluesaffire.com/leads/march-madness/

 

SEPTEMBER:
Swirling in the Big Easy 2017

Meet us in New Orleans, LA September 6-9, 2017 for another amazing time in THE BIG EASY! Once again we will convene in the romantic FRENCH QUARTER for the Ultimate Interracial Romance Author & Fan Gathering!

Your favorite Authors of Interracial Romance will meet, greet and network with you, the fans of this popular romance genre for 2 full days of great discussion, delicious food and fun events celebrating IR Romance! Our Host Hotel, the fabulous BOURBON ORLEANS hotel will amaze you with a great combination of luxurious surroundings, beautiful guest rooms and delicious food and drinks!

#SBE2017

Register Here: https://www.smore.com/q3qcw

 

Gabriel’s Regret: The Complete Story Available for Pre-Order in Paperback

Gabriel's Regret: The Complete Story

It’s always nice to be able to give the readers what they want.  And while I can never churn the books out as fast as we all want, I can work on getting the books out in the format that you’d like.  That is why I am pleased to announce on behalf of myself and the RiverHouse Publishing, LLC team that we have made Gabriel’s Regret: The Complete Story available for pre-order on my website.  You can get the complete story, Book one and Book two, in paperback for only $21.99.  This price includes shipping, handling and my autograph.  It’s great for your own bookshelf or to gift to a friend.  We will take pre-orders until February 1st.  Then books will be delivered no later than Valentine’s Day (2/14/17) to you and/or your loved ones.

Click here to purchase – www.latriviawelch.com

What I was shocked about was the page count.  792 pages of one dynamic story.  I can’t help it. I’ve read it a few times since its release and while I’m in the process of writing Anatoly’s Retribution.    For those who haven’t be able to pick up either book yet, I’ve listed the synopsis of both below.  Also, later this week, we will post the complete story online on Amazon and other digital platforms for $5.50 for each book.  I do hope that if you haven’t read it, you’ll give me the opportunity to entertain you.

SYNOPSIS:

“There is nothing redeeming in what we do. We are simply bad men.” Dmitry Medlov

Read the second epic installment from the original Russian mafia crime family of the interracial romance genre.  Gabriel’s Regret: The Complete Story is now available and ready to download.

THE MEDLOV MEN SERIES is the contemporary look at IR’s favorite Russian bad boys, their billionaire lifestyles, beautiful heroines of color, adorable children and action-packed adventures that promise to keep you entertained for hours.

Gabriel’s Regret: Book One –

Gabriel Medlov has lived two very different lives in his 30 years on this earth, mostly because of his very different parents & paths.

Gabriel’s mother, Emma Hutton, was born into British royalty with billions of dollars, but after her mother married the rugged Russian mobster, Dmitry Medlov, and gave him her inheritance, she denounced her family and became a freedom fighter, spending most of her life in the trenches of third-world countries fighting for the oppressed until her untimely death.

Gabriel’s father, Ivan Medlov, was a lot less selfless – a reputed Russian crime boss, the brother of Dmitry Medlov, and a rabid sociopath, he spent his life running guns, women and drugs until his nephew, Anatoly Medlov, murdered him.

With parents on two far extremes of the spectrum of good and evil, Gabriel was born right in the middle and spent most of his life as a second-string beta. Until now. After a series of bad events, the brooding, six-foot-nine, black-haired, blue-eyed, safe bet is on the verge of self-actualization or self-destruction, only he doesn’t know it.

All Gabriel does know is that his normally level-headed thinking and cool exterior are starting to give way to a much more violent and vocal monster that may or may not have been lurking below the surface for many years.

After a major fall-out with his live-in girlfriend in front of the entire family, Gabriel is sent from the palatial confines of the Medlov compound to the war-torn country of Ukraine to oversee a large munitions deal worth millions of dollars that he and his cousin tanked a few days before. For Gabriel, this trip is a test to determine what kind of man he is turning into, for everyone else it’s a rest from an ongoing domestic squabble.

When Gabriel arrives in the Ukraine, he is met by militia who are fighting a regional war on an international stage. As Russia shifts its focus to Syria, its military forces are being pulled out of the Ukraine. This allows for a very small opportunity to take back part of the ruptured city of Donetsk, but they can’t do it without his guns. Ready to business as usual and get back to the states, Gabriel is transported and introduced to the head of the militia – Valeriya Nenya. The music stops. The world stops. Gabriel’s heart stops. Who is this black woman and how did she just still his heart?

Born into a life of poverty and hate, Valeriya Nenya, is no princess. She is, however, fighting not only against the Russians who want to come in and take over her country but also Neo-Nazi separatists who have been terrorizing the country from within for years. With access of munitions and other aide cut off by the outside world, Gabriel Medlov and the Medlov Crime Family becomes Valeriya’s only hope to winning this war.
Deciding to stay a few days in Ukraine to gain Valeriya’s favor, Gabriel is forced to imbed with the militia until he can convince Valeriya and her money contacts that the Medlov Family is the right fit for their fight. While he is there, he is forced to see the world from a very different lens. Third world poverty, extreme racism, violence and starvation take on a whole new meaning as he discovers what Valeriya is fighting against. He also, for the first time, sees what his mother died fighting for. Only, with his father’s blood and his family’s trade, Gabriel discovers what he was possibly made to do and the movement and woman who will shift him from being a beta in the world of Medlov to an Alpha in a world of regret. But at what cost does this epiphany cost?
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Russian Billionaire bad-boy Gabriel Medlov is in serious mortal danger. Captured by a Neo-Nazis separatist group while trying to save his black girlfriend and business partner, Valeriya Nenya, during an ambush, he is relegated to being the prisoner of a man who not only hates Gabriel’s family, but also hates everything that the handsome six-foot eight crime boss stands for. However, even though he is a captor, Gabriel refuses to be broken, either mentally or physically, by anyone so beneath him. Reaching down inside of himself, he discovers that his past experiences with his family were not crutches, but actual lessons designed to prepare him for this very moment in his life. Will what he has learned keep him alive?

The Medlov Crime Family is not taking the kidnapping of one of their council members lightly. While they are no strangers to abduction, they realize it will take drastic measures to get him back in one piece. The head of the organization, Dmitry Medlov, pulls his men together and wreaks havoc on an army completely unready for his unrelenting retribution. The message is clear. He wants his nephew back. But even with his vast resources, can he get him back alive?
While protected by the Medlov Family from the outside world, Valeriya Nenya has to wage her own war inside the family, not only to get Dmitry to take her back with him when they extract the man she loves from the clutches of the Neo-Nazis but also to fight the battle going on between herself and the pregnant ex-girlfriend of Gabriel whose secrets will cost someone their life before the tale has ended. But who will die?

Read the action-packed, sexy, organized crime sensation about the original Russian Mafia Crime Family that will have you screaming for more. One-click Gabriel’s Regret: The Complete Story by USA TODAY bestselling bwwm author Latrivia Welch today.

 

 

Anatoly’s Retribution Book Trailer

Hello Medlovians,

I’m happy to release the first video for Anatoly’s Retribution, the next book in the Medlov Men Series.  Please take a moment to check it out and tell me what you think.

Happy Tuesday!

Latrivia Welch

 

The Cover for Anatoly’s Retribution

Hello Everyone,

I’m happy to share the cover for the next book in the Medlov Men Series (Date Not Yet Determined), Anatoly’s Retribution.  I know we have a huge following for Anatoly Medlov, and I cannot wait to tell his story.  Check out the cover and please feel free to share.  More information coming very soon.

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Latrivia Welch Video Catalog

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Red Door Retreat – FB Group for Readers of Latrivia Welch’s Work

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With nearly 500 members already (and we just started), I’m very proud to share with you a new way for us to talk about our favorite characters in the Medlov Crime Family, The Lonely Heart Series and The Agosto Family Series.  The Red Door Retreat was created to ensure that we could focus ONLY on the books I’ve written and your opinions on them.  Too often, we get too busy to attend events the way that we want to online.  However, the benefit of the Red Door Retreat is that the questions are posted 24 hours a day, 365 days a week and both myself and other fans answer them.

We’ve had some interesting conversations already, like how old is Dmitry and what is the age difference between Royal and Dmitry and why did Davyd have to die in Saving Anya.  Right now, we’re dissecting Gabriel’s Regret: Book Two (chapter-by-chapter) and talking about the things we want to see as readers in both men and women.

Overall, it’s just good fun with no rules, no drama and no filter.  I love it and the ladies love it as well.  I’m inviting you to come and join us. Click the link below and considering joining to share your thoughts.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/900497796676283/

Have a great Sunday.

Your biggest fan,

Latrivia Welch

Dmitry’s Closet is still on Amazon’s Bestseller List and Mae Reads Reviewed the Book

Hi Everyone,

Mae Reads reviewed Dmitry’s Closet on YouTube. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to hear from my fans. Take a look and check it out. Shout out to Mae.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mLf8BR70JY

Also, speaking of Dmitry’s Closet, it’s still on the Amazon’s Bestseller’s List. I’m so honored and so proud of your support.  You know, when I first published this book back in January of 2010, no one was writing bwwm mafia books.  So, people took it with mixed emotions.  I got my butt handed to me on a few of the reviews, LOL, but the overwhelming consensus was that readers wanted more and encouraged me to continue on this road, developing the Medlov Crime Family.  Here we are six almost seven years later, still doing what we do.  I’m in the process of working on two new Medlov books: Anatoly’s Retribution and Dmitry’s Redemption.  (I have the “R” thing going there).  Anyway, the reason that we are here is because of YOU.  You paid the money, spread the word, suggested the book to friends and in your book clubs, sent me emails of encouragement and most of all you believed in me.   I love you all. I thank you and I’m so humble and grateful for your blessings on my life.

Here’s to seven more years of The Medlov Crime Family!

https://www.amazon.com/Dmitrys-Closet-Medlov-Crime-Family-ebook/dp/B004HIM7G6/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Your biggest fan,

Latrivia

 

 

Are you a Medlovian

We have so many Medlovians out there across the world.  I wanted to share this new Medlovian artwork with you, just in case you’d like to take it and share it on your page.  It’s just a little fun.

 

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Gabriel’s Regret: Book Two is NOW Live and Working on AMAZON

 

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It has been a long twelve hours.  But after many phone calls to Amazon by myself and fans, the book has finally been released and the block has been removed from US readers.  Other readers in other countries were able to access the book, but those in the states could not.  They told us that the KDP office was closed Monday-Friday, but we spoke with mangers and asked them to send urgent emails.  For those managers, I am grateful.  For every fan, I am thankful.  Your support and patience is what keeps me going.  I want you to know how much you mean to me.  It’s funny. Adversity comes at you from every angle.  They didn’t want to release the book.  Three readers gave me bad reviews because they could not download the book even though they had not read one word, but GOD was there and he made all those crooked places straight.  I’m smiling with you as you read this and I’m grateful for being so blessed to have you.

So here it is.  Click the link and purchase today from Amazon.  Gabriel’s Regret: Book Two LIVE.

https://www.amazon.com/Gabriels-Regret-Book-Two-Medlov-ebook/dp/B01MEFHX1D/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1476555648&sr=1-2&keywords=Gabriel%27s+Regret

Sincerely your biggest fan,

Latrivia Welch

 

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Gabriel’s Regret: Book Two Synopsis

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That’s right.  I’ve hit “Publish” on Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook, and we’re waiting to go LIVE on the platforms to bring you my next story…

“There is nothing redeeming in what we do.  We are simply bad men.” Dmitry Medlov

Russian Billionaire bad-boy Gabriel Medlov is in serious mortal danger.  Captured by a Neo-Nazis separatist group while trying to save his black girlfriend and business partner, Valeriya Nenya, during an ambush, he is relegated to being the prisoner of a man who not only hates Gabriel’s family, but also hates everything that the handsome six-foot eight crime boss stands for.  However even though he is a captor, Gabriel refuses to be broken, either mentally or physically, by anyone so beneath him.  Reaching down inside of himself, he discovers that his past experiences with his family were not crutches but actually lessons designed to prepare him for this very moment in his life.  Will what he has learned keep him alive?

 

The Medlov Crime Family is not taking the kidnapping of one of their council members lightly.  While they are no strangers to abduction, they realize it will take drastic measures to get him back in one peace.  The head of the organization, Dmitry Medlov, pulls his men together and wreaks havoc on an army completely unready for his unrelenting retribution.  The message is clear.  He wants his nephew back.  But even with his vast resources, can he get him back alive?

 

While protected by the Medlov Family from the outside world, Valeriya Nenya has to wage her own war inside the family, not only to get Dmitry to take her back with him when they extract the man she loves from the clutches of the Neo-Nazis but also to fight the battle going on between herself and the pregnant ex-girlfriend of Gabriel whose secrets will cost someone their life before the tale has ended. But who will die?

 

Read the action-packed, sexy, organized crime sensation about the original Russian Mafia Crime Family that will have you screaming for more.  One-click Gabriel’s Regret: Book Two by USA TODAY bestselling bwwm author Latrivia Welch today.

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The Russian Butcher is Back!

October 15th can’t get here fast enough. I know that many of my fans love Dmitry Medlov. Well, Medlovians, he’s coming back with a vengeance. #GabrielsRegretBook2

Stay tuned for snippets, book trailers and so much more.

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Being Black in Ukraine: A Need to Adopt

Some of my readers have reached out in either disbelief or denial that there are people of color in Ukraine. I was so happy for those emails from people who were shocked yet impressed that we had a presence there, and heart broken by those who sent emails saying such a thing simply was not true. We need to know. And in some cases, we need to help. Look at this video and you’ll understand my heartbreak.

 

Let’s Talk It Out: Gabriel’s Regret on Blog Talk Radio 9/10

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If you’ve read the book, then now is the time to discuss it.  Join us for a blog talk radio event where USA TODAY bestselling author Latrivia Welch will share insight and answer questions about her newest release, Gabriel’s Regret: Book One.  Grab a glass of wine, a favorite dish and grab your phone as the ladies of the Love Pub, the Red Door Retreat and callers from across the country enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Click here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/latriviawelch/2016/09/10/gabriels-regret-book-one-by-latrivia-welch

 

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Gabriel’s Regret: Book Two Will Be Released on 10/15

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The Thought Process Behind Two Books: Gabriel’s Regret

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I remember when I first sat down in front of the computer to write Gabriel’s Regret.  I knew that I wanted to tell a story about a man evolving and what mental processes he would go through to become better than he was. Turning a Beta into an Alpha.  Not easy.  As I started my outline, I realized that every day, it grew more and more.  I had one idea after another and my team and I talked continuously about what would be best and what would be entertaining.  After all, that’s my job – to entertain my readers.

But Gabriel was special to me.  He was a hybrid of all things Medlov and all things Hutton.  We saw his backstory in The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov and why every single thing that was happening to him was important not just to him but to the entire Medlov Family.

So once the outline was complete, the characters developed, the plot tweaked and the notes laid out, it was clear.  This book had to have two parts.  The first part had to tell Gabriel’s personal story of where he had come from and how pivotal meeting the beautiful black woman, Valeriya Nenya, had been in his life.  I wanted my readers to enjoy their relationship, understand their turmoil and just have a good time with one of our new characters, Nadei, before we moved to Book 2.

Book 2 is after the “big scene”.  I don’t want to give too much away, but we pick up with Gabriel and see him strengthened as a man, but we also see him outwardly change and challenge his surroundings.  Valeriya is a major part of this story because she meets the family and she meets Briggy.  Plus, she goes to war for her man.   There is also so many others to consider like Dmitry and his own developing story, Royal and her ambitions, Anatoly and his desire to keep his own family close and now we see a new and improved Vasily.  The entire family comes together in Prague to show out.  Of course, some of our secondary but very exciting characters are back like Boris and Marat.  There are several explosive scenes in Gabriel’s Regret: Book 2 that are just too awesome for words.  It’s action packed and full of plot curveballs, but it won’t make the least bit of sense if you haven’t read Book 1.

I am very proud of this book, because I took my time and told the story that I wanted to tell for Gabriel, but I was also able to give him a bw/wm relationship that was passionate and concrete.  With Valeriya and Gabriel, I think we have a winner.

Well, more updates will come.  We’re going to have fun over the next month with radio shows, conference calls, interviews, etc.  Please be a part of all of it.  Give me your feedback and enjoy.

Before I go, I’d also like to say that there is nothing better than the support I have received from my fans.  My ladies and gents here in the United States have shown up and shown out!  My international fans have been equally amazing.  I hear a lot of stories and see a lot of negative things on the Internet designed to destroy authors, designed to kill their sales and designed to assassinate their character, but I truly believe that I have some the best fans the world has to offer, because you are always so encouraging and uplifting.  The emails, texts, phone calls, Facebook messages, twitter posts and blogs posts are so beautiful and mean so much to me.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

Until next post…live well.

Sincerely your biggest fan,

 

Latrivia Welch

Gabriel’s Regret: Book One is Live on Amazon

Hello Friend and Fans,

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I’m happy to announce that my latest work, Gabriel’s Regret: Book One is now live.  It’s been a long time coming, but I wanted this book to be perfect.  We priced is just right at $2.99 for an e-book and we have Book Two coming out in October.  This is 18 chapters of pure, unadulterated romantic suspense for the bwwm reader and for those who like gold old fashioned action.  As the next month unfolds, we’ll have book club meetings, radio shows, conference calls and so much more to keep you involved with the conversation around Gabriel Medlov.

For now, I’ve included the link for you to make your purchase and the synopsis of Gabriel’s Regret: Book One. https://www.amazon.com/Gabriels-Regret-Book-Medlov-Men-ebook/dp/B01L9T2UTY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1472591578&sr=8-2&keywords=Gabriel%27s+Regret

Thanks in advance for your support of my work. You guys mean the world to me.

Sincerely,

Latrivia Welch

The Synopsis of Gabriel’s Regret

Gabriel Medlov has lived two very different lives in his 30 years on this earth, mostly because of his very different parents & paths.

Gabriel’s mother, Emma Hutton, was born into British royalty with billions of dollars, but after her mother married the rugged Russian mobster, Dmitry Medlov, and gave him her inheritance, she denounced her family and became a freedom fighter, spending most of her life in the trenches of third-world countries fighting for the oppressed until her untimely death.

Gabriel’s father, Ivan Medlov, was a lot less selfless – a reputed Russian crime boss, the brother of Dmitry Medlov, and a rabid sociopath, he spent his life running guns, women and drugs until his nephew, Anatoly Medlov, murdered him.

With parents on two far extremes of the spectrum of good and evil, Gabriel was born right in the middle and spent most of his life as a second-string beta.  Until now.  After a series of bad events, the brooding, six-foot-nine, black-haired, blue-eyed, safe bet is on the verge of self-actualization or self-destruction, only he doesn’t know it.

All Gabriel does know is that his normally level-headed thinking and cool exterior are starting to give way to a much more violent and vocal monster that may or may not have been lurking below the surface for many years.

After a major fall-out with his live-in girlfriend in front of the entire family, Gabriel is sent from the palatial confines of the Medlov compound to the war-torn country of Ukraine to oversee a large munitions deal worth millions of dollars that he and his cousin tanked a few days before.  For Gabriel, this trip is a test to determine what kind of man he is turning into, for everyone else it’s a rest from an ongoing domestic squabble.

When Gabriel arrives in the Ukraine, he is met by militia who are fighting a regional war on an international stage.  As Russia shifts its focus to Syria, its military forces are being pulled out of the Ukraine.  This allows for a very small opportunity to take back part of the ruptured city of Donetsk, but they can’t do it without his guns.  Ready to business as usual and get back to the states, Gabriel is transported and introduced to the head of the militia – Valeriya Nenya.

The music stops.  The world stops.  Gabriel’s heart stops.  Who is this black woman and how did she just still his heart?

Born into a life of poverty and hate, Valeriya Nenya, is no princess.  She is, however, fighting not only against the Russians who want to come in and take over her country but also Neo-Nazi separatists who have been terrorizing the country from within for years. With access of munitions and other aide cut off by the outside world, Gabriel Medlov and the Medlov Crime Family becomes Valeriya’s only hope to winning this war.

Deciding to stay a few days in Ukraine to gain Valeriya’s favor, Gabriel is forced to imbed with the militia until he can convince Valeriya and her money contacts that the Medlov Family is the right fit for their fight.  While he is there, he is forced to see the world from a very different lens.  Third world poverty, extreme racism, violence and starvation take on a whole new meaning as he discovers what Valeriya is fighting against.   He also, for the first time, sees what his mother died fighting for.  Only, with his father’s blood and his family’s trade, Gabriel discovers what he was possibly made to do and the movement and woman who will shift him from being a beta in the world of Medlov to an Alpha in a world of regret.  But at what cost does this epiphany cost?

 

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Gabriel’s Regret: Book One Coming Soon

We’re working on the last part of Gabriel’s Regret: Book One.  I’m so excited to release this book.  Book 2 will be released at the end of September and will be placed on Amazon for pre-order.  More will come every day as we count down to the release, but the date won’t be released until the day before.  I know you’re going to love it.  Fifteen chapters of excitement – Medlov Style.

 

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Update from Latrivia Welch

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I’ve had quite the month.  When you think of the word “victorious” what comes to mind?  For me, it’s being able to accomplish goals and stand in the face of adversity and speak His words to dominate the evil trying to attack me. No weapon formed shall prosper.   Is that deep?  Well, so is life.  It often helps with my writing and it helps me stay grounded.  This month, my husband and I were about to announce the soon-to-be arrival of a new little member of our family.  We were at the 12-week mark and then at the doctor’s office while trying to get a better look at our little baby, we discovered that his/her little heart had stopped and we would have to heal and try again.  It was hard. I remember the shock that overcame me and hearing Bruce cry in the background while holding my stepson.  Tears.  So many tears and so much adversity.  But I spoke His praises despite my pain.  Thank you, Lord for taking away the sting of death.  Our little angel is gone to heaven.  And I believe that He will bless us again.  Still, it left me feeling a little blue.  Then two weeks later, this last Thursday, while trying to leaving my office after a long and trying day, I heard the distinct sound of a hand gun behind me.  Two rounds.  I searched my purse, but my keys were at the bottom of it. No time.  So, I turned to find a co-worker who was standing frozen in fear.  The bullets were still whizzing.  I pushed her inside of her car, dove into her back seat and called the police.  911 was busy. So I called my husband.  His only words were, “I’m on my way.” He called dispatch and headed straight to me.  Two weeks ago, my baby died.  Thursday, I almost died, just being in the wrong place at the wrong time while some couple got into it on our premises or whatever.  God is good.  He kept me.  And although I should feel shook up, I’m only grateful for another day.  Funny, I was just telling my mother that. I told her that the real blessing in this life was to wake up and have another day.  And boy, did my words resonate with me over the weekend.  But it hasn’t stopped me. None of it.  If anything, it’s made my purpose and drive clearer and given me one more testimony. I have many.  So, I’m happy to share this with you.  Gabriel’s Regret is going to be a great book, one of a man coming of age in his own right.  I’m going to enjoy this book and every other that I write, because I have a great LIFE and I’m living it.

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So excited to release the first book trailer.  I hope that you guys enjoy it.  No release date yet, but keep up with the page and also if you have not already, don’t forget to join our weekly subscription over http://www.latriviawelch.com.  Click SUBSCRIBE and you’ll receive inside information weekly.

Don’t forget to “Like” or comment on the video if you feel so inclined.

Sincerely your biggest fan,

Latrivia Welch

Gabriel’s Regret (SYNOPSIS)

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Gabriel Medlov has lived two very different lives in his 30 years on this earth, mostly because of his very different parents & paths.

 

Gabriel’s mother, Emma Hutton, was born into British royalty with billions of dollars but after her mother married the rugged Russian mobster, Dmitry Medlov, and gave him her inheritance, she denounced her family and became a freedom fighter, spending most of her life in the trenches of third-world countries fighting for the oppressed until her untimely death.

 

Gabriel’s father, Ivan Medlov, was a lot less selfless – a reputed Russian crime boss, the brother of Dmitry Medlov, and a rabid sociopath, he spent his life running guns, women and drugs until his nephew, Anatoly Medlov, murdered him.

 

With parents on two far extremes of the spectrum of good and evil, Gabriel was born right in the middle and spent most of his life as a second-string beta.  Until now.  After a series of bad events, the brooding, six-foot-nine, black-haired, blue-eyed, safe bet is on the verge of self-actualization or self-destruction, only he doesn’t know it.

 

All Gabriel does know is that his normally level-headed thinking and cool exterior are starting to give way to a much more violent and vocal monster that may or may not have been lurking below the surface for many years.

 

After a major fall-out with his live-in girlfriend in front of the entire family, Gabriel is sent from the palatial confines of the Medlov compound to the war-torn country of Ukraine to oversee a large munitions deal worth millions of dollars.  For Gabriel, this trip is a punishment for his recent philandering and general loss of control, but for Dmitry, it’s a test to determine what kind of man his nephew is turning into.

 

When Gabriel arrives in the war-torn country of Ukraine, he is met by militia who are fighting a regional war on an international stage.  As Russia shifts its focus to Syria, its military forces are being pulled out of the Ukraine.  This allows a very small opportunity to take over a much needed border town with an airport, but the militia must move fast.  Ready to business as usual and get back to the states, Gabriel is transported and introduced to the head of the militia – Valeriya Nenya.

 

The music stops.  The world stops.  Gabriel’s heart stops.  Who is this black woman and how did she just still his heart?

 

Born into a life of poverty and hate, Valeriya Nenya, is no princess and no priss.  She is, however, fighting not only against Russians who want to come in and take over her country but also Neo-Nazi separatists who have been terrorizing the country from within for years. With access of munitions and other aide cut off by the outside world, Gabriel Medlov and the Medlov Crime Family becomes Valeriya’s only hope to winning this war.

 

Blocked from leaving after an air strike, Gabriel is forced to imbed with the militia until Dmitry can get him help.  While he is there, he is forced to see the world from a very different lens.  Third world poverty, extreme racism, violence and starvation take on a whole new meaning as he discovers what Valeriya is fighting against.   He also, for the first time, sees what his mother died fighting for.  Only, with his father’s blood and his family’s trade, Gabriel discovers what he was possibly made to do and the movement and woman who will shift him from being a beta in the world of Medlov to an Alpha in a world of regret.

 

Read the Romantic Suspense, Gabriel’s Regret, the second book in the Medlov Men Series by USA TODAY bestselling author Latrivia Welch. http://www.latriviawelch.com

 

 

Introducing Latrivia’s Quill Pen

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Instead of checking in on Facebook, Twitter and Blogs, Latrivia Welch has developed one communication tool to keep you in touch with her and the books that you’ve grown to love.  Introducing Latrivia’s Quill Pen.  This weekly email goes out to readers and informs them of the following:

  1. Update on what she’s working on
  2. Update on what chapter she’s on
  3. Music soundtracks & muses for characters (photos)
  4. Trips & research on characters & plot lines
  5. Ways you can give valid feedback on her writing process
  6. So much more…

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Cuddle up this weekend with Brett Black

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It’s Valentine’s Day Weekend, and no matter what reality looks like for you, a HAPPILY EVER AFTER should be part of your holiday.  That’s exactly why I’m hoping that if you have not already purchased The Grunt 2 (which is the sixth book in the Lonely Heart Series) that you’ll purchase and read it this weekend.

As a matter of fact, you should purchase it now and have it ready for when you finally slow down.

Sure, everyone is going to suggest their book to you this weekend, but I’ll give you five reasons why you should pick The Grunt 2.

  1. In PDF format, it’s 535 pages long.
  2. The main characters truly are in love with each other. You can feel the passion.
  3. The supporting characters have full, fun plot lines. Plus, they make you feel “some kind of way.”
  4. The ending will make you laugh and cry. You won’t be disappointed.
  5. At $3.99, you’re literally getting 111,299 words of hot, steamy, sexy romance with a pinch of adventure.

Now, if you’ve already purchased The Grunt 2, then you should tune in this Saturday, February 13th to my radio show to talk about the book.  For 30 minutes, we will talk about Brett, Courtney, Gavin, David and Amy; we’ll discuss how the story made you feel and what you want out of upcoming books by #LatriviaWelch.  That will all be happening this weekend on the Skinny on Interracial Romance.

From your biggest fan,

 

Latrivia Welch

#LatriviaWelch

 

 

Join Latrivia Welch and a host of amazing authors on October 6-8th in Memphis for the BRAB Reading Warrior Retreat

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A READING WARRIOR RETREAT: (BOOK CLUB ROMANTIC MYSTERIES AT THE PROM)

Thursday, October 6, 2016 – October 8, 2016

MEMPHIS, TN

 

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A Reading Warrior Retreat: (Book club Romantic Mysteries at the Prom)

The Following Authors will be attending

  • Brenda Jackson
  • Rochelle Alers
  • S.K. Hardy
  • Marissa Monteilh
  • Keith Thomas Walker
  • Love Belvin
  • Adrienne Thompson
  • Sharon C. Copper
  • Roy Glenn
  • Ancelli
  • Latrivia Welch
  • Yahrah St. John
  • Monica Richardson
  • More to be added….

Hotel Information and location:

  • Crowne Plaza downtown 139.00 a night with breakfast price of parking $10.00 for self-parking $20.00 for valet
  • Early Registration  $200.00 covers one Individual
  • Late Registration starts August1st $ 225.00 covers one Individual

 

Your registration includes the following

  • 4 Meals
  • T-Shirt
  • BRAB Grab Bag (You have to be present to receive  your bag and t-shirt)
  • Tour of the Nation Civil Rights Museum
  • All BRAB Activities listed in the Itinerary will be covered

Itinerary  

  • Thursday Evening, October 6th 8pm -10pm BRAB Welcome Reception To Romantic Mystery weekend Dinner Games etc..
  • *Friday Morning, October 7th 10am-2pm Tour Of the National Civil Right Museum
  • Friday Evening,  6:30pm-9:30pm Characters Based Mystery (Who Done it) Games  Dinner Lip sync contest Special Guest  Appearances
  • *Saturday Morning, October 8th 10am -3pm Lunch  Buffet Authors Meet And Greet Panel Book Signing
  • Saturday Evening, 6pm-11pm Award Nomination /Prom party (Formal ) Dinner Buffet Live Entertainment DJ/Dancing

Spend Your Sunday Reading The Grunt 2, A Guaranteed Touchdown

Unless you’re a football fan (guilty as charged), then Sunday’s holiday won’t have much of a draw for you. And if you plan to use your day of doing something outside of watching millionaire’s toss the pig skin, then you might want to consider gobbling up a good HEA.

That’s right. The Grunt 2 is all about Courtney and Brett Black finding their happy ending. You can grab a glass of wine, a cup of coffee or tea, some cookies and a warm blanket and curl up to a military interracial romance (bw/wm) that is filled with a few laughs, a few cries and a few moments of utter victory.

But if you do happen to be watching THE GAME tomorrow, then you might consider topping off the evening after your team wins, with a good read to calm you down.

Only $3.99 for over 300 pages of excitement. If you haven’t read The Grunt, then start there. It’s definitely a fun read and if you like steamy, hot, sexy love scenes, then you’ll love this Grunt especially. Brett Black knows a thing or two about how to make a woman feel special.

But don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself. The Grunt and The Grunt 2, part of The Lonely Heart Series. Available for purchase today on Amazon’s Kindle and other select e-book platforms.  Also, when you’re done, don’t forget to tell me what you think.  Post a review or send me an email to Latrivia@LatriviaWelch.com.

Always my readers’ biggest fan,

Latrivia Welch

Purchase The Grunt

Purchase The Grunt 2

 

 

The Grunt 2 Is Now Available for Sale

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“Marines don’t know how to spell the word defeat.” Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis

Staff Sergeant Brett Black is a decorated, Force Recon Marine dedicated to Country, Family and God. Married to the colonel’s daughter, Courtney Black, the father of two and prepping for a promotion, his world is finally on track after a long history of unfortunate events.

However, while on a special op in in Afghanistan, Brett is severely wounded. Immediately, he is shipped back to the U.S. with the expectation of being medically retired for injuries sustained in the line of duty. Only for a man who has only known one way of life his entire adulthood, the prospect of being kicked of out the Marine Corps creates an internal crisis and an external family conflict. Will he be able to fight back to the man he was in order to stay in his beloved Corps or will he have to take a new path?

Courtney Black is a new bride with an adorable stepson and a brand new baby girl; however, she doesn’t want to just be a military wife her entire life. So, when her husband is injured, she sees an opportunity for them to leave Camp Lejeune and start a new adventure, especially when Brett’s son’s biological father comes out of the shadows and threatens to take away the little boy that brought Brett and Courtney together. It’s her job to keep her family together despite everything that is tearing them apart. Will she be able to find the balance between personal aspirations and family obligation?

Read the love story about two young hearts as they discover that wars are not only fought on the battle field but also at home and marriage is nothing about convenience but everything about sacrifice and unity in The Grunt 2, the sixth installation of The Lonely Heart Series, by USA TODAY, Amazon and National Bestselling Author Latrivia S. Nelson.

Click here to purchase now.  Only $3.99 for full-length novel (535 pages in paperback form).

 

Happy Founders Day To My Wonderful Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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I’d like to wish each and every member of my illustrious sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, a Happy Founders Day.  108 years of service and still committed to the mission.  My sisterhood has been one filled with magnificent and bold women, determined not only to make their lives better, but also to make our communities better.   I pledged at Beta Tau (LeMoyne-Owen College).  When I stepped on to the campus back in 1998, I knew three things:  I wanted to be a great scholar; I wanted to be Ms. LeMoyne-Owen College, and I wanted to be a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (God’s favor on me allowed me to become President of my chapter).  I knew that I was not going to leave that campus until I accomplished each of those goals.  What I learned is that it would take a lot more than “one” person – me – to do that.  The women and men on that campus who helped me, tutored me, mentored me and propelled me into a better future always deserve acknowledgement for their selfless efforts.  The love only grew after graduation was even more surreal.  Belonging to something so great, makes you feel greater.  There is nothing like arriving off a plane in a city where you don’t know a soul and seeing a the face of a sister, nothing like applying for job and sitting across the interview table from a sister, going to a bank to get a loan and talking to a sister, giving birth to your child and being cared for by a sister, watching the First Lady of the United States and being proud of your sister, looking at your daughter and hoping she’ll become your sister.   My line sisters.  My big sisters.  My Greek Sisters.  My Skee-Phi brothers.  Other Greeks on the Yard who believed in the Divine 9 and our ability to change cultures.   All of you have a special place in my heart.

 

 

Appalled at Trump’s New Muslim-Ban Suggestion

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No, I’m not happy with what happened in Paris.  I’m not happy with what happened in San Bernardino. I’m not happy with 9/11.  I’m not happy with the fact that we’re still in war in the Middle East. I’m not happy with the precious American life lost in a war where men and women who didn’t die in war most often came back emotionally damaged and physically mauled.

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But I think many others across this country and world are mad too, including most people of the Muslim faith, and most of the civilized nations – yes, even third world nations.  Let’s not get all ethnocentric and amnesic here in a country based in not only a beautiful melting pot but also centuries of systematic ethnic oppression.  We are in no place to judge.  Our very future depends on the ability for us to stick together; to uplift others; to believe in unity.  And also, what does that say to all of our patriots who gave their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places in the hope that they were liberating and protecting Muslims?  SMH.

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I don’t want to get into the usual, “my best friend is Muslim” conversation as to suggest that just because we know someone who is Muslim then that gives us the right to condemn or not to condemn an entire people.  What I believe is that regardless of whether you know someone who is Muslim or not, you will not allow yourself to become a hate mongering idiot.  Because then, what better would you be than our own enemy?  And no one wants to be identified as a Hitler sympathizer, which is what Trump would have you do.  He’s basically like “Let’s give them all numbers on the wrist and corral them like cattle.”  Are you serious?  Are you F*c#ing serious?  What about all our Muslim leaders, our doctors, our lawyers, our historians, our military personnel, our first responders, our neighbors…the list goes on to the point where I am exhausted.  And you should be too, at the hateful rhetoric.

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Yes, I’m a good Catholic (my faith is my own and my desire is to please only Him), but nearly 1/4th of this world is Muslim.  How do you cut 1/4 of the human population out of the conversation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?    To believe that all these people (1.6 billion with a B) want to kill Americans is…paranoid schizophrenia.  To suggest that we boot everyone out of our country who doesn’t think like us is un-American. To suggest that we can’t help someone of another faith in their time of need, like Syrian refugees, is STUPID.  To condemn those who are giving their lives to fight ISIS is inhumane.  To say that these people, HUMANS MIND YOU, have no right to life is immoral.  I don’t want any part of that crazy train.  And I’m embarrassed that he’s been given a mic to express himself.  I thought we normally kept those types in the back room of grandma’s house away from phones and other electronics.

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TRUMP IS A STAIN on the political process and the presidential candidacy.  End of File.

XOXO and all that jazz,
Latrivia Welch

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Wohrman Saved Me (DENTAL STORY)

My daughter broke her tooth on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We were devastated and without a lot of options considering the time and the day. My husband was on a mission to find a dentist and went through a long list of calls, leaving messages, stressing urgency. It was crazy.

Then a dentist called us back. He was warm and understanding and told us to head right over. We did, in the pouring rain mind you, and our daughter screamed the entire way.

I came into the office frazzled.

First impression of the office and staff were great. Clean, nice office. Very nice staff to greet you. We didn’t wait any time. Dr. Wohrman jumped right on it. Dealing with my nine year old is not easy. She was cranky until she saw him. He smiled and joked with her and made her forget the pain (how is that possible?).

The hard part was of course numbing the area around the tooth. Well, I thought – GOOD LUCK WITH THAT. But to his credit, he worked his magic with his team and encouraged her the entire time.

2 hours after the tooth broke, 30 minutes after arriving to the dentist, it was extracted and she was happy again.

This doctor deserves his kudos for his customer service, patience and professionalism. But if you’re like me, you want great bed-side manner. He was amazing. He even called the Monday following the disaster to check on her. I’d recommend him to anyone. GIVE SOMEONE WHO CARES YOUR BUSINESS!!! HE CARES.

Wohrman Dental Group 1711 Kirby Parkway Memphis, TN 38120

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TylerWohrmanDDS/

 

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Mommy Journal Entry #3,545

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Today, our little Tierra came into our bedroom and crawled between us in the dark.  “Mommy, Daddy, wake up,” she said, voice all sweet and innocent.  We turned to find her shaking.  Both of us shot up.  Shag turned on the light and checked her forehead; I pulled out the thermometer.  She announced.  “I threw up.  I think I have a bug.”

We both jumped to action.  Ginger Ale. Crackers.  Meds.  Cold Towel.  We were hopping like beans.  Both of us discussed who should take off work while Shag rocked her in his arms.  And in the middle of all of this, it comes to me that Tierra is eight years old and extremely tall.  LOL.  Why is he still rocking her like when she was five?  Never mind, I can’t bring up how he spoils her at this moment.  We need to get her better.

Long story short.  There is a bug running around rampant and it’s loose in our hose.  Our little princess has it.  And the normal running order is Shag, me and finally Jordan.

Meanwhile, after hearing that she has a bug, Jordan covers his face like Michael Jackson and bolts out of the house for the bus ten minutes early.  I shake my head.  That’s the only time I can ever get that boy out of the house without pushing him.

Such is the life of Mommy.

Latrivia

PSA for Interracial Romance Readers by Latrivia Welch

But Why Do You Do It? An insightful look at why I chose to write Interracial Romance

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I was out the other night having drinks with friends and we started down the rabbit hole of what led us to our professions.  This of course created buzz around our table and other people quickly pulled from their own tables and joined us.  I was three glasses of wine into the conversation when someone asked me a very serious question.

“Why did you choose to write Interracial Romance, specifically bwwm?”

I’ve been asked this before, but the person who asked seemed to be the type that would not take a flippant or even cosmetic answer.  They wanted details; they wanted to decide what side of the proverbial black aisle I sat on.  Was I a blind assimilator or was I truly making conscious decisions?

Anyone in an interracial relationship, who has interracial children, has a friend from another race knows what I speak of.  And I won’t delve too far into that because it’s the subject of a book that I’m writing and I want your responses later.  And it would be awesome to also talk abut this great show, Black-ish, that also hits some damn good points about the contemporary African-American experience.

 

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So back to the question…

I cannot lie.  I drank the last of my wine before answering.  After all, I did not know this person and this could easily go out in left field and with it my growing buzz.

“I’m tired of stereotypes,” I said honestly, when I was done with my Chardonnay.

The raised brow of the individual let me know that they understood what I was saying even if I hadn’t elaborated.

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Black women aren’t all money-hungry, poor, uneducated, angry, vengeful, loud and obnoxious as many books would have us portrayed.  In fact, we’re quite brilliant.

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White men aren’t all rich, powerful, famous, gentle, courageous and classy (with a wink) as books would have them portrayed.

 

Each person is completely unique and there should be a story for each of us.  Now, that’s not going to happen, but it’s great to have a rainbow of stories about bwwm relationships that kill the stereotypes and create new discussion.  We deserve that.    We deserve to not fit into anyone’s box, not be forced to look a certain way, feel a certain way or be accepted only if we come from a certain background.  We need stories that tell a different story, that empower us and that flatter us and that just put us on an equal playing field.

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But I’m just one woman with one computer.  So tell me WORLD, what do you think?

Onward,

Latrivia Welch

http://www.latriviawelch.com

Women of Style: Interracial Romance Readers

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The Grunt 2: Learning about the Military’s Awesomeness

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Chapter Three of The Grunt 2 takes you inside a covert USMC Force Recon operation in Afghanistan. From the first word of the chapter, you are there with the six-man team as they leap bravely from an HH-60 Pave Hawk during a HALO (high altitude, low opening)jump. As a civilian, I have never jumped out of a plane, though I’ve wanted to. I have a fascination with the sky and the bird’s ability to soar through the air. I’ve even had dreams of flying in my sleep, which usually leads to me accidentally kicking Shag. But I’ve never, as a core function of my job, been asked to jump from a moving object into the sky and fall thousands of feet (strategically might I ad) to land on the ground without a scratch. It’s pretty epic stuff.

As it turns out Force Recon is spectacular at jumping out of planes. And I could not, in good conscience, write this book without including a little of Recon’s awesomeness in it.

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Check out this rough draft excerpt:
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Dressed out in full tactical uniforms, camouflage, aviator gloves, go-packs and parachutes the Recon Unit assembled quietly inside of the HH-60 Pave Hawk in preparation for their HALO (high-altitude, low-opening) parachute insertion jump. It was everything that kids across the country dreamt of as they played their video games, and everything wannabe’s lied about when trying to impress women.
However, this was the real shit; there were no video cameras for reality tv, no theme music for a movie, no turning back for sake of life over country.
Standing by the hatch already let down for their departure, Brett looked down the line at his men standing at the ready. Each one of these men were brave and had shown valor in the face of death a hundred times. Joe, Bear, Rusty, Geek and Hound. He would die for either of them, all of them, if needed. But he hoped that their training would prevent the need to make that decision.
Right before they reached their mark, Brett stepped out where he could see his men and made his normal speech. It was the same one every time, but each time it was warranted, needed to remind each man of why he was there, especially when after long months away from home there were more questions than answers.
“No one on this plane rang that bell three times in training. No one gave up then. No gives up now. You know why they sent us, devil dogs? It’s because we’re the baddest motherfuckers they could find.”
“Oorah,” the men replied in cadence. Their voices boomed like lightning against the black night as the wind from the open hatch ran across their faces.
Bear, their Irish ginger good ole boy from Alabama, spit his brown snuff out on the floor beside his boot and coughed. It was his normal routine and had not changed since their first op together. It was Bear’s way of saying that he was ready.
Joe made the sign of the cross and rolled his neck. He was ready.
Rusty kissed the picture of his son.
Hound scratched his balls.
Geek stood stoically focused on the hatch.
Each man had a thing, and now was the time to do it.
Brett’s jaw clenched as he moved to the open hatch, the wind pushing and pulling at him like a rag doll. Anticipation coursed through his veins like an angry drug. The veins in his neck protruded as he screamed, “Let’s go to work!”
The twinkling stars and the full moon in the sky looked close enough for the men to reach out and touch them, and the ground so infinite below looked like it was a million miles away while they dwelled somewhere in the middle of this world and the next.
If one had never thought about their mortality before, they thought about it then being as small as ants in a world so vast that it could suck them up before anyone could notice.
Brett stood by the hatch, hitting each man on his back as they plunged out into the night in a free fall.
They looked angelic as they fell, but in fact, they were killers, the whole lot of them, going to do the government’s bidding.
With a nod toward the birdman, Brett prepared in his own way. Checking his gear and his watch, he clasped the sides of the entryway, looked out at the vast world behind him, imagined his family back home, and made the unreturnable leap toward danger.
With his arms splayed wide, he cut through the thin clouds in a perfect arch, feeling his body become one with the air around him. His massive, muscular frame, while formidable on land, dropped through the heavens like penny off a tower.
Balancing himself out, he fell hundreds of feet before he checked his wrist detector and pulled the rip cord on his parachute when he had reached the right altitude.
The parachute exploded violently in the night, giving him a small jolt as he navigated it down.
Brett bent his knees as his boots hit the ground. Dust billowed up around him as he crunched dry soil below him. Releasing himself from the parachute, he pulled his earpieces from inside of his tactical gear as he knelt in a crouched position and looked around.
It was dead silent. No motion. No lights. No people.
“Check in Eagle team,” he said, listening as all the men sounded off. They were all right around him, but with no light, they were nearly impossible to see, save the light coming off some of the men’s tactical watches.
As soon as his voice registered on the radio, the command center back at the base went live. Captain Lawless, who had been leaning on his desk glaring impatiently at the blank wall of monitors, popped up and put his coffee down.
“Eagle four to Nest, we are live. I repeat, Eagle team is live,” Brett said, just below a whisper as the men gathered together, ready to move on the Captain’s command.
“Do we have eyes on our men yet?” Lawless said, looking at his comms specialist.
Staring at the young captain too long was like looking directly into the sun. He was intimidating even when he wasn’t trying. The young man quickly adverted his eyes to the monitor as the black screen in front of them linked to the satellite and produced a night vision picture.
“We are live, sir,” the young man said, typing into his computer.
Lawless turned to his second-in-charge. “Get the general now,” he ordered, taking a wide stance in the middle of the floor and watching the operation from the vest cameras installed on each man. This was what he did best. In this command room, he was a warrior, a strategist and a swift hand for the U. S. Marine Corps. The sudden pride that always overcame him made him want to sing God Bless America, but for now, he’d just settle for kicking some ass.
“Zoom into Eagle four,” Lawless said flatly. He slipped his earpiece on to communicate with the team. “Eagle four, we have eyes. Satellite says you’re good to go. No bogies. Proceed.”
“Copy that,” Brett said, making a knife hand motion for the men to advance toward the house.

 

Don’t worry. The book is coming soon.  Check in regularly for more information on the chapters as they are completed.

 

Latrivia Welch Remembers Julian Bond THE LEADER

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Because of the support and love of my mentors, I’ve met many great civil rights leaders in my time. I had the honor of having Dr. Benjamin Hooks as a personal mentor along with Mrs. Francis, who gave me invaluable advise as a young woman that I still hold dear today. Dr. Hooks used to love my granddaddy’s fried fish, and grandpa didn’t mind having me come to South Memphis to pick up some as soon as he fried it and deliver it to Dr. Hooks. I remember Dr. Vasco Smith with his jovial smile and Mrs. Maxine Smith always willing to give me a hug. I remember D’Army Bailey sitting across from me at Four Way Grill, and me praying in the middle of his very enlightening talk – that I didn’t drop fried tomatoes all over my Chanel white blouse and make a mockery of myself. I remember working for the National Civil Rights Museum and President Mandela coming up the stairs at the Peabody and me rushing out to see if he was on his way and running nearly head on into him. All I could say was, “your President Mandela.” And he said, “yes dear but who are you?” I couldn’t speak after that.

Recently, I met the founder of Black Enterprise, Mr. Earl Graves. We walked and talked for a while. He was impressed by my little publishing house, and insisted that I had promise. I was in shock how much he reminded me of my grandpa and instantly felt a connection. Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland, was also very kind. She and I walked through Bountiful Blessings after she was caught up on a call with UN. She told me I simply had to visit Ireland. After meeting her, I knew that I had to as well.

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My list is long and distinguished. I’ve met so many, and I remember them all. I either met them because of LeMoyne-Owen College, Howard and Beverly Robertson or Deidre Malone. My mentors pushed me…always pushed me…still push me. Since I was a skinny 18-year old girl, they have opened doors for me that would have remained closed otherwise. They have introduced me to giants because they were giants themselves.

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I still remember meeting Mr. Julian Bond. The first time was at the National Civil Rights Museum when I was around 20. Then, I was heading up credentialing for the NAACP 2009 National Conference in Cincinnati and we were preparing for the Obama/McCain speeches and Mr. Bond came around the office. He wanted to see what we were up to. We had been working early mornings and late nights. Deidre thought it was good for both Tonya and I to do this on our own. She was training us. She was right. It was great work, hard work, great experience.
Tonya and I wanted pictures. Mr. Bond was busy, terribly busy. But he didn’t mind stopping long enough for us to talk. He wanted to know how we were enjoying ourselves and if we were working too hard. He had time enough to listen to me recount my experience with him in Memphis. He smiled and listened and three days later when he saw me again, he said, “hello Latrivia.” Thousands of people, thousands of stories and he never forgot my name.

When I came home from Cincinnati, my life was changed. Deidre just laughed. “It’s good for you,” she said. She still is always grooming me, even until this day.  She had met him many times before and knew how great he was, but I was on fire and brand new to such a movement.

For the very young people (and I have many who read my books and my blog and I know they are under 18 – naughty teens), I want you to know why this man was so important.
Julian Bond was no rapper, baller or actor. He was an activist, a game-changer. Horace Julian Bond was an American social activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement, politician, professor, and writer.

Born in Nashville, TN on January 14, 1940 – only 200 miles from Memphis- Julian Bond became a civil rights activist while in college. In 1965, he was elected to Georgia’s state legislature, but his opposition to the war in Vietnam meant that it would take a U.S. Supreme Court ruling for him to be allowed to take his seat. Bond later served as the head of the Southern Poverty Law Center and of the NAACP.

“Julian helped inspire an entire generation of young people, students, black and white,” Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said Sunday. “He spent so much time speaking on college campuses, telling the story of the movement. He was so smart, so gifted, so articulate and he had a way of getting to people, to students, to young people and he succeeded.” http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/08/16/civil-rights-activist-julian-bond-dies/31809385/

Bond died on August 15, 2015 at the age of 75, but his legacy will live on.