I love every book that I write, specifically, because I write them for my readers. I want to give my fans something to think on, whether good or bad.
Dmitry’s Closet was my first book under RiverHouse Publishing, the company that I own. I was so nervous when I posted the book on Amazon in 2010 until I literally had a panic attack. It wasn’t that I thought the book was good; it was me hoping that the book was good enough for my readers.
This morning, I received over 100 texts and emails telling me that Goodreads had selected my first work (1 out of 19 from RiverHouse) to be selected for their 100 Romantic Reads. When I read the copy, it literally brought tears to my eyes. I was happy, and for me that is a really monumental word. Happy. I was actually happy!
I want to take the time to thank all of those fans who encouraged me, despite my lack of resources, to follow my dreams and who also supported me by purchasing and reading my work. I want to thank all of those fans who loved the book but had critical critiques that I then used to help make the book better, and I want to thank all of those fans who after reading the book and know my handicaps, still gave me a 4.0 in stars or above.
When people take the time out of their lives to compliment you, don’t take it for granted. This is coming from experience – not a high horse. Relish in the compliments. Learn from the critiques and grow to be a better person and a better author.
I look back at my first work, at the pain I put Laura Sitterson through by making her read it in its infancy stages, and it brings tears to my eyes, because we ushered in a new sub-genre.
Thank you for this recognition, Goodreads. Thank you to all my fans and to all the writers who followed up with amazing stories of their own.
Latrivia S. Nelson
Interracial Romance Author
I know to so many this project is just a short story. It’s one of 12 short stories in the series about Dmitry Medlov before he met Royal. But my Medlovian women (oh that rowdy group of gals) are expecting excellence in each and every chapter.
In reading over my work on last night, I just wasn’t satisfied with the story yet. 100 pages of a short story that is supposed to leave you cursing me for more. Don’t get me wrong. It’s fire, but it’s not ON fire. So then, the debate happened. I questioned if meeting a deadline was better than meeting YOUR expectations with my work. And the answer came up, unequivocally NO.
This is why I’m pushing the book back one week. The 100 pages that we present to you need to knock your socks off, or at least make you want to take off your shoes and curl up to your e-reader. Speaking of which, do people name theirs? My e-book reader is named LUCY. Anyway…
This series means so much to me. It’s the exploration of the mind behind the mature Russian billionaire who grew to be a worldwide leader of underworld munitions and the many relationships that he had to foster and forget. In Dmitry’s Closet, we have a new understanding of the thick tension between Dmitry and Ivan in their first meeting when he arrived to Memphis from New York many years after the Chronicles has taken place. We understand why Dmitry did not want Royal anywhere near Ivan, and after V7, we’ll understand why Ivan swore revenge for Arie.
The backstory makes everything fun. And this backstory is dedicated to all of you. But I can’t dedicate something to you that I know is half done. I’m asking for your forgiveness and understanding that we’re we a week off the mark, but somehow, I think you’re going to be entertained when it’s finally in your hands.