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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s the synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

XoXo and all that jazz,

Latrivia S. Nelson