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

New Book in The Lonely Heart Series: Finding Opa!

Stacey Lane Bryant has three rules.  She doesn’t drive; she doesn’t travel; and she most definitely will not date.  From the outside, this odd-ball, thirties-something, single black woman is simply a creature of habit who has been beaten down by the tragedies of life.  However those on the inside know that she’s the widow of esteemed astrophysicist Drew Bryant, a highly sought after best-selling romance author and a devoted cat lover.  The rules are simply designed to keep her safe and keep her sane. 

However, someone didn’t tell the Greek bombshell, Dr. Hunter Fourakis, that rules weren’t meant to be broken.  While at his favorite pub, he eyes Stacey and instantly falls under her spell.  Only, his rusty moves don’t get him far with the brilliant introvert, who quickly leaves just to get out of his grasp.

What is meant to be will be, and the two run into each other in another chance encounter.  This time Hunter is able to convince Stacey not only to go out on a spur-of-the-moment date with him but also to consider an unorthodox proposal that would benefit them both.    

Hunter’s late wife was killed while serving in Iraq, and he mourns every year for two months and three days.  The mourning period is usually miserable for Hunter, but this time, he wants to celebrate life.  Stacey’s second romance novel is due to her agent in two months but is totally lacking motivation or passion, because she hasn’t gotten over her late husband.  Considering that they both need someone for a short period of time to fulfill very specific needs, they agree to be each other’s help mate temporarily.  Only as deprived widows, pressured professionals and lonely hearts, they find that while deadlines pass and mourning time ends, love lasts forever.

Read this romantic tale about two people who fight through tragic personal loss, family prejudices and age-old traditions to find good old fashion love in the second book of the Lonely Hearts Series, Finding Opa!

Interracial romance writer gains fans

Nelson makes race a ‘secondary concern’

Suburban mom Latrivia S. Nelson spends time in a fictional place where the Russian Mafia has a Memphis branch.

Nelson’s world has given her a growing fan base as a romance novel writer. She says she has sold more than 7,000 copies of her latest book, “Dmitry’s Closet,” released in early 2010.

Nelson’s novels are books of interracial suspense and romance, involving black women and white men. They’re books she wrote when she couldn’t find interracial romance novels that made race a secondary concern.

“All the interracial romance novels were so based on race,” she said. “Once they got past that one (character) was black and the other was white, it was over.”

While a student at LeMoyne-Owen College, Nelson wrote stories for her friends.

After a short, unsuccessful marriage to her college sweetheart, Nelson met her husband, Adam Nelson, a retired U.S. Marine. The Cordova couple have two children, Jordan, 7, from her first marriage, and Tierra, 4.

The Nelsons married in 2005, and he encouraged her to write. Her first novel, the self-published “Ivy’s Twisted Vine,” came out in 2008.

Other books followed and while he was in Iraq, Adam Nelson’s fellow Marines were curious.

“They said, ‘Is this really about you and her?’ I said, ‘No, it’s not. We don’t have any Russian Mafia friends,'” he said laughing.

Nelson said she tried and failed to find an agent for her first novel. “It just wasn’t happening for me,” she said.

So she started RiverHouse Publishing, defined on its website as a place for “male and female, Caucasian and African-American, affluent and starving writers.”

“Our diversity allows us to explore new frontiers in writing and focus on cutting-edge situational relationships that speak to the inner desires of many fiction readers,” the RiverHouse description says.

“I wanted to be able to give people a voice to be able to get what they feel is important to them out there,” she said.

La-Tessa Montgomery, vice president of the River City Romance Writers Association, knows Nelson’s frustrations.

A publisher Montgomery met with liked the storyline in her interracial romance novel, but passed on the book because she didn’t know how to sell it.

“Meaning she didn’t know how to sell a book by an African-American or with African-American characters,” Montgomery said. “And to further segment that, she didn’t know how to sell a book with an African-American heroine and a Caucasian (male) lead.”

Interracial contemporary romance is a sub-genre in the romance novel world, and big publishers shy away from sub-genres, said Debra Dixon, head of publisher Belle Books, dedicated to “Southern Fried Fiction,” and a co-founder of River City Romance Writers.

Publishers look for broad markets, limiting the opportunities for the “cowboy interracial Christmas time-travel romance,” she joked. But those books still will have fans.

“We have companies that publish black romance, Latino romance, Asian romance,” said Dixon. “So there’s something out there for everybody. You need to find a publisher who can sell that.”

— Linda A. Moore: 529-2702

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Lots of Irons in the Fire for Latrivia Nelson

You can’t keep a good writer down. You also can’t keep her off the computer. I have been stuck to a keyboard for the last three weeks, typing away like a fiend. My poor husband thought that after Dmitry’s Closet, I would take a break. However, I surprised the whole family with one word: sequel!

So, here’s the deal. I’m working on Dmitry’s Royal Flush: Rise of the Queen (http://dmitrysroyalfush.wordpress.com), The Guitarist (a paranormal romance with a friend of mine and lead guitarist for the multi-platinum band Saving Abel), The Pitcher’s Last Curve Ball (an interracial romance novel), The Agosto Family (an interracial romance novel and sequel to Ivy’s Twisted Vine) and working a real job.

Is it a lot? Hell yes! But I feel complete having something to do late nights when everyone is sleep. And my motivation is endless. So, for my readers who have begging for new work, I hear you guys. I’m working hard and I can’t wait for you all to weigh in.

I’ve also committed to get my lazy but back on this blog and share with you guys as much as possible about the entire process. After all , it is all for you.

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Xoxo and all that jazz, Latrivia