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



“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)

Allen Iverson Signed with Memphis Grizzlies – Why Aren’t You Happy?



Allen Iverson (A.I.) Is Coming To Town

Memphis Grizzlies received good news today.  One of the NBA greats is coming to town as a free agent and the newest MG player.  You would think that people would be happy about the new addition to our family, but as usual people have found something to piss and moan about.  Memphians say that he’s on the down side of his career.  I sat there and pondered what that meant.  The Downside of His Career.  As in, he’s actually had a notable career – but wait.  Not just any notable career, Allen Iverson is 10-time all star, four-time NBA scoring champ and the biggest player acquisition in Grizzlies history.  How many of those do we get that want to come to Memphis?  Gasol nearly gnawed his foot off to leave here and get to LA.  His brother is probably headed a similar direction.

I think we should be thanking our lucky stars that he chose us.  Sure it cost us $3.5 million, but well sometimes you have to spend money (invest it) to make money.  I remember going to games at the FedEx Forum last year that were virtually empty, then going to U of M games the next few nights that were jammed packed.  The Grizzlies need a draw.  If Iverson can bring that to Memphis then fire the marketing department and use that money to fund him.  I don’t really care. 

Plus, he said , “I want to win.  A lot people talk about the Grizzlies and people feel like just getting to the playoffs is enough. That’s a successful season. My goals are a lot bigger. … I feel like we can win.”

People of course complained about his high hopes.  Now, for $3.5 million, isn’t he suppose to talk like that, make promises.  For most of us, if offered $350,000, we’d make promises that we would more than likely deliver on.  He said that he could win not end world hunger. Now if he had come in and not smiled and been very rude, then people would have felt like he was unappreciative.  Go figure. In truth, I love him and plan to buy my first pair of season tickets because of him.

I say welcome the man with a little dignity and grace as those 300 fans and local dignitaries did at the FedEx Forum this morning.  We finally have hope…at least for one year (maybe we can encourage him to stay a while:-).

XoXo and all that jazz,

Latrivia S. Nelson

Characters Take On Life – Insight into Dmitry’s Closet

My idea of passion

My idea of passion

Dmitry’s Closet has taken on its own life over the last few months.  The characters actually have their own rhythm and style. 

In the process of writing, however, I always stop to read other authors and their works.  It gives me motivation.  I want to see if their characters take on a life of their own.  And they do.  One author had such an impact on me until I read her entire series.  Impressive.  I’m a fan for life now.

So, I’ve been asking myself just what each character is like, what they like, what they are like – I hear jazz whenever I think of Dmitry’s Closet.  Dmitry is an older gentleman with a keener sense of style and expensive taste.  However he has a bad boy quality that is completely undeniable.


On the other end of the spectrum, Royal is a young woman who is actually an old soul.  She’s a hard worker, trusting and loving.  Her character is completely sincere. 

Both characters had to be connected by something that was truly binding.  So the concept of a beautiful, twenty-something virgin was appealing to me.  See, there are so many women who have lost their virginity so young (I’m not knocking it, just talking facts here people).  I wanted to explore the type of woman who was still guarded about sexuality, who didn’t wear it on her sleeve.  And I had to explore what would make her want to give such a gift to a man after waiting.

I knew a young lady who inspired this.  I was writing on Dmitry’s Closet at the first of the year, and she and I got into a deep conversation on why she had chosen to remain abstinent.  Later this year, she married.  I was very proud of her.  In an age where this type of thing is rare, I wanted to applaud it.  Now, the young woman that I spoke with and Royal have very distinctive differences, but I was intrigued by their one similarity.

So, I’ve got a jazzy, rich story where the characters come to life and bring out their own flavor.  It’s exciting.  I think of Romeo and Juliet often when I write – those star crossed lovers and their constant battle to be together.  And while there will be absolutely no suicide attempts in this story, the overall passion of the two is always prevalent. 

Passion.  It’s such a rich word.  I think of chocolate, laughing, deep rich purple satin, enchanting perfume and deep breaths when I hear the word.

So basically, someone pulled out the life battles and applied it to my fingertips for this one.  And I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Xoxo and all that biz,