Do you know how hard it’s been for me to keep my silence? I have been so busy running around preparing for the release of the book and all the logistics behind it, until I have not been able to chat on the blog, but now, it’s time. While things are ramping up, and we have over 25 book club meetings either face-to-face or via conference call or Skype, the ladies of the blog are still a priority. Many of you have sent me emails. I have been traveling around, working 18-hour days and still being a wife and Mommy. But as I wrap up the first leg of the release, I plan to sit down and reply to you all. I have printed them out and my assistant has been kind enough to put them all in a binder. So, I have read them all and they have truly been enjoyable. Thanks so much for all of them.
First, I’d like to thank you all for your support. Every book is like putting my soul out on a line and air-drying it for everyone to see. Not because anything in the books are true, but because every imperfection is visible through the written word. So, I have a love-hate relationship with writing. While I enjoy writing stories and taking people to different places in their mind, I hate to deal with the consequences of that act. However, if I had to weigh the two, I’d have to say that writing is far more important.
At this very moment, books are being shipped all over the world to more than 3,000 women and about 400 men who pre-ordered AMCR. However, many of you have already read the e-book. I wanted to make sure that readers had a chance to read the book instead of wait for the printed version.
One of the biggest questions that I have been asked is, “What was your thought process behind Anatoly Medlov: Complete Reign.” Answer. Do you want to short or the long answer? Now, I know that I just answered a question with a question, but it’s a serious question.
Short answer: After exploring Dmitry Medlov, I wanted to explore the character of Anatoly Medlov more. I wanted to imagine his short comings and what his life would be like entering into a world as massive and as small as the underworld of The Medlov family.
Long answer: I could have written a story where Dmitry’s son was a seven-footer. And he would have made a great character, but it would have been the same of the same. However, what if you give a man who is by all accounts bigger than life a shorter son with gigantic short comings? Anatoly Medlov is the realization that leaders, big and great, good or bad, who leave their legacies to their children, are susceptible to their decisions and often feel the need to continue their control.
Here are my first top twenty insights into Anatoly Medlov: Complete Reign
- Dmitry is torn between two worlds. His family life is what he sacrificed for, but only after he had spent most of his existence sacrificing for his Medlov Crime Family. In a way, it was his child. And while we watch our children grow and move on, we never actually let go. When Dmitry went into the meeting with the council, he was angry because his demands of them had not been fully met. Sure, he was angry about them trying to conspire against his son, but it was all about territory (and with men that’s a big thing).
- Anatoly is a young man who still is unsure of himself. He is trying to prove to everyone that he is able to handle this enormous responsibility of being boss, but it also weighs on his shoulders. There is so much that he has been forced to sacrifice himself, and in his decision, he finds himself alone. The desire for human contact that is not fearful drives him to the only person who sees him as just a guy.
- Anatoly doesn’t look like his father, but he wants nothing more than to be him. The only thing that links him to his father is his last name, his teachings, his blonde hair and his home country. So, he’s anxious to develop an image that links him more closely to his father. However, when Gabriel shows up, it makes Anatoly feel even more inferior.
- It’s just possible that America’s favorite bad boy is a good man. For a long time, he’s been making hard-core decisions, but as he starts to come to grips with his position, he realizes that he needs friends…not just enemies. And as in all of our lives, in order to have friends, one must learn to forgive…even if it is just once.
- There will always be father-son relationships that require more love than an iron-fist rule.
- Even in a brotherhood like the Medlov men, there must be trust, understanding and mentorship that are nurtured by kindness (hidden kindness, the intimate kind that only the people involved see).
- Sometimes, opposites attract. Having a nurturing person around you when you are constantly amidst the wolves makes you love them, hence Renee.
- Honesty can yield love.
- Deceit can yield hate.
- Family is still the most important thing in the world, even more so than money.
- The most powerful thing a man has is his tongue. The words of Dmitry. The words of Anatoly. The words of Gabriel. The words of the council. The words of Renee. The words of Destiny. The words of Victoria. The words of Royal. The words of Anya. The words. The words. The words.
- Everyone’s biological clock can confuse the simplest decisions.
- People are people, regardless of their position.
- Black women can be wives of great men too.
- Black women can be cops, can be the bad guy, can be the hero.
- Children make life easier to bear and greater to live.
- Marriage is still the most beautiful institution around.
- It’s lonely at the top.
- No one said that Renee would be with Anatoly forever. That’s why they never married in this book. And I can guarantee you that they won’t stay together, but it’ll be fun while it lasts.
- This is just a bookJ
With that said, I hope that we can have some awesome discussions on the book. Later this spring, I plan to reveal the last book in the series and its blog. I know that there were questions that were not answered, and I did it for a reason. You see, I decided not to go with the first outline of Saving Anya. The book will pick up in a year. Fun right? It’s going to be a lot more emotional, if possible and well, the rest will be revealed soon enough.
However, I’d love to hear your first impressions of the book. The purpose of the blog is three-fold (1) entertainment for you always, (2) to share my point of view and insight on the book, (3) to receive your feedback. So let’s feed it back.
What did you think?