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Author Roland Sato Page shares Eating The Forbidden Fruit


Eating the Forbidden Fruit is a gritty fiction novel loosely based on true events in author Roland Sato Page’s life. The newcomer author delivers a personal journey into his rise and demise as a St. Louis Police Officer. He takes the readers on a roller coaster ride of good ole family memories to the nightmarish reality of being a police officer indicted on federal crimes. During his trial, he wrote memoirs as a testimonial of redemption. Roland’s case stems from the conflict of his childhood affiliation and his oath to uphold the law. What is certain is one can’t run from sin for karma is much faster.

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About The Author  

Roland Sato Page was born in Brooklyn New York in a military household with a mother from Osaka Japan and a combat trainer father with three war tours under his belt. He grew up in a well-disciplined home with five other siblings. As he got older his family relocated to St. Louis where the author planted his roots and also pursued a military life in the Army Reserves.
Roland married his high school sweetheart and started a family of four. Roland joined the St. Louis police department were his career was cut short when he was convicted of federal crimes due to his childhood affiliation.
After enduring his demise he rebounded becoming a famed a tattoo artist opening Pearl Gallery Tattoos in downtown St. Louis Mo. The company grew into a family business yet another unfortunate incident tested his fate. He was diagnosed with Lupus which halted his body art career. However, with tragedy comes blessings. Roland’s sons took over the business and propelled the shop to a higher level. Roland consumed with depression began writing to occupy the time. With a newfound passion, he traded visual art for literary art.



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Book Review of Property of the State by Kiki Swinson

Title: Property of the State

Series: The Black Market, Book 3

Author: Kiki Swinson

Publication Date: January 28, 2020

Genre: Urban Fiction

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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Property of the state is about a woman’s actions catching up with her. Misty was a pharmacy employee who found herself in some trouble while dealing with an abusive boyfriend named Terrell.  She in self-defense kills him. At the beginning of the book, Misty is arrested and is going to jail for that crime.

This book made me wonder if the mistreatment of inmates truly does happen. Misty is placed in facility that had an hidden agenda, which becomes very clear as the story progresses. What I liked about her character is her transformation from the start of the book to the end. Misty went into the prison as one person but the events that happen truly changed her.

Her main goal was getting out of the prison, but also to stay alive. She didn’t know who to trust or what actions she’d have to take, which made for an entertaining book. I’m glad that I read the first two books in this series, which helped me going into this one and helped me invest in the characters.

I recommend Property of the State to Urban fiction readers, but suggest them read the first books in the series to get the full story.

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First Lines Fridays #17

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. I first saw this on Life of A Literary Nerd  and decided this would be fun to start adding to my blog. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

*Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page

*Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first

*Finally… reveal the book!

“The rumor is three black boys killed your parents. Is it true?”

Perched on the edge of his cot, Noah Charleston lifted his eyes to look at the four half-men standing before him.


When keeping secrets doesn’t go as planned, people’s lives may change in this book about relationships and friendships.

Tell Me Lies by Michelle Lindo-Rice  

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A broken heart…When Sydney Richardson meets Pastor Noah Charleston it was practically love at first sight. Sydney has battled so much deception in her personal life and in her work as an attorney, she is glad to have a perfect man she can depend on. But her Prince Charming has some secrets that are worse than Sydney could have ever imagined. What will she do when Noah’s past life come to light?

A broken truth… Pastor Noah Charleston has come a long way since his troubled youth. A respected Man-of-God, Noah’s long buried past emerges in the form of blackmail and threats. Noah not only fears for his safety but also for his newfound love. Will he take a chance on the truth before it’s too late?

A broken trust…Newly converted Christian, Belinda Santiago, harbors a secret that could end her friendship with Sydney. She’s in love with Lance Forbes, Sydney’s ex-fiancé. When Belinda and Lance’s relationship is exposed she may have to choose between her man and her best friend.

A broken man…Lance Forbes returns to Port Charlotte to make things right with Sydney, but his feelings for Belinda are in his way. Lance knows for him to become a do-right man, he must face his childhood pain. Will Lance get his act together and take a chance on love or run again?

Have you read any of Michelle Lindo-Rice’s books? Share in the comments below.


Book Review of Hands Up by Stephen Clark

Title: Hands Up

Author: Stephen Clark

Publication date: September 28, 2019

Genre: Cop Thriller

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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I will admit when I first started reading this book, I believed it was another white cop killing a black man and all the political mumbo jumbo that comes with it. I had the wrong mindset but the characters changed my mind. Hands up was about a white officer named Ryan Quinn, who did indeed shoot a black male named, Terrell Wakefield, but it was more about how those involved handled the incident.

This book had some realistic characters with normal reactions to what they experienced throughout the story. Kelly is the victim’s father, who left the family, but is trying to right his wrong since returning while dealing with his son’s death. Jade Wakefield is the victim’s sister who is defensive, stubborn, negative and won’t forgive her father. She is also the one who wants justice for her brother and will do whatever she can to make it happen. Jade is a very manipulative character and the main one I didn’t like. Officer Ryan Quinn,  is trying to work through forgiving himself for his actions, but is also keeping a secret about the incident.

I enjoyed the storyline, the characters and how the book ended. I was thrown off with the point of view because some were in third person and Ryan’s in first person, until I got further into the story. I will say having Ryan’s point of view in first person made me relate to him more. I was able to figure out some of the twists in the story, but it didn’t take away from my experience of reading the book. I forward to reading more of this author’s work. I recommend, Hands Up to readers of urban fiction and cop thrillers.