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Why would a woman choose to date a man behind bars? R. Satiafa explores this phenomena in her thrilling novel, LOVE LOCKED DOWN. With the shortage of available men, can women successfully cross the barbed wire fence and find Mr. Right?

LOVE LOCKED DOWN is a thought-provoking look at the number of women who have chosen to pursue relationships with men behind bars. It is a fact based docu-novel that contains the stories of several women from ...
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Love Locked Down: A Novel About Women in Relationships with Incarcerated Men

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Overview

Why would a woman choose to date a man behind bars? R. Satiafa explores this phenomena in her thrilling novel, LOVE LOCKED DOWN. With the shortage of available men, can women successfully cross the barbed wire fence and find Mr. Right?

LOVE LOCKED DOWN is a thought-provoking look at the number of women who have chosen to pursue relationships with men behind bars. It is a fact based docu-novel that contains the stories of several women from all races and walks of life - from a cafeteria worker to a Big Tobacco Executive - all who have crossed the barbed wire fence in search of Mr. Right.

This premiere novel stems from interviews conducted with 22 women who are grappling with the struggles of maintaining relationships with incarcerated men - lovers, husbands, fathers, sons. The novel is several stories wrapped up into one that will take you through the twists and turns of a woman's passion when love is locked away. The book openly discusses the perils of punitive incarceration and its effect on society as well as suggests a profile of women who seek these relationships.

FREE companion study guide available for book clubs, university and community focus groups! Email the author!

The story is told through the voice of Regina Jackson, a museum curator for a fine arts foundation in Washington, DC. She answers a random phone call from a prison inmate one night (Rayboy) that turns into a sordid sexy love affair via the telephone. Excited, embarrassed and afraid, Regina is thrust into a world of secrecy and intrigue as she meets other women who have chosen the same path of loving a man on the inside. As the relationship escalates, Regina is pulled into a world of powerful and dangerous men who live by their own rules, and the unscrupulous women willing to play the game. Through all of this, Regina maintains a relationship with a respectable art dealer - a good man. But later, the lines between 'good guys' and 'bad guys' get blurred. Millionaire art dealers and hard-core prison playas
are becoming one in the same. Fantasy becomes reality, and Regina soon discovers that worse than losing her heart to the wrong man, she may lose her life!

LOVE LOCKED DOWN is the first of a trilogy that will hopefully raise our consciousness of the cradle to prison pipeline that is destroying communities all over the country. Look for the sequel Summer 2010!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441552815
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 0.71 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Danita Rountree Green/Rachel Satiafa

"Romance is adventurous to women while adventure is romantic to men. I love it all!" - Satiafa, the queen of the smart-girls' romance.

Danita Rountree Green (R. Satiafa) is a writer and philanthropist who works in the fields of African American Folklore and Women's Studies. A graduate of the University of Virginia and the Howard University Program for Small Business/Community Development, she is the author of two books, Broom Jumping: A Celebration of Love (1992) and Grandmother's Gift of Memories (Doubleday 1997,). Her book, Love Locked Down (Exlibris, 2009) is her first novel and deals with the effects of punitive incarceration on minority populations.

She has traveled extensively over the U.S. and East Africa conducting studies on legacy building and the importance of establishing traditions in American families. She is a major contributor to the emergence of the African American bridal industry and is featured in works by Harriett Cole and Ingrid Sturges as well as included in The Journal of African American Folklore and Wikipedia.

She has been a presenter for African American Women On Tour and shared the stage with noted personalities such as Haki Matabuti and Iyanla Vanzant. Her work has been featured in major periodicals such as Heart and Soul and Essence Magazines as well as USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

A lively and informative speaker, Ms Satiafa's passions include travel, stained glass, history and a good love story.

She is currently pursuing her professional degree in cultural anthropology. A native of Richmond, Virginia, she is the mother of three dynamic sons, and isaffectionately known nationwide as The BroomLady.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2010

    Love Locked DOWN is a thriller.

    This was an excellent and easy book to read. The writer knew how to draw the reader into the characters. I enjoy reading a book that keep you on the edge of your seat and this book did exactly that; kept me anticipating the next move and plot. The writer has an excellent writing style. Keep up the excellent work. I'm waiting for the next book already.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2010

    A MUST HAVE

    I loved this book! Satiafa had me glued to the pages. I fell for Rayboy "the Playboy" immediately yet understood Regina's dilemma. Sometimes it is hard to do the right thing when the WRONG THING feels so good. I also learned a lot about how society treats people who have been incarcerated and just how badly their families suffer. This book is a wake-up call for this generation. The characters are engaging and lovable. I loved Righteous - she reminds me of my own West Indian mother. However, the major villain, Shaka, will make you want to kill him because he is so diabolical!! Dennis seems typical but surprises us; he is the voice of so many men searching for answers. Yes, Regina has a difficult decision to make. I can't wait for the sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2010

    A Great Read

    Love Locked Down by R. Satiafa is a must read and a must have to add to your book collection.
    Once I started reading Love Locked Down I could not put it down. I was drawn into pages.
    R. Satiafa did a wonderful job educating us about women in relations with incarcerated men.
    I can't wait to see what R. Satiafa will come out with next.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

    Fantastic!

    I really enjoyed the characters and the role each played. The story line was incredible. I advised any one to pick up this book and read it. Not only will you enjoy it, but you will find yourself caught up in their world of passion, luxury and intrigue. As the story unfolds, I begin to see hidden traits of myself unfolding. Great Book!

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

    Love Locked Down

    I enjoyed reading this novel set in the Nations Capital, Washington, D.C. which sheds light on the prison system and women who develop relationships with incarcerated men. It is an intriguing read as you become attached to the main characters in the story, Regina, Dennis and Ray Boy. You cheer that the best man wins! But wait... you have to catch the sequel to find that out!

    R. Satiafa did a great job of drawing the reader into the lives of the main characters in this love triangle. The suspense of how their lives are each affected by one another will keep you turning the pages.

    As well, the whole subject of why women who choose men who are incarcerated begs the question who is really locked down..the Men?, the Women? the families? Society? or all of the above. Check it out to find out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    This book had me hooked from the intro...it exposes the truth about the complexities of relationships.

    I really enjoyed this book and found it to be quite different from what I originally expected. The multiple story lines and cast of characters hit home, most readers will identify with at least one or more of them. The old adage truth is stranger than fiction...I sent e-mails to all my girlfriends suggesting they buy it, read it, and talk about it!

    Thoroughly enjoyed it, I especially loved the section on the "Prison Ministry."..found myself laughing out loud. Nice story line with the twists & turns, kept me interested throughout stayed up late to finish the book. It was quite steamy...but I pressed my way through because I had to know how the story ended

    Very insightful (makes you go hmm),well done!! told my girlfriends I am not loaning out my signed copy... they have to buy their own.

    Now who do I need to give a shout, to, just let me know!

    (Hometown Girl)

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    This book was not at all what I expected. I confess I was expecting a gritty urban novel exploring the dark under belly of women without jobs and education. Desperate for love anywhere they could find it. No, this clever page turner is a surprise!

    The characters are well developed, I fell in love with Ray-boy at once he's at the heart of the mystery. You think he's the fly in the milk, creating all sort of emotional unrest and bam you get thrown off the mark. Only to discover the jaw dropping reality.

    Yes it's about women having relationships with guys in prison but you would never think this prison's reach would extend into the refined galleries of Washington D.C.'s finest museums. The women in this book are you, me and your sister; some intentionally in locked down relationships and some unintended. All have there story to tell. The mysteries don't stop until the very end. Its so much fun, clever, smart and sexy. Take this one to bed, I promise it's worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    This book was incredibly exciting and enlightening for all genders and ages...

    As a fairly successful young black man raised in the "ghetto" I was initially resistant to the thought of reading a book that possibly displayed the negative characteristics of my generation, race, and gender. However, upon immediately opening the novel and reading the Prologue it was immensely apparent that the author, R. Satiafa, had no intention on bashing the incarcerated black male, but instead bring to light his untold story along with the incredibly strong women it affects. Satiafa manages to remain objective and explain to the reader in thrilling way how easy it is to find oneself in such a predicament whether you are a Wall Street Man or a typical brother trying to make the rent. I truly applaud Ms. Satiafa for her ability to capture the readers attention and bring him/her into the heat of the moment, allowing the reader to take a walk in the life of most succesful business executive on down to the incarcerated "criminal."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2009

    This is really a smart-girl romance! Satiafa is refreshing. She does not talk down to her reader as she teaches us about a tough subject AND keeps us falling deeper in love with Ray page after page after page!

    The novel is actually about punitive incarceration and how it effects women. How does a woman deal her man being LOCKED UP? How to you maintain that relationship? And what is up with women who go to prisons to START romantic relationships?!?! Satiafa takes us all through that in an exciting and enlightening way. Awesome! I even light the tag line -

    Millionaire art dealers and hard-time prison playas knock heads
    in a world where everybody is trying to get paid big.
    And Regina soon discovers that worse
    than losing her heart to the wrong man,
    she may lose her life.

    It's a compelling read. AND she offers a FREE study guide for book club, university and community use. Just request it from the author; her email address is on the inside of the front cover.

    LOVE LOCKED DOWN is a sensitive, humorous and thought-provoking look at the number of women who have chosen to pursue relationships with men behind bars. It is a fact based docu-novel that contains the stories of several women from all walks of life - from a cafeteria worker to a Big Tobacco Executive - all who have crossed the barbed wire fence in search of Mr. Right.

    The story is told through the voice of Regina Jackson, a museum curator for a fine arts foundation in Washington, DC. She answers a random phone call from a prison inmate one night (Rayboy) that turns into a sordid sexy love affair via the telephone. Excited, embarrassed and afraid, Regina is thrust into a world of secrecy and intrigue as she meets other women who have chosen the same path of loving a man on the inside. As the relationship escalates, Regina is pulled into a mysterious, seedy and sensual world of powerful and dangerous men who live by their own rules, and unscrupulous women willing to play the game.

    To further complicate things, Regina has a man - Dr. Dennis Dickerson, a successful art curator, museum patron and prize catch of the DC social sect. Dennis is wealthy, 'emotionally available' and willing to be a father to Regina's children. Still, Rayboy sparks a passion in Regina that Dennis cannot touch. Regina thinks she has lost her mind continuing on this nowhere path with an incarcerated man. Is she prepared to deal with the pros and cons of dating a con? On this journey, Regina's sense of right and wrong gets twisted as Dennis becomes a prime suspect in to unspeakable crime that Rayboy may take the fall for. She soon learns that prison walls may not always draw the line between the good guys and the bad. Who can she trust?

    This story was not about being incarcerated. It is about the woman on the outside being locked down emotionally, sometimes by choice. That was hard to deal with.

    I would like to recommend it to teens but there are several sexual references that might not be appropriate. Good book. Can't wait for the sequel. The way it ends, I am sure there will be one.

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