Sunday, April 13, 2014

Accused by Yasmin Shiraz Guest Post, Deleted Scene and Giveaway! 5 Winners!!!

Title: Accused – A Retaliation Novel #2
Publication Date: January 9, 2014
Publisher: Rolling Hills Press/ Still Eye Rise Media
Author: Yasmin Shiraz

An easier and more peaceful life seemed to be destined for Ahmed and Tashera when they left Washington, DC and entered Georgia Atlantic University.  But when Ahmed is accused of a crime that he didn’t commit and begins to be tried in the media, his popularity plummets, his self-esteem suffers, and his dreams of playing college basketball disappear.

Meanwhile, there is a serial rapist on campus who has been attacking freshman girls at record numbers and forcing them to keep silent. As Tashera learns about the girls, she begins to close in on the rapist. But is the attacker too crafty to be caught? Will the state prosecutor ignore key evidence to instead focus on the fame that comes with convicting a high profile basketball star?

Tashera is beyond stressed as she divides her time between trying to find enough evidence to clear Ahmed while at the same time stopping the rapist who roams the campus of Georgia Atlantic.  Ahmed and Tashera’s journey into a new life away from home is more challenging than they ever thought that it would be.


Yasmin Shiraz is the author of The Blueprint for My Girls as well as The Blueprint for My Girls in Love. She is an empowerment speaker and program developer who has delivered programs and keynotes based on her books.

She is the author of the ALA's Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers selection, Retaliation. She has spoken at over 100 colleges nationwide on topics such as empowerment, black history and hip hop culture.

She is an award winning film director as her film, Can She Be Saved? won 4 film awards including Best New film.

When not writing books, she produces documentaries for her company, Still Eye Rise Films.

Author Links:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads  Google +

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Giveaway Information: –
Blogs participating in the tour can each offer the following giveaway:
·        Four (4) winners will receive an ebook copy of Accused by Yasmin Shiraz (INT)
·        One (1) winner will receive a paperback copy of Retaliation by Yasmin Shiraz and an ebook copy of Accused by Yasmin Shiraza (US/Canada)

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Guest Post:
I've never been asked to share a deleted scene from a book that I've written and to be honest, I never kept a deleted scene until Accused. You asked and I actually had one. The scene below is when Ahmed is arrested and charged with rape. In the book, he's arrested differently.

A Deleted Scene From Accused.

Stepping out of the shower at the newly renovated athletic center at Georgia Institute University’s campus, Ahmed wrapped the towel securely around his waist. He had just finished practicing with the basketball team and smiled to himself about how good his game had improved over the summer. 
                Leaving Washington, DC early was the best thing Tashera and I could have done for ourselves, he thought.
                It was already November, but it felt like he’d been on campus for two years already.
Slipping on his flip-flops on, he heard a deep male voice call his name.
                “Ahmed Warner? Ahmed Warner?”
Ahmed looked up as he grabbed a smaller towel to place around his neck.  He left the shower area and in the immediate hallway were four police officers, batons drawn, standing in front of him.
                “Are you Ahmed Warner?,” a burly cop who had arms busting out of his uniform asked.
                “Yes, I am.”
                “Well, you need to put your clothes on. You’re coming with us.”
                “For what? I was just playing basketball. I haven’t done anything,” Ahmed said.
                Three of the officers began to crowd Ahmed.
                “We can do this easy or we can do it hard,” a pint sized, muscle bound cop said.
                A few of Ahmed’s basketball teammates walked over and stared at Ahmed and the officers.
“Okay. Okay.,” Ahmed said while sweat began to form on his forehead.
                “Can I at least know what I’m being charged with?”
                “4 counts of rape,” the lead officer said.
                Ahmed’s knees buckled and he fell into an officer.
                “Captain, let’s arrest him right here. Towel and all,” the pint-size protector said.
                Ahmed began to slowly blink his eyes.
                “Rape,” he mumbled and shook his head.
                I’ve never raped anybody, Ahmed thought to himself.
                “Do you know where your locker is?” the police captain asked.
                Ahmed pointed, took a few steps and collapsed on the bench in front of his locker.
                “We don’t have all day. Unless you want to go out of here butt-naked, “ the short-statured police said, “You better hurry up.”

I chose to delete this scene because I had another scene in which Ahmed was in the locker room and I didn't want to over-use the locker room scenes. 

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