On today’s blog, we have a special guest: Yasmin Shiraz! Her newest book, Accused, is the sequel to Retaliation, which is a gritty young adult novel. Here is a little bit about the novel:
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.
I quested Yasmin with explaining what her main character, Taresha, would choose in her Apocalypse Survival Arsenal. Here’s what she said:
Bottled Water – an unlimited supply that has been stashed someone safe like under a house.
Dried Fruit – especially dried apple and bananas. She wants to maintain her regularity and get some potassium.
An All – Weather Jacket & Pants – Tashera hates being cold.
Flashlight – Never know when there will be no lights. Plus Tashera may way to find other people who need her help.
Tent – Just in case all the houses have been destroyed, she’ll like to sleep in a tent.
Astronaut Food – Tashera is totally up for trying new food. She’s as tough as any astronaut.
Matches – She’s a total girl scout and could rub two pieces of wood together, but she doesn’t want to show off and would also like to use matches.
Hiking Boots – She likes protecting her feet.
Wool Socks – Keep your feet warm and dry.
Sleeping Bag – In case she sleeps outside, she wants to be warm.
Sunscreen – She wants to protect her great skin.
Sat Phone – She wants to be able to call people or be called in case she is needed.
Hat with a Brim and a string – Wants to protect her head from bugs, or protect her skin from the sun.
Bottle of aspirin – Just in case she has an ache.
A swiss army knife – She used to carry a switchblade as a tool for self-defense, she prefers the swiss army knife now for survival.
Lip balm – She doesn’t like chafed, chapped lips.
Pink Nail polish – She wants to remember what it was like to be a carefree girl every now and then.
The Bible – Since it’s the apocalypse, I guess Tashera will need to pray! She wants to learn about the miracles just in case one happens during the apocalypse.
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.