Thank you for visiting my website. I love telling stories, and turning some of them into published novels is very rewarding for me as a writer. Having the chance to meet diverse and wonderful readers such as you is just as valuable.

At a glance, you’ll find that Bitter Almonds and Shadows of Damascus are novels inspired by tremulous events in the Middle East. The plot of Bitter Almonds takes place entirely in the Middle East and spans a twenty-two year period, while Shadows of Damascus moves between the Middle East and the United States over several months.

In both novels, I tried to celebrate the human spirit with many of its contradictions, showing the complex struggles of regular folk trying to overcome extraordinary circumstances.

If interested, you can read excerpts and reviews of both books on the Books Page. You will also find lists of some bookstores world-wide where the book is available, as well as optional buy links. 

If you’d like me to visit with your book club click here.

I welcome your comments, questions, and book discussions. Just drop me a line and I’ll get back with you.

Paperback and E-book Editions

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الترجمة العربية Arabic Translation


Norwegian Translation

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Omar is an orphaned Palestinian born into chaos, displaced by violence, and driven by forces beyond his control to find his place in the world. He only has one thing to hold on to: a love that propels him forward and gives him hope.

Nadia is maturing into womanhood in a refugee community in Damascus. She tries hard to cope with the tough realities of her world. But she is confronted with a cruel load thrust upon her by a selfish brother. Will she break out of her traditional social mould to create her own destiny?



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Shadows Of Damascus

Bullet wounds, torture and oppression aren’t the only things that keep a man—or a woman—from being whole.

Debt. Honor. Pain. Solitude. These are things wounded war veteran Adam Wegener knows all about. Love—now, that he is not good at. Not when love equals a closed fist, burns, and suicide attempts. But Adam is one who keeps his word. He owes the man who saved his life in Iraq. And he doesn’t question the measure of the debt, even when it is in the form of an emotionally distant, beautiful woman.

Yasmeen agreed to become the wife of an American veteran so she could flee persecution in war-torn Syria. She counted on being in the United States for a short stay until she could return home. There was one thing she did not count on: wanting more.

Is it too late for Adam and Yasmeen?

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Touching Hearts: An Engineer who writes from the heart, touching others.

Full Interview in Qatar Tribune

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حياة الفلسطيني بين “اللوز المر”… والأمرّ

Announcing the release of the Arabic translation for Bitter Almonds as اللّوز المُرّ


Join me for a conversation with Georgetwon University in Qatar on January 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. For more information click here

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Join me to discuss rhetorical devices uses on Thursday, October 26, 3-5 pm at Tracy Gee Community Center as part of the Houston Writers Guild Fall/Winter Seminar Series. Free to all Houston writers. Click here for more details.


Let’s help out Houston residents affected by hurricane Harvey. All proceeds will be donated to the Harvey Relief Fund. Starting date pushed to September 16. Let’s work together on Novel Writing at the Fig Writer’s Studio in Houston. For registration and more details click here


Had uplifting and deep discussions with the book club ladies of the American Association of University Women AAUW- Fort Bend chapter on July 3, 2017.

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“وفي ثنايا الرواية تفيض الروح الإنسانية والنضالات المعقدة التي يخوضها الأشخاص العاديون وهم يحاولون التغلب على ظروف حياتهم الاستثنائية” – More on Aljazeera Arabic المزيد على

“A love story rooted in history and Palestinian culture, Bitter Almonds is inspired by the tremulous events in the Middle East and author Lilas Taha’s family history.” – read more about Bitter Almonds in the Gulf-Times

Proud to announce that Bitter Almonds won the 2017 International Book Award in the Fiction-Multicultural category.




Sincere thanks to the ladies of AAUW West Harris County Branch book club for the warm welcome, thoughtful discussion and powerful encouragement. March, 2017.


Sincere thanks to the members of the American Association of University Women AAUW Fort Bend chapter, Texas for an enlivening and heartwarming discussion. Honored to have been invited and included, February 2017.



Taha will give a workshop on novel writing in Houston every Saturday in September, 2017 at The Fig Writers Studio. For full details on the interactive workshop click here


A lively discussion, fantastic setting and a wonderful book club group at Nofa Creative Space, Amman Jordan.


Taha is honored to be chosen Person of the Month by the National Arab American Women’s Association NAAWA for the month of September 2016. Read full article here.

Bitter Almonds is out with a new look in paperback and eBook (Kindle and Kobo)

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Bitter Almonds is now available in large print by Ulverscroft Publishing Ltd

ABC Treehut in The Hague, The Netherlands, in partnership with HBKU Press, hosted a reading and book signing for Palestinian-American author, Lilas Taha. Ms Taha read from her latest novel, Bitter Almonds. Click here for details.


Reading and book signing on April 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm at TIRAZ Centre, Amman, Jordan.


BITTER ALMONDS chosen as one of FreshFiction’s Best Reads in January!