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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?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

“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

May 25th, 2017|

“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

May 25th, 2017|

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

IBA

 

 

May 23rd, 2017|

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

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March 3rd, 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.

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February 11th, 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

Figwritersstudio

January 25th, 2017|

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

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November 29th, 2016|

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.

September 1st, 2016|

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

Bitter Almonds paperback 2

June 16th, 2016|

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

June 10th, 2016|

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.

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April 18th, 2016|

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

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April 5th, 2016|

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

January 26th, 2016|

BITTER ALMONDS is at #9 on the list by Bustle.com for January 2016’s 13 best YA books to read when the snow inevitably falls.

January 12th, 2016|

Meet author Lilas Taha on Saturday, January 23, 2 p.m. at your Sugar Land HPB. Lilas will discuss and sign her new novel Bitter Almonds. Hardback copies available for purchase starting January 19 as specially-priced new items while supplies last.

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January 3rd, 2016|

Norwegian bitter almonds new

BITTER ALMONDS is translated into the Norwegian language and is published by Cappelen Damm AS

November 19th, 2015|

“Lilas Taha’s BITTER LMONDS exemplifies struggle of displacement, power of human spirit.” Author interview and book discussion in Elan Magazine

 

October 13th, 2015|

Taha will be at a reading and discussion event for BITTER ALMONDS on October 7th, 2015 at Sakeyat Addaraweesh in Amman, Jordan.

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September 30th, 2015|

“Lilas Taha’s Bitter Almonds encompasses the pain of exile.” Author interview in The National

August 12th, 2015|

BITTER ALMONDS made it to the Gulf Times Newspaper. The article talks about books by Arab Women writers.

August 8th, 2015|

SHADOWS OF DAMASCUS was chosen as a finalist in the Mainstream w/Romantic Elements category of the Colorado Romance Writers 2015 Award of Excellence Contest. To see the finalists list on the CRW website, click here. Winners will be announced at the CRW conference in Denver, Colorado on

June 15th, 2015|

SHADOWS OF DAMASCUS is nominated for the RONE award (Reward of Novel Excellence) by InD’tale Magazine in the Contemporary: Sweet – 2015 category.

April 19th, 2015|

Taha will be chatting live about book plot and character creation on Coffee Time Romance on March 24th at 9:00 pm Eastern Time.

March 19th, 2015|

Taha will be discussing and signing her book Shadows of Damascus at the River Oaks Bookstore in Houston, TX on November 15 from 4-6 pm

November 10th, 2014|

Taha will be signing books at the Texas Book Festival 2014 in Austin on Oct 25 and Oct 26, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm each day. Texas Book Festival 2014

October 19th, 2014|

Taha signed with Bloomsbury QF Publishers to publish her second novel BITTER ALMONDS in multiple languages. Estimated release date is summer 2015.

September 19th, 2014|

Author featured on the Arab American Institute website as part of their Together We came campaign.

June 19th, 2014|

In honor of my late father on his special Father’s Day, I am offering my book Shadows of Damascus for $.99 on Amazon throughout the week.
http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Damascus-Lilas-Taha-ebook/dp/B00HUZUG8Y

Happy Father’s Day!

June 19th, 2014|

Congratulations to P. L. Rickrode for winning the bid for Shadows of Damascus on the Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes, bringing the total contribution for Diabetes research to $275,000 this year!

May 1st, 2014|

Throughout the month of May, the author is offering a free critique of a manuscript and a free E-copy of SHADOWS OF DAMASCUS on theBrenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes.

April 30th, 2014|

Arab American Woman’s book inspired by current events in Syria: The Arab Daily News

March 15th, 2014|

Sugar Land Author’s Debut Novel Deals with Love, War from U.S. to Syria: Sugar Land Sun Newspaper

February 27th, 2014|

Shadows of Damascus book is featured on USA Today HEA Site under Romantic Suspense on 1/27/2014. “Nothing sweeter than newer contemporary romance” USA Today

January 27th, 2014|

Link address: Examiner Article

January 19th, 2014|

For an interview on the Soul Mate Author Group blog: Meet Lilas Taha

January 1st, 2014|

For the Goddess Fish blog tour: Blog Tour Link

December 19th, 2013|

REVIEWS

“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

May 25th, 2017|

“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

May 25th, 2017|

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

IBA

 

 

May 23rd, 2017|

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

IMG_8202

March 3rd, 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.

   IMG_8165

February 11th, 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

Figwritersstudio

January 25th, 2017|

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

img_7359

November 29th, 2016|

“age-turning, heart-worming plot.” Women’s Review of Books magazine Vol33, No. 4, July/August 2016

November 29th, 2016|

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.

September 1st, 2016|

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

Bitter Almonds paperback 2

June 16th, 2016|

FullSizeRender

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

June 10th, 2016|

“ramed by the title and recurring references, almonds serve as a metaphor for Palestine, referring to the fertile orchards left behind and the nostalgia felt by their former cultivators. Calling the book “Bitter Almonds” expands the metaphor to cover the refugees’ disappointments and hard experience, as well as the plot’s

June 10th, 2016|

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.

  image

April 18th, 2016|

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

image

April 5th, 2016|

Bitter Almonds is a poignant exposition of Palestinian Arabs living in perpetual exile from their homeland. This is another historical fiction story on a subject contrary to what readers usually hear and read about from this war-torn corner of the Middle East, where residents are currently being forced into exile

February 1st, 2016|

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

January 26th, 2016|

BITTER ALMONDS is at #9 on the list by Bustle.com for January 2016’s 13 best YA books to read when the snow inevitably falls.

January 12th, 2016|

Meet author Lilas Taha on Saturday, January 23, 2 p.m. at your Sugar Land HPB. Lilas will discuss and sign her new novel Bitter Almonds. Hardback copies available for purchase starting January 19 as specially-priced new items while supplies last.

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January 3rd, 2016|

“he novel deals poignantly with both the issue of drawing the boundaries of responsibility along familial lines and, by extension, along national lines, in the sense that filial responsibility is tied to national identity. In doing so, it offers a hopeful glimpse into the possibilities of family-building and belonging beyond

November 25th, 2015|

Norwegian bitter almonds new

BITTER ALMONDS is translated into the Norwegian language and is published by Cappelen Damm AS

November 19th, 2015|

“Lilas Taha’s BITTER LMONDS exemplifies struggle of displacement, power of human spirit.” Author interview and book discussion in Elan Magazine

 

October 13th, 2015|

“Lilas Taha’s great gift in BITTER ALMONDS is to create characters and scenes so richly resonant with life and vitality, that the complicated, lush world of the Middle East feels as tangible and close as any world you are living in. Crucial in our strange days? Perhaps more than anything.”

October 1st, 2015|

Taha will be at a reading and discussion event for BITTER ALMONDS on October 7th, 2015 at Sakeyat Addaraweesh in Amman, Jordan.

 image

September 30th, 2015|

“An inthralling mix of history and Palestinian culture. Riveting.” In The City: Short book review in The Lady

August 28th, 2015|

“Both an engaging romance and a convincing period drama.” Read full review of Lilas Taha’s bitter-sweet story about Palestinians in Damascus in The National

August 28th, 2015|

“Lilas Taha’s Bitter Almonds encompasses the pain of exile.” Author interview in The National

August 12th, 2015|

BITTER ALMONDS made it to the Gulf Times Newspaper. The article talks about books by Arab Women writers.

August 8th, 2015|

SHADOWS OF DAMASCUS was chosen as a finalist in the Mainstream w/Romantic Elements category of the Colorado Romance Writers 2015 Award of Excellence Contest. To see the finalists list on the CRW website, click here. Winners will be announced at the CRW conference in Denver, Colorado on

June 15th, 2015|

“Lilas Taha’s Bitter Almonds is the gripping story of Palestinian exiles in Damascus who search for a sense of home and belonging. Set against the backdrop of political upheavals and wars, the author goes beyond headline news and skillfully portrays the characters as fully-realized human beings who cope with tangled

June 2nd, 2015|

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May 17th, 2015|

SHADOWS OF DAMASCUS is nominated for the RONE award (Reward of Novel Excellence) by InD’tale Magazine in the Contemporary: Sweet – 2015 category.

April 19th, 2015|

Taha will be chatting live about book plot and character creation on Coffee Time Romance on March 24th at 9:00 pm Eastern Time.

March 19th, 2015|

Taha will be discussing and signing her book Shadows of Damascus at the River Oaks Bookstore in Houston, TX on November 15 from 4-6 pm

November 10th, 2014|

Taha will be signing books at the Texas Book Festival 2014 in Austin on Oct 25 and Oct 26, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm each day. Texas Book Festival 2014

October 19th, 2014|

An incredible tale of modern day romance born out of the violence in the Middle East. Readers will be pulled into this spellbinding story.” 4 Stars From InD’tale Magazine October 2014 issue InD’Tale Article

October 19th, 2014|

Taha signed with Bloomsbury QF Publishers to publish her second novel BITTER ALMONDS in multiple languages. Estimated release date is summer 2015.

September 19th, 2014|

Author featured on the Arab American Institute website as part of their Together We came campaign.

June 19th, 2014|

In honor of my late father on his special Father’s Day, I am offering my book Shadows of Damascus for $.99 on Amazon throughout the week.
http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Damascus-Lilas-Taha-ebook/dp/B00HUZUG8Y

Happy Father’s Day!

June 19th, 2014|

Congratulations to P. L. Rickrode for winning the bid for Shadows of Damascus on the Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes, bringing the total contribution for Diabetes research to $275,000 this year!

May 1st, 2014|

Throughout the month of May, the author is offering a free critique of a manuscript and a free E-copy of SHADOWS OF DAMASCUS on theBrenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes.

April 30th, 2014|

Lilas Taha presents a story closely related to modern day events. The story line of the book is not your typical romance novel, yet offers the insight of how two individuals can overcome differences. The characters are believable and not made out to be heroes nor have the illusion of

April 10th, 2014|

Arab American Woman’s book inspired by current events in Syria: The Arab Daily News

March 15th, 2014|

Sugar Land Author’s Debut Novel Deals with Love, War from U.S. to Syria: Sugar Land Sun Newspaper

February 27th, 2014|

I love realistic stories based on current events. Stories that make me think, force me to ask–could I do what these characters did? Exciting plot, fun read. Highly recommend “Shadows of Damascus.” I read it in one afternoon. – American Scribe.

January 28th, 2014|

Shadows of Damascus book is featured on USA Today HEA Site under Romantic Suspense on 1/27/2014. “Nothing sweeter than newer contemporary romance” USA Today

January 27th, 2014|

With this book Lilas has put human faces to two things the American public doesn’t really understand: the proud, honor-bound war veteran trying to make peace with his past, and the innocent people trapped in a once-peaceful country that’s now destroying itself. I found myself identifying, to different degrees, with

January 19th, 2014|

Link address: Examiner Article

January 19th, 2014|

A story of danger, intrigue, emotional upheaval, hidden love, and unexpected events crafted by a gifted author into a compelling and poignant tale that will keep the reader thoroughly engrossed until the very end. An unforgettable story unique to our times that no one should miss. – Author Barbara Andrews

January 17th, 2014|

Manuscript placed as a quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest 2013. Some of the Judges comments:

– There is a love story here, a theme of redemption and gratefulness. The plot gives the story some heart-pounding thrills, based on real events that are happening in Syria right now.

January 14th, 2014|

For an interview on the Soul Mate Author Group blog: Meet Lilas Taha

January 1st, 2014|

For the Goddess Fish blog tour: Blog Tour Link

December 19th, 2013|

SHADOWS OF DAMASCUS is nominated for the RONE award (Reward of Novel Excellence) by InD’tale Magazine in the Contemporary: Sweet – 2015 category.

Taha will be chatting live about book plot and character creation on Coffee Time Romance on March 24th at 9:00 pm Eastern Time.

Taha will be discussing and signing her book Shadows of Damascus at the River Oaks Bookstore in Houston, TX on November 15 from 4-6 pm

Taha will be signing books at the Texas Book Festival 2014 in Austin on Oct 25 and Oct 26, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm each day. Texas Book Festival 2014

An incredible tale of modern day romance born out of the violence in the Middle East. Readers will be pulled into this spellbinding story.” 4 Stars From InD’tale Magazine October 2014 issue InD’Tale Article

Taha signed with Bloomsbury QF Publishers to publish her second novel BITTER ALMONDS in multiple languages. Estimated release date is summer 2015.

Author featured on the Arab American Institute website as part of their Together We came campaign.

In honor of my late father on his special Father’s Day, I am offering my book Shadows of Damascus for $.99 on Amazon throughout the week.
http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Damascus-Lilas-Taha-ebook/dp/B00HUZUG8Y

Happy Father’s Day!

Congratulations to P. L. Rickrode for winning the bid for Shadows of Damascus on the Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes, bringing the total contribution for Diabetes research to $275,000 this year!