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

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 exaggerated abilities. Lilas does a great job of drawing out the characters and the true meaning of how life events affect decisions made from the heart. – On Line Book Club.

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.

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 both of them. – Author Chris Hernandez.

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


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

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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!

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

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