Shadows of Damascus Reviews2020-05-27T20:10:24+00:00


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

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.

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.

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.

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


An informative virtual discussion about Bitter Almonds at the Qatar National Library as part of their Community Read Program. I love hearing from readers and working through their analysis of my books. Thank you to all who participated.

Click on the link Gulf Times to read a press release about the event

Had a fantastic discussion of my book LOST IN THYME with the wonderful bookclub ladies of Houston.

Having an amazing creative time during my residency at Art Omi:Writers this fall. International authors coming together, stimulating discussions, shared information and insights from agents and editors, fantastic guidance from staff, and above all an enchanting upper state New York setting in Ghent. Ideas flow, imagination soars and words find new meanings.

Honored to have discussed my novel BITTER ALMONDS with the Arab American National Museum Book Club. Full video at this link AANM Virtual Book Club

Excited to announce the re-release of Shadows of Damascus with new cover and a new publisher.

Now available as an E-book and Paperback

Excited to announce that LOST IN THYME novel is chosen the winner of 2019 Best Book Awards in the Category Fiction: Inspirational. The contest is sponsored by American Book Fest


Palestinian Stories

Immigrant Lilas .. Using EnglishConveys Arab Woes of Displacement

Full article in Arabic by Journalist Hanan Mutair at SABAQ24.PS News 



Lost in Thyme has been announced as a Finalist in the category of Fiction: Inspirational in the 2019 International Book Awards.



New novel LOST IN THYME to be released on November 29, 2018.

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English and Arabic book signing event for Bitter Almonds in Amman, Jordan on October 1st, 2018 during the Amman Book Fair


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

Full Interview in Qatar Tribune

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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