Dixiane Hallaj

Checkpoint Kalandia

Checkpoint Kalandia
Title: Checkpoint Kalandia
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Published: October 17, 2014
Author's Twitter: @dhallaj
Life in a Palestinian refugee camp is filled with poverty, and hopeless frustration at the best of times—and 2001 is far from the best of times. Muhammad, already scarred by violence and tragedy, is plunged into depression when the frequent curfews make it impossible for him to find work. He can no longer face the thought of crossing the military checkpoint, but all available jobs are on the other side. His inability to provide for his family drives him to despair. He decides to spend the only coin remaining to him—his life. CHECKPOINT KALANDIA is the story of one man’s journey to the depths of human despondency.

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Short & Happy, (or not)

Short & Happy, (or not)
Title: Short & Happy, (or not)
Published: October 21, 2014
Author's Twitter: @dhallaj @RichardBunning
SHORT & HAPPY (or not) brings together authors from English speaking countries around the globe and a sprinkling of ex-pats who enjoy life in non-English speaking countries as well. Their stories cover just as wide a spectrum of subjects. Humor (or humour), light romance, science fiction, fantasy, memoir, satire, reflection, exotic locales … it's all here in bite-sized pieces.

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It’s Just Lola

It’s Just Lola
Title: It’s Just Lola
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Published: December 11, 2013
Author's Twitter: @dhallaj
Born in1894, youngest daughter of a wealthy Peruvian landowner, Lola was seduced at an early age, disowned and forced to leave her father’s plantation. Twice widowed with three children by age 21, Lola braved a British blockade and German U-boats off the coast of South America in her quest for security and happiness. Lola lived a life of drama and hardship from the Andes to San Francisco, but she never gave up and she never stopped loving. Fear of impending death often impels people to divulge secrets they have guarded for many years. Thus it was that Lola, sick and frightened, confided the story of her youth to her daughter, my mother, who at age 95, passed the story on to me as I sat by her hospital bed for two days. The story had many gaps, all of which I filled with fiction.

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Awesome Allshorts: Last Days, Lost Ways

Awesome Allshorts: Last Days, Lost Ways
This superbly written short story anthology showcases talented Awesome Indie authors from around the globe. Though from a variety of genres, the stories are all entertaining, contemporary and thought-provoking.   Indulge your taste for good fiction with this short story anthology by authors with bold new voices. Though from diverse genres, the stories share a contemporary and contemplative feel that will linger long after the reader has read the last one. Awesome Allshorts showcases talented authors from around the globe, many whose novels have received multiple honors, including Awesome Indies approved status. Stories selected by Tahlia Newland, Dixiane Hallaj and Richard Bunning.

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Born a Refugee

Born a Refugee
Title: Born a Refugee
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Published: November 11, 2013
Author's Twitter: @dhallaj
A widow and her four boys struggle amidst poverty, overcrowding, and the violence of military occupation as different political views threaten to tear the small family apart. Ali believes that only active resistance can bring the media attention necessary to draw global support for the Palestinian’s bid for freedom. His older brother, Mahmoud, says education is the only path out of the squalid over-crowded refugee camp. They have no control over the political violence that erupts all around them, but Mother keeps the peace within the small house. As the brothers walk their very different paths, will Ali be forced to live the life Mahmoud had to give up when their father was killed?

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Aunt Nellie B

Aunt Nellie B
Title: Aunt Nellie B
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Published: November 12, 2013
Charli is convinced that the women in her family are the victims of a curse—they go through husbands at an alarming rate. At a very young age, she begins a journal. The adult conversations are often bewildering. How can she avoid the curse? Aunt Nellie must have the answers. The journal reappears at critical moments in Charli’s life, and beautiful Aunt Nellie is linked to each rediscovery. Each time Charli reads the journal, she learns new secrets, and gains new insights. Will she find the answer, or will she, too, fall victim?

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