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I love to tell stories.

I am an Arizonan. I grew up spending hot summer days reading, between dips in the pool. I later found a love for writing.

I'm the author of three novels, Under the Same Moon, Basket Baby, and Counting Coup.  

Donley Publishing is a boutique firm, focused on telling the stories of Arizonans. Inquiries:

Under the Same Moon

Abena Udate was selling mangos on a humid market day in her Mozambican village when she caught the eye of a wandering foreigner. Kidnapped and brought to live in suburban America, the African teenager struggles with the glaring cultural and social differences of her new life. Abena is expected to play along with her kidnapper's story -- she's just another hungry child plucked from a desolate country and saved by foreign adoption -- or else. As her younger brother Kupela searches for clues to explain her disappearance, Abena must decide whether to remain with a family she doesn't love for a life of luxury, or find a way home to those she loves in a world of despair.

Basket Baby

Reeling from the loss of their first baby, Macy Duncan and her husband Ben flee their grief and enter an unknown world as Ben accepts a job offer that takes them to the far reaches of Southern Bolivia.

While Ben's work takes him into the dangerous politics of coca farmers and indigenous rights, Macy sinks deeper and deeper into a bottomless depression, one that threatens to never lose its hold. Seeking to run away from it all, Macy trips over a mysterious basket left on her doorstep. A basket that begins to cry . 

In BASKET BABY, a tale of loss, grief, and the overcoming power of love, Macy and Ben must embark on a journey to find the mother of this abandoned baby and, maybe, find the path back to each other along the way.


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2018 signings:

Mesa Public Library Author of the Month

March 2018

Mesa Main Library March 3rd

Dobson Ranch Library March 17th

Red Mountain Library March 24th

Want your local bookstore to be on the list? Let's chat.