From the author of the acclaimed novel Counting Coup comes Desert Divide, a gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines story of family, revenge, and justice spanning the ranches of southern Arizona to the dinner tables of Mexico City’s elite. It’s 2016.

Sarah McDaniels receives a call in the night that her mother has died unexpectedly. Returning to the family’s ranch in the high desert of southeastern Arizona, Sarah finds her childhood home and her father’s health in tatters.

More than a decade ago, Sarah left to chase a dream in New York City. Now, faced with burying her mother and trying to arrange care for her father, Sarah takes a walk across the family’s land to clear her head. When she stumbles over something on the desert floor, the last thing she expects to find is the body of a young woman her own age.

Who was this woman? Why was she on their family’s ranch? Who killed her?

Desert Divide is a true-to-life story of secrets, sacrifice, and redemption as one woman tries to face down her demons while saving what’s left of her family.

We encourage you to get Desert Divide at your local bookstore (like Changing Hands) but you can also find it on Amazon Desert Divide – Kindle edition by Donley , Kelli. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @

About the author: Kelli Donley is a native Arizonan. She is the author of four novels, Under the Same Moon, Basket Baby, Counting Coup, and Desert Divide. Inspiration for this novel was found after seeing an exhibit of the Migrant Quilt Project. Kelli lives with her husband Jason, animals, and unruly vegetable garden in Mesa, Arizona. She works in public health, and blogs at: