Under the Same Moon Book Signing

July 14th

Guess what friends — after working on my first novel for more than EIGHT YEARS, it is going to see the light of publishing day!

Front cover of my book

Back of my novel

The book will be listed on Amazon and other web-based sellers by the end of August. I’ll be certain to post the details as soon as they come to light. However, for Phoenicians, there is a certain dream coming true on August 24th that I’d love for you to be a part of. Changing Hands Bookstore is a fixture for literary folk in the Valley. It’s one of the few remaining independent bookstores. The owners are community-minded folk who regularly invite international and local authors alike to speak about their varied passions and literary craft. I’ve listened to Barbara Kingsolver, Elizabeth Gilbert and many others thanks to Changing Hands.

In truth, it was my mother who gave me a love of reading —  specifically a love for Nancy Drew. I would save my allowance and beg for a trip to this bookstore, for time to sit among the dusty old marigold yellow copies of the mystery maven, trying to find those few copies missing from our vintage collection.

I grew up in this bookstore never guessing I’d one day be there presenting my own book. The day has arrived and you are invited:

7 pm, Tuesday, August 24th

Changing Hands Bookstore

Tempe, AZ

In the meantime, if you’d like a glimpse at what “Under the Same Moon” is about:

Abena Udate, a 15-year-old girl, is kidnapped from an open-air market in rural Mozambique by a wandering American businessman. Smuggled into a suburban Phoenix community, Abena must learn a new language, culture and way of life previously unimaginable. She tries desperately not to become accustomed to the luxuries she’s never previously known – bubble baths, libraries and a caretaker who keeps a keen eye on her new charge. The girl patient determines the motives of her captors and why they want a blue-black addition to their creamy family portrait.

Kupela, her young brother, will stop at nothing to find his sister and the muzungu who has stolen her. When he falls gravely ill with malaria, an American expat uses every resource to keep him alive and unravel the mystery of his missing sister. Burdened with the worries of flooding in Mozambique and the well-being of the brother she adores, Abena wonders if she’ll ever be able to escape the comfortable Arizonan stucco house for the mud hut in rural Beira she calls home.

And finally, this wouldn’t be my blog or style if I didn’t end on a note of sincere and complete gratitude. To Amanda, who spent countless hours editing and took my cover photo. To Colleen, who designed the most gorgeous cover in the history of novels. Really. To my friends, family and to all of you who have asked countless times about the status of this dream — my forever thanks.


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61 Responses

  1. Ooh I get to leave the first blog comment!! 🙂 Many, many congrats Miss Kelli. I know you have worked very hard for this and I’m duly impressed!! You should be very proud! Can’t wait to read it! (There are a lot of exclamation points in this comment but I’m pretty sure they are all deserved!)

  2. Congratulations, Kelli! The story sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to order my copy. Will Changing Hands bookstore be selling copies online, too? I like to give my support to the indies as much as possible.

  3. Very cool!

  4. Oh, Kelli! How exciting!! It must be so gratifying (if not a little surreal) to hold *your* book in your hands. Congratulations!

  5. OMG, kicking my heels in excitement for you. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Way to go Kelli!

  6. Fantastic! It’s on my calendar.

  7. Awe Kel, I’m very proud of you for working so hard to get this to become reality. I can’t even fathom writing a book. Such an undertaking! And nany nany boo boo! I’ve already read it! 😉

  8. How wonderful for you friend! Congratulations. I can’t wait to get a copy!How proud you must be and how proud of you, all of us are out here in cyber land! I’ll toast to you over a good dinner from the garden tonight for you are truly an inspiration!

  9. how wonderful! I’m so excited for you 🙂

  10. Yippee! Hooray! I look forward to reading the first of your many novels.

  11. How freaky-crazy awesome! I SO look forward to reading it – the story sounds intriguing! And how lovely to have this wonderful group of friends cheering you on in these comments!

  12. WOW… and I’ll say it again… WOWWWW! Oh my God, if you’ll be famous (and I see a certainty in this) can I say “she’s a friend of mine”? I’ll list to Amazon for sure! Congratulations girl, from the deep of my heart!

  13. Congrats – can’t wait to read it!

  14. Oh my gosh!! How exciting!! Congratulations! We, the people of the internet, are so proud of you!! I will definitely be hitting Amazon as soon as the book becomes available.

  15. Congratulations Kelli. Those are great news you are sharing with us here. I will certainly be ordering my copy when the time comes.

  16. Debbie July 15, 2010

    Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to read it!!!

  17. My heart is so full of joy at this news! Congratulations Kelli. I can’t wait to buy my copy!

  18. Woo hooooo!!! That is so awesome to see the actual book! I think I know what everyone is getting for Christmas this year…

  19. Rachael July 15, 2010

    Congratulations Kelli. How exciting for you to see 8 years of work, determination and persistence finally in print and for sale. Well done!

  20. Karel aka SWS aka Moms July 15, 2010

    Congratulations, Kelli. What a wonderful accomplishment (again!!!)
    YOU are my inspiration.


    Seriously, I’m your #1 fan. Great job. You know I’ll be first in line 🙂

  22. I totally got goosebumps when I saw the cover – it’s finally happening! My biggest and most sincere congrats, my friend. Love you 🙂

  23. Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment!!! I can’t wait to read this book & get a copy for my best friend who recently spent a month in Africa. The cover looks great, too 🙂

  24. OH my goodness!!!! I’m so excited for you. How awesome. I can’t wait to read it.

  25. WOW!!! Many congratulations!!

  26. Congratulations, Kelli, that’s so cool! I certainly hope to be there on 8/24! You’re right, the cover is gorgeous and thanks for the teaser.

  27. Congratulations, Kelli! HOW exciting! I’m so happy for you.

  28. rohanknitter July 15, 2010

    WOW, that is just AMAZING news. Many congratulations to you, I know I am not alone in being very proud of you. I’m very excited to read it – wish I could be there in person on the 24th!

  29. Congratulations Kelli! I can’t wait to read your novel. What a great accomplishment!

  30. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I could not be more excited for you!
    We always discuss books at work (such a fun book loving group). So I may just have to buy a few copies…

  31. Love the cover! Congrats!

  32. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! AmazinGirl! How WONDERFUL!!!!!! SO so so so so SO proud of you! Congrats! Can’t wait to read it, gal, and to pop the cork on some champagne with you!! XOXOXOXOXO

  33. So amazing! I’ve been hoping that you’d share this news soon! The cover looks great and the story sounds so intriguing! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! So if we don’t live in AZ is there a way to get ourselves a signed copy from you?

  34. Happy for you!

  35. What an accomplishment Kelli! A dream come true for sure. I’m so very happy for you.

  36. Congrats really doesn’t cover it! But a huge CONGRATS! I have been following your blog for years now. Discovered it when I goggled something about making a bag, and I was hooked! Then discovered how many of the same things we enjoy – travel and knitting are just 2. You are an inspirational woman with a lot to offer this world. I cannot wait to read your book, but I am in Arkansas, so it will have to wait 🙂

  37. Sharon July 16, 2010

    What an exciting time for you Kelli! I’ll be sure to put in my Amazon shopping cart!! See you on Oprah!

  38. Way to go girl… I will be certain to buy it when it’s published…ciao

  39. I am so happy for you! I am looking forward to attending the signing!

  40. Wow! I’m so excited for you. Congratulations!

  41. Congratulations, Kelli! I’m intrigued and can’t wait to buy the book. I hope we are back from dropping the last birdie out of the nest in time for the signing.

  42. Congrats!!!!! I can’t wait to get a copy. Will we be able to get signed copies from you???!!!

  43. Congratulations! I am thrilled for you and can’t wait to read the book. Can’t be in AZ for the signing, any other way we can get signed copy of the book? Congrats!!!!

  44. How exciting to see your dream come true! It sounds like a great story, and I for one can’t wait to read it. Best wishes at your signing, and I hope that the book hits the best seller list! 🙂

  45. Kelli, I’m so very happy for you. What an amazing accomplishment, you are cool. I cannot wait to buy your book!

  46. Melissa July 18, 2010

    I love the cover! Cannot wait to buy my copy on Amazon!

  47. How totally, totally cool. Congrats! Wish I could help you celebrate in person, but I’ll send party thoughts your way from Nor Cal. 🙂

  48. How exciting! I can’t wait to order it! Wish I was still living in PHX to coming to the signing. 🙂

  49. Kelli!!!!

    How wonderful! What an accomplishment! Can’t wait to read it! May good things continue to find you and thank you as always for inspiring us to be better people!


  50. Amazingly cool. The plot. YOUR story. All of it.


  51. This is very exciting news, congratulations! I can’t wait to read the book.

  52. Charly July 19, 2010

    Congrats, congrats! I can’t wait to buy it on amazon….so excited for you.

  53. this is amazing Kelly! congrats!!!

  54. Kelli, Kelli, Kelli, this is wonderful!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on that book…muchísimas felicidades y mucho éxito!

  55. Very cool, Kelli. I’d like to share this with my readers, given the Moz connection. I’m looking forward to reading, and to seeing how you escape stereotypes in the storyline.

  56. Wow! Congratulations Kelli!

  57. Very exciting. Looking forward to reading your book Kelli. 🙂

  58. Carrster July 24, 2010

    Yay!! Congratulations to you! That is so awesome & exciting. I wish I coils be there for your booksigning. I’ll be there in spirit! Congrats again! Can’t wait to read it!

  59. Congrats! Looks like an awesome read! Lylah

  60. Thanks so much for the kind words, Kelli. Looking forward to having you. Here’s a link to your event page on our website: http://www.changinghands.com/event/donley See you soon!

  61. So incredibly happy for you Kelli! I’ll be thinking about you during your signing! Congratulations!