Kelvin L. Reed grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin along with his five brothers. He attended college in his home state, eventually earning a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Kelvin's first novel, Rookie Year: Journey of a First-Year Teacher, about a teacher who tames a group of unruly inner city students, was published in 1999. His second novel, Midnight Sunshine, a love story about a shy American accountant and his Philippine "mail-order bride," was published in 2003. His third book, President Pro Tem, published in 2010, was the first American novel to feature an African American female as the president of the United States. His fourth novel, Guilt by Association, about a black attorney defending a white supremacist who has killed a twelve-year black girl, was published in 2013. Once a Month is Kelvin's fifth novel.
Kelvin resides in Las Vegas with his wife, and currently works as a public school counselor. When he's not writing he enjoys reading, taking walks and watching reality crime shows.
Sold (2008) by Patricia McCormick is a novel about Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old girl living in the hills of Napal. Her family is desperately poor, so Lakshmi’s stepfather accepts payment from a mysterious woman to transport Lakshmi to India allegedly to be hired as a maid. Unfortunately, Lakshmi discovers she has been sold into prostitution. The story, told entirely from Lakshmi’s perspective, is chilling and absorbing. Very highly recommended. September 24, 2017
The Hostile (2016) by Joy Mutter is an odd paranormal novel. Thirteen-year-old, socially inept Serena, a relatively poor girl living in Manchester, England, develops an unusual relationship with a bathroom tile; Tile X, as she calls him. Tile X speaks to her and can bring severe retribution to anyone who wrongs her, whether she wants it or not. Too much time is spent on the adults in Serena’s life, and the constantly shifting character points-of-view mid-scene became annoying. Mildly recommended. Audiobook provided free in exchange for an honest review. September 20, 2017