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. October 10, 2017
Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Thread of Murder (2015) by Luke Benjamen Kuhns contains three stories featuring the fictional detective. The title piece is the first and longest, with Holmes as one of several characters. Unfortunately, I had trouble keeping track of them. I enjoyed the other two stories more: Dr. Watson recounting a Holmes-Watson adventure. Kuhns captures the spirit of Arthur Conan Doyle while successfully including strong female characters. I wish he would have included some characters of color. Still, I recommend this book. October 17, 2017