Mike Kalmbach has a Master of Science degree in software engineering from the University of Minnesota. Moonlighting as a freelance editor, he has edited numerous full-length manuscripts as well as countless shorter works.
He also leads the Rochester MN Writing Group and is a founding member of the Rochester Writers Collaborative. He is a strong believer in the power of community, and has led online writing groups and forums for over ten years. Mike enjoys writing for his blog and interacting on Twitter.
Mike currently lives in the Rochester, MN area with his wife Brenda, his son Alex, and their two cats.
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Smashwords book reviews by Mike Kalmbach
- Secret of Haunted Bog
on June 30, 2012
Bottom line: Secret of the Haunted Bog is a wonderful, fast read for middle-grade students. Its short chapters and suspense will keep you turning the pages well into the night.
This is book two of the Monster Moon mystery series. This is important to note, since the cover and book description don't currently reveal that it's one of a series (update: the description now does include this detail). For the most part, this doesn't matter, but there were a few places where I wondered whether I missed vital backstory, such as the introduction of Vlad the Pirate Rat.
That said, the story was pretty much standalone, so don't let that stop you from reading this one. I haven't read the first book in the series yet, and I intend to based on this story. There's a ton of suspense and mystery in this book, with just a touch of paranormal influence that will raise your neck hairs.
This is a perfect book to read with your middle-grade student, or to let them read on their own. I look forward to reading the other books in the series!
- Curse of the Double Digits
on Oct. 10, 2012
This is a wonderful fast read for any kid approaching the dreaded double digits. After turning ten years old, Becky experiences her worst couple of days ever. With the help of her best friend, supportive parents, and an unexpected, thoughtful gift from a cute guy, Becky learns that double digits aren't so bad. A great story to help teach kids about how things could always get worse, but usually everything turns out for the best.
Bottom line: Fun, enjoyable read! I'll definitely be reading more by Ms. Kelley.