Friday, September 13, 2013

Beck Valley Book Tour Review

Did I Say That Out Loud? conversations about life - By Kelly McDermont Harman

What I liked about Kelly's writing is that when you read it you feel that you are reading her perceptions within these events. She was able to take those great moments in our lives and share them in a way that we are able to relate to. I have been around children my entire life, the incident with her granddaughter in the changing room, I could relate to. My cat is nearly 19 now, I can relate to her cat adventures. I think most woman would not find any difficulties in relating to the various stories within the book.

Something that that my mother had taught me and Kelly states in her book as well, is that men are simple. Kelly states that they are simple creatures, they are. My mom taught me that they are not mind readers, do not presume they should know what you are thinking, if you want them to take the trash out you have to ask them: simple creatures.

Reading through the authors adventures, you definitely get a sense of her personality, quirks and all. Her spunk adds to the sass and energy within the words, while it is a no-holds-barred expression within these events as well. It adds to the charm of the read. Kelly has captured the moments within our lives and put them before us to read through an charismatic essences. It is like sitting down with a friend and catching-up over dinner. So, grab a cocktail, settle-in to a comfy chair, and enjoy the light and easy read that the author has so openly shared with us. 

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We've all had it - the "uh-oh" of wishing we could take back the comment that somehow escaped the filter between our brains and our mouths. Did I Say That Out Loud? is the tell-all account of the author's misadventures in the daily experience that is life. Told in the tone of a coffee-klatch gathering with your best girlfriends - you know, the ones you can share anything and everything with - the author holds nothing back as she recounts the trials and tribulations of life as Kelly Harman.

Thinking of braving Botox or plastic surgery? Get the real scoop from Kelly, including pre-procedure husband prep. Need help when your cat catches on fire? Ask Kelly how to extinguish the flames without spilling your wine. Survival tips for when a 300 pound man falls on you? Ask Kelly, who lived to tell the tale.

Kelly captures those "you can't make this stuff up" dramas and takes them one step further. She shows us that by reveling in the inevitable mess of the moments we wish we could take back, we may discover that sharing our stories is in fact healing, unifying, and often outrageously funny.

Bad for the laugh lines but good for the abs, some of these stories will hit close to home, others will stray far, far from your average woman on the street. But all are unified by the inimitable candor and hilarity that her friends agree is uniquely Kelly.

Read 'em and weep.

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About the Author

Kelly McDermott Harman was born in Asmara, Ethiopia in 1962 and has walked the road less traveled ever since.  Her childhood was spent overseas, living in eight different countries before she came to the U.S. at the age of 16.  This experience inspired an adventurous streak and disregard for convention which has yielded a rich life, overflowing with great story material.

Her experiences range from celebrating her ninth birthday at India's Taj Mahal to being evacuated with her family in the midst of a civil war in East Pakistan, single motherhood to serial entrepreneur, and Burning Man devotee to self-made marketing maven.  Most recently Kelly came full circle back to the continent of her birthplace, celebrating her 50th birthday at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Kelly lives in Manassas, Virginia with Bob, her husband and true love of 23 years and has three sons. When she isn't writing about her adventures, Kelly loves spending time with her friends and family, but especially with her three grandchildren, teaching them the value of reckless honesty and unhindered fun.  Kelly is currently working on her next book, a memoir about growing up abroad as the daughter of a (former) CIA agent.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

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