About LIZ

Liz manages and markets professional speakers, entertainers, artists, authors and events anywhere in the world. She also writes. edits and photographs for travel books, mobile apps and websites and blogs on many popular sites about favorite destinations, events, people, food and wine. Send your ideas, and she'll write about them too! Follow her blogs or connect via social media.

Introducing Global Fortune 500 Speaker Craig Whelden

Major General Craig B. Whelden, U.S. Army (retired)

“Global Fortune 500” Speaker

Multiple Award-winning, #1 International Best-selling Author

Craig’s leadership journey started when he became an Eagle Scout at age 14.  Thirty years later, he was one of the youngest Generals in the United States Army.  

Combined with another nine years as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) with the U.S. Marine Corps, he has over 17 years at the highest levels of the U.S. military, leading thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and civilians, while serving 10 years in Europe and another 12 in the Pacific.  

Approaching retirement, he was asked “What do you want to do next?” He responded simply: 


“I want to give back decades of leadership and life lessons to the next generation.”  


Now a Global Fortune 500 Speaker and Multiple Award-winning, #1 International Best-selling Author, he is among the world’s foremost experts on:

  • Inspirational Leadership
  • Effective Communications
  • Crisis Management
  • Working in Uncertain Times
  • Goal-setting and Life Balance

A Master storyteller, he uses the lessons from his life to convey takeaways on improving a host of life, work, leadership, and interpersonal habits.  Here’s some feedback from his presentations:

“He kept us all spellbound” – Joanne M.

“Now that I’ve heard you speak, I’m even more motivated to read your book!” – Karen M

“The three people I most enjoy listening to and learning from are Tony Robbins, Stephen Covey, and Craig Whelden” – Roger C.

Amazing speaker!  Made so many points that really hit home.  Would love to hear him speak again.” – John F.

“I could listen to his stories for hours!” – Jake D.

Light at the End of the Tunnel was one of the most inspiring stories I’ve ever heard.” – Larry A.

His book and his presentations have energized thousands around the world to be their very best!

Reviewing Burn You Twice

Burn You Twice by Mary Burton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Best Ever!

This is my favorite of Mary Burton’s great books! The suspense is exciting, and I couldn’t put it down.

It’s a true thriller with some troubled characters, some really frightening fires and resulting tragedies, and the bit of romance keeps the reader hoping for some soft touches. The Montana setting also adds to the interest with detailed descriptions of such powerful visuals.

We might hope to see these characters again in another episode, as a few questions remain.



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Reviewing Never Look Back

Never Look Back by Mary Burton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Better than ever!

Mary Burton has really done it this time with a book I could not wait to finish. A real page-turner!

Set in the wonderful Tennessee town of Nashville, the story features The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent Melina Shepard. She is a great character with a disturbing past. The FBI agent Jerrod Ramsey who shows up is also likeable, and while they might question working together we know exactly how they can succeed. Not one, but two seial killers must be found and stopped. Melina is in the forefront of both killers’ views as paths crisscross.

It’s a complex and well-developed plot, not as likely in the Romance genre as it is a thriller/crime story.

Read the first two in this Criminal Profiler series, or just jump right in to this one and enjoy. Don’t miss any of Mary Burton’s books. They are always good reads.



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Myrtle Beach Husband and Wife Both to Compete in World Food Championships

Walter “Rick” Geise has won a spot in the World Open Chili Championship.

He is a machinist and tool maker by trade and originally learned to cook by helping his grandmother around the kitchen. His cooking skills were also greatly influenced by his wife Andreann and her family who were in the restaurant business.

Rick met his wife in 1984 while they were both still in high school. They shared a love of fishing, the outdoors and food. Andreann’s love of food and her father started her exciting journey in foodsport. She convinced Rick  to enter his first recipe contest, in which he took judges choice. He won a cash prize, a box of assorted cheeses and bragging rights since he beat out his wife for that win. Was it beginner’s luck? He is about to prove to her it was cooking skill and not luck that won him that prize. He competes for the first time in the World Food Championships (WFC) this year. She suggested he enter Taste of America, the contest that won him his Golden Ticket to WFC.

Chef Andreann Geise will be competing in sandwich.  This year’s competition marks the fourth time that she has competed at WFC. Her best finish came in 2016 when she placed fifth with her Bacon, Shrimp & Tomato Salad on Garlic Bacon Toast in the signature round of the Bacon category.

About the World Food Championships

The World Food Championships (WFC) is the highest stakes food competition in the world. This multi-day, live-event culinary competition showcases some of the world’s best cooking masters competing for food, fame and fortune in ten categories: Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Chili, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood and Steak. In 2018, over 1,500 contestants on nearly 500 official teams from 42 American states and 12 countries competed. More than 20 million people have attended WFC or have seen it on national TV over the past seven years. The 2019 Main Event will be held in Dallas, Texas at Reunion Tower Lawn, Oct. 16-20, 2019.

Myrtle Beach Chef to Compete in World Food Championship

Andreann Geise, local Myrtle Beach chef and food sport competitor, is accepting sponsors for her upcoming participation in the World food Championship in Dallas in October.  She will compete for the World Sandwich Championship, and category winners then compete for overall championship. She was a judge for the chili category at the championship in 2015 and has competed for the past three years. 

Sponsors are invited to contribute any dollar amount or product related to the competition.  Sponsors receive immediate recognition on social media, continuing weekly mention until the event and daily coverage during the competition. Included for the sponsor are photos or links to the product or service. A food item or related product may be considered for use during the actual event. A patch on the chef jacket or apron also may be supplied with the top level of sponsorship.

Geise began her food sport with her win on the hometown favorite episode of Ultimate Recipe Showdown on the Food Network and has since appeared on the Cooking Channel, Fox Sports South, the Sportsman Table, A & E Network and Discovery Network. She has shared the stage with celebrity chefs including Guy Fieri, Aaron McCargo, Jr. and Fabio Viviani. She is a South Carolina Barbecue Association ambassador, a senior judge and novice instructor.

Her dishes have been served at large events such as NYC Fashion Week and Bon Appetit Supper club, and she has had many recipes published in multiple magazines. She has cooked for Cal Ripken Jr., Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr, Elise Testone, Mac Arnold, The Bronx Wanderers, Ken Lavigne, The Movin Out Band and Manhattan transfer as well as for many private parties.

The eighth annual championship event is the largest food sport tournament hosting hundreds of competitors throughout 10 categories and awarding  more than one million dollars in total prize money.  Television coverage and social media reaches many countries in addition to the United States.

Contact Geise via Facebook or andreanngeise@gmail.com to discuss sponsorship details.

A Taste of Gullah Web Series

"A Taste of Gullah: a Web Series from Down South" produced by Dr. Janice
Marie Collins, captures the enriching spirit of the good "folk" who come
from good "stock" on the Sea Islands. Be sure to watch to the end of each
episode to find contact information for the individuals in the series,  so
that you, too, can experience, "A Taste of Gullah."

A Taste of Gullah

"A Taste of Gullah," produced by Dr. Janice Marie Collins. From Anita
Singleton Prather as Aunt Pearlie Sue, to Oshi Green at The Gullah Grub, to
Jery Taylor and her sweet grass baskets and so many more exciting people
AND stories from the Sea Islands are captured in this 1-hour television
program that aired on WEIU-TV on PBS. https://youtu.be/EHV43AIwJQo

Journey to My Mother’s Land: Extending the Gates’ Effect into Africa

From the Gullah coast to the West Coast of Africa, Dr. Janice Marie
Collins explores the REAL Wakanda by heading BACK to Sierra Leone, West
Africa and the Mende Tribe, her land and her people. "Journey to My
Mother's Land: Extending the Gates' Effect into Africa." For 6 weeks,
Collins immerses herself into the culture to see if the "knowing" really
matters. From the food, to religion, to female cutting, to meeting her
"cousins" and standing on the soil of Bunce Island, to the beautiful
beaches, you see all of the emotional, spiritual, challenges AND victories
As They Happen! There is no other autoehtnography like this...and it's one
you definitely want to see. "Journey to My Mother's Land: Extending the
Gates' Effect into Africa."
A journey of freedom!