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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Reviewing The Hangman

The Hangman (The Forgotten Files #3)The Hangman by Mary Burton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mary Burton never disappoints. She’s getting better all the time. The Hangman is a compelling page-turner with dark and complex danger plus a touch of romance. Although I thought I could solve the mystery of identifying the hangman, it still kept me guessing until the surprise ending. Don’t miss this one!

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Daughter of Holocaust and Atomic Bomb Survivors Speaking throughout Florida

Meant to beRoslyn Franken, inspirational speaker and author of Meant to Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit, delivers her multi-media program with the powerful true story of her Jewish parents surviving and finding love against all odds. She is now touring Florida and scheduling throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Upcoming events are

  • March 21 at 7pm ,  West St. Petersburg Community Library at Petersburg College,             6700 Eighth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL
  • April 20 at 7:30 pm at the University of Tampa Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values, 601 Frederic H. Spaulding Dr., Tampa, FL

All events are free and open to the public to attend. Book signings will follow each  presentation. Her books are available on Amazon, and a limited number of autographed books are available at the Florida Holocaust Museum gift shop in St. Petersburg, FL.

Personal testimonies from Holocaust and other World War II survivors help to ensure this turning point in human history is not forgotten. By listening to survivors tell their stories, the audience can relate the real-life experiences of these individuals to the history.

The problem is that there are fewer and fewer survivors left to give their testimonies. Also, those still alive often do not want to talk about their past, and others are sometimes unable to tell their story due to physical and/or other health limitations.

Roslyn Franken is carrying the torch for future generations by sharing her parents’ inspiring story of survival, love and triumph through her important work as a professional speaker and author of Meant to Be. Check for her book in libraries and in holocaust museums.

For more information or to schedule Roslyn to speak, contact or call her agent Liz Mitchell (843)902-4799.

Canadian Speaker Now Scheduling in U.S. for Holocaust Remembrance Events

Roslyn Franken, inspirational speaker and author of Meant to Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit, delivers her multi-media program throughout Canada and the U.S. with the powerful true story of her Jewish parents surviving against all odds. Limited dates are available for upcoming Holocaust Remembrance programs.


Meet her in Sun City, FL at Aston Gardens on January 13 or in Dade City, FL at the Hugh Embry Library on January 24.

 Jewish and other faith-based audiences and community organizations are touched by the extraordinary story relayed in Franken’s acclaimed book which is currently being adapted through Five Star Studios Inc. for production as a feature film .

Franken’s programs are based on her book which relates the true story of her Jewish parents as two young prisoners of war held captive in opposite sides of the world.

Roslyn’s mother, Sonja Franken, was in the concentration camps of Nazi Europe surviving Auschwitz, and her father, John Franken, was a prisoner of war in Japan surviving the Nagasaki atomic bombing. They eventually met, and Roslyn’s own life story is buoyed by her parents’ resilient natures.

Praise from her recent audiences summarizes the effect of the presentation:

“Roslyn, what an amazing story on such an important topic, and one that should be shared with all! Your presentation was emotionally charged, uplifting and you presented in a manner that was both entertaining and inspiring. Your ability to connect to a variety of personalities, cultures, and ages is a true gift and you would be a huge asset to ANY group who is looking for an amazing, one-of-a-kind speaker.” ~ Rabbi Mendy Yarmush, Chabad Wiregrass, Florida

“She kept everyone spellbound throughout her story and it was clear that it touched everyone in different ways…the whole world deserves to hear your story,” Jessica Dube, Ravines Retirement Residence.

Franken’s books, Meant to Be and The A List: 9 Guiding Principles for Health Eating and Positive Living,  are available on Amazon. Her worldwide multi-media presentations of Meant to Be combined with book signings can be arranged through Speakers International.



Guest post from Carole Spiers, 

author of Show Stress Who’s Boss!

Contact us if you need a great speaker on Stress Management!

CEO, Carole Spiers Group [London]
International Stress Management & Employee Wellbeing Consultancy
Chair, International Stress Management Association [UK]

An American study of patients with cardiac problems appears to show a significant improvement when stress-management training forms part of their treatment.

A group undergoing exercise-based cardiac rehab was split into two, with one half also receiving anti-stress interventions such as techniques for relaxation and coping under pressure. Those patients were found to have a 50 percent lower risk of complications like heart attacks and strokes. Another similar group who did not take the exercise programme, but received the stress reduction training, showed a 40 percent lower risk than those who took neither.

This was only a small-scale study, with no opportunity to evaluate the anti-stress interventions individually, or to investigate reasons why some patients had rejected exercise-based rehab. And stress management is not a curative therapy. But the findings do suggest that this approach could help improve cardiac rehab programs.

“Given that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., this could represent a new treatment that will help us reduce the impact of this disease,” said Dr. Eric Aldrich, a researcher in neurology and rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. (As reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.)

  •  ·         Cardiac patients were taught how to relax and cope with pressure
  • ·         The anti-stress training was found to cut heart problems by 40%-50%
  •  These findings may be used to improve cardiac rehab programs

Educating the educated

Commentary from our friend  David H. Brown who is an accomplished author and experienced speaker:

About 20 years ago, when I was an adjunct professor at Montgomery College, I was asked to teach a continuing education course to about 20 high school teenagers who were elite students.  I forget the subject, but I remember asking them, “Who is your idol?”  Of course the responses ran the gamut – with one startling omission.  Not one mentioned a parent.  I wonder whether the same would hold true today.
    Those who know me well expect some “sermon” on education.  This is no exception.  There are those who recall I did a survey of 9 Ohio colleges asking students and professors what each thought of the other.  That was in 1959.  I don’t think much has changed, except for the classroom use of electronics.
    My beef is that too much of education today seems to still be straight up-and-down like 6:00 or 12:30, when it should be wider like 9:15 or 3:45.  What’s missing in this picture?  The answer is one word – Why?  Why did I learn long division? Why did I have to read novels?   Why did I have to memorize dates in history?
A companion is this — What did I learn from my courses?  The answer is one word – relevancy.
    My approach to this is something I have said before but bears repeating.  When I reported for work as a copy boy at The Cleveland Press, Associate Editor Norm Shaw said, “Forget everything you learned in college.  We’ll teach you our way.”
    Did you enjoy all those courses you took in public school and beyond?  Is there one teacher whom you feel made a difference in your life and could rate the title of “idol?”  Did you ever thank that person? Did you ever thank your parents for guiding you through your early years, or did you do it on your own?
    Have you instilled the love of learning into your progeny?  Do you encourage them never to stop learning? Did you emphasize grades over what they learned? Are you your progeny’s “idol?”
    I feel too much classroom instruction is still linear because textbooks are linear.  Did you or your progeny ever take more than one class in analytical thinking?  Too many “teachers” spend too much time getting through a course based on how many chapters in the text book have to be covered, and the tests reflect that.  I feel more textbooks should be written by top people in that subject field, and not by academics for their advanced degrees.  And, more of those top people should give back to students the lessons they have learned.  Call it a reality check.
    Yes, I have pulled an Obama and sermonized.  But, I did not want to Simonize education.  When we stop learning, we stop living.
    Determined Dave

An Ode to Alzheimers

An Ode to Alzheimers

By Andreann Geise
There are no words to describe such pain, to live the life through the eyes of a dying soul
I have become the eyes, ears, body and mind.

I take care of her every need, it is not by choice but by love that I do this, but the price is endlessly tragic.

There is no rest for me, no moments of peace, I am tortured day and night by the knowledge of what will inevitably be the end and terrified of the many horrible paths that may lead there.

There is no time stamp to tell me when this will all come to an end or what will be left of me when it does.

Each day I feel further and further from the person I was, forever changed by what I see her going through and by the solitude that we both live.

People keep their distance, its not contagious but it is too much reality for most.

It is too much reality for me but it is the path that I must follow, and the further down it I travel the more alone I feel.

Time does not stand still and these long days and nights will never be given back to me.

I can not do for myself in order to tend to her requirements. My body, my mind deteriorating as I neglect my own needs.

The future I planned for is now but a faint memory, a pipe dream of sorts.

Life does not wait for anyone.

The gifts I had been given, my intellect, my strength are all fading and I have no means to keep them from doing so.

All my time all my energy is used up, the sadness of the situation beats me down.

I am not the only causality of this war, my husband suffers too, his love for me keeping him as shackled as I am.

This disease has not just taken my mother but it has taken our lives as well.

I never could have imagined such a torture, every day we loose something else. The loss we have is physical, emotional, financial and eternal.