Blog Posts by Literal Exposure

  • Experiencing the Supernatural by Susan Berliner, Author of 'The Disappearance

    Experiencing the Supernatural

    by Susan Berliner, author of The Disappearance, Peachwood Lake, and Dust

    I'm the author of supernatural thrillers, but of course I'm not like Allison DuBois, the clairvoyant character of the former TV show, "Medium," who solved crimes by teaming up with the Phoenix, Arizona district attorney and with dead people. And, although I live in New York, I'm also nothing like Theresa Caputo, the likeable psychic star of the current TLC hit reality series, "Long Island Medium," who relays messages from departed souls to appreciative relatives. However, during my career as a novelist, I have had two weird, albeit not psychic, book-related experiences.

    In June, 2010, I had a book signing for my first novel, DUST, at a small café in Somers, NY. Just when I arrived, the electricity went off. There was still no power two hours later when the café owner escorted me to the restroom in the back of the restaurant. Out of habit, I

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  • Guest Post from Nya Jade, Author of Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four

    Hello! Thanks so much for hosting me here today! In honor of my book's title, Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four, I thought it would be fun to share four random facts about the story.

    Fact 1:

    The story takes place in a setting that's loosely based on my New England boarding school. I loved my high school campus! And I remember feeling that it had an element of mystery to it. That it held ancient secrets. I tapped into that feeling as I wrote about a supernatural school hidden beneath the grounds of a regular school. . . .

    Fact 2:

    I thought it would be entertaining to make my husband a character in the book - at least use his name. When I asked him what kind of character he wanted to be, he thought long and hard about it. He really took the "casting" opportunity seriously. After a day or so of thinking, he announced that he wanted to be the guy the other characters feared. The funny thing is that his name is Al. And the name Al does not make anyone tremble with fear. I

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  • Interview with Debbie Dyke, Author of the Bloody Mary Club

    Debbie Dyke is a novelist and businesswoman from Alexandria, Virginia, and has a background in military intelligence, the stock market, executive recruiting and writing. An Army brat, she's lived in Turkey, France, Germany, Italy, Albania and Holland. She graduated from the American High School in Naples, Italy then attending University of Maryland, Munich Campus. She graduated from Georgetown University and holds a Bachelors of Science and Masters degree in National Security. Debbie has two grown children, Lisa and Jordan and has been married to Michael for over thirty wonderful years. Debbie has written 5 screenplays, one Wall Street calendar and two novels.

    What is your favorite quality about yourself?

    Happiness! I'm generally a happy person! I look at the bright side of life and always keep a good sense of humor about me. I expect a good outcome and believe that being positive has opened a lot of doors for me. I believe that anything is possible. My circumstances do not

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  • Celebrating the Good Life by Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat, MD

    drcarolle.photo002drcarolle.photo002ABOUT DR. CAROLLE JEAN-MURAT

    Dr. Carolle was born and raised in Haiti to a family of healers, herbalists, midwives and shamans, and was educated in Haiti and the best universities in Mexico, Jamaica, and the US.

    After completing her postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynecology in Wisconsin she settled in San Diego in 1982. She soon was regarded as one of the best ob-gyn around-tall and regal, a lone black female among the elite. But her success harbored a secret: when a patient entered her office, Dr. Carolle could quickly and intuitively see the root cause of her patient's illness, often times knowing she could help the patient without having to put her under the knife. She knew she dared not make these claims aloud. Struggling to fit in with the Western medical paradigm, her intuition and vision were best left unmentioned until she had no choice than to quit.

    In 2005, she built the Dr. Carolle's Wellness and Retreat Center of San Diego, the only place in the world

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  • Character Interview from L Blankenship, Author of 'Disciple, Part 1'


    L. Blankenship is the alternate identity of a mild-mannered graphic designer. She started writing animal stories as a kid and it's just gotten completely out of hand since then. Now she's setting out to publish her gritty fantasy and hard science fiction adventures. L grew up in New Hampshire but currently lives near Washington, DC.

    Visit L on the web at


    A few questions for Kate

    Kate Carpenter is still quite young -- only sixteen -- but kids grow up quickly in fantasy kingdoms. As her author, I had some questions for her before she set out on this important mission.

    L: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    Kate: (she laughs) I wanted to be a better cook. My dear friend Alice has ever been a fine cook, and I've been jealous of that. Mother told me I need only attend to the task at hand, and I'd do well -- but it hasn't been so simple.

    L: You're a daydreamer?

    Kate: It's things which

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  • Arranged Marriages, Betrayals and Affairs by Anne-Rae Vasquez


    Anne-Rae Vasquez authored Gathering Dust - a collection of poems, published by AR Publishing Inc. and Teach Yourself Great Web Design in a Week, published by (a division of Macmillan Publishing). She wrote the novel and screenplay and directed Almost a Turkish Soap Opera, an award winning feature film and series produced by Joseph Khalil, Sababa Emporium Film Productions ( produced the feature film and series.

    Details of the film production is at

    Note from the author:
    "The popularity of Turkish soap operas or TV series' in the Arab speaking world, Europe and Asia is not well known here in the West. The Turkish TV series' storylines are packed with jealousies and misunderstandings in family life and marriages, mafia encounters, economic problems and societal pressures, which all make for great drama. What I find fascinating in watching Turkish soap operas is how the

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  • Guest Post from Catherine Doughty, Author of 'Breast Cancer! You're Kidding...Right?'

    cdoughtyimage (3)cdoughtyimage (3)ABOUT CATHERINE DOUGHTY

    Catherine Doughty, MS, CCHI is an award winning author who lives with her two children in Bellaire, Texas. Her career as Director for a Department for Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging is enhanced by the fact that she is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She serves as an adjunct associate professor for three universities and holds a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics earned at the University of Texas.

    She is available for interviews, media appearances, radio interviews, book signings, and speaking engagements. If you would like a review copy of the book or additional information on the secrets of scientific methodology or would like to meet the physicians that endorsed this award winning book, please visit her website at

    In order to contact the author directly, send an e-mail to or telephone at 832-545-6239.

    Diagnosed With Breast Cancer And Need To Save Your Life Look Hot And Stunning?

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  • Dogs and Fiction by Author Eileen Hodgetts

    Eileen HodgettsEileen HodgettsABOUT EILEEN HODGETTS

    Eileen Enwright Hodgetts is the author ofWhirlpool. She is a much traveled writer. Brought up in England and Wales, she has also lived and worked in South Africa and Uganda and now makes her home in Pittsburgh, PA. Her life experiences allow her to use exotic backgrounds for her novels and to understand how an adventure can begin with just one small incident. For ten years she directed a humanitarian mission in East Africa and is also involved in a Ugandan Coffee Farm. Much of her writing reveals not only her great fondness for the British Isles, but also her British sense of humor which still sees the funny side of most situations.

    In addition to writing novels, Eileen Enwright Hodgetts is also an accomplished playwright with a number of national awards to her credit. Her novel, Whirlpool, began life as a stage musical playing at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, New York. In 1993 the Mayor of Niagara Falls, NY, proclaimed the summer of

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  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Brachman's Underworld by Vlad Vaslyn

    Vlad VaslynVlad VaslynABOUT VLAD VASLYN

    Vlad snuck The Tommyknockers by Stephen King out of the library on his sister's library card when he was eleven years old. Despite the nightmares, he'd stay up all night reading it, partly because he was discovering that there was pleasure in terror, and partly because he was too scared to go to bed before the sun came up. It took him all summer and some of the fall to finish it, but when he did, he immediately dug up another King book. His love affair with the creepy, bizarre, and thought-provoking had officially begun.

    Vlad was raised in Groton, Massachusetts and now resides in Lowell, Massachusetts with his wife, Jordana. He received an Associates Degree in Journalism from Middlesex Community College, and after a few years of freelance writing, he decided to go back to school. He's now a proud member of the National Honor Society at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he's studying History and English.

    He's a voracious reader, avid hiker, and

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  • Tangos with the Muse by Mack Mulluncey, Author of 'Euthanasia'

    Tangos With the Muse

    The muse has a mind of her own; every writer knows that. She'll show up anytime and anywhere, with a complete disregard for what else you have going on at the time. And I've found that when she comes around, and she wants to tango, I need to put my dancing shoes on and follow her lead. The relationship can be ephemeral, and she oftentimes leaves as quickly as she comes.

    Like those times when she visits and I'm in that groggy place between wakefulness and sleep. If I don't will myself out of bed to find a pen and paper, by the time my alarm clock goes off, the muse has gone on to dance with someone else-and she's taken her great ideas with her.

    She can be fickle that way.

    But luckily there are other times, like when the idea for my novel Euthanasia was presented to me, that the muse punches me in the face and the sting of her visit stays with me like a week-long shiner.

    Flashback to the mid-nineties and all of the talk shows that came along

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