Thursday, February 14, 2013

Vlog Post with Deb Caletti

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Deb Caletti is an award-winning author and a National Book Award finalist whose books are published and translated worldwide. Her first novel was The Queen of Everything (Simon & Schuster, 2002),of which a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly proclaimed: “This marks Caletti as a writer to watch.” Although written for adults, its coming-of-age themes gained it acclaim as a Y/A book. It made the cover of the esteemed review journal The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books (the first trade book to do so in the journal’s history), and then was chosen for PSLA’s Top Forty of 2003 and the International Reading Association’s Young Adult Choices for 2004. It is currently in its thirteenth printing.

Deb’s second book, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Kirkus called it, “tender and poetic,” and the book earned other distinguished recognition, including the PNBA Best Book Award, the Washington State Book Award, and School Library Journal’s Best Book award. It was a finalist for the California Young Reader Medal and the PEN USA Literary Award, and was also a 2005 IRA Notable Book, an SSLI Book Awards Honor Book, and made the New York Public Library’s Best Books for the Teen Age, Chicago Library’s Best Books of 2004, and the Texas TAYSHA’s list. Her third book, Wild Roses, won acclaim with starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, which deemed it, “rich,” and School Library Journal, which said the book was “multifaceted and emotionally devastating,” with “profound observations and vivid language.” It was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and was chosen as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and a RT Book Club Magazine’s finalist for Best Y/A Book of 2005. The Nature of Jade was a summer 2007 Booksense pick, a Books A Million Book Club selection, and was a finalist for RT Magazine’s Best Y/A Book of the Year.

Her fifth book, The Fortunes of Indigo Skye, was released April 2008, followed by The Secret Life of Prince Charming in 2009, The Six Rules of Maybe in 2010, Stay in 2011, and The Story of Us in 2012. In addition, several anthologies include work by Deb, including “First Kiss, Then Tell,” a Bloomsbury anthology benefiting NPR Youth Radio, and two collections of non-fiction critical essays developed by Borders Books: “The World of the Golden Compass” and “Through the Wardrobe: Your Favorite Authors on C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia.” In 2013, Deb’s first book for adults, He’s Gone, will be released from Random House.

Deb grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and earned her journalism degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. When Deb is not writing books or reading them, she is a painter and a lyricist, and speaks widely to audiences on writing and life as an author. Deb lives with her family in Seattle.

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Get a double dose of realistic romance in this collection of two fan favorites from Deb Caletti.

Love may or may not be all you actually need, but it’s easy to feel that it is when you’re wrapped up in one of these two stories from Deb Caletti.

In Wild Roses, Cassie is in love, but she can’t let her stepfather know. Her mom’s husband is a beloved public figure, but a private nightmare whose manic phases and paranoia are getting worse. Cassie begins to fear for the safety of her boyfriend...and herself.

In The Nature of Jade, Jade struggles with Panic Disorder. Her boyfriend is a calming influence…until she learns that he’s hiding a terrible secret. A secret that will force Jade to decide between what is right—and what feels right.

Deb Caletti’s Love Is All You Need is a collection of two of her works: The Nature of Jade and Wild Roses. Both stories will deal and tackle with some serious and very real problems. As the title suggest, it deals with romance but it stretches beyond that. In Wild Roses, protagonist Cassie must deal with the relationships she has with her mother, father, and step-father, while keeping her boyfriend a secret from her public figure stepfather. In The Nature of Jade, it tells an intriguing story of Jade and her panic disorder. While her boyfriend is a comforting influence in her life, she soon discovers of a terrible secret that he has been hiding. She realizes that a choice will need be made and is torn between which to go forward with.

Both stories have strong themes about how one must deal with the relationships that are presented to them. One revelation can alter the present and a choice will be made. The way author Deb brings the stories of Cassie and Jade onto text is absolutely wonderful. She’s able to take readers into the minds of her characters and get a true feeling of what they are going through. It gives a meaningful understanding of the reasoning behind their choices and the explanations of the outcomes are fully detailed in beautiful words. Although the theme is romance/love, there are points in both stories that will dwell on other emotions. Love Is All You Need pulls together two delightful stories that fathom unique and imperative subject matter.

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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you Deb for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a copy of Love is All You Need by Deb Caletti.
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  1. Thank you for the giveaway! I really enjoy reading your books.

  2. thank you for the giveaway :)


  3. You are all so welcome! Good luck in the giveaway!

  4. Thank you so much for this giveaway Deb! I love your books so much and have been waiting to get my hands on this one since it came out!!!

  5. Thank you Ms. Caletti for this opportunity!:)