LibraryThing January Giveaway

House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel is available now for a giveaway on LibraryThing. Follow this link to go to LibraryThing’s giveaway page. Scroll down until you see the cover and follow the instructions to win an advance copy of this anticipated family saga.

House of Rougeaux Giveaway

In moving prose, author Jenny Jaeckel creates a brilliantly imagined epic, weaving a multi-layered narrative that celebrates ​seven generations of the Rougeaux family’s triumphs while exposing the injustices of their trials. As each new member of the family takes the spotlight, a fresh piece of the puzzle is illuminated until at last, after a span of nearly two centuries, the end brings us back to the beginning.


Announcing Our Audiobook!

Raincloud Press is excited to announce we have booked Bahni Turpin to narrate the audiobook version of House of Rougeaux! Turpin is an established voice actor with many titles and awards under her belt. Two of her latest titles are The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Turpin has an astounding range of voices and accents; we are so grateful she accepted this project. She’s listed on Audible’s Narrator Hall of Fame.

We are working with Mosaic Audio in Los Angeles, who are have been graciously working to get this project done for our January deadline. We plan on releasing the audiobook simultaneously with the print and ebook versions on April 24th, 2018. It will be an unabridged version of House of Rougeaux, to be published on Audible, iTunes and wherever audiobooks are sold (and will also be available in some libraries).


House of Rougeaux

by Jenny Jaeckel

Audiobook Narrated by Bahni Turpin, available April 2018.

Unabridged digital audio, ISBN 978-1-941203-27-9, retail $24.99

Unabridged digital audio – library version ISBN 978-1-941203-29-3

Listen to an excerpt of our audiobook below:

Bahni Turpin Biography

Bahni Turpin is a native of Pontiac, Michigan, now residing in Los Angeles. Turpin has narrated over seventy audiobooks, and she is also an acclaimed actress with many theatre, TV and film credits. Turpin has won many awards for her audiobook narration, including the audie award for best fiction narration (for the title Sister of Mine). For a list of her film and TV credits, see


December Media Announcements

It’s such a busy time of year for folks it seems, and it’s true for Raincloud as well. We’ve been upgrading our website, staying busy on Instagram and shipping books left and right. That’s why it’s nice to take this chance to relax and share some media news with you.

Author Jenny Jaeckel’s review of The Time of the Doves by Merce Rodoreda appeared on Read It Forward‘s page titled “The Books 36 Authors Are  Giving Away to Their Friends This Holiday.” She wrote a longer review of the same title that will appear on her blog in the coming months. Her December post is good one too, about suggestions for topics of conversation at the proverbial holiday party. Wishing everyone happy holidays!


Shipment has Arrived!

The revised ARC has arrived! House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel is publishing in April of 2018, and we have a second addition of the ARC with an updated cover as well as a corrected interior. Still, the art and text may not be final. But at least the text is not riddled with typos!

Books came by freight today packed on a small pallet. No one was at the warehouse (it was lunch time!) so I had to hustle down there to meet the truck driver. Which also meant there was no muscle besides my own to load the books in my car to go back to the office. 300 books in total added up! After school, my kids helped make a christmas tree out of books. Why not? House of Rougeaux is the right color for it.

All the giveaways on Instagram, Goodreads, and LibraryThing from December onward will be getting this new edition. If advance reviewers find any mistakes in this version, please let me, the publisher, know (Erika Lunder, raincloudpress @ gmail dot com); that would be so helpful.

Also, we’ve been looking for any reviews of House of Rougeaux to be posted after March 1st if possible. If you’re an independent book blogger and want to be part of an official blog tour, let us know! We’ll get you on the schedule.

House of Rougeaux ~ Description

In moving prose, House of Rougeaux weaves a multi-layered narrative that celebrates the Rougeaux family truimphs while exposing the injustices of their trials. As each new member of the clan takes the spotlight, a fresh piece of the puzzle is illuminated until at last, after a span of nearly two centuries, the end brings us back to the beginning.

It starts with siblings Abejé and her Adunbi, to whom home is the slave quarters of a Caribbean sugar plantation on the Antilles Island of Martinique. Under the watchful eye of their African mother, they thrive despite what threatens to break them. After a night of brutality changes their lives forever, their strength and extraordinary bond carries them through.

At the dawn of emancipation, Adunbi’s daughter Hetty finds her way to Quebec City as maid to the slave owner’s daughters. There she discovers a talent for piano and meets a bold saddler’s apprentice named Dax Rougeaux. After buying her freedom, Dax and Hetty join a growing community of Afro-Canadians living free.

Award-winning author Jenny Jaeckel masterfully blends genres of coming-of-age and historical fiction with explorations of gender, race, and sexuality, creating a wondrous and harrowing tale of hope and healing.



Designing the Case Boards of a Hardcover Book

Have you ever noticed the wide variety of colors and styles of hardcover books? Have you ever appreciated that bit of color peeking through a dust jacket? As a publisher, one of my favorite jobs is picking the colors and texture of the paper that covers the boards and makes up the outside of a hardcover book.

bottom, book open to the yellow end sheets

If you take the dust jacket off a favorite hardcover book, you will probably see a two-toned case, possibly one color. Also, there might be a texture, or combination of textures on that paper or cloth. The outside of a hardcover can sometimes contrast nicely with the end sheets. End sheets are the paper on the inside of the cover of a hardcover book.

For example, on Night at the Fiestas by Kirsten Valdez Quade there are two contrasting colors on the outside and a plain white paper on the inside. The spine of the book is stamped in gold (see pic above). There is a subtle texture on the black spine, but the blue part of the cover is smooth. Overall it’s a clean look. When the dust jacket is back on, the colors of the case peeks through and complement the colors on the cover (see left).

After our graphic designer designed a cover for our forthcoming book House of Rougeaux,  we used her design to print advance copies of our book . Using the palette of papers I received from the paper manufacturer (care of one of my printers: TPS), I spent some time tucking various colors under the cover of our advance copy. To start, I noticed our cover is very green, and I don’t want it any more green. So greens are out. As is blue, I wanted to lean toward earth tones.


Eventually I narrowed it down to a few choices. My favorites are “Bronzite” for the spine and “Dijon” for the main cover (see below). And I’m planning on a gold for the stamp (the title and author are “stamped” on the spine). Thanks for joining our little journey about designing the actual hardcover book. Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes look at publishing.

House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel is publishing in April 2018. To read more about House of Rougeaux, please visit this page.