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Raincloud Press Featured on Booklist

Booklist recently published a feature article called, “New Kids on the Audio Block,” which highlighted the endeavors of three publishers, Raincloud included. We were tickled to make it into a Booklist article, especially since they are the go-to guide for acquisition librarians.  As Joyce Saricks says in her article, House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel and narrated by Bahni Turpin was our first audiobook, and we look forward to producing audio for all our future fiction and YA titles.

Booklist Review

This week Booklist reviewed House of Rougeaux (the audiobook).  Here’s the review:

This saga begins on the island of Martinique in the seventeenth century, where siblings Adunbi and Abeje
are born into slavery on a sugar plantation. The novel chronicles their lives and those of their descendants
through the twentieth century, reflecting the times in which they lived and considering cultural and social
mores, politics, and gender issues. With its intimate portraits of generations of family members, this
layered novel proves a splendid showcase for Turpin’s many talents. Accents—Caribbean, French, and
more—flow easily. However, her greatest strength is her ability to reveal characters through her nuanced
portrayals. The novel’s nonchronological time line creates some confusion since listeners do not have
access to the printed family tree found in the book, but Turpin’s expressive reading grounds listeners in
this richly detailed family saga, a tale replete with historical details, along with touches of mysticism and
folklore.
— Joyce Saricks, Booklist

ALA Annual Conference June 2018

Between June 21st and 26th, the American Library Association holds their annual conference. This year in New Orleans. What an incredible chance for librarians from all over the country to get together and share favorite resources and see the latest offerings from publishers. We are excited to be there in two locations. Our distributor, IPG (Independent Publishers Group, Booth #1531), will be giving 100 print copies away of House of Rougeaux. If you’ll be there, please stop by and get a copy!

Our audio distributor, Blackstone Audio, will have exclusive postcards with all the latest audio version praise and ordering information. Don’t miss visiting one of the largest audio companies in the US.

If you’re there please tweet or Instagram any sightings of House of Rougeaux! #Rougeaux #alaac18 @RaincloudPress

And say hi to Michelle Obama for us!!

Rougeaux Family Tree for Audiobook Listeners

There have been some requests that we make the Rougeaux family tree available for audiobook listeners. The tree is printed in the hardcover version as below. In the ebook version, there is a modified version. The Rougeaux family is a large family, and House of Rougeaux doesn’t follow a linear historical progression, so the family tree should clear up any confusion. Below the image, there’s  a button to download the family tree if you choose to. Thanks for looking!

Click to Download the family Tree File: Download

House of Rougeaux Publicity Roundup

This week Literary Hub, a great online magazine, recommended House of Rougeaux in their article “5 Books You May Have Overlooked in April.” They wrote this nice little blurb about it:

Starting in 1785, House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel follows an enslaved family on a Martinique sugar estate—you may never eat the refined white stuff again after reading. While Jaeckel writes bluntly about the horrors of this particular colonialism, her main focus is the bond between siblings Abeje and Adunbi, a bond that unites them through being orphaned and finally, when a long-held secret is unearthed, helps the Rougeaux family understand its deep legacy. Jaeckel’s graceful prose and clear purpose make this an excellent addition to historical novels about the French Caribbean.

Last week there was a blogger review posted on “Seeing the Lighter Side,” by Rebecca Bowyer. She writes, “Though not an easy read, the language and imagery used is incredible.”

Foreword Reviews included House of Rougeaux on their Book of the Day Roundup. Here’s a snippet of their review:

Perhaps the greatest achievement of the book is that in spite of the inescapable presence of slavery and prejudice, it isn’t really about either of these. Jenny Jaeckel’s House of Rougeaux is about people—varied and fully realized individuals who make a flawed world their own.

Today, Jenny Jaeckel posts her first blog written since the publication of her first novel, House of Rougeaux. Don’t miss her boat metaphor! We are keeping our House of Rougeaux page up to date with all the latest news.


House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel and narrated by Bahni Turpin is just two weeks old!  We are so grateful for all the publicity, praise and new fans that are coming out to say they love the book. House of Rougeaux is available in your favorite format: Hardcover, eBook, Audio (digital), and Audio (CD). If you don’t want to buy it, request it at your local library!! If you’ve read House of Rougeaux or listened to it already, join the discussion! Leave a review on Goodreads, Amazon or Audible. Thanks!

Requesting House of Rougeaux at your local library:

Audio on CD, give them this ISBN: 978-1-941203-31-6 and have the title, author and narrator written down too!

Hardcover, give them this ISBN: 978-1-941203-24-8

Historical Novel Society Review

The Historical Novel Society published their review of House of Rougeaux last week and they loved it! See the full review below.

In the 18th century, Iya was taken from her African home and enslaved on a sugar cane plantation on the island of Martinique. Iya’s children, Adunbi and Abeje, and grandchild, Hetty, are born into slavery. Hetty was taken to Canada and, when slavery was abolished there, she married Dax Rougeaux and gave birth to five children who became the first free-born descendants since their great-grandmother Iya.

In seven sections, and from 1785 to 1964, a different family member tells the story of the House of Rougeaux. Iya’s life is taken by a horrible act of the master’s son. Abeje is a healer and highly revered in the slave community. Her brother Adunbi marries but loses his daughter Hetty when the master trades her for a heifer calf. This non-linear story continues with two young cousins, Nelie and Azzie, living in Philadelphia in 1949; Rosalie, a high school student in 1964; and Martine in Montreal in 1925. In 1853 Hetty is taken to Montreal, and her son Guillaume tells his story from 1883-1889. The narrative of Guillaume’s daughter finishes the book in late 1800s New York. The genealogy chart is an invaluable reference since the story jumps back and forth in time, making it difficult to place each narrator within the context of the family.

This family suffers the indignities of slavery and its aftermath while living with grace and strength through time and important historical events. I could feel their pain, fear, and heartache through the author’s intensely beautiful descriptions. For example, Guillaume mourning his wife’s death: “A long, long river of tears cut a path through the night, until the sky paled, and the bleak dawn broke, unwanted, outside the window.” I felt his all-consuming grief. The language of each narrator feels authentic, whether slave or business owner, illiterate or educated. A wonderful read.

 

House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel and narrated by Bahni Turpin is just two weeks old!  We are so grateful for all the publicity, praise and new fans that are coming out to say they love the book. House of Rougeaux is available in your favorite format: Hardcover, eBook, Audio (digital), and Audio (CD). If you don’t want to buy it, request it at your local library!! If you’ve read House of Rougeaux or listened to it already, join the discussion! Leave a review on Goodreads, Amazon or Audible. Thanks!

House of Rougeaux Publishes Today!

House of Rougeaux publishes today! A great team of people have come together for the last 18 months to make this happen. We’re finally here on the publication date, thanks to multiple editors, beta readers, marketing and publicity experts, an awesome designer and  a dream author.  The book is now out on shelves across the US and Canada. If you don’t see it at your local bookstore, just ask them to order it. House of Rougeaux is available through all the normal channels. Also, the audio version (narrated by Bahni Turpin) is available as a digital download or a CD set. Ask your local library to carry it, or order any version here.

We are honored that Foreword Reviews chose to feature House of Rougeaux on their Book of the Day Roundup for the current week. Their review of House of Rougeaux was published in their magazine in March, and it was pretty awesome. Here’s a snippet:

Perhaps the greatest achievement of the book is that in spite of the inescapable presence of slavery and prejudice, it isn’t really about either of these. Jenny Jaeckel’s House of Rougeaux  is about people—varied and fully realized individuals who make a flawed world their own.

Foreword Reviews

Also, Hello Giggles featured House of Rougeaux in their feature, Books Coming Out This Week and they offered this blurb:

House of Rougeaux is a multi-generational family saga. It begins on the Island of Martinique in 1785 and follows the descendants of African slaves over the next 200 years, one family member at a time. Read this one with a box of tissues, because every other page will move you to tears.

Hello Giggles

A very cute article appears on the UK magazine Female First called “10 Things I’d Like My Readers to Know About Me.” Where Jenny Jaeckel shares details of her quirky, artist’s brain. Check it out here.

Watch for more publicity this week, including Read it Forward & Bitch Media!

Jaeckel on Writer’s Digest

This week Raincloud author Jenny Jaeckel had an article published on Writer’s Digest. It’s a long piece about writing in-depth characters, called “Bodies, Blind Spots and Quirks.” Here’s an excerpt:

Henry James once wrote, “We work in the dark—we do what we can—we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”

And his brother, the philosopher William James wrote, in discussing the activity of the mind and its ready interpretations: “Let a person enter his room in the dark and grope among the objects there.”

In both cases, we might imagine a dark room where the mind is at work, seeking to discover hidden things, learning about a world which is as yet unseen. When writing fiction, creating worlds and plot, I myself am working in the dark room—or sometimes casting fishing lines out into dark lakes—but that process becomes especially intimate when exploring the inner worlds of my characters. The metaphor of the dark room is the most apt for me, rather than, say, molding characters from clay, or building them up with bricks. The characters don’t seem to be my creations so much as people I am trying to get to know.

Stay tuned for more essays from Jaeckel in the coming weeks, some to appear on “Read It Forward,” the online journal.


Jenny Jaeckel is the author of forthcoming House of Rougeaux, a debut historical novel set in the Caribbean, the US and Canada. Publishers Weekly called it a “rich tapestry of a novel” (starred review of the audio version narrated by Bahni Turpin). Available everywhere now for pre-order.