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Launching Website for House of Rougeaux

House of Rougeaux, our forthcoming title (Spring 2018), has it’s own website! Please see HouseofRougeaux.com for the newest and most up-to-date information about our full-length lead title.  Advance copies will be available for review by the end of August, and we start a giveaway on Goodreads for copies on August 18th, 2017.

House of Rougeaux

Hardcover, 6×9

306 pages

$26.95

Publication Spring 2018

Literary Historical Fiction

 

Description

For Abeje and her brother Adunbi, home is the slave quarters of a Caribbean sugar plantation on the Island of Martinique. Under the watchful eye of their mother they survive, despite what threatens to break them. But when one night of brutality leaves the two children orphaned, it is the strength of their extraordinary bond that carries them through, establishing a legacy of tremendous spirit and courage that will sustain the Rougeaux family for generations to come.

In moving prose, award-winning author Jenny Jaeckel creates a brilliantly imagined epic, weaving a multi-layered narrative that celebrates family as much as it exposes systemic brutalization and the ways in which it marks us. As each new member of the family takes the spotlight a fresh piece of the puzzle is illuminated until at last, spanning nearly two centuries, the end brings us back to the beginning

Jaeckel masterfully blends genres of mysticism, coming-of-age, folklore, and historical fiction with explorations of gender and race, creating a wondrous tale of hope and healing through trauma. A relevant work of love, determination, and the many small achievements that make up greatness, House of Rougeaux draws a new map of what it means to be family.

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The Next Generation Indie Book Awards

 

Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU received it’s most prestigious award yet: the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Parenting/Family Catagory. Graphic Novels (Comics!) have come a long way. Ten years ago very few comics were winning non-comic awards, but now it’s getting more common. It’s a great pleasure for us to have one of our titles celebrated in this way. The author Jenny Jaeckel is a hard-working and dedicated author and illustrator, and we’re glad for her to receive recognition. If you haven’t read her story Spot 12 about her harrowing experience with a baby in the NICU, you can order it here (or anywhere you get your books), and read the description below. If you have read Spot 12, please check out Jaeckel’s blog, where she’s written a series updating readers about Asa’s progress after the return home from the hospital. Spot 12 has  also been translated into Spanish, look for Cunero 12: Cinco Meses en la UCI Neonatales.

Spot 12 Description

A visually gripping illustrated memoir, Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU delivers the gritty details of a mother, a newborn, and a five-month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

A routine prenatal exam reveals a dangerous problem and the first-time parents find themselves thrust into a world of close calls, sleepless nights, and psychological crisis. Surrounded by disagreements, deaths, extended family tensions, and questions of faith, the mother struggles to maintain a positive frame of mind. Against the antiseptic, mechanical reality of the NICU, the dedicated health professionals are drawn as sympathetic and wry animal characters. Doctor Eyes and Nurse Gentlehands are two of the care providers that do all they can to take care of Baby Asa. At times the parents battle feelings of helplessness but their determination, insight, bravery, and connection ultimately helps keep their little one alive.

Spot 12 has won the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Parenting/Family category, and was named a finalist in the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards and as a finalist in the 2016 Best Book Awards for the Comics: Graphic Novel Category.

Author Bio

Jenny Jaeckel is the author of the forthcoming House of Rougeaux, which is her debut novel. Her previous titles include For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories and Siberiak: My Cold War Adventure on the River Ob. In 2016, Jaeckel published the graphic memoir Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU which was the winner of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Spot 12 was also a 2016 finalist in the Foreword Indies Book Awards. Jaeckel has also appeared as a guest on the popular podcast ONE BAD MOTHER.

Jenny Jaeckel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington and a Master’s Degree in Hispanic Literatures from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has worked as a translator, an editor, a Spanish teacher, a graphic arts teacher and an illustrator.

Jenny Jaeckel was born in California, but lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she and her husband became health refugees when their child needed a decade of specialized medical care. Jaeckel is currently working on her second novel, a continuation of the family epic House of Rougeaux, yet to be named.

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Memorial Day Weekend Ebook Sale

For the Love of Meat by Jenny Jaeckel

Award-winning author Jenny Jaeckel has a collection of stories out called For the Love of Meat. It is the perfect summer read: Literary but not cerebral, a bit of soft romance and lots of historical variety. Her ebook is on sale starting today and over memorial day weekend. It’s never been just $.99, so if you haven’t already, download this gem!

For the Love of Meat ebook deal is available on: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble (Nook) and iTunes (search on iTunes for Jenny Jaeckel). 

From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw

Gudrun Mouw’s award-winning novel From Ashes Into Light is also on sale for $.99 for the first time.  This visionary novel is a moving, gut-wrenching read that will transport you. It’s also a hopeful, fantastical tale about overcoming fascism. This one is the top of the genre, winning three awards in Visionary and New Age fiction and was named finalist in two more awards, including the prestigious 2017 Next Generation Indies Book Award for Best First Book. Don’t let this opportunity pass!

From Ashes Into Light ebook deal is available on: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble (Nook)and iTunes (search on iTunes for Gudrun Mouw).

For the Love of Meat: Longer Description

For the Love of Meat combines whimsical and surreal illustrations with engaging, intimate encounters that explore the depths of human experience. Unique and diverse in setting, and with touches of magical-realism, these nine stories will tug at the strings of the wandering, romantic heart, setting it delightfully ablaze.

In Wander the Desert, Sister Aurelia, a nun from the early 20th century, finds herself stranded in the Mexican desert with nothing but a few cobs of corn and a stray horse who becomes her faithful companion.

 In Stumble and Fall, we meet Dara, a young Londoner hungry for adventure who, unwilling to settle for the safety and comfort of home, travels to Vancouver, city of immigrants, where a handsome stranger entices her to take a leap into the unknown. The Two explores the tender bond between two young cousins, For the Love of Meatgrowing up in 1940s Philadelphia, who are as inseparable as light and shadow. As one of the girls tragically becomes ill, the impact on the other shows how true connections of heart and spirit are not bound to time and place. And Mémé, set in Haiti in the 1800s, is told from the stunning perspective of a slave who, as a child, witnesses the brutal murder of her mother, and survives through her connection to her brother and the natural world.

Jenny Jaeckel’s compelling storytelling takes us across the world and through the ages, with remarkable insight and soul-moving moments, when paths cross and time unfolds. Her language, imagery and attention to detail plunge the reader into these memorable lives, soaking us in tales of adventure, courage, love, loss, longing and all the hope in between.

From Ashes Into Light: Longer Description

From Ashes into Light is a transpersonal tale of epic tragedy, spirituality, family, and personal redemption. It is told through three distinct voices: the haunting story of Ruth, a Jewish adolescent during Kristallnacht in World War II Austria, Saqapaya, a stalwart Native American from coastal California during the time of the Spanish conquest, and Friede Mai.

Friede is born during WW II to a Bavarian soldier and an East-Prussian mother. As those around her struggle with the inevitable chaos and paradox of war, young Friede opens her heart to gruesome enemies, at times helping her family members escape atrocities.

With war behind them, the Mai family immigrates to the US, where Friede, her veteran father and ex-refugee mother, struggle with reverberations of trauma, suspicion and prejudice. Upon leaving home, Friede meets her spiritual guide and confidant in her fiancé’s Rabbi, who helps her see that the voices from her past are teachers and the horrors of history also contain beacons of light.

Three electric characters weave a narrative of raw consciousness, a moving example of transforming the ripple of suffering through the incredible strength of vulnerability.

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Book Titles to De-stress

There is plenty going on right now. Politics are turbulent, international news is depressing, plus tax season and Easter are culminating in the next few days. Time for a break.

Some of the funniest things I’ve seen online lately are nostalgic about the 1980s politics. And we’ve seen a sales bump with our own 1980s nostalgia, Siberiak: My Cold War Adventure on the River Ob. Though the eighties were, in reality, filled with anxiety for many people about the global situation particularly the nuclear proliferation, looking back on them can feel relaxing compared to staying up with current affairs.

Siberiak takes the reader back in time to a peace mission where American High School students travel to Russia. The illustrations are cute and wry, and the text is the wandering of a teenage mind in a new setting. The pace is just right for a short back porch journey to an almost reassuring past.

Another Raincloud book that seems particularly appropriate for the current political climate, is the award-winning From Ashes Into Light, a Visionary novel about overcoming fascism (which as of this posting is heavily discounted on Amazon). Ultimately the message is about how dark times can also instigate triumphs and personal growth. This intense but uplifting read delivers us through several personal and cultural tragedies in a poetic and lyrical narrative.

Detailed Descriptions

Siberiak: My Cold War Adventure in the River Ob

In 1988, two years before the end of the Cold War, the US and the USSR held the world at nuclear ransom. Meanwhile, grassroots organizing is bringing American and Soviet youth together in missions of peace. What can a group of teenagers, on a raft on Siberia’s Ob River, hope to accomplish? With sensitivity and humor, SIBERIAK tells the tale of one young person’s journey of discovery and cultural immersion. A lovely coming-of-age story that takes place during a unique historical moment. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY calls Siberiak: My Cold War Adventure on the River Ob “…a kaleidoscope of impressions and perceptions,…facinating.”

From Ashes Into Light

From Ashes into Light is a transpersonal tale of epic tragedy, spirituality, family, and personal redemption. It is told through three distinct voices: the hauntingly tragic story of Ruth, a Jewish adolescent during Kristallnacht in World War II Austria, Saqapaya, a stalwart Native American from coastal California during the time of the Spanish conquest, and Friede Mai.

Friede is born during WW II to a Bavarian soldier and a East-Prussian mother. As those around her struggle with the inevitable chaos and paradox of war, Friede opens her heart to gruesome enemies, at times saving herself and family members from atrocities. With war behind them, the Mai family immigrates to the US, where Friede, her veteran father and ex-refugee mother, struggle with the reverberations of trauma. Friede is unable to find inner freedom until she meets her spiritual guide, a Rabbi, who helps her see that the voices from the past are teachers and the horrors of history are also beacons of light.

Three electric characters weave a narrative of raw consciousness, a moving example of transforming the ripple of suffering through the incredible strength of vulnerability.

In addition to the 2016 International Book Awards, From Ashes Into Light won the Living Now Awards Silver Medal for Inspirational Fiction, was a finalist in the 2016 Best Book Awards in New Age and Visionary Fiction, and was the winner of the 5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards in New Age and Visionary Fiction. 

Buy either Raincloud book from your local bookstore (if it’s not in stock you can order them), by calling this number and order directly from our warehouse in Chicago: 800-888-4741, or from your favorite online retailer.

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2017: Here We Go

Winter has come. In Northern California, there continues to be more rain and snow than we’ve had in a long time. The weather is a blessing, and hints of a lush, green spring.

To my friends and family, the New Year seems to bring excitement and foreboding in equal measure, as 2017 rings in uncertainty. At Raincloud Press, our authors have been busy sharing on their blogs, and I’ll put some links to the highlights here:

I am enjoying the cold and slower pace of winter, and the goal of taking time and not rush. It feels like an important gestation period for the various projects happening at Raincloud. I can feel the potential building for our first mainstream novel, House of Rougeaux (to be published most likely a year from now). The design team and the editors are gearing up and by April we should have the first physical copies and artwork to share.

If you haven’t already, please check out our currently available titles which are available everywhere.  Or order by phone directly from our distributor in Chicago (800)888-4741.

 

Happy New Year,

Erika Lunder

Publisher, Raincloud Press

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Raincloud Press Titles Receive the 2016 Best Book Awards

best_book_award_badgeThis is an especially good day at Raincloud Press. All three books that we published this year became finalists in the 2016 Best Book Awards! From Ashes Into Light is a finalist in both Fiction: New Age and Fiction: Visionary. For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories is a finalist for Fiction: Short Stories. And Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU is a finalist in Comics: Graphic Novel.

From_Ashes_Into_Light_Award_Cover_90This is a huge honor for us! It’s great to have the talent of our authors, Gudrun Mouw and Jenny Jaeckel, acknowledged in this way. For Gudrun Mouw and her debut novel From Ashes Into Light, this is her third award. Although her reviews on Goodreads have been mixed, the award judges are picking this book again and again. There really is nothing like From Ashes Into Light: spiritual fiction about some of the world’s biggest tragedies and a soul who reincarnates through the ages. The narrative is poetic and shifts between four main characters, making it perhaps a little complicated for those used to genre fiction.

Our lead title for Fall of 2016 is Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU. The Best Book Award is the first award for this title and we are thrilled. Spot 12 is an adult comic book about the author Jenny Jaeckel’s time in the NICU with her newborn who was born with a genetic condition. The baby Asa survives a harrowing first five months. Spot 12 is getting great reviews and by word of mouth is transforming how friends, families and strangers are viewing the NICU experience.

For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories by Jenny Jaeckel got squeezed out of it’s summer publication spot so that Raincloud Press could transfer all our titles to a new distributor (Small Press United). For the Love of Meat was published in October alongside Spot 12, but without the same media attention. That wasn’t the original plan. But some books gain notice after slowly building fans, and this is what For the Love of Meat will probably do. Some of the biggest fans of this collection of short stories are librarians, who can appreciate the Latin flavor of this multicultural and multinational collection.

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We had a few titles scheduled for 2017, but I’ve pulled those to make room for House of Rougeaux, Jenny Jaeckel’s debut novel now scheduled for the beginning of 2018. This is a novel of a lifetime and we need a whole year to midwife our precious manuscript. Thanks go out to our test readers who are bouncing up and down with excitement over this title, and also managing to give insightful and helpful feedback. Next step, professional editing and cover mock-ups. Advance copies should be ready by June 2017.

Raincloud Press is publishing quality literature, inclusive literature and narratives that feed the best of what people have to offer: Community, love, overcoming oppression, humor, racial and spiritual tolerance and harmony, and an LGBTQ supportive environment. Something about that feels so radical right now. And I just can’t put my finger on why…