Audio_book_Cover

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.

cherry_blossoms

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.

Audio_book_Cover

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.

meat_front_3_small-copyWhat’s Next

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…

 

 

From_Ashes_Into_Light_OnSaleNow

Ashes Blog Tour ~ Week Five

From_Ashes_Into_Light_OnSaleNow

It’s been five weeks since From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw was launched and the blog tour is still in full swing. On March 21st an interview with Gudrun posted on The Literary Nook. Today, March 28th, a guest post appeared on Cover 2 Cover.  For the full schedule please visit PUYB. Or follow us on twitter @raincloudpress where I am posting links to all the interviews with Gudrun Mouw and other reviews.

The blog tour continues through the first two weeks in April. We’ve been informed that a review of From Ashes Into Light will be published in Whole Life Times, print copies of which are available in Los Angeles or by subscription (no review link yet). Also in April, for a few days in the first week of April, the kindle version of From Ashes Into Light will be free. Stay tuned for more about this promotion.

On May 7th, at the Los Olivos Grange, and hosted by the Book Loft of Solvang and the Solvang Library, the first reading and book event with Gudrun Mouw will take place. Details about the event will be posted here when it gets closer to the event. You can follow Gudrun on Twitter (@GudrunMouw) for updates too.

 

From Ashes Into Light 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.

FlyingBks_Ashes

Ashes Blog Tour

FlyingBks_AshesOn February 26th From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw published here at Raincloud Press! It was a great day for our first fiction publication. A blog tour started on the 24th, and I’ve listed some of the highlights below. These are links to posts that have already happened, but there are another 6 weeks of activities! Find a link to the complete schedule below.

As I’m writing this, From Ashes Into Light is ranked #179 on the Kindle Metaphysical list. And people are starting to get word that Gudrun Mouw has written a dark-night-of-the-soul spiritual thriller that’s uplifting and transformative. Thank you to everyone who has helped with this project, including foremost the author herself who had to approve several rounds of editing. The main editor, Maxima Kahn, was an amazing guide bringing this narrative to fruition. I want to thank our Native American editor and readers, who wish to remain unnamed (because in an ideal world, White people wouldn’t write about Native American History which is invariably romanticized, but we followed their advice to make it less offensive to Native persons).  And, of course, there were many other behind-the-scenes members of the team designing the book, copy-writing, copy-editing, and midwifing the book into existence.

 

Blog Tour for From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw

Rainbowcover44490

Other posts that featured From Ashes Into Light and posts that are scheduled for the future can be found at the Book Tour Schedule at Pump Up Your Book.

We would love your feedback! Did you read From Ashes Into Light? Let us know what you thought. Does the book remind you of another book? Add to the perspectives at Goodreads or Amazon. Thanks for bringing your thoughtful consideration to our endeavor!

FlyingBabyWeb

Reincarnation and Tolerance

Four Ways Exploring Reincarnation Can Help Dispel Hate

  •  If we come back lifetime after lifetime, then we are bound to have lives as both men, women, gay or transgender people, as Asians, Natives, Blacks, Latinos and Whites, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists. Think about this before you judge anyone.
  • If you are inexplicably drawn to someone, it may be you’ve known each other in a past life! These experiences cross social, racial and economic barriers. Don’t be afraid, see what the connection is.
  • Everyone has their own path for this lifetime. Often, things don’t work out exactly how we’d planned. Chances are, you have had lives both with great status and power, and with great need. Don’t waste time wishing things were different. When you reincarnate, it will be.
  • When we hold tightly to grudges, they can follow us into the next lifetime, lessening our happiness and creating conflicts. Clean up your emotional baggage now, and be kind to your future self.

FlyingBabyWeb

Terrifying for the Racists

In a time of unimaginably hateful, fear-based crimes, readers seek books that help give a positive message and make sense of the chaos around them.  From Ashes Into Light is that balm to those who are sick of the violence and callowness reported in the news, but want relevant and contemporary topics.

​In Gudrun Mouw’s forthcoming novel, From Ashes Into Light, the narrative plunges into the darkness, but always comes up for air. Through the alternating protagonists, we are immersed in new perspectives of the Holocaust, seen through a young Austria Jew, and of the enslavement and Genocide of the Native Americans, seen through a boy who successfully evades capture. A third protagonist, Friede, a white girl, a war-refugee, helps bring the suffering of the past into a contemporary perspective by experiencing the other two as past lives. Friede overcomes a terrifying childhood suffering at the hands of her father, an untreated PTSD-suffering veteran, and has help overcoming her personal history by integrating the history of the past. Her message is tolerance and being true to your own knowing.

Raincloud Press is publishing From Ashes Into Light on February 26th, 2016. Available now for preorder.