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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…

 

 

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Visionary Novel Wins Silver Medal in Inspirational Fiction

livingnowaward-copyRaincloud Press Author Gudrun Mouw just won Living Now Awards silver medal for Inspirational Fiction. The Living Now Awards are in their 8th season and were created to celebrate books that “enhance the quality of our lives.” We are honored that the Living Now Awards saw fit to bestow From Ashes Into Light a medal. It means a lot to our team and to the author to have this moment of recognition. Thank you Living Now Awards!

For those of you who haven’t heard of From Ashes Into Light, it’s a visionary novel about overcoming great adversity and prejudice, and it takes place over the course of 200 years. From Ashes Into Light is available in hardcover through any bookstore. If it’s not in stock, it can be ordered since it’s available through all the wholesalers. The novel will be available in softcover at the end of November.

Here’s a link to the award announcement at Living Now Awards.

Here’s a link to the order page to order From Ashes Into Light directly from IPG.

Here’s a link to Gudrun Mouw’s blog.

Description of 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 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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On the Radio ~ with Ashes Into Light

yogagrannysmallWe are proud to announce that a radio interview with author Gudrun Mouw aired today at 10 am on KCHO in Chico, California and other Northern California stations (collectively known as NSPR). Nancy Wiegman, host of Nancy’s Bookshelf, interviewed Mouw about her novel From Ashes Into Light which published in February. Mouw reads sections of her book and answers some intriguing and metaphysical questions about her writing process and her own experience.

Please visit the radio link to listen:

Gudrun Mouw’s interview on Nancy’s Bookshelf

Spoiler Alert:

Do note that if you haven’t read From Ashes Into Light yet, you might want to wait to listen to the interview since there are some spoilers!

 

 

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Ashes Blog Tour ~ Week Five

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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.

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Book Tour Week Four ~ From Ashes Into Light

This week on the From Ashes Into Light Blog Tour:

Since the publication of From Ashes Into Light on February 26th, and the start of the blog tour, we have been getting some great feedback about the book. And it’s been so great to have the involvement of bloggers getting the word out about Gudrun Mouw’s book. The links above include the first two guest posts by the author and a new interview. Gudrun answers questions and reveals more about how her family history helped choose the direction for her novel.

If you have already read the book, your honest review on Goodreads and Amazon can help others find From Ashes Into Light. And it’s quick and easy to join in the discussion.

If you are going on vacation for spring break and taking From Ashes Into Light along with you, send us a photo of reading on vacation and we’ll post them online! Happy travels everyone.

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Title: From Ashes Into Light
Author: Gudrun Mouw
Pages: 240
Genre: Literary/Visionary Fiction
Publisher: Raincloud Press

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.

 

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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

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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!