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Launching Website for House of Rougeaux

House of Rougeaux (pronounced Rouge-o) is a historical novel beginning in the Antilles Island of Martinique starting in the 1700s. It follows two slave children as they fight for survival and then their descendants as they immigrate to Canada and eventually to civil-rights-era United States. Don’t miss this literary family saga coming out in April 2018. To pre-order this title click here, call this number (800-888-4741), or see our page dedicated to House of Rougeaux for more options. This is Jenny Jaeckel’s debut novel, and it’s a keeper.

House of Rougeaux 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 September, and we start a giveaway on Goodreads for copies on August 18th, 2017. We will be giving away 5 copies of House of Rougeaux through Goodreads about once a month up until the publication date, so you can check on its Goodreads page for the current giveaway.

 

House of Rougeaux

Hardcover, 6×9

ISBN 978-1-941203-24-8

also to be available as an ebook and audiobook

306 pages

$26.95

Publication April 27th,  2018

Literary Historical Fiction

 

Description

 

For Abeje and her brother Adunbi, home is the slave quarters of a Caribbean sugar plantation on the Antilles Island of Martinique. Under the watchful eye of their African mother, the children thrive despite what threatens to break them. After a night of brutality changes their lives forever, it is their strength and extraordinary bond that 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.

In moving prose, author Jenny Jaeckel creates a brilliantly imagined epic, weaving a multi-layered narrative that celebrates the Rougeaux family truimphs 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.

In her debut novel, award-winning author Jenny Jaeckel masterfully blends coming-of-age, folklore, and historical fiction with explorations of gender, race, and sexuality, creating a wondrous tale of hope and healing. 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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Three Titles Forthcoming

Here at Raincloud Press we’ve been working hard on our three titles scheduled for 2016 publication:

 

Rainbowcover44490From Ashes Into Light, debut visionary novel by Gudrun Mouw, is being sent to reviewers at this time, and there are a few copies available through giveaways on Goodreads (ends in two days) and LibraryThing (begins November 2nd). We are securing a blog tour and filling media inquiries. It is available for preorder on Amazon and will be available everywhere on 2/25/16.

 

The interior of For the Love of Meat is just complete, and sent to the printer for over 300 advance copies to be available for giveaways and reviews. There is a giveaway currently on Goodreads, and one to start on LibraryThing November 2nd. Publication is scheduled for 4/22/16.

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Thirdly, we are very happy to announce that our first Spanish-Language title will be published in Fall 2016 (with simultaneous publication of English version) Cunero 12: la historia de un nacimiento (Spot 12: A Story of a Birth). Raincloud Press and Josue Menjivar of Fresh Brewed Illustration completed the cover design and Menjivar will be putting the finishing touches on two interiors for us this Fall. We plan to have Spot 12 at BookExpo in Chicago this coming May, so we’ll have our ARCs by the beginning of Spring.

 

Spot 12 is a graphic memoir about a mother whose newborn spends five months in the NICU, written and illustrated by Jenny Jaeckel. It is a moving, raw and honest look at hospital- and crisis-induced PTSD and the effect of an extended medical stay on a family. We look forward to presenting it to the nursing, midwife and social work communities, and hope the Spanish language translation will help expand the resources for parents and families going through medical complications with their children. The journal Advances in Neonatal Care called it “very impressive,” and said that parents “will find comfort in how the author expresses their pain.” It was self-published in 2009 after winning the Xeric Grant in Canada. We are publishing a new edition and the first US release (October 2016).

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For the Love of Meat ~ Proofs and Promotion

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For the Love of Meat, by Jenny Jaeckel, is scheduled for publication in April of 2016. But we are proofing it now because Raincloud Press needs a new distributor, and we need to show them how groovy our books are! Also, we are going to start looking for popular authors and celebrities to read and possibly endorse the book. So if you know anyone who might fit this label, we are sending out some proof copies (sparingly at this point). See the description for more info. I don’t want to give away all the illustrations inside the book (over 60!) but we’ll be featuring one a month until the book is published. Look for information about For the Love of Meat on the author’s website as well: www.jennyjaeckel.com. camel

 

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New Title

COVERjulySMALLMany thanks to advance reader and published poet Perie Longo for coming up with a new title for our forthcoming book. Once titled Out of the Ashes, it is now called From Ashes Into Light. We realized there were just too many other books with the same title as our first choice. Threw out the old title and old cover today. Sometimes it’s a good day for a new incarnation.

Our blurbs from advanced readers are starting to come in so stay tuned!