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!

AudioFile Review of House of Rougeaux

AudioFile, the audiobook review magazine, has reviewed House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel, read by Bahni Turpin. Here’s the review in full (or visit AudioFile to see it on their webpage):

Narrator Bahni Turpin conveys place and time quickly while establishing the characters of Abeje and Adunbi, twins enslaved on a sugar plantation in eighteenth-century Martinique. Turpin conveys the protectiveness of their mother, the brutality of her death, and, afterwards, the tenderness of their protection of each other. Turpin also gives a strong sense of the culture of mysticism, viewed largely through Abeje’s development as a healer. Abeje and Adunbi are the progenitors of two centuries of heroes and heroines who deal courageously with the circumstance they face in varying time periods in Canada and the U.S. Each poignantly and personally reflects the issues of his or her era–for example, racism and gender prejudices. Turpin’s facility with accents and characterizations gives listeners a sense of these shifting time periods and the continuity that comes from generations of treasured family stories. S.W. © AudioFile

The list of books that our narrator, Bahni Turpin, has read is astounding. AudioFile has a great list of books read by Turpin, which includes National Book Award Winners and Oprah Book Club titles:

  • The Hate U Give
  • Children of Blood and Bone
  • The Underground Railroad
  • Here Comes the Sun
  • Precious
  • The Help
  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

We’ve partnered with Blackstone Audio to distribute the audio version of House of Rougeaux worldwide. Look for CD or downloadable versions of House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel and narrated by Bahni Turpin at all your favorite audiobook vendors on April 24th, 2018. Also, you can order the book on CD through your favorite bookstore.

 

Here’s pre-order links for all versions on Amazon and Downpour.

 

February Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel

House of Rougeaux

by Jenny Jaeckel

Giveaway ends February 25, 2018.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

This is our biggest giveaway yet! Fifty copies of House of Rougeaux will ship out on February 26th. Enter now for your chance to win. (you must be a Goodreads member to enter, but becoming a member is free, and organizing your virtual reading library on Goodreads is fun!)


Description

House of Rougeaux begins on a sugar plantation on the island of Martinique and follows the descendants of African slaves through countless trials, as they move to Canada and the US. Each new generation of the Rougeaux family takes the spotlight  in an emotional tale that spans nearly two centuries. Jenny Jaeckel blends coming-of-age, folklore, and historical fiction with explorations of gender, race, and sexuality, creating a wondrous and harrowing tale of hope and healing.

 

#Rougeaux

Are you interested in the emerging buzz for House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel? Search for #Rougeaux on Twitter, FB, or Instagram to see who’s posting about this forthcoming family epic.

LibraryThing January Giveaway

This Giveaway is over, but see House of Rougeaux‘s LibraryThing page and add it to your list or read reviews.

House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel is available now for a giveaway on LibraryThing. Follow this link to go to LibraryThing’s giveaway page. Scroll down until you see the cover and follow the instructions to win an advance copy of this anticipated family saga.


House of Rougeaux Giveaway

In moving prose, author Jenny Jaeckel creates a brilliantly imagined epic, weaving a multi-layered narrative that celebrates ​seven generations of the Rougeaux family’s triumphs 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.

Announcing Our Audiobook!

Raincloud Press is excited to announce we have booked Bahni Turpin to narrate the audiobook version of House of Rougeaux! Turpin is an established voice actor with many titles and awards under her belt. Two of her latest titles are The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Turpin has an astounding range of voices and accents; we are so grateful she accepted this project. She’s listed on Audible’s Narrator Hall of Fame.

We are working with Mosaic Audio in Los Angeles, who are have been graciously working to get this project done for our January deadline. We plan on releasing the audiobook simultaneously with the print and ebook versions on April 24th, 2018. It will be an unabridged version of House of Rougeaux, to be published on Audible, iTunes and wherever audiobooks are sold (and will also be available in some libraries).

 

House of Rougeaux

by Jenny Jaeckel

Audiobook Narrated by Bahni Turpin, available April 2018.

Unabridged digital audio, ISBN 978-1-941203-27-9, retail $24.99

Unabridged digital audio – library version ISBN 978-1-941203-29-3

Listen to an excerpt of our audiobook below:


Bahni Turpin Biography

Bahni Turpin is a native of Pontiac, Michigan, now residing in Los Angeles. Turpin has narrated over seventy audiobooks, and she is also an acclaimed actress with many theatre, TV and film credits. Turpin has won many awards for her audiobook narration, including the audie award for best fiction narration (for the title Sister of Mine). For a list of her film and TV credits, see IMDB.com.