Shipment has Arrived!

The revised ARC has arrived! House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel is publishing in April of 2018, and we have a second addition of the ARC with an updated cover as well as a corrected interior. Still, the art and text may not be final. But at least the text is not riddled with typos!

Books came by freight today packed on a small pallet. No one was at the warehouse (it was lunch time!) so I had to hustle down there to meet the truck driver. Which also meant there was no muscle besides my own to load the books in my car to go back to the office. 300 books in total added up! After school, my kids helped make a christmas tree out of books. Why not? House of Rougeaux is the right color for it.

All the giveaways on Instagram, Goodreads, and LibraryThing from December onward will be getting this new edition. If advance reviewers find any mistakes in this version, please let me, the publisher, know (Erika Lunder, raincloudpress @ gmail dot com); that would be so helpful.

Also, we’ve been looking for any reviews of House of Rougeaux to be posted after March 1st if possible. If you’re an independent book blogger and want to be part of an official blog tour, let us know! We’ll get you on the schedule.


House of Rougeaux ~ Description

In moving prose, House of Rougeaux weaves a multi-layered narrative that celebrates the Rougeaux family truimphs while exposing the injustices of their trials. As each new member of the clan 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.

It starts with siblings Abejé and her Adunbi, to whom home is the slave quarters of a Caribbean sugar plantation on the Antilles Island of Martinique. Under the watchful eye of their African mother, they thrive despite what threatens to break them. After a night of brutality changes their lives forever, their strength and extraordinary bond 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.

Award-winning author Jenny Jaeckel masterfully blends genres of coming-of-age and historical fiction with explorations of gender, race, and sexuality, creating a wondrous and harrowing tale of hope and healing.

 

Cover Reveal

Announcing the launch of House of Rougeaux, a debut novel from Jenny Jaeckel: to be published in April 2018. This seven-part family epic begins on the Island of Martinique and follows the descendants of African slaves as they survive, emigrate and flourish over a 200-year period. Replete with magical elements, this inspiring tale masterfully explores gender, race, sexuality, trauma and healing.

See the author’s own original ink illustrations on our instagram campaign (not included in the book) and follow Jaeckel’s musings on her blog: www.jennyjaeckel.com.

Stay tuned for more about our book launch! Preorder now online!

Ashes Free All This Week!

The novel we published in February, From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw, is free (Kindle version only) this week for the first time! It’s pretty fun giving a book away for free and seeing copies go out into the world and get into the hands of folks who wouldn’t otherwise have taken a look. As I write this, the book has been free only this morning and already about 60 people have downloaded it, and that makes me smile.

From Ashes Into Light is a special project for so many reasons. First and foremost because the subject matter is intensely relevant. This visionary and historical novel incorporates so many themes significant to right now, like:

  • War Refugees
  • Genocide
  • Overcoming Intolerance
  • Native American Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Judaism
  • Overcoming Sexual Abuse
  • Speaking Out Against Hate

From Ashes Into Light weaves a powerful, thrilling tale contributing to discussions on racism, anti-semitism, sexism, and sexual abuse. And this is the goal of publishing for us, at Raincloud Press, to be in the fray of helping boost consciousness and help where we can encourage greater harmony in the world. Now, of course, we do want to recoup our expenses eventually so we can keep doing this. And some of our authors need help with expenses, so we are interested in material success too. And in that vein, we ask for your help to review our books when you read them, because that helps us get the word out and sell more books. Review on Amazon, review on Barnes and Noble, review on Goodreads, or anywhere you may go for your reading information. Reviewing also helps contribute to this global and lively discussion, and whether you loved or hated the book, your review is valuable to us!

From Ashes Into Light will be free at the Kindle Store today through April 8th. But if you are reading this after, we will have another discounted window (where the Kindle version will be 99 cents) the week of April 18th (I don’t have the exact dates at this point).

From Ashes Into Light visits “Pimp That Character” today, check out the post!

And for the 6th week of our blog tour, there are some great stops this week. Stay tuned for another post with all the links! And thanks go out to all the bloggers that are making this happen.