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.

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.