House of Rougeaux wins 2019 Benjamin Franklin Award!

House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel was awarded the silver medal in Historical Fiction during the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Awards. This is a huge honor, and we thank IBPA for the award that marks independent excellence. Here’s the press release from IBPA.

House of Rougeaux is a gorgeous, emotional, and heart-wrenching family saga about enslaved islanders and their descendants. From the Caribbean, to Canada, to the US, and back, the Rougeaux family overcomes frightening odds and obstacles. Don’t miss this award-winning tale!

Find House of Rougeaux in Audio or Print wherever you get your books. The audiobook is narrated by Bahni Turpin, who has earned many awards for her performances including the 2018 Odyssey Award for The Hate U Give.

Jenny Jaeckel has won multiple awards for her graphic novel Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU. House of Rougeaux is her fourth book and her first novel published. She’s currently working on a sequel to House of Rougeaux, and recently finished her second novel titled Eighteen. Find out more about Jaeckel and read her personal essays at www.jennyjaeckel.com.

Backlist Spotlight ~ From Ashes Into Light

Looking for that perfect tearjerker, a love-overcomes-evil epic? Check out From Ashes Into Light, a three-part historical paranormal #metoo  saga. Author Gudrun Mouw garnered seven awards for her debut novel From Ashes Into Light, including the silver medal in Inspirational Fiction from the Living Now Awards, and the winner of the International Book Awards in Visionary Fiction. Don’t miss Mouw’s lyrical prose and mind-bending journey that takes one soul through centuries of lives.

Synopsis

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.

Gudrun Mouw Bio

At age 49, Gudrun Mouw spent a summer in Europe doing the initial research for From Ashes into Light (forthcoming for February 2016). Originally from Germany (she emigrated at age 7, and became a US citizen in 2001) her knowledge of German came in handy traveling in the former Czechoslovakia, the former East Germany, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Especially provoking was her visit to Dachau, the former Jewish concentration camp now turned into a museum.

During the 12 years of writing and revising From Ashes into Light, Gudrun Mouw worked as a health-educator and a yoga/meditation teacher. She wrote the novel in the vacuum created by her only daughter attending college and moving away. She also weathered a divorce while working on the novel.

Gudrun Mouw

After failing to find a publisher for the manuscript, Mouw put the novel on the back burner. She continued writing poetry and worked on several non-fiction manuscripts. In January 2014, Mouw began working with the publisher Raincloud Press and published Wife of the House, a collection of poetry, in April 2014. Around the same time, Mouw sent her novel to her publisher, who found an editor for this unique and rich work. After yet another round of revisions, it was only after seeing the advance copies in late 2014, did the reality of publication finally start to sink in for the author, at the tender age of 70.

New Interview with Author Jenny Jaeckel

Author Jenny Jaeckel

A wonderful interview came out this week by blogger Lael Braday about Jenny Jaeckel’s books and writing career.  It’s an in-depth look at Jaeckel’s inner workings, great for anyone wanting to know more about what makes authors tick! Plus it features new author pics of Jaeckel, taken this August (2018).

Jenny Jaeckel is busy working on her next two books, one of which is a sequel to her recent historical novel House of Rougeaux (April 2018). We were so happy for Jaeckel and the success of Rougeaux, which topped the Amazon charts this summer in Canada. Find out more about House of Rougeaux here, and read the full Publishers Weekly starred review of the audiobook here.

Link to Jaeckel’s Blog

Where are all the new books?

Submissions have been closed because Raincloud Press is going on a one-year Sabbatical starting in the Spring of 2019 (after Rougeaux comes out in paperback), and our authors may be publishing their work in new venues. We’ve been so grateful for all the successes of our five year span! Wishing everyone the best of luck with their future careers.  And we’re planning to be back in Spring 2020.

How to Request a Title from Your Local Library

With such great library systems in most cities, you shouldn’t have to buy a book you really want to read or listen to. Libraries want to know what titles are important to you! Individual libraries have different methods for submitting requests (some have an online form), just ask your librarian how to submit a request! Here’s the information you should have with you to make the request.

  • The ISBN number
  • The Title
  • The Author
  • The Narrator (if applicable)

Here’s the info for House of Rougeaux, print version:

  • 978-1-941203-24-8
  • House of Rougeaux
  • Jenny Jaeckel

And the info for the audiobook version of House of Rougeaux:

  • 978-1-941203-31-6
  • House of Rougeaux
  • Jenny Jaeckel
  • Bahni Turpin

Happy Borrowing!


House of Rougeaux is a bestselling Canadian family saga spanning two centuries and three countries. Midwest Book Review called it “An extraordinary novel by a master of narrative-driven storytelling…”

Raincloud Press Featured on Booklist

Booklist recently published a feature article called, “New Kids on the Audio Block,” which highlighted the endeavors of three publishers, Raincloud included. We were tickled to make it into a Booklist article, especially since they are the go-to guide for acquisition librarians.  As Joyce Saricks says in her article, House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel and narrated by Bahni Turpin was our first audiobook, and we look forward to producing audio for all our future fiction and YA titles.

Booklist Review

This week Booklist reviewed House of Rougeaux (the audiobook).  Here’s the review:

This saga begins on the island of Martinique in the seventeenth century, where siblings Adunbi and Abeje
are born into slavery on a sugar plantation. The novel chronicles their lives and those of their descendants
through the twentieth century, reflecting the times in which they lived and considering cultural and social
mores, politics, and gender issues. With its intimate portraits of generations of family members, this
layered novel proves a splendid showcase for Turpin’s many talents. Accents—Caribbean, French, and
more—flow easily. However, her greatest strength is her ability to reveal characters through her nuanced
portrayals. The novel’s nonchronological time line creates some confusion since listeners do not have
access to the printed family tree found in the book, but Turpin’s expressive reading grounds listeners in
this richly detailed family saga, a tale replete with historical details, along with touches of mysticism and
folklore.
— Joyce Saricks, Booklist

ALA Annual Conference June 2018

Between June 21st and 26th, the American Library Association holds their annual conference. This year in New Orleans. What an incredible chance for librarians from all over the country to get together and share favorite resources and see the latest offerings from publishers. We are excited to be there in two locations. Our distributor, IPG (Independent Publishers Group, Booth #1531), will be giving 100 print copies away of House of Rougeaux. If you’ll be there, please stop by and get a copy!

Our audio distributor, Blackstone Audio, will have exclusive postcards with all the latest audio version praise and ordering information. Don’t miss visiting one of the largest audio companies in the US.

If you’re there please tweet or Instagram any sightings of House of Rougeaux! #Rougeaux #alaac18 @RaincloudPress

And say hi to Michelle Obama for us!!

Rougeaux Family Tree for Audiobook Listeners

There have been some requests that we make the Rougeaux family tree available for audiobook listeners. The tree is printed in the hardcover version as below. In the ebook version, there is a modified version. The Rougeaux family is a large family, and House of Rougeaux doesn’t follow a linear historical progression, so the family tree should clear up any confusion. Below the image, there’s  a button to download the family tree if you choose to. Thanks for looking!

Click to Download the family Tree File: Download