Book Tour Week Four ~ From Ashes Into Light

This week on the From Ashes Into Light Blog Tour:

Since the publication of From Ashes Into Light on February 26th, and the start of the blog tour, we have been getting some great feedback about the book. And it’s been so great to have the involvement of bloggers getting the word out about Gudrun Mouw’s book. The links above include the first two guest posts by the author and a new interview. Gudrun answers questions and reveals more about how her family history helped choose the direction for her novel.

If you have already read the book, your honest review on Goodreads and Amazon can help others find From Ashes Into Light. And it’s quick and easy to join in the discussion.

If you are going on vacation for spring break and taking From Ashes Into Light along with you, send us a photo of reading on vacation and we’ll post them online! Happy travels everyone.


Title: From Ashes Into Light
Author: Gudrun Mouw
Pages: 240
Genre: Literary/Visionary Fiction
Publisher: Raincloud Press

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.


Ashes Blog Tour

FlyingBks_AshesOn February 26th From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw published here at Raincloud Press! It was a great day for our first fiction publication. A blog tour started on the 24th, and I’ve listed some of the highlights below. These are links to posts that have already happened, but there are another 6 weeks of activities! Find a link to the complete schedule below.

As I’m writing this, From Ashes Into Light is ranked #179 on the Kindle Metaphysical list. And people are starting to get word that Gudrun Mouw has written a dark-night-of-the-soul spiritual thriller that’s uplifting and transformative. Thank you to everyone who has helped with this project, including foremost the author herself who had to approve several rounds of editing. The main editor, Maxima Kahn, was an amazing guide bringing this narrative to fruition. I want to thank our Native American editor and readers, who wish to remain unnamed (because in an ideal world, White people wouldn’t write about Native American History which is invariably romanticized, but we followed their advice to make it less offensive to Native persons).  And, of course, there were many other behind-the-scenes members of the team designing the book, copy-writing, copy-editing, and midwifing the book into existence.


Blog Tour for From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw


Other posts that featured From Ashes Into Light and posts that are scheduled for the future can be found at the Book Tour Schedule at Pump Up Your Book.

We would love your feedback! Did you read From Ashes Into Light? Let us know what you thought. Does the book remind you of another book? Add to the perspectives at Goodreads or Amazon. Thanks for bringing your thoughtful consideration to our endeavor!

Reincarnation and Tolerance

Four Ways Exploring Reincarnation Can Help Dispel Hate

  •  If we come back lifetime after lifetime, then we are bound to have lives as both men, women, gay or transgender people, as Asians, Natives, Blacks, Latinos and Whites, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists. Think about this before you judge anyone.
  • If you are inexplicably drawn to someone, it may be you’ve known each other in a past life! These experiences cross social, racial and economic barriers. Don’t be afraid, see what the connection is.
  • Everyone has their own path for this lifetime. Often, things don’t work out exactly how we’d planned. Chances are, you have had lives both with great status and power, and with great need. Don’t waste time wishing things were different. When you reincarnate, it will be.
  • When we hold tightly to grudges, they can follow us into the next lifetime, lessening our happiness and creating conflicts. Clean up your emotional baggage now, and be kind to your future self.


Terrifying for the Racists

In a time of unimaginably hateful, fear-based crimes, readers seek books that help give a positive message and make sense of the chaos around them.  From Ashes Into Light is that balm to those who are sick of the violence and callowness reported in the news, but want relevant and contemporary topics.

​In Gudrun Mouw’s forthcoming novel, From Ashes Into Light, the narrative plunges into the darkness, but always comes up for air. Through the alternating protagonists, we are immersed in new perspectives of the Holocaust, seen through a young Austria Jew, and of the enslavement and Genocide of the Native Americans, seen through a boy who successfully evades capture. A third protagonist, Friede, a white girl, a war-refugee, helps bring the suffering of the past into a contemporary perspective by experiencing the other two as past lives. Friede overcomes a terrifying childhood suffering at the hands of her father, an untreated PTSD-suffering veteran, and has help overcoming her personal history by integrating the history of the past. Her message is tolerance and being true to your own knowing.

Raincloud Press is publishing From Ashes Into Light on February 26th, 2016. Available now for preorder. 


From Ashes Into Light eBook Preorder

Great News!

Raincloud Press has now partnered with Smashwords for our non-illustrated eBook distribution (illustrated books are still with Comixology). This means our forthcoming title, From Ashes Into Light, will be available as an eBook preorder. Order your e-copy now, and it will automatically download on the first available day (February 25th, 2016).

Ebook Preorder

The following vendors have From Ashes Into Light as an eBook preorder:

Barnes & Noble-Nook preorder

iBooks-go to your app and type in Gudrun Mouw or From Ashes Into Light or click here

Kobo-it’s ready for purchase!


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From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw

eBook version ISBN: 978-1-941203-09-5

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48,000 words, 44 chapters

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From Ashes Into Light, pub date count-down…

From Ashes Into Light has about three months to publication. We are busy putting the finishing touches on the manuscript to get the tome to you on time! We have been sending out advance copies of our forthcoming novel From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw to journals, magazines and other media for review. The novel is going off to a final copyediting, then it’s time to proof the final hardcover version.

Rainbowcover44490Another tweaking of the cover was completed, to help convey the sentiments of the story, which include a contemporary, feminine and historical perspective. Advance copies are being offered on LibraryThing in November, and we look forward to hearing how the librarians receive this work and how they perceive the audience.


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.


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).