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.

House of Rougeaux, a Canadian Bestseller

We’re thrilled to announce that House of Rougeaux is a Canadian bestseller! This past weekend, House of Rougeaux, by Canadian author Jenny Jaeckel, edged into the number one slot in all it’s three genres on Canadian Amazon, and landed in the top 10 ebooks of any genre in the Paid Kindle Store. Word has definitely gotten out about this moving family saga.  Here’s what people are saying about House of Rougeaux:

 

The Print Book:

“Jaeckel’s graceful prose and clear purpose make this an excellent addition to historical novels about the French Caribbean.”

—Literary Hub

“A wonderful read.” —Historical Novel Review

“Read this one with a box of tissues, because every other page will move you to tears.” —HelloGiggles

“Fine brushstrokes bring the writing to life, capturing the scent of wood smoke and sun-dried grass, or a box of rose candies that symbolizes choice…. The book achieves a resonance that lingers long after its plot points are forgotten. 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 of their own.”—Foreword Reviews (5 Stars)

“Abeje and Adunbi live on a sugar plantation on the island of Martinique with their enslaved mother. While she tries to protect them from the horrors inflicted on enslaved people, they’re left to fend for themselves after she dies. The siblings must lean on each other to survive, and in this masterful novel, Jenny Jaeckel explores how their support and sacrifices influence their family for generations. Much like Homegoing, House of Rougeaux is an intergenerational novel that uses different characters to travel through decades of turmoil and triumphs.”—Bitch Media

“I love the detailed POVs and how all the woven narratives came together at the end. It’s a great story about family, race, and the folklore (my favorite part) all mixed into each character’s coming of age story!” —Life of A Female Bibliophile

“I finished ‘House of Rougeaux’ a couple of days ago and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting each member of the Rougeaux family and getting to be a witness to their lives. From the matriarch Iya, who was taken from Africa and brought to Martinique to a great-granddaughter who had to run away to NYC and found success as a musician. I found every member of this family to be extraordinary. Nearing the end of the book I didn’t want to leave them. I carried their stories with me while I read the book and after. The writing pulled me in within the first 5 pages and continued to surprise and move me. Jenny Jaeckel weaved such an incredible story and family history.” —kmmendez

“With beautiful writing that easily flows from one family member to the next I almost felt as if I were reading a documentary if that makes sense? The descendants of Adunbi and Abeje are highlighted in different sections (or episodes) yet there is always a common underlying thread binding things together. If you’re a fan of historical fiction I’d definitely recommend checking this one out…” katielmae

“The different generations of the family all face pain and losses, but overall the book offers a sense of hope and survival. Becoming free does not end their troubles. At times, they redefine the meaning of family…I gladly recommend this book for readers who welcome another version of what it has meant to be black in North America.” —Me, You, And Books

House of Rougeaux is a spellbinding, heartbreaking, heartwarming account of the Rougeaux family. And if you like stories of hope and love, this is the one for you.” —The Melodramatic Bookworm

“I rather liked this approach. It’s very much the way we learn our own family history, with this great aunt telling us about one journey, a grandmother filling us in with stories of her childhood, another bit learned from a document–all coming at different times, out of order, leaving us to piece together what we can.” —Reading is not the Challenge

House of Rougeaux is a fascinating family saga. Jaeckel does a great job weaving history into her story.” Tonstant Weader Review

The Audiobook:

“Actor Turpin’s skill with a vast array of accents brings the characters of Jaeckel’s multigenerational novel to life…Turpin’s cool, clear voice fluidly takes the listener from place to place, and her accent switches seamlessly from Caribbean to French to English to American Southern, giving each character a distinct and authentic voice. Turpin’s multifaceted performance enhances this rich tapestry of a novel.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“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

“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.” AudioFile


Haven’t read it yet? Don’t let this one pass you by! Buy a kindle copy now on Canadian Amazon for a discounted price, for a limited time only.

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

House of Rougeaux Publicity Roundup

This week Literary Hub, a great online magazine, recommended House of Rougeaux in their article “5 Books You May Have Overlooked in April.” They wrote this nice little blurb about it:

Starting in 1785, House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel follows an enslaved family on a Martinique sugar estate—you may never eat the refined white stuff again after reading. While Jaeckel writes bluntly about the horrors of this particular colonialism, her main focus is the bond between siblings Abeje and Adunbi, a bond that unites them through being orphaned and finally, when a long-held secret is unearthed, helps the Rougeaux family understand its deep legacy. Jaeckel’s graceful prose and clear purpose make this an excellent addition to historical novels about the French Caribbean.

Last week there was a blogger review posted on “Seeing the Lighter Side,” by Rebecca Bowyer. She writes, “Though not an easy read, the language and imagery used is incredible.”

Foreword Reviews included House of Rougeaux on their Book of the Day Roundup. Here’s a snippet of their review:

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.

Today, Jenny Jaeckel posts her first blog written since the publication of her first novel, House of Rougeaux. Don’t miss her boat metaphor! We are keeping our House of Rougeaux page up to date with all the latest news.


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!

Requesting House of Rougeaux at your local library:

Audio on CD, give them this ISBN: 978-1-941203-31-6 and have the title, author and narrator written down too!

Hardcover, give them this ISBN: 978-1-941203-24-8

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!