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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICUreceived it’s most prestigious award yet: the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Parenting/Family Catagory. Graphic Novels (Comics!) have come a long way. Ten years ago very few comics were winning non-comic awards, but now it’s getting more common. It’s a great pleasure for us to have one of our titles celebrated in this way. The author Jenny Jaeckel is a hard-working and dedicated author and illustrator, and we’re glad for her to receive recognition. If you haven’t read her story Spot 12about her harrowing experience with a baby in the NICU, you can order it here (or anywhere you get your books), and read the description below. If you have read Spot 12, please check out Jaeckel’s blog, where she’s written a series updating readers about Asa’s progress after the return home from the hospital. Spot 12 has also been translated into Spanish, look for Cunero 12: Cinco Meses en la UCI Neonatales.
Spot 12 Description
A visually gripping illustrated memoir, Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU delivers the gritty details of a mother, a newborn, and a five-month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
A routine prenatal exam reveals a dangerous problem and the first-time parents find themselves thrust into a world of close calls, sleepless nights, and psychological crisis. Surrounded by disagreements, deaths, extended family tensions, and questions of faith, the mother struggles to maintain a positive frame of mind. Against the antiseptic, mechanical reality of the NICU, the dedicated health professionals are drawn as sympathetic and wry animal characters. Doctor Eyes and Nurse Gentlehands are two of the care providers that do all they can to take care of Baby Asa. At times the parents battle feelings of helplessness but their determination, insight, bravery, and connection ultimately helps keep their little one alive.
Spot 12 has won the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Parenting/Family category, and was named a finalist in the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards and as a finalist in the 2016 Best Book Awards for the Comics: Graphic Novel Category.
Jenny Jaeckel is the author of the forthcoming House of Rougeaux, which is her debut novel. Her previous titles include For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories and Siberiak: My Cold War Adventure on the River Ob. In 2016, Jaeckel published the graphic memoir Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU which was the winner of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Spot 12 was also a 2016 finalist in the Foreword Indies Book Awards. Jaeckel has also appeared as a guest on the popular podcast ONE BAD MOTHER.
Jenny Jaeckel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington and a Master’s Degree in Hispanic Literatures from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has worked as a translator, an editor, a Spanish teacher, a graphic arts teacher and an illustrator.
Jenny Jaeckel was born in California, but lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she and her husband became health refugees when their child needed a decade of specialized medical care. Jaeckel is currently working on her second novel, a continuation of the family epic House of Rougeaux, yet to be named.
This is an especially good day at Raincloud Press. All three books that we published this year became finalists in the 2016 Best Book Awards! From Ashes Into Light is a finalist in both Fiction: New Age and Fiction: Visionary. For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories is a finalist for Fiction: Short Stories. And Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU is a finalist in Comics: Graphic Novel.
This is a huge honor for us! It’s great to have the talent of our authors, Gudrun Mouw and Jenny Jaeckel, acknowledged in this way. For Gudrun Mouw and her debut novel From Ashes Into Light, this is her third award. Although her reviews on Goodreads have been mixed, the award judges are picking this book again and again. There really is nothing like From Ashes Into Light: spiritual fiction about some of the world’s biggest tragedies and a soul who reincarnates through the ages. The narrative is poetic and shifts between four main characters, making it perhaps a little complicated for those used to genre fiction.
Our lead title for Fall of 2016 is Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU. The Best Book Award is the first award for this title and we are thrilled. Spot 12 is an adult comic book about the author Jenny Jaeckel’s time in the NICU with her newborn who was born with a genetic condition. The baby Asa survives a harrowing first five months. Spot 12 is getting great reviews and by word of mouth is transforming how friends, families and strangers are viewing the NICU experience.
For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories by Jenny Jaeckel got squeezed out of it’s summer publication spot so that Raincloud Press could transfer all our titles to a new distributor (Small Press United). For the Love of Meat was published in October alongside Spot 12, but without the same media attention. That wasn’t the original plan. But some books gain notice after slowly building fans, and this is what For the Love of Meat will probably do. Some of the biggest fans of this collection of short stories are librarians, who can appreciate the Latin flavor of this multicultural and multinational collection.
We had a few titles scheduled for 2017, but I’ve pulled those to make room for House of Rougeaux, Jenny Jaeckel’s debut novel now scheduled for the beginning of 2018. This is a novel of a lifetime and we need a whole year to midwife our precious manuscript. Thanks go out to our test readers who are bouncing up and down with excitement over this title, and also managing to give insightful and helpful feedback. Next step, professional editing and cover mock-ups. Advance copies should be ready by June 2017.
Raincloud Press is publishing quality literature, inclusive literature and narratives that feed the best of what people have to offer: Community, love, overcoming oppression, humor, racial and spiritual tolerance and harmony, and an LGBTQ supportive environment. Something about that feels so radical right now. And I just can’t put my finger on why…
Raincloud Press Author Gudrun Mouw just won Living Now Awards silver medal for Inspirational Fiction. The Living Now Awards are in their 8th season and were created to celebrate books that “enhance the quality of our lives.” We are honored that the Living Now Awards saw fit to bestow From Ashes Into Light a medal. It means a lot to our team and to the author to have this moment of recognition. Thank you Living Now Awards!
For those of you who haven’t heard of From Ashes Into Light, it’s a visionary novel about overcoming great adversity and prejudice, and it takes place over the course of 200 years. From Ashes Into Light is available in hardcover through any bookstore. If it’s not in stock, it can be ordered since it’s available through all the wholesalers. The novel will be available in softcover at the end of November.
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.