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.
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.
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.
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.
Hear a clip of the audiobook for House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel, narrated by Bahni Turpin. Stay tuned for new reviews of the audiobook to appear very soon. Publishers Weekly and AudioFile Magazine are both reviewing the audio version of House of Rougeaux mostly likely to be published in early April.
From the first days of Raincloud Press I’ve been looking for the right project to produce into an audiobook. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration. The authors whose books I’ve acquired were all unknown when we first started. These days it can be hard to build fans from scratch. It takes time, and books, to build a fan base. As much as I wanted to produce an audio version of previous titles, it just didn’t make financial sense until House of Rougeaux came along.
We’ve been working with author Jenny Jaeckel since 2014, when we published her graphic novel Siberiak. She’s been building her platform with her unique, quirky and heart-wrenching writing style. But when I first read House of Rougeaux I knew it was something special. Jaeckel’s first novel, House of Rougeaux, is quite simply magical. So I set aside six months for the editing process, which I have never done before. Jaeckel and editor Neesa Sonoquie worked tirelessly on House of Rougeaux beginning in Novemeber 2016 until it read like a sophomore literary novel.
The next step was finding the right publicist, and after careful consideration a partnership was formed between Raincloud and Tanya Farrell of Wunderkind PR. It doesn’t matter how good a book is, without the right publicist and marketing team, no one will find out about it. With the confidence a good publicist brings, we went about hunting for a studio to help us produce our first audiobook.
I had several referrals for good audio studios. I ended up connecting with Mosaic Audio in Los Angeles. Everything fell into place; with a hole in the schedule of our top choice narrator (Bahni Turpin), we struck an agreement. After going over names and foreign-language pronunciation with the author, they began recording in early December 2017. Mosaic’s team of engineers took over from there, and within a few weeks we had the final files!
We took the final files and divided into CD-length files. We ordered CDs and made up advance review packages of the audiobook (see our video below!). These packages are for submitting the audiobook for review to places like Library Journal and AudioFile. But there are also extra copies that we plan to give away periodically on Instagram. We are giving away a book on CD next week (starting February 13th). If you haven’t followed us yet, please do to get the updates and for your chance to win House of Rougeaux swag: @raincloudpress.
House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel and performed by Bahni Turpin will be available in April as a digital download. A CD version of the audiobook will take longer to produce, stay tuned for that release date, but hopefully in June 2018.
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).
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.