Ashes Free All This Week!

The novel we published in February, From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw, is free (Kindle version only) this week for the first time! It’s pretty fun giving a book away for free and seeing copies go out into the world and get into the hands of folks who wouldn’t otherwise have taken a look. As I write this, the book has been free only this morning and already about 60 people have downloaded it, and that makes me smile.

From Ashes Into Light is a special project for so many reasons. First and foremost because the subject matter is intensely relevant. This visionary and historical novel incorporates so many themes significant to right now, like:

  • War Refugees
  • Genocide
  • Overcoming Intolerance
  • Native American Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Judaism
  • Overcoming Sexual Abuse
  • Speaking Out Against Hate

From Ashes Into Light weaves a powerful, thrilling tale contributing to discussions on racism, anti-semitism, sexism, and sexual abuse. And this is the goal of publishing for us, at Raincloud Press, to be in the fray of helping boost consciousness and help where we can encourage greater harmony in the world. Now, of course, we do want to recoup our expenses eventually so we can keep doing this. And some of our authors need help with expenses, so we are interested in material success too. And in that vein, we ask for your help to review our books when you read them, because that helps us get the word out and sell more books. Review on Amazon, review on Barnes and Noble, review on Goodreads, or anywhere you may go for your reading information. Reviewing also helps contribute to this global and lively discussion, and whether you loved or hated the book, your review is valuable to us!

From Ashes Into Light will be free at the Kindle Store today through April 8th. But if you are reading this after, we will have another discounted window (where the Kindle version will be 99 cents) the week of April 18th (I don’t have the exact dates at this point).

From Ashes Into Light visits “Pimp That Character” today, check out the post!

And for the 6th week of our blog tour, there are some great stops this week. Stay tuned for another post with all the links! And thanks go out to all the bloggers that are making this happen.

Ashes Blog Tour ~ Week Five


It’s been five weeks since From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw was launched and the blog tour is still in full swing. On March 21st an interview with Gudrun posted on The Literary Nook. Today, March 28th, a guest post appeared on Cover 2 Cover.  For the full schedule please visit PUYB. Or follow us on twitter @raincloudpress where I am posting links to all the interviews with Gudrun Mouw and other reviews.

The blog tour continues through the first two weeks in April. We’ve been informed that a review of From Ashes Into Light will be published in Whole Life Times, print copies of which are available in Los Angeles or by subscription (no review link yet). Also in April, for a few days in the first week of April, the kindle version of From Ashes Into Light will be free. Stay tuned for more about this promotion.

On May 7th, at the Los Olivos Grange, and hosted by the Book Loft of Solvang and the Solvang Library, the first reading and book event with Gudrun Mouw will take place. Details about the event will be posted here when it gets closer to the event. You can follow Gudrun on Twitter (@GudrunMouw) for updates too.


From Ashes Into Light Description:

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.

Jewish Literature

This last year is the first time that I’ve sought out Jewish Literature. I’ve always enjoyed books about the Jewish experience if I happened upon them. But this year I am trying to become somewhat up to date with the genre because by this time next year I will be putting the finishing touches on From Ashes into Light by Gudrun Mouw, a book about, in part, the Jewish experience during World War II.

ezra&jasper copyMy husband is Jewish and his grandparents emigrated from Germany in the 1930s. I have a keen sense of relief every time I think on this. I am so thankful to those grandparents, both passed now, and the factors that allowed them to escape. It has away of coloring my sense of what’s right and wrong. It gives me perspective when confronted with trivial discomforts of a daily life without war or discrimination. Two of my own grandparents were also both German citizens during WWII and had their own abominable experiences living through war. So I grew up with a feeling that I was privileged in simply living in a non-war zone.

But even still, I remember thinking as a teen that “I’ve read enough books about the Holocaust and WW II.” I think I was trying to protect myself from how painful reading those stories felt. Now, seeking them out, I recognize the benefit of tears, feeling empathy for others and honoring their suffering in a way. Today, it doesn’t hurt me, even though it hurts; in fact, it may provide brief moments of healing.

Some of the books I’m reading include the “Book Thief,” “People of the Book,” “Sarah’s Key,” “Henna House,” “Night,”  and “Rav Hisda’s Daughter: Book I.” The above authors are amazing, and it makes me feel proud to be a small part of the publishing community.

Erika Lunder

Raincloud Press