A Year of Books – Spot 12 Gets Legs

 

Meat_Front_3_small copyFor the Love of Meat is moving ahead, with the publisher giving away copies of the advance copy and Meat to appear for preorder in the next week or so.

Meanwhile, friend and book designer extraordinaire Josué Menjivar has been laying out the new edition of Spot 12: The Story of a Birth in English and Spanish. My publisher Erika Lunder of Raincloud Press helped edit this new edition to make a more focused and a little less-dense read. That freed up some space to use a bigger font so that those of you who have mentioned my graphic novels have been hard to read will have nothing to fear! This version is bigger (8×10) and we’ve done all we can to make it better.

Spot 12 is going to be very busy this Spring and Summer, according to my publisher, it’s going to Chicago for the Book Expo, one of the largest book fairs in the world. Apparently up to 1000 copies will be given away by the publication date in October of this year. That sounds like a lot! But I am excited about the book getting out there, and I’m especially grateful to Rita Arciniega for her tireless help with the Spanish translation of Spot 12: Cunero 12.

 

If you know of an organization that might be interested in using Spot 12 in their outreach please contact my Spot_12_Cover_90publisher (raincloudpress@gmail.com). That was our hope doing the Spanish version that it would give the project legs and be a resource for more families (summary below).

 

This unique graphic memoir is 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. The journal Advances in Neonatal Care called it “very impressive,” and said that parents “will find comfort in how the author expresses their pain.”  Nurses, families with special needs children, social workers and anyone in the pediatric field will have something to gain from this mother’s perspective.

 

For the Love of Meat: a description

For the Love of Meat….to be published in 9 months. The blurb for the flap of the book is unveiled:

      For the Love of Meat combines whimsical and surreal illustrations with engaging, intimate encounters that explore the depths of human experience. Unique and diverse in setting, and with touches of magical-realism, these nine stories will tug at the strings of the wandering, romantic heart, setting it delightfully ablaze.

       In Stumble and Fall, we meet Dara, a young Londoner hungry for adventure who, unwilling to settle for the safety and comfort of home, travels to Vancouver, city of immigrants, where a handsome stranger entices her to take a leap into the unknown. The Kid takes us to Granada, Spain, to the fix-it shop of Rubén, and his encounters with a young traveller, camelwhose flirtations spark memories of a past love that haunts and hinders him when a chance for a new tryst appears. The Two explores the tender bond between two young cousins, growing up in 1940s Philadelphia, who are as inseparable as light and shadow. As one of the girls tragically becomes ill, the impact on the other shows how true connections of heart and spirit are not bound to time and place. And finally, Mémé, set in Haiti in the 1800s, is told from the stunning perspective of a slave who, as a child, witnesses the brutal murder of her mother, and survives through her connection to her brother and the natural world.

       Jenny Jaeckel’s compelling storytelling takes us across the world and through the ages, with remarkable insight and soul-moving moments, when paths cross and time unfolds. Her language, imagery and attention to detail plunge the reader into these memorable lives, soaking us in tales of adventure, courage, love, loss, longing and all the hope in between. 

Check out For the Love of Meat‘s dedicated page.

For the Love of Meat ~ Proof

Meat_Front_3_small copyThe first proof of For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories has just been ordered. I can’t wait to see it in print for the first time. Many thanks to Josué Menjivar of Fresh Brewed Illustration for his inspired cover design. My publisher informs me that it the publication date will be in August of 2016. Time enough for copy editing and submitting to all the major reviewers. Advance copies will be available for review by bloggers and media. If you are interested, please see my publisher: Raincloud Press. Stay tuned for a description of this collection of stories, my first foray into fiction.

Currently, I’m working on a companion piece to Meat. I’ve taken one of the stories and turned it into a novella. It is also illustrated and for adults. I’m doing a rewrite now, and deciding where the illios are going to go in the text. Stay tuned for more on this, titled “Waking Star.”

 

See the dedicated page for For the Love of Meat.