Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Out now on Kindle: THE EYE OF RA eBook!

“In The Eye of Ra, Jeanne D'Août cleverly uses fiction to bring alive ancient Egypt and its magic. A most entertaining and fun book to read!” - Robert Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery

From today, June 7th 2016, the long awaited eBook edition of THE EYE OF RA, the sequel of WHITE LIE, THE QUEST FOR THE FORBIDDEN RELIC, is now available on Amazon Kindle. All the direct links are available in the menu on this webpage: www.jeannedaout.com/eyeofra.html.

Tim Wallace-Murphy, Writer, TV Personality and Lecturer commented: “A real page-turner, great plot, fast moving and a fun read!”

“The Eye of Ra is a brilliant new esoteric thriller that captivates the reader from the start. Intelligent, well-informed and absorbing, it propels you on a dangerous quest to Akhenaten’s Egypt. If you are a fan of Dan Brown or Umberto Eco, then strap yourself in for a wild ride through ancient lands, intrigue and Egyptian magic. I highly recommend it.” - Andrew Gough, presenter of historical documentaries and Editor-in-Chief of the Heretic Magazine

SYNOPSIS
It all starts with a ring, inlaid with a seemingly insignificant black stone. Discovered on its own by the famous archaeologist Flinders Petrie, the stone had not been recognized for what it was, for up until the fall of Jerusalem in the 6th century BCE it had always been one of a pair. As a pair, these stones had been used for divination in Biblical times. Together they are known as the Urim and Thummim.

Determined to find the highly valued, lost stone and bring the separated pair together once again, a powerful secret order sends a team of intrepid researchers back in time to the era of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten, only to discover a much greater enigma.

Monday, March 21, 2016

THE FORBIDDEN RELIC KINDLE EDITION - OUT NOW!


PRESS RELEASE - March 22nd, 2016



NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR STEVE BERRY commented:
“This story resonates with spirit and history, seamlessly blending myth with reality into a chilling and foreboding read."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE FORBIDDEN RELIC by Jeanne D’Août
Historical thriller novel

What if two young women of today, with no family ties to miss them, were sent off as covert time travelers to find out if the Crucifixion is fact or fiction? Would they survive? Would they come back? Would they change history? Would history change them?

THE FORBIDDEN RELIC is a just-published novel about finding the true Holy Grail by nom de plume JEANNE D’AOUT. Jeanne weaves impeccable historical research with fantasy/action/adventure, spanning two millenniums.

She raises some powerful thought processes.
Would we try to change history if we could, no matter the outcome?

Wormholes forming hypothetical shortcuts through time are part of the suspension of belief Jeanne asks her readers to accept, in order to explore the depths and consequences of human behavior.

Fascinated by unraveling mysteries at a young age, Jeanne D’Août settled in a mysterious part of southern France: where the Knights Templar of the Middle Ages may have hidden forbidden relics. Here, she got to know author Henry Lincoln, the man whose work inspired Dan Brown to write the Da Vinci Code. As a regional expert, she has happened upon some incredible clues that lead to her discoveries revealed in THE FORBIDDEN RELIC.

THE FORBIDDEN RELIC continues where the Da Vinci Code stops short.

ANDREW GOUGH, presenter of historical documentaries, Editor-in-Chief of The Heretic Magazine says: “The Forbidden Relic reveals more shocking truths than any book since The Da Vinci Code, including the identity of the real Indiana Jones. It would not surprise if it was adapted for the big screen soon."

PATRICK BERNAUW, a Belgian historical mystery writer, adds: “The Forbidden Relic is a historical mystery novel, reminding us of Dan Brown and his The Da Vinci Code. But what makes the book special, is the original and fascinating mix of historical mystery, true treasure hunt and science-fiction themes, such as time travel. And a superb blend of facts and (adventure) fiction."

ISBN-978-2-9539396-7-5

Contac: books@jeannedaout.com

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

COMING SOON: The Forbidden Relic - eBook


While the new eBook is expected to be launched in March, 2016, the latest paperback version is already online on AMAZON (White Lie - The Quest for the Forbidden Relic).

More info: www.jeannedaout.com

New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry
on White Lie: The Quest for the Forbidden Relic:


"This story resonates with spirit and history,
seamlessly blending myth with reality into
a chilling and foreboding read."



With Steve Berry in Rennes-le-Chateau, France

Synopsis:
There are secret underground compounds where highly specialised scientists, physicists and professors develop secret technology for unknown employers. In 2011, Professor William Fairfax succeeded in creating a stable wormhole, through which people could travel back in time. Unable to predict the miraculous events that were about to transpire, Dr Danielle Parker and Dr Gabby Standford excitedly travel back to the first century, where they discover the amazing story of Oshu, the real Jesus.

This incredible adventure back in time results in the terrifying abduction of time-traveller Danielle. For Danielle's freedom, the kidnapper demands one of the most intriguing historical artefacts known to the world. To find it, the team has to follow the old trail of the Knights Templar that leads them to Cathar Country in southern France.

The team is accompanied by a mysterious German relic hunter, whom had already been brought from the 1930s to the present: SS-Obersturmführer Otto Rahn. Though Rahn is assigned to assist the team in southern France, he carries with him a heavy, dark secret. In constant fear of being forced to return to 1939, he decides to follow his own agenda.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Season's Greetings and latest news

What a year this has been, starting with the release of the new, completely revised 3rd edition of White Lie in January and my second book The Eye of Ra in February. I've done interviews for several radio shows and over the Spring, Summer and Autumn I was a tour guide for hundreds of people from around the world. I also started writing the first 2 chapters of a new book, planning to complete the story this Winter.
However, on November 21st my darling mother passed away and I had to go to Holland, where I arrived just on time to be with her during her last few days. We are all heartbroken and it will take some time to heal. Also, my 'normal' day job in tourism here in Cathar Country already starts at the end of March 2016. Therefore, this third book of my 'time travel trilogy' won't be published until 2017.

Of course I am still researching and plotting, excited about the subject of my new book, very happy with the first 2 chapters and eager to continue when I get the chance. I have also come up with a new title, which will be revealed soon. However, realistically, I won't be able to finish the story and have it edited within the next 12 months. It needs my full attention and must not be rushed.

Plans for 2016
Following the advice of a New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry and his wife Liz (ITW), I decided to release my books on E-book after all, so this Winter I will release both White Lie and The Eye of Ra on Kindle. In January I will be working on the formatting, hoping to have the books online and available before the Spring season starts. I am also looking forward to a future interview for the ITW magazine "The Big Thrill".

What Steve Berry wrote about 'White Lie':
"This story resonates with spirit and history, seamlessly blending myth with reality into a chilling and foreboding read."
Thank you Steve!

The new paperback version is now online, so make sure you don't buy second hand copies if you want to order the paperback edition. Personalized, autographed bookplates are available on request.

From 6th January onward I will be available for interviews and guided tours through Cathar Country, France. More info and contact details are on my website:

www.jeannedaout.com

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Wishing you all Happy Holidays!
Have an absolutely fabulous 2016!

From Occitania, with Love!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Summer Tours & Travels

It's been an amazing Summer, touring Occitania and meeting wonderful people! One of the highlights was meeting New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry, during his 'Templar Legacy Tour' here in southern France, for which I was the local guide.


With Steve Berry in Rennes-le-Château, September 2015 (photo credits top photo, Liz Berry).


New developments
After mid October I will be busy with several new projects, but I will mainly be working on my third novel, which currently has the working title "The Uncharted Kingdom". It will be interesting to see how the book will develop and I can't wait to get back into 'the zone'. ;-)

Join me on Facebook for all the latest news and check out my website www.jeannedaout.com for more info about my books and tours.

Latest photos:


At Roquefort des Cascades, southern France (photo credits: Ida van Ek).


Photo shoot at Fontfroide Abbey, Corbières, France.


Discussing the history of the region with Yelena Novikov (photo credits: Alex Novikov).



Signing "White Lie" at the museum bookshop in Rennes-le-Château (photo credits: Yelena Novikov).


Guided tour with Steve Berry and his group in Montségur (photo credits: Jennifer Magyar)...


... and in Rennes-le-Château (photo credits: Shalom European Travel).


With Colum Hayward of Polaire Publishing & head of the White Eagle Lodge, taken in Quillan, France (photo credits: Peter van Deursen).

Have a wonderful Autumn! I will be back with more news soon!

From Occitania, with love! xox

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Latest News

Jeanne's two adventure novels, "White Lie" and "The Eye of Ra", are now for sale in at least 11 countries worldwide. Although it has only just been published, "The Eye of Ra" has already received three 5-star reviews on Amazon. If you are interested in the mysteries of the Knights Templar, Cathars, Otto Rahn, Rennes-le-Château, the ancient Mystery School of Egypt, Gnosis, the Urim and Thummim, Akhenaten and the Holy Grail legends, then be sure to check them both out! To find an online store near you, visit Jeanne's new website: www.jeannedaout.com.

Also Barnes&Noble are now selling both books on paperback. B&N customers can now buy them online or order them at a nearby B&N store.

On the Radio:
Jeanne has done several radio shows during these past few weeks, which can be downloaded safely by following the links below:

Night Vision Radio with René Barnett
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland with guest host William Henry
Intrepid Radio with Scotty Roberts and John Ward

Tours:
Apart from writing, Jeanne also takes groups and individuals on fascinating tours through Occitania, southern France. In the past few years, she had the honour of being the private guide for several VIPs and celebrities from around the world.

Many visitors to the Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées go home without having had the chance to explore the Land of Oc. Only having seen the highlights, they missed the secrets, the unknown stories. As an official tour guide (guide accompagnateur) in Occitania, Jeanne knows the paths, the unknown places, the stories behind the stories and can explain the underlying history of this turbulent region, that plays such a significant role in her first book, "White Lie".
"I've fallen in love with this land, not just for its incredible history and stunning landscapes, but also because it contains in its sites and power places all the tools I need to explain the deeper layers of ancient knowledge and mystic wisdom, the esoteric basis of Gnosis, the story of the Cathars and Knights Templar and the real cause of the religious conflicts in the Middle Ages that led to the Albigensian Crusades. It is my real-life power point presentation."
The Lure of the Languedoc
In June, Jeanne will accompany author and lecturer Tim Wallace Murphy on an intriguing tour through Occitania. There are still seats available on this unique tour. For more info, go to The Lure of the Languedoc webpage.

Take a look at our new website: www.jeannedaout.com and discover all about author Jeanne D'Août.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Eye of Ra - Going back to Akhenaten's Egypt

NEW! "The Eye of Ra" - OUT NOW!
It all starts with a ring, inlaid with a seemingly insignificant black stone. Discovered on its own by the famous archaeologist Flinders Petrie, the stone had not been recognised for what it was, for up until the fall of Jerusalem in the 6th century BCE it had always been one of a pair.

As a pair, these stones had been used for divination in Biblical times. Together they are known as the Urim and Thummim.

Determined to find the highly valued, lost stone and bring the separated pair together once again, a powerful secret order sends a team of intrepid researchers back in time to the era of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten, only to discover a much greater enigma.

Order your copy at: www.jeannedaout.com



Akhenaten has always tickled people’s imagination; the heretic pharaoh of Egypt, who boldly changed a religious system that had been around for thousands of years. Alas, his courageous attempt to convert his people to monotheism had plunged Egypt into economic disaster and his reign only lasted seventeen years. After Akhenaten’s mysterious disappearance from his Egyptian capital, Akhetaten - the Horizon of Aten - Egypt quickly returned to the much more profitable multi-deity worship and the temporary disturbance in the Egyptian history would literally be hacked out immediately after Akhetaten was deserted and destroyed. Egypt’s disrupted economy and religious system was restored and in a few years’ time, it was as if the heretic pharaoh had never existed. Unfortunately, what has survived for us to study leaves much to be desired. Who was this man? What had made him risk everything for monotheism? In “The Eye of Ra”, Jeanne D’Août throws in a theory that might answer these questions.

Wearing the hedjet crown of upper Egypt, pharaoh Ramses II is better known as Ramses the Great of Egypt. He had immense statues made, depicting himself and once upon a time, two of those large statues stood at the entrance of the Temple of Ptah in Memphis, Egypt. While one of them will be placed at the entrance of the new Egyptian Museum in Cairo in 2015, the other is known as the Colossus of Memphis. In “The Eye of Ra”, this statue, along with his guardian, accidentally ends up in the harbour of a French coastal town named Collioure.

The pyramid of pharaoh Djoser is known as the oldest giant manmade building on earth. Often visited from Cairo on a day trip, the Memphis open-air museum and the vast necropolis of Memphis-Saqqara never ceases to amaze the wandering visitor. Mercilessly tortured by sand-storms, the ruins of what was once the city of the dead are eroding slowly, but yet, after thousands of years, the buildings still stand as silent witnesses to forgotten pasts. Not far from the site is Soongh’s creepy antiques shop, one of the locations in “The Eye of Ra.”

Ancient Egypt has many mysteries and the Egyptian Mystery school teachings were once so immensely popular, that the old Greek philosophers traveled to the Nile to be educated in what they would call ‘The Hermetic Teachings’. Physics and metaphysics were seen as inseparable in an ‘All that is All’ and the’ All that is in the All’. Pythagoras even tried to introduce the fifth element on top of earth, water, air and fire; namely, spirit. Spirit as in the Godflame that has its origin in the spiritual world and which is being transferred through the sun onto all living beings on the earth, creating life. For scientists, ‘holism’ will soon be impossible to ignore. In “The Eye of Ra”, the early years of the Egyptian Mystery school and its basic teachings are explored, as some of the book’s main characters journey back to the time of Akhenaten, in search of a precious relic that was once called: "The Eye of Ra".

In total contrast to the dry, hot, desert sand of Egypt, the Channel Islands are small pieces of paradise, located just off the Atlantic coast of France. Its Mediterranean-like climate and mixed British and French culture forms the background for the location of another main character of the book; time traveller Danielle. As Danielle had returned pregnant from her last mission to ancient Judea [read: White Lie by Jeanne D’Août], she is in constant danger and kept in a safe house in a secret location on the idyllic island of Guernsey. Until one day she is found.

Attempting to escape, Danielle travels to Sark, one of the smaller islands off the Atlantic coast of France. As small as it is, the island is quite independent with its own UN country code. The biggest town on the island is called ‘The Village’ and the Lord of Sark - the ‘Seigneur’ - runs his island from his fairy-tale manor house called the’ Seigneurie’, which is an important location in “The Eye of Ra”. Sark is one of the few places on earth where cars are banned. It is a small miracle that places like this still exist in the western world.

Everything is small on Sark and the island's prison is even known as the smallest official prison in the world, but whether the bad guys in the story of “The Eye of Ra” actually end up here is no promise, for many things are about to go wrong. As the entire mission to ancient Akhetaten and the safe house mission on the Channel Islands had originally been organised by the chief of the company, his sudden illness now jeopardises the lives of all those involved and he has no choice but to let his insecure assistant take over.

Meanwhile, the time travellers have returned from ancient Egypt and need to get away from Egypt without delay. The strategic location of the Island of Cyprus has always had its advantages. Inhabited from Neolithic times, the island had been populated by most of the power civilisations of history, including the Egyptians, Jews, Greeks and Romans. Having been used as a jumping board for the crusades in the Middle Ages, in “The Eye of Ra” the island is used as a jumping board between Egypt and France to smuggle their precious relic to Europe.

Experiencing the sweet mix of a holiday-like environment, ancient history and the anticipation of a sea voyage across the Mediterranean, the team makes its way from the island’s centre to the coast at Paphos Bay, where lead character Otto Adler, formerly known as Otto Rahn, along with his boyfriend Arthur and Egyptian guide Hadi, board a clipper named ‘Laurin’, hoping that this ship would be able to finally take them to safety.

Little did they know that they were still in great danger.




What other authors say about "The Eye of Ra"

“In The Eye of Ra, Jeanne D'Août cleverly uses fiction to bring alive ancient Egypt and its magic. A most entertaining and fun book to read!”
Robert Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery

“A real page-turner, great plot, fast moving and a fun read!”
Tim Wallace-Murphy, Writer, TV Personality & Lecturer

“The Eye of Ra is a brilliant new esoteric thriller that captivates the reader from the start. Intelligent, well-informed and absorbing, it propels you on a dangerous quest to Akhenaten’s Egypt. If you are a fan of Dan Brown or Umberto Eco, then strap yourself in for a wild ride through ancient lands, intrigue and Egyptian magic. I highly recommend it.”
Andrew Gough, presenter of historical documentaries and Editor-in-Chief of the Heretic Magazine



About the author
Jeanne D'Août is a writer, historical researcher, tour guide and producer. For 40 years she has been researching the hidden history of mankind and its religious and cultural path. Ever since she was a child, she has enjoyed discovering hidden mysteries, while visiting many countries including Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel and Egypt. The biggest mystery, however, was discovered when she moved from the country of her birth (The Netherlands) to a region known as Occitania (southern France). As a tour guide she was able to explore the area and its many secrets to her heart's content and in 2008 she decided to start writing a thriller book to share her findings. Her first book, "White Lie", was first published in 2011.

Jeanne had discovered that some of her ancestors had actually come from Occitania and while investigating, she found a family seal with a dove, sitting on a branch, while holding a laurel twig in its beak. Apparently, the family had fled the region during a period of violent religious conflicts; a holocaust, better known as the Cathar Crusade. The family moved to the north into Flanders and translated the name Août into the local dialect. To honour her ancestors, Jeanne decided to use a nom de plume based on her ancestral name.

With the release of her second book, "The Eye of Ra", Jeanne takes her readers to ancient Egypt, on a quest to find an ancient relic from the time of Moses and Aaron. Again, adventure mixes with mysticism and hidden knowledge while exploring Egyptian Magic and the ancient Egyptian Mystery School teachings.

Apart from writing, Jeanne also takes groups and individuals on fascinating tours through Occitania, southern France. In the past few years, she had the honour of being the private guide for several VIPs from all around the world.

Author's website: www.jeannedaout.com

Book trailer: