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Recommended Read: The Copper Promise (Copper Cat #1) and a Personal Update

I hope you enjoy this Recommendation! For those of you kind enough to wonder how I’m doing, I’ve added a personal update at the end of this post.

Thank you for your concern and support!


The Copper Promise (The Copper Cat, #1)The Copper Promise by Jen Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Description from Amazon

A trio of reckless adventurers unleash a terrible danger in this thrilling, high-fantasy romp.

There are some far-fetched rumours about the caverns beneath the Citadel: some say the mages left their most dangerous secrets hidden there; others, that great riches are hidden there; even that gods have been imprisoned in its darkest depths.

For Lord Frith, the caverns hold the key to his vengeance. Against all the odds, he has survived torture and lived to see his home and his family taken from him … and now someone is going to pay.

For Wydrin of Crosshaven and her faithful companion, Sir Sebastian Carverson, a quest to the Citadel looks like just another job. There’s the promise of gold and adventure. Who knows, they might even have a decent tale or two once they’re done.

But sometimes there is truth in rumour. Sometimes it pays to listen. Soon this reckless trio will become the last line of defence against a hungry, restless terror that wants to tear the world apart. And they’re not even getting paid.

What I thought of it

I consumed the last 200 pages of The Copper Promise as though they might go up in dragonflame at any instant…

And after following sassy Wydrin, the princeling, and the knight through their escapades, who’s to say that might not happen!

There were SO many things to enjoy in the start to this series, but I hate spoilers, so I don’t want to get entangled in specifics.

Quite simply, The Copper Promise is a magical book, one I found totally absorbing, and pure joy to read. From a writer’s standpoint, I’m guessing writing the book was a hell of a ride, too!

I’ve since read The Iron Ghost, the second in the series, and that was just as good! The trilogy ends with The Silver Tide, which awaits me on my Kindle.

Have you read any of the Copper Cat series, and did you enjoy it? 🙂


Personal Update

My recovery continues in fits and starts. Following a welcome short break in Cornwall with my husband earlier this month, I finally succumbed to the virus going round – with its attendant, disruptive cough – so that’s really not helped the spoonie situation all that much!! 😛

As a result, our third novel progresses more slowly than a dozy snail, but I’m trying to keep in touch with it and add a few paragraphs whenever I can. Since my previous update in early February, I’ve written chapter 27 and started chapter 28, which has tipped the word count past 67,300 words. Yippee! 😀

Hopefully I’m not making too much of a hash of it as I progress! Being a pantser (figuring things out as I go, for the most part) only time, Ron’s continued, valued input, and lots of editing will tell! 😉

Occasionally I craft something short to read at Writers’ Circle. I missed the last meeting – a workshop – as I didn’t want to pass on the virus to other members of the group, particularly those in their 70’s and 80’s! I’m hoping to make it to next Monday’s meeting. 🙂

So that’s where I am right now – hanging in there, making the best of things, and hopefully getting the right balance between rest and activity (mental/creative, as well as physical!) so that I can get stronger and feel better! (Fingers crossed!)

I’m learning to hold less resistance – there are so many things I would like to start, progress, complete, that I don’t currently have the energy for, and in the past I’ve been very frustrated by that. But I’m getting better at giving my body the rest it demands: going with the flow, and with accepting and allowing how things are – thank you Lord Charls of Cordello for the reminder!

With lovelight blessings,

Joanna ~*~

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(1) The Faceless Door and (2) Masks and Barriers: Haiku

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The Faceless Door

What hides behind you?
Secrets and lies, hopes and dreams?
Your story untold

–o–

Masks and Barriers

Step inside, softly
Find my reason, search my soul
Accept the real me


Words © Joanna Gawn, inspired by image by bigjom via www.freedigitalphotos.net

Cake and Gingerbread: Two Little Christmassy Tales

Hello! To celebrate the Christmas season – and more specifically its food and the imaginary worlds of children – we have penned some little tales, which we hope you’ll enjoy! Please let us know if you do!

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Ron’s story: “Early One Morning…”

“Hey you with the red outfit, get yer mitts off my chimney.  The kids’ll be down soon and we do not want it spoiled.”

Eyes flicker under the white eyebrows. “Sorry mate, I did not realise it was for them. They usually leave out something for me but I cannot see much else around.”

“Tough times here. They have already eaten all my mates!  Heard one say ‘save the rest for later’  – that’s later, NOT Santa!”

Part eaten choc-nut is returned to the stack and beard twitches. Is that a smile? “You mean these miserables didn’t leave anything? Yet I suppose they still expect me to perform – even without a fuel top-up.

“Looking at you I am not sure you need one. Anyway you must get a winter fuel allowance, which is more than anyone here does.”

“Ho, ho bleedin’ ho! I suppose you think you’re  funny.  Though you do not look to be smiling much!”

“Would you smile if you were the last one – and stuck in this stupid hat. Oh, sorry you have one of them yourself!”

A white-gloved hand reaches out towards the gingerbread man. “Careful Ginge! Dessicated you might be, but the family have left out the port to wash you down with!”

“Um, err, well perhaps a few of the marshmallow  snowballs would not be missed. Just a few, mind. Will they go with a slug of port?”

“Ho ho ho, at this time of night anything goes with port!”

“Get on with it then, man…. I can hear laughing upstairs and you have got to clear up the soot yet.”

A herd of wildebeest is heard on the stairs, the door opens, and screams of joy escape from young faces.

“He did come, see! And left the gingerbread man!”

~*~

Joanna’s tale: “Cake Heaven”

“I’m tired of the walls smelling of gingerbread,” Bobble whined. “I want a change.”

“How can it change, you muppet?” Hazel answered. “It is what it is. No point resisting it.”

“Well I want it to be different!”

“We’re made of cake, Bobble. We don’t have instant manifestation powers, you know.”

“Why not? Why can’t we make a different outcome because we wish it?” he replied. “If Life is about experience and choices, then why can’t I have icing sugar walls, instead?”

Hazel tutted. “Because.”

“That’s no answer! Come on, why?”

Hazel pondered. “Maybe …. we could ask the Creator-in-the-Apron for icing sugar walls? See what happens?”

Bobble bounced up and down. “YAY!” Suddenly the light in his eyes dimmed. “I don’t know how to do that!”

“Oh. Um, perhaps we just make the intention, then have faith that it’ll happen, if and when the timing’s perfect for it?” Hazel wasn’t quite sure where that thought had come from, but it felt right when she said it.

Bobble’s expression told her he wasn’t convinced. “But I want it now! Why do we have to wait?”

Hazel stepped forward and gave him a hug. “We may have to be patient. These things can take time. And we have to remember that it may not happen at all. Wouldn’t it be easier if we chose to be okay about the walls, whether they change or not?” She held her breath. Sometimes Bobble became really frustrated when things didn’t go how he expected.

Bobble sighed. “Yeah, I guess. Icing would be nice, but if we have to keep the gingerbread, I guess that’s okay too.”                                           

………….  The next day ……………

“Oooh, wake up, Hazel! The walls are white, not brown! Much as I like gingerbread, I love that we have icing! I was getting really bored with the decor – and the taste!”

“The Creator must’ve somehow got the message,” Hazel grinned. “They rebuilt the house while we were sleeping! Totally cool!”

“So now we know,” Bobble beamed. “Wishes can come true if they’re made in the right way …  and if we don’t worry too much about them coming true.”

“Exactly. It’s like magic, isn’t it? Happy Christmas, Bobble. Shall we try some of the icing?”

“Mmm, break off a bit for me, please. What shall we wish for next?”


That’s all from us this year! We’ll be back in the New Year with more stories, poems, Recommended Reads, and Cordello Quest A-Z. We hope you’ll come along for the ride!

Before we head into 2016 we’d like to say a big THANK YOU to those of you who have supported and shared our work in any way, whether that’s commenting on our blog posts, sharing our tweets, recommending us, buying our books, and/or leaving reviews on Amazon. We really do value your support!

Wishing you ALL a wonderful festive season and a very happy, healthy, and harmonious New Year.

Joanna and Ron | The Lazuli Portals

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H is for Hope (The Cordello Quest A-Z Series)

Hope … where would we be without it?

Sometimes, our thoughts and beliefs lead us into darkness and worry, into fear and difficulty. Sink too far down this road and it can take a while (and some effort) to break free. At its worst, hopelessness can be utterly devastating.

But sometimes a lack of hope can be turned around with a little inspiration and encouragement. We hope this is the case for you, if you’re in need of a bit of a boost!

As hope is such a key theme in The Lazuli Portals series, you might like this extract from The Cordello Quest. This is one of the many sections that ‘wrote themselves’. 🙂

Keira has arrived in Cordello and is having a bit of a crisis of confidence. Well, that’s understandable given how she got there, leaving Jason behind in their own world! Lord Charls has been giving Keira a tour of his manor’s gardens, which she has thoroughly enjoyed.

But then her worry circuit kicks back in …

Then I assessed my current situation. Would I even be able to return to my own world? Would I be trapped here in Cordello? Would Karn achieve his ambitions, desecrating and taking over Cordello? I frowned, as I remembered the reason for my being here. My feeling of well–being vanished in an instant, and as if Charls was tuned into my emotions, he turned to me, a quizzical expression on his familiar face.

“You are worried, Keira, are you not? Please – enjoy the gardens, and experience each moment fully. Allow such moments to lift you back to your natural state of optimism and happiness. Pleasure helps you to lift your vibration and to keep it high.

You are helping us, in no small way, simply by being here – fulfilling your part in our legend gives our people hope. Never, ever underestimate the power of hope.

Your presence will automatically expand the quantity and quality of lovelight that we can share and store. If you, too, can keep your energy high, that will spread to others, also.”

Charls gently touched the petals of a golden–yellow rose as he passed. “Accept what might be, and feel the peace of the moment. You can become peaceful right now – just by intending so.”

Do you find any of those words from Lord Charls particularly helpful? Does one suggestion resonate more with you than the others?

We hope (pun intended!) you’ve enjoyed this post. Please Comment, Like, and/or Share if you have – and please also let us know whether you’d like us to write the next letter in this series (or not!!)

Joanna and Ron | The Lazuli Portals

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Words and image copyright Joanna Gawn

Earlier posts in this A-Z Series: A, B, C, D, E, F and G

Recommended Read: The Soulmate Experience by Mali Apple & Joe Dunn

The Soulmate Experience: A Practical Guide to Creating Extraordinary RelationshipsThe Soulmate Experience: A Practical Guide to Creating Extraordinary Relationships by Mali Apple

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Details from Amazon

Create the Love of Your Life–Keep the Life in Your Love

Since it was first published, The Soulmate Experience has helped thousands of people around the world create relationships that are intimately connected on all levels–emotional, intellectual, sexual, and spiritual–and a continual source of love, inspiration, and joy.

 This “practical guide” is really two books in one:

 Part 1 gives both singles and couples powerful tools for creating extraordinary relationships. Chapters like Loving Your Body, Reducing Your Baggage, and Raising Your Soulmate Potential will help you let go of anything that might be preventing you from experiencing deep connection and intimacy.

 Part 2 shares the secrets for keeping the love and passion in your relationship fully alive, every single day. Through chapters like Turning Expectations into Invitations, Transforming the Energy of Jealousy, Exploring the Edges, and Connecting on a Soul Level, you will learn how to approach even the toughest challenges in ways that actually bring you closer together. And Playing Leapfrog will show you how to lovingly guide each other to unlock your full potential in every area of your lives.

Whether you’re single and searching for your “soulmate,” or want more excitement and connection in the relationship you already have, the groundbreaking ideas in this book–and the inspiring stories of real people putting them into practice–will open you to a whole new world of possibilities. Because The Soulmate Experience is more than just a book. It’s a great way of living life.

What I thought of it

This book is so much more than a “how to” guide for couples committed to (or seeking) a happier romantic relationship. While the main focus is on how to fully connect with your signficant other, the insights and wisdom within this book offer a much broader scope.
After all, *every* relationship we have (including the one with self) is about ‘connection’, to one degree or another. Yet most of the time we react from old patterns, based on core beliefs that are flawed, outdated, and/or perhaps even harmful.

What if you could change your experience so that you approached every conversation with openness – and a willingness to learn something from it? What if you could live more synchronistically, more in tune with yourself and what’s at the heart of your relationships? What if you could learn to feel full acceptance for each person you interact with – and yourself?
It is possible to feel a profound and lasting connection to those you love, but it does take work!

There is real wisdom in this book … a real understanding of what it takes to keep a relationship vibrant and alive, exciting and expanding, and filled with joy and deep connection. Of course Mali and Joe understand that not all soulmate connections need be romantic. Speaking from Ron’s and my own experience, there can be just as much learning, transformation, and reward in a non-romantic connection, especially if there is a special context for it.

Mali and Joe deliver their guidance, insights, and suggestions in a clear, easy-to-read narrative, as though they’re holding your hand as you read the words. Some of the ideas may be ones you already know. Some may be stretching your “comfort zone expansion” too far. Others will resonate at the deepest level, and you will discover a chance to transform your beliefs and your perspectives, to be fully present in your relationships, and to see the world in a new way. You will become someone who can *be* a soulmate, and as you consciously work on and understand your relationships, you may find that life is a richer experience as a result.

This fits nicely with where I am right now – dealing with my limitations and “stuff” with the support, trust, and love of those who are truly committed to being there for me (and I with them/vice versa). Soulmate relationships are such a special gift – with this book, you may find ways to honour and cherish them even more deeply than you do now.

So … please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments! Is this book one which appeals to you? Do any of the ideas or topics resonate with you? We’d love to hear what you think!

~ Joanna

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B is for Battle

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This post is the second in an A-Z series linked with the first novel in our series: The Cordello Quest.  Please Like, Share or Comment if you enjoy the post, so that we know to write the next letter in the series!

(Did you miss A is for Ascended Reikan? Read the first in our A-Z series here.)

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A battle is not always a physical exchange of power, not always with sword hefted and lance raised. Battle is not always about brute force or carnage or bloodsoaked ground.

Sometimes battle is between minds . . . or even within mind: between thoughts which encourage and lift and inspire, and thoughts which drain and upset and block.

Some battles are simply the fight for acceptance over resistance: knowing when things can’t (or even shouldn’t) change and being honestly okay with it. Winning that little skirmish, and trusting that the way things are is okay (at least for the moment), can make life’s challenges much easier to overcome.

Most of us have this war of words and emotions as we do our best to live this human existence! (If you don’t, congratulations!)

In The Cordello Quest, there are many inner and outer battles, some physical, some mental or emotional. They’re every bit as important – perhaps even more so – than the outer battles waged and won (or lost). Mastery of ourselves is a lifelong pursuit!

Perhaps the key ‘battle’ scene in The Cordello Quest takes place in the town square of neighbouring country, Vornen. In the battle for light, the momentum is on the cusp of shifting from sword and soldier to one of mind and natural magic – if only the key characters will listen and act upon the wisdom arising from the quiet, still voice of intuition…

Oh, this series of posts is difficult to write without spoilers! 🙂 We hope you’ve enjoyed ‘B is for Battle’ – please let us know! Please share it if you enjoyed it. 🙂

What is your biggest – or hardest – ‘battle’? Is it an inner one – or an outer one?

~ Joanna & Ron

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