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Book News from The Lazuli Portals

We’ve finished writing the first draft of the 3rd novel of The Lazuli Portals Trilogy!

(Yes, finally! Hooooraaaaay!)

As far as I can tell, I started this one in January 2016 – although I’d written the occasional scene before then, not really knowing if/how they’d fit in, or even what the book would be about!

I remember doing a lot of research before starting to write chapter one, because it’s the finale of the trilogy – this was my last chance to neatly tie up any loose ends from The Cordello Quest and Mosaic of Light.

Then, as this 3rd novel evolved, a huge number of questions arose, most of which I had no clue how to answer … until later chapters revealed the reason or the resolution. So there’s been a great deal to keep track of (lists, spreadsheets and diagrams all over the place!) I’m not usually a ‘planner’ – the story reveals itself to me as I write the scenes – but to write this book without a lot of notes (many ending in question marks!) would have been impossible. It’s definitely been the hardest to write – but perhaps also the most rewarding. 🙂

It’s been quite a journey, through brain fog, massive fatigue, and full-on relapses; and on the more positive side, fitting in stalls at fairs, stories for Writers’ Circle, other business tasks, and daily life too!

So this feels quite an achievement! It doesn’t seem so long ago that I was about halfway through, no clear idea where I was heading with it, and just having to trust my ‘inspiration/spiritual instincts’ and keep going!

Then I wrote another ‘standalone’ scene at the Crocadon MBS fair in June – that, combined with finishing another review of what I’d written so far (and still needed sorting), aligned with a few months of improved health, guided and propelled me on. Enthusiasm from past customers visiting our stall didn’t do any harm, either, as it helped me to trust in what I was doing! My new shattuckite crystal (the blue-black stone in the image below) was called on, too, and I do think that helped with the ‘channelling’ aspect.

Sincere thanks must also go to Ron, for never, ever doubting my vision (such as I could ‘see’ it), my approach to writing, or the story as it evolved! Ron, your encouragement, insight, suggestions, corrections, and pedantry have been invaluable, as always! Thanks, pardner. X

And now it’s done – the characters have told their story (it still blows us away), and I just have to ensure it reaches you, the reader, in as good a state as it possibly can. My various lists can attest to the fact there’s still loads to do before then – I certainly have enough to keep me busy before I can think beyond this series!

So, we’ll leave you with this parting teaser: anyone want to know the title? 😉

With lovelight blessings,
Joanna and Ron | The Lazuli Portals
fiction for the awakening


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 ~*~

Mosaic of Light News and Pre-Launch Bonus: Read Chapters 1-3!

We’re giving you pre-launch access to the first few chapters of Mosaic of Light!

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Click to read the opening three chapters >> Mosaic of Light Chapters 1 – 3 <<


We really hope you enjoy the sneak preview of the first three chapters … and that they whet your appetite for the remaining thirty-three chapters and Epilogue! 😉

Please let us know as soon as possible if you’d like us to reserve one of the Signed, Limited Edition paperbacks for you. Remember, this is a special, once-only print run. Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. 🙂

The closing date to reserve your copy is 23 July.

Joanna and Ron | The Lazuli Portals





Announcing the Launch Date for Mosaic of Light!


Today, 14 July 2014, is The Lazuli Portals’ three-year business partnership ‘birthday’. 🙂

So it seems the ideal day to announce, with quite a bit of excitement ….
…. the Launch Date for Mosaic of Light!

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The big day is ….

Fireworks image (C) free


~*~        11 AUGUST        ~*~


As we’ll be signing the Limited Edition paperbacks at the launch, and infusing them with lovelight, we will be placing our order with the printers at the very beginning of August, to allow adequate time for delivery.

So if you’d like to reserve one of these special books, please let us know as soon as possible (and by 23 July at the latest) so that we can collate the email addresses ready for invoicing through Paypal, and then finalise our print run requirements.

As a special bonus we’ll be bundling a free Kindle or PDF copy of Mosaic of Light with each Limited Edition paperback purchase. 🙂

So not only will you have the beautiful paperback, but you’ll have an ecopy for your ereader, laptop, tablet and/or smartphone as well, at no extra charge. 🙂

If you’ve already reserved your Signed, Limited Edition paperback copy, then we’ll be in touch with you by email in a few days’ time to let you know more. 🙂

On Thursday, we’ll be sharing Chapters 1 – 3 here on the blog. 🙂

See you again soon!

Joanna and Ron | The Lazuli Portals

Fireworks image by Jon Sullivan


Mosaic of Light: Cover Reveal & Blurb!

This is it!

Time for the Cover Reveal here on the blog!

Drum roll, please…


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Isn’t it gorgeous?

Our huge thanks to the massively talented Stuart Cooper, the concept artist and illustrator who took the time to read Mosaic of Light, then worked really hard to create the best cover he could. We’re beyond thrilled with it! The man’s awesome!

We also have a BLURB!

With the Cordello Quest over, Keira’s and Jason’s lives have returned to normal. But Keira still dreams of her time in Cordello.

Unknown to Keira and Jason, the fates have prepared new friends and new challenges for them.  There is much to achieve on their everyday plane – and beyond.

The Roundlight Guardian stands as the last defence of a crystal city devoid of souls, a city at the mercy of a dark energy intent on devastation and destruction. The loss of light. The loss of hope. The loss of heart.

Preying on human vulnerabilities, the dark entity’s power grows ever stronger. Already so much has been lost; how will our friends discover the knowledge and insight to change its path?

What will it take for faith to conquer fear? Where will our friends find the resources to create the lovelight needed to eclipse the darkness?

Paperback cover

Although there’s still work to be done, we’re getting excited about the Launch, and even more so about sharing the latest book in the Lazuli Portals series. *grin*.

The book has had great feedback from our beta readers, so we hope you’ll love the book just as much as they do!

Mosaic of Light will be available for Kindle, as a PDF file, and in paperback.

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If you are interested in purchasing a Signed, Limited Edition paperback, please would you let us know as soon as possible.

Your input will help us to organise our special, mini print-run. There is no obligation to buy a copy if you have said “Yes”, but we want to make sure we print ‘enough’!

Stay tuned! 😉

Joanna & Ron | The Lazuli Portals


Recommended Read: Days of Blood and Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Days of Blood and Starlight is the sequel to the stunning Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

What I thought of it

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them. And its snap split the world in two.”

Returning to the story of Karou, the girl with hair the colour of lapis lazuli, has been a complete delight. The secrets of her past and present, revealed in A Daughter of Smoke and Bone (read my review here), tumble straight into Days of Blood and Starlight, with Zuzana and Mik initially picking up the tale following the astounding conclusion to the first book.

In Days of Blood and Starlight, our knowledge of worlds expands; we have seraphim and chimaera; love and war; blood and starlight; death and gleaning and resurrection; betrayal and unexpected alliances. A cracking good story, in fact!

Laini’s writing is as magical, mouthwatering, imaginative, and wildly wonderful as always.

I have Night of Cake and Puppets (#2.5) and the trilogy’s grand finale, Dreams of Gods and Monsters waiting on my Kindle. Like all brilliant series, particularly those which seem to lift you beyond your own universe, I’m champing at the bit to read more whilst also mourning that the series has an ending at all.

If you love fantasy which straddles our world and others, stories which stretch your imagination, and simply sublime writing, then you will not want to miss this series.

Laini’s official Twitter account is @SmokeAndBone.

You’re also welcome to read my otherGoodreads reviews.

Tweet us @LazuliPortals.

~ Joanna


Mosaic of Light News … and a Teaser!

Time for some Mosaic of Light news!

We’re in the final stages of getting the book ready for publication (proofreading, formatting and typesetting, cover art, etc.) and we’ll soon be sharing more with you as we build towards the Launch.

At each stage – the cover reveal, sharing the first three chapters of the book, etc. – we will be notifying our Newsletter subscribers first. So if you’d like to be one of the first to see Mosaic of Light’s cover, and to read its opening chapters, then please do head to our main website’s Home page and sign up for Lazuli Portals News. Alternatively, click the blue “Click to Subscribe” button near the top-left of this blog post’s page.

Although there’s still work to be done, we’re getting excited about the Launch and about sharing the latest book in the Lazuli Portals series. *grin*.

In fact, here’s a teeny teaser of the cover! We’ve been lucky that the talented graphical artist who designed the cover for The Cordello Quest agreed to work with us again. Thanks, Stuart Cooper, your talent is awesome!


Teaser: The Mosaic of Light cover!


Mosaic of Light will be available for Kindle, as a PDF file, and in paperback.

If you are interested in purchasing a Signed, Limited Edition paperback, please leave a comment here or contact us, so that we have an idea of how to organise our special, mini print-run. 🙂

There is no obligation to buy a copy if you have said “Yes”, but we want to make sure we print ‘enough’!

Stay tuned! 🙂

Joanna and Ron | The Lazuli Portals