The Cordello Quest – Joanna Gawn and Ron Dickerson – Promo Blitz and Giveaway

Today I’m excited to be taking part in the Fiction Addiction Book Tours promo blitz for The Cordello Quest which I read and reviewed here.  I thought it was an imaginative read interspersed with spirituality and thought-provoking ideas!

The Cordello Quest

“What would you do if you found yourself in another world? If you were told you had a key role to play in the lives of a people you never knew existed? That you had been a part of their legend for centuries? Who would you rely on? The Cordello Quest is a tale of hope, trust and faith. It is a tale of magic and mystery … of making the most of your inner knowing. It is a tale of doing the right thing … wherever you are. It is a tale of tuning in to your most aware self. Most of all, it is a tale of the power of love and light.”


Charls walked towards me, his hand concealing the object that he’d removed from the table drawer.

“Keira, I believe this will help you in your time here; I am sure that it will give you guidance on how to use your energy to its best advantage.”

He handed the object to me. It was a small, thin book, about the size of a postcard, and I guessed it contained no more than forty to fifty pages.

“It is my great–grandmother’s journal. She entrusted it to me when she moved on to her new life.”

I was puzzled. “Sorry, Charls; I don’t understand. Where did she go?”

“Ah. ‘Move on’ is the term we use when someone dies. We consider the process to be a transition to another place just as ‘real’ as this one.”

“Oh! I see.” Well, I thought I did. I waited for Charls to continue.

“This treasured little book has the capacity to teach you about lovelight, positive thinking, the power of prayer, belief, love and co–operation, and will help you to understand how best to develop your skills so that you can assist us.”

I took the book as gently as I could. Feeling a reverence that I had not felt before, I carefully lifted the cover, faded now to a soft dove grey, and examined the first written page. The writing was clear and firm, despite its age. I read: “This journal belongs to Aida Charlotte Evangeline, Lady of Cordello.”

As I read her name, a jolt of electricity pulsed through me. I felt the strangest, strongest connection with Aida, simply by touching her book and reading her words. Charls noticed my reaction. “Keira? Is everything okay?”

A little shaken, I nodded my head. “I just had what felt like an electric shock. And I don’t think it’s static from your carpet,” I joked. I stroked the aged paper and received a muted version of the same sensation. “It’s like there’s some sort of power in the book, which I access when I touch it.” I looked up at Charls, wondering what his response would be. He had tears filming his eyes.

“Oh Keira . . . you are picking up Lady Aida’s energetic vibration through your hands. You must have a natural affinity and skill for reading energy from objects. You could be more valuable to us in our mission than we first thought possible. At present, there is no–one in Cordello with this ability. This must be why my inner guidance prompted me to give you her book.”


Joanna: Hello, Lady Aida, thank you for agreeing to answer a few questions.
Lady Aida: I’m pleased to be here, Joanna and Ron. Thank you for having me.
Joanna: First of all, what’s it like being an Ascended Reikan?
Lady Aida: It’s extremely rewarding. My assignment has been interesting, to say the least. Being able to offer guidance to awakening humans is a joy.

Ron: Lady Aida, when you were writing in your journal – the one used by Keira when she was in Cordello – did you have any idea that it would become so important?
Lady Aida: No, not at all. Writing the journal was simply my way of making sense of my learning, and tracking my own development in the use of crystals, lovelight and intuition. I was heartened to see that Keira gained so much from my own experiences.

Joanna: When you were working with crystals, did you ever have a favourite?
Lady Aida: I would not have been able to choose, my dear. Their frequencies are different, and each has its own value. It would be like asking me to choose a favourite niece or nephew. I do have a fondness for the quartz crystals, however, and appreciated the warm tones and shades of the Tiger’s Eye.

Ron: Of all the places you’ve seen, do you have a favourite?
Lady Aida: Cordello, without a doubt. True, I have travelled to many worlds, seen many wonderful things. And I was very fond of Reika, of course. But . . . Cordello is home, and I am always glad to return to its green valleys and to my own people.

Joanna: What is your favourite colour?
Lady Aida: I have no favourite, dear. All colour is light, and to choose from among the light is not possible.

Ron: If you could be any animal, what would you choose?
Lady Aida: I believe I would choose to be an eagle. Soaring high, with wide perspectives and clear sight. I am fond of flying, as you know.

Joanna: A final question for you, Lady Aida. Do you have a favourite word?
Lady Aida: Oh yes, dear. It is Love.
Joanna: I should have known you’d say that! Thank for your time, Lady Aida.
Lady Aida: It’s been a pleasure. Goodbye.


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Joanna’s short tale ~

“You only have three matches,” the man announced. “Use them wisely.” He turned the key in the lock behind him as he left. The light was snapped off, leaving me marooned in the blackness. Heart plummeting, legs weak, I sank into the chair. Trapped. The only person who could get me out of this was me.

I lit the first match, a quivering glow of light leaping around the small room’s walls. It wasn’t long before the flame burned my fingers, the match dropping uselessly to the tiled floor. The darkness seemed even deeper than before.

I willed myself to sit in the darkness for a while, to let it become my friend rather than my enemy. I could see nothing – but that didn’t mean I needed to be scared, did it? It was just like closing my eyes; the room was still there, unchanged. Only my perception was different.
In response, my hearing sharpened. There was a scuffling in the corner. Rats?

When I could bear it no longer, I ignited the second match and peered towards the noise. Small black shapes milled around, tumbling over each other with fluid grace. A gap appeared; I could see the hole they were using to bring nesting material inside.

“Ouch!” I cried, the flame singeing my fingertips. The spent match slipped from my hand, darkness wrapping around me once again. I took a deep breath. Only one match left. Carefully, I moved towards the rats. My timing would have to be perfect. I struck the match, and the animals fled with high squeals. Grabbing the bundle of straw they’d been using, I set it aflame. Holding it high above me, I blew on the blazing straw, fanning the flames wider and higher, sending smoke billowing throughout the room.

The smoke alarm pealed and the door was flung open. Crouching low to the floor, below the smoke, I scrambled out, straight into the man’s legs. He grabbed my arms, lifting me upright.  He smiled his approval.

“Well done,” he grinned. “You passed that challenge with flying colours. Are you ready for the next one?”

“Bring it on!” I replied.

Ron’s poem ~

The fire from the past still remains
Though darker and dimmed by the year
It guides, it answers and misleads
As memories mix and appear

The flame of today burns so bright
As source is consumed in its path
The flicker shows end is in sight
Rejoice in the light and the warmth

Don’t rush to the future bemused
In time the glow will all catch
Keep safe, keep dry, keep unused
The potent from belief will sure match

These short pieces were first published in Edition #3 of Creations, the Lazuli Portals Newsletter. Click here to sign up for free.


Joanna Gawn is an author, energy-healing practitioner and wife. She loves writing, reading, spreadsheets, National Trust gardens, and inspiring scenery. Dartmoor and Brittany are two of her favourite places. She and her husband are owned by two cats. Joanna is a chocoholic, and is also partial to cake.

Ron Dickerson is a Cornishman with a background in rugby, business and Round Table/Rotary; perhaps not the expected connections for writing spiritual adventure novels! He has a deep love of books and superb writing. He is an intuitive natural healer. He and his wife also have two cats.
Joanna and Ron are currently writing the sequel to The Cordello Quest, entitled Mosaic of Light. They also write short stories (published as ebooks), flash fiction and poetry.





The Cordello Quest – Joanna Gawn and Ron Dickerson

The Cordello Quest

“Keira — just your average young woman who’s suddenly transported to another world without even a change of clothes.

Jason — her boyfriend, whose life is about to be shaken up in ways he could never have imagined.

Lord Charls — the Cordellan lord desperate to secure the precious resource that is lovelight.

When daily life becomes the stuff of legends, when rivals are readying for war, when you don’t know if you’ll ever get home to your own world . . . what do you do? Who can you trust?”

Firstly I’d like to thank Joanna Gawn for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.  This is the first book in The Lazuli Portals Trilogy with the second book Mosaic of Light currently being written.

The action started pretty quickly – one minute Keira and her boyfriend Jason were having a not-so-romantic midnight picnic with Jason getting rather drunk, and the next Keira had wandered off and experienced what I can only describe as an intense and bizarre spiritual event.  This turned out to be just the beginning of a beautiful yet dangerous journey for Keira and I found her acceptance of the situation she was in particularly admirable, especially when she had no idea where she was or why she was there.

Charls was an intriguing character and with him looking just like Jason Keira was quick to trust him.  He introduced Keira to the amazing world of Cordello and its lovelight energy which seemed to be something that others coveted.  It was at this point that Keira discovered her purpose in Cordello and although she didn’t know the details of how she would complete her quest, she felt confident that she would be shown the way.  As the story progressed she faced challenge after challenge and each time I felt concern for Keira and her new Cordellan friends.

I felt connected to many of the words in the book but there was a particular moment near the beginning when Keira said that she had switched off her worry circuit and I just loved this saying – being a worrier myself I’ve often wished that I could stop worrying and thought that this was a lovely way of describing it (one I will definitely use in the future).

When the story first switched to Jason’s point of view I was pleased to get a clearer impression of his character, he knew that he had acted badly by drinking too much and as he went to look for Keira he was unaware that his own adventure was just about to begin!

I was very curious about Charls and Keira’s friendship, there were times when I thought that they were just really good friends but then I’d be sure that there was a hint of something more and with Jason still hanging around on the other side I wasn’t sure what to think.

After many ups, downs, twists and turns, which left me feeling as exhausted as Keira, the epilogue came along and made me think about the next portal and what might be discovered there – I’m looking forward to finding out!

The whole book had a calm, peaceful feel to it and I think that most of this was attributed to the clear and precise writing style.  I loved the detailed descriptions because they made me feel like I was actually there alongside Keira on her quest.  I also loved how this wasn’t just an enjoyable fantasy story, it was full of deep meaning and self-awareness which I could translate into my own life.  I felt empowered whilst reading this book and took away a feeling of positivity that was much-needed after a shaky start to the year for my family and myself.

This was an imaginative read interspersed with spirituality and thought-provoking ideas, this is definitely a story that will stay with me.

The Cordello Quest is available as an eBook from Amazon UK or Amazon US.  The paperback can be purchased from Amazon UK, Amazon US, The Book Depository and Waterstones.

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