October 12, 2017- Today is the day; We’ll be seeing you at the Binbrook Fairgrounds and boy, do we have some awesome treats to give away! Visit our Pandamonium Publishing House Booth to meet author Tamara Botting of Unfrogged and Duncan from Deer Diary who will both be signing copies of their books. The fun starts at 5:00 pm and goes until 9:00 pm. Enter our Spooktacular draw for an awesome prize just in time for Halloween! See you tonight!
October 2, 2017- Hi Friends! Just wanted to keep you updated regarding what’s going on in October for Pandamonium Publishing House. Here’s the upcoming schedule for the month, hope to see you soon!
Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm Author Signing– Deer Diary, Indigo Heritage Greene Shopping Centre, 1783 Stone Church Rd. East, Stoney Creek, ON L8J 0B4, Lacey L. Bakker will be there with Duncan himself from Deer Diary, who will be handing out lots of surprises and posing for pictures!
Friday, October 13th, 2017 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm– Spooktacular Stroll Event, Binbrook Fairgrounds, 2600 Highway 56, Binbrook, ON L0R 1C0
Saturday, October 14th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm– Author Signing at Chapters Burlington, Woodview Place, 3315 Fairview, Burlington, ON L7N 3N9. Meet the author and Duncan the deer from Deer Diary!
Saturday, October 21st from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm- Author Signing at Chapters St. Catharines, Fairview Mall 285 Geneva, St Catharines, ON L2N 2G1. Meet the author and Duncan the deer from Deer Diary!
Saturday, October 28th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm– Author Signing at Indigo Ancaster, Meadowland Regional Centre, 737 Golf Links Road, Unit 1, Ancaster, ON L9K 1L5. Meet the author and Duncan the deer from Deer Diary!
Sunday, October 29th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm- Author Signing at Indigo Burlington, 1250 Brant St #102, Burlington, ON L7P 1X8. Meet the author and Duncan the deer from Deer Diary!
September 4, 2017- I just want to keep everyone updated on what’s going on regarding events and appearances by Pandamonium Publishing House and their authors. You will be able to purchase Unfrogged, by Tamara Botting and Panda the Very Bad Cat by Lacey L. Bakker…some exciting news…Deer Diary will be available in time for BOTH FAIRS!
Here is our schedule for September; wait until you see October!
Friday, September 8th– 6:00 pm to 12:00 am– Super Crawl (Lacey L. Bakker)
Saturday, September 9th– 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm– Super Crawl (Lacey L. Bakker)
– 6:00 pm to 12:00 am– Super Crawl (Tamara Botting)
Sunday, September 10th– 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm–Super Crawl (Lacey L. Bakker)
– 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm– Super Crawl (Tamara Botting)
Friday, September 15th– 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm– Binbrook Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)
Saturday, September 16th– 10:00 am to 5:30 pm– Binbrook Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)
– 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm– Binbrook Fair (Tamara Botting)
Sunday, September 17th– 10:30 am to 2:00 pm–Binbrook Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)
– 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm– Binbrook Fair (Tamara Botting)
Thursday, September 21st– 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm– Ancaster Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)
Friday, September 22nd– 10:00 am to 6:00 pm– Ancaster Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)
– 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm– Ancaster Fair (Tamara Botting)
Saturday, September 23rd – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm– Ancaster Fair (Tamara Botting)
– 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm– Ancaster Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)
Sunday, September 24th– 10:00 am to 2:00 pm–Ancaster Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)
– 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm– Ancaster Fair (Tamara Botting)
You’ll also be able to get your copy of Unfrogged signed by the author, Tamara Botting during September at the following locations:
Chapters Burlington–SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH FROM 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
(Woodview Place, 3315 Fairview, Burlington, ON L7N 3N9)
Indigo Stoney Creek- SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH FROM 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Heritage Greene Shopping Centre, 1783 Stone Church Rd. East, Stoney Creek, ON L8J 0B4)
August 11, 2017-We are so excited! Know why? Because we’re going to SUPERCRAWL! That’s right, the whole weekend of September 8th to 10th we will be on James St. North with our books. Tamara Botting, author of Unfrogged, will be there and so will I. There’s a rumour going around that Deer Diary may be released in time for this event. I have no comment;) We have a ton of surprises in store and a few more up our sleeves during the event. We hope that you’ll join us and that you’ll stop by our Pandamonium Publishing House booth and say hello! Looking forward to it Hamilton! See you in a few weeks:)
August 5, 2017-I’m excited to let everyone know that Deer Diary is COMPLETE! A huge, very special thank you, to Shamayal Hayat, illustrator extraordinaire. She is crazy talented and never missed a deadline, for that, I am so grateful.
Look for Deer Diary in a book store near you, on October 1st, 2017. The book will sell for $12 CAD/US and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to protecting and conserving wildlife. The causes we support include the World Wildlife Fund, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, and the American Wildlife Foundation. I’ll also have limited edition finger puppets of all of the characters from the book! Collect them all!
July 14, 2017- A father, a missing daughter. What would you do if you were waiting at the airport for your daughter to collect you but she never showed up? What would you be willing to do to find out what happened to her? What would you risk? What would you be willing to lose? How far would you go to uncover the truth?
“This book is an explosive adventure, right up until the very last page!” CB
“Sick, twisted and demented, it kept me up at night.” JW
“Every parent’s nightmare.” NF
The Kindle/ E-book and Amazon version of Obsessed With Her will be available for download on December 25, 2017, and the print version will be out in the new year of 2018!
Follow this blog for sneak peeks of the book including deleted scenes, character development, and other exciting treats.
July 3, 2017-Well friends, this weekend was wonderful in so many ways. Not only was it Canada Day on July the first but I’m happy to announce that Pandamonium Publishing House along with a very talented author, successfully launched Unfrogged by Tamara Botting. Unfrogged is a middle-grade novel that is based on a fairytale, but I must say that I like this version a whole lot better! Princess Meredith is the definition of anti-princess, and that’s just one of the things that make her so relatable.
Here is a picture from the weekend of author Tamara Botting with her novel, Unfrogged for the very first time. Way to go Tamara! Unfrogged will be available in stores such as Coles, Indigo, and Chapters as well as Amazon this coming week.
June 12, 2017-Hi Friends! As you’re well aware, Pandamonium Publishing House is thrilled to announce our newest author Tamara Botting, who has written the fabulous, middle-grade novel Unfrogged.
Unfrogged is slated for release on July 1st, and I know that you guys are going to love it! I’m also sure that you’d like to get to know Tamara a bit better too, so here is her official author biography.
Somewhere along the way, Tamara Botting heard the phrase, “If you can’t find the book you want to read, write it yourself.” Apparently, she couldn’t find a book about a princess who was a hot mess and a sarcastic frog, which is why you’ll soon be holding a copy of Unfrogged. When she’s not writing or reading books, Tamara is Auntie to a whack of nieces and nephews, a reporter for a community newspaper, and a vocal defender of the Oxford comma (because without it, the American flag would be red, white and blue (also known as periwinkle).
June 7, 2017- The week is marching on and before we know it, Saturday, June 10th will be here! That means that you can catch us at Concession Street Fest from 11 am to 7 pm at our booth with my book Panda the Very Bad Cat. You can even win 2 passes to FLYING SQUIRREL TRAMPOLINE PARK in Hamilton by entering a draw when you see us on Saturday. Looking forward to seeing some old friends and meeting some new ones. Oh, and one more thing, Panda the Very Bad Cat is going into the Pandamonium Publishing House vault on October 1, 2017! That means that you won’t be able to get it after that until I decide to re-release it! Get your copy this weekend if you haven’t already. A portion of the proceeds from each book sold is donated to animals in need. See you soon!
April 17, 2017- I would sincerely like to welcome new author Tamara Botting to our team at Pandamonium Publishing House. She brings with her not only a wonderful story of magic, adventure, and friendship through her book Unfrogged which is slated for release on July 1, 2017, but also an extensive writing and interviewing background. We are so happy to have her aboard, and I can’t wait for you guys to read her book! And here’s a fun fact, her brother, Christopher Botting is the illustrator of Unfrogged; it’s pretty cool to see a brother and sister team up on this one! Let’s see what she had to say about becoming an author.
Lacey: Why did you decide to become an author?
Tamara: I knew pretty early on, probably Grade 2 or 3, that I wanted to write for a living. I did a co-op at a community newspaper in high school, and after I graduated from university, I called the editor to ask for a reference. He offered me a job instead, which I gratefully took. I’ve been there ever since.
It was years later, through my job as a community newspaper reporter, that I connected with Lacey Bakker and Pandamonium Publishing (actually, re-connected, because we went to high school together).
I guess the moral of my story is, work hard and be nice to people in your youth because you never know how it will affect your life as an adult! (laughs)
Lacey: How long have you been writing for?
Tamara: Since I’ve known that I wanted to write for most of my life, I’ve pretty much always been making up stories. Over the past decade, I’ve been very blessed in that I’ve gotten to write and pay my bills with my job at the newspaper.
Lacey: What is your favourite book now and your favourite book when you were a child?
Tamara: I’ve always been an avid reader, so it’s kind of hard to limit myself to just a few books!
Except for Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice, both of which I discovered in high school, these are a few of the books that I read as a kid and still love today: Virgil Nosegay and the Wellington Boots, Robert the Rose Horse, Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, the Chronicles of Narnia, and Little Women.
Lacey: Tell us about Unfrogged and where you got your idea for the story from.
Tamara: I wrote Unfrogged probably about ten years ago, if not longer. As I recall, I did it kind of as a writing exercise. I’ve always loved fairy tales, Beauty and the Beast and the Frog Prince being among my favourites. Since I didn’t think I could bring anything new or different to the story of Beauty and the Beast that hadn’t already been done before, I decided to write a novelization of Frog Prince.
Even though I love fairy tales, I always did find them a bit annoying on some parts, in particular, that the princesses always seemed to be so perfect, and that the romance generally springs up out of nowhere. I wanted my version to be more realistic; I hope I’ve achieved that.
In my story, the princess, Meredith, is very much a fish out of water. She’s living with her aunt and uncle, the queen and king because her parents have passed on. Her father was the kingdom’s second-born prince, so Meredith had never been expected to act like a princess before. Add to that the fact that she’s very clumsy and withdrawn. When she meets Frog, they become very close friends, and he encourages her to come out of her shell more.
Lacey: Is there a particular character that you relate to the most in Unfrogged?
Tamara: Frog’s sarcasm is all me, unfortunately. (laughs) Also, I’d say I’m a lot like Meredith at the start of the book, because she’s such a hot mess; something I definitely relate to! (laughs).
Meredith at the end of the book is more who I’d like to be: someone who’s confident, using her unique talents and abilities to help others, and not letting fear stop her from doing what she knows she should do.
Lacey: Anything else you want to tell us?
Tamara: A story that has always resonated with me is the one about a man watching a young boy walking along the beach, throwing starfish that have washed up on shore back into the ocean.
The man goes up to the boy and tells him that he’s wasting his time; there’s no way he can save all the starfish. What he’s doing isn’t going to make any difference in the grand scheme of things.
The boy bends down, picks up another starfish, and throws it back into the ocean.
“Made a difference for that one,” he says.
One of the messages that I hope people take away from this book is that we all have special talents and abilities. You are the only person who can make your unique contribution to the world. So use your gifts to serve others, to make this world a kinder place. Even if you have to do it one day, one person, at a time.