Are You Ready? Meet Our Newest Character!

November 16, 2017- I’m really excited to share this with you guys! Here is a special, never seen before, sneak peek of an up and coming character, illustrated by our very own, Shamayal Hayat. This children’s book will be launching in March 2018 so stay tuned for details! Until then, I’m not giving anything away…nope, not even the title!

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Let’s Talk About Middle-Grade Novels! A Quick and Dirty Guide

November 3, 2017- There seems to be a lot of confusion around three little words…Middle-Grade Novel. Let’s dive into the basics and explore what elements make up a middle-grade novel.

  • Middle-grade books are for kids in grades 4, 5, and 6-ages 9,10, 11.
  • This is a diverse group of readers, and the middle-grade word counts are as follows: books for younger kids are 20,000-25,000 words and the books for the older kids usually contain 35,000-40,000 words.
  • These books are usually large print, fast reads. A great example of a younger middle-grade novel is Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and a great example of an older middle-grade book is our very own Unfrogged by Tamara Botting.

Middle grade interests include the following things:

  • PEERS– I capitalized this word because it’s the single most crucial thing to middle -graders and it’s important to know that kids care what their friends think above anything else at this age!
  • Family-The child is the main character, the child is in the middle, and everything revolves around him or her. For example, parents are getting divorced what does that mean to the child?
  • Self Concept– How do I belong? Who am I? Kids at this age are just starting to figure this out and ask the questions that will eventually shape them into adults.
  • Puberty-Looks, development, gender, opposite sex and relationships.
  • Future-Upon who does the future depend?…It depends on the main character of course!

So if you’re planning on writing for middle-graders, keep the above things in mind!

LB

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Obsessed with Her…Countdown to Release, 55 Days!

October 31, 2017- It’s official, there are 55 days until the release of my newest book, Obsessed with Her. This is definitely not a book for kids, but is a psychological thriller for grown-ups! We’ve got to have our own fun, right?

Obsessed with Her has been in the works for a year and so much has gone into it. I’ve had tons of help along the way from some exceptional consultants, including my Beta Group readers and the wonderful officers from the Toronto Homicide Unit. There are so many people to thank and acknowledge for allowing this book to come to life!

I’ve decided to write this book, and all of my thrillers going forward, under the pen name, L.L. Colling but rest assured, it’s still me. Sometimes authors like to separate their works and genres by writing under a pen name, and I’ve decided to do the same.

I’ll keep you posted on any developments such as a potential pre-release and any other exciting info that will be coming up in the weeks that follow.

LB

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Just in Time for Halloween…Next Year:) Super Special Collector’s Edition!

October 30, 2017- I know that Halloween isn’t until tomorrow, but I thought that I’d share some fun news from Pandamonium Publishing House! Next year, just in time for Halloween, The Adventures of Milan and Friends (Trouble with Trolls) will be published. This book will be available for A LIMITED TIME in a LIMITED QUANTITY as a COLLECTOR’S EDITION to celebrate my favourite time of year! Be sure to get your copy and feel free to contact me if you’d like to go on a pre-release list.

This children’s picture book is geared towards children in the age range of 3-5+ and will be available in major bookstores as well as online through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.

Stay tuned for sketches, later next summer, as well as sneak peeks behind the scenes of character development and illustration. I’ll also be releasing some information about each character and what the inspiration is behind it!

Thank you so much to each and every person who continues to support my work and who make it possible for me to do what I love. Without you all, there would be no point.

XO LB

 

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The inspiration behind The Adventures of Milan and Friends, Trouble with Trolls, A Halloween Tale (Yes, his name is actually Milan in real life!) 

 

 

Submissions are CLOSED as of October 31, 2017

October 16, 2017- I’d like to start by saying thank you to each and every writer who submitted their manuscripts and concepts for consideration with Pandamonium Publishing House. I’d also like to say that 2018 is going to be an exciting year for us and we’ll be developing innovative material, new genres that we’ve never done before, and new talent. I can’t wait for you all to meet some new authors and illustrators that will hopefully be coming aboard shortly! Stay tuned for announcements to see what the future holds for Pandamonium Publishing House. Thank you for everything.

-Lacey

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Spooktacular Stroll! See You Tonight Binbrook (Friday the 13th!)

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 Events! Where to Find Us

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 pmSpooktacular Stroll Event, Binbrook Fairgrounds, 2600 Highway 56, Binbrook, ON L0R 1C0

Saturday, October 14th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pmAuthor 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 pmAuthor 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!

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Upcoming Events! September 2017

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!

Super Crawl: 

Friday, September 8th6:00 pm to 12:00 amSuper Crawl (Lacey L. Bakker)

Saturday, September 9th12:00 pm to 6:00 pmSuper Crawl (Lacey L. Bakker)
6:00 pm to 12:00 amSuper Crawl (Tamara Botting)

Sunday, September 10th12:00 pm to 4:00 pmSuper Crawl (Lacey L. Bakker)
4:00 pm to 7:00 pmSuper Crawl (Tamara Botting)

 

Binbrook Fair: 

Friday, September 15th5:00 pm to 10:30 pmBinbrook Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)

Saturday, September 16th10:00 am to 5:30 pmBinbrook Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)
5:30 pm to 10:00 pmBinbrook Fair (Tamara Botting)

Sunday, September 17th10:30 am to 2:00 pmBinbrook Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Binbrook Fair (Tamara Botting)

 

Ancaster Fair: 

Thursday, September 21st5:00 pm to 10:00 pmAncaster Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)

Friday, September 22nd10:00 am to 6:00 pmAncaster Fair  (Lacey L. Bakker)
6:00 pm to 10:00 pmAncaster Fair (Tamara Botting)

Saturday, September 23rd 10:00 am to 5:00 pmAncaster Fair (Tamara Botting)
5:00 pm to 10:00 pmAncaster Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)

Sunday, September 24th10:00 am to 2:00 pmAncaster Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)
2:00 pm to 6:00 pmAncaster Fair (Tamara Botting)

Other Dates: 

You’ll also be able to get your copy of Unfrogged signed by the author, Tamara Botting during September at the following locations: 

Chapters BurlingtonSATURDAY, 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) 

 

 

See You at Supercrawl Hamilton! Is There a Pre-Release of Deer Diary?…Wait and See!

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:)

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XO LLB

 

Deer Diary! Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You!

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!

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