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Year in Review

December 31, 2020-This year was different, to say the least! No one could have predicted what 2020 was going to look like, but we got through it and we didn’t just “get through it” we flourished. Here are some of the highlights from 2020 from Pandamonium Publishing House-we couldn’t have done this without you, our loyal supporters. Thank you for everything. 

  1. We signed a bunch of new authors: Regan McAulay, Dale Shipley, Tonya Cartmell, Alex Goubar, Rachel Adema-Hannes, Annie Kittiphanh, and Paul Moscarella bring mega talent to our team! Welcome aboard and thank you for creating such awesome works.  We can’t wait to collaborate again soon on new projects. 
  2. We created new books: 17 to be exact not including our client projects! From One Christmas to the Next by K.G. Watson and Alex Goubar, Inside Looking Out by Tim Ford, Acts of Kindness by collaborative authors, Machinia by Paul A. Moscarella and Alex Goubar, The Celestial Squid by Alex Goubar, Lost and Monkey Around by Rachel Adema-Hannes and Erin Cutler, The 12 Days of Rescue by Tonya Cartmell and Emily James, The Midas Haircut by Lacey L. Bakker and Emily Keown, The Magic Pumpkin Farmer by Lacey L. Bakker and Alex Goubar, The Clouds Above Lamasol Island by Alex Goubar, Dealer by Annie Kittiphanh and Alex Goubar, Life Supports by K.G. Watson and Alex Goubar, Becoming James Cass by L.L. Colling and Alex Goubar, Grandma’s Table by Michelle Pontefract and Erin Cutler, The Adventures of Milan and Friends; Baseball Bedlam by Lacey L. Bakker and Alex Goubar,  Advice from a Publisher by Lacey L. Bakker and Alex Goubar, and Acts of Remembrance by Engelina Hummel, K.G. Watson, and Alex Goubar. 
  3. We increased our website traffic: As of 8 am this morning, we’ve had 17, 267 views of our website which was an increase of +106% over last year, 10, 259 visitors which was an increase of +160% over last year, 129 likes which was an increase of +93% over last year, and 38 comments which was an increase of +52% over last year. 
  4. We did a collaborative book: Acts of Kindness was a collaborative book by many authors from Canada and the US. Authors shared their stories of how kindness touched their lives with heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking experiences. Thank you so much to each contributor, we appreciate you! Keep spreading kindness. We’ll be working on another collaborative book in 2021, stay tuned for details! 
  5. We had 5 best sellers: The 12 Days of Rescue by Tonya Cartmell and Emily James, The Adventures of Milan and Friends; Baseball Bedlam by Lacey L. Bakker and Alex Goubar, Advice from a Publisher by Lacey L. Bakker and Alex Goubar, The Magic Pumpkin Farmer by Lacey L. Bakker and Alex Goubar, and Becoming James Cass by Lacey L. Bakker and Alex Goubar. Thank you SO much for supporting our work, Canadian authors, artists, and illustrators! I  am absolutely sure that 2021 will bring us more bestsellers, we can’t wait:) 
  6. We started a book club: Pandamonium Publishing House International Book Club was born and we have readers from around the globe! In 2020 we read authors from 6/7 continents and in 2021 we’ll be reading and discussing our own CANADIAN authors which we couldn’t be more excited about! Currently, we have 225 members and hope to increase our membership each year with membership reaching 1,000 by 2025. 
  7. We started a subscription book box: This was a super fun option to set up for our readers! We currently have 127 subscribers that receive books each month on a variety of subjects, genres, and authors. We hope to grow our membership steadily over the years and have 1,000 members by 2025. 

To all of our readers, subscribers, supporters, and people cheering us on-YOU matter to us. Without all of you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love. Thank you for believing in our business and for championing Canadian artists, authors, and illustrators. We appreciate you and it’s a pleasure to write for you. 

To our clients-THANK, YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You make us a better business and we are so thankful for you and your trust in our company. We are so happy to work with you and help bring your wonderful stories to life. We adore you all! 

To my team-You are an epic group of individual voices with unique experiences that give you so much power as authors, illustrators, and artists. Without each one of you, there would be no Pandamonium Publishing House. Your hard work, positivity, and work ethic are inspiring and uplifting on my darkest days. All of you keep me going during the toughest challenges. THANK YOU Tamara Botting, Tim Ford, Michelle Pontefract, Alex Goubar, Erin Cutler, Rachel Adema-Hannes, Christopher Botting, Ken Watson, Tonya Cartmell, Paul A. Moscarella, Samantha Ramos, Annie Kittiphanh, Gina Nateo, and Maryanne Smith.  It is an absolute honour to work alongside each one of you; thank you for believing in me and in Pandamonium Publishing House. YOU who make this company a pleasure to lead and remind me that I have a great responsibility to each of you. 

Happy 2021! Wishing you much success, happiness, and love, now and always. X LLB

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Pandamonium Publishing House International Book Club 2021!

December 30, 2020– I’m so excited to announce our book club lineup for 2021! We’ll be reading books from our very OWN authors at Pandamonium Publishing House. Here’s what you can look forward to and the best part? If you’re a book box subscription member, you’ll get all of our book club selections included! 

January- Machinia by Paul A. Moscarella Cybersecurity officer Damon Maxwell wakes from cryogenic sleep expecting to be ten years into his future but instead finds himself in the root ruled empire of Machinia, 2156! Welcomed by Machinia’s omnipotent leader, the Universal, Damon learns that his extraordinary journey is part of a complex plan by the Universal to bait Machinia’s deadly enemy, the Underground, into action. But the Universal’s brilliant robot aide, Nepcar, fears his leader’s dangerous scheme and pairs Damon with the beautiful and mysterious Cynthia Lhan hoping their union can prevent a catastrophe. Yet, even as the Universal’s plans fall into place an enigmatic figure appears in Damon’s life that even the mighty Universal is powerless to control. Will Damon ultimately be the destroyer of the robot race or its saviour? Machinia – Pandamonium Publishing House

February- Life Supports by K.G. Watson Is it because we don’t have stuff anymore that we feel so lost in a place like this? I ask myself this all the time. When we give up those memory chains Hiram spoke of, do we lose the anchor they connected us to? I don’t think I feel it as keenly as some others here. I have my organ and wall of memories for refuge when I feel unable to bear the loneliness of others about me as well as my own. It is the time between concerts, like now, when I find myself most strongly in retreat.  “Life supports by K.G. Watson is a wonderful reminder of what matters most and his work asks us to think about what our legacy will be.” Life Supports – Pandamonium Publishing House

March-Once Upon a Vision by Gina Collins Ramkissoon and Lindsay V. Rose Becky hoped for a life full of adventure in New York City, but after a failed marriage and business, she returns to her childhood roots in Savannah, Georgia, to start over. Unsure of what her future holds, she settles into a charming loft above a Carriage House on a beautiful estate where she meets the Riley Family members. Was it by chance, or was it meant to be? Instinct draws her to read Tarot at a quaint Tea House down by the river. Becky finds her inner-self emerging. One day a mysterious woman comes into her life, and then another. Is there a connection between these two women? Will Becky’s intuition expose a hidden family secret? Will Becky trust her inner strength to unfold the mystery? Once Upon a Vision: Amazon.ca: Collins Ramkissoon, Gina, Rose, Lindsay V: Books

April-Becoming James Cass by L.L. Colling The prequel to Obsessed with Her, Becoming James Cass, is finally here. Find out what makes James the man he is today and what life-changing events forced him to take inventory of his life. Will he become the man he needs to be, or will he be left with no options except to fight his way out of the cage that he’s built around himself? This psychological thriller from L.L. Colling will make you question human behaviour and will leave you wondering just how much one person can take. Rated R for violence, language, and explicit content. Becoming James Cass – Pandamonium Publishing House

May-Duty’s Dad by K.G. Watson Duty’s Dad is a story of bravery, loss, life and love. It accompanies the book, Duty’s Son, by K.G. Watson. “Watson,” he said without preamble, “I want you to print up a poster offering a reward for the apprehension of Mr. William Lyon Mackenzie and his rebel leaders-one thousand pounds for Mackenzie and five hundred pounds for the others!” Richard was stunned by the size of the rewards. That sort of money was a life-long pension that would keep any family in comfort. He flashed back to his youth in Limerick when similar rewards for rebels or their weapons were shouted out in the parade square of Limerick Castle. He recalled the silent response, hundreds strong, from his neighbours facing the regiment and its gold-braided Colonel. He remembered that not one person claimed the reward. Would it be the same here? Would your barn ever be safe if you turned in any one of them? Duty’s Dad – Pandamonium Publishing House

June-Duty’s Son by K.G. Watson A delightful, historical fiction novel that Hamiltonians will enjoy! Lots of entertaining facts about the city as well as major events that shaped Canada. Dundurn Castle, Niagara Falls, and The Great Western Railway are just a few of the places featured. Duty’s Son by K.G. Watson is a wonderful trip back in time. John Harvey Watson was a courageous soldier, a gentleman, and a man of duty. This is his story. Duty’s Son – Pandamonium Publishing House

July-Duty’s Daughter by K.G. Watson Duty’s Daughter is a remarkable story about a courageous young woman who refuses to play by the rules. She is vibrant, fearless, and defiant. This historical fiction novel by author K.G. Watson is part of a series that includes Duty’s Son and Duty’s Dad. Duty’s Daughter – Pandamonium Publishing House

August-Obsessed with Her by L.L. Colling  What would you do if your child was missing? How far would you go to find out the truth about what happened to her? Obsessed with Her is every parent’s worst nightmare; with twists and turns so shocking, it will leave you breathless until the very last page. “Totally shocking, disturbing and NOT for the easily offended or squeamish.”-Goodreads “Thrilling, scary, jump off the edge of your seat entertaining. “-Goodreads “Four stars for scaring the bejeezus out of me.”-Goodreads “Don’t read this when home alone if you are bothered by gore.”-Goodreads  Obsessed with Her Novel – Pandamonium Publishing House

September-DJ the terrible by Samantha Nemeth This hilarious middle-grade novel will make you stand up and cheer for DJ the Terrible and her equally terrible cat, Godfrey. Djeaneauth (D.J) decides to go undercover with her sidekick Godfrey the Super Cat to assimilate with her new neighbours, AKA “The Borings”, gain their trust, then turn the town on its head!  The only thing is…blending in simply isn’t DJ’s strong suit. With her inventive, mischievous mind, wild hair, and clumsy demeanour, Terrible trouble follows this Terrible girl wherever she goes! DJ (Djeaneautha) The Terrible! – Pandamonium Publishing House

October-Unfrogged by Tamara Botting Her parents are gone, she’s a klutz, and her cousin hates her. Plus, there’s a weird frog! This is the story of Princess Meredith and her unforgettable adventure of friendship, courage, and tea with three shakes of pepper and a pinch of hot sauce. This is definitely not a typical fairy tale! Unfrogged – Pandamonium Publishing House

November-From One Christmas to the Next by K.G. Watson He hadn’t counted on going in. He’d just been too darned lonely house-sitting the place while its owner studied overseas. He really resented the inane or gratuitously violent TV offerings. So, after his TV dinner, he’d just gone out, walking, till he got tired enough to sleep – just like every other night for the past six months. But who counted? He had seen the bustle from a block away. Cars had been trying to get into the plugged parking lot. Lines of bundled-up families chatted excitedly and called to each other as they converged. Bright light bathed the spire and filled the windows. He found himself trapped between clumps of people ahead and behind and fenced in by the solid row of parked cars to his left. The human tide simply herded him off the sidewalk with them and up the broader approach to the double doors. Rather than step out of the line into the knee-deep snowbanks, he decided he’d just go with the flow. It wasn’t that he didn’t know the drill. It was Christmas Eve. How many similar services had he conducted through his lifetime? It’s just he couldn’t do it anymore. And he had nobody to not do it with either since Margaret had died back in the Spring. From One Christmas to the Next – Pandamonium Publishing House

December-Acts of Remembrance by K.G. Watson  Revolution is in our land.  In Amsterdam and Rotterdam, cannons stand on every street corner.  A Curfew is at 7:30, but the people are standing by the front door listening to others who are rioting. The rioters are so fed up with things they are marching through the street singing. For punishment, they have no light or water. It was not smart. Many were shot. Now, what do you do? A death sentence is carried out on everyone who does not obey.  These words are straight from the pages of a young girl’s (Engelina Aasman Hummel) diary during the Second World War. They are true, haunting, and raw. Acts of Remembrance is a book that you’ll never forget. Acts of Remembrance by K.G. Watson and Engelina (Aasman) Hummel – Pandamonium Publishing House

We hope that you’ll join us for this year’s line up as we celebrate Canadian authors! For more information please email us at pandapublishing8@gmail.com 

 

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Pandamonium Publishing House International Book Club

October 7, 2020- Each Friday on our Facebook Page (Pandamonium Publishing House), we discuss the book of the month that we’re reading. For the past three months, we’ve chosen a book from 6 of the 7 continents (Antarctica has been impossible to find an author), but we’ve visited South America (Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist), Asia (Bali Kaur Jaswal, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows), North America (Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes) and now, Europe (Alex Michaelidis, The Silent Patient). We’ll be visiting Australia and Africa next! Each week, we discuss themes, political issues, character development, plot, conflict, and narration within the books. We take questions and comments from readers sent in via email to pandapublishing8@gmail.com. If you’ve ever thought of joining a book club, but haven’t had the opportunity, here’s your chance! Send us an email to pandapublishing8@gmail.com, and we’ll add you to our member’s list.

The benefits of book club:

  1. Reading goals. Did you know that most adults read 1 book or less per year? Yikes, that’s not a good thing! By joining our book club, you’ll be able to set and reach your reading goals!
  2. Perspective. Since we chat about the book each week, we can get a different perspective on the characters, themes, and plot from everyone who participates in the discussion.
  3. Unique/Diverse Voices. We choose books that maybe you’d never think of reading because it’s outside your genre, or you’ve never heard of the author. We try to include authors’ unique and diverse voices from a wide range of countries, backgrounds, beliefs, and writing styles.
  4. Friendship. Joining a book club allows you to chat with other members, find things in common, and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.

We hope that you’ll join our Pandamonium Publishing House International Book Club! We’ve got some exciting new titles for the rest of the year and 2021. Hope to see you online:)