It’s almost Christmas!

What will Santa put under your tree this Christmas? A present that growls? Or one that smiles? A world to explore, or a little adventure around the capital city of New Zealand? Whatever you have planned, whether it is at home, or half a world away, I hope it is just a little bit magic.

I’m planning to be writing more stories, and I’m really looking forward to it, but in the meantime here are two anthologies I contributed to and my very popular Wizard’s Guide to Wellington. I hope you enjoy reading these stories half as much as I enjoyed writing them!

Merry Christmas!


Wizard’s Guide to Wellington: Alec’s Dad is missing. Why isn’t he at Wellington airport to help pick up Perrin, the mysterious English cousin Alec has heard so little about?

Meanwhile, Perrin has arrived at Wellingtowne Airport only to discover Ike, her cantankerous wizarding guide, has disappeared. Worse, she cannot see anyone there to meet her and she is all alone in the dangerous city of Wellingtowne. Ghosts, taniwhas, magic … and a warning: “Bad men watch you.” Something is wrong, very, very wrong, and it’s up to the two cousins to rescue Wellingtowne & Wellington.

The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales: The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales: 31 short stories by 27 authors including Joy Cowley, David Hill and Dave Freer. Illustrations by Geoff Popham. Pop over to You Tube to see our fun Twisty Christmas book trailer at

Lost in the Museum by Phoenix Writers: Get lost in the museum where past, present and future collide. What does Weta’s giant mechanical baby do after hours? Who is altering the time space continuum? Where or when has James gone? And what secrets is Tui Merriweather hiding?
Dive into mayhem at a well-known Wellington waterfront destination. Going to the museum will never be the same again.


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About ajponder

A.J. Ponder is the award winning author of Wizard's Guide to Wellington, Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death, as well as a number of well-regarded short stories, including Dying for the Record.
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