Miss Lionheart and Frankie are launching their books with a Mad Science party

BookLaunch6pm 17 August, Rona Gallery 152 Muritai Rd
RSVP A.J. (Wellington) 562 8062 or on Facebook

MissLionheartThumbnailCome and have a blast at Rona Gallery as Lilly and Frankie launch The Frankie Files and Miss Lionheart (better late than never). It’s going to be a celebration, with Lilly and Frankie helping out with fun, and handing out prizes for the best Mad Scientist &/or Monster costumes! Don’t worry, costumes are completely optional – most scientists look just like ordinary people!

FrankieFilesFrontCover.jpgA.J. Ponder’s books sold at Rona Gallery during 3-20 August are part of the “Ponder This” exhibition supporting Te Omanga Hospice 

For previews of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death  and The Frankie Files click on the respective titles.

see you soon,
A.J. and Eli Ponder

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Sir Julius Vogel Awards close 31 March

Love New Zealand Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror?

murray-at-the-edgeYou can nominate works for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards by filling in this easy form online to help your favourite authors receive recognition for their work (published in 2016).

I have a short story called BlindSight in At the Edge, an amazing collection edited by Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts

You can find it here,or in bookshops.

All the stories are by New Zealanders and should be eligible for awards, including the anthology itself.

The 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award closes 8.00pm on 31st March 2017 (NZST).

I’ll just have to put off reading Maurice Gee’s The Severed Land (published 2017) for a few more days while I look to see if there are any more authors I want to nominate – authors like Lee Murray with her great thriller/horror Into the Mist.

Into the Mist
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PechaKucha: Devine Inspiration at Old St Pauls Sat 15 Oct 2016

I’ve calendarwgbuildingpacked my bag, sorted through some pictures, and I’m ready to talk at what looks to be a fun event. Most of all I’m looking forward to meeting some of my fans, and of Jan Wigmore’s presentation on Reading the Brain for Learning. and all the other presenters.

PechaKucha is a global series of live events where people can meet, inspire and get inspired, based on a format that is fast-paced and fun. PechaKucha Night (PKN) Wellington features up to 14 presenters that delight and inspire with their narratives using a specific format where each person speaks to 20 images for 20 secs/image. Total presentation time: 6 mins & 40 secs.

Get your ticket here, or at Old St Pauls on the night.

Confirmed presenters for PechaKucha Night Wellington @ Old St Paul’s include:

Pete O’Connell // Rhysonic: Acoustic music with power tools
Rebecca Rice // Artists in Wonderland // Curator all things arty and historical at Te Papa //
Lindsay Smith // Richter City: A decade of Wellington Derby // Skanda Lass //
Graham Bathgate // A Centenarian Remembers
Pinaman Owusu-Banahene // ABSOLUTELY ADJOAA // The Accidental Creative Entrepreneur
Jan Wigmore // Reading the Brain for Learning //
Anya Satyanand // Divine Inspiration: Te Aho Tapu //
Mandi Lynn // What the Fark is a Chakra // Master Photographer & Mojo Midwife //
 Joe O’Callaghan // Roaming Robots //
A.J. Ponder//Wizard’s Guide to Wellington //
Diego Saez Ibarzabal // Ex Tenebris In Lucem (From Darkness into light) // Architect & Lighting Designer//

To find out more go to www.facebook.com/pechakucha.welly or see www.pechakucha.org for information about PechaKucha Nights in over 900 cities around the world.

Have fun…


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Kidnap yourself into mad-scientist territory

Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death is coming as a paperback – if you wish to win a copy before its official release in April 2016 – Hijack yourself into mad-scientist territory with Miss Lionheart and the Labyrinth of Death: Omnibus Edition ebook 


Duck the gelignite, and avoid the Acme fuses. Do whatever you need to, just make sure you don’t miss out — it’s more than your life is worth.

Lilly Lionheart is kidnapped by a master villain who wants her to create dangerous genetically designed animals. But Lilly has ideas of her own… A crazy-fun read – so why not check it out?

Read a Free Chapter Christmas in an Evil Criminal Mastermind’s Bunker and check out the amazon reviews available here.

And don’t forget to buy a copy, and email your favourite character to phantomfeatherpress (at) gmail (dot) com to win one of 5 free paperback books before its official release April 2016  

Miss Lionheart and the Labyrinth of Death: Omnibus Edition ebook http://amzn.to/1k9f2Bs

Best wishes to everyone in 2016

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#topsecret and Lost in the Museum

Sir Julius Vogel2015LostcroppedTui Merriweather was thrilled Lost in the Museum won two Sir Julius Vogel Awards, she’d like to thank A.J.Ponder, Lorriane Williams and Eileen Mueller for all their help writing her sections and organising the anthology, not to mention all the wonderful writers at Phoenix and of course our invited artists, Tim Jones, Lyn McConchie, Tracie McBride, Glyn Mclean, and Lillian Hetet- and of course Geoff Popham our cover artist who won the award for Best Professional Artwork.


Please note #topsecret is the twitter handle for all A.J. Ponder book promotions, so if you want to be in the loop, look out for #topsecret.

Because right now – and for less than 9 hours Miss Lionheart: Twice Poisoned is free! it will almost certainly never be free again, so why not grab a copy now.

A.J. Ponder’s Books

Lost in the Museum (anthology): http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Museum-Phillip-Mann-ebook/dp/B00KTV5K0U

Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death: Part 1: Once Bitten: http://amzn.to/1tn1SVc
Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death: Part 2: Twice Poisoned:
Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death: Part 3: Thrice Shy: http://amzn.to/1CsTYfu

Wizard’s Guide To Wellington: http://amzn.to/1y3I3PD

The Great Weta Robbery: http://www.giltedgepublishing.co.nz/The-Great-Weta-Robbery

A.J. Ponder Free Story– thanks to Arc 1.1 and The Tomorrow Project

Dying for the Record (Adult): http://tomorrow-projects.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Arc1-1_DyingfortheRecord_A-J-Ponder.pdf

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Free ebooks to celebrate Miss Lionheart series final book launch March 31st

Yes, I’m so excited to have finally finished the my Miss Lionheart series, I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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Book 1: Once Bitten is Free March 29th and 31st 2015 (American Pacific Time – or from 9 pm NZ time to 9pm the following night)

“Bundled into a super secret underground bunker Lilly must use her awesome genius skills – and her not so awesome social skills to survive long enough to create awesomely dangerous creatures and escape almost certain death… “

“I wish this book had been written when I was younger” Lee Murray

“a fun read for any YA mad scientist, secret spy, or evil super-villain” Peter Friend

“Fantastic read, highly recommended. Can’t wait to read parts 2 and 3. Very descriptive characters, lots of humour and horror!! Shelley Whittaker

For readers 12+

The series can be found at http://amzn.to/1NnGjIk

LatestTwisty-Christmas-FronTwisty Christmas Tales  is also FREE 28th and 29th March (Pacific Time) – crazy Christmas adventures for the whole family! Christmas in outer space or at the beach, havoc in Santa’s workshop, monsters running amok, and mad scientists who turn Christmas into chaos by awesome New Zealand authors including Joy Cowley and David Hill

For readers 8+

Enjoy! Because everyone needs a dragon – or a snake squirrel hybrid 😉

A.J. Ponder

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Miss Lionheart…the beginning of a crazy-fun adventure…

cover-L-Modified-Once-BittenI’ve got a fun story for you. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Miss Lionheart is an amazing character, and I just know she has a few more twists and turns up her sleeve, so keep in touch…

But in the meantime, it’s time to duck the gelignite and avoid the Acme fuses. Time to catch this first instalment of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death, because missing it, well that would be more than your life is worth!

Every adventure starts with a first step, so take this one with Lilly Lionheart into the Laboratory of Death and meet a young genius, amazing creatures, and enjoy!


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