Wednesday, October 5, 2016

PechaKucha Night and Wizard’s Guide to Wellington, Old St Pauls, 15 Oct 2016

calendarwgbuildingI’ve packed my broomstick, 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 course Jan Wigmore’s speech 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 or see for information about PechaKucha Nights in over 900 cities around the world.

Have fun…


Monday, January 25, 2016

Kidnap yourself to a free book preview

Try out Miss Lionheart's new story ... Kidnap yourself to mad scientists territory... now!

Hijack yourself into mad scientists' territory, duck the gelignite, 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.

A mad romp into the dangerous world of evil genius, super spies, and dangerous designer animals.

Reviews for Part 1 said:
" I wish this book had been written when I was younger."
" A must-read for precocious pre-teens" Lee Murray
"a fun read for any YA mad scientist, secret spy, or evil super-villain" PD Friend
"Packed with ingenuity and exciting twists" Michelle Child

These and more reviews can be found at

Thanks to my supporters, who insisted it needed to be put together into one collection, this omnibus edition includes all Lilly's adventures from "Once Bitten" to "Thrice Shy." I hope you enjoy this story of an exceptional genius, who must create amazing and very dangerous animals, or die.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Top Secret! The Miss Lionheart series is complete.


All three books have now been combined into a single paperback - keep an eye out for the release in 2016 - in the meantime, if you can't wait, why not pick up the omnibus edition online - and email phantomfeatherpress (at) gmail (dot) com with the name of your favourite character and go in the draw to win one of 5 brand new paperbacks before their release.
shhh don't tell anyone celebrate the launch of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death Part 3: Thrice Shy - on the 31st of March, Phantom Feather Press is offering

Part 1: Once Bitten free 31st of March Pacific Time (9pm 31 March to 9pm 1st April NZ time)


Part 2: Twice Poisoned free sometime mid April 2015!  keep an eye out for #topsecret


Wizard's Guide to Wellington is having a countdown deal from April 2  (Pacific Time) – The quicker you are, the cheaper your ebook, so get in early!

What you need to know about Miss Lilly...
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
To read go to
To find out more go to the Phantom Feather Press Book Page 


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Wizard’s Guide to Wellington - ebook, finally!

Recently I put Wizard's Guide to Wellington up on Amazon, hey it only took me 2 years, but I just love the physical book, it's a gorgeous hardback and while you can't get that experience in digital, you can still enjoy the story. 

Find out more... 

Wizard’s Guide to Wellington by A.J. Ponder

WGcoverAn adventure for the young at heart through Wellington City, including Miramar, Eastbourne, and the Wellington Waterfront.
Alec’s Dad is kidnapped, his mysterious English cousin, Perrin, has gone missing, and he has found a talking book that insists the ground beneath his feet is dangerous – and alive!
Perrin has arrived at Wellingtowne Airport only to discover Ike, her cantankerous wizarding guide, has disappeared. Worse, her uncle is missing and she is all alone in the dangerous city of Wellingtowne.
Ghosts, taniwhas, magic … and a warning: “Bad men watch you”. Something is very wrong, and it’s up to the two cousins to rescue Wellingtowne & Wellington.

“Fantastic story – setting – character –full of tension and surprises – very cool.”
Mary McCallum

“Alicia Ponder has conjured a whirlwind of wizardry that will have you reaching for the nearest broomstick in this delightfully wild and unpredictable tale of magic, monsters and mayhem.”
Emanuel E Garcia

“A truly magical book.”
Lorraine Williams

Cover Art: Richard Ponder
Internal Art: Clem Winfield & A.J. Ponder
Publisher: Coombe House & Phantom Feather Press

ISBN Paperback :   9780473220303
ISBN Mobi:   978-0-9941155-4-6

Publication Date: 19/12/2012.
Hardback 224 pages.

Available: Good New Zealand book stores and on Amazon for the ebook. Wholesalers, retailers and booksellers, please order from Paul and Joan Greenberg of Greene Phoenix Marketing. Contact details here  or paul.gpm(at)

Enjoy the adventure!

PS Keep a close eye on this page and my blog so I can warn you of dangerous magical Events before they happen!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Twisty Book Launch

Yes, Twisty Christmas Tales is launched, here are a couple of pictures Amelia took on the night.

It was a lovely evening, and we had wonderful feedback from so many people who went, and on our facebook launch page :) The support from our fellow writers has been amazing.

Check out the book on Amazon, or if you live in New Zealand, ask in your local bookstore or library.

And now, I get to do what I like doing best and get back to writing fantastical tales. 

Merry (early) Christmas, 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Twisty Tales, Rona Gallery Book Opening,

Dragon Present by Geoff Popham
Gosh, I can't believe it's been so long since I posted. Last time we were looking for submissions for "The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales." And now...the book is almost here - and it's full of fantastic stories by amazing authors including Joy Cowley, David Hill, Dave Freer, Lyn McConchie, Lorraine Orman, D.M. Potter, Lee Murray...

Twisty Christmas Tales PledgeMe is now closed. Twisty Christmas Tales is now available on Amazon, and the best thing is I'm back writing again. But more than that, now I know how to use Amazon, Wizard's Guide should be up any day. I know some of my fans are disappointed because they wanted it up 2 years ago, but better late than never is what I say. More soon.

Also Rona Gallery in Eastbourne opened about a week back,
for pictures of the launch go to ... Rona Gallery Book Blog ...

The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales31 children’s stories by 27 authors, including international best-sellers Joy Cowley, David Hill and Dave Freer.
What will Santa put under your tree this Christmas? A present that growls? Or one that smiles? The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales – 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.
Come along for the sleigh ride of your life. These Twisty Tales will weave their festive magic, whipping across NZ pastures, scattering fairy dust on the way to a Christmas BBQ!

I'd tell you my favourite story, seriously I would...if I had one, but I love them all, they're all quirky original NZ stories and I'm really proud to be a part of this project.  Check out the book trailer on youtube, or go to Amazon for a sneak preview.

A.J. Ponder

Monday, June 9, 2014

Writers needed for Christmas Kids Collection

Heads up to writer friends

Phantom Feather Press is looking for quality submissions from New Zealand authors for "Twisty Christmas Tales," by 22nd June 2014.

Submission Guidelines can be found here.