PechaKucha Night and Wizard’s Guide to Wellington, Old St Pauls, 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 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…



My Dragon Pal and Me

Posted: May 16, 2016 in Dragons, Uncategorized
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Because everyone should have their own dragon pal in the end…

“I must warn you, I have a dragon!” (From the television show Galavant that was recently cancelled…RIP Galavant)

TOP SECRET: Lasers, gravitational waves and world domination…

Brian Greene helps Stephen Colbert with his not-so-secret plans for world domination. All I can say is keep an eye on this situation as Einstein’s theories prove as dangerous as ever. n

And, whatever you do,  remember to keep this vital  information out of the hands of our mutual enemies as world domination is totally different to world destruction.

(Miss Lionheart)









This video has important information for anyone planning to take over the world using science – chemicals that are too dangerous to play with – so why not stick to genetic engineering instead?



Once Bitten, Twice Poisoned and Thrice SMiss Lionheart Omnibushy have all come together in one book – and now until the 27th of January it’s the teeny, tiny price of only 99c – so don’t delay, kidnap yourself into mad scientist territory, today.

Don’t wait until the paperback comes out in April – or it’ll be far too late…

Available in Amazon UK and Amazon US

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“an adventurous (anMiss Lionheart Omnibusd oftentimes hilarious) romp through a fantastical world, populated by strange beasties and gifted kids destined to save the world from evil.” William Cook

William Cook’s review actually starts… This is the first book of A.J. Ponder’s that I’ve read and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Intended for middle-grade readers, I found myself rapidly immersed in Miss Lionheart’s danger-filled weird and whacky world. Quite often, I had to remind myself that this book is aimed at a younger audience than myself… review continued on Amazon OR A.J. Ponder’s Facebook page

A.J. Ponder

More reviews…

“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

“Exciting! Full of suspense, intrigue, hilarity and, of course, an assortment of laboratory engineered killer-hybrid animals!” Michelle Child

(These additional reviews come from the original Part 1 and and the full version of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death: Once Bitten)

Why not kidnap yourself to mad scientist territory and see what all the fuss is about?

Miss Lionheart Omnibus

Posted: December 23, 2015 in Miss Lionheart

Kidnap yourself into mad-scientist territory…

Win a free paperback copy of Miss Lionheart and the LMiss Lionheart Omnibusaboratory of Death before it’s release in April 2016!

All you need to do is buy the ebook of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death, and email the publishers phantomfeatherpress (at) gmail (dot) com you could be be in the draw to win one of 5 free paperback copies of A.J. Ponder’s fun adventure  – before it’s official publication in April 216.

The perfect gift for every mad-scientist in the making…and anyone who just wants a bit of fun and adventure with cute and dangerous designer critters in an underground laboratory.


And now I’m dead famous… well, hopefully not dead…. (Lilly)

Phantom Feather Press

The final cover-L-Thrice-Shyepisode of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death Part 3: Thrice Shy is now online.

To celebrate we have made Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death Part 1: Once Bitten by A.J. Ponder free for the next 21 hours. Why not pick it up a copy?

And for younger readers, Wizard’s Guide to Wellingtonwill be on promotion from the 2nd of April American time. Get in early and you might pick up a copy for as little as 99 cents.

To find out more about the books, click here for our Miss Lionheart page, and here for the Wizard’s Guide to Wellington.

To find out more about the author A.J. Ponder, WGcoverand her awards, she runs a page here that she tries to keep up to date. Also watch out for Part 2: Twice Poisoned for free up on Amazon some time this month…

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Shhh – don’t tell anyone – ebook 2: Twice Poisoned of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death is up FREE right nowcover-L-Twice-Poisoned

until 9pm Sat 19 April NZ time and and midnight 18 April 2015 American Pacific time. (modified)

Enjoy! and keep an eye out for an exciting announcement coming soon…


Don’t forget to read part 1 first! – 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…

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Top SecretTop Secret! Keep Out.

Warning – spoiler alert! If you haven’t read Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death – Once Bitten you should turn back now….

But if you have, then you will remember that Quetzee is in terrible danger and Missy is dangerously ill. Can you leave Lilly there in GKS’ underground lab all alone with only her small crew to get her through this crisis? No, of course not, you are not a thug, or a minion, and definitely not a zombie – you are an enlightened reader, and as such you cannot leave Lilly and her team all alone in mortal danger – which is why you know you have to read the sequel, and it’s coming out very soon now, any moment…so grab your copy of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death – Twice Poisoned in advance at

A.J. Ponder