Archive for the ‘Top Secret’ Category

Danna Staaf decided to share her expertise on squid, to make her corona virus lock-down a little more interesting.

And the questions she was asked, and the answers she’s given have definitely brightened up a few people’s days. This is definitely a fun thread for budding marine biologists. And, even better, you might be able to discover what Vampire Squid eat.

You can tell me all about it- and go in the draw to win…

As I was saying if you do discover what vampire squid eat, and any other exciting facts you think I need to know about squid, or marine biology- you can go in the draw to win a fun book featuring me or Frankie by simply by telling me in the comments what a vampire squid likes to eat.

Hint: it’s not blood!

Enjoy your new discoveries, and remember science is fun!

Lilliana Lionheart

P.S. Click on the books to find out more about them. And don’t forget to follow me or A.J. by clicking on one of the links at the bottom of the blog roll 🙂

Lilliana Lionheart

Have you thought about sneezing?

Because yes, even in an underground bunker we have to be careful about the spread of nasty bugs like covid. So here’s a little video from two of my favourite researchers on how to sneeze safely.

Please note: The mythbusters will show you so many amazing things. Some are very dangerous – so please follow any safety advice they have – and definitely DO NOT try this at home!

kia kaha people, and stay well.

Stay home, stay safe and follow all the up to date health advice from the hard-working health people.

And yes, even gross things are science, and a great place to start on your science and health journey. 🙂

Lilly Lionheart

And you can check out some more science experiments with James Corden & Prof Robert Winston

It’s one of the best kept secrets in the universe…

Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death is now wide, and at .99c from your favourite ebook store from Dec 1-8 2019

So 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 before this offer ends…


Click below for preview (aff link)


Yes, that’s right – Miss Lionheart’s Adventure into a top secret facility is now available at:

So 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…

What can I say, Lilly and I are suckers for science on TV 🙂

There’s nothing more fun than science on tv – except for science with comedians, I’ll have to check out his book – but if you love science and you love fantasy…why not check out mine?

A.J. Ponder

Author of The Frankie Files & Miss Lionheart’s Laboratory

Celebrating science, Kate the Chemist teaches Stephen Colbert how to breathe fire – and a little something about fireworks.

I hope you enjoy

Please note these death defying acts are being done with the help of an experienced (mad) scientist – in order to demonstrate just how fun Chemistry can be – with the appropriate laboratory equipment.

A.J. Ponder, author of fun science fiction including Miss Lionheart, The Frankie Files, Attack of the Giant Bugs and more. 

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?



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…

Series link

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

Yes it’s true (apparently) human glial cells have been transplanted into mice to make them smarter.

But if you want to read about latest outrageous advances in mad science you need to get in early for your copy of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death: Once Bitten here

Not that you will learn any of my or Squidge’s patented genetic engineering techniques, but you will become smarter…

To that end, here are some articles about how reading can make you smarter –

Now that you have a real incentive to read something really difficult, why not immerse yourself in a book. There are so many great stories out there – and at all reading levels. Of course you could always read about my adventures here at But there are heaps of other awesome books out there too. Some of my favourites are (links are included for hard-to-get books)

  • Verdigris Deep by Frances Hardinge
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein
  • Engines of Empathy by Paul Mannering (quirky, more adult)
  • Alex Rider series by Anthony Horrowitz
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (as a bonus, there’s a code to break)
  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
  • Life, the Universe and Everything, by Douglas Adams
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones
  • ok too many, other awesome authors include, Ursula K. Le Guin, Brandon Sanderson, Janny Wurts, Robin Hobb, C J Cherryh, Terry Pratchett, Hugh Howey…

Non Fiction

If you have a favourite book, why not leave a comment? There can never be too much of a good thing! And you can never be too smart…