Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Top Secret! The Miss Lionheart series is complete.



shhh don't tell anyone but...to 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 http://amzn.to/1tn1SVc
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)xtra.co.nz

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.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New Book, Lost in the Museum to be released 26 April 2014

New Book. Lost in the Museum to be released 26 April 2014.

What's not to love, a little mystery, a little romance, and a little fantasy all wrapped up in a place of historic magic everyone can visit. I just love the cover artwork by Geoff Popham & it has three of my stories in it, including one written with Eileen Mueller. It also has stories by Tim Jones, Lyn McConchie, Phillip Mann (nominated for the Arthur C.Clark Award 2014), Glyn MacLean and Tracie McBride of Dark Continents Publishing and more.  

Lose yourself in a 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? 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.

We hope to have it out soon as an e-book so if you live overseas, you too can enjoy losing yourself in the museum.

Monday, February 18, 2013

An alternate life

I have three "blogs" at the moment - and this one - well this one is at least temporarily out of the picture-

No 1  Wizard's Guide to Wellington -  it can be found at http://wizardsguide.wordpress.com

No 2 - a little taste of my latest character, Miss Lilly Lionheart can be found on her blog at http://misslillylionheart.wordpress.com/

No 3 - My most popular blog An Affliction of Poetry - with over 65,000 hits - I'm beginning to believe people really do like poetry after all...

 No 4 - Me - well my writing anyway, theoretically there is a blog - but mostly the good stuff is going to be kept "here" http://ajponder.wordpress.com/ - it includes links to writing published on the internet and elsewhere. 
And I have recently added a facebook site that is intended to focus on writer opportunities and events here at https://www.facebook.com/AJPonderwriter

More of my work is available online, Twisty Christmas Tales, Friends (horror for adults in Baby Teeth), Dying for the Record (free online UK tomorrow project), Ahi Ka, written in conjunction with Eileen Mueller (now free on my blog )

That's it folks - all the best 
hope to see you about sometime