Eli & A.J are interviewed by Lee Murray

Come and visit us, aMAybeAuthor.jpgs Eli and I chat with the amazing Lee Murray about our latest book – Attack of the Giant Bugs.
Lee Murray’s Speculative Fiction Show

You’ll find out all sorts of things: how I broke my arm, how our writing styles differ, and argh! what’s that?

See you there!



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Giant Bugs and Code Cracking = Free Book

Bugscover3.jpgEli and I have just published “Attack of the Giant Bugs” We had great fun writing it, and I think you’ll have a lot of fun discovering all the endings. Some are brutal, some are funny, and some are (slightly) educational.

But what Eli and I want to know is: Can you crack the code near the beginning of “Attack of the Giant Bugs?http://bit.ly/GiantBugs

Go now – before the end of Monday 9 April 2018 – American time – and receive a free ebook!

PLEASE NOTE THIS PROMOTION IS FINISHED – but if you want to keep up with any news or book promotions, keep an eye on this blog or join my mailing list http://eepurl.com/bcEUPj

(If there’s a problem, please email phantomfeatherpress@gmail.com with the heading “Attack of the Giant Bugs-Promotion”)

Bests Eli and A.J.

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The Frankie Files Book Review from young inventor/scientist

tomato MonstersAn impressive young scientist’s review of The Frankie files.  (opposite)

It’s a real privilege to get children excited about science, and it’s an amazing experiment. I can’t wait to see how it works out. Is our intrepid scientist going to have lots of tomato monsters? Or maybe some monster tomatoes?

Maybe it will end in failure, but some of the most successful experiments have been failures, that’s how penicillin was discovered.

Making a Tomato Monster

An experiment with a result you don’t like can often be as – if not more – important than one that works as expected.

So, record your results, and note any observations (things you see or think) in your conclusions. Is there anything you’d advise people to do differently next time? …

Some questions to ask yourself are: Is the experiment your own, or someone elses? Did you miss anything out? Is the original experimenter right or wrong? Did they miss something that might be important? Have other people been able to replicate (copy) the experiment with the same results?

Good luck, and have fun. Remember science isn’t about “winning” it’s about finding the answers! 🙂

The Frankie Files is published by Phantom Feather Press (phantomfeatherpress(at)gmail.com) and is available at Rona Gallery and Amazon. Or ask for it at your local bookstore or library.



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Frankie Files: Goodreads Giveaway!

Heads up, New Zealand Goodreads Giveaway of Frankie Files, just click the link 🙂

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Frankie Files by A.J. Ponder

The Frankie Files

by A.J. Ponder

Giveaway ends September 08, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway


I know you’re desperate to get hold of your copy of The Frankie Files, so if you can’t wait, get your copy now from Rona Gallery, or Online.

Yes, it’s mad science, but if your young inventor or scientist isn’t careful, they may actually end up learning something, as well as discovering science is amazing!

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The Mad Science Book Launch with Frankie and Lilly


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

Come and have a blast at Rona Gallery as we launch The Frankie Files and Miss Lionheart MissLionheartThumbnail(better late than never). It’s going to be a fun celebration, with Lilly and Frankie helping out and prizes for the best Mad Scientist &/or Monster costumes!

(costumes are completely optional – most scientists look just like ordinary people!)

A.J. Ponder’s books sold at Rona Gallery from 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. & Eli Ponder


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Writing Lessons: Plotting, planning scheming and more

Yes, I’m giving writing lessons. If you love stories, and most especially writing them, why not learn how to grow your craft?

A couple of spaces may still be left for 10-14 yrs Wednesday Evenings May/June 2017
If you’re interested you’ll need to sign up at
0210 574 487

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

I’ve calendarwgbuildingpacked 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.

Old St Paul’s Saturday 7pm 15 October 2016 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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