My Books

My trilogy is having a slight upheaval – moving internet addresses – but they’ll be back soon!

Warning: TOP SECRET!
Keep out!
No Spies allowed
May contain traces of mad science

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

Lilly’s bundled into Mr Big’s underground laboratory to create designer creatures – or die. She finds herself heading a team of misfits in charge of designing dreadbeasts – deadly giant snake spider hybrids. Can she make her squirrel-snake hybrid, and escape – before Mr Big kills them all?

Wizard’s Guide to Wellington is urban fantasy in the tradition of Diana Wynne Jones, Jill Murphy, JK Rowling and Eva Ibbotson’s The Secret of Platform 13.

Alec’s father and cousin are missing.

Wellington city no longer seems as safe as it once was. Not with magical creatures, wizards, ghosts and even a restless taniwha threatening to waken.

Can Alec find his way through this strange new world? Or will he never see his father again?

Love adventure? Love Pick a Path or Choose Your Own Adventure books?

Or maybe you just loved Frankie in “The Frankie Files.”

Because Frankie’s back with her dangerous inventions. This time the shrink ray is about to be used with devastating effect.

Likely you’ll have to rescue yourself, the whole class, and in some scenario’s the entire world as The Bugman manages to get hold of Frankie’s shrink ray and turn it into a dangerous weapon.

Can you save the world?
Discover some of the cute endings?
Or maybe you’ll be trapped in an antlion’s sandpit…and no that’s way more dangerous than you would ever believe, even more dangerous than playing with an actual lion. At least it is when it’s bigger than you!


New adventure from A.J. Ponder- in the tradition of The Princess Bride and Terry Pratchett!

★★★★★A humorous epic fantasy… I was glued to the screenKevin Berry of

★★★★★epic…dramatic escape scenes, devious plots, and a final show-down of David and Goliath proportions”  Lee Murray of SpecFic NZ

★★★★★ “Amazing! I can’t wait for the next book.” Eileen Mueller of

Sylvalla escapes Avondale castle, and the life of a princess, in search of the adventure she’s always wanted.

Once found, adventure bites back.

Fortunately Sylvalla is not alone – Unfortunately, her new-found companions are less than heroic. Jonathan would rather make money. Dirk would rather live a long and happy life. And at 150, Old Capro would rather stop gallivanting about and harangue unsuspecting students about his glory days over a nice cup of tea.

Quest has everything, heroes, monsters, chases, escapes and a complete lack of true love.

A quirky and original celebration of fantasy for everyone who loves fantasy adventure – check out this sneak peek or buy your copy now.

Free story available online – Monstrous – Cryptozoological Tales “The Forgotten World,” is an action adventure set in 1920’s New Zealand and based on high-adventure stories like Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World”

An Affliction of Poetry

A.J. has never got the hang of blogging although does have a site dedicated to poetry…although to be honest, it would be inadvisable to visit, because after all, it is poetry and that should be enough to scare any sane person away. Ask any Vogon.

Miss Lionheart’s blog

Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death

Science is crazy fun, and whenever Lilly notices something interesting, she posts it to Miss Lionheart’s blog.

Of course she’s rather busy at the moment -creating a dragon apparently, so she barely gets any time to write and show everyone just how fun science can be.

PS…want to find out more about me? I was recently interviewed by RC Bean, the interview is here at

happy reading… A.J.