My Books


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.

Adrenaline Shots

Forgotten World Free Short Story
Free Story: “The Forgotten Worldh

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”

Attack of the Giant Bugs


Love adventure? Love Pick a Path or Choose Your Own Adventure books? Or maybe you just loved Frankie in “The Frankie Files.” Then don’t miss this new book – “Attack of the Giant Bugs” – but be very careful or you might learn something about bugs and their amazing world.

Wizard’s Guide to Wellington

Check out the blog to find out more about the book. Ike will even occasionally post events in Wellington to look out for.

The Frankie Files

The Frankie Files is available from Rona Gallery and Amazon, free preview here

Frankie’s a young inventor, who uses science to make preposterous inventions. Follow her adventures through primary and intermediate — they’re Monster Fun — and readers who are not careful, might even learn something. Buy now.

Miss Lilly Lionheart

Duck the gelignite, avoid the Acme fuses and hijack yourself  into mad scientists territory… Miss Lionheart has a song, and an attitude, so watch out for her at

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.

A.J’s Amazon Page

Make an author happy…why not check out the sneak previews of their books, and see if  there’s a story you can fall in love with.

happy reading…

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