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Things Ninjas Didn’t Do (That You Think They Did)

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Book: Deadly Flowers, Ninjas, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Infiltration–not an admirable activity in feudal Japan

#3) Be cool.

It’s hard to believe–I mean, what’s cooler than a ninja?– but ninjas were not respected during their time. They were, basically, the scum of the earth, about as low as actors or beggars or people who handled corpses for burial or cremation–all of whom had a hard time of it in feudal Japan.

How could somebody with the skills of a ninja be looked down upon? Well, the warrior ideal in Japan at the time was the samurai, riding boldly into battle, challenging a foe to single combat, preferring death to dishonor, etc., etc. It would have been entirely beneath a samurai’s dignity to sneak about in disguise, to knife someone in the back, to lie, to spy, or to steal. Which is why samurai and warlords hired ninjas to do these thing for them.

It would also have been shocking for a samurai to accept payment for fighting, or to serve more than one master. Both of these were things that ninjas frequently did.

So ninjas were despised in their day. But also very useful.

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Puzzles, Puzzles Everywhere

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Book: The Eureka Key, Promotion, Uncategorized | 2 comments

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No, you can’t just click this symbol. It’s a little harder than that.

Feeling a little bored? Need a challenge? Locate this symbol somewhere on my website and click on it to see if you can solve four puzzles related to The Secrets of the Seven. If you succeed, a reward beyond riches will be yours! (Well, there’s a reward. It’s kind of neat.)

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The Big Blue Marble

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in Book: The Eureka Key, Events, Promotion, Uncategorized | 0 comments

imageThe aftermath of our panel on middle grade series at The Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Philadelphia. So cool to hang out wiht the talented and funny Amy Ignatow for an afternoon in Philly!

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Boston and Buttonwoods!

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Book: The Eureka Key, Events, Promotion, Uncategorized | 0 comments

imageHad a delicious time yesterday at the Buttonwoods Book and Toy Store. Don’t skip this place if you’re near Cohasset, MA! Great staff (children’s book buyer Bill Grace really knows his stuff!), beautifully curated collection, lovely store with cozy chairs. I was tempted to move in.

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