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Butterflies, Fish, and Lasers! OH MY!

Had a great time at the Odysea Aquarium in Scottsdale, AZ. The adventure was a triple-threat. As an animal lover, it was awesome to check out the crocs, sharks, stingrays, and my personal favorite, the pufferfish in their underwater homes.

Reminds me of a certain snarky chameleon from a book I released not too long ago. Hmmm, I’ll just call this little guy GUS for now…

 

 

After that, was the Scottsdale Butterfly Wonderland. I used to catch butterflies all the time as a kid.

Now, I had a chance to fully immerse myself in their flower and tree-filled paradise. Gotta love lush local gardens!


I think they like me. I picked up a couple of hitch hikers…

Finally, Celeste and I wrapped up the day with the Laser Maze challenge. You heard that right!

Laser.

Maze.

Think of the first Mission Impossible movie when Tom Cruise ducks, dodges, and dives through countless red laser beams without touching a single one.

 

All of this and more was at Odysea in Scottsdale, Arizona—just about 20 minutes from Phoenix. It was a lot of fun and I definitely recommend it to everyone. I’ll be back soon to beat the high score at the laser maze and see how my butterflies and fish buds are doing.

 

Peace Ninjas!

 

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Awesome New Kid’s Book!

The Ruse of Minxy the Siamese Cat! : Full of mad rhymes, bright colors, and of course, conniving house pets! By yours truly. Now available on Amazon.com on the link below!

Riley wants me to read it to him for like the fifth time

Just a chameleon playing chess. Nothing to see here.

I even put myself in the story! So you know it’s gonna be good!

“When you write a book and still get surprised by the ending”

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Adding a Slice of the Forest in My Dojo…I Mean House!

Hey Ninjas! Just had to share this with you guys!

As some of my ninjas may know, I recently moved into a new house this year. It’s the first house I’ve ever owned, and I must say, it couldn’t feel more like home! I love all things nature and all things from the orient. So, if I’m not writing about Karma or her ninja buddies, or going to a Japanese festival, you better believe that I’m living the zen lifestyle right here at home! I just added my own peace garden right here in my atrium. For those that don’t know what an atrium is, I just found out like two months ago, so don’t feel bad. It’s basically a small backyard. BUT in the middle of your house!!

Pretty sick, huh?

Even while I type out this post, I get to glance out my peaceful atrium. It’s a real slice of the forest–complete with lush green foliage, black polished rocks, and a calming stone fountain. Some of the plants in it are Japanese too!

It really helps put me in my collected state of mind and allows me to focus more on my stories since it’s right beside my office.

 

Well, just thought I’d share! Back to writing! Crimson Blade isn’t going to write itself! 😛

 

What do you look towards for peace and inspiration? Let me know!

New Illustrated Kid’s Book!

Proud to announce the release of my newest book, The Ruse of Minxy a Siamese Cat! 😀

I had a ton of fun with this one! Unlike my usual works, The Ruse of Minxy the Siamese Cat: A Rhyming Tale of Deception, was written for younger readers—I’d say around 2nd or 3rd graders. And just as the subtitle implies, the colorful and fully illustrated story of talking house pets tells Minxy’s tale of revenge and deception entirely in rhyme.

A major shout out to Colton Starley! He’s the talented illustrator of this book and it’s been a pleasure working with him on this project. 😃

 

The Ruse of Minxy the Siamese Cat can be found on Amazon.com at the link below:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1542598257/ref=sr_1_1?s=boost&srs=12034488011&ie=UTF8&qid=1489982509&sr=8-1&keywords=minxy+the+cat

Definitely check it out if you have kids! (Or if you’re a kid at heart!)

 

On a side note, stay tuned for the series finally, and dramatic conclusion, to my ninja-novel-teen-trilogy, The Karma Chronicles: Crimson Blade, later this year!

Be sure to catch up on the previous books, Violet Star and Sapphire Moon, on the links below!

 

Violet Star

https://www.amazon.com/Violet-Star-Karma-Chronicles-1/dp/1530540119/ref=sr_1_1?s=boost&srs=12034488011&ie=UTF8&qid=1489984062&sr=8-1&keywords=violet+star

 

Sapphire Moon

https://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Moon-Karma-Chronicles-2/dp/151928084X/ref=pd_sim_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=151928084X&pd_rd_r=JP2AADEMYPNS0RCZ2DFM&pd_rd_w=F2qw1&pd_rd_wg=rN8XD&psc=1&refRID=JP2AADEMYPNS0RCZ2DFM

It’s Official: I’m Gonna Be On American Ninja Warrior!

Can’t believe it’s actually happened!!! NBC has officially selected me to compete on American Ninja Warrior!!

As Karma would say…”FREAKIN’ STELLAR!”

I couldn’t be more psyched or honored! Who says writers can’t put down the pen every now and then and turn fantasy into reality?

 

To those that had faith in me… A thank you! Thank you! You’re too kind!

 

Now, for the past month or so, I’ve been upping my training and trips to the local Scottsdale Ninja Gym. All I can promise is that I’m going to give it my all and put my mind and body to the limit during the competition. Just like everything else in life, I’m dedicating my all to this goal.

Always follow your dreams my Ninjas!

I head out to Cali for the competition on March 6th! Look for me when the episode airs.

 

Wish me luck Ninjas!!

#AuthorNinja signing off! 😉

 

Oliver’s American Ninja Warrior Season 9 Audition

Hey Ninjas!

This is my audition tape for American Ninja Warrior Season 9. I’ve had fun training, growing stronger, and meeting new people at the Scottsdale Ninja Gym. The vid was a blast to shoot! Fingers crossed that NBC will give me a call! 🙂

 

Here are links to my ninja themed books mentioned in the video!

Violet Star
https://goo.gl/6gb59c

Sapphire Moon
https://goo.gl/rjIsdZ

Japan in PHOENIX, AZ!?!?! :O

Good times were had at Ro Ho En, the Japanese Friendship Garden in Downtown Phoenix! October 1st was the opening day after the long hot AZ summer. They even had drummers and dancers to celebrate the reopening. The Friendship Garden is a beautiful tranquil park based on traditional Japanese aesthetics. Tons of green, trees, boulders, a waterfall, art, tea ceremonies, etc can all be found here. Definitely a peaceful place to explore with a buddy, get some writing in, or just zen out.

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There are tons of events each month (the next is the moon viewing) and a gift shop for all your Japanese swag needs. All proceeds go towards helping expand and grow the garden, and volunteers are always appreciated! Check out this cool little slice of Japan when you get a chance, right here in the middle of Phoenix, AZ!

 

Peace Ninjas!

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