During breeding season, it was said, hares were bolder and more active than at other times of the year. Hence the phrase “mad as a March hare,” or “March mad,” and finally “March madness,” a phrase which has been appropriated to refer to basketball tournaments.
As European hares have a six-week reproductive cycle which repeats from January to August or so, I am not sure why they were supposed to be particularly mad in March. I suspect it had something to do with being more visible in the spring as they also rushed about to recover calories spent in the winter and the general thank God at last there’s sunshine shared by all species. But let’s not quibble.
And so in the spirit of March Madness, both leporine and athletic, the CIR blog is having a March Madness book sale and giving away some books.
So follow along the blog hop (ha, blog hop, like hares, giggle-snort — sorry, I clearly haven’t had caffeine today) and check out the various authors’ offerings.
(CIR specializes in “clean” stories, meaning those which do not include graphic sex or violence and have a minimum of strong language. Think of it as G through PG-13 for books. For example, my murder mystery Con Job is in the hop’s Grand Prize, though it’s not short on danger or death, even gruesome death, but it’s a CIR read because the violence isn’t graphic or self-indulgent.)
And be sure to sign up to win the free books! The winner of the Grand Prize will take home 41 free books, including my Con Job. You can sign up at every blog post on the hop, so feel free to load the box in your favor.