It's that time of year!  And I have to admit, I am firmly convinced that the entire world has literally gone mad.  Not as in fan zany, frothing at the mouth for a victory and sitting nervously wondering if the 100.00 bet on a team is going to be lost or gained.

I'm talking plain old, out of their mind, flipping NUTS.

You see... I despise basketball.  I always have. (Probably why the basketball player I dated in high school and I didn't work. Oh, I delivered flowers to his other girlfriend that Valentines.  Ahem! Moving on.)

Why?  I can't stand the squeaky shoes.  Down the court: squeak...squeak...squeak... Up the court: squeak...squeak...squeak.  Position for a shot: squeak-squeak.  Dodge to pass around the defender:  Squeeeeak-squeak.

Drives me out of my mind!  I can't even turn the volume down because I can hear the damn noises in my head. So I've issued the edict to my demidemons, if they want to play basketball it will be when they are able to provide their own transportation to practice and games, and sorry, this is one event Mom will not stand on the sidelines and cheer for.  They seem to be okay with this.  It's not as bad as the edict that they have to wait until at least junior high to play football.

My March usually involves finding a bracket though and filling it out.  I know nothing about the teams, but those little blanks are awfully fun to fill in.  I even made it to the final four one year just randomly assigning winners based on, oh, the color of their uniform, how many vowels were in their team name, the mascot, the state... my then-husband, who was a basketball addict, was livid I outranked his carefully analyzed and chosen rankings.

But once that bracket is filled out I'm off and running on something else.  This year I'm having my own March Maddess going on, that's wholly related to writing and much more enjoyable on my end.

I have massive deadlines that, as a deadline addict myself, I'm thoroughly excited about meeting.  My agent and I are getting ready to unleash a new project to several editors, and I'm over-the-moon excited about it.

The next Black Opal book is finished and gearing up for release.  Which means during the month of March I'll have fun things hitting my email.  Did someone say new cover art?  Squee! I can tell you now that this book lays the foundation for one hero's story that you've been waiting on.  You'll have to watch the blog and so forth to find out who though!

I have a contract in the works--more new cover art!!!  And that will launch what I hope will be another three books in a new series.

Last, but in no way least (in fact this makes me very giddy and should be at the top of the list) I have not one, but TWO Templar books coming out in March:

Immortal Protector, a companion novella, March 12th
Immortal Trust, book III, March 26th.

And that's my March madness--full of writing, full of nail-biting, full of sitting on the edge of my chair for entirely different reasons.  And I'm celebrating all this in various ways throughout the month as well.  Starting with this blog hop and a 10.00 Amazon gift card.

But to be eligible to win this secondary prize, there's two things you have to do:

1.  Comment below and tell me your thoughts on Hoops and Squeaks.
2.  Pop over to my Claire Ashgrove Facebook page and hit the like button.

To be Entered in the March Madness Blog Hop Grand Prize -- fill out the little rafflecopter stuff below:

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15 Responses so far.

  1. I don't have a favorite team for basketball, I do like the Yankee's and when my Dad was alive we enjoyed those games together; but while I enjoy hockey, basketball, and the Yankee's, my Mom doesn't, sports bothers her nerves, so I don't watch them now.
    Thank you for the contest!
    bluebirdsub24 at gmail dot com

  2. I am sorry I failed to include in my earlier comment the
    "#MarchMadnessHop logo
    bluebirdsub24 at gmail dot com

  3. I"m not really a fan of basketball, and I'm REALLY not a fan of college basketball. I just pout and grump through all my television shows being pre-empted for the stupid games. ;)


  4. I love baseball and football my husband has a different team and some times our teams are playing so it's not a happy time here for one of us! LOL! I never read your books before but I will the The Curse of the Templars sounds good

  5. I don't mind basketball and my son played this year for the first time, but the squeaky shoes do get annoying. I am a big fan of your Knights Templars novels canna wait for the new ones to come out.

  6. Basketball is ok, but I hate the squeaking too. I understand the game which I cant say about all sports.

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  7. follow on FB - Janie McGaugh
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  8. I'm not particulary fond of basketball, either, and I hate the squeeks.

  9. Wow, Claire, you have a very busy March!
    I completely agree with you on basketball. I cannot stand to watch it or listen to the squeaks. To me, it's like nails on a chalkboard. My hubby laughs at me because I'll watch football, but basketball is totally out.
    Good luck with your upcoming releases! Thank you for the fabulous giveaway!
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  10. I am not a basketball fan, unless it is one of my nephews playing. The oldest (12) is a huge sports fan, so he watches games all the time and loves playing sports too, especially basketball.
    Good luck with the upcoming release :)
    FB: June Manning
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  11. I'm not a huge fan of basketball though it is one of the few sports I actually understand! #marchmadnessbloghop and wanted to drop in and say morning :)

  12. I don't have an interest in sports but I am enjoying "playing" this blog hop.

  13. I used to watch college basketball more often back when I was in college, but the NHL hockey season is stressful enough! #MarchMadnessHop


  14. I don't really like any sports, but I agree with the squeaking. It drives me nuts also.
    I like on facebook, Joy Flynn
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  15. I follow on gfc-magic9505
    I follow on twitter, harvester5905
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