Look, I told Sea Monster this wasn't a good idea, especially considering his eating habits, but when I couldn't talk him out of it I gave in to allowing the books to be sold on my site. He's already proving me wrong, as the books are selling like hotcakes! Invisible hotcakes.
That reminds me, where were was there such a hotcake frenzy to warrant this phrase? I'll have to ask Wikipedia, which is a great source of information for those of us with little education and minds curious for trivial trivia:
SELL LIKE HOT CAKES - "Hot cakes cooked in bear grease or pork lard were popular from earliest times in American. First made of cornmeal, the griddle cakes or pancakes were of course best when served piping hot and were often sold at church benefits, fairs, and other functions. So popular were they that by the beginning of the 19th century 'to sell like hot cakes' was a familiar expression for anything that sold very quickly effortlessly, and in quantity." From "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997)
I don't know about you, but now that I know hotcakes are made with bear grease, I just don't want them anymore. I'll have to check the package next time I mix some up---I coulda sworn the baking directions called for vegetable oil. Give up hotcakes now, and save the bears! No one needs a breakfast laced with tiny bear tears.