I’m so excited to be able to spotlight Not the Witch You Wed today! Along with spotlighting this upcoming release, I’ll be sharing an interview with the author, April Asher!
Welcome April! Thank you for allowing me to interview you! Can you start off by introducing yourself?
Thank you for having me! So formal bio, I became hooked on romantic stories from the time I first snuck a bodice-ripper romance out from my mom’s bedside table. I now live out my own happily-ever-after with my college-sweetheart husband, our two children, and a cat who thinks she’s more dog—and human—than feline. By day, I don dark blue nursing scrubs and drink way too much caffeine. By night, I still consumes too much caffeine, but I do it with a laptop in hand, and from my favorite side of the couch (the left).
It’s from that sofa cushion that I pen laugh-out-loud romantic comedies with a paranormal twist, but when I’m not putting my characters into embarrassing situations with supernatural entities, I also write steamy, high-octane romantic suspense as April Hunt, my thrill-seeking alter ego.
How would you describe Not the Witch You Wed in one sentence?
My lovely friend, Mia Sosa, said it best with these kind words: “A wickedly delicious brew of juicy conflict, sizzling chemistry, and witty one-liners.”
Can you introduce us to the main character(s) of Not the Witch You Wed?
Basically, Not the Witch You Wed takes place in an alternate-reality NYC where supernaturals aren’t hiding in the shadows. They’re part of every day life. And Violet, my curvy witch heroine, the oldest of her triplet sisters, SHOULD be the most powerful magic-wise in her family. Instead, she never developed a spark of magic and basically lived a human life (which she’s totally fine with). She lives in a studio apartmenet in the city where she’s a bartender at a supernatural themed bar, has an antisocial Main Coon rescue cat, and surrounds herself with a group of zaney best friends, including a virginal sex demon and a guardian angel who’s afraid of flying.
Lincoln, the alpha wolf shifter, is THE Alpha. He’s the head of the North American Pack, and he’s fighting hard to change shifters’ blood-thirsty history and basically form a ‘shiftocracy’. He’s alpha, but with a cinnamon roll gooey center. Vi and Linc grew up together and had a huge enemies to lovers moment as teenagers. When they bump into each other as adults, sparks fly. Literally.
Do you know from the beginning how your books will end or do you let your characters decide their journey?
Wow, that’s a loaded question, LOL. (Just kidding). When people ask if I ‘plot’ or ‘pants’ (aka, wing it), I never know quite what to say. In the beginning of my career, I totally just sat down and let my fingers go. And with some stories, that’s okay for me, lol. But as the years go on, and the more books I write, I find myself plotting more. At least to get the basics down. But at some point during my ‘plan’, my characters almost ALWAYS take a few detours. And sometimes that’s the best feeling!
Do you have a favorite scene, moment, or quote from the book?
Hmmm. My favorite scene would probably be one from the beginning. I call it their NOT-So Meet Cute. It involves a mountain, skis, a crash, and then a snowball to the face. 😉
My favorite line from the book is probably one stated by Edie, Violet’s Prima (Witch Leader) grandmother. It’s “Let your Magic guide you…”
What is something readers will find in Not the Witch You Wed that they may not realize based on the synopsis?
I think that people see ‘witch’ in the title and think it’s JUST a paranormal read. And yes, they’re ALL supernaturals so it IS paranormal (lol), but I worked hard to make it a book that everyone can enjoy, even if you’ve never before picked up a paranormal romance. Because while Vi and Linc are supernatural, they have very real-word problems. They have family drama, job stresses. They’re navigating dating in a big city.
What are three books you would recommend if someone enjoyed Not the Witch You Wed?
- The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
- Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
- And I’m not sure why I waited so long, but I just started The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness and I’m enjoying it so far.
What’s next for you? Anything you can share?
Book 2 (Rose’s story) of the Supernatural Singles Series (we have titles for all three books, but I can’t share yet) is currently with my editor, so I’ll soon be in the revision cave for that one. And I’m currently drafting Book 3 (Olive’s story).
ABOUT THE BOOK
A fake relationship between a magic-less witch and a wolf shifter turns to more in the start of a bewitching new paranormal rom-com series.
Magic-less witch Violet Maxwell wants nothing to do with alpha wolf shifter Lincoln Thorne—the man who broke her fragile, teenage heart. But when the two of them are forced by arcane Supernatural Laws to find mates, Violet and Lincoln agree to fake-date their way to a fake-mating in order to conjure themselves some time.
The joke’s on them. When old feelings make a reappearance—along with Violet’s magic—they both realize there’s nothing fake about their feelings. But there are old secrets and looming threats that could snatch away their happily ever after, again. One thing’s for sure: magic doesn’t make dating and love any easier.
In Not the Witch You Wed, April Asher brings all the hilarity and sweet, sexy moments you love in a romantic-comedy—plus a fun dose of magic—to this spell-binding new series about being sexy, single, and supernatural in New York City.