Two Davis authors — Elizabeth Maxwell and Patricia Willers — will present their new books this month at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis.
First up is Maxwell, who will launch her new book, “Happily Ever After,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20. In this witty, sexy tale, an erotic novelist meets the fictional hero of her most recent book in real life, and must decide whether she wants to get him back between the pages — or between her sheets.
At 46, Sadie Fuller’s life isn’t exactly romantic. A divorced, overweight, somewhat sexually frustrated mother of an 11-year-old, she lives in the suburbs, shops the big-box stores, makes small talk with her small-minded neighbors, and generally leads a quiet life. But while her daughter is at school, or when Sadie is up late at night, she writes erotic fiction under the name KT Briggs.
Then, during a routine shopping trip, Sadie runs into someone familiar … too familiar, in fact. She encounters a man exactly like the one in her imagination — and her latest novel! Is Aidan Hathaway really one of her characters? And if so, what is he doing at Target? As Sadie tries to negotiate this strange new world, her eyes begin to open to romantic possibilities in places she never dreamed of looking … places where “Happily Ever After” might not be so far-fetched after all.
Maxwell lived for a long time in the East until one particularly snowy February when she couldn’t take it anymore, packed up her angry cat and moved West. She’s been hanging out in the Northern California sunshine ever since. She lives in Davis with her husband, two kids and the same angry cat.
Willers will discuss her first novel, “Wandering Canalside,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, at The Avid Reader. The novel was inspired by her adventures in Holland while attending graduate school at Leiden University.
Following in the footsteps of a rogue great-aunt, Clara recovers from hurt by flying across the world to spend some time in Amsterdam. When the going gets tough, sometimes going foreign is just the way to go — a “non-American dream,” perhaps. “Wandering Canalside” reaches out to anyone who has ever caught a glimpse of another world.
Clara takes a shot at the language, tastes her way through every type of cheese, and finds out the hard way that the Dutch are direct. Slowly, she begins to feel like she’s alive again, and soon she realizes that just because you’re from somewhere doesn’t mean that’s where you are meant to be.
Willers is from rural Minnesota. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and political science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2006 and a master’s degree in linguistics from Leiden University in 2009. By way of Mexico and Holland, she now lives in Davis, where she teaches English as a Second Language for UC Davis Extension.