Food for the Gods: Once a prince of Lydia, Pelops was chopped into stewing meat and served to the gods for tea by his not-so-loving father. Remade by the gods and blessed at the same time with a gift for the culinary arts, Pelops flees his painful memories for the bright lamps of Athens where he hopes to make a new life for himself as a celebrity chef.
But then a ruthless patron takes an unhealthy interest in his career, a famous courtesan is murdered at a dinner he prepares, and a couple of the less responsible gods offer to help him make a name for himself in Athens. And Pelops begins to realize that when the gods decide they owe you a favor, you’d better start saying your prayers.
Karen Dudley has worked in field biology, production art, photo research, palaeo-environmental studies and archaeology. She has written four environmental mysteries and a several wildlife biology books for kids. Her upcoming book, Food for the Gods, is an historical fantasy novel set in ancient Athens. Born in France, she now lives in Winnipeg.
Thunder Road: In a flash, Ted Callan’s world exploded. The fire on the patch burned everything to the ground, including his marriage and now Ted’s on the road looking for a fresh start. What he finds is a mysterious young woman named Tilda who tells him he’s destined to be a hero or die a quick and painful death.
When three stout men break into his hotel room, bind him to the bed and carve his skin with a stylus it appears she was right. The next thing Ted knows, his body is covered in an elaborate norse tattoo, complete with the power of the Gods.
Accompanied by the trickster Loki and the bequiling Tilda, Ted wants nothing more than to have his old life back. No more tattoos. No more smart-ass Gods. No more mystic powers. The problem is, if he succeeds, it might just be the end of the world.
Originally from Morden, Manitoba, Chadwick Ginther has been a bookseller with McNally Robinson’s booksellers for the last ten years and has been twice nominated for the Harper Collins Handselling Award, which he won in 2008. Previously, he was Aqua Books’ Emerging Writer-in-Residence. Chadwick is a regular contributor to Quill & Quire, the Winnipeg Review and Prairie Books NOW and has done guest blogs for Manitoba Scene. His short fiction has also appeared in On Spec Magazine. He lives and writes in Winnipeg. Thunder Road is his first published full length work.