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Cover & Synopsis: “Eight Million Gods” by Wen Spencer

Amazon has the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Eight Million Gods by Wen Spencer.

Here’s the synopsis:

First entry in a new urban fantasy saga by the creator of the popular Tinker contemporary fantasy/SF series. A young American expat writer in Japan suffering from OCD tries to figure out if she’s crazy or not while solving a murder that may be part of a war among Japanese deities.

A contemporary fantasy of mystery and death as American expats battle Japanese gods and monsters to retrieve an ancient artifact that can destroy the world.

On Saturday afternoon, Nikki Delany thought, “George Wilson, in the kitchen, with a blender.” By dinner, she had killed George and posted his gory murder to her blog. The next day, she put on her mourning clothes and went out to meet her best friend for lunch to discuss finding a replacement for her love interest.

Nikki is a horror novelist. Her choice of career is dictated by an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that forces her to write stories of death and destruction. She can’t control it, doesn’t understand it, but can use it to make money anywhere in the world. Currently “anywhere” is in Japan, hiding from her mother who sees Nikki’s OCD as proof she’s mentally unstable. Nikki’s fragile peace starts to fall apart when the police arrest her for the murder of an American expatriate. Someone killed him with a blender.

Reality starts to unravel around Nikki. She’s attacked by a raccoon in a business suit. After a series of blackouts, she’s accompanied by a boy that no one else can see, a boy who claims to be a god. Is she really being pursued by Japanese myths—or is she simply going insane?

What Nikki does know for sure is that the bodies are piling up, her mother has arrived in Japan to lock her up for the rest of her life—and her novels always end with everyone dead.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (June 4, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1451638981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638981
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4 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: “Eight Million Gods” by Wen Spencer

  1. Oh nice.

    Wen is an underrated author. Anne Lyle and I were just talking about her novel “A Brother’s Price” the other day on Twitter…

  2. Raimo Kangasniemi // December 28, 2012 at 11:41 pm //

    Synopsis sounds interesting, the cover is your usual horrible Baen and makes me wish this would come out from some other publisher – as I have to assume, based on the synopsis, that the novel is about more than manga characters killing raccoons(!) with swords. The cover – as most Baen covers do – sends the message “Pulp cr*p”. A change of publisher might be in order for the author.

    • Say what you will about about their cover art, but Baen is the best publisher for electronic content. They were the first to really explore it and they know how to use their internet presence to create interest in their authors. They also provide some of the best rates for authors, especially for their digital editions.

      Wen Spencer has enough experience with publishers to know which one is best for her. Since all of her new material is published by Baen you can see her decision.

  3. Steve Oerkfitz // December 29, 2012 at 8:43 am //

    Have to agree with Raimo. Cover makes me want to avoid the book not pick it up.

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