I figured it's a good time to discuss my next book, Epoch, due this summer from Flux (an imprint of Llewellyn, who did my first novel, Attack of the Intergalactic Soul Hunters). The website is up, and you can find it at www.ourepochisover.com. Sorry, I don't know how to do links in posts yet. There's not much on the site yet - some art, and a countdown to publication - but I'll be adding some more stuff to it soon.
Epoch is a YA fantasy comedy about the end of the world. A 14-year-old boy named Vincent has a run-in with some fantasy creatures, and they tell him the world is about to be invaded by demons, who will wipe out the current dominant species to make way for the next species' epoch. Usually, large portals appear worldwide to allow the soon-to-be-extinct species to leave the planet, but this time around the portals are all hidden. Vincent must team with pixies, elves, a troll, a really hot new-age girl, his best friend, his brother and even the school bully in order to find those portals and get everyone through before the epoch comes to an end.
I love end-of-the-world stuff. My adult sci-fi novel, Section K, is also about an end-times plot. Epoch is different, however, in that the world will most definitely end. I even make a point of saying that in the book's introduction - Vincent and his friends will not prevent the end, but maybe they can escape it. I first got the idea reading the booklet for the Monty Python and the Holy Grail computer game. In the troubleshooting section, the authors posed the question "What if the computer is covered in insects?" to which the answer was "It is the dawning of the next great Age of Planet Earth. There is nothing you can do. Our epoch has come to an end." At least, it was words to that effect. I definitely remember the phrase, our epoch has come to an end, though. It stuck with me, and I just liked the word, epoch. And to write a book whose idea was sparked by Monty Python? Nothing like being inspired by the best.
Please check out the site (often, as I'll be updating it and adding more stuff just as soon as I learn how). The book launches on July 7, 2007.