Paul Genesse is a great writer, editor, and friend of mine (also a member of Writer Nerd Game Night) so when he approached me about putting a short story into an anthology about demons that he was editing, I said that I would love to, but there was no way I could find the time right then. So Volume I of the Crimson Pact had an excerpt from Hard Magic in it.
This year, when Volume II rolled around, I was totally in. My buddy Steve Diamond (also of Writer Nerd Game Night) had an original story about an FBI Agent that literaally can’t die named “Lazarus” Tombs in the first edition. When we got to talking about it, I thought that he’d made a great character, and I wanted to play off what he had done. Only I wrote a guy that not only can die, but knows the exact moment of his death and how it will happen down to the second. He feels he is on a mission from God to fight demosn at the apocolpyse. So then I made him a Marine.
We ended up writing a short together. (sort of Dead Six style, where I wrote one PoV and he wrote the other). If you know me on Facebook, this is the story where I had to bring in a bunch of Marines to proof to make sure I hadn’t screwed anything up too badly.
The story takes place during a demonic attack on Quantico. I think it came out great, and Steve and I are planning on doing another for Volume III.
You can get my story in the eBook, and a whole mess of others (like 500 pages worth!) for only $4.99 here http://www.amazon.com/Crimson-Pact-Two-ebook/dp/B005LXST8G/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1315581564&sr=8-6
And here is a YouTube commercial that they put together for it that is pretty sweet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5UA1INIBX0&feature=relmfu