Third and Final Book in Paul Anthony Shortt’s Locked Within Trilogy Now Under Contract

SALT LAKE CITY, UT October 30, 2013

ME4The third and last in Paul Anthony Shortt’s Locked Within trilogy is now under contract with WiDo Publishing, expected release date late 2014.

Titled “Final Hope,” it will complete Nathan Shephard’s story, begun two years ago with Locked Within (WiDo Publishing, 2012), and continued in Silent Oath, just released in September, 2013 by WiDo.

It has been over a year since Nathan Shepherd and his friends defeated Morrigan, preventing her from building a demonic army. In a series of trials that will test his every strength and strike at his every weakness, Nathan must reach into his past to find a power he never knew he had, and make a final stand against the forces of darkness. If he fails, Athamar’s plans will not just endanger the lives of countless innocents, but the very souls of every person on the planet.

States Paul Anthony Shortt: “My writing is heavily focused on action and adventure. I love good versus evil, and heroes who battle superior odds with their own wits and determination.”


Shortt does not disappoint, with his novels going deep into good versus evil, especially in the past lives of his characters.

WiDo submissions editor, Allie Maldonado, says about his trilogy, “Reincarnation plays into the theme and plot, and adds an extra element of depth to the Locked Within series of books. Also, the fact that Paul’s hero Nathan Shepherd is your basic ordinary good guy thrown into extreme circumstances, makes these novels very relatable.”

One reviewer had this to say, “Nathan Shepherd is literally your average Joe at the start of the book. Your average Joe with an unusual hobby that is. This book not only entertains but fascinates. From the go, I could not put that dang thing down. Author Paul Anthony Shortt does a marvelous job turning a normal person with a normal 9 to 5 job into a hero, a protagonist everyone can get behind. It is a fast paced roller coaster ride that leaves you hanging by the edge of your seat.” –Tipsy-Ink, Words that Paint a Picture

“Paul is an amazingly prolific writer,” states Allie Maldonado. “We at WiDo feel fortunate to have him with us, and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. Whether he stays with our company or goes elsewhere, I’m convinced that Paul Anthony Shortt will one day have a future as a full-time career writer.”

A child at heart who turned to writing and role playing games when there simply weren’t enough action figures to play out the stories he wanted, Paul Anthony Shortt has been writing all his life. Growing up surrounded by music, film and theatre gave him a deep love of all forms of storytelling, each teaching him something new he could use. When not playing with the people in his head, he enjoys cooking and regular meet-ups with his gaming group.

Paul lives in Ireland with his wife Jen and their dogs, Pepper and Jasper. Their first child, Conor William Henry Shortt, was born on July 11th, 2011. He passed away three days later, but brought love and joy into their lives and those of their friends. The following year, Jen gave birth to twins, Amy and Erica, and is now expecting their fourth child. Learn more about Paul Anthony Shortt at his website.

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