The Memory Wars Trilogy, Book 3
Paul Anthony Shortt
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: WiDo Publishing LLC
Date of Publication: September 2nd, 2014
Number of pages: 330
Word Count: 104,500
Cover Artist: Steven Novak
War is coming to New York. Nathan Shepherd's growing band of followers is dedicated to protecting the city, but they now face their greatest threat.
Athamar returns, plunging the city into chaos. Uniting the forces of darkness against Nathan and his allies, Athamar strives to discover a secret hidden for thousands of years. A secret lost to Nathan's memories. Something so dangerous, even the gods themselves fear it.
Nathan and Elena were once the greatest of heroes, champions against evil. Now, haunted by Nathan's past-life betrayal, they must work together and brave the pain of long-buried lifetimes. Somewhere, locked within their former incarnations, lies the key to stopping Athamar, an enemy who has hunted them from one incarnation to the next.
As the city burns and innocents suffer, as heroes fall and hope dies, Nathan and Elena face their final battle, a battle where legends will be reborn.
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A child at heart who turned to writing and roleplaying 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.
He 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. Their fourth child, Olivia, was born in January, 2014.
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Please welcome Memory War auther Paul Anthony Shortt to Diane's Book Blog:
What is your favorite part of the story of Memory War?
I've always been a huge fan of endings. I love origins and endings the most in any story, but endings come out the clear winner. So it was important to me that the Memory Wars Trilogy end with a bang. I didn't want a weak finish or something that left readers feeling flat. I wanted to blow people away with the biggest, best finish I could come up with.
I hope I've achieved that in Memory War. Everything my hero, Nathan Shepherd, has faced has been to prepare him for this battle, but it will still be a fight the likes of which he has never seen, in any of his lifetimes. Secrets will be revealed, courage will be tested, and in the end, Nathan must face his nemesis alone.
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
It's actually kind of hard to say, to be honest. As long as I can remember, I've been obsessed with stories, no matter the format. Books, movies, tv shows, video games. If it has a good story, I'm hooked.
I do remember enjoying writing stories from a very young age, and I think it was during that formative pre-teen stage, where you stop saying you want to be a Ghostbuster when you grow up, that I throught to myself "Hey, someone writes all these books I like, so why can't I do that, too?"
When I was about 12, my parents took my sister and I to Celtworld, which was probably quite tacky looking back, but at the time seeing Irish mythology played out by mechanical puppets blew me away. That's when I knew I wanted to write fantasy novels.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I keep writing. That sound a bit trite, but when you're still a new author, and you hope to do this full-time some day and still earn enough to provide for your three kids, you can't afford to let something like writer's block get in your way. Ideas are easy. Everyone gets them, all the time.
Writer's block is not about not having any ideas, it's about not having any ideas you think are good enough. So you write anyway. Either you'll find a way to make that idea good enough, or you'll toss it once you've moved on. In any case, you're growing and learning as a writer. First drafts are allowed to be rubbish. You fix what you can in your edits, and get rid of what you can't. It all helps make you a stronger writer.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Tuxedos were the worst. At least in the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages, even during the Renaissance, clothing, men’s especially, was designed to allow enough freedom of movement to fight or defend oneself. The 21st century had long seen the end of that. Nathan Shepherd’s feet blistered in polished shoes. He was sure they were too small, despite what the man in the rental store had said, and found himself longing for a practical form of battle dress which would also go with black tie events.
He scanned the ballroom as he descended the marble steps. The scent of expensive perfume drifted across the air, accompanied by the gentle sway of a string quartet on the stage. Tugging at his collar, Nathan walked to the buffet table and plucked a glass of champagne.
“Status?” Cynthia Keller’s voice crackled in his earpiece.
“Champagne’s not bad,” he said, softly. “Not sure about the caviar though.”
“You’re supposed to be watching the mayor.”
“I’m getting into character.”
“Well listen, 007, we’ve got four people who just went in through the kitchen door and one of them looks a lot like Lucius.”
Lucius was a vampire, one of the top-ranking enforcers for the Council of Chains. He’d been seen on the street a lot since Dorian went missing last year.
“Were they armed?” Nathan asked, sipping the champagne.
“Couldn’t see,” Cynthia replied. “Nothing big, at least. No heavy bags or boxes that could conceal large amounts of weaponry.”
“How are they going to do this?”
“Poison?” Cynthia said. “That’s how they got the chief of police.”
“Difficult,” Nathan said. So many people were taking hors d’oeuvres and drinks from tables and passing servers that it would be impossible to predict what the mayor would take. “Unless they poison something other than the food,” Nathan said. He frowned. It was something to watch for.
“What else is there?” Cynthia asked. “This is too big for a bomb or a shooter.”
“Keep me posted on anything suspicious entering or leaving the building,” Nathan said, sipping his drink and wandering along the dance floor. The crowd on the dance floor parted and he saw the mayor speaking to a group seated at a table.
“I have him,” Nathan said. “Tommy, what’s your status?” This was Tommy’s first time in the field, and he was doing everything he could not to seem nervous.
“Uh, restroom,” his voice came back through Nathan’s earpiece.
“You’re supposed to be by the stage.”
“Sorry boss,” Tommy said. “Must have been the crab meat crackers.”
“I’ve got Green,” Nathan said. “I need your eyes out here.”
“I’ll do my…” The sound of Tommy’s voice was replaced by retching and the splash of liquid hitting liquid. Nathan’s stomach turned a little.
“Just give me a minute,” Tommy said, coughing.
Movement caught Nathan’s eye. Four men moving through the crowd, shoulders set back and arms loose. They were ready to pounce. “I don’t have a minute.” Where was Lucius?
One of them nodded across the ballroom. Nathan turned to follow the gaze and spotted Lucius emerging from a staff door. Nathan set his glass down and started across the dance floor.
Then he saw her, flowing across the floor in a backless scarlet dress, split along the sides to reveal her sculpted calves and thighs. Three ebony hairpins held her long black hair in a coiled bun, leaving only a few tantalising locks framing her face. She turned and narrowed her eyes. He wondered how many other people would have been able to spot the marks on her arms and back where she’d used make-up to cover her scars. Marks earned in battle. Nathan’s gaze drifted of its own accord, up each curve from her hips to her neck, settling for a moment on her blood red lips and wide, practiced smile. Her sea green eyes fixed him and she advanced, sweeping toward him and locking her arms around his shoulders.
“Elena,” he said. “What are you doing here?”
What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?
Paperbacks are my favourite. I love the smell, and how they feel in my hands. Next up would be ebooks, since I really find hardcovers uncomfortable to hold and they take up so much space, that if a book I want is only available in either hardover or ebook, I'll always get the ebook.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Life kicks you when you're down, which seems really unfair, since it's usually life that knocked you down in the first place. But you get back up, every time, and eventually you'll find yourself getting stronger. It takes more to knock you down, and when do fall, you get back up that much faster.
I'm no stranger to setbacks. I've lost a son and recently my wife and I have gone through some major upheaval in our family life, which has left us counting the pennies a lot more than we'd like. But we keep going, and we know we'll land on our feet in the end.
I say that I write "stories to show that monsters can be beaten." The worst monsters are inside of us. And they're the most important ones to fight. Keep fighting. Keep getting back up. And if any of my books help cheer you up along the way, drop me a line to let me know.