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I feel gloopy and super-relaxed :D It's wonderful, I've been so uptight and stressed for so long. Lots of cuddles and laughter today, ignoring work, I more than deserve a day off. :D
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♫ Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? ♫

That sums up my day today... lol I set out my scented candles, turned the light off, and didn't realise I hadn't lit the candles for 5 minutes. Then I spent another 5 minutes trying to find my matches and figure out what I'd done with the candles...
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I'm kind of impressed that I'm not hungover after last night, it turned into a big night. Such a good thing we know the owners of the bar lol. 
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Had a fantastic night last night :D The cocktails were flowing, we had great conversations, lots of antics, and even bumped into some people we haven't seen in ages! :D
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Look at that face...
 
For #FidoFriday , I'm offering my Indiegogo backers something intangible... pictures of a smiling dog.

This is Petey. We adopted him from a rescue. Some of you are familiar with the story, but others won't be.

Petey comes from the southern USA, where beagles are used for hunting. If they're not good hunters, they're often dropped off at shelters with high kill rates. A lady in a city nearby saves as many as she can and puts them up in foster homes until they can be adopted out.

When Petey came to our house, the lady told us that we shouldn't walk him along the road at first, because he was so fearful of everything.

The first time I knew something was wrong with poor Petey was when he was in the back yard and went to eat some rabbit poop. I raised my voice to tell him no, and his instinctive reaction was to roll on his back, tuck his tail between his legs, and cry. That should never be a dog's reaction to a simple command.

It broke my heart to think of this gentle dog being beaten, but it became obvious the longer we had him. Brooms sent him scurrying away. When I absently went to pat him with my foot, he cried and fled.

Nothing makes me more furious than injustice against those who cannot protect themselves. We've worked really hard with Petey, and he's come so far. He's started barking. It took weeks for him to find his voice (aside from crying), but now he'll sing with us and give little barks when he sees a dog out the window.

He's learning that he can trust us. He loves our kids and licks them all over. That's a surprise, because at first he would growl at our son when shown a little too much affection. But now he accepts the hugs with tolerant silence, and even a kiss sometimes.

And you know what? If I reach my stretch goals, I'll share a video of us playing his favourite game, where he runs around the house like a maniac. Although we might do it outside now that the weather's nice, and the yard's clear of snow. :)

I hope you guys have been enjoying these posts where I share bits and pieces of who I am, and what makes me tick. If I start to get annoying, just let me know and I'll shut up. :P

If you want to see some happy pictures of Petey, help me out any way you can! Sharing, donation, commenting, and +1's are all welcome. :)

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Today, and this evening, is devoted to more fun things :D I haven't really let my hair down and had a proper break in months. Tonight, I change that :D 

I've written some side-project stories, planned some Shadow Strings and The Painted Phoenix. Now to push on, get some more writing done, then we're having a good night out. It'll be full of dancing, cocktails, flirting, and fabulous fun :D
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I've finally done the outline for the whole Wyrd Bound series. It'll be 5 books in total, and I'm a little bit scared. It's... big, and scary. 
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I'm the only one who remembers most of last night, so I'm reminding the guys of what happened and what they did. There was a lot of laughter, group hugs, and so, so many antics. lol
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You need some adorable in your Saturday. 
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How cute!!! Now I definitely want one!
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I feel so much better now I'm not doing The Review Hart. I have 2 books left to review, but I requested both so they're comfortable happy reads :) It just became stressful, spending tens of hours every week reading books, a lot of which I didn't enjoy, then spending more hours writing the reviews. 

It's one of those things that sounds amazingly fun as a booklover, until you realise how much work goes into it. And how much shit you'll have to deal with from pissy authors. Now I read purely for my own pleasure, review as and when I see fit, and put down the books I don't like. It's a much better life :D
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Reminds me of a Florida saying: The second best day of your life is the day you buy a boat.  The best day of your life is when you sell it.
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It’s Friday! I know I’ve been completely hopeless on this blog and I’m sorry, I’ve been really busy. I’ll get back to you soon, honest :D Now though I bring news of my writing plans! I have finally settled on names for all of the books in my dark urban…
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Your new avatar feels cold. I liked it better when there was some image of you. I have to remember now to look for your posts because it's not a picture of you. This is my problem, perhaps I got used to the shoes.... but I will miss some of your posts because the new avatar blends into the G+ background.
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Shattered Wyrd will be the name of the final book in my Wyrd Bound series :D 

This means the series will go:

Wyrd Calling
Feathered Touch
Shadow Strings
Hunted Raven
Shattered Wyrd

Yay :D
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Developmental Editor, Book Reviewer, Author Of Dark Urban Fantasy
Skills
Developmental editing, Event organising. Book keeping. Administration. Fiction and non-fiction writing. Social media marketing. Web marketing. Content marketing. Management. Dog Training. Horse training. Coaching people to train their horses/dog. Research.
Employment
  • Irini
    Indie Author, 2014 - present
    Indie author with a focus on dark urban fantasy. I currently have the first book in my dark urban fantasy series Wyrd Bound available on Amazon. There are plans for 7 books in that series, with at least 4 related novellas. Outside of the Wyrd Bound series I have plans for a number of other urban fantasy, dark fantasy, D/s fantasy, and political fantasy books.
  • me, myself and i
    Marketer & Copywriter, 2013 - present
    A freelance marketer who produces copywriting, website content and marketing strategies for a wide range of businesses from individual authors, to mechanics, property developers and more.
  • The Editing Hart
    Developmental Editor, 2011 - present
    I help my authors fulfill the potential of their stories. I don't push arbitrary rules onto them, I ask questions and make suggestions. My role is to bring out the very best in the author and help them do their story justice. I pride myself on being thorough and efficient. I usually return manuscripts which are under 100k words long within 7 days, complete with all chapter notes and final write-up.
  • Literary+
    Leader & Founder, 2013
    I covered everything within the business and collective. I did all administration, planning, organising, marketing, sales, administration, management, content writing, copywriting, some fiction and non-fiction writing, and more.
  • Literary+
    Marketing Consultant, 2013
    I offered consultations to indie authors and related professionals including editors. I wrote marketing plans, analysed current social media efforts, improved the author's social media marketing, aided in writing blurbs and profiles, advised on writing content, planned blog tours, approached media outlets, and taught the author how to understand their audience.
  • Myself
    Freelance Copywriter, 2012
    I wrote copy for a number of different businesses ranging from property developers to self-published authors. I also wrote SEO, website content, blog posts, advertising materials and emails.
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    Owner, 2010
    This was my dog supplies business which I ran through both a website and through a market stall. I sold everything a dog owner could and would need for their dog. This meant that I did everything from deal with wholesalers, stock management, book-keeping, marketing, sales, copywriting, business administration, website design and content, customer service, everything.
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    Owner., 2006 - 2011
    I managed in excess of 70 dogs all of which had wide and varying needs. I worked with everything from nervous puppies, dog aggressive dogs, people aggressive dogs and laid back veterans. I did everything for the business, including training my clients to train their dogs, book-keeping, sales, marketing, diary management, training dogs, training new employees and more.
  • ~Large Kennels~
    Manager, 2007
    I had 7 members of staff beneath me which I had to delegate tasks to and make sure they were keeping to their schedules. I cared for over 100 dogs, each with their own needs including special dietary and exercise needs. I personally dealt with the dog and people aggressive dogs. It was my job to make sure that both the cattery and kennels ran smoothly and every job was done in an efficient manner to the highest standards.
  • Myself.
    Riding Instructor., 2007 - 2013
    I taught a variety of people to ride horses, taking them their very first time sitting on a horse through to jumping. My clients ranged from toddlers through to adults and confident through to nervous.
Basic Information
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Female
Birthday
July 31
Other names
Shen Hart.
Story
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Dark urban fantasy author, developmental editor, drinker of absinthe, and shadow dancer ;-)
Introduction
I’m a passionate writer who happens to be lucky enough to call the beautiful city of Prague home. I enjoy nothing more than cavorting with my muse and exploring this amazing city. My writing is my addiction, collecting words and carefully caressing them until they form captivating stories is my drive. I have a particular fascination with the darker strains of fiction, the shadows whisper seductively in my ear and sociopathic protagonists whisper sweet nothings. Who am I to ignore such delightful, exquisite callings?

I fulfil a number of roles and thoroughly enjoy a number of different jobs and positions, including (but not limited to): 
I released my début novel Wyrd Calling on Amazon in November 2014. Wyrd Calling is the first in the dark urban fantasy Wyrd Bound series. It sat in the top 10 for werewolves and shifters for quite a few weeks, and top 50 in Norse fantasy for an equally long time. 

Blurb:
In the streets of the city, someone or something is killing sirens, and the Wyrd Sisters want it stopped. 

They send their bound creation Thalia, the wild-child shifter, to track the killer down. Thalia would much rather be making a quick buck or playing with the fae, but bound is bound and Thalia must turn her new pack of shifters into an effective team to try and stop the killings. Time is as short as Thalia's temper. Can she make her pack work together and find the killer, or will the killer find her first? 

Wyrd Calling: Dark urban fantasy just shifted. 


Outside of the written word I have a thing for journals, post-its, chocolate, coffee, scotch, and travel. Oh and psychology, sociology, theology, myths and legends, horses, dogs, you get the picture ;-) I love to think, talk, discuss, and I'm far from afraid to air my opinions.   
Bragging rights
Wyrd Calling sat next to Anne Rice in the rankings for a little while. I trained 3 national champions (dogs) by the age of 19. Broke in 2 horses entirely bareback. Jumped a 12.2h pony round courses of 4ft.
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Prague, Czech Republic
Previously
Guildford, U.K - Leamington Spa - Worcester, UK
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