Wanda Hartzenberg

Biography

I was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa in 1973. I wrote my first story at the age of 4 and since managed to obtain a BA degree in Communication. I always tend to see the world at a slightly skew angle. As such, I want to share my view with you. I hope you like it. As a matter of fact, I hope you love it.

I love animals, furry puppies that grow to be 18 years and older especially, I have four that share my love, life and bed with me. I also have a turtle, but he is not allowed to sleep with us.

I love cooking, trying out new recipes etc and thus love to entertain. It seems, whether I am at writing or cooking or simply living life - I aim to entertain.

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Books

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Smashwords book reviews by Wanda Hartzenberg

  • The Dark Gifts Birthright on Dec. 01, 2011

    Review In the beginning Liz meets with Michael. He bites, she turns vamp. Quite Bram Stoker like for three or four pages. They meet up and fall immediately irreparably in love. Quite Twilight like for the next 15 or so pages. Then the good the bad and the ugly rears their ugly little heads and from here on out its different to any Paranormal / YA / or New Adult book I've ever read. Minerva, Gregoria, Jenna and about 60 other characters join the cast to make this book totally amazing. I was struck with the amount of research that must have gone into writing this book. For those of you who follow my reviews you will know that I refrain from making technical judgements. This will be the exception. Willow has a rare ability for pacing and introducing an array of characters in rapid succession. But never does she use this fast level of pacing and her cliff hanger chapter endings to get out of character development. By the time you are finished with the book you really hate the bad guys and absolutely love the good guys. By this time you also know that I don't rehash the story of the book in a brief synopsis. Usually I don't since I feel that the authors blurb or my own will get the reader of this review a good idea of what the book is about in essence. In this case I can't do it at all even if I wanted to. Her fast pace, introduction of evil and saint like characters left me feeling like a child playing hide and seek. You don't want to be found out but you can't resist peeking from your hiding place to try and see what is coming next. For those romantics out in cyber land - do not fear. This book is filled with romance and not only the romance between Michael and Liz bit also some other less predictable characters. As I read the book I was filled with the idea that this book is a ken to watching a master Persian carpet weaver undertake another master peace. I loved the fact that almost all things known to go bump in the night were mentioned in this story and that the symbiotic and discordant life styles of these dark creatures were explained logically and believably. I give this book a 6 out of 5 star review. I will not only recommend you buy it and read it yourself, I would proudly gift it to my friends. Oh no wait. I already gifted it to my friends. That's simply how good this book is. I can't wait to start on the rest of the books authored by her.
  • A Christmas Crossing on Dec. 13, 2011

    This was a very nice unexpected read. I picked it up to read the other night because I was looking for a fast read. I never planned on reading it quite this fast. I expected a feel good Christmas story but instead found a story about a time gone by when Christmas was not ruled by Jolly Coca-Cola Santas and where family still meant everything. Wanda Hart
  • The Dark Gifts Inheritance on March 01, 2012

    The Dark Gifts Birthright by Willow Cross. Review by Wanda Hart In the beginning Liz meets with Michael. He bites, she turns vamp. Quite Bram Stoker like for three or four pages. They meet up and fall immediately irreparably in love. Quite Twilight like for the next 15 or so pages. Then the good the bad and the ugly rears their ugly little heads and from here on out its different to any Paranormal / YA / or New Adult book I've ever read. Minerva, Gregoria, Jenna and about 60 other characters join the cast to make this book totally amazing. I was struck with the amount of research that must have gone into writing this book. For those of you who follow my reviews you will know that I refrain from making technical judgements. This will be the exception. Willow has a rare ability for pacing and introducing an array of characters in rapid succession. But never does she use this fast level of pacing and her cliff hanger chapter endings to get out of character development. By the time you are finished with the book you really hate the bad guys and absolutely love the good guys. By this time you also know that I don't rehash the story of the book in a brief synopsis. Usually I don't since I feel that the authors blurb or my own will get the reader of this review a good idea of what the book is about in essence. In this case I can't do it at all even if I wanted to. Her fast pace, introduction of evil and saint like characters left me feeling like a child playing hide and seek. You don't want to be found out but you can't resist peeking from your hiding place to try and see what is coming next. For those romantics out in cyber land - do not fear. This book is filled with romance and not only the romance between Michael and Liz bit also some other less predictable characters. As I read the book I was filled with the idea that this book is a ken to watching a master Persian carpet weaver undertake another master peace. I loved the fact that almost all things known to go bump in the night were mentioned in this story and that the symbiotic and discordant life styles of these dark creatures were explained logically and believably. I give this book a 6 out of 5 star review. I will not only recommend you buy it and read it yourself, I would proudly gift it to my friends. Oh no wait. I already gifted it to my friends. That's simply how good this book is. I can't wait to start on the rest of the books authored by her. A 6 / 5 STAR REVIEW GUYS I need to thank Denise Jones for correcting my spelling and grammar errors and for translating South African English to real English. Thank you Denise.....
  • A Christmas Miracle on March 01, 2012

    Wanda Hart A short inspirational story about a single mother and a very special Christmas
  • Burly and Grum's Halloween Adventure on Oct. 21, 2012

    I got this title as an audiobook from Soundcloud and loved every second of it. The story, for the younger amongst the young adults is fun and even has a lesson hidden amongst it. The characters are all extremely well portrayed, each showing their respective personalities within only a few short pages. The story itself was fun and I am sure the kids would love to listen to it on Halloween as a form of entertainment not regularly used these days. The audio production on Soundcloud was very professional and the narrator did a smashing job of creating voice characters and managing to entertain with his voice. The sound quality was high and enough of sound effects was used to entertain but not too much so that it distracts. Narration and audio production thus gets a 5 * review as well! WaAr
  • Echo Species Intervention #6609 on Dec. 18, 2012

    I did the one thing I never do, read one book in a series directly after the other. Ok, so sometimes I do it, but I prefer not to. But in this case, I had to. Echo and her dog, Abbey and her love Political strife, human depravity and animals and the environment suffering, I had to know how it ends. But it is only the third book in the series. It is amazing that an author can manage so many layers within one story. This book is a paranormal story. It is a socio political commentary. It is a love story It is a story about aliens It is a book that one and all must read. I am sure everybody will find something in this book that they absolutely adore, If it happens to be Echo, well then you are in good company. But most of all it is about Echo, a golden long tailed alien that will grab your heart and your imagination.
  • Armageddon Cometh, Species Intervention #6609 Book Three on Dec. 18, 2012

    I did the one thing I never do, read one book in a series directly after the other. Ok, so sometimes I do it, but I prefer not to. But in this case, I had to. Echo and her dog, Abbey and her love Political strife, human depravity and animals and the environment suffering, I had to know how it ends. But it is only the third book in the series. It is amazing that an author can manage so many layers within one story. This book is a paranormal story. It is a socio political commentary. It is a love story It is a story about aliens It is a book that one and all must read. I am sure everybody will find something in this book that they absolutely adore, If it happens to be Echo, well then you are in good company. Echo, adorable and all is a formidable alien. She make gold and diamonds, she can bring out the best in all, but will she be intime....?
  • Gold Medal Threat on Jan. 01, 2013

    I read a copy of this book upon request from the author for an honest review. This is the third book I have read by this author but the first one that is a YA for boys. It is filled with sport, suspense and the boys being detectives getting them in deep trouble. Casey and his friend is up against the mafia, organised crime, murderers but it is girls that trip them up. I loved this wholesome family friendly story focused upon the Olympic games in Australia this is one story that most ya boys will adore. Most ya girls will develop a crush and most adults, like me, will like to read a book that they can read to their children with no fear. I highly recommend the purchase of this book for your son, yourselve, a friend, a nephew a dad. It is fun, the story is fast and engaging. A 5 Gold medal review rating WaAr
  • Gold Medal Threat on Jan. 01, 2013

    I read a copy of this book upon request from the author for an honest review. This is the third book I have read by this author but the first one that is a YA for boys. It is filled with sport, suspense and the boys being detectives getting them in deep trouble. Casey and his friend is up against the mafia, organised crime, murderers but it is girls that trip them up. I loved this wholesome family friendly story focused upon the Olympic games in Australia this is one story that most ya boys will adore. Most ya girls will develop a crush and most adults, like me, will like to read a book that they can read to their children with no fear. I highly recommend the purchase of this book for your son, yourselve, a friend, a nephew a dad. It is fun, the story is fast and engaging. A 5 Gold medal review rating WaAr
  • Gold Medal Threat on Jan. 01, 2013

    I read a copy of this book upon request from the author for an honest review. This is the third book I have read by this author but the first one that is a YA for boys. It is filled with sport, suspense and the boys being detectives getting them in deep trouble. Casey and his friend is up against the mafia, organised crime, murderers but it is girls that trip them up. I loved this wholesome family friendly story focused upon the Olympic games in Australia this is one story that most ya boys will adore. Most ya girls will develop a crush and most adults, like me, will like to read a book that they can read to their children with no fear. I highly recommend the purchase of this book for your son, yourselve, a friend, a nephew a dad. It is fun, the story is fast and engaging. A 5 Gold medal review rating WaAr
  • Baby, Species Intervention #6609 Book One on April 02, 2013

    This is a brilliant story one that should not be seen as a sci fi only but rather a human drama. The story of Nettie, Will and Baby is one that will have readers turning the pages. We inherited this earth to look after it, instead we are killing the planet. Baby comes here to show us the error of our ways, but Baby is damaged.... Read more. I know you want too.
  • The Mystery of the Elusive Fitness Instructor on May 26, 2013

    What a delightful tongue-in-the-cheek short story! I enjoyed the writing style and sure will read what happened to Cynthia's boss! Thank you for acdeligtfull read!
  • Valley of Sorrows on Aug. 07, 2013

    I loved this book. Dan, Thad, Marielle is interesting characters that plays to ones darkness with the others light. What I liked most is that Marielle at the age 50 is not a cripple. She is still full of life, love and passion. She cares deeply, beliefs wholeheartedly and loves passionately. She is familiar with the shortcomings of her age but does not let it become part of her life and does not make it part of her shortcomings. The plot has enough turns in it to keep the readers interest and Thad is evil enough in a bonechilling way to make you turn the pages. WaAr.
  • The Visitation on Aug. 22, 2013

    A sweet story of love and loss and a new beginning. At only 7 pages this is an ideal fast read since it will leave you thinking and more than that no one can expect from a book. Bravo to the author to pace 7 pages with so much true emotion.
  • Slice on Aug. 30, 2013

    Feed me Seymore, feed me. You must read this. It is short and funny. Twisty and quirky and fun. Oh and I am now hungry. Pizza anybody? Lol WaAr
  • Alien Species Intervention Books 1-3 on March 19, 2014

    Having read the series this box set is a real delight. Instead of taking you, the review reader into a detailed analysis of the plot, character building etc I am instead going to give you a simplified plot summary. In this story book one the reader meets Baby, he is a sweet alien who became a bit damaged when he landed on earth. He had a mission here and during this he meets Will and Nettie. Nettie is an abused wife. Will a knight in shining armor but all is not well once the three of them meets up. Baby is not telling all. Nettie ran away from her husband who wants her back and Will does not have the money or connections to assure his new families safety. Baby is here on earth to see if human kind can change their evil ways but once he observes what humans do to one another his mind is set that we are not fit to be guardians over this planet. How can we see to the well being of the planet when we cant even act humanely towards one another? We skip approximately 200 years in the future and meet Echo. She is the sister of Baby but she was not damaged in the landing on earth. Soon enough she starts on the mission set out for her and her brother....either humans must get with the program or they must be destroyed -- she however much like her brother falls in love with a human family. Can she save them? Does she want to? Will the hive allow this? Read this box set to find out what Echo is set to do. Then make up your own mind if we are destroying our greatest gift! WaAr