Yvonne Hertzberger is a native of the Netherlands who immigrated to Canada in 1950. She is married with two grown children, (one married) and resides quietly in Stratford, Ontario with her spouse, Mark in a 130 year old, tiny, brick cottage, where she plans to live out her retirement. She calls herself a jill-of-all-trades and a late bloomer. Her many past paid jobs included banking, day care, residential care for challenged children, hairdressing (her favourite) retail, and customer service. She enjoys gardening, singing, the theatre, decorating and socializing with friends and family
Hertzberger is an alumna of The University of Waterloo, first with a B.A. in psychology, then and Hon. B.A. Sociology and stopped ½ a thesis short of an M.A. in Sociology. She has always been an avid student of human behaviour. This, and her personal experiences are what give her the insights she uses to develop the characters in her writing.
Hertzberger came to writing late in life, hence the label ‘late bloomer’. Her first Fantasy novel “Back From Chaos: Book One of Earth’s Pendulum” was published in 2009. The second volume in the planned trilogy “Through Kestrel’s Eyes” is available currently and the third book in the trilogy “The Dreamt Child” was published in December 2013.
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The Dreamt Child: Earth's Pendulum, Book Three
Liannis, Earth’s seer, cannot deny the meaning of her recurring dream. She and Merrist must bear a child – with great gifts. Earth has decreed it. But the people resist the changes, bringing danger to the pair and strife to the lands. Both face tests, sometimes without each other, to fulfill their destiny and bring The Dreamt Child forth into safety and initiate the new era of peace and balance.
Through Kestrel's Eyes
Through Kestrel’s Eyes, the sequel to Back From Chaos in the Earth’s Pendulum trilogy begins seventeen years later. The peace that followed the end of the Red Plague is shattered when the lords of Gharn and Leith are toppled by traitors, throwing the land into chaos
Back From Chaos
Klast, the loner, must save a maid, unmask a traitor, and make peace with his destiny; a most unlikely hero, chosen by Earth to restore Her Balance.
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Smashwords book reviews by Yvonne Hertzberger
- Base Spirits
on July 14, 2012
Ruth Barrett has crafted a tale that keeps the reader imprisoned within the pages well past bedtime. Her characters are fully developed and believable. She shows an in depth understanding of the position of women in both our modern and Jacobean societies. Her use of imagery and language will appeal to well rounded readers - easy enough not to make us keep a dictionary beside us but rich enough that we feel nourished.
- Trucking in English
on Jan. 16, 2013
This book will appeal to two groups; truckers - and the majority of the rest of us who could not be strong armed into getting behind the wheel of a semi for all the tea in China (that’s me). Both groups will find themselves smiling at every paragraph, chuckling at every page and laughing out loud at least once every chapter. And not because Steele makes truck driving seem easy but rather that it leaves no doubt, anywhere, as to how difficult it really is, especially for a diminutive, middle aged English woman driving in the great white north known as Canada, and in the U.S.
Steele takes us along for the entire ride, from when the idea first occurred to her, through every lesson and every escapade, to the day she hung up her pink brimmed baseball cap for the last time. All of this is accomplished with a droll wit, humour and honesty that is both refreshing and appealing. I’m not kidding about how many laughs there are. Steele knows how to look at life and at herself in a way that makes the most hair-raising situation funny. The whole time I was sitting holding my breath (something Steele had to keep reminding herself NOT to do) waiting for the worst, like waiting to off a cliff in the Rockies or backing blind into a spot with only an inch wiggle room, I was also smiling or laughing. One would think those two cannot happen in the same sentence. They do. Steele kept me both on the edge of my seat and in stitches at the same time, right to the last page.
Some of the funniest moments did not occur behind the wheel. Picture being a woman, with no toilet available for the next 2 hours, and temperatures so cold your “wee” freezes before it hits the ground as you hang by the side of your truck with your backside exposed. Now that’s intrepid.
- Like Shards of Glass
on Oct. 03, 2014
It was hard for me to read this book and is even harder for me to describe in a way that does it justice. It is a novel about pain, about tragedy and trauma and what that does to people. It is also about addiction. But that description does not touch on the impact it had on me. Ramsey makes her characters so real I feel their pain as my own. I struggle right along with them as they battle their demons.
When a tortured man suffering from PTSD kills several people, including two of his sons what happens to his wife and the one son that he left alive? How to they cope with the unexplainable, the loss, the stigma. How do they relate to each other? And how are the others they are in contact with relate to them, especially when they, too, have unresolved issues?
The answers are tough to read – but they are real. Oh yes, very real.
Previously I had only an intellectual understanding of addiction. Now, upon living with these characters in such an intimate way for a while, I truly believe I understand. I understand what brings us to try drugs, and I understand the irresistible lure of the release from unbearable pain they can bring, a release which makes it so, so difficult to break loose from its hold.
I almost stopped reading this, it was so painful, as I too, suffer from PTSD. But I read it all and I’m so glad I did. If you begin, please read until the very end. If not you’ll never get all of the message.
- Gerald and the Wee People
on Oct. 25, 2014
Gerald and his friend Vernon find themselves facing adventures in the world of the wee people that test their views of what the real world is. In it they encounter magic and strange creatures they must help the wee people defeat. How that ends will surprise readers - in a good way.
This is a book that will appeal to young teens and adolescents. It has lots of adventure, imagination, and characters they will relate to and love. It grabbed me from the first page and never let go. While there was plenty of tension, danger and emotion this was accomplished without gratuitous violence, gore or trauma. The writing style is engaging with great dialogue.
For the most part it is well edited with one caveat. There were some grammar issues regarding tense but perhaps these bothered me only because I also am a writer. They did not detract from my enjoyment of the story.
- Tripping Prince Charming - A Romance of S[h]orts
on Nov. 03, 2014
As the title suggests, this book is a twist on the traditional fairy tale. A trio of best friends form their teenage years have not yet connected with Mr. Right. The characters are portrayed with insight, candor and often humour, making this a fun read even though romance is not my genre of choice.
Wade has chosen a unique presentation for the triple story with suggestions for music and some illustrations. It’s different but it adds an interesting element to the flow of the book.
We begin in the middle, sort of, as each of the trio discovers that their Mr. Right has reached their point of no return leaving the young women bereft and wondering what went wrong.
Then Wade takes on the journey of what brought them to that point. And how the three friends relate to each other will take you back to your own “best” friendships, the kind we all want. Some of the most humorous parts of the story happens between the trio as they commiserate over their missteps in their attempts to “trip prince charming”.
But wait. I did say this was a fairy tale, right? Wade makes skillful and entertaining work of telling the misadventures on the way to happy ever after.
This book is unusual in a number of ways: the “triple” romances, the presentation order and style, and the ending. If you like fairy tales but think you’ve outgrown them give this little gem a try. I did and I’m not sorry.