Welcome to my site! If you are a reader of Epic Fantasy, especially set in “olden” times, then this is a good place to visit. I like to call it ‘Old World Fantasy’ but there is no such category ‘officially’. Maybe I can startย  new trend. What do you think?

Please take the time to check out my first novel “Earth’s Pendulum, Book One – Back From Chaos”, the revised edition, and its sequel, “Through Kestrel’s Eyes”. The third volume, “The Dreamt Child,” which completes the original trilogy, is now available. Who knows where the muse will lead me to next…

You are also welcome to check out my blog, where I hope we can dialogue on writing and related topics. From time to time, I will include posts from other writers that you may find interesting.

Writing is a retirement vocation for me. The nest is bare, my children flown, and I finally have the time to devote to this passion.ย  Stay tuned as I learn the ‘rest of the work’, the other skills I need to keep you all up to date with the latest.

I finally found my calling writing Epic Fantasy, a sub-genre of fantasy fiction. Finding the category readers will identify with has been a challenge. My work doesn’t fit neatly into the ones already available. I won’t go into what it is not except to say that there are no creatures in my fantasy novels you’ve never met and only minimal amounts of paranormal.

Finding the right words to describe what we write is a dilemma many fantasy writers face as the the genre is so wide open.It is unfortunate that fantasy novels and fantasy stories are listed with science fiction when they really have very little in common. I have spoken with (virtually) many fantasy authors who face this problem. “What’s in a name?” It’s an important questions deserving of a good answer.

My series does include seers who can communicate with a few animals and with the goddess earth. So where do I fit? Some have thought historical fantasy would be a good fit, but my setting is not historically accurate. My fantasy novels are set in an early medieval time, with very little technology, but the world I have created never really existed. But if you like novels that include a smattering of adventure, a little romance, some intrigue, in a sweeping setting with great characters you will fall in love with, you have come to the right place. My books may be labelled fantasy novels, but the characters seem real and the setting will feel somehow familiar.

If you are interested in reading more about me or my creative process, please visit my blog. I would be happy to share any insight that I can provide to those seeking it. I also often share posts from others that I find particularly interesting or helpful, especially those about writing, self-publishing, the life of the Indie author and related topics. Occasionally I feature other authors, not necessarily fantasy authors, but ones whose work I respect and wish to support.

Another passion of mine is the work I do for Indies Unlimited, where I am a contributing author and staff member. This volunteer group has done so much to support and promote Indie writers and authors. Our group includes writers of every genre, even a few fantasy authors, so I feel right at home there. I invite you to check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

Writing is a time consuming vocation but I love to hear from fans and readers and do my best to answer all those who take the time to contact me. You, the readers and fans, are my inspiration. Without you this whole effort would be futile.

113 Responses to Welcome

  1. Wendy Reis says:

    Eagerly anticipating the second in the series!

  2. successbmine says:

    I just read your teaser and although I am not a Fantasy enthusiast, I think it is very well written. I wish you well in you publishing endeavours.

  3. Wendy Reis says:

    @succfessbemine: Fantasy was not my genre, either, until I read Yvonne’s first book. Twice. This gal is a 5 star wordsmith, and trust me, a lot of drivel crosses my desk.

  4. Diane Tibert says:

    Yvonne, I blogged about your free books today available on Amazon.com. The blog is here: http://dianetibert.com/2012/05/30/free-fantasy-novel-by-yvonne-hertzberger/

    Good luck with your sales.

  5. Hi, Yvonne! Stopping by from the IU blogfest!

  6. โ€œIndies Unlimited sent me.โ€

  7. Laurie Boris says:

    Hi, Yvonne! Love the spiffy new design!

  8. (looks around) Nice new place you’ve got here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. DV Berkom says:

    Very nice update, Yvonne! Well done ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. T.D.McKinnon says:

    I find your website very calming and friendly,Yvonne.

  11. I love the coolness of your blog and am now following you.

  12. Beautiful new digs! Congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Love what you’ve done with the place!! Very cool

  14. T.D.McKinnon says:

    ‘Old World Fantasy’ I love it! I think you should push that genre, Yvonne.

  15. Meeks says:

    Happy blog-warming! Just signed up. It all looks good. The only thing I miss from the old one is being able to comment using my wordpress ID. Otherwise it looks as if everything is working seamlessly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Saying hello here from IU – nice site! I like the covers on your fantasy novels, by the way. Good font selection, and the design is striking and consistent.

  17. alkaplan says:

    Nice site. Got here through IU.

  18. tdmckinnon says:

    A big hi from the IU Blogfest

  19. Best wishes for greatest rewards with your writing, Yvonne.


  20. Yvonne, this is a lovely place – best wishes and keep writing. Indies Unlimited sent me ๐Ÿ™‚ and this was a wonderful way to discover new authors.

  21. Dale says:

    Hi from IU again, Yvonne.

  22. S.A. Molteni says:

    Beautiful and calming colors here, Yvonne. So glad I dropped by ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Stopping by as part of the IU Blog Fest.

  24. Hi Yvonne, Stopping over from IU. Great blog.

  25. lisaday12 says:

    Checking out your wonderful site…found you through UI

  26. Hannah lomoth says:

    Hey thanks for the website Yvonne it’s nice hope I can see you again soon

  27. S.A. Molteni says:

    Visiting by way of IU Blogfest – Very nice blog you have here, Yvonne ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. timwjax says:

    Late to the blogfest (as with most things), but glad I made it. This is a great site.

  29. geza says:

    congratulation for good job, We wish you 2014 one of the best from my all family.
    Giza Nicole and Aaron

  30. Great Website! ๐Ÿ™‚ I Wish You Much Success In 2014.

  31. Brenda Perlin says:

    The blog looks great!!!! Good for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats.

  32. Tamy Burns says:

    Love The Look!

  33. D. John Watson says:

    I’m always looking for new authors and I’m looking forward of getting to know these books.

  34. Aron Joice says:

    I’m always late to the party…sorry. Your site is just lovely and I agree with T.D., very calming. Keep those books coming, and I wish you success.

  35. dalefurse says:

    How did I miss this? This a great site and I’m sure you’ll get lots of readers.

  36. Mel Parish says:

    Fabulous blog Yvonne, very impressive.

  37. nickvulich says:

    Nice looking site Yvonne.

  38. debb lavoie says:

    Hello Yvonne ๐Ÿ™‚

    You have a wonderful website!
    I need to extend my life to one-hundred lifetimes to read all the books I want ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my
    comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not
    writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted too say excellent blog!

  40. Kat says:

    Hello from IU’s BlogFest! I love that they host these as they’re such a good way to get to meet one another.

  41. Rocky says:

    Hi, I was reading about your books, very interesting and romantic. Thank you very much.

  42. Yvonne, I pinned the covers for Earth’s Pendulum to my Author Spotlight. What an amazing “Old World Fantasy Series” you’ve written!

  43. You did a beautiful job with your website. I look forward to visiting again.

  44. Sacha Black says:

    Yvonne, your follow option seems to be missing?

    • Sacha, the option to follow by email is in the right hand side panel near the top. If
      it’s not there when you look for it please let me know as I can see it. In
      that case I will need to let my web page person know. Thanks for checking.

  45. Frank Parker says:

    Hi Yvonne, I came here following your link at Indies Unlimited. Fantasies set in ‘olden times’ are a popular genre. How about the real stories from olden times? I wrote a book about a young woman who was given in marriage to a man her father asked to help him regain his lost kingdom in Ireland. You’ll find it if you go to the ‘my books’ page on my site.

  46. Nice site and nice to meet you! (Indies Unlimited sent me.)

  47. Blog looks fantastic, Yvonne! (Inides Unlimited sent me.)

  48. J.P. Lane says:

    It wasn’t until about three years ago that I read a Fantasy novel. Now it’s one of my favorite genres and I have to say I admire Fantasy writers. I haven’t read your first novel yet, Yvonne but will be adding it to my summer reading list.

  49. Hi!
    Your story about IUniverse is my story except that I have yet to republush my book. It was ten years ago!
    How did you get your rights back? I canโ€™t find my contract. You said yours was three years, so probably mine was too. Any ideas? Thanks!
    Wendy Bartlett

    • Hi Wendy: I suspect that your contract is already over. What I did was send them a registered letter telling them I had completed my contract and formally requesting that they de-list my book. Then, as extra insurance re. copyright, I had a new cover done to replace the one they did, got a new ISBN and self-published. I never heard back from them so operated on the assumption they got my letter and had no objections. I expect the real issue was that they had made all the money from me they were going to, as they had priced it so high it wasn’t selling anyway, so they no longer cared about me. I hope that helps.

      Send the letter stating that, unless you hear legal reasons to the contrary, you have fulfilled your contract and you are taking back your rights to the book and request them to de-list it. The only reason they might object is if they are still making money from sales – which is unlikely in most cases. We are too “small potatoes” to spend time and money on. In my case I did have the dates from my contract so that “could” affect your situation, though I doubt it. And remember, I am not a lawyer. This is an educated opinion, not legal advice.

      Good luck.


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