Book 1Want free books, voraciously reading friends to discuss them with and prizes? Then you may want to go to WaAr—Wanda’s amazing Amazon reviewers. WaAr is an online group that combines their love of books with motivational challenges, all while helping authors get much needed exposure. WaAr is the creation of Wanda Hartzenberg.

In 2011 she was a newbie reviewer who held a massive page giveaway for Christmas 2010 all on her own with another soon after the following April. The Christmas event she did solo with more than 100 authors contributing and over 4,000 participants.

“I was exhausted even though I did the Easter Hop with a friend the Christmas one I did on my own,” says Wanda of the experience. ” I was ready to retire from the book promoting world after the Christmas giveaway let me tell you.” A friend and avid reader, Angie Edwards, started pushing Wanda to do more. Wanda responded by opening a review page.

“It was fun but seeing how little people it reaches it kinda left me feeling disconcerted,” says Wanda. “So I started Wanda’s amazing Amazon reviewers in May 2012. I had plenty of authors but not that many readers so ALLL and EVVVERY person that came across my FB wall was harassed….”

If you are an avid reader that would enjoy free books, good friends and the chance to help your favorite authors, consider joining Wanda’s reviewer group. You can find their group on Facebook here.

“Do you read?  Want free books…?” asks Wanda. Then WaAr is waiting.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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