A.W. Hartoin

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A.W. Hartoin grew up in rural Missouri, but her grandmother lived in the Central West End area of St. Louis. The CWE fascinated her with it’s enormous houses, every one unique. She was sure there was a story behind each ornate door. Going to Grandma’s house was a treat and an adventure. As the only grandchild around for many years, A.W. spent her visits exploring the many rooms with their many secrets. That’s how Mercy Watts and the fairies of Whipplethorn came to be.
As an adult, A.W. Hartoin decided she needed a whole lot more life experience if she was going to write good characters so she joined the Air Force. It was the best education she could’ve hoped for. She met her husband and traveled the world, living in Alaska, Italy, and Germany before settling in Colorado where she now lives with her family, a Great Dane, a skanky cat, and six bad chickens.

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The Paris Package
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 111,060. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
For Stella Bled Lawrence being wealthy and stylish in 1938 is exactly what it’s cracked up to be. She’s blissfully unaware of the rising tensions in Europe even as she travels to Vienna on the eve of the Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass. Stella and her husband, Nicky, witness the night’s atrocities first hand. Even as they watch the horror, they never imagine it will touch them personally,
Brain Trust (Mercy Watts Mysteries Book 8)
Series: Mercy Watts Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 125,490. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Coming home never felt so bad. Mercy Watts and her grandad, Ace, survived the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and are racing home ahead of a stalker whose plans for the Watts clan remain unknown. But they’re too slow and what Mercy finds at home spins her in a new and darker direction, taking her back out to her least favorite place on Earth, Hunt Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
My Bad Grandad (Mercy Watts Mysteries Book Seven)
Series: Mercy Watts Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 115,240. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go to Sturgis. That’s what they say at the famous motorcycle rally. Is Mercy Watts a bad girl? Mercy doesn’t think so, but she’s going to Sturgis and things are about to go bad in a big way. Mercy’s about to find out that a lie spoken fifty years ago can be used by a present day evil, and it’s not only stalking Sturgis, but the Watts clan itself.
To the Eternal (Away From Whipplethorn Book Five)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110,120. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
All Matilda Whipplethorn’s roads lead to Rome. Iris must be made a cardinal and they have a new family to protect. There’s only one fairy they can turn to and he’s in The Eternal City of Rome. Pope Joyous can intervene in affairs of state. But will he?
The Wife of Riley (Mercy Watts Mysteries Book Six)
Series: Mercy Watts Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,090. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
There’s darkness in the City of Light. The Fibonacci family saved Mercy Watts’ life and now she owes them a favor. Calpurnia Fibonacci calls on Mercy to make good. When you’re dealing with a mafia family, refusing isn’t an option. So Mercy travels to Paris and with the mafia and the shadowy Klinefeld Group involved, finding the wife of Riley will be more dangerous than she ever expected.
A Sin and a Shame (A Mercy Watts Short)
Series: Mercy Watts Mysteries. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,850. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Sin never dies. Mercy Watts is trying to recover from a tumble through a rocky river, but crime just won’t let her be. A retired librarian takes a life and Mercy takes her case under duress, of course. Soon she’ll be drawn in by this unusual criminal and she’ll have a choice to make with painful consequences. 
Mercy Watts Box Set (Books 1-3, plus a Mercy Watts short)
Series: Mercy Watts Mysteries. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 287,340. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
This box set includes the first three books of the Mercy Watts Mysteries series and the Mercy Watts Short, Coke with a Twist. Coke with a Twist (A Mercy Watts Short) A Good Man Gone (Mercy Watts Mysteries Book 1) Diver Down (Mercy Watts Mysteries Book 2) Double Black Diamond (Mercy Watts Mysteries Book 3)
In the Worst Way (Mercy Watts Mysteries Book 5)
Series: Mercy Watts Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 112,650. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Playing dead isn't enough to keep Mercy Watts alive. Since killing a man in New Orleans Mercy's kept her head down. With diet, exercise, and work, she thinks she can keep wolves and memories at bay. She's wrong. The Costilla gang wants revenge and Mercy will pay with her life if they can get to her.
Drop Dead Red (Mercy Watts Mysteries Book Four)
Series: Mercy Watts Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,720. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Nothing’s easy in The Big Easy. Mercy Watts is barely back in St. Louis before her hometown suffers the worst crime in a century, a mass murder at an Italian restaurant. This has nothing to do with Mercy and she’s determined to keep it that way. No news. No gossip. No evidence. No bodies. Mercy doesn’t want to know. That mass murder leads Mercy to her smallest criminal yet, a tiny bacteria.
Dry Spell (A Mercy Watts Short)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,380. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Mercy Watts doesn’t believe in ghosts. She might be the only one. When Mercy’s best friend, Ellen, shows up in the middle of the night, shaken and afraid. Mercy starts digging for a truth that might not even exist. Is it a mental illness or has the Missouri drought revealed something that could’ve remained hidden forever?
A Wicked Chill (Away From Whipplethorn Book Four)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,860. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Matilda Whipplethorn is feeling very unlucky. It’s only because she is. Matilda got the family to Vienna, but no farther. Her parents are missing in action, so she’s in charge. Now she’s hiding in plain sight. Plain sight means being a maid in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, battling tiny trolls, and avoiding a certain valet.
Double Black Diamond (Mercy Watts Mysteries Book Three)
Series: Mercy Watts Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,490. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Commit a crime. Save a child. Mercy Watts is off to Colorado for a ski trip with her boyfriend and his parents. A brutal crime is committed and Mercy becomes a suspect. Before she knows it she’s saddled with a pint-sized partner, a stalker, and a ticking clock. All she has to do is solve a crime in order to commit a crime. A child’s life hangs in the balance. No pressure.
Away From Whipplethorn Box Set (Books 1-3, plus a bonus prequel)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 257,800. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
This Away From Whipplethorn box set includes bestseller A Fairy's Guide to Disaster, Fierce Creatures, and A Monster's Paradise, plus the bonus prequel, Flare-up. Matilda Whipplethorn is about to get what she's always wanted, and it's a bad thing. Being a babysitter isn't much of a dream for the average thirteen-year-old, but Matilda is anything but average.
Diver Down (Mercy Watts Mysteries Book Two)
Series: Mercy Watts Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,110. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A sunny place for shady people. Vacations can be murder, especially when you’re Mercy Watts. She’s trying to get away from it all, including her godmother’s lawsuit and a certain situation with the mafia. So she heads to Roatan, Honduras, a place known for scuba diving and lawlessness. Mercy’s on the island less than twenty-four hours when she discovers that she hasn’t gotten away from anything.
A Monster's Paradise (Away From Whipplethorn Book Three)
Series: Away From Whipplethorn. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,730. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General
Paris isn’t for lovers. It’s for fighters. Matilda Whipplethorn thought her mission would be simple. She’d get the cure for Miss Penrose and get out, but nothing is simple in Paris. The fairy revolution is heating up, not cooling down as the Whipplethorns were told. Navigating the city comes with unexpected dangers, blood-thirsty rebels, tyrannical royalists, and monsters of all kinds.
A Good Man Gone (Mercy Watts Mysteries Book One)
Series: Mercy Watts Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,510. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
It’s summer in St. Louis and Mercy Watts is on vacation from her parents. The great detective and his nosy wife are on a cruise and Mercy's off the hook for doing any investigating. But when a family friend has a fatal heart attack, Dad has one of his famous feelings and orders Mercy to look into it. One death leads to another and now Mercy can’t stop. You do for family. That’s all there is to it.
Flare-up (An Away From Whipplethorn Short Story)
Series: Away From Whipplethorn. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,110. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General
Some fairies are destined for a quiet life. Matilda Whipplethorn is not one of those fairies. She’s already off to a good start with a rebellious streak much larger than her half centimeter height. On a day Matilda’s supposed to be sick in bed, she sneaks out and finds her future deep in the woods surrounding the crumbling mansion she lives in. On a fine summer day, Matilda’s daring life begins.
Touch and Go (A Mercy Watts Short)
Series: Mercy Watts Mysteries. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,510. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A bad dog and a missing man. Mercy Watts is up to her double D’s in trouble. She agrees to take on a case for an old rival to avoid doing paperwork for her PI father, but her plan doesn’t include a poodle with problems. If she dumps the case, she’ll pay a terrible price. She’ll have to type.
It Started with a Whisper
Series: Sons of Witches, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,870. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Wishes are powerful things, if you belong to the MacClarity clan. You can ask Grandpa for anything and he’ll make it come true, even though he’s been dead for nearly a hundred years. Ernest MacClarity doesn’t take the rumors too seriously. But during the summer Ernest begins to realize that Grandpa isn’t the only special thing about his family, and their oddities aren’t just skin deep
Nowhere Fast (A Mercy Watts Short)
Series: Mercy Watts Mysteries. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,410. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A crabby nun and a runaway girl. Mercy should’ve stayed in bed. Instead, she bows to her aunt’s guilt trip and is hot on the trail of Charley Horton, a girl the police can’t find. With the help of her nerd posse, she’ll find Charley, but somebody isn’t going to be too happy about it.
Fierce Creatures (Away From Whipplethorn Book Two)
Series: Away From Whipplethorn. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,090. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General
Another day. Another disaster. After surviving a kidnapping and battling with spriggans, Matilda Whipplethorn finds her new life pretty boring. Salvation comes in the form of a life-threatening illness. Her tutor, Miss Penrose, needs a medication and only the spriggans have it. Matilda heads back to the antique mall to save Miss Penrose even though it just might cost her everything.
Coke with a Twist (A Mercy Watts Short)
Series: Mercy Watts Mysteries. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,110. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
**This edition contains an extended preview of the Mercy Watts novel, A Good Man Gone.** Mercy Watts' P.I. father ropes her into another investigation, this time to find the truth behind a young woman's attack. The case takes her from a dive bar to sorority row to the gutter, and unless she solves it fast, the case will be her last.
A Fairy's Guide to Disaster (Away From Whipplethorn Book One)
Series: Away From Whipplethorn. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,610. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
Tiny fairies.  Huge adventure. Being a babysitter isn’t much of a dream for the average girl, but Matilda Whipplethorn isn't average. She’s half a centimeter tall, invisible to the human eye, and hearing-impaired. Minutes into her first job humans appear in isolated Whipplethorn Manor. They tear her home right off the wall of Whipplethorn and Matilda’s afternoon babysitting job goes long term.

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