Thomas Hanna

Biography

After years of teaching high school and then college biology I retired to write. I am back living in Philadelphia, PA where I was born and raised.

Books

Granny Glue and the Cult of Karol
By Thomas Hanna
Series: Techie Heroes. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,540. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Category: Fiction
Disguised as elderly and innocuous Granny Glue, chemist Pamela Princeton investigates, then sneaks into a secret cult facility with a cart of supplies where high-tech workers are being used as slave labor. Using her array of specialty glues, she shakes things up enough for the place to almost literally fall apart around Karol, the cult’s leader but can she and the innocent workers get out alive?
Phone Man Seeks the Earwig
By Thomas Hanna
Series: Techie Heroes. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,620. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014. Category: Fiction
This earwig is a high-tech device someone puts in your ear to take control of your actions. Bint Uldrich, AKA Phone Man, travels through the phone wires to investigate who is using them and why - and how to stop her. When he has one shoved in his own ear what should make him helpless makes him more determined to use high-tech and low-tech surprises to reverse the situation.
Mockingbird In the Municipal Garage
By Thomas Hanna
Series: Techie Heroes. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,720. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Category: Fiction
Dred Faraday and his invention that lets him echo-locate, listen from afar, and play back and synthesize a wide range of sounds must keep three kidnappers forced by circumstances to hide in a three level municipal garage overnight from harming their child hostage. The boy is safe as long as his captors believe no one knows where they are so Faraday must use sounds to convince them of that.
Voops! Like Mother, Like Daughter
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 114,870. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2013. Category: Fiction
Being suspended from school destroys Fiona’s strange home life with arm’s-length custodians. Those who knew her parents and rush to her defense consider that a blessing since it lets her learn about her family and opens many possibilities for her. Her supporters are repeatedly struck by the similarities in the ways she and her mother reacted and decided even though separated when Fiona was four.
Z.A.P.
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 152,170. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013. Category: Fiction
Fear of electricity leaking from sockets to kill you goes nova when a Zooidial Autonomous Parasite or ZAP emerges from wires and kills people by dissolving their brains. Crazy, nasty Dakim wants to trap it so he gleans insights from those dreaming about ZAPs. He sets up dreamer Sheenan to help, but double-crosses him, intending him to die. Sheenan survives long enough to set up his own surprises.
The Curse of Hairy Palms
By Thomas Hanna
Series: Curses of Merk McNeap, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 100,930. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2013. Category: Fiction
To her delight, Big Momma Turnyipp’s curse makes Merk McNeap grow thick fur on his palms and soles. He needs her to end the spell so he must defend her from weird cultists aiming to sacrifice her to their god. After much running, driving, and climbing around Merk assumes a strange identity to try to save her - and triggers a switcheroo she carelessly set up against her and hopes for the best.
The Drackenmire Ghouls' Treasure Trickery
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 97,350. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2013. Category: Fiction
The butler Jeeves and the ghouls who employ him work with two greedy humans (who intend to keep it all for themselves) to retrieve the treasure stolen from the ghouls back from a ruthless mid-level mobster and his even more ruthless boss. They are happy to dish out some payback in the process. It’s thrills, chills, chases, and laughs among the undead and the humans who want to stay that way.
A Master of Persuasion
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,320. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2013. Category: Fiction
Larry Ritter sets out to persuade every person in a small town to wear a gaudy bandanna without knowing the details of why. Using several aliases and playing on the quirks of some local characters he spins yarns, makes promises, and suggests why certain people will benefit from being part of this one time only special event. Only he knows that a single holdout could ruin it for him.
Miriam Marston's Poltergeist
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 81,870. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2013. Category: Fiction
With the impending loss of the house she shares with a prankish poltergeist to a road project, Miriam Marston uses her wiles, her allies, and the power of minor celebrity to fight City Hall. She faces off against humiliation, a housemate she can’t reliably control, personal tragedy, a neighbor with a shotgun, and official corruption to set a good example while she tries to save Oakview Avenue.
Tales of Roger, a Humandroid
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 90,170. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2013. Category: Fiction
Noah buys Roger, a humandroid, as his gay companion and sex toy but the lifelike fully functional Roger is so versatile, witty, and has so much personality that he amazes, amuses, and complicates Noah’s whole life with laughs, tears, fears, drama, and dangers. Many of the complications of a live partner plus a few unique to his special nature.
The Masters' Orb: An Indianapolis Smithe Adventure
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 67,040. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2012. Category: Fiction
“Polie” Smithe finds a ceramic shard that might be of ET origin and sets off to find the rest. By weird logic he locates the two other pieces and obtains them by daring and strange moves. He learns some secrets of the reassembled Orb - only to have it alter itself in a way that makes it more of a mystery but less obviously useful to the Army General or the tycoon who have also been seeking it.
Space Depot: The Two Trub Trouble
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,990. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012. Category: Fiction
The Lawford family must deal with the first intergalactic vacationers to arrive via the new depot device in their back yard. The family learn fast that these visitors, two uncooperative Trubs, will test their nerves and patience by putting themselves and the travel program in danger. When this is over the Lawfords have an idea of what this job entails to decide if it’s worth the rewards.
The Curse of Sticky Fingers
By Thomas Hanna
Series: Curses of Merk McNeap, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 94,850. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012. Category: Fiction
Merk McNeap tries to lift a wallet to get money owed him but gets the wrong one and a curse - the wallet sticks tight to his hand. To break the spell he must protect the wallet’s owner from the angry men her son is cheating. After much comedic running around Merk suggests a solution to the business dispute and is rewarded by the woman who cursed him - who enjoyed hassling him and plans more.
Holy Hostages!
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 123,620. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2012. Category: Fiction
When the inept Clarkson gang take a convent full of nuns hostage for ransom they face the challenges of diocesan bureaucracy, an angry mob intent on lynching them, and Mother Thelma (their biggest problem, but also at times an ally) to survive and profit from this. The gang planned many things out in advance but of course events don’t follow their plans and they must work it all out on the fly.
Stuck In the Center
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,690. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2012. Category: Fiction
The three young Barkley kids (12,9, and 5) are accidentally locked in the large urban Harding Commerce Center at closing. The kids must then protect themselves by helping the automated security systems, a bumbling repairman, a narcoleptic homeless woman, and two Center employees to thwart three bank robbers who want the kids as hostages when they are discovered and the police arrive.
Craig Wishes Up a Payback Phantom
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 38,550. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2012. Category: Fiction
Young Craig, routinely put down or picked on by his family, wishes for a Payback Phantom, someone inconspicuous but effective to give them a taste of their own medicine. Mrs. Stanton arrives and shapes up each other family member without being obvious. When real danger arrives, she handles that calmly and defuses things then too.
Romeo and Juliet and Todd and Alice
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 51,370. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2012. Category: Fiction
Using Todd’s uncle’s invention, high school classmates Todd and Alice travel back in time to Verona, year 1303, to try to find out why the famous star-crossed lovers did what they did. They get insight into the pressures on the young people in that age but end up convincing the pair to be less rash without spoiling the story about them that will become much loved in later centuries.
Adam Archer Becomes an Alien Visitor
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 37,580. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2012. Category: Fiction
Stuck in a circus alien costume, Adam ends up dumped by a distant town where he is mistaken for a true alien visitor. That makes him a dream come true for some locals and the target for others. He tries to explain, while the townies defend him from the Army, secret agents, and local crazies with rifles. Dad’s example of troubleshooting to learn how to make stuff work helps Adam save himself.
The Bobboli Brothers and Prince Baddkind
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,330. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2012. Category: Fiction
Named as “Whipping Boy”, the two young sons of Sir Bobboli resolve to make the prankster prince pay in kind for every punishment they receive because of him. Things get more complicated when the boys stumble on a plot to use the official Rules to overthrow the king and seize control of the kingdom and they witness thefts by the prince and a nobleman but the Rules won’t let them testify to that.
Now You See Him...
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 39,530. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2012. Category: Fiction
Young Everett finds that a coat altered by his friend’s invention makes whatever is covered by it, including you, invisible. When a thug named Thig steals the coat and uses it to rob people, Ev feels he must get the coat back, return the stolen items, and teach Thig a lesson. Then Thig steals the invention itself to make many invisibility coats and Ev’s task gets bigger and more important.
Three Proudly Defiant Provocateurs Bring Home the Gold
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 100,650. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012. Category: Fiction
Rich bigots plan to double their group’s money by stealing their own gold for the insurance but they’ll blame the theft on the Proudly Defiant Provocateurs, three gay civil rights defenders in flamboyant costumes. The PDPs learn of the plan and while teasingly harassing those people twist things so the gold changes hands but the public projects they support get it without them stealing it.
Going Critical: How To and Why To Give and Take Proper Criticism
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 159,310. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Going Critical aims to stimulate thought about how proper, usually constructive, criticism can make us aware of how and how often we are being used inappropriately and help us avoid those situations by asking questions, insisting on clear and relevant answers, or simply saying no. It suggests how and why to both give and accept appropriate criticism - that includes compliments.
An Angel of Mercy
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 113,650. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
An abrasive lawyer learns about himself and finds he has an unexpected role to play while defending a good man falsely accused of a crime by the local rich lady out to prove she owns the small town. The accused denies the charge but is reluctant to fight back because of his past. The attorney gives him the message he desperately needs to hear so they can win this fight and get on with life.
Pass It On
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 90,380. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
The monstrous Kirubi lives in a human host and compels him to feed on human organs despite his revulsion and wish to die. When the long-time host finally takes desperate action to free himself the monster is passed to several new hosts in quick succession since the terrible but necessary action needed becomes known. The local sheriff leads the effort to deal with the threat and the mess.
Squirrel Bait and Other Stories
By Thomas Hanna
Price: Free! Words: 23,130. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2011. Category: Fiction
These eight light-hearted stories feature dreamers, schemers, minor league con men, and a variety of determined characters doing their thing, trying to do their thing, or wondering what the thing is that they should be doing.
Third Time Lucky
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,640. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2011. Category: Fiction
Middle-aged Tess and Hal meet as volunteers in a charity food kitchen. Some say a meal they concocted made people feel better so they must deal with those who, despite all their disclaimers, are determined to learn the secret “magic” ingredients. While dealing with that the pair find romance.
Lotta Losers
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 88,470. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2011. Category: Fiction
Politely bumbling Maddie Dullboy signs papers to win the Lotta contest - only to learn those are a contract that will bankrupt her family. Finding little sympathy for signing unread papers, she must learn to use the terms and fine print of the contract to become too much trouble for the users to use. She becomes more cautious in the process - or maybe not.
Boobs
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 111,530. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2011. Category: Fiction
Imaginatively dumb college guys Achey, Brakey, and Hart love breasts and mysteriously grow their own after messing around in an inventor’s workshop. They use those to cause mischief by entering the Home Coming Queen contest at a rival college while learning to undo the effect. But they get a big scare and rush to undo what they don’t actually understand.
A Repo Angel
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 92,420. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2011. Category: Fiction
A new to this job Repo Angel uses the body of a dead woman to tell Stanley his soul is being repossessed. That leads to questions when her body is found and how she died is not clear to the police. Stan’s new lady friend takes it on herself to find out whether he is a liar, a murderer, or crazy.
The Far-Out Show
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 140,050. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2011. Category: Fiction
In this parody (not a sci fi story) Nerber, a contestant from the planet Ormelex, secretly visits Earth as part of the first intergalactic reality TV show on his home planet. But the popularity of the show back home causes unexpected problems. Meanwhile the Producers shaping the show from a ship in space scheme to come out ahead. But Nerber has his own agenda from the start.
Techie Tales: 13 New High-Tech Heroes
By Thomas Hanna
Series: Techie Heroes. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 118,360. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Category: Fiction
These stories introduce 13 new comic book style heroes - not superheroes but scientific ones. Each uses a high-tech system based on state of the art and beyond science to give him or her a limited and specific enhanced ability to deal with problems. Here they continue the on-going process of testing and developing their inventions, using them to deal with problems large and small as they find them
Jail Job
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 99,920. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2011. Category: Fiction
In a classic underhanded scheme that goes awry, two prison guards plot to have two convicts they have depicted to the public as criminal geniuses “escape” so they can promptly recapture them for the reward. But the cons really escape. Ultimately that pair get back inside and claim they never left. That leaves the State with a P.R. headache that a smooth inmate operator helps resolve.
Is Titanic Rising?
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 204,270. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2011. Category: Fiction
Reluctant seer Adrian Barakat must help determine if the love of a strong-willed woman who died on Titanic but is determined to be reunited with her fiancée before he dies is what made the restored ship resurface - and if this event is a danger to anyone.
The One Percent Solution
By Thomas Hanna
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 89,040. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2011. Category: Fiction
In this comic caper novel the inept Perrine brothers steal a valuable painting only to have it stolen from them by the man who anonymously hired them to steal it. The brothers don’t take this well so their challenge now is to make their efforts pay off for them and to punish him.

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