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

Funny Money
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,660. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Small-time con man Sylvester Pernell expects to live the winter off minor scams he plans for the train trip to Miami but that doesn’t go well. When he must make several train trips carrying suitcases of cash for a mobster, some counterfeit but he doesn’t know it, with others determined to steal those bags he must use his smooth talk, cleverness, originality, and chutzpah to survive and succeed.
The Drackenmire Ghouls Aid an Ogre-Eater
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Series: Drackenmire Ghouls Adventures, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 98,530. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
The butler Jeeves and the ghouls who employ him go on high alert when various strange happenings seem to mean that a Remo, a REally Mean Ogre, will soon cause massive destruction. When Eleanor of Asparatame says she is trained as an ogre-eater, an ancient order of humans who protect humanity from nasty creatures like a Remo, the family back her in the battle to the death that can’t be avoided.
Rent a Hard-Body
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 99,790. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Bodybuilder Max Engler “rents” himself to paying clients who get to share his sensations during his workouts via high-tech devices - while mobsters demand money from him and then try to kill him. Max discovers that the devices give those using them a degree of control over one another’s moves, even complex learned and polished motor skill sequences, which he uses as his big surprise defense.
Granny Glue and the Cult of Karol
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Series: Techie Heroes. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,540. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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
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Series: Techie Heroes. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,620. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
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
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Series: Techie Heroes. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,720. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
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
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 114,870. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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.
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 152,170. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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
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Series: Curses of Merk McNeap, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 100,930. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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
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Series: Drackenmire Ghouls Adventures, Book 1. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 97,340. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,320. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 81,870. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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.
The Masters' Orb: An Indianapolis Smithe Adventure
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 67,040. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
“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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,990. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
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
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Series: Curses of Merk McNeap, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 94,850. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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!
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 123,620. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,690. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » 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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 38,550. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » 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
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 51,370. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 37,580. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,330. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
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...
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 39,530. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
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
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 100,650. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
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
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Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 159,310. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
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
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 113,650. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
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
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 90,380. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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
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Price: Free! Words: 23,130. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,640. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 88,470. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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.
A Repo Angel
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 92,420. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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.
Techie Tales: 13 New High-Tech Heroes
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Series: Techie Heroes. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 118,360. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
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
Is Titanic Rising?
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Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 204,270. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 89,040. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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.