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  • "Love Drug Connections" and Other Stories: Short Humor Fiction for Adults

    By Thomas P. Hanna

    Our Price: $11.95
    • ISBN-13: 9781540565440
    • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • A Repo Angel

    By Thomas P. Hanna

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781463565572
    • Publisher: Createspace
    • Published: June 2011
    Stanley is notified by an Angel that his soul is being repossessed for failure to say the prayers he promised after a narrow escape from death. He received a first notice in the mail but laughed that off, now he has only a short time to make some arrangement with Heaven. The Angel uses the body of a recently dead but not yet discovered woman to deliver the message in a shopping mall which leads to major questions about Stanley when her body is subsequently found and specifics about how and when she died bother the police. This happens just after Stanley meets Maureen, a woman he really wants to get to know but who is left wondering what kind of a person he can be. She must decide to take it on herself to find out whether he is a liar, a murderer, or crazy. Ultimately Maureen pressures the Angel to meet with her using a different body and makes it see how its choice of a body to use caused so much confusion and driven Stanley to the edge of dispair. That possibility goads the Angel to tell her exactly what happened and she spots the details that will let the police prove how the other woman died in an accidental fall and that Stanley had nothing to do with it. Maureen finally accepts that his claim about being visited by a Repo Angel has some kind of truth to it but they hope not to have to deal with that in their future together.
  • Adam Archer Becomes an Alien Visitor

    By Thomas P. Hanna

    Our Price: $9.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781479251612
    • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
    • Published: September 2012
    Young Adam Archer gets stuck in a shabby circus space alien costume and in the rush to move on the costume is loaded on a circus truck with him still inside it. Later he falls off the truck by a farm with no idea where he is. As his dad searches for him miles away, Adam walks into the town of Somewhere - that has an about-to-open alien creature themed amusement park - and causes a stir among all who see him. Some old coots inclined to shoot whatever they don’t understand, rush to kill the strange visitor but the police and other locals head them off. Because his voice is muffled by the suit and many locals really, really want to believe he is a true alien, Adam must play the part for a time. An Army team and a rival team of secret government agents try to take him for study which pits those groups and the locals against one another as they plot and move to steal Adam the alien back and forth from one another. Dad arrives where all the groups are milling around as Adam, remembering dad’s example of always troubleshooting to try to make stuff work, gets more active in his own defense. When the armed old coots join the confusion, things go bad fast. Many scared people running around with guns leads to chaos. When someone spots the alien, a volley of gunshots is the response. But no body is found in the bullet-shredded suit and no definite answers can be given about why not.
  • An Angel of Mercy

    By Thomas P. Hanna

    Our Price: $14.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781470126865
    • Publisher: Createspace
    • Published: March 2012
    What kind of emotional burdens does the person who accidentally harmed or even killed another have to live with and how does it shape the rest of the perpetrator’s life? What kind of special help might they need to get beyond the guilt? Abrasive lawyer Martin Southby, 35, a successful attorney and generally lousy human being who was embittered by the harsh treatment he received as a child after inadvertently injuring another child, learns about himself and finds he has an unexpected role to play as he defends falsely accused small town resident Ken Matheson, 40, whose secret it that he injured his brother when he was only five years old and was a family outcast for the rest of his youth and who has never been able to go on with life. Matheson is falsely accused of a serious crime by Florence Patterson, a wealthy woman with a desire to show everyone that with her money she can always get her way. Southby is hardly inclined to fight although he denies the charges but agrees to have Southby defend him When Patterson dies in the midst of the legal battle Southby show that she did so while trying to plant false evidence against Matheson. Her estate agrees to a large settlement with Matheson. But the best thing that happens to Matheson is that once he understands the other man’s thinking, Southby tells him what he needs to hear so he can spend the rest of his days doing good instead of hiding.
  • Craig Wishes Up a Payback Phantom

    By Thomas P. Hanna

    Our Price: $9.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781479316779
    • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
    • Published: September 2012
    When the Budlow family hire a live-in housekeeper, Mrs. Stanton, she proves to be more than they expected. She notes from the start that the others all mistreat the youngest son, Craig, ten, who wishes that the Payback Phantom, someone inconspicuous but effective who gives them a taste of your own medicine that he has heard of would come and do the job. When each family member gets a dose of what they give Craig in a parallel situation at the office, at school, or in some social situation Mrs. Stanton makes no apology for saying they deserved it and need more of that until they learn the lesson of respecting everyone. In some cases those embarrassments are because of what she did - like sew lace trim on the older son’s gym shorts. When Craig asks her if she is a payback phantom she doesn’t deny it. When Craig receives an award at school Mrs. Stanton demands that the whole family attend - as they did for his brother and sister. At that event a confused and disturbed woman with a gun intent on avenging her dead sons enters the school and grabs Craig as the one responsible. Mrs. Stanton must try to make her see that she has misidentified the boy and his family as the culprits because of a similarity in names and try to keep anyone from getting hurt while the police sneak in a sniper to shoot the armed person - who has been misidentified to them as Mrs. Stanton.
  • Going Critical

    By Thomas P. Hanna

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781477498750
    • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
    • Published: May 2012
    We live in an ever more complex world. On a daily basis we must make more decisions about more kinds of things than people ever had to before in the history of the world so now more than ever we need to sort out the facts from the fantasies, the b.s. from the bullion. The book aims to prompt you to reflect on how properly critical or uncritical your thinking and judgment are about the many events of your everyday life and how much difference that makes to you and to the world. It is intended to make you more aware of the manipulations all around and how to deal with those so your life will become more lived out and less drifted through. Too often when you ask, How can they get away with doing that? the most realistic answer is that you let them do it because you were unaware of what was happening or didn’t do anything effective to prevent it. This is an attention-getter, not a list of rules or formulas that will solve all problems and conflicts. It is intended to stimulate thought and discussion to find the best solutions to the problems since those must always be matched to the individual circumstances. It proposes that you overthrow the status quo in whatever places or ways things are stacked against your best interests. It advocates throwing out the ineffective, even if that is the traditional way, but urges such discarding only after careful weighing of the value and effects of such changes.
  • Holy Hostages!

    By Thomas P. Hanna

    Our Price: $13.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781479379231
    • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
    • Published: October 2012
    After having several planned robberies ruined by the unexpected arrival of the pompous but well-meaning local Bishop Tweeney, the Clarkson Gang, a quartet of inept small time thieves, risk taking a convent full of nuns as hostages for ransom to get cash for themselves and to solve an elderly friend’s problem while a legislative blooper has temporarily left the state without a law against kidnapping. The gang expect to have problems with the diocesan bureaucracy but quickly find that their more immediate and on-going challenge is the war of wills with the local superior, Mother Thelma, who refuses them and confuses them by also being their ally at times as she eventually learns their full motivation. The angry mob of protestors that gather at the edge of the large convent property develop their own collective intention - to block delivery of any ransom payment and to lynch the four. The mob are one of the many surprises the gang must deal with to survive and profit from this. Mother Thelma works hard to keep the would-be rescuers away from the convent to let things play out without violence but once it is dark and fire alarms sound in the building things get totally chaotic.
  • Pass It on

    By Thomas P. Hanna

    Our Price: $14.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781470126759
    • Publisher: Createspace
    • Published: March 2012
    In Colonial America Herkimer Barnard attacks the “one-eyed” Stranger on the road to rob him - and becomes the latest in a string of unwilling hosts of the monster the Mondoki when something bursts out of the stranger’s gut at him. Barnard won’t remember the gpry details. He is eventually left tied up in a stone-walled room that is then buried to confine the evil within him forever. Two hundred years later that tomb is opened, Barnard revives, and the passing along of the hellish possession to a new series of unwilling hosts continues with each of those soon eager to die to be freed even while they hate what they must impose on someone else in order to accomplish that. A local lawman, a scholar who has searched the records of several centuries for references to this entity, and a small local newspaper owner must try to end the chain of horror by ending the creature that cannot live outside a human host and cannot allow that host any comfort but has not had time to learn enough about modern processes and dangerous materials.
  • Stuck in the Center

    By Thomas P. Hanna

    Our Price: $9.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781479362639
    • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
    • Published: October 2012
    At closing time the Barkley kids (Tim, 12; Sheila, 8; Billy, 5) are accidentally locked in the Harding Commerce Center, a large urban shopping center and office complex with state of the art security and interior environment systems controlled by a voiced computer called D.O.C. Deliberately hiding in there also while the place locks down around them are Midas, Mojo, and Sherman who intend to rob the Center’s bank. Reassured by D.O.C., the kids don’t panic but since the robbers disconnected the phone lines they can’t call for help. D.O.C. did get out one report about a problem and Jim Harlan, the Center’s head of security, hurries back to find out what is happening as the robbers work at opening the bank door and then the bank vault door. The kids help D.O.C. by spying and telling him what is happening when the robbers “blind” the security cameras that would show them at the bank door. When Mr. Harlan arrives and sees the situation he takes over the controls to keep the robbers from finding and capturing the kids. When the men do spot the kids, they chase them through various areas of the Harding’s Department store both to keep them from sounding an alarm and to use as hostages if it comes to that.. Frustrated and furious Midas finally grabs young Billy to shoot him and the high-tech security systems must prevent that.
  • Techie Tales

    By Thomas P. Hanna

    Our Price: $14.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781453773734
    • Publisher: Createspace
    • Published: September 2010
    These stories introduce thirteen new high-tech heroes, not superheroes but scientific ones. Each has a high-tech system that uses state of the art and beyond science to give him or her a limited and specific enhanced ability to deal with problems. Three chemists use wide arrays of glues, or lubricants, or psychoactive chemicals to influence events. Three others have devices that super-size their hearing, smell, or vision. The rest can: deploy a protective energy bubble at will; use strong but focused magnetic attraction or repulsion; float soundlessly in the air; slow up the muscle movements of others with a ray; interpret auras to guesstimate people’s intentions; blend with many backgrounds to disappear in plain view; or travel through the phone lines to listen or emerge in distant places. These are not all-purpose heroes ready and able to deal with all manner of bad guys and problems, they are civilians who deal with problems that their specialty can help with when they see them but usually don’t go out looking for those. They generally depend on their wits, agility, and the advantage of their enhanced specialty rather than fists or weapons to fend off bad guys, to save people from the mistakes they or others made, or to thwart scams. When threatened with fists and weapons in the process they deal with those, even if it means killing an attacker to save themselves or innocent people. In these adventures 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.
  • The Bobboli Brothers and Prince Baddkind

    By Thomas P. Hanna

    Our Price: $9.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781479239603
    • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
    • Published: September 2012
    Court politics lead to Toby, 12, and Alex, 10, the sons of Sir Bobboli (who is largely running the kingdom since the King is ill) being named whipping boy for the next year so they must endure the punishments imposed for nasty practical joker Prince Baddkind’s bad deeds. The resourceful and imaginative brothers work at making the Prince pay in kind for each indignity or pain they endure. They also teach the persons who impose the punishments on them to be careful about exactly what they say and do. At that same time the king’s two banned nephews arrive incognito, hoping to use the quirks of the Book of Rules that govern the kingdom to block the trouble-making heir apparent Baddkind and reclaim the crown for themselves. The Bobboli boys, described by their father as “ever larger two-legged mice” for the way they get around the whole castle, stumble on this plot and must find ways to thwart it. In the process they witness several other events that no one was supposed to see and must eventually figure out how to make the facts of two thefts known so they can be dealt with since the Book of Rules says they are too young for their testimony to be accepted by the officials who would have to take action against those men.
  • The Masters' Orb

    By Thomas P. Hanna

    Our Price: $11.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781481047531
    • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
    • Published: December 2012
    Saskatchewan Indianapolis Smithe (Polie to friends and foes), is an honorary curator of the Thyemaster Museum of Science and Man-made Arts where he often accidentally causes chaos. By mistake Polie buys the collected materials of a little known explorer and finds a ceramic shard in there that he recognizes as being of some scientific interest. He sets off to obtain the other two pieces that no one else (except tycoon Joe Manx) recognizes as parts of what the explorer called the Masters’ Orb, an item of unknown but possibly extraterrestrial origin and unknown but possibly substantial powers. By weird logic and strange good luck Polie gets leads on the two other shards and sets off to obtain them. He finds the second piece included in the ceramics collection of a small art museum. There Manx’s men accidentally destroy what they believe is the shard that Polie has identified as the one of interest while trying to steal that. Later, with a bit of luck after a strange encounter with a gargoyle, Polie obtains the shard outside that building.He rescues the third piece as it is about to be destroyed during testing in a lab doing secret research for the Army - having a close encounter of the lagomorph kind to start him on a most unexpected escape route.General Sam Kiddknot sets out after Polie, tracking the third piece by a transponder in its ID tag. The General finds Polie and confiscates all three pieces in the name of the U.S. government; Manx’s man steals those - and the General’s official Army car, leaving him stranded on a rural farm as well as empty-handed; Polie recovers the three shards from that man and leaves him to confuse his boss about what happened. While alone with it, Polie learns some tricks about handling the three shards, then inadvertently activates them so they self-assemble into that ancient orb - and then demonstrate amazing powers to make things fly or make things that should fly not do so. The orb also projects what appear to be instructional videos that seem to mean that Ancient Astronauts visited and tried to help the early humans. When the sphere alters itself, possibly permanently, that changes the interest of the General and Joe Manx in it. Polie alone witnessed what happened but does not know if that effect can or should ever be reversed.
  • The One Percent Solution

    By Thomas P. Hanna

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781463567576
    • Publisher: Createspace
    • Published: June 2011
    Brothers Tony and Bill Perrine, amiable but inept small-time thieves, are wellsprings of schemes for their profit and experienced at devising inventive adaptations to the changing situation on the move – but they still have few successes. We see them in action, always alert for opportunities, and learn about some of their past ventures, and their skill at fantasizing scams and then analyzing the realities of those to avoid the most unworkable ones - but still seldom thinking the plans all the way through.In a classic tale of a well-planned scheme that falls apart for the little guys who get used and abused but then turn the tables, they decide to steal a valuable painting called “Starry Eyed Dreams” from an office without really figuring out what they will be able to do with it once they have it. They are spotted by art critic and collector Malcolm Chaney (currently nursing injuries from his own recent secret attempt to steal that painting cat-burglar style from the owner’s home) who recognizes them as potentially useful to his own plans. The Perrines see where the painting is hung and get the general layout of the offices. They sneak in at night and after considerable trouble get to where the painting was hung - only to find it has been moved to small local college to be part of the opening exhibit for a new art gallery. The brothers scout out the college location and the security measures for the exhibit by general snooping and in various specific ways. They go into the art building as volunteer helpers and leave their fingerprints everywhere so finding them later won’t prove anything, while also learning the layout of the place. They apply for temp jobs as college security guards. They pose as waiters at the exhibit opening reception to see things up close. Tony even meets a new lady while posing nude for a college art class as a way to get another woman to help them. Chaney, who is a security consultant for the exhibit, spots them several times but does not interfere, he even covers for them. Later he contacts them anonymously and offers them money and the help of a key to the building to steal the painting for him. They readily agree since they have realized they can’t fence a well-known painting themselves. The Perrines use that key to sneak into the art exhibit late at night. After dodging laser alarms systems and surviving a fan-powered wind storm that wrecks half the exhibits, they find that the painting is moved to a special storeroom each night and camouflaged in there. Now knowing this, they sneak in a second night and go directly to the storeroom where they remove many paintings as a necessary part of getting the one they want. They succeed – only to have Chaney steal their van with the paintings, leaving them with nothing for their work and the risks they took except the police looking for them. The brothers don’t take this well. They are alert enough though to realize that the electronic tracking device that had been on the painting is now in their van that has been parked by their house. They take fast action so when the police arrive based on a phone tip neither that device nor anything else incriminating is in their house or van.They have clues to Chaney’s identity so they confirm that, then pay an unannounced visit to his mansion where they find his secret hiding places and remove some of their contents before they anonymously tip the police – who home in on the tracking device that is now back on the painting in Chaney’s mansion. That and various other stolen art works are found inside – but not a lot of valuable items that Chaney knows should have been there but he can’t mention that.With the help of Tony’s new girlfriend a group of stolen art works are returned for their substantial and no-questions-asked rewards. The brothers will be able to live simply but comfortably for a long time and to fantasize about jobs they might still pull to keep themselves from becoming bored.
  • Three Proudly Defiant Provocateurs Bring Home the Gold

    By Thomas P. Hanna

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781478213246
    • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
    • Published: July 2012
    The Proudly Defiant Provocateurs are three anonymous civil rights defenders, gay men in flamboyant Cavalier costumes, who periodically appear in public to support causes or to oppose abuses. In this case they lock horns with a right wing group who are determined to keep the trio from getting public approval for supporting a voter registration program. This leads to the trio teasingly harassing the bigots by appearing at secret events sponsored by them despite not being invited and the right wingers sending poorly produced clones to an event where the Provocateurs are expected with the intent of sowing false images of them. To fund their own activities (without using their personal money) the right ringers plan to have some gold “stolen” from them (and secretly returned) but also replaced by insurers – and blame the theft on the Provocateurs. But the Provocateurs turn things around so the right wingers unwittingly donate the gold to a social program the Provocateurs support. Finally, to avoid incrimination, the right wing must stop trying to recover the money they arranged to have stolen that actually was stolen from their people - which is then donated to fund the community projects the Provocateurs are promoting.
  • To the Rescue

    By Thomas P. Hanna

    Our Price: $10.95
    • ISBN-13: 9781539383659
    • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

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