Books & Stories

Alana has been writing since she was nine years old and was given an assignment to make up sentences to go with her vocabulary words. She was the only person in her class (that she knew of) who linked the sentences together to make a story every time. She never looked back. Now, she writes polyamorous superhero fiction with Kevin A. Patterson of Poly Role Models, and science fiction, fantasy, and romance in her spare time. She and Kevin also are working on two non-fiction polyamory books with the help of an Effing Foundation grant. Those books will likely be published some time between 2021 and 2023, depending on who is publishing them.

The For Hire Universe

This world is like our own, but some people have abilities beyond the range of normal humans. Their bodies defy everything science knows to be true. The condition became known as Genetic Variance Syndrome, or GVS, but despite its technical name, it has nothing to do with genes, and cannot be tracked, cannot be understood. The government, unable to control it, has settled for a partnership: those with powers can work as civil servants, called superheroes, or as private contractors, called operators–just so long as they get their cut.

44b094952f5b95960a5ec93f954df95674fa5d80For Hire: Operator (2018) – The divide between superhero and operator has never been so blatant as in the relationship between Sana Parker and Marcella McKenzie. These high school sweethearts used their combined talents to create technology that put them toe to toe with the best in the game. For Marcella, now known publicly as Double M, fame and fortune are tools to create a better world. For Sana, the freedom of being an operator suits her, and she can be contracted for everything from stakeouts to assassinations under the name JC. When Sana takes a contract from her favorite client, she has no idea this will put her in direct opposition to her love. With old friends and new threats in the mix, Sana must reconcile her past, battle for a better future…and hope that Double M doesn’t come for her in the meantime.

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Operator Bonus Material:

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Chapter 24 1/2 – In this bonus content from For Hire: Operator, we see the climactic finale from a different perspective.

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d224a15f073ca2d31a41dd54007231c96c960cedFor Hire: Audition (2019) – Vanessa and B-Girl are two superhumans whose lives didn’t go quite as planned. While Vanessa can process numbers as fast as a calculator, she’d trade all of her powers for a dream career that already left her behind. Now she’s stuck making coffee for a boss who’s desperate to underpay her. B-Girl is a veteran superhero with a career that never got off the ground, a broken marriage, and a pile of debts to pay. When she discovers that Vanessa’s talents aren’t limited to making her daily latte, she enlists the barista in a plan that could make them both rich. They’ll just need to bend the rules a little…

Note: Audition’s events run during the course of Operator. The books can be read in either order, although Double M makes an appearance.

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supercell For Hire: Supercell (2020) – In this prequel to Operator, find out how Sana met Marcella and how the Supercell project began…Sana Parker’s life is simple and she likes it that way: Go to school, do the work, and spend all her down time with her best friend Marcella. One more year until they’re M.I.T.-bound. Then she literally runs into Kazi Sidana, a friend of her and Marcella’s ex-boyfriend Mark, and her simple life gets very complicated. The only things that will get her through are her best friend and their combined super-smarts. Together, they can do anything, including create the technology that will change their relationship—and someday change the world.

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Stories

Universal Hotel Liquidators – No matter where you are in the universe, someone has to do the cleaning. But what if your life (might) depend on it? A short story, unrelated to the For Hire Universe. 1910 words. Cover by Jon Colon @cartoondilemma on Instagram

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