Return to Gaia City. Where there are way too many superheroes for Dayna's peace of mind. Growing up as the unofficial mascot for Gaia's Guardians hasn't been easy. So maybe she overcompensates. Takes risks she shouldn't.
Stone Matthews was an introvert until the day he wandered into the burial chamber of an ancient and powerful ruler and became...Rock Hammer. Now he's an invincible chick magnet, but he still has no idea how to deal with women. Especially Dayna. The tasty reporter has always pushed his buttons and turned him on, but she's unattainable.
With Triad still missing, Theta Wave on his honeymoon and the lair in disarray, there is no one around but Stone to save the day when Dayna goes chasing after The Pearl of Isis and a story that could be the death of her. And when he gets his hands on her, all bets are off.
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Ellora's Cave Publishing, Incorporated
November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from Who Needs Another Superhero? by R. G. Alexander
So now here she was, debuting her show on...yep...superheroes. She'd thought this first segment was a great idea last night. Dayna Jamison, intrepid local reporter on the scene, drops in--literally--on a local businesswoman thought to be funding The Syndicate. Talk about drama.
Now she was desperately wishing she'd taken the producer's initial suggestion. "What do the Guardians eat? Spinach, Ginger and Other Secret Super Foods". She could have stayed safely in the studio for that one.
"And recording in five...four...three...two..."
Dayna took a deep breath and flashed a brilliant smile at the nearest skycam. "Welcome to the first edition of The Scoop, the show where you too can be a super-sleuth. Ever dreamt of helping Gaia City's finest fight the bad guys? Here's your chance. Give me the skinny on the crime and we'll make them do the time. Had a secret rendezvous with one of our heroes? Tell us, we want to know."
Her focus shifted toward the skycam on her right at a cue from the production assistant on the ground below. "Today I'm 'hanging around' the corporate office of Lazarus Communications, the brainchild of Fortune Lazarus--heiress, entrepreneur and pillar of the community. Or is she? A tip from a very reliable source tells us she may have recently added a new charity to her company's roster--The Syndicate of Villainy."
Dayna winked into the nearest vid lens. "Gossip heard through the super grapevine is that Fortune went to private school with Jade Snow, a fellow heiress with romantic ties to Syndicate bad boy, the electrifying Vane.
"Do they share more in common than their uptown addresses? Is Jade sponsoring Fortune's entry into her villainous clique? Stick with us. After this commercial break, we'll drop in on her and her board, all of whom just happen to be meeting one floor below us--and see what she has to say about these rumors."
She heard Manny's voice echo through the ear-com and the bullhorn below. "Annnnnnnnd--break. Great job, Dayna. Two minutes."
She flipped open the cover on the metal grappler and pressed a few buttons. The magnetic fibers in the rappelling rope clicked on and she felt her body rising toward the roof.
A cameraman was waiting to follow her down into the Lazarus stronghold. They had to hurry. Someone was sure to have noticed her dangling from their building by now.
They'd been lucky so far. Borrowing the window cleaner's hover-boots, they'd bypassed security altogether--but Dayna knew it wouldn't last. As long as she was on camera, however, she'd probably be safe.
"What--no!" The surprised shout of her cameraman came at the same time her rappelling rope jerked to a stop.
She saw a shadowy, masked figure lean over the roof and watch her sway in shock for a moment before a high-pitched giggle reached her from behind the mask...and then the rope snapped.
"Son of a--" Her breath was knocked out of her as the wind whipped around her.
Her hands scrambled for the insta-chute button on her belt. The mini parachute might slow her fall enough to save her life, if not her bones, from the concrete streets below.
She couldn't reach it!