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Watching Yute

by Joseph Picard

Watching Yute - Joseph Picard
Part of the Lifehack series:
Editions:Paperback: $ 14.95
ISBN: 978-1448612574
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 258

Cassidy needed a fresh start, and the offer of a guard posting for a historic temple in the middle of the desert sounded like a good way to clear her head.

She didn't expect to find a new girlfriend- maybe even a soul mate.
She didn't expect to be in the crossfire of a terrorist, a cowardly scientist, and a fleet of microscopic invaders.

She didn't expect to lose.

In the years after Lifehack and the Erebus incident, the world settles into relative quiet under strict nanite bans, but underground activity keeps dangerous nano-tech alive and well.

(Although Watching Yute is a complete tale within the Lifehack series, it chronologically takes place between Lifehack and Echoes of Erebus.)

Cover Artists:
Tropes: Evolving Powers, Sentient AI, Uploaded Consciousness

Setting: Nation of Agualia, Earth, near future

Languages Available: English

Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters


I always warn potential readers that this book is a downer. After Lifehack having a pretty darn happy ending, I wanted to challenge myself to take the other path. I love the result, but it still hurts. It also relates to an online friend I had who'd taken her own life about a decade earlier. I made a character doomed to die, and only later realized I'd given her my departed friend's first name. From that point on, the loss of her guided the rest of the book.

About the Author

Resident of the lower mainland in BC, I’ve lived all over Canada, but I’ve been in this area since ’94 or so, and am unlikely to leave.

I’ve always been a creative sort, composing music on the computer (tracking Mods and related formats) drawing and graphic design, but in the last couple of decades, writing has come to the forefront- going from the occasional short story for fun that I’ve done all my life, to full-fledged novels.

In 2001, I was cycling to work, and got into a fight with a car, and the car won. Since then I’m been a paraplegic. When I’m rich and famous, I’ll buy a model of the car that hit me, and give it a solid whack every day.

I’m father to two insane lil punks, Catilin in 2007, and Lachlan in 2011. I’ve been predominantly a stay at home dad since then, but volunteer work at a local seniors’ activity centre recently led to a job with the organization. It’s an amazingly positive environment.

My rate of pumping out novels isn’t so fast, but the ideas are waiting. If the next Rubberman book ties up the series (it may or may not) I have a series in mind that serves as a spin-off of sorts from the Lifehack series.