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.)
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.