Imagination and Real-life Combine to Promote New Book

They say that a web presence can be a real asset when promoting a book.  Anne Milstead (me) has a limited web presence on Facebook and very limited on Instagram, however, triciamanly (also me) has a fairly large presence on such sites as ModtheSims,  SimFansUK, and Cinda’sSimStyle.  For 11 years since my son, NedtheHead  gave me the Sims2 game for my birthday, I’ve been hooked on building houses for imaginary families trying to work their way up to the top of their careers.  You then package these houses to a file and upload to one of the above sites where fellow “Simmers” browse through screenshots of your houses and if they like one, they download it into their own game for their own Sims.  It’s amazing fun!  I don’t say it to boast (well, maybe I do) but I have a combined total of 1,988,912 downloads of my houses.  Just imagine if that were book sales!  Anyway, for my latest effort, My Talking Dachshund, I decided to combine my two lives by building the setting for the book, my own house and a neighbor’s in Peoria, AZ.  I built a Sim facsimile of both houses, put in a lot of effort by creating custom walls, floors, and furniture. I also downloaded other “Simmers” files, namely a custom dachshund by Munchie, realistic palm trees by Alex Stanton, and dining chairs by LadyAngel  to make my lot better and then uploaded the final result with explanation of the setting and links to my book. Hoping to get at least a lot of views!  Mod the Sims has more than 2,000 on line at any given time!

Everyday Arizona resized

By the way, my book is available in Spanish, Mi Perro Salchicha Hablador, (translation help from the neighbor who lives in the white brick house and from another dear friend) and it is available in Kindle for only $0.99!

Sims2 forever!

Dachshund is reluctant to play Santa . . .

“Puppy, will you pose for a Christmas picture in the Santa suit?” I ask politely.

“What’s in it for me?” is his reply.

“Cheese?”

“Hmm, eh, nnno . . . ”

“Canned dog food?”

“You’re getting warmer. . .”

“What then? What will it take to get a Christmas picture of you in this Santa suit?”

“A walk.”

“You’ll do it for a walk, really?”

“Yep, a walk.”

“OK, great.  Here, let me put it on you.”

Slight struggle yields dachshund in Santa Suit.

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“Wait, Puppy, let me get the leash.”

Fumbling at the door, and then we’re out side.  He takes off running with me flopping behind.  He runs 4.5 to 5 miles an hour, pretty fast for a dachshund with 6″ long legs.  He turns the corner, runs past barking neighbor dogs, ignoring their snarky comments.  He finally stops around the corner to sniff a cable box.  I try to get a picture.

“Puppy, look at Mama.”

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An odor from the flower bed attracts his attention.  I try again, “Puppy, look at Mama!”

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He has moved on one house and looks like he’s preparing to start running again.  It’s next to impossible to get him to stand still.  As I thought, he takes off, ignoring my question, “Wait, what about the Christmas picture?”

We continue down the block to the west.  He briefly pauses at the corner house with the beautiful green winter grass and tinkling fountain.  I pause too, listening to the fountain and the bird apartment  shade tree in their yard. Suddenly he takes off.  I realize that I’m about to lose out on my opportunity to photograph him..

The second he stops, in front of our house, I say, “Puppy, be a good boy!  Look at Mama!”

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I give up.  “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!”  From Puppy, the Dachshund.

Oh and by the way, Puppy the Dachshund reminds you about his book:

“Puppy, the Navy Seal Dachshund”, a good Christmas present for kids who love dogs!