Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sims 4 Small Modern House

I really enjoy building houses in the Sims 4.

This is a small modern house that I built. The house has one bedroom and two and a half baths. The bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and a big closet.
Front view of the house.

Front view of the house again.

Backyard.

There's a table with some chairs, a grill, and a bar.

Top view of the downstairs area.

Top view of the upstairs area.

View from near the front door.

View from the kitchen.

View from the living room.

Bedroom upstairs.

Bedroom again.

The bathroom next to the bedroom.

Same bathroom again.

The balcony upstairs. There are a lot of plants. There's also a grill.

Balcony again.

Friday, June 17, 2016

New Cover for my Book "Never Free"

I entered a contest over at freeebookcovers.com for a book cover redesign. I won and now my book has a new cover. I like it! You can see the cover reveal over at https://karianders.com/2016/06/17/book-cover-redesign-contest-may-cover-reveal/. Kari Anders did a good job with the book cover and she has plenty of book covers available for authors. She's also very nice to work with. She offers pre-made book covers as well as custom book covers.

About My Book Never Free

I want to talk about my book and what it's about. Here's the book description to get you started:

Lana is a young woman with the power to see the past when she touches certain objects. When she meets Jake, it is not love at first sight. Thanks to some misunderstandings, the two slowly develop a romance. However, Lana begins to suspect that Jake is hiding something from her. When one of Jake's secrets is revealed, Lana meets William, and she cannot help but feel unnaturally attracted to him. Was he someone that she knew in a past life? Soon, William invades almost every aspect of her life, even appearing in her dreams. Will this attraction be the death of her? Will her love with Jake survive? Can she keep her family and friends safe?

This book was written because of a literal dream that I had. In this dream, I was hanging out with a friend from high school. She had a brother our age. I had a crush on him, but he always seemed mean, cold, and distant to me. I thought that he didn't like me. It turns out that he had a crush on me. However, my friend and her family were supernatural creatures who ate human flesh. I don't really remember much from the dream at this point; this was years ago already.

Anyway, I decided to write a story about my dream. The original story was way different than what Never Free is now.

For my book, I wanted to have a heroine who is strong and who can think and act for herself. She does not need someone else to save her constantly. However, I also wanted her to have weaknesses and I wanted there to be interesting reasons as to why she has those weaknesses. She does rely on other people at times.

As I mentioned, Lana has the power to see the past when she touches certain objects. This ability has a large impact on the plot. The book has several instances where Lana touches objects and then learns something either about her past lives or about the people she knows. Lana also loves history and is a history major. I am a history major as well and a lot of what I have learned inside and outside of school influences the book. Lana also likes to paint a lot. She hangs out with her friends and sister a lot. She also wants to change the world, but she isn't sure how. This influences some events in the book.

I also didn't do the whole love-at-first-sight thing, but I didn't make the characters hate each other either. I just made them get to know each other. I also made the bad guy of the story have actual reasoning and planning behind his actions. There are explanations for why he acts the way he does.

I made up my own creatures for this book. The creatures are called Bösen. The closest thing to a Bösen would be a vampire, but they are very different from vampires. They can live to be up to five hundred years old, they start to age slower around age twenty, they need to eat human flesh at least once a year, they can also drink human blood to try to keep some of the hunger away, and someone can be turned into a Bösen by drinking a lot of their blood.

You can purchase Never Free on Amazon. If you have any questions about my book, feel free to leave a comment!


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Update

I am currently working on a few different things. I am working on one short creepy-pasta type of story based off of characters and events from my book Never Free. I am also working on a movie review of the film "Leprechaun Origins." I am also planning on a few other reviews and stories. I'm hoping to have some stuff posted this month since I haven't posted anything other than an intro, hah.