Love is a Beach or Darcy Comes First for a Change? WTH is going on?

Very recently, I released a new novel–my BIGGEST novel to date–called ‘Love is a Beach’. My editor called it my best work. Early reviewers loved it. New release readers hugged it and wanted to be Nana when they grew up. But the rest of the world? Crickets. It didn’t matter what advertising or promotional angle I tried, I couldn’t get the book moving.

So, what’s an author to do when her newest baby won’t fly out of the nest? Give up and move on? No way. That’s never been my MO.

While I’m aware that some books just never find their audience, I wasn’t willing to put Love is a Beach in that category until I’d exhausted all options. *The following is a bit of business talk that may or may not bore you senseless. If you find your eyes glazing over, feel free to scroll to the bottom of the post where all is explained in summary* I was running ads. It’s something I’m good at, so I knew they were doing their job. They were finding readers and sending them to my Amazon sales page, but those readers weren’t one-clicking. Since I knew the problem wasn’t the actual book, it had to be the description or the cover.

First off, I tried a few different tag lines at the top of the blurb–something to grab the reader’s attention to get them to read on. I noticed a tiny bit of a shift there, but nothing significant. I tightened the actual blurb with the same result which let me to toy with the cover.

I tried out a different image that was more in line with popular rom-com books at the moment and things improved but only slightly. After switching the cover back, I wondered if perhaps changing the title would make the difference. Maybe readers thought the title ‘Love is a Beach’ was too sweet? Maybe they took it too literally instead of translating it to ‘Love is a Bitch’? I had no clue by that point, but my confidence was really shaken and I needed to do something bigger since the smaller changes weren’t helping.

Deciding to buck the man-chest trend, I went with an overjoyed looking woman and the title ‘Darcy Comes First for a Change’. I thought it was still tongue in cheek and fit the story well because Darcy is a mother who rarely puts herself first, plus her new man Leo ALWAYS makes her come first :insert winky face here:

To my absolute relief, the cover and title change worked. Within a few hours of it going live, my sales and borrows started moving upwards and this awesome story (if I do say so myself) is getting the audience it deserves. So we’re sticking with it. The puzzle has been solved and I’m able to put my creative focus into what comes next instead of agonising over why I can’t sell a book I poured my heart into and worked ridiculously hard on. Hallelujah!

For those of you who read my work the moment it released, I want to thank you for always trusting me to delivery the steam and the entertainment no matter what the subject. I’m always honoured to have you travelling this road with me. I hope you like the new title and cover, but if you prefer the original the paperback version still has it. I’ll leave it available so you can grab that for your shelves over the next couple of months.

And to those still waiting to read, here’s the link to get your copy. You won’t regret it. books2read.com/u/mZN8pp

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Love is a Beach. #NewRelease available in KU

Did you hear the big news? Love is a Beach has released into the world and it’s getting rave reviews. Seems readers are loving a relatable heroine with a crazy family. I loved her to bits while writing Darcy. So I’m keen to hear what you think too. Any woman who feels overworked and under appreciated will want to hug this book.

What are you waiting for?

“I do hate him. Dads aren’t meant to steal, Abby. It’s come-on sense.”

“Don’t you mean ‘common sense’, dear?” Nana asks.

“No. It’s like when someone does something really dumb and everyone shouts, ‘come on’ at them because they should have known better. Come-on sense.”

𝓛𝓸𝓿𝓮 𝓲𝓼 𝓪 𝓑𝓮𝓪𝓬𝓱

🎀 OUT NOW IN KU 🎀

Rσɱαɳƚιƈ Cσɱҽԃყ

USA: https://amzn.to/2Uy3fnm

UK: https://amzn.to/2GcyeLM

AU: https://amzn.to/2GlQnba

CA: https://amzn.to/2Z8afWO

Limited Edition Hardcover – https://www.lillianaanderson.com/shop

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Love is a Beach: Sneak Peek

Another book is coming! Another book is coming!

If you love to laugh and poke fun at the ins and outs of life, I think you’re going to really enjoy my next release, Love is a Beach. It’s a romantic comedy that focuses on two divorcees as they navigate the craziness of dating with children. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes tear inducing, hug-it-to-your-chest-and-sigh good (if I do say so myself 😜)

I wrote this one to give us all a lift after the intensity we visited towards the end of the Cartwright series. A giggle and smile to make us all feel a little lighter! It’s up for preorder now, but if you’re not sure about it, you can visit my website: https://www.lillianaanderson.com/love-is-a-beach-sample and read the first five chapters for free. If you’re smiling or laughing at the end of those, feel free to click on that purchase button so you can get the entire book delivered to your device on April 24th. I really think you’re going to enjoy this one.

If you don’t want to read the chapters, and just want the book delivered to your device, here are you links:

USA: https://amzn.to/2Uy3fnm

UK: https://amzn.to/2GcyeLM

AU: https://amzn.to/2GlQnba

CA: https://amzn.to/2Z8afWO

Apple books/Kobo/B&N: http://books2read.com/u/3L0zNX

Limited Edition Hardcover – https://www.lillianaanderson.com/shop

 

Happy reading!

Lilliana xoxox

 

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Where will you see me in 2019?

It’s a new year, which means there are new books to release and signings to attend with readers to meet.

I’m excited, people!

Signings

There will be three chances for anyone in Aussieland to come and see me this year:

 

Books by the Bridge, Sydney.

Crystal Palace Ballroom, Luna Park

Saturday, 23rd February 2019

Tickets: http://www.bigtopsydney.com/BooksByTheBridge2019

Event website: www.booksbythebridge.com

 

A Romantic Rendevous – MELBOURNE
Saturday 30 March 2019, Mantra Bell City, Preston

Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=433758&

Event details: http://australianromancereaders.com.au/events/arr2019/

My preorder form: https://goo.gl/forms/sTMmRdrjDcYzFWwi1

 

Fictionally Yours, Melbourne

Crown Casino Exhibition Centre,

July 6th & 7th, 2019

Tickets: https://FYM2017.eventbee.com/event?eid=128260965

Website: http://www.fictionallyyoursmelbourne.com

My preorder form: https://goo.gl/forms/WAu5xe4D6v1eAzCd2

 

 

Hope to see you soon!

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Fool’s Paradise is LIVE

🎇🎆 𝑭𝒐𝒐𝒍’𝒔 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒆 🎇🎆

 
LIVE EVERYWHERE!!!
 
Are you ready for Toby? 😍🥰❤️
 
My job had a very specific goal: I found people who didn’t want to be found and delivered them to whoever employed me. After that, well, I tried not to think about what happened while I spent my money on things that made me happy. Resorts, men…I lived life by the seat of my pants because I never knew where I’d be the next week, or who I’d be looking for.
When the head of a lesser-known criminal family hired me to find her son, I wasn’t sure what I was walking into. I had his photo, so I knew the man was hot with a capital H. But I expected the usual agitated scumbag I normally went after. Not some guy running a fishing charter and looking like he didn’t have a care in the world.
I might have been curious.
I might have gotten a little too close.
I might have done a lot of things I shouldn’t have.
Things that could get me killed this time.
But hey, life wasn’t always about making the right choices. It was about making good ones.
And Toby Cartwright was a great choice.

New to the Cartwright Series?

Dive into this family of alpha men, and prepare to have your heart stolen, your morals challenged, and to giggle and swoon along the way 😉😍
 
🔸Fool Me Twice – https://books2read.com/u/mBMy6M
🔹Fools Rush In – http://books2read.com/b/mqpLN1
🔸Foolish Games – https://books2read.com/u/47877R
🔹Fool’s Errand – https://books2read.com/u/bOAyYA
 

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Fool’s Paradise Blurb

FOOL’S PARADISE

Coming December 31st

a Cartwright Brother Romance

My job had a very specific goal: I found people who didn’t want to be found and delivered them to whoever employed me. After that, well, I tried not to think about what happened while I spent my money on things that made me happy. Resorts, men…I lived life by the seat of my pants because I never knew where I’d be the next week, or who I’d be looking for.

When the head of a lesser-known criminal family hired me to find her son, I wasn’t sure what I was walking into. I had his photo, so I knew the man was hot with a capital H. But I expected the usual agitated scumbag I normally went after. Not some guy running a fishing charter and looking like he didn’t have a care in the world.

I might have been curious.

I might have gotten a little too close.

I might have done a lot of things I shouldn’t have.

Things that could get me killed this time.

But hey, life wasn’t always about making the right choices. It was about making good ones. And Toby Cartwright was a great choice.

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Did you see?

A new book from me!!!

Fool’s Errand (Cartwright Brothers 4)

🙌🙌𝑵𝑬𝑾 𝑹𝑬𝑳𝑬𝑨𝑺𝑬!🙌🙌

💕❤️🅕🅞🅞🅛’🅢 🅔🅡🅡🅐🅝🅓❤️💕

I’m a tomboy through and through. But when the man of my dreams walks through my door, I want to be all woman. But that’s not how I roll….

Skirts and dresses, makeup and perfume. Things I knew nothing about. With my red hair and lanky body, I was just one of the guys. The ‘cool’ girl they hung out with but rarely dated seriously. Not that I had time for relationships anymore. Ever since my grandad passed, I’d been working day and night to try and salvage the failing locksmith business he’d spent his lifetime building.

Then he walked in. Abbot Cartwright. Childhood friend. Collector of many women. I hadn’t seen him since he was thirteen.

He grew up good.

He also liked to play games. Games I was willing to be a part of, at first. Then things started getting serious—and illegal…

I had feelings and morals.

Abbot didn’t have either.

He needed my expertise, and I needed his commitment.

Seemed neither of us was going to get one without the other. And I was getting too old to play games.

Fool’s Errand – A Cartwright Brother Romance – https://books2read.com/u/bOAyYA

Want to meet the other Cartwright Brothers? www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JBWRGW8

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Foolish Games – Available Now

Title: Foolish Games
Series: A Cartwright Brother Romance 
Author: Lilliana Anderson
Genre: Romantic Comedy (Standalone)
Release Date: July 19, 2018
I didn’t have an easy life. Waiting tables for a function centre was about as good as life got for me. There were no tips—unless telling me I had a great arse could be considered a tip—but it was enough for me to live on, barely. Everything else I needed, I took. And I was never caught, except that one time when these brothers and some weird chick busted me for stealing their car. It was their fault I took it. They shouldn’t have left their keys where I could find them. And it was a sweet ride; I chucked a couple of donuts in that thing and it smoked up like a charm. Good times. Anyway, those guys took the car back, turned my boyfriend into a pussy and ended up making me homeless. When I saw that same car again in the function centre parking lot, I couldn’t resist. I pulled out my keys and started scratching. C… U… busted. I should’ve known it was a bad idea, but I never was one to listen to my conscience. Suddenly I was locked in a room while a family of five ridiculously hot brothers argued over what to do with me. Their mother wanted me dead, but they were insisting that stealing and vandalism weren’t necessarily grounds for a beheading. I was on their side. I quite liked my head—even though it seemed like I’d just gotten myself in way over it. But do you know what was crazy? The brother I’d stolen from, the one who’d caught me defacing his car, was now watching me like a lion watches a big juicy steak. Hmm, maybe I could spin this in my favour after all….

Bestselling Author of the Beautiful Series, Drawn and 47 Things, Lilliana has always loved to read and write, considering it the best form of escapism that the world has to offer.
Australian born and bred, she writes New Adult Romance revolving around her authentically Aussie characters with all the quirks you’d expect from those born Down Under.
Lilliana feels that the world should see Australia for more than just it’s outback and tries to show characters in a city and suburban setting.
When she isn’t writing, she wears the hat of ‘wife and mother’ to her husband and four children.
Before Lilliana turned to writing, she worked in a variety of industries and studied humanities and communications before transferring to commerce/law at university.
Originally from Sydney’s Western suburbs, she currently lives a fairly quiet life in suburban Melbourne.

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Fools Rush In, Kindle Unlimited

Title: Fools Rush In

Series: A Cartwright Brother Romance

Author: Lilliana Anderson

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: April 30, 2018

 

I was a good girl. But I wanted him, knowing he was a thief. Did that make me bad?

Before Sam, I was the most boring, awkward and level-headed person you’d ever met. I was my best friend’s side-kick, the supporting actress to another person’s life.

 And I was OK like that. 

I was lonely. 
But I was OK. 

 Then he came along. Our eyes locked and BANG my heart started beating. As my blood warmed and pumped around my body, everything changed. Before that moment, I had been as dead inside as my mortuary ‘clients’. 

 Now I was alive, experiencing things for the first time, enamoured with a man I knew to be a criminal. 

 Instead of running and remaining the good Christian girl I was, I married him. 
Now, I had to live with the consequences of that decision.

 

He went straight for the shower and turned it on, holding his hand under the spray for a second to check the temperature. “You planning on watching?” he asked, pulling his worn out T-shirt over his head and baring that beautifully defined chest of his.

I didn’t look away, but I did blush. “You left the door open.”

He grinned. “That’s because you’re standing right against it.” Hooking his fingers in the waistband of his board shorts, he met my eyes with a quirked brow. I had to swallow a lump in my throat, but I still didn’t look away. “OK then.” He shrugged then pushed his shorts and anything he had on underneath to the floor and stood there in all his glory, hands on his hips.

“Holy mother of god,” I gasped, my eyes no doubt wide with shock. “You have a small child’s arm for a penis.”

Bestselling Author of the Beautiful Series, Drawn and 47 Things, Lilliana has always loved to read and write, considering it the best form of escapism that the world has to offer.

Australian born and bred, she writes New Adult Romance revolving around her authentically Aussie characters with all the quirks you’d expect from those born Down Under.

Lilliana feels that the world should see Australia for more than just it’s outback and tries to show characters in a city and suburban setting.

When she isn’t writing, she wears the hat of ‘wife and mother’ to her husband and four children.

Before Lilliana turned to writing, she worked in a variety of industries and studied humanities and communications before transferring to commerce/law at university.

Originally from Sydney’s Western suburbs, she currently lives a fairly quiet life in suburban Melbourne.

 

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Coming April 30

Fools Rush In – a Cartwright Brothers romance

release date – April 30th, 2018

I was a good girl. But I wanted him, knowing he was a thief. Did that make me bad?

Before Sam, I was the most boring, awkward and level-headed person you’d ever met. I was my best friend’s side-kick, the supporting actress to another person’s life.

And I was OK like that.

I was lonely.

But I was OK.

Then he came along. Our eyes locked and BANG my heart started beating. As my blood warmed and pumped around my body, everything changed. Before that moment, I had been as dead inside as my mortuary ‘clients’.

Now I was alive, experiencing things for the first time, enamoured with a man I knew to be a criminal.

Instead of running and remaining the good Christian girl I was, I married him.

Now, I had to live with the consequences of that decision.

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38493818-fools-rush-in

Universal Link – http://books2read.com/b/mqpLN1

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