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Beautiful Series Revamp Q&A

(If you follow me on facebook, you’ll already know this. But if you’re here looking for answers, you’ve come to the right place.)

Where did all the old books go?  I’ve taken them down. :cue the gasps: That’s right. The entire eleven book series has been pulled from retailers to undergo a massive makeover.

What kind of makeover? New covers. New content. I’m stripping them back to their bare bones, adding scenes, taking them away; in some cases the ending has even changed. The current eleven books will and novellas will be combined into eight titles. They still have the same heart, and the characters are the same; you’ll just get more insight and more time with them.

Why are you doing this?  I was struggling to get my head back into the series to write the final book and novellas. So, I went back and read through the series to help with that. I realised that not only is the series outdated, but it isn’t representative of my writing ability anymore (of course, I wrote the first book almost a decade ago). I needed to up my game on a series that tends to be a reader’s introduction to my work and I wanted to celebrate these characters who are the reason I have a career. The Beautiful Series was my very first foray into the world of romantic fiction, and I want their stories to be the best they can be before I write the final book and close the lid on this long-running series for good.

It’s ending? WTF? Yeah. I know it sucks. It’s hard to say goodbye. But it’s time. It’s been going since 2012. The characters will always exist in the Lilli-verse (Katrina makes an appearance in Never Again, Paige makes an appearance in the Drawn Series, and Lisa pops up with Perry in the Entwined series) so they’ll show up again. It’s not goodbye forever.

How long is this going to take? As it stands, the series will be complete by  the end of  this year. I’m waiting to hear back from my editor to make dates official, but I do have firm dates on the first four books.

Here’s where we’re at:

Available in KU: Struggle (contains bonus content within A Beautiful Struggle and Too Close)
June 26: Forever (contains bonus content within A Beautiful Forever and Phoenix) 99cents
Preorder Link:

July 17: Melody (contains bonus content within A Beautiful Melody and Commitment) 99cents
Preorder Link:

August 14 : Rock (contains bonus content within A Beautiful Rock and Devotion) 99cents
Preorder Link:

I’ll update you as soon as I have dates and links for the rest of the series.

Happy reading!

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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.


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All the NEWS!

News, news, glorious news!

I’ll bet you thought you wouldn’t hear much from me until after this baby of mine is born, BUT, I couldn’t stay quiet (nor could I stay idle) so I have a lot of news to share with you all…

As you already know, I’m expecting my fifth baby and the pregnancy hormones have really been messing with my energy levels and my creativity. It took until almost 18weeks before I stopped having morning sickness (or as I like to call it, ‘progressively-worse-as-the-day-goes-on-sickness’) and since then, I’ve found enough energy to get some work done again. This work has come in the form of collaborating with my husband on his first romance novel – Till There Was You.

This has been a fantastic way for me to keep busy even though my pregnant brain isn’t as creative as it was a few months ago, because hubby did all the creating while I focused on the technical side of building the story. Right now, Till There Was You is sitting with the editor, so when we get it back we’ll be able to see how much more work needs to be done which is when we’ll set a release date. We’re hoping we’ll have it in your hot little hands by the end of June, so keep an eye out for the cover and first few chapters reveal that will come in the next couple of weeks!

Here’s a little hint of what’s to come….


Haunted by his past, Lincoln Ryan abandoned his life in Australia, retreating halfway around the world to the town of Newsham, a place as remote and cold as his heart had become. It suited him perfectly—for a while.

When a fateful event forces him to help out local bar owner, Lily Colbert, Linc finds his life of solitude is suddenly flooded with the light and hope of one very stubborn woman. Slowly his walls begin to crumble, as he lets the enigmatic Lily in. But when Linc and Lily dance perilously close to the ‘L’ word, his secrets re-emerge, rocking him to the core as he tries once again to outrun his past.

However, the thing about the past is that it always seems to follow you around, and for Linc, hiding may not be an option anymore. Not when he has Lily. Not when he might finally have a future….

Till There Was You is the debut novel by Wade Anderson, co-written with his wife, Lilliana Anderson (author of Drawn and 47 Things).

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More writing news…

The wonderful thing about helping hubster with his book has meant that I’ve felt the stirrings of my own creativity once again. At the moment, I’m having days where I can’t wait to write and others where all I want to do is sleep. But, we took a vote in my reader group (Join here, if interested… ) and the general consensus was for me to work on Played (Fire & Lies bk 2). That book has been a long time coming after I had to push it back after my carpel tunnel forced me to take time off then I managed to lose the notebook that contained the entire series outline. I feel like I’m starting this series from scratch going back into it, but I’m slowly working through it, and hope to have it ready and out to you by the end of the year (I hope it will have been worth the wait!).

Baby News…

I’m now 24 weeks pregnant, and if you’re not following me on Facebook you will have missed the announcement—IT’S A GIRL! The whole family is super excited to welcome a little pink bundle into the house this September.

Final Book News…

While I was too sick to write, I spent a lot of time focusing on getting several of my books onto Audio for you all. To date, I have twelve titles available (you can try Audible free for 30 days) including the Drawn Series, 47 Things and the Beautiful Series. You can find them all here –


Well, that’s it from me! I think we’re all caught up now. You should hear from me again shortly with more news about Till There Was You. Can’t wait to share this one with you all!

Take care, read lots!

With love,

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Catch up: Sydney Signing; The State of Me; & The Drawn Series Continues…

Hello to all of my beautiful, beautiful readers! There is so much happening in Lilliana-land, so, with the busy holiday season upon us, it’s time to do a big post that catches you up and gives you a guide on what to expect from me over the next few months.


Firstly – The Sydney Signing

I just want to say that if I met you at the Sydney Author Event 2014 on Saturday, November 29, I had THE BEST time. I was in a little slice of author/reader heaven and I think I could have happily stayed there with you all forever! I loved it and can’t wait until the next signing – here’s a little montage of the pics I’ve been collecting.



I met so many current fans, as well as hopefully made some new ones. And I met authors I’ve never spoken to face to face.  I also got to catch up with my author soulmate, Cj Duggan, and the lovely Callie Hart, who is part of the trio of ladies that help keep me sane every day while working from home. We were only missing Lili Saint Germain, who will be with us next March at the Gold Coast signing. I can’t wait for us all to get together! Everyone was lovely, and welcoming and my hubby was my wonderful helper for the day.

At the signing, I sold almost all of my books and gave out a stack of preorders and beautiful swag. I talked so much that my throat was sore and it was awesome! I can’t wait for March to come so I can do it all over again.


Secondly – The State of Me

For those of you who have been following me for a while, you’ll remember that around this time last year, my hands packed it in and I couldn’t write at my usual speed. I thought I had learned from the experience (my hands swell in the heat, so I planned all of my writing and releases so that I would have the hottest months off) but unfortunately, mother nature had other plans. She was kind enough to send Australia an early heatwave, which means that my hands ache terribly all the time and I’ve been unable to write. Today is the first cool day we’ve had for a while, which is why I’m typing this up. But I’m trying to dictate during the hot days, but that is a very slow process when normally, you can type as fast as you think.

So, what I’m saying, is that I’m pushing back my planned December release. In fact, I’m moving the Fire & Lies series to Wattpad where you’ll be able to read it for free while I write it. You can follow my profile HERE ( You’ll find that Partners is already up, and in the next few days, I’ll be adding chapters for Played. Eventually, Played will be published, along with the final instalment, Paid to iBooks and Amazon etc. But while I’m a bit slow with my writing, I want those who are anxiously waiting more of Chloe and Aiden to have the chance to read along at no charge.

Now, this hasn’t been an easy decision for me as I really dislike having to alter release dates, and it’s very rare that I will. And I sincerely apologise to those I’ve disappointed, I just hope that reading along for free will help you understand how much you, my dedicated reader, means to me. You see, when I write Romantic Suspense, it doesn’t sell very well. But I write it because I love it and regardless of how much money it makes, I’m going to keep on writing it, so this is my way of thanking you all for sticking with me over the past couple of years and enjoying my slightly different spin on the romantic world.

So, because of my hand issues, I’ve chosen to focus my official publishing on my New Adult series’ – The Beautiful Series and the Drawn Series. Which brings me to my next piece of news…


Thirdly, The Drawn Series Continues

I cannot tell you how often I’m asked for a continuation of the Drawn Series. At first, I didn’t think it would work, then I realised that the Drawn sequels were all about voting for your favourite hero, and the clear winner was Damien. As a result, and a nod to the beautiful relationship he and Etta share, I have recently released a Christmas short, featuring them in a sexy Aussie-style xmas. You can grab it as a part of 12 Days of Christmas: Naughty or Nice? for only 99cents. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society, so you’re buying something that goes towards a worthy cause and you’re getting your hands on some wonderful christmas tales as well.

So, a christmas story featuring Damien and Etta is awesome. But that isn’t the best news about the Drawn Series.

This is—>

That’s right! Evie, Damien and Etta’s daughter, is getting her own book. She’s all grown up and out there attracting the attentions of some gentlemen admirers. Although, being Damien and Etta’s, she of course finds herself drawn to the local bad boy, Zac Rivers.

Zac & Evie, will start the spin-off series, Drawn to Fight. It will feature both Damien and Etta in secondary roles, with Damien embarking on an exciting new venture when begins to train troubled young men and teach them to channel their emotions in the same way that Etta’s father trained him as a troubled teen. There will be drama; there will be secrets; and there will be LOTS and LOTS of passion as Zac and Evie fight with each other and the world at large.

This novel will release mid-February and can be preordered now on iBooks –


SO…I’m hoping that you’re as excited about Evie’s story as I am. I really can’t wait to start sharing excerpts with you all over at my Facebook page. And I thank you all for understanding the change in plans – with my hands the way they are, I just can’t produce a book every month or two like I have before. So I really need to focus on my two major series so I can produce quality work while giving myself enough time to rest and heal.

Be sure to keep an eye on Wattpad. I’ll aim to add a new chapter every week so you can follow along. But if you follow me on facebook, or join my Raunchy Readers group, where I share EVERYTHING book and writing related, you’ll never miss out on any information.

Also, feel free to shoot me any questions you have. I’ll do my best to answer them all as quickly as I can.

Love to you all!

Lilliana xoxox


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Our Lives Entwined…

Let me start off by saying that I have loved every moment of the past year. I have been so filled with the energy of my characters that I gave you ten books last year. Ten! I can’t believe how much has happened in just twelve short months.

My output has been so precise that I had hoped that I’d never have to do this. I have seen other authors do it many, many times, but I had hoped that this wouldn’t happen to me. But it has. I have finally come to a point where I do not like the book I am writing. I’m over half way through the draft and I think it is the most boring piece of crap I have ever laid my hand to.

As a result, I am going to delay the release of Our Lives Entwined. I am so sorry to those of you who have been waiting on it. I have had the idea ready to go for months, but my execution is severely lacking, and I feel that I would be doing you a disservice if I released something I wasn’t happy with.

I’m not going to put a firm release date on it yet, it will simply become a TBA on my release schedule. But I promise you, that I will keep working on it and as soon as I’m happy with it, it will be yours.

I am so, so sorry. I hate that it’s come to this, but as I said, I can’t release something I feel unhappy with. That wouldn’t be fair to you or me.

I sincerely hope you can understand and will still look forward to reading the rest of my releases scheduled for this year. Due to Our Lives Entwined getting pushed back, my next release will be A Beautiful Rock, after that, I will work on Drawn 2 (remember there’s a big surprise waiting for you with that one). So we still have some very exciting titles coming.

Again I’m sorry, and I hope I never have to do this again. I’ve been agonising over it for a week now and finally made the decision to hold it back until the time was right.

Thank you so much for understanding. You all mean the world to me.


HUGE hugs,

Lilliana Anderson xoxox


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Event! Gold Coast signing – Pre-orders.

Hello my beautiful ones! I’ve been missing chatting to you all, but I assure you, I am only quiet because I am busy writing more stories for you all!

I am so excited that I am going to get to meet some of you at the Indie Author signing in the Gold Coast come March! (

I have a heap of swag to share with you all, but the only thing I’m not sure on, is how many copies of each book I need to take. So, I’m asking those of you who are a definite yes to attending, to please fill out the following form to pre-order which titles of mine you’d like to own. Each pre-order will get a special swag pack from me, and if  you’re interested, you can also order a CD copy of the single Kismet wrote for A Beautiful Melody (they will also be signing each pre-ordered CD jacket).

Here’s the form –

You have until February 20th to get your orders in so I have time to have them all delivered to the venue from my US supplier.

Back to writing for me – I can’t wait for March! See you there!

Lilli xoxox

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What the hell is NaNo and why am I banging on about it? (There may also be a cover reveal in it for you…)

NaNo is the short version of NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. Basically, in the month of November, a bunch of writers band together with a common goal – to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

Why 50K? because that is when your manuscript officially becomes a novel.

So, I’m banging on about it, because it’s a competition of sorts, and I want to win. This is my second year participating. Last year I wrote A Beautiful Struggle, so really, I owe my career start to NaNo for giving me a deadline to work toward.

This year, I am writing Drawn. This is a book I have had in my mind for most of this year, but I have been so busy with the Beautiful Series that I haven’t had time to write it. But NaNo has changed that. I am currently at the half way mark with only eleven days to go. I’m sure there will be a lot of late nights in my future, but I’m determined to get it finished so I can get a little winner’s sticker on my cover.

What does that cover look like? Well, here’s a look – I have some serious love going on for  this cover (I’ve had it sitting there, ready and made for months!)

I’ll bet now that you’ve seen the cover, you want the blurb. Well, here it is…

***Content warning*** it’s advised that readers be over 18 years of age before reading this novel due to sexual content and adult situations.

From the best-selling author of the Beautiful Series, comes Drawn, a powerful tale of a relationship that rides the edge of hate and love and everything in between.

Have you ever felt so drawn to someone, that you will put up with anything to be with them? That’s how I feel when I’m around him.

Most of the time, I want to hate him. I want to stay as far away from him as possible. He’s so cocky, and arrogant. And he gets in the way and tells me what to do. He’s all things that I normally detest in a man. But, when we’re alone… I can’t even think for myself – the pull is that intense.

I know I should run, I know I should stay away. But I can’t. I don’t know if I’m strong enough.

What do you do when you just can’t stay away? Even when you know you should…

You can add this bad boy to your TBR via Goodreads, and it should be available on the iBookstore for preorder within the week. Release date is set for  December 30


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I’ve been tagged! Blog Hop Interview

A little while ago I was tagged by the lovely Dennis Higgins, a man with a penchant for writing about time travel with his Time Pilgrims Series, to complete this series of interview questions and then tag more authors to keep the post hopping along.

You can find out all about Dennis and his series by reading his blog hop post HERE.

Read on to find my answers to the interview questions:

1. What are you working on right now?

Phoenix: The Beauty in Between. It’s the companion novel to my romance A Beautiful Forever.

2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?

It is a part of a romance series, but it’s anything but. It follows the life of Paige, who was thrown out of home at a young age and was forced to do everything she could to survive. The point of this book is to show readers Paige’s journey before they met her in A Beautiful Forever, it will have a hopeful ending as it will take them on her journey up until she meets the hero of Forever.

3. Why do you write what you do?

Would you believe that little people are living in my head and won’t be quiet until I write down their story? … No?

Ok, I write what I do because I’m in love with love and I’m in love with the journeys people embark on to find themselves.

What is it that makes a person think they aren’t worthy of others? What is it that makes someone think that they are more deserving than others. What is it that makes two people who are so different choose each other?

I like to show that love, caring and patience can make all the difference in someone’s life and give them the strength to move on.

4. How does your writing process work?

I’m constantly thinking about my stories and how I want them to go. Normally, I sit down with my husband and talk through what I’m planning for the story. I know that he will be straight with me and ask me lots of questions to uncover plot holes and any inconsistencies that I may not have looked at.

Then I sit down and write. I write the story from start to finish. This first draft is my bones.

I then go back to the beginning and start again, adding the flesh and giving the story more life.

I make lots of notes when new ideas pop into my head or if I realise I forgot something and I organise them throughout the story as I work back through it. It’s very rare that I will go backwards, but occasionally, I’ll wake up in the morning and realise that I need to change everything I wrote the day before.

Thank you for the tag, Dennis! Good luck with your WIP! 

In addition, I am tagging the following authors. Be sure to check out their blog posts next Monday!

Monique McDonell –

Ronnie Strong – 

Aviva Scott –


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Time to Breathe…


I don’t like leaving my manuscripts unfinished.

Generally, when I start writing, I work every day until the first draft is complete. Then I start again.

This time though, I needed to stop. Even if it was just for today.

Paige is a hard character for me to write, she’s had a hard life. Living in her head isn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done and it’s been emotionally draining for me.

I feel nervous every time I start working on her story. I’m worried that I don’t have the words in me to explain her. I’m worried that no one will understand her.

I’ve forced myself to keep going, to get through the worst part of her life so we can move on. So she can recover. So she can meet Elliot.

I admit that I have been in tears more than once while writing this book and last night, I got through the part that was hardest for me to write. I could have glossed over it, but it’s important to be there with her and understand the pain that is the turning point in her life.

This book has been a journey for me so far, and I look forward to waking up in the morning and watching Paige start to get her life back on track.

But today, I’m drained. Today I rest.

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Beautiful Series Reading Order

Feeling lost and want to know where to start with the Beautiful Series? The good news is that you can start anywhere in this series. Each Beautiful book is a standalone.

What about the novellas? Well, that’s a different story. They’re companion novellas and kind of have to be read in between the main books (hence the name ‘The Beauty in Between’)

There are handy links at the end of each book that will tell you what comes next and/or link you to a related novella. But for those of you who want to start from the beginning, here’s a handy reading list.


Reading Order
**(includes The Beauty in Between)**

(Too Close)

A Beautiful Struggle


A Beautiful Forever


A Beautiful Melody

A Beautiful Rock


A Beautiful Star

A Beautiful Taste

A Beautiful Danger

There aren’t anymore novellas coming out at the time, however, feel free to suggest one in the comments.


Lilli x0x0x



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