9/1/14

Elizabeth Burgess and Marie Hewes



The Waiting: Book One of The Waiting Series

On the banks of the Pontchartrain...

Ambitious Dr. Andrew Douglas is always looking for ways to have more. More power. More money. More women. But when Slidell businessman, Dr. Bob O’Malley propositions him to bring River City Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, into a black market organ trade, he’s hesitant. How would they get away with it? What happens if they get caught? What happens if he says no?

Conservative and proper Arianne Douglas seems to have it all. A happy marriage, three handsome sons, a loving stepdaughter, and a fulfilling career that gives back to others. But when her husband’s ex-wife discovers her deepest secret, how will Arianne prevent her two worlds from colliding – especially since her secret involves her husband’s best friend, and her thirteen year old son?

Stoic and solemn Dr. Gregory Adams is an honorable man with a heart of gold. Proud of the legacy passed down through his father and grandfathers, he takes his job as Chief Medical Officer of River City Medical Center seriously.  But after discovering that his best friend, Andrew, is involved with something that is legally and ethically wrong, Gregory doesn’t know what to do. Further complicating his decision, are his long-standing feelings for Andrew’s wife – his one true love.

Brazen Dr. Millicent Douglas has been on a twenty-seven year mission: destroy Arianne Douglas. Thirteen years ago, she was joined by the most unlikely of allies – Arianne’s oldest son Nash. Effortlessly, she persuades her ex-husband to convince his best friend to rehire her at Rivers, allowing her closer to the black market organ trade known as the "Operation". With Nash’s help, she infiltrates the accounts of Arianne’s charitable organization, and manages to discover her nemesis’ long-hidden secret. But the stakes are raised when Millie realizes that the relationship between her and Nash is changing and she’s powerless to stop it. Is she strong enough to say no? Or will his love break down her walls?

Ruthless Dr. Bob O’Malley has a score to settle with Andrew Douglas – for more reasons than one. The most recent offense – fifteen years before when Andrew’s gross negligence left Bob’s youngest son in a vegetative state. Together with his eldest son, Sol, and a mysterious accomplice called the Congressman, Bob vows to exact his revenge any way possible. And if that takes them down the road to death, then so be it.
***The Waiting is intended for 18+ audiences due to language and adult content.

The Waiting - Book One
© The Waiting Series by Elizabeth Burgess and Marie Hewes

How The Waiting Series began:
This story began as a way to pass the time but has evolved and grown larger (and more beautiful) than either of us could have planned. The basic idea for this book began as a dream (Elizabeth) had in August of 2012. It was the most haunting, most-elusive dream she’d ever had, yet it was as familiar as a childhood memory. The story stirred in her heart for months and had it not been for Marie’s suggestion to find something to take their minds off the “two-week wait” while they were trying to conceive, the book might still be unwritten. The first paragraph of the Prologue is almost identical to that dream. We began on March 16, 2013, and together composed a world that sometimes still leaves us speechless. The series follows four South Louisiana families who are all intertwined: the Douglases, the Adames, the Caissys, and the O’Malleys, and everyone has a secret to hide.

Why indie publishing?

“Why not” was the question we asked ourselves when we were deciding on publishing options. After several rejections from agents, we decided to take matters into our own hands and leap into self-publishing. Other than hiring our brilliant editor, Kathy Lapeyre, it was the best choice we’ve made regarding the book. Yes, it’s tough work… but worth it to maintain control of our work.

What’s next?

The Watching: Book Two *should* be available in November/December. The Waiting Series is shaping up to be a seven book series with three possible prequels, and three novellas. We can’t wait to share the secrets, lies, and love between our four South Louisiana families with everyone.



About Elizabeth and Marie

Best friends since the ages of six and four, Elizabeth Burgess and Marie Hewes spent most of their young lives coming up with fantastical plots for their Barbie dolls. Little did they know that twenty-seven years later their crazy ideas would lead them down this road. When they each began the process of trying to conceive in February 2013, they needed an easy way to pass the “two-week wait.” Remembering a dream that she'd had in August 2012, Elizabeth suggested that they start writing a book, and The Waiting was born.
Elizabeth lives in Northeast Louisiana with her partner Terri, two Catahoula Curs, Bowie and Pike, and cat, Cypress. A nurse for nine years, writing has always been her passion.
Marie lives in North Central Louisiana with her husband, Chris, and their two children, two dogs, Rascal and Mischief, and cat, Silvermist. Currently. Marie is renovating their country home and enjoys spending her days with her beautiful little girl and handsome baby boy.

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