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Prepare for elimination…

While Hurricane Kyle ravages the Gulf Coast, Millie and Arianne brave the elements together forging an unbreakable bond. With phone lines down and communication sparse, the once-bitter enemies must work together if they want to live.

But the storm is only the beginning…

The O’Malley’s master plan to divide and conquer worked like a charm, isolating both Millie and Arianne from those they love. But with Bob distracted by the resurgence of his thought-to-be-dead first wife, he drops the ball in Owen’s hands.

Conveniently at Belle Tempête, Owen alerts Bob’s men of the women’s exact whereabouts on the Douglas property, sealing their fate.

Blood will be shed. Lives will be lost.

It’s survival of the fittest in this cat and mouse game.

Prepare for elimination.



1.incorrectly positioned.

2.temporarily lost.

The Counterplay Series follows the Douglases, Adams, O’Malleys, and Caissys – four intertwined South Louisiana families and their struggle for power, love, and revenge. Your move.

*This series is to be read in order and intended for 18+ audiences due to language and adult content.


Misdeed: Counterplay Book 5

I’m so excited to share the 5th installment in the Counterplay series. 




noun: misdeed

1. a wicked or illegal act.

2. a breaking of a moral or legal code

Two weddings are celebrated and for a season, happiness abounds in the Douglas and Caissy families. 
Amid their loved ones, Millie and Rafe take a bold step together, determined to live their lives with no regrets. Reece and Layton marry and at Rachael’s request, begin caring for Graceanne. 

While inquisitive Sloane continues her quest to find the root of hatred between the Caissys and O’Malleys, she discovers more than she bargained for, altering her view of Sol and Bob forever. 

Still hell-bent on keeping Arianne from Gregory, Andrew makes a costly mistake when he’s blindsided by his feelings for another woman. 

Unbeknownst to anyone, Lesley and Bob’s friendship grows stronger. With his guidance, she takes steps to reconcile with her mother. 

Thanks to the O’Malleys, a long-buried secret comes to light for Millie and Jamie and the after-effects—disastrous. 

The truth can’t stay hidden forever. 

The time of reckoning is close. 

Bait and bleed. 

The Counterplay Series follows the Douglases, Adams, O’Malleys, and Caissys – four intertwined South Louisiana families and their struggle for power, love, and revenge. 

Your move. 


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The Waiting Series Prequel: The Foundation is FREE on these venues. I’m working on Amazon now, but it’s a process. 

We hope you enjoy the revenge, lies, and love on the banks of the Pontchartrain…






Coming Soon…The Foundation: Prequel to The Waiting Series

Revenge, lies, and love on the banks of the Pontchartrain…
Millicent Douglas can’t resist two things: good revenge and hot sex. She discovers her ticket to both in Missouri. Can she open her black heart to a new love… or has love always been there, hiding in plain sight?
As the creator of a black market organ scheme known as “The Operation,” Stephen Mullins can’t afford to take chances – personally or professionally. But when cardiothoracic surgeon Millie Douglas walks into his office, will he discover that some chances are worth taking?
Nash Douglas knows that the odds are stacked against him to win Millie’s heart, especially since he’s the son of her ex-husband, but that won’t keep him from being the most trustworthy friend she’s ever had. His strategy is simple: remain the one constant in her life and eventually, she’ll see his devotion. When Millie returns from a business trip, enamored with someone new, Nash fears he’s lost only woman he’s ever loved. 

*The Foundation is the prequel for The Waiting Series. It can be read as a standalone or at any time in the series. 

**The Waiting Series is intended for 18+ audiences due to language and adult content


Hey y’all… here’s what’s up.

1. Marie is doing a GIVEAWAY on our Facebook page. All you have to do is “like” and “share” The Waiting Series for a chance to win copies of The Waiting and our newest novella, The Funeral. Here’s the link to Facebook:

2. I’m participating in NaNoWriMo 2014, and so far, it’s not going the best in the world. I’m only 2900 words in for the month, but hey, that’s better than nothing. I’m working on The Fire: Book 2.5, and let me tell you… absolute craziness. I didn’t think it was possible for my bad people to be any worse than they are, but… it is. Bob and company come up with something especially heinous to further their plot for revenge, and omg… it’s awful.

3. I’m toying with the idea of putting a sort of family tree on here… or maybe character profiles of the main characters from Book 1.  I know the amount of characters are overwhelming at times, especially for readers who are accustomed to 5 characters or less in their novels, but please, STICK WITH IT. You won’t be sorry that you did. Everyone is important and everyone is intertwined. One of our awesome reviewers likened it to Dallas or Dynasty, and honestly, I couldn’t be more pleased. My earliest (and happiest) memories involve my beloved mamaw sitting with me on her couch, eating apples and peanut butter, and watching one of those infamous nighttime soaps – Falcon Crest, Knots Landing, Dynasty, The Colbys. That was “our” thing. My grandmother was a lifelong “Days of our Lives” fan, and taped her “stories” everyday. We watched until the day before she died. So that’s my inspiration… those awesome 80’s shows – sagas that you could get lost in. Families with money, power, prestige who are hell-bent on revenge against anyone standing in their way.

Y’all have a great day and remember to check out Marie’s Giveaway!!!!!!!!!

The Funeral Book 1.5 of The Waiting Series – Available for Pre-Order!!!

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Healing and heartbreak continue on the banks of the Pontchartrain…

Struggling with the death of their son, Andrew and Arianne Douglas cling to one another, and the support of their family.

Torn between duty to the woman pregnant with his child and his one true love, Gregory Adams steps away from Arianne, knowing her husband is the only one who can bring her back from this despair.

While wrestling with the consequences of her actions, Millie Douglas reaches out in a most unexpected way with an unforeseen outcome.

Sol O’Malley returns to South Louisiana to help his father, Bob, regroup the “Operation,” but ignites a firestorm between his wife and mistress instead.

***The Funeral: Book 1.5 is a companion novella for The Waiting: Book 1 of The Waiting Series. It is not a standalone book, and is intended for 18+ audiences due to language and adult content.

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