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Welcome to The Missing Page, the blog associated with my website, maryking.net.  The entries on this blog refer to characters, places, and events in The McFadden Series. The story includes four books: Treatment of Choice, Confirmed Diagnosis, Complications, and Vital Signs.

Book #5, Type and Crossmatch, is under construction.

The McFadden Series, by Mary King, is a modern saga. A saga is a long story, account, or sequence of events that unfolds and progresses with each successive novel.  The story is character-driven, meaning the emphasis is on the characters, their lives, reactions, emotions, hardships, successes, and relationships.

The McFadden Series features teenagers and young adults (homeless, orphaned, neglected, abused, gay) facing medical trauma and real-life situations. Expect strong language, incorrigible behavior, compassion, humor, sarcasm, and tough love. The storyline contains explicit (and graphic) medical details.

How does the story begin? Orthopedic specialist Dr. Lauren McFadden and her husband, Bryan, get more than they bargain for when they leave their jobs to build an accessible resort home and provide rehabilitation to homeless teenagers and young adults who have sustained trauma injuries.

I created The McFadden Series from personal experience as a caregiver, disability advocate, and former rehabilitation employee and volunteer. My book characters arrive at the McFadden estate with hearing problems, spinal cord injury, amputation, traumatic brain injury, aphasia, and more. Don’t expect miracle cures or sugar-coated solutions to problems; life doesn’t work that way. I did not create inspirational scenes on purpose in the books. My intention is to educate readers on disabling medical conditions, enlighten the public to adapted lifestyles, and encourage changes where needed to promote accessibility and inclusion.

Mary L. King

Cover Image for TYPE and CROSSMATCH, Book #5 in The McFadden Series

Thinking into the Future

Devon entered the ninth grade in the fall of 2012. He’ll graduate in the spring of 2016– sooner if he takes college courses. He’s at graduation about to receive his diploma. Standing three inches taller at around 5’10”, Devon is the class valedictorian. Adam suddenly realizes the boy he’s been teasing since they both joined the family in early 2011 isn’t a kid anymore. In a heartfelt moment, Adam will shake Devon’s hand, and feeling an overwhelming sense of pride and brotherly love, hugs him and says, “I guess I can’t call you squirt anymore.”

Grand Pas de Deux (Nutcracker Ballet) Mikhail Baryshnikov

The Pas de Deux from The Nutcracker Ballet saddens me. It makes me think of Noah and how he danced the part of the prince one Christmas in a regional performance. Still in high school, this was his first big stage performance after winning the audition against older, more experienced dancers. Seven months later in July, Noah was badly injured in the house fire that took the lives of his parents. The tragedy destroyed his plans to attend the Juilliard School of Music.

Books for Christmas and Every Season

Christmastime is Here!

In Remembrance of Me

I used to be a church organist and choir director. The song, “In Remembrance of Me”, is one of my favorites. Bryan sings this song, but the voice in this recording sounds more like Buddy! A major focus in one of the upcoming books is Buddy performing solos in Saint Catherine’s Catholic Church (a fictional place) where Father Cody presides as head priest.

The Power of Love

Two New Ads

The McFadden Home

Home design is not my strong point, but here is a two-dimensional view of the home before and after the south wing addition.

The new south wing was added one year later in 2011.

McFadden Home in 2011