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Making A Joyful Noise

Father Sean Cody enters the saga from the beginning in Treatment of Choice (Book #1). His role is a vital part of the story. Bryan and Lauren provide music for Sunday Mass on occasion and some holidays. They usually bring a small group of musicians and invite the church choir to join them. Buddy is thrilled when Bryan wants him to sing in church; the young man has never sung in public. Saint Catherine’s is a moderate-size fictional church (800 parishioners) in Northampton, where Father Cody presides as head pastor. Buddy is hesitant and unsure if the priest will allow him the opportunity. The song posted above is one of my favorites and the selection Buddy sings. How does the scene turn out in the book? Not sure yet. I’m still working on it. 🙂

New Book Covers and Content Edited for Release in 2018

The McFadden Series is a saga, a collection of novels that tells the continuing story of orthopedic specialist Dr. Lauren McFadden and her physical therapist husband Bryan McFadden. Together, they build a unique resort-style home to house teenagers and young adults who have special medical needs. The couple discovers that it’ll take much more than physical and occupational therapy to fix the lives of the troubled youth that come into their lives. Just as in real life, not all events have a happy ending. This story of family relationships takes a realistic and detailed approach to physical disability and proves just how much can be accomplished by not giving up.

To learn more about the books and where they may be purchased, please visit my website: http://maryking.net

Newly updated book covers. I’m editing the content in each book… currently working on Complications.

Celestial Music for the Soul

Lauren McFadden is an accomplished cellist in The McFadden Series. She plays for The Starlight Orchestra, a fictional group of musicians. They play at private and public events and perform at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA.

Welcome!

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

The American Creed

“I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I, therefore, believe it is my duty to my country to love it, TO SUPPORT ITS CONSTITUTION, TO OBEY ITS LAWS, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”

Devon has to memorize this for his U.S. Government class.

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Dances with Wolves

Just finished watching Dances with Wolves. One of my favorite selections from the soundtrack is Fire Dance.

The music from this is breathtaking. I know Bryan McFadden is a Kevin Costner fan. I never get tired of watching this movie.

Complicated Moves

Complications, Book #3 in The McFadden Series, is coming together nicely! Guess who does the rumba for a high school talent show in the book?

Song: Love Me With All of Your Heart

I believe my character Bryan McFadden would do a superb job of singing this song. In fact, he might just sing it at John Reynold’s party on his yacht to the delight of the guests.

Girl, You’re Almost a Woman by Neil Diamond

Just posted this on FB, but wanted to add it here, too.

I can see my book character Buddy singing this song with the band. He’s gay, but when Philip’s girlfriend Amber hears the romantic charm of Buddy’s voice during a rehearsal, she can’t help the crush that follows. How does he react when the pretty, blue-eyed blonde teenager suddenly sets her heart on him? Does Philip know what’s going on? Sure would make a good scene!

 

Body Weight Support System

Here is an image of a body weight support (BWS) system, much like the equipment Devon and Buddy used in The McFadden Series!

Locomotor-training

 

As you can imagine, the therapists get a workout, too.

(Image from http://rebuildinglives.com.au/stories/)