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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. At this time, four books make up the series: Treatment of Choice, Confirmed Diagnosis, Complications, and Vital Signs. I’m currently updating and editing the last two volumes, and I hope to add more volumes in the future. The introduction posted below is from my website and tells readers what to expect. Want to contact me about a book or have a suggestion to add to the storyline? Email me: writedream2000@aol.com

 

Dear Readers,

Welcome to The McFadden Series! If you crave engaging family dramas 
and wish the story you’re reading would never end, then this novel series may interest you. A few notes before you begin…

The McFadden Series, by Mary King, is a modern saga. A saga is a long story, account, or sequence of events. The story unfolds and progresses with each successive novel (much like a TV series where the episodes are linked.) Start with book #1 and continue reading the books in proper order to avoid missing vital details.

The McFadden Series is character-driven, meaning the emphasis is on the characters, their lives, reactions, emotions, and relationships with each other. We see and relate to their accomplishments and daily struggles. Readers experience constant growth and conflicts as personalities mature and lives intertwine.

The McFadden Series features (wayward homeless, neglected, abused, gay) teens and young adult characters. Expect strong language, incorrigible behavior, compassion, and tough love. Characters with physical disabilities educate readers, enlightening them with answers to sensitive questions. Watch out for explicit medical details.

How does the story begin? Dr. Lauren McFadden and her husband Bryan get more than they bargain for when they leave their jobs to fulfill a dream. They set out to build an accessible home and provide rehabilitation therapies to abandoned teenagers who need specialized medical care. Adam, Devon, Philip, and Michael arrive within six months of the home’s completion. Med students Buddy and Noah shine as hired caregivers.
(Treatment of Choice, Book #1 in The McFadden Series.)

I created The McFadden Series from personal experience as a caregiver (conditions including, but not limited to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, spinal muscular atrophy, profound developmental delay, dementia). I’m a former rehab hospital worker (PT, OT, speech, etc.) My perspective is unique and is based on reality. Don’t expect sugar-coated solutions or happy endings all the time; life doesn’t work that way.

Are the books inspirational? There are inspirational moments, but it’s important to know each character is trying to find his place and survive–do what he has to do–without drawing unnecessary attention to his medical circumstances. As in real life, each person wants to be accepted, respected, recognized for his abilities, and treated like everyone else.

The characters face problems and issues not always resolved in one book, so keep reading to see what happens next!

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/)

Do I Make Up the Therapy Equipment Described in The McFadden Series?

I love technology, especially when it’s applied to orthopedic rehabilitation!