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Warrenville, IL and Nags Head, NC– It’s every young family’s worst nightmare; one of their children being diagnosed with a fatal genetic disorder that could rob them of their life. Events this disturbing and profound undoubtedly tear apart every facet of life – including the love that exists to bind life together.
In their compelling new novel, K.M. Daughters tells the story of a family staring this demon in the eye, unravelling their turmoil and exploring how love itself is also a victim.
‘Fill the Stadium’ is based around a young child’s diagnosis of Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). It’s a rare genetic disease readers have likely never heard of, and one they won’t soon forget…
Nikki Lambert’s husband purposely stalls his truck in the path of the midnight freight on the same day her eldest son, Jack, is diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder.
Injured NFL quarterback, Ramsey Delaney is benched from his starting position leaving him ample time for more hands-on involvement in The Good Sports Club, a community center he established where Nikki’s sons, Jack and Rocky are enrolled.
Jack’s deteriorating motor skills concern Ram’s employees who bar Jack from attending the club without Ram’s knowledge. Nikki wants nothing but normalcy for Jack and she heatedly confronts Ram for depriving her son of a beloved activity. Ram immediately reinstates Jack forging the fateful bond between Nikki and her boys’ number-one sports hero. Ram is instantly attracted to Nikki. He wants to win her heart more than he’s ever wanted to win a game. But after her husband’s terrible abandonment will Nikki trust Ram’s motives and open her heart to love again?
“Through this story, we wanted to explore how the traditional tight-knit family can find its relationship with love torn to shreds upon the diagnosis of a potentially fatal disease,” explains Casiello. “We explore this through the broad spectrum of love we are all blessed with - romantic, maternal, brotherly, and paternal love.”
Clare continues, “Of course, we’re also on a mission to raise vital awareness for ALD which, while unusual and rarely diagnosed, is vicious enough to turn any family’s life into a nightmare. The book was actually inspired by a real-life event that we conceived, held by my son, at Harvard University, to raise funds for ALD.”
Kathie’s son, Mike, was captain of the football team and discovered that the team secretary’s grandson had received an ALD diagnosis. “We’re so proud to be turning this literary project into something genuinely charitable.”
Since its release, readers have come out in force with a string of rave reviews. For example, Pamela S. Thibodeaux comments, “The absolute reality of this story tugged at the heart…I cheered for and cried with each character as they fought against a terminal illness (ALD)…sometimes triumphing, sometimes losing and yet the war is not over.”
Kathleen D. adds, “Another great novel by KM Daughters. You filled our hearts with "Fill the Stadium." Thank you for opening our eyes to ALD and the dynamics of the people it affects.”
‘Fill the Stadium’, from Wild Rose Press, Inc., is available now: http://amzn.to/1q5Vm4B.
About the Author:
K.M. Daughters is the penname for team writers and sisters, Pat Casiello and Kathie Clare nee Lynch. The author name is dedicated to the memory of their parents, Katherine and Michael, the "K" and "M" in K.M. Daughters. Inspired by their father who wrote children's books for them when they were small and their mother's love of romance novels, K.M. Daughters was "born" in 2005 at a Romance Writers of America national conference when the sisters plotted their first manuscript.
K.M. Daughters resides in Illinois and North Carolina with husbands Nick and Tom, a total of five children and eight grandchildren between them.
Whitney B, Reviewer - I really enjoyed this book. I would definitely recommend this book to caregivers. I feel like the characters are relatable. If anyone is having to take care of a loved one or having to watch them go through a life changing situation, one could read this and possibly feel comforted in the idea that they are not alone.