Wake Up America

Young adult author Stacy Padula says, "Schools need to wake up and realize that in a world where 13 year olds are overdosing on heroin, a book that educates kids on the perils of opiate addiction would be a GOOD THING to make them read, preferably at age 11 or 12." How many opioid related … Continue reading Wake Up America

New Video: “The Aftermath” by Stacy Padula (Trailer)

A seemingly normal day in the quiet town of Montgomery is interrupted by a violent storm, leaving Andy Rosetti in grave danger. There is someone else at fault for Andy's accident, and Jason Davids knows the truth. Jason, the most popular boy in their grade, possesses a tight-knit group of friends, a gorgeous girlfriend, and a not-so-hidden thirst for drug-induced pleasure. When Andy rolls past him on a stretcher, guilt swarms Jason's mind, and he begins looking at his life in a different light. Will Andy's accident be the wake up call Jason so desperately needs or will it push him further into his destructive habits?

New Video: “The Right Person” by Stacy Padula (Montgomery Lake High #1)

Friday night--a night that marks the beginning of the weekend and the long awaited break from the monotonous daily grind of high school--is otherwise known as a night to party. Chris Dunkin and his friends have been involved in the party scene since middle school, and at the start of their high school careers, they have no intention of stopping. At first, this particular night appears to be no different. However, Chris is struggling to maintain his "bad-boy" reputation once he begins to realize how damaging his lifestyle is to not only himself, but also the people around him. Courtney, the Mayor's daughter, has always avoided the party scene, but her desire to rebel is growing, as she becomes infatuated with Chris and his friend's reckless lifestyle. On this seemingly normal Friday night, an important choice must be made: one that could change the course of someone's life forever.

A Teen’s Q&A about Montgomery Lake High #1 “The Right Person”

The fact that this is a universal story is the most appealing thing about the book. It also focuses on teenage relationships which are very appealing to middle school and high school aged students. Teenagers often look to movies, tv, and books and apply the lessons or stories they see to their own lives. This book focuses on a love story and various relationships which makes it a very entertaining, yet still educational read, including elements of both drama and comedy which grasp the attention of the target audience. The character development is also very appealing and creates a story that is able to resonate to teenagers.

A Teenager’s Review of “The Aftermath”

I recommend The Aftermath to all teenagers, especially those who are currently or have in the past dealt with difficult times or struggled with drugs or alcohol. It is not necessary to read the other books in the MLH series to understand the story. It is very inspiring to read about a teenager that everyone can relate to who deals with societal and personal issues on their path to find God.

The Right Person: an Amazon Best Seller in Multiple Categories

The Right Person is the debut novel in The Montgomery Lake High Book Series, which follows a large cast of personalities as they navigate through the social waters of high school. Characters include Chantal and Cathy Kagelli, identical twins whose similarities stop at face value (think good vs. evil, naive vs. manipulative); Chris Dunkin, a talented football player whose success is threatened by alcohol and drug abuse; Courtney Angeletti, the mayor’s straightedge daughter who cannot deny her attraction to Chris’ life of the party reputation; and Bryan Sartelli, Courtney’s loyal longterm boyfriend who happens to be best friends with Chris. Whether reading this novel as a teen or an adult, readers will be entertained, intrigued, and inspired by its dynamic array of characters.