It Begs the Question – Can Faith & Reason Co-exist?

Can faith and reason co-exist? Every day, teenagers are faced with difficult situations that challenge their faith and moral compass. The Aftermath follows a group of students from Montgomery Lake High School, specifically Jason Davids and Jessie Robins. At age fifteen, Jason appears to have it all together: high grades, popular friends, a beautiful girlfriend, and any drug that promises enjoyment at his disposal. Despite this, there is a persistent emptiness inside his heart. After attempting to fill the void with achievements, relationships, and illicit substances, Jason finds himself intrigued by Jessie, a quiet and rather plain girl, who is the daughter of a local pastor. How is it possible that she stands for everything Jason opposes yet possesses the one thing he has been searching for all along?

Q&A with Stacy Padula on Writing Part 2

In preparation for an upcoming interview with Doug Llewelyn - Why do you feel your books are necessary for young adults to read? My books share the raw truth about opioid addiction, as well as other substances, in a realistic and relatable way. Drugs pose an empty promise for fulfillment, which often leads to self-destruction and hurts many others in the process. I want to help kids avoid the heartache that goes along with substance abuse and find positive/beneficial outlets for their energy. There is an immense amount of social pressure on teens today. Between social media and technology, they are constantly connected and can easily lose touch with themselves. They face enormous pressure to fit in with their peers and often lose themselves in the process...

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.