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
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?
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...
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.
From now until New Years Day, all Kindle editions of the "Montgomery Lake High" book series will be on sale for $2.99! These can be read on all iPhone, iPad, and Android devices with the free Kindle App. Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a blessed 2017!
The Kindle version of "The Aftermath" is on sale this week for only $3.99! Click here to purchase at a discount or start reading a sample for free. Fun Fact: Switchfoot lyrics were a huge inspiration to the plot of this story. Synopsis: For the past two years, Jason Davids has lived a charmed life. … Continue reading April Special!
Kids have a lot of questions… that is no secret! But someone has a haunting secret (and plethora of questions) bound within the pages of When Darkness Tries to Hide by Stacy Padula.
Tonight, I am feeling very thankful and honored to be 1 of the 4 authors selected, out of 5,000, to be featured on the home page of my publisher’s website. To be chosen as a face of the company that has helped so many authors make their dreams come true and to know that the team you work with believes in you/your mission is incredible.
More of the Montgomery Lake High books were read in an Atlanta prison. Here is the review of The Right Person: