At age fifteen, Jason Davids appears to have nearly any worldly thing that promises enjoyment at his disposal. Despite this, there is a persistent emptiness inside his heart. After failing to fill the void with achievements, relationships, and illicit substances, Jason finds himself intrigued by Jessie Robins: the daughter of a local pastor. How is it possible that she stands for everything his lifestyle opposes yet possesses the one thing he has been searching for all along?
About the Author
Awards: Stacy Padula was featured in Marquis Who's Who in America (2018) for excellence in literature and education, Marquis Who's Who in the World (2018 & 2019), and Cambridge Who's Who for Young Professionals (2009). In 2018, she was awarded the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2019, the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP of New York, NY) chose Stacy Padula as its "Top Educational Consultant of the Year." Each of her novels have risen to best seller status in a variety categories on Amazon from 2010-2019. From February through March of 2019, "Gripped Part 1" was the #1 New Release on Amazon Kindle in its category.
As a teenager, Stacy was a high honors student at Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston, Massachusetts. She was in National Honor Society and Who's Who Among American High School Students. She earned the Maxima Cum Laude/Silver Medal in the National Latin Exam, 3 Varsity letters, & the Louisa May Alcott Writing Award. Academics aside, as a child, Stacy was the Massachusetts State Bowling Champion for her age group in all events. She went on to compete in the International Candlepin Bowling tournament held in Vermont. Stacy was also a top-ten finalist in Miss Teen Southern New England and was awarded the Academic Achievement Award for having the highest GPA out of all 83 contestants.
Background: Stacy was a Presidential Scholar and on the Dean's List at Wentworth, where she studied Architectural Engineering and Interior Design. After graduation, she worked at an architecture firm in Boston from 2006-2008. Although she enjoyed her work, she felt something was missing-she wanted to spend more time helping people grow academically and spiritually. For close to a year, she split her time between tutoring, writing, and working at a design firm in Plymouth. When she fell in love with tutoring, she left the A&D industry completely and took a full-time position with a private education company. She attained tutoring certification in 2009 through The International Tutor Association. Her career took off, and within one year, she was promoted to Program Director. Stacy knew she had found her niche! During her eight years with that company, she received multiple promotions and held a variety of titles, including Manager of Curriculum & Instruction and Director of Operations. In 2016, Stacy founded South Shore College Consulting & Tutoring. Then in 2019, she founded Briley & Baxter Publications-a publishing company that uses part of its monthly proceeds to support animal rescues. Stacy is currently enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School's online Entrepreneurship Specialization to pursue her passion for business. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, attending Bruins games, reading about psychology, taking her dogs to the beach, and spending time with her family, husband Tim, and friends.
Stacy writes young adult novels in the hopes of preparing teens to face the "war zone" that is high school-to help kids deal with the stress and peer pressure and to encourage them to "steer a straight path, pursue God, and not fall for the false promises of the world."