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  • South Shore author Stacy Padula Opens Publishing Company; Briley & Baxter Publications

    Published on July 18, 2019

    PEMBROKE AND PLYMOUTH, MA  : South Shore author Stacy Paula has founded a new publishing company, Briley & Baxter Publications, that will distribute books through Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, and Amazon in both print and EBook format.

    A veteran author, now ready to publish her seventh young adult novel, Padula decided to form the publishing company in large part to have full control over when her books are released. Briley & Baxter has the capability to have books distributed and returned and will be able to stock the books in additional stores due to the discount that the company can offer wholesalers.

    Padula’s newest book, “Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Were Never Told” recently achieved a #1 ranking on Amazon.com for “New release in its category” for the Kindle version.

    Padula is an educator who works primarily with high school students and was moved to write a book series for teenagers on the topic, sharing how it happens…how good kids become drug addicts, how downward spirals start, and how what seems like harmless fun can quickly turn in to a life-threatening addiction.

    Each day, more and more young adults fall prey to substance abuse. The story told in the series is raw and realistic. Padula did not censor much of the content, for she believes the truth is important and powerful. In our world, in which twelve-year-olds overdose in middle school bathrooms, it is time for authors to stop sugarcoating their content to appease school boards.

    “In high school, Taylor Dunkin broke more records than any other athlete to step foot in Montgomery, Massachusetts. As a sophomore in college, he was ranked by ESPN as one of the NFL’s top 100 prospects. However, his aspirations came to a jarring halt when a knee injury and two surgeries left him sidelined.

    One year later, Taylor is a person of interest in a highly confidential investigation headed by the Boston Police Department. He has entangled himself in a crime ring notorious for pushing opiates, cocaine, and benzodiazepines on local college campuses. When Taylor’s younger brother Marc discovers that Taylor is behind the copious drug supply circulating around Montgomery Lake High School, he sets off to not only reverse the damage Taylor has caused, but also save his lifelong role model from becoming a casualty of America’s deadly opioid epidemic.”

    The series portrays the story of Taylor Dunkin who was an acclaimed college athlete, seemingly destined for the NFL but sidelined by injury. His depression leads him to begin abusing his pain medication and eventually become a drug dealer to support his habit. He supplies drugs to high school students from his hometown, which leads to other characters becoming ensnared. The story shows how drug abuse can skew individuals’ values and change their perspectives. It follows other characters such as Luke Davids, Cathy Kagelli, Chris Dunkin, and Jason Davids (also featured in the Montgomery Lake High book series) whose lives have been affected by Taylor’s decisions. It shows the psychological, biological, and environmental reasons behind why people often begin experimenting with drugs and how slippery the slope can be. Most importantly, this book series educates readers on how people can pick up the pieces of their lives and recover from such a horrific epidemic.

    “I have readers who are excited to read the next book in my series and I realized opening my own publishing company would give me control over when to release my next book,” said Padula. “I already have my own team of editors and I can put my design degree to use and design my own book covers. I am excited to found Briley & Baxter.”

     

     

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