Monday, April 23, 2018

Guest Blogger, Pamela Samuels Young, Spotlights her Latest Novel, Abuse of Discretion, Including #YA Version

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I’ve often been asked if I intentionally set out to write legal thrillers that tackle important social issues. I did not. As it turned out, my work as an employment lawyer naturally led me to interesting social topics that developed into a niche for writing mysteries that matter. 

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My novels have focused on subjects such as race discrimination, sexual harassment in the workplace, child sex trafficking, and HIV and AIDS. With each book, I always try to entertain readers, but educate them as well. 

That’s definitely the case with my latest legal thriller, Abuse of Discretion. When a lawyer friend complained to me about having yet another teenage client charged with distributing child pornography as a result of sexting, I was stunned. He went on to explain that all over the country, teens who swap naked selfies are facing child pornography charges. Even worse, if convicted, these children must register as sex offenders.

I immediately started researching teen sexting. One study reports that 30% of teens have sent a naked selfie and 57% have been asked to send one. I was shocked to learn that children as young as thirteen or fourteen were facing child pornography charges. In some schools, dozens of teens were found to be trading naked selfies. 

Determined to shine a spotlight on this epidemic, I wrote Abuse of Discretion. In the book, 14-year-old Graylin is charged with possession of child pornography and quickly finds himself embroiled in a legal nightmare. 

Mothers and grandmothers who’ve read Abuse of Discretion constantly tell me it’s prompted a discussion about sexting with the children in their lives. I began hearing that so often that I decided to write #Abuse of Discretion—a young adult adaptation of the book—in an effort to reach teens directly.

It’s my hope that after reading Abuse of Discretion and #Abuse of Discretion, parents begin to monitor what their kids are doing on their computers and cell phones and kids become aware of the legal consequences of sexting.

I’m thrilled about Abuse of Discretion’s great reviews on Amazon (an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 92% of reviewers giving it 5 stars) and glad to have written yet another engaging mystery that matters. 


Pamela Samuels Young is an attorney and award-winning author of eight legal thrillers. Her most recent courtroom drama, Abuse of Discretion, tackles a troubling sexting case that gives readers a shocking look inside the juvenile justice system. Pamela is also the recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction for her thriller Anybody’s Daughter. The former journalist received a bachelor’s degree from USC and earned graduate degrees from Northwestern University and UC Berkeley School of Law. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of child sex trafficking, online safety, fiction writing, and pursuing your passion. To read an excerpt of Pamela’s books or to invite her to a book club meeting or speaking engagement, visit her website at:

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Note: Videos on Sexting pulled together by Young

April 29, 2018 (Sunday)

Brain Candy and Brunch Book Club

Private Book Club Meeting

Reading Selection: Anybody’s Daughter
Inglewood, CA
2:30 p.m.

May 10, 2018 (Thursday)

Literary Viewpoints with Fran Lewis

Author Interview

7 a.m.

May 12, 2018 (Saturday)

Books and Brunch

Hosted by Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter

Los Angeles, CA

11 a.m. 

May 15, 2018 (Tuesday)

Destination Mystery

Author Interview

10 a.m.

May 19, 2018 (Saturday)

Pasadena Lit Fest

Writing Workshop

Pasadena Theatre District

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

June 14-16, 2018 (Thursday-Saturday)

Romance Slam Jam

Kansas City, MO

Featured Author

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July 27, 2018 (Friday)

Sisters with Books Book Club

Private Book Club Meeting

Reading Selection: Abuse of Discretion
Los Angeles, CA
7 p.m.

July 29, 2018 (Sunday)

Victorious Ladies Reading Book Club

Private Book Club Meeting

Reading Selection: Abuse of Discretion
Via Teleconference
Durham, NC
4 p.m.

August 26, 2018 (Sunday)

Diamond Divas Book Club

Private Book Club Meeting

Reading Selection: Anybody’s Daughter
Baton Rouge, LA
Via Skype
1 p.m.

October 26, 2018 (Friday)

National Black Book Festival

Featured Author


Houston, TX

December 2, 2018 (Sunday)

A Sip and Read with Author Pamela Samuels Young

Discussion of Anybody’s Daughter and Child Sex Trafficking

Hosted by The Links, Inc.

Beverly Hills West Chapter

Los Angeles, CA
2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

July 11-14, 2019 (Thursday-Sunday)

Essence in Romance

Midwest National Book Conference

Featured Author

Detroit, MI

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