Joy Givens is my NFA!

Or New Favourite Author, for those not in the know. Let me explain…

On my review blog I rates books from a no rating up to NFA, and those I reward with a 4*, 5* or a NFA rating I want to share here. I’ve enjoyed them and I want you to, as well, and how better than a book spotlight on WWBB? Ugly Stick was rewarded with a NFA rating because I found the writing smooth, engaging, the premise original and I couldn’t put the book down. It’s that simple. Check out the review on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Reviews. 

So, without further ado, let me introduce you to Joy Givens the author of the excellent YA fiction novel in question … 
Ugly Stick
Fifteen-year-old April Somerfield is a shy, self-loathing misfit who would blend in with the wallpaper, if only the wallpaper were a little less attractive. In a family line of gorgeous, successful women, April’s a fluke. At Prescott High School, she’s a walking punch line.

A school project sends April on the hunt for her mother’s mysteriously missing yearbooks, and upon finding them she uncovers a big secret. It turns out that being “hit with an ugly stick” is a surprisingly literal occurrence in April’s family tree—a curse has been passed down from mother to daughter for centuries. But when April sees a chance to finally ditch the family curse, she must decide if becoming beautiful on the outside is worth giving up the person she is meant to be.

Joy Givens
Joy Givens is the author of Ugly
Stick and a co-founder of Tributaries Press, a publishing company
dedicated to “books that edify, educate, and encourage young

Joy’s childhood nickname was “Belle,” due to her
penchant for walking around “with a dreamy far-off look, and her nose stuck in
a book.”  

Joy’s favorite authors include Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis,
L.M. Montgomery, Mark Dunn, Markus Zusak, and J.K. Rowling (and, of course, her
delightful publishing partner Samantha Bennett), and her preferred genre of writing
is middle grade and YA fantasy, leaning towards the fantastical and the

Joy and a young reader, Joshua.
Born and raised with four siblings in
Columbus, Ohio (GO BUCKEYES!), Joy now resides in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, with her fantastic husband David, their remarkable son Joshua,
and their impossibly lovable dog Riley. 

Joy tutors high school students and is
currently pursuing a master’s degree in higher education. She is also a grammar
ninja, Dickens fan-girl, a cappella enthusiast, and veritable Starbucks

One thought on “Joy Givens is my NFA!

  1. WOW! Thank you so much, Louise! I'm positively honored and delighted. =D

    To Louise's wonderful readers: UGLY STICK is currently available at for FREE Kindle download! But the promotion only runs until 12am Pacific Time tonight, so don't wait if you want it for free!

    Thanks for reading, and Louise, THANK YOU for the spotlight!


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