Parvus Acquires Rights to Mareth E. Griffith’s Debut
PARVUS PRESS TO PUBLISH DEBUT NOVEL BY MARETH E. GRIFFITH
Small Publisher Expands With Acquisition of Contemporary Fantasy
Herndon, VA (July 1, 2016) – Parvus Press LLC today announced it has acquired world rights to The Year King, by Mareth E. Griffith. This is Parvus’ first contemporary fantasy acquisition and Ms. Griffith’s debut novel.
“Our first books will set the tone for how people think of Parvus for years to come. Accordingly, we’ve been incredibly selective in these early acquisitions,” stated Parvus publisher and co-founder Colin Coyle. “The Year King is a novel that we’re happy to stake our reputation on and hold up as an example of a ‘Parvus book’.”
Parvus Co-founder Eric Ryles continues, “The Year King is one of those rare books that you come across and just can’t put down. When we talk about fresh approaches to the genre, this book is exactly what we’re talking about. We’re incredibly excited to be publishing The Year King.”
Parvus intends to release Ms. Griffith’s debut novel this coming winter. Regarding the acquisition, Mr. Coyle remarked, “I can’t wait to see how readers react to this story. The Year King is a contemporary hidden world fantasy in the vein of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. Ms. Griffith takes us to Dublin and delivers a nuanced, suspenseful mystery while tying in to some of Ireland’s oldest mythology. It’s really a masterful novel.”
Said Ms. Griffith, of her signing with Parvus, “I am thrilled to be one of the first writers selected to become part of the Parvus Press family, and am excited to be working with Parvus Press to bring The Year King to life.”
Editor John Adamus commented, “Working with new authors is one of my favorite parts of being an editor. The opportunity to help refine a strong new voice and make a debut novel the best possible version of itself is an exciting challenge. I’m excited to dig into this story that frames the perils of family against tradition.”
Ivy thought she had stumbled into the deal of a lifetime six months ago when she answered an ad for a flatmate in a posh neighborhood of Dublin. The rent was a steal and so what if her flatmate, Demi, was a bit weird, the apartment was full floor to ceiling in exotic plants, and she was under strict orders never to touch Demi’s cookware.
But now, Demi’s gone missing, there are strange men hiding in the flower boxes, and Ivy is beginning to realize that Demi’s weirdness was nothing compared to the truth. Demi may have drawn the attention of an ancient evil, intent on reaching across the ages to strike her down.
Ivy delves into a hidden Dublin and while her eyes are open to some of Ireland’s oldest mysteries, the longer she stays in, the more she risks slipping from the world she always knew. Can she save Demi without losing herself in the process?
The Year King is a suspenseful, twisting new fantasy that explores and tests the bonds of friendship and family while taking the reader on a journey across time and between worlds.
The Year King will be released by Parvus Press in Winter 2017.
About Mareth E. Griffith
Mareth Griffith bounces between summers along the Alaskan coast and winters in various warmer locations. She lives in Seward, Alaska, and continually tells people that the winters there aren’t as bad as they think. When she’s not writing, she works as a naturalist and wilderness guide, leading adventurous souls on epic quests to seek out glaciers, bears, and whales in the wilds of coastal Alaska.
She’s also lived and worked in Scotland, New Zealand, and Northern Ireland – where her nearest neighbors included two thousand puffins and the ghost of a spectral black horse. Originally from West Virginia, Mareth attended Smith College in Massachusetts, and the University of Glasgow in Scotland, studying music and theatre.
Prior to moving to Alaska, she worked as an audio technician for several east coast theater companies, eventually discovering that while she loved working in theatre, she didn’t love living in cities. Mareth plays classical violin well and rhythm guitar badly, and her writing has previously been featured in the Redoubt Reporter, Alaska Magazine, and Pen the Kenai, an essay exhibit documenting life on Alaska’s Kenai coast.
About Parvus Press
Parvus Press, founded in 2016, is a publisher of speculative fiction. They are passionate about great stories and and continuing genre fiction’s grand tradition of finding new voices and fresh new ways to bring stories to life.
Parvus Press is currently open for submissions, seeking previously unpublished fantasy and science fiction novels. Guidelines are available on their web site: http://www.parvuspress.com/submissions.
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