The Smashwords July Summer / Winter Sale starts tomorrow!

Special sale on Moonfire Publishing E-books during the month of July. Now’s a good time to pick up a Moonfire e-book and take advantage of lower prices. Discounts of 25% off to 50% off on selected titles.

Go Fork and Live Your Best Knife. Now is the time!

Pick up the Smashwords e-book version of Moonfire’s latest release for a special 25% off sales price during the month of July. “Go Fork, Ye Crooked Spoon and Let Me Live My Knife!” today.

Grab a copy of The Zombie’s Guide to Dining.

Moonfire’s humorous illustrated dining and drinking guide to the world of zombies explores the various zombie types, and food and drink to sate their ravenous cravings. Get your copy of The Zombie’s Guide to Dining for a special 50% discount.

Drink and Dine with Your Moonfire Desire!

Moonfire’s humorous illustrated cookbook and compatibility guide explores the world of dating and hosting the various vampire personality types that make up the vast legions of the undead. The e-book is 50% off through the month of July at Smashwords. Buy your copy of The Vampire’s Guide to Dining now!

Moonfire Wins 2020 Midwest Book Award!

CONGRATULATIONS to the editorial pros of Moonfire Publishing and to author Loren Niemi on winning the 2020 Midwest Book Award in the Fiction – Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal category!

Pick up your copy of “What Haunts Us” today. If your local indie bookstore doesn’t have it in stock, the book is distributed by Ingram and they can order it for you. Paperback and Kindle copies can be bought online through Amazon. If you prefer other e-book formats like epub, mobi, pdf, lrf, pdb, text, or html, Smashwords can get you hooked up.

If you buy a copy of “What Haunts Us” right now, your purchase also goes to a good cause. From June 12 through August 30, we’re running a special promotion on sales of the title. Moonfire will be donating all publisher’s profits from the sales of the book to benefit the Black Storytellers Alliance and their ongoing work dedicated to maintaining the oral storytelling tradition as practiced by African people in the Diaspora.

We’d like to thank the judges for their selection of this Moonfire Publishing title for a 2020 Midwest Book Award. The Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MiPA) serves the Midwest publishing community in a collaborative sharing of publishing, production, promotion, and marketing information. MiPA is proud to be a sponsor of the Midwest Book Awards and a regional affiliate of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). See the organization’s website at

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Jack Zipes Virtual Book Launch: “The Castle of Truth” and “Johnny Breadless”

A virtual book launch will be viewable on Facebook Live on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at 7:00 pm CDT.

Jack Zipes will present two new translations of modern fairy tales: Hermynia Zur Mühlen’s ‘The Castle of Truth and Other Revolutionary Tales’ and Paul Vaillant-Couturier’s ‘Johnny Breadless.’ The event is being hosted by Magers and Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis, MN. Professor Zipes provided review quotes for Loren Niemi’s book “What Haunts Us.”

The author is the translator of The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm and editor of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (both Princeton), as well as editor of The Great Fairy Tale Tradition (Norton). He is a professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota.

Tune in to the Facebook livestream event by accessing this link:

The Castle of Truth is available for purchase online through the publisher:

From the Princeton University Press website; “Hermynia Zur Mühlen (1883–1951), one of the twentieth century’s great political writers, was not seemingly destined for a revolutionary, unconventional literary career.

Altogether, Zur Mühlen wrote thirty novels, mysteries, and story collections, and translated around 150 works, including those of Upton Sinclair, John Galsworthy, and Edna Ferber.

The Castle of Truth and Other Revolutionary Tales presents English readers with a selection of Zur Mühlen’s best political fairy tales, some translated from German for the first time.

In contrast to the classical tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, Zur Mühlen’s candid, forthright stories focus on social justice and the plight of the working class, with innovative plots intended to raise the political consciousness of readers young and old.

This new Zipes translation of “Johnny Breadless” is available through the publisher’s website at

From Wayne State University Press; “During World War I at Christmas time in 1914 there were sudden widespread unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front organized by the French, British, and German soldiers. They crossed trenches to exchange food, souvenirs, and ideas.

“Paul Vaillant-Couturier (1892–1937) was one of the French soldiers among those who celebrated truce. …after enlisting in the French army and serving in the infantry and artillery, he came to realize how cruel war was and caused the deaths of thousands of young men who sacrificed their lives to protect the interests of the ruling classes.

“Concerned about the future of young people, Vaillant-Couturier published numerous books about the war, and one of his most significant works was Jean sans pain (Johnny Breadless, 1921). It describes a much different education than he had received, for Johnny Breadless is an orphan and does not understand why and how his parents died and why there is no help for him. It is only after he encounters an amazing rabbit who takes him on a trip to various parts of France during World War I that Johnny begins to grasp the true conditions that lead to the exploitation of common people and to wars that benefit the rich. It is in this remarkable fairy-tale novel that a ceasefire takes place—one that gives Johnny hope that people can live together in peace. It is a truce that Vaillant-Courturer “waged” for most of his life.”

Moonfire Special Promo to Benefit Black Storytellers Alliance

Moonfire Publishing is pleased to announce a special promotion of “What Haunts Us,” by storyteller Loren Niemi. Moonfire will be donating all publisher’s profits from the sales of Loren’s 2019 collection of stories to benefit the Black Storytellers Alliance. The donation will be made from all sales of “What Haunts Us” from June 12 through June 27, 2020.

People are encouraged to purchase “What Haunts Us” from their local independent bookseller. In the Twin Cities, bookstores include Eat My Words in northeast Minneapolis; Magers & Quinn in Uptown, Minneapolis; Boneshaker Books online; Subtext Books in Downtown St. Paul; and Next Chapter Booksellers on Snelling and Grand Avenue in St. Paul

The Black Storytellers Alliance (BSA) was founded in 1976. The Alliance is an organization of master storytellers, educators, and community supporters dedicated to maintaining the oral storytelling tradition as practiced by African people in the Diaspora. BSA provides training for those interested in using African-based storytelling methods to reach their audience. Black Storytellers Alliance hosts an annual Master Storytellers Festival at the end of September each year. Find out more on the web at

The Midwest Independent Publishers Association selected Loren Niemi’s What Haunts Us as a finalist in the Science Fiction/Horror/Paranormal category for a 2020 Midwest Book Award. Winners will be announced at the upcoming Midwest Book Awards Gala which will be live-streamed on Friday, June 27 at 7:00 pm. Check the Midwest Book Awards page on Facebook at

Eat My Words in NE Minneapolis has copies of What Haunts Us in stock for purchase, and they are now open for in-store browsing as well as curbside pickup.. Store hours are 10 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 6 pm on Sundays. Visit Eat My Words on the web at

People can order Loren’s book through Subtext Books, Orders can be phoned in or placed online, and they offer curbside pickup in downtown St. Paul. Next Chapter Booksellers in the Macalester neighborhood can ship your order or have it ready for you curbside. See to order a copy.

Boneshaker Books in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis ships orders placed through their website at Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis Uptown is now open for browsing from 12 noon to 5 pm daily, and still offers contactless delivery, if preferred. Check the website for details at

The Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MiPA) serves the Midwest publishing community in a collaborative sharing of publishing, production, promotion, and marketing information. MiPA is proud to be a sponsor of the Midwest Book Awards and a regional affiliate of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). See the organization’s website at          

Through educational programming and other cooperative efforts, MiPA assists members in their publishing initiatives and ongoing endeavors. MiPA also provides networking opportunities for publishers, both new and experienced, to learn from each other.

Moonfire Publishing LLC is an independent publisher in Minneapolis, Minnesota that specializes in words of wyrd and fascination, stories and images that speak to both the humorous and the Marvelous. Magical realism, paranormal thrillers, and works of speculative fiction realized through text and image.

Live Your Best Knife!

GoForkCanva8x10_XsmallMoonfire Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Go Fork Ye Crooked Spoon and Let Me Live My Knife! by Sheila Marshall and Illustrated by Sarah Marie Wash.

“Nothing is more unsightly and unappetizing than a moiety of chicken with the bones chopped at all sorts of angles with splinters of bone in the meat.”

This whimsical guide to cooking and carving meats is both educational and entertaining. It is written in Shakespearean language and includes amusing quotations – and almost-quotations – from the Bard. Filled with striking illustrations that complement the instructive and sometimes irreverent text, it is a must for every kitchen that holds William Shakespeare and his works in high esteem.

Learn to cook and carve, with hearty laughs all the while!

Now available in Paperback, Amazon Kindle and Smashwords E-Book Editions.

Moonfire Publishing at the Twin Cities Book Festival October 14

We’re super excited to be participating in this event, sponsored by Rain Taxi. The Twin Cities Book Festival is an all-day celebration of books, writing, and the Twin Cities community. If you are in town, stop by to see Moonfire Publishing at table #205!

Yes, She Is

Vive le Resistance!

S C O T T   M I C H A E L   S T E N W I C K

promo_5_I_am_resistance_jpg“But you aren’t doing yourself any favors passing around made-up garbage!” I exclaimed “The Resistance has to be about the truth. We can’t just fight the president’s lies with more lies. Have you lost sight of that?”

“Of course not. I’m just trying to be thorough. You do make a good point, though. You’re right that spreading more lies won’t help us.”

“America was founded on the principle of liberty and justice for all,” I continued. I was surprised by the intensity I heard in my voice. “That should be the focus, not baseless rumors or wacky conspiracy theories. Look at everything the president and his administration are really doing. There’s plenty to criticize!”

“Well said,” admitted Felix. “Well said, indeed.”

“Thank you,” I replied. “I don’t mean to pick on you, really. I guess I’m just passionate about the truth.”

A sly smile crept across his face. “I want…

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Trump Card. Yes, Trump Card!

Moonfire author Scott Michael Stenwick announces the release of Trump Card – YA Dystopia novel

S C O T T   M I C H A E L   S T E N W I C K

So it’s finally here. This project has been consuming my life for the last several months. But I’m finally done. I have a whole box of copies sitting in my living room, and they look great.

Trump Card is my satirical take on the popular Young Adult Dystopia genre based on current events, particularly the Donald Trump administration. It tells the story of Sophia Sanders, a high school girl from New York with an unusual birthday. When a mysterious pendant transforms her into a “winner,” she becomes a contestant on the reality television series Junior Apprentice in order to oppose the Trump agenda.

While the nation looks on, Sophia and her team compete to win the coveted Junior Apprentice title. A brutal and mysterious brotherhood along with its enigmatic leader stands against her, hell-bent on destroying her chances of bringing the Resistance to life. Sometimes, the only thing a girl…

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Zombie News

zombie-03And we have the trifecta!

If you’re a zombie fan, check out Undead Report, a news website for all things zombie. There’s a lot of material there, including references to popular culture along with news stories that could point to the beginning of a real zombie outbreak.

About the Undead Report

The Undead Report is a zombie blog dedicated to providing truthful and updated news of the undead — zombies! There is a broad spectrum of news which relates to the undead and zombies such as mysterious illnesses, sicknesses, strange diseases and freak creatures, viruses and bacteria may contribute to reanimation of dead flesh, or the mental reprogramming of human minds.

Is this site for real?

Yes. The primary way to survive a zombie outbreak is this: BE PREPARED. If you train your preparedness, health and mental state to be ready to deal with a mass uprising of the undead, you will be able to handle most any emergency. Brain parasites, reanimation, cannibalism and madness are all well documented facts of science. It’s up to you to be newsworthy and prepare for the worst. The Undead Report is here to help you.

We’ve added the RSS feed for Undead Report to this website, along with feeds for Werewolf News (from yesterday) and Vampire News (from a while back). The feeds will help keep you up to date on the latest monster mischief. Enjoy!