Friday, September 7, 2012

Freaky Friday: Edward McKeown

Freaky Friday presents the awesome Edward McKeown.

I've enjoyed a life-long love affair with science fiction. I write believable
people in extraordinary situations, balancing romance, humor, adventure and reasonable extrapolations of science in stories that I believe people will want to return to. Whether it's in the short stories of my "Lair of the Lesbian Love Goddess series" or in the Fenaday and Rainhell novels, classic "Planet" tales of a crews of unlikely companions facing unknown dangers, my intent is to give the reader the sort of page turning, involving adventure that Andre Norton wrote and leaven it with the emotional complexity and ambiguity that CJ Cherryh brings to
the field.

While the experiences of the SF Universe are out of reach of those unable to pay for a rocket ride, I use my own background to try for an underlying verity in my characters. I’ve parachuted, flown in gliders, hang gliders and strapped to the floor of military helicopters. I’ve been rated as an expert shot and carry a black belt in the martial arts. I’ve been paralyzed by fear, exhilarated by love and walked into fights, both literal and metaphorical, that I knew I could not win. I have the good fortune to be married to the talented artist Schelly Keefer.

First Book of the Fenaday/Rainhell Trilogy through Hellfire Publishing in Kindle and trade paperback

Review for Was Once A Hero

Reluctant privateer Robert Fenaday searches the stars for his lost love, Lisa, a naval intelligence officer whose ship disappeared near the end of the Conchirri War . He’s joined by the genetically engineered assassin, Shasti Rainhell, whose cold perfection masks her dark past. Both are blackmailed by government spymaster, Mandela, into a suicidal mission to the doomed planet Enshar. Leading a team of scientists and soldiers, they must unravel the mystery of that planets death before an ancient force reaches out to
their lives.

The classic Planet Stories of S/F have suffered abandonment,
without a rescuer, until now. Edward McKeown's "Was Once A Hero" combines adventure and romance with the dark humor and human complexities absent from a more black-and-white age. Robert Fenaday and Shasti Rainhell are real people.

They make mistakes, they hurt, they stumble in the dark emotionally, and they save the world. They are flawed, wounded heroes, and they make you realize, as you hungrily turn each page, that the best fiction contains excitement and passion; and the best aspect of life is the possibility of personal redemption. Was Once a Hero provides both." -

Tim McLoughlin, author of "Heart Brooklyn Noir"try" (Movie Title: The Narrows) and Editor of "Brooklyn Noir"

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One lucky commenter will win a free print copy of Was Once A Hero.


  1. Really like your new site and I like entering contests~~

  2. Edward's book sounds amazing and have meant to read it since I first head about it but hopefully now there is an opportunity through this contest.

  3. Thanks Kiera I put the word around FB so more folks have a chance to win a freebie!

  4. Ooh, this should be quite good. I like the idea of anyone similar to C.J. Cherryh, to tell the truth, and someone who apparently has done everything shy of flying a spacecraft to put himself in the main character's shoes should be commended.

    Good luck to everyone. :)