A Gentleman and a Scholar (Tales of the Captain Duke #3) is NOW AVAILABLE!

Monthly Archives: June 2015

Tonight! Owen Sound Book Launch Party and Signing

Tonight! Owen Sound Book Launch Party and Signing

I am pleased to invite you to a steampunk soirée and book launch for Tales of the Captain Duke #2: From Haven to Hell at The Ginger Press Cafe in Owen Sound, Friday June 26 at 7pm.

I do hope you can attend!

If you’re not available this fine evening, you can check out the Events page for details on upcoming appearances, and don’t forget to sign up for the monthly Airmail newsletter for updates!

Rebecca Diem

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The Tales of the Captain Duke #2: From Haven to Hell is now available in print and digital! 

Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last

Many thanks to my friend Tim for sending this my way. I spent the morning walking around, in transit and running errands, listening to Neil tell me stories about stories.

Let’s be real, I would be quite happy to spend days listening to Neil Gaiman tell me stories.

But this one is particularly beautiful and worth a listen when you have the time.

The Origin Story of River Song

The Origin Story of River Song

This month on Reality Bomb – A Doctor Who Podcast, I had the pleasure of an invitation from Graeme Burk to choose an episode of Doctor Who for the Gallery of the Underrated. Naturally, being a River fan, I chose Let’s Kill Hitler.

I like this episode because it’s our first glimpse of River before she’s River Song. The nature of her story is that we meet her out of order, out of time. Our introduction is her ending, and so we never quite see her becoming.

I’ll let you listen to my defense in the episode (second to last segment, but the entire episode is genius. Listen for my dear friend and beta reader Lori Steuart defending Clara’s right to a proper story arc), but I just want to emphasize one point. I think this episode is about the power of love and the choices we make. Melody Pond overcomes all her terrible conditioning in order to save the man she was destined to murder, to choose love, to choose to become the Dr. River Song we know and love. In the end, our origin stories are made up of our individual choices and personal agency on the journey to become ourselves.

What did you think of the episode? Comment below with your thoughts!

From Haven to Hell, a Tales of the Captain Duke Book Launch!

Rebecca Diem's From Haven to Hell Steampunk Book Launch

Book Launch for Tales of the Captain Duke: From Haven to Hell

I am so thrilled to present Tales of the Captain Duke #2: From Haven to Hell!

We had a great turnout at the Toronto launch party, with a reading, Q&A, book signing, and steampunk costume contest! Congratulations to the winners of the Silver Snail prize packs: Todd, Ana and Lori!

I also received my very first fan art of Cat and Mouse! Thank you to Steve Armstrong (also responsible for the Book 2 cover design), it means the world to me!

The biggest thanks to my family for ensuring the event ran smoothly, especially my parents and my sister and cover artist Sarah McComb. Prints of her artwork will be available at all appearances and the proceeds will fund her marine biology degree.

I will be uploading more pictures soon, but first it’s time to pack and prepare for Ottawa’s Prose in the Park this Saturday June 6! And there will also be a signing in Owen Sound on Friday, June 26 at The Ginger Press. For more details on all appearances, check out the Events page.

From Haven to Hell is now available online for Kindle and Kobo! You can order print copies as well. For more details on the Tales of the Captain Duke series, check out the Books page.

Well, readers, thank you for sharing my stories. And I can’t wait to get back to work on Tales of the Captain Duke #3: A Gentleman and a Scholar.

Rebecca Diem