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

Monthly Archives: May 2015

On Beginnings…



Four years ago I wrote these words: “There are stories I need to tell.”

Reading the pages of this moleskin notebook now, it feels like watching your own baby steps. The pacing is erratic, the tone is rather grandiose, and I’d clearly just read something of Kerouac’s. But it’s fascinating to see what happened once I began to take my writing seriously, how I started to learn to distill all of these emotions and experiences into words. To see how much neater my handwriting used to be.

There are parts that are funny and embarrassing to read now that I’ve grown as a person and a writer, but there are also parts that are powerful, that sent shivers down my spine. The way I wrote about friendships changing, the beautiful nostalgia for people and places about to be lost, my struggle to figure out who I was and what made me happy now that I’d graduated university.

Four years later, I’m about to publish my second book. But those books, all my books it seems, they began in the pages of a moleskin notebook.

“There are stories I need to tell.”

BOOK LAUNCH: From Haven to Hell

steampunk invitation

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

I am pleased to extend an invitation to From Haven to Hell, a Tales of the Captain Duke Book Launch this Sunday May 31st, 7:30 PM at Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON)

There will be a reading and signing by Rebecca Diem, with refreshments appropriate to a steampunk pirate party and prizes for fancy dress. Print copies of The Stowaway Debutante and From Haven to Hell will be available for sale, along with prints of the cover art and other goodies.

SALE: The Stowaway Debutante

SALE: The Stowaway Debutante

In The Stowaway Debutante, an encounter with the legendary Captain Duke sets Clara’s life on a new course filled with airships and adventure.

Now, the Tales of the Captain Duke continues in From Haven to Hell, where the pirates return to the hideout to find the traitor in their midst and Clara must learn to trust her new friends before her secrets tear the crew apart!

Digital editions of The Stowaway Debutante are now on sale! For a limited time only, you can catch up with Clara and the Captain for just 99¢ in advance of the release of the sequel on May 31.


From Haven to Hell Cover Reveal

From Haven to Hell Cover Reveal

I’m so pleased to share the cover for From Haven to Hell, the second book in my steampunk adventure series Tales of the Captain Duke!

Tales of the Captain Duke: The Stowaway Debutante

The second book in the steampunk adventure series Tales of the Captain Duke

The print launch will be held in Toronto on Sunday, May 31 at Tequila Bookworm (event link).

I’ll also be at Ottawa’s Prose in the Park literary festival June 6th! Check out the Events page for upcoming appearances. (Owen Sound, I’ll be visiting you as well this summer!)

Welcome to the Haven…

The adventure continues as the Captain Duke and his band of airship pirates return to their hideout to uncover the traitor in their midst. But Clara must decide whether she can trust her new friends before the secrets of her past are used to tear the crew apart.

It was a fine, cloudless day. A terrible day to mount an attack from the skies. But the weather could not be helped, and the Captain Duke and his crew could not delay this dreaded moment any longer. Clara’s knuckles were bone white as she clutched the railing of the airship. The land below was lush and green, with rolling hills bending into the distance, shrouded in the early morning mists. A ribbon of river could be glimpsed curving through the trees. The Lake District had always been known for its natural beauty, and now the forests and streams nestled in the valleys between the fells could be viewed in all their glory from above.

Clara wished she could enjoy the scene at her leisure, but regrettably, the circumstances of their visit prohibited such sentiment. The airship was battle ready, with armed gliders prepared to leap at a moment’s notice from the bow and stern. Soon they would reach the Haven, and the battle would begin…