Rebecca Diem
Woolf Like Me Publishing

TORONTO, ON – August 25, 2016 | With a tale that reaches from the towering heights of innovation to the darkest of Victorian London’s back alleys, author Rebecca Diem lets her imagination soar in the latest book of her steampunk adventure series Tales of the Captain Duke.

A Gentleman and a Scholar (170 pp., tpb, $12.00) will be officially released September 1 at Fan Expo™ Canada where Diem will be appearing along with the Toronto Steampunk Society and on Saturday’s Words Driven By Steam panel.

Following up on a pre-release party August 27 for friends and fans at Toronto’s Tequila Bookworm, Diem will embark on a book launch tour for southwestern Ontario with stops in Toronto, Waterloo, Owen Sound and Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning for the Word on the Street Toronto festival September 25.

The Tales of the Captain Duke is set in an alternate Victorian era filled with airships, pirates, and a stowaway debutante.

“The steampunk movement is very tied to the disruption of the historical narrative, and I’m so thrilled to be exploring themes of disability, mental health and women’s scholarship while our heroine becomes the airship pirate she was always meant to be,” said Diem.

A Gentleman and a Scholar (Tales of the Captain Duke #3) will be available for Kindle, Kobo and in select independent bookstores.

Some wounds run deeper…

After tragedy strikes, Clara and the Captain Duke must find a way to adapt and move on. With their trust shaken, they need to rely on new allies to save their friends… and discover who is behind the nefarious plot threatening their crew.

“…I can say without reservation that it’s some of the best indie steampunk I’ve ever read, and I would recommend her to readers looking for high adventure in small packages.”
– Dr. Mike Perschon, the Steampunk Scholar

“…a lighthearted adventure that isn’t afraid to get serious from time to time.”
– Wendy B., The Bibliosanctum


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A poster for the book launch tour of A Gentleman and a Scholar, featuring the book cover with a man staring out of a library window at an airship, and event dates and locations.

Praise for The Stowaway Debutante (Tales of the Captain Duke #1):

“A fun, engaging read. It’s like the pilot of a TV show – lots of action in a short compact package, leaving you wanting more. Make sure you read the next one, From Haven to Hell, for more adventures in steampunk feminist-heroine action.” – Gurushabd (Goodreads)

“Adventure, romance, drama, and awesome characters! This book was a great read. I love following Clara on her adventure and can’t wait to see what she gets up to next!” – Laura (Goodreads)

“Reading this, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the classic adventure serials from the 90’s. It’s a fun and exciting first book, in what promises to be an excellent series!” – Marcus (

“An entertaining quick read! Can’t wait to see the story unfold in the following books… I very much enjoyed the overall tone of the writing and how smooth it flowed.” – Kaitlynd the Bookaholic (Goodreads)

“A promising debut from an imaginative author. Diem sets up an intriguing universe and colourful characters.” – Mathieu Perron (Goodreads)

“I loved The Stowaway Debutante and couldn’t put it down once I started reading! I was enthralled by the unique setting of the Airship and by Clara, the strong female protagonist. A wonderful debut novel by Rebecca Diem! Can’t wait for Book 2.” – Sue (


Praise for From Haven to Hell (Tales of the Captain Duke #2):

“Loved diving further into the story of Clara and the Captain Duke. Finally all the chemistry between them becomes something real… And we get more glimpses into the creative historical backdrop behind the main storyline. Looking forward to the rest of this series!” – Gurushabd (Goodreads)

“From Haven to Hell, book #2 in The Tales of the Captain Duke series, is a great read, definitely a page turner! Love how the characters evolve more in this book. Excited for Book #3 A Gentleman and a Scholar!” – Kelly (

“I love this series! It is easy and fun to read, and you get totally sucked in to the characters and the story. The first book is clever and this one is too, but now things start getting dangerous and real. This book is great for readers of all ages, especially those who appreciate a strong female main character. I can’t wait to read the third book!” – Colleen (

“There are few words I can use to describe the emotional roller coaster the second book has put me through, but dammit I would do it again! The only sad thing about this series is that it isn’t longer.” – Katherine Wunder (