Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Release of New Short Story - Behind Pemberley's Walls

I am pleased to announce the release of a Pride and Prejudice short story: Darcy and Elizabeth – Behind Pemberley’s WallsAs with Lost in Love, this story takes place at Pemberley where a dejected Darcy has gone to try to get over Elizabeth’s rejection of his offer of marriage. Here is the blurb:

Four months after Elizabeth Bennet’s rejection of his offer of marriage, Fitzwilliam Darcy is still trying to puzzle through the reasons for her refusal. When he arrives at Pemberley, a place of reflection, he finds that Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle are touring the gardens. Is it possible that Fate has presented him with an opportunity to make amends for his awful proposal in Kent? Before doing so, he devises a plan to find out if Elizabeth is having second thoughts about rejecting him. The question is: Will he succeed? - Length: 10,000+ words

If it appears that I have been missing from the World of Austen, it is because I also write a police procedural series called The Patrick Shea Mysteries. Another, bigger reason, is that for the past eleven years, I have been researching a horrific train wreck that happened in 1888 at the Mud Run Train Station in Carbon County, Pennsylvania in which a distant cousin of my father’s was killed along with 63 others. A story this sad required pacing, but, eventually, I had to gather up all my research and write the story. The book, The Mud Run Train WreckA Disaster in the Irish-American Community, is now available in paperback on Amazon and in an e-book format on Kindle and Nook. If you (or anyone you know) is interested, please click on the links below.
As always, my sincere thanks for your support of my writing efforts.

P.S. The artist for the cover of Behind Pemberley’s Wall is Alexander Francis Lydon. As my maiden name is Lydon, I am sure we are related, and I had to support a relation. ;)

Behind Pemberley's WallsKindleNook

The Mud Run Train WreckPaperback on AmazonKindleNook


  1. Mary, its a lovely hot day here. In the 30's!!!! A heatwave for us.Just seen this post. I am intrigued by the picture on your front cover.I don't know it. What is interesting though is that it is obviously a medieval castle that was converted into an Elizabethan mansion. There are a few examples of castles being converetd that way in Tudor times. The giveaway is that they have thick stone walls, very often gateways and trurets remain but large oriel windows and gateways have been inserted . Often the interiors were demolished by the Tudors and modern, for the time, interiors were inserted. They became the country home rather than the country castle. Carew Castle in Pembrokeshire is a good example of a castle converted to a country home. I thought your picture was Carew at first but it isn't.The tudors under henry VII after the battle of Bosworth banned the building of castles. They were seen as possible strongholds to oppose the King. All the Tudors were paranoid in that way. The beginning of the great country house began in Tudor times and reached its height in the 18th and 19th centuries.
    Hope you are all well. All the best, Tony

  2. Ha! ha! Found it Mary. I looked up the artists name Alexander Francis Lydon. It's Guy's Cliffe Castle in Warwickshire. Here is a link: (however,, you probably knew all this!!!) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy's_Cliffe.

  3. Wow, Mary, talk about those 6 degrees of separation. My late Father was born in a small town in Carbon County! I still have relatives in the area though we never lived there (my Father went to the US Coast Guard Academy in the 1940's and met my Mother up here in Connecticut).