Life in the Past Lane

Official blog of award-winning romantic historical and military fiction author Jessica James

Country’s treasures stored in rural Virginia

Rokeby, where all of the documentsof the United States were stored in 1814.I'm interrupting my posts on my trip to the Amelia Island Book Festival, because I volunteered at a great event over the weekend, and want to share.In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of...

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Visiting the “Castillo” in St. Augustine

Sallyport - the only wayin or out of the Fort.Continuing my posts on my trip to Amelia Island for the Amelia Island Book Festival, I spent two days in St. Augustine and squeezed as much as I possibly could into those two days!One can't go to St. Augustine without...

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A look at the “oldest city in the nation”

Gateway to St. AugustineFinally I am getting back to sharing details of my trip to Amelia Island that I took in February to be a Featured Author at the Amelia Island Book Festival. In a previous post, I left off when I was on my way to St. Augustine to spend a night...

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It’s Read an Ebook Week

For those of you who have made the change from printed books to e-books, there are some great deals to be found this week over at Smashwords. They are running a "Read an Ebook" campaign, and authors have discounted their books - and in some cases - made them free for...

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More on Kingsley Plantation

View driving into Kingsley Plantation.I still haven't covered my visit to St. Augustine or Savannah during my journey as a featured historical fiction author to the Amelia Island Book Festival (I'm working on it!), but found some more information on Kingsley...

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A love story from the days of slavery

(Continuing my blog post about my trip to the Amelia Island Book Festival and the sidetrips I took on the way and the way back).I will have to break my St. Augustine trip into a couple of posts because there was so much to see! When I left Amelia Island, I decided to...

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Southern Book Tour: Mixing history with pleasure

Fort ClinchContinuing my post on my journey South, I left Summerville, S.C., and drove four hours to Amelia Island, ending up in downtown Fernandina. I now have a new favorite small town!Known as the “Isle of Eight Flags,” Amelia Island/Fernandina has had an amazing,...

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Sights from my Southern Tour

Sunrise over Myrtle Beach.I'm back in Pennsylvania and obviously didn't do a very good job of keeping up with my blog while on my Southern Tour for the Amelia Island Book Festival. Honestly between cocktail hours, dinners, presentations, and trying to go sightseeing...

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Kick-off of Southern Book Tour

View from Balcony.Left home with temperatures in the 30s and arrived at Myrtle Beach with temps in the 60s--a BIG difference. This is the first leg of my journey to the Amelia Island Book Festival in Florida, and I'm already having a blast. I took a long walk on the...

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Southern retreat: An historic trip

BrookGreen Gardens near Myrtle Beach. This was one of my stops a few years ago.I am very excited to have been invited as a Featured Author to the Amelia Island Book Festival, and plan to make the most out of my trip! I love the South (especially in February), and...

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