Life in the Past Lane

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

Horses and the Civil War

Since the release of the movie "War Horse" there has been a lot more attention given to the role of horses in wartime. On a tour of the Brandy Station battlefield last summer I learned that for every man killed during the Civil War (around 625,000), three horses...

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Birthday of a Southern hero

“I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South its dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and have never seen the day when I did not pray for them.” - Gen....

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Civil War & Southern Literary Awards Contest

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!For those who wanted a signed copy of Noble Cause and didn't receive one from Santa, I have a great opportunity for you!The Military Order of the Stars and Bars, a fraternal organization made up of descendants of Confederate...

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Christmas Spirit – A Note from the Past

Since this is the last day of my Magical Holiday History Tour, I thought I'd post a clipping my sister ran across from the Catawba College student newspaper that was written by my grandmother in the 1920s. She went on to become a teacher, and passed her love of...

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Gone with the Wind anniversary is big business

If you have a loved one who is a Gone with the Wind, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a gift for them!In addition to anniversary edition books and DVD's, I found everything from music boxes, to slippers, figurines and snow globes. There are Christmas ornaments,...

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Anniversary of Civil War favorite Gone with the Wind

On to Plan B:Due to a computer crash, I won't have the posts I was planning to have about historic houses in Virginia. If you're visiting as part of the Magical Holiday History Tour though, feel free to leave a comment about Gone with the Wind.“There was a land...

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It’s here! Magical Holiday History Tour!

NOBLE CAUSEJoin me on my Magical Holiday History Tour set for the first two weeks of December. There will be lots of prizes including a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card and a signed copy of Noble Cause.Dec. 5: Speed date on Romance Junkies. Stop by and ask...

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Girl’s Night Out and Civil War Book Signing

It's been a very busy week - and it's only getting busier even though I'm on the downside! The week started off by getting to promote the exciting news that my Civil War novel Noble Cause was a Finalist in the Historical Fiction category of the USA "Best Books 2011"...

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Win prizes with Noble Cause

Hey everyone! It's contest time and this is a fun one!Head on over to The Romance Reviews and you'll see what I mean! The contest runs now through Nov. 30, and gives you the opportunity to win a $100 gift card as well as 200 other assorted prizes.More than 200 authors...

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