Life in the Past Lane

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

Epilogue to Shades of Gray

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal.  Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”– From a headstone in Ireland Andrea Hunter stared at the back of the boy—young man really—as he leaned against the white column on the porch, sleeves rolled up to his elbows,...

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Haunted Gettysburg: Sachs Bridge

SACHS BRIDGESince one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War took place in Gettysburg, it's not surprising that there are many places that are considered haunted. One of the places ghost hunters like to visit (including me and my nieces and nephews) is a...

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Civil War novel book review

Just got word that a book review of my historical fiction novel Noble Cause ran in Sunday's edition of the Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance-Star. Part of the review says:"Author Jessica James ably blends the reality of war and its honor, bravery and conflicting...

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Guest Post: Death of Robert E. Lee

Do Americans know more about Fidel Castro and Che Guevara then they do about George Washington and Robert E. Lee? I have been told that some college students wear Che Guevara and Mao Tse Tung tee shirts but are not allowed to wear American history shirts depicting...

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Heritage and History at Book Signing

Officers, including Col. Mosby, inWarrenton, Va. for Heritage Day.After another flood of rain on Friday, Sept. 23, in Gettysburg, I made the trek to Warrenton, Va. for the annual Heritage Day celebration on Saturday with a bit of trepidation. The forecast didn't...

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John Esten Cooke Award for Fiction

The author with the John Esten CookeAward for Fiction, standing beside aportrait of Col. John Mosby who wasthe inspiration for the main characterin the novel Noble Cause.As some of you may know, I recently received the John Esten Cooke Award for Fiction from the...

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Historic road trip down the John Mosby Highway

Today's post is taken from the Mosby Heritage Area Association newsletter concerning sites located along or near the John Mosby Highway - Route 50. This is a beautiful corridor that looks much the same as it did during the Civil War. It makes a great day trip, and...

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Remembering Heroes

I write about heroes. As an historical fiction/romance author, it’s what I do. I conjure up the traits that I most esteem and put them together to create a character that is heroic, noble, honorable, and self-sacrificing.On September 11, 2001, I found out that I had a...

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‘Whiskory’ and other events in Mosby country

Some great events are coming up in northern Virginia, sponsored by the Mosby Heritage Area Association. I've been to a few of these in year's past and they are a fantastic learning experience.September 17: Several members of the Mosby Heritage Area Association's Gray...

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Off topic: A walk in the woods

The path we walk tothe old log cabin. There's a golden tint in the air these days even if the leaves have only just begun to take on an autumn hue. The humidity has finally dropped and there is the definite feel of fall in the air.It's my favorite time of year! Unlike...

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