Life in the Past Lane

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

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What a busy summer it was! I don't quite know where it went, but I love this time of year - especially now that the weather has turned cooler here. I have already helped to split and unload a truckload of firewood, something that will become a ritual every weekend...

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July through October Book Tour 2013

 24th July – Book Feature at Peace from Pieces 25th July – Author Interview at Mommy Adventures 26th July – Guest Post at The Bunny’s Review 27th July - Guest Post at Blog-A-Licious Authors  28th July...

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Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the site of historical fiction author Jessica James. I'm glad you stopped by and hope you will come back again soon.For those of you who have just stumbled upon my site, I am the author of Shades of Gray: A Novel of the Civil War in Virginia (Jan....

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Civil War novel gets “Wow” review

Just received a copy of the August issue of the Lone Star Review, where my historical fiction novel Shades of Gray received a "wow" review (far exceeds expectations). It's the highest classification given by the publication.A nice bit of news on this hot and...

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Rare Civl War artifacts discovered in Georgia

According to reports, Georgia archaeologists have unearthed a number of rare Civil War artifacts after locating a Confederate prison camp.State officials announced the discovery of Camp Lawton, which was reportedly found by a graduate student studying archaeology at...

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A memorable Civil War weekend

WelbourneI have returned from two of the most wonderful days in my entire life. Really! Looking back on it now, I feel like I was in a time warp, or maybe I dreamed the whole thing. It was just too good to be true. It’s funny since the whole thing was kind of a...

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Successful crabbing expedition

It's been a busy summer - but not all work and no play. I spent two days at my brother's house relaxing in his pool and crabbing with my nephews and pop.We didn't do too badly either - 32 crabs in just two hours on the water. They were some of the best crabs I've ever...

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Upcoming Civil War events

What a crazy (and hot) summer. Obviously I have not kept up with my blogging, but I did want to post a couple of events that are coming up.Civil War at Welbourne and CrednalAug. 7The Mosby Heritage Area Association and the Valley Light Horse Cavalry will present a...

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Booksigning Events

2013 EventsJanuary 8: Lake Heritage ClubFeb. 17: Washington County Museum of Fine Art 1-5 p.m.March 9: Fairfax  150th Mosby Raid 4-5 p.m.June 22: Page After Page Bookstore, Elizabeth City, N.C. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.June 28 through July 7: Signing throughout...

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RECOMMENDED READS

Dear reader,With so many books now on the market, many new authors get overlooked. I’ve compiled a short list of books/authors that are worth taking a look at—from non-fiction history to YA historical fiction. Of course, since I have an interest in the Civil War, many...

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