Life in the Past Lane

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

Making time for the important things

"Lost time is never found again." - Benjamin FranklinIt's been at least three years since I've visited my college friend - probably more like four. We keep in touch the usual way - an email now and then, sometimes a phone call. You know how it is, you'd like to visit,...

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Excerpt from Noble Cause

Background: Union spy Andrea Evans wakes up in the home of the Confederate officer she believes sent her to prison, and takes every opportunity to voice her displeasure about the situation. In this chapter, her supposed tormentor Alexander Hunter is wounded...

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Nature Note

Hummingbirds and Monarchs disappeared on Monday, almost as if a switch was pulled. Poplars are beginning to dress themselves in gold.

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Waterford’s past makes it special

Despite having a sore throat, I had a nice time at the Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit on Friday and had a very successful book signing of my Civil War novel Shades of Gray to boot.Anyone within 100 miles of Waterford, Va., located in northern Virginia, really...

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Nature Note

Still seeing Monarchs on the Butterfly bush. Poison ivy is turning red and Poplar leaves are getting a tinge of gold to them. This is my favorite time of year.

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Heritage Day book signing in Warrenton

I'm getting ready for a fun day tomorrow at the Warrenton-Fauquier Heritage day in Warrenton, Va.The Heritage Day celebration honors the 250 years of history in Fauquier County and Warrenton's National Designation as a "Preserve America Community."I attended last year...

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Book signing an historic treat

Some authors enjoy doing book signings at bookstores, but I prefer meeting people in a less formal venue while getting to see parts of the country that I might otherwise never get to see.On Saturday I had the pleasure of doing a signing for my historical fiction novel...

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Civil War soldier from Antietam buried

Experted from an articleBy Air Force Senior Airman Jameel MosesSpecial to American Forces Press ServiceSept. 17, 2009 - The remains of a Union Civil War soldier found at the Antietam National Battlefield were buried today in his home state of New York on the 147th...

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See you at the Ole Time Festival Saturday

What a dreary day! Good for sleeping, but I've got so much to do!I'm trying to get all the guests posts and interviews done for my Shades of Gray "Virtual Blog Tour" in December, and I feel like I'm running out of time. It's only September, you say? Ha. Well, just...

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Nature Note

Shaping up to be a beautiful September day. Walnuts are starting to fall - loudly when they hit the tin roof of the shed. Hummingbirds are still here, but I expect them to leave any day.

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