Life in the Past Lane

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

Memorial Day

Like others, I feel this day is too sacred to even begin to put into words, so I'll share the message of Ronald Reagan from his speech at Arlington some thirty years ago. "In America’s cities and towns today, flags will be placed on graves in cemeteries; public...

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The lovely month of May

As I was writing the headline for this post, it brought to mind the line from the Camelot song: "It's May! It's May! That gorgeous holiday..." I love being outside this time of year - soaking in the sun, raking out flower beds and planting vegetables. (Don't forget to...

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Welcome March!

I don't remember ever being so happy and relieved to flip the calendar over to March! It was almost cause for a full-blown celebration! Here in south-central Pennsylvania, we had the coldest February in recorded history. It seemed like every Monday morning I was...

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Honoring our Veterans

After a computer crash this fall, I was going through old files that had been backed up on a disc, and ran across this post. I remember every detail of the events it describes, but I have absolutely no memory of ever writing it down.   Even though it focuses on...

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A star-spangled visit to Fort McHenry

It's been exactly a month since I visited "the birthplace of the National Anthem" for the 200th anniversary of the "Star Spangled Banner," but I am only just getting around to writing a post about it. I'm happy to report that my latest manuscript is with the editor so...

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Two-time winner of Southern Fiction Award

I can't believe summer is really here, and we are heading into the Fourth of July holiday weekend! I have been trying to get the garden in shape, but it's been slow-going this year. We do finally have some beans coming, along with broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, corn,...

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John Esten Cook Award for Southern Fiction

Honored to announce that my Civil War novel Above and Beyond has been awarded the 2014 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction. Noble Cause won the 2011 Award, so I am a two-time winner! Cooke was a Civil War soldier and one of the most important literary figures...

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Indie Book Awards Finalist!

I'm pleased to announce that my Civil War novel Above and Beyond was a Finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards contest in the Fiction/Religious category!The Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional...

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Updated Awards List

ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARDS 2014 Next Generation Indie Award Finalist in Fiction/Religious 2013 USA “Best Books 2013” Finalist in Fiction/Religious NOBLE CAUSE AWARDS 2012 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Bronze Winner in Romance 2011 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern...

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