Life in the Past Lane

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

Love and duty during the Civil War

I thought I'd continue my Civil War love letter theme, since it's hard to stop reading them now that I've started. They are so beautifully written and contain such poignant and moving words--especially when one considers the strong men behind those thoughts.One would...

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Civil War warriors had soft hearts

In the midst of the chaos of today's society, it is sometimes hard to imagine the type of devotion that plays out in the novel Shades of Gray. One would not expect, after all, to hear sweet murmurings of love from those great soldiers we have come to know as hardened...

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The book inside me after Shades of Gray

Many people ask me when my "next" book is coming out, and frankly, I don't have an answer. I know it is called "Above and Beyond" and that it is practically finished, but I've not really had the time to think about all the work involved in actually getting it out...

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Shades of Gray release date is no accident

I can't help but smile every time someone notices the Jan. 19 release date of my novel "Shades of Gray," and mentions it to me.For those who are not aware, Jan. 19 is the birthday of one of the South's most honored and respected generals, as well as one of its most...

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PLEASE HIT THE CONTACT ME BUTTON ON THE TOP OF THE PAGE TO REACH ME OR SIGN UP FOR MY NEWSLETTER. I try to answer all emails, but it may take a few days, so be patient. You can reach me at: writefromthepast(at)yahooDOTcom Facebook.com/RomanticHistoricalFiction...

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Good day to read a Civil War novel

I had a busy schedule planned for today... I really did. But with my chair facing the view outside, I can't seem to get motivated. I find my eyes drifting up, and then my mind drifting away, as I watch a steady shower of snow cascading onto the tree limbs and bushes....

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‘Damn the Yankees’ – not the correct oath

I am always interested in reading first-person accounts of the Civil War, and so was pleased to find an article in my inbox this morning concerning the unpleasant task imposed upon Southerners of taking the oath of allegiance.After the War Between the States, loyal...

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Patriot Press signs fellow Civil War author

It's been a busy week in Gettysburg, Pa., with my publisher, Patriot Press, signing author Michael Aubrecht to print his latest title "The Southern Cross: A Civil War Devotional."I'm very excited to see this work published and believe that both the Christian community...

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Early reviews in for Shades of Gray

Perhaps the hardest part of being a writer is sharing your work with the public for the first time... and then holding your breath as you wait for their reaction. So far, I have been relieved and pleased with the results!Heather Froeschl of the Book Review Journal...

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All about “Shades of Gray”

Welcome to my site! For those who have read Shades of Gray and stopped by to take a peek, I'm so glad you did!This is a place where I intend to share with readers the blood, sweat and tears that went into writing the novel (yes ,there were many tears), and to provide...

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