Life in the Past Lane

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

Flowers, flowers everywhere

Blue bellsThose of you who see me on Facebook know that I post a Flower Friday photo every Friday from March through the fall.This time of year, there are so many different flowers blooming at one time, I thought I'd post a few photos on my blog as well.It's fun to go...

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Tour of historic Waveland

Waveland, Marshall, Va.On Saturday, I had the great pleasure of volunteering with the Mosby Heritage Area Association for a fundraiser that included a tour of historic Waveland.  This beautiful house was home to John Augustine Washington, III, the...

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Look for the e-book on May 23!

A new inspirational historical romance by award-winning author Jessica James.Above and BeyondComing in August, 2013Above and BeyondA raging war An unexpected love A selfless sacrifice Confederate spy Sarah Duvall risks all to help cavalry officer Douglas Benton...

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A night at “The White Castle”

NottowayCan you imagine my delight when I first laid my eyes on the majestic Nottoway Plantation outside of Baton Rouge, La.? The 64-room, three-story palatial mansion is sometimes referred to as an "American castle," and it's easy to see why. I walked all over...

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Lookout Mountain: Battle Among the Clouds

Day 2: Magical History TourLookout Mountain, looking over Tennessee River.Continuing my posts on my Deep South tour, I visited Lookout Mountain before leaving Chattanooga, TN. The day was actually cloudy, which made it look more like it probably did during the Civil...

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A side trip to a Confederate Cemetery

Confederate Cemetery outside Chattanooga with trees blossomed.Magical History TourContinuing my posts about my trip to the Deep South, I wanted to share some photos of a Confederate Cemetery we visited outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee.I probably would never have...

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All aboard the historic Delta Queen

Day 1: Magical History Tour 2013Home sweet home after 2,581 miles and nine states in seven days. It's taken me a few days to get back into a routine, so sorry this is a little late in coming. I'm still a little overwhelmed with a whirlwind of memories and...

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Stepping into the past at Oak Alley

Oak AlleyOne of the plantations I've long had on my bucket list is Oak Alley on the River Road south of Baton Rouge, La. -- and it is every bit as spectacular as I expected it to be.Live oaks are everywhere at Oak Alley.Originally named Bon Sejour, Oak Alley was...

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Deep South Magical History Tour

The Delta Queen at the start ofthe 2004 Great Steamboat Race.This week has been especially busy as I work on the publishing details of Above and Beyond, and prepare for a "Deep South Magical History Tour," that will take me to Alabama, Mississippi and...

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A North-South love affair

Antonia FordFollowing up on my last post when I attended the 150th anniversary of Mosby's famous Fairfax Raid, I also wanted to share information on another house I had the opportunity to visit -- the home of Antonia Ford.Widely reported to have been a volunteer...

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