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. 2008), and I am working on my second novel Above and Beyond.
The release of Shades of Gray in January, 2008, was the culmination of years of research on the brave men who fought in the Civil War on the soil of Virginia. As you can see from some of the reviews on the right-hand column, the book has been praised for its attention to historical detail–but don’t get the idea it’s just a Civil War book. It is, more than anything, a love story.
For those of you who have read the book and enjoyed it, I hope you stop back in as I post “the missing chapters.” The book was originally more than 1,000 pages, so there are a number of sub-plots that didn’t make the cut.
Stop back soon!
Hi Jessica…I stumbled arcoss you from a comment you left on another blog. I am glad I did. I have you bookmarked now and will return soon. I have a new and exciting interest in the Civil War and look forward to reading you.
Love your book blog, Jessica!
I am loving this book, Jessica. I can’t put it down!
Thanks for stopping by my blog Jessica. I’m excited to discover that you’re an author! Apropos of reading Gone with the Wind this month, your novel also piques my interest. 🙂
Hey there, I commented on your blog—so I decided to come over and visit your website…
Again, congrats on the great reviews and the awards—-I am looking forward to reading the book!
As the lineal descendant of nine Confederate soldiers, I have to say that it is fantastic to learn that someone has written a novel that doesn’t demonize the South. I love that you are doing something special for Confederate History Month.
I have long wished that I had the talent to write an historically correct War Between the States novel. But, alas, I have to content myself with writing Confederate themed “poems.” Although I love to read, I don’t have the patience to write anything longer.
I found you through the SHNV, and I will definitely be checking back!
Thanks for leaving a comment on my Rose City Reader blog. I appreciate your percpective on Civil War novels, since you have written one yourself.
And I have to say that yours sounds better than the one under dicsussion on my blog! I think I would like a Civil War novel that had more on the romance side and less on the amputation with hacksaw side. 😉
Best of luck to you and your book!
jessica, before i spend my birthday money (which has not occurred yet so i don’t know how much i will have after the 11th), i have to know if this is the first of a series. john jakes is an author i fell in love with but i have a problem with his serials…they don’t come out as fast as i can read them! so if this is a first of, save me the pain and frustration. yes, i know, i am really a pain the the posterior but i have decided that when turned 63, i was of a age where you could be orniery and now i am almost 64 so…
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Hurry, hurry, hurry, I want to read your new book. 🙂
PS…No pressure. Ha!
I love novels and books about the Civil War. I was delighted to find your novel.
I read it non-stop, parts causing me to cry and hated for it to end! I wish it had been the original 1000 pages long.
I appreciated that neither side was demonized, each fighting for what they believed in.
I will be looking forward to your next book.
Really nice to see this post. I have gone through it, its amazing to see that this author has been awarded. I’ll definitely buy his book as I have never read any book from him. Thanks for letting us know about it.