Civil War novel by Jessica JamesWhat could be more exciting for an author of Civil War fiction than to sign books at a beautiful mansion where troops once trained and lived? What makes it even more exciting for me is that the house is featured on the cover of my new release, The Lion of the South!

If you are in Northern Virginia the first weekend of June, please stop by Morven Park. I will be signing The Lion, along with all of my other novels, on June 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the steps of the beautiful Westmoreland Davis Mansion.

The magnificent plantation house is a well known attraction in the Leesburg area. The 1,000-acre historic estate was once the home of Westmoreland Davis, governor of Virginia (1918-1922 ) and Thomas Swann Jr., governor of Maryland during the Civil War. The mansion began as a small fieldstone house, (circa 1780) and was expanded upon until it became the 22-room Greek revival mansion seen today.

jessica james book sigingMorven Park attracts 200,000 visitors each year, enticed by the site’s exquisite scenery, formal gardens, equestrian center, athletic fields, museum collections, hiking and riding trails, and of course, the iconic Davis mansion that is featured on The Lion of the South’s cover. It is located at 17195 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg, Va., and is open daily for visitors.

I’m thrilled that The Lion of the South has already hit #1 in several categories on Amazon since its release in April. It is described as a tale of espionage, intrigue, and deception, that leaves the lives of two men—and the destiny of a nation—in one woman’s hands during the American Civil War. It is also being billed as “The Scarlet Pimpernel meets Gone with the Wind.”

Please stop by and say hello! You can spend a beautiful afternoon at Morven Park. You won’t be disappointed!



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