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Life in the Past Lane

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

A trip to Hanover Shoe Farms

I made my annual pilgrimage to the famed Hanover Shoe Farms last weekend, which is the largest Standardbred (trotters and pacers) breeding farm in the world. I worked there many (MANY) years ago, and still enjoy visiting every spring. Nothing puts a smile on my face...

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Battle of Monterey Pass

Although I live less than 10 miles away, it's sad to say that I've never visited the Civil War Battle of Monterey Pass site, other than to drive by on my way someplace else. I changed that his week by hiking the Monterey Peak Trail and walking all of the other trails...

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Walking in the footsteps of history

Hardships and tragedies befell many families during the American Civil War. The stories of misfortune and heartbreak are touching, tragic, and seemingly endless. For some reason, one family’s wartime journey stood out to me. The story of their pain—and their...

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10 copies of Duty Bound up for grabs!

I'm so excited to announce that there are 10 copies of the ebook version of Duty Bound up for grabs on GoodReads! The contest runs from April 1 through April 29, so make sure you head over and sign up for a chance to win. With a pub date of June, you can be the among...

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Cover reveal for new Civil War series

Cover Reveal! Jessica James Books or here NN Lights Book Heaven Historical Fiction I'm so excited to announce that the new Shades of Gray Civil War Serial Trilogy will be released this June! First released in 2008, Shades of Gray was so popular that I decided to use...

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Poignant love letter from the Civil War

This is the second installment of my Civil War love letter series during Valentine's Day week. Featured today is Dr. Harvey Black and his especially eloquent letter to his wife.   Dr. Harvey Black In April of 1861, the beginning of the Civil War, Dr. Black...

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