Life in the Past Lane

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

Civil War Novels Update 2022

Hello everyone! I thought I'd better write an update to all of you who love Civil War novels, and are looking for something to read. Somehow the calendar changed to November already! Jessica James Books may contain affiliate links and is a member of...

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A New Month in a New Year

Happy 2022! This year is flying along just like the last one did. The calendar flipped to 2022 and now it's February already! I set new goals for exercise for this month, which took me outside today to move firewood closer to the house and to go for a walk in the...

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Good News: An Award-Winning October

Another month has flown by, and we are now officially heading into colder weather and the holiday season. The month of October was a little warmer than usual here in Gettysburg so it's hard to believe November is knocking at the door. A must-read for anyone who enjoys...

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Hummingbirds heading South

Well it was bound to happen. The hummingbirds have all disappeared. The days are getting shorter, the nights are cooler, and the leaves are turning -- all signs that summer is over. But when the hummers leave, that's the signal to me that the winter months are just...

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The most wonderful time of the year

Fall Is In The Air Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year. I love the clear, blue skies and cool, comfortable nights. The trees in southcentral Pennsylvania are barely starting to turn, but they will soon be ablaze with reds and golds. I returned from a writer's...

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Goodbye Summer 2021

Hi everyone, I just returned from a final fling to the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, and it's just sinking in that September has arrived. How did that happen? My trip, by the way, wasn't exactly a vacation since I was up before dawn every day getting photos for a...

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‘Prequel’ to Shades of Gray Trilogy Available

Did you hear the news? The Prequel to the Shades of Gray Civil War Trilogy is now available as a short story! Andrea: The Early Years gives a glimpse into the main character's life and what drove her to become so independent and fierce. And guess what? It's already...

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‘A Civil War Romantic Adventure Masterpiece’

“A sweeping, epic story that features the power and passion of Gone with the Wind.” The full Shades of Gray Trilogy has been out for two weeks now and the reviews are coming in! InD'tale Magazine called it a "haunting love story that stays in one's consciousness long...

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