Life in the Past Lane

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

A great holiday apple pie recipe

This is off topic somewhat, but I wanted to share this old-time, easy apple pie recipe!Anyone who knows me, knows I'm not exactly the homemaker type, but I gave this recipe a try over Thanksgiving and it was a big hit.It's so easy even I can do it - so give it a try...

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Review by Clean Romance Reviews

Please click over to Clean Romance Reviews and read the latest review of NOBLE CAUSE. (And leave a comment if you're so inclined). I love how the reviewer, known as English Rose, summarized the book. You'll have to go there to see it, but here are some of her...

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Civil War connection to Thanksgiving

For many, Thanksgiving conjures images of Pilgrims and Indians sitting around a large table dining on turkey and pumpkin pie. While it's true the new arrivals to America did feast with the Native Americans in the fall of 1621 - the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving as...

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149th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

General Lee in the Remembrance Day Parade.Today is an historic day in Gettysburg - the anniversary of the day President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous address while dedicating the National Cemetery in 1863.The release of Steven Spielberg's movie has brought...

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Remembrance Day in Gettysburg

At last year's parade I gotGenerals Lee & Grant topose with Noble Cause.When anyone asks me the best time to visit Gettysburg -- I always tell them Remembrance Day weekend. This is the weekend that commemorates Abraham Lincoln's visit to Gettysburg to dedicate the...

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Letter from a Civil War soldier

HAZEN HOOKER In a letter home 19-year-old Private Hazen Blanchard Hooker, Co. G, Third Vermont Regiment, asked his family to write more upbeat letters and ones that reported on the ordinary, day-to-day activities. He urged family members to not be downhearted, and...

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Civil War ghost story

Pensacola LighthouseIt's a little late for Halloween, but I just ran across this story from the 290 Foundation, written by Ian Dewar and thought I would share. It's about the Pensacola Lighthouse that has towered over Pensacola Bay since 1858 and remains in use today....

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Book signing at Edinburg ‘Ole Time Festival

Edinburg MillI'm looking forward to signing books at the 32nd annual Edinburg 'Ole Time Festival on Saturday in Edinburg, Va., located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. On the third weekend of each September, this sleepy little town comes alive with music, arts,...

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150th anniversary of Antietam

I had a wonderful time signing books at the 150th Battle of Antietam re-enactment on Saturday, and had the great fortune to sign along side best-selling historical fiction author Jeff Shaara, who just released his latest book, A Blaze of Glory, A Novel of the Battle...

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Signing books at 150th Antietam re-enactment

The Lost Orders.I'm so excited to have the opportunity to sign copies of my Civil War historical fiction novels Noble Cause and Shades of Gray at another 150th event -- the battle of Antietam (or Sharpsburg).To give you a little background on the battle, the Army of...

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