Life in the Past Lane

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

Civil War novel receives award

I'm pleased to announce that my new Civil War novel Above and Beyond was a Finalist in the 2013 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS contest in the Fiction/Religious category!Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News, said this year’s contest yielded more than 1,500 entries...

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New book: The Council of Light

This post is a bit off topic for Life in the Past Lane, but I thought it was interesting enough to share. It's about a new book titled, The Council of Light: Divine Transmissions for Manifesting the Deepest Desires of the Soul.It's written by Danielle Rama Hoffman...

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Honoring the Confederate Battle Flag

Confederate Flag Raising along I-95."The flag that is being raised today will be a living, breathing memorial to our Confederate dead.” - Susan HathawayI had a wonderful time in Virginia attending the I-95 Confederate Flag Raising on Saturday, and was sorry I had to...

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Civil War Medal of Honor recipient

Dr. Mary WalkerSince Gettysburg just hosted the National Medal of Honor convention last week, I thought it would be interesting to do a post on one recipient who is not very well known.Her name is Mary Edwards Walker, and she was born in 1832 in Oswego, N.Y....

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A lesson in Confederate history

Anyone out there ever heard of Dick Poplar? I hadn't until a few weeks ago when I found out that a memorial service was held at Memorial Hill in Blandford Church Cemetery in Petersburg, Va., in honor of "Dick Poplar Day."Dick Poplar was a Black Confederate...

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The Gray Ghost of Civil War Virginia

So excited to announce the release of a new e-book as a companion to Noble Cause (formerly Shades of Gray), that shares information about the life and exploits of Colonel John Singleton Mosby, the real-life Confederate soldier that my Civil War novel is based on....

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Companion book to NOBLE CAUSE available

I have gotten so many questions about who the main character in my historical fiction novel NOBLE CAUSE (formerly SHADES OF GRAY), was based upon, that I decided to write a book about him! Here's the blurb!No name in the annals of the Civil War conjures a more...

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Goodbye summer!

I can't believe I'm writing this on Labor Day, 2013! Why, just yesterday we were commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and celebrating the Fourth of July!I got a good bit of writing done over the summer, but did not make my deadline of...

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