Life in the Past Lane

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

Anniversary of Civil War favorite Gone with the Wind

On to Plan B:Due to a computer crash, I won't have the posts I was planning to have about historic houses in Virginia. If you're visiting as part of the Magical Holiday History Tour though, feel free to leave a comment about Gone with the Wind.“There was a land...

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It’s here! Magical Holiday History Tour!

NOBLE CAUSEJoin me on my Magical Holiday History Tour set for the first two weeks of December. There will be lots of prizes including a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card and a signed copy of Noble Cause.Dec. 5: Speed date on Romance Junkies. Stop by and ask...

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Girl’s Night Out and Civil War Book Signing

It's been a very busy week - and it's only getting busier even though I'm on the downside! The week started off by getting to promote the exciting news that my Civil War novel Noble Cause was a Finalist in the Historical Fiction category of the USA "Best Books 2011"...

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Win prizes with Noble Cause

Hey everyone! It's contest time and this is a fun one!Head on over to The Romance Reviews and you'll see what I mean! The contest runs now through Nov. 30, and gives you the opportunity to win a $100 gift card as well as 200 other assorted prizes.More than 200 authors...

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Epilogue to Shades of Gray

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal.  Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”– From a headstone in Ireland Andrea Hunter stared at the back of the boy—young man really—as he leaned against the white column on the porch, sleeves rolled up to his elbows,...

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Haunted Gettysburg: Sachs Bridge

SACHS BRIDGESince one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War took place in Gettysburg, it's not surprising that there are many places that are considered haunted. One of the places ghost hunters like to visit (including me and my nieces and nephews) is a...

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Civil War novel book review

Just got word that a book review of my historical fiction novel Noble Cause ran in Sunday's edition of the Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance-Star. Part of the review says:"Author Jessica James ably blends the reality of war and its honor, bravery and conflicting...

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Guest Post: Death of Robert E. Lee

Do Americans know more about Fidel Castro and Che Guevara then they do about George Washington and Robert E. Lee? I have been told that some college students wear Che Guevara and Mao Tse Tung tee shirts but are not allowed to wear American history shirts depicting...

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Heritage and History at Book Signing

Officers, including Col. Mosby, inWarrenton, Va. for Heritage Day.After another flood of rain on Friday, Sept. 23, in Gettysburg, I made the trek to Warrenton, Va. for the annual Heritage Day celebration on Saturday with a bit of trepidation. The forecast didn't...

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John Esten Cooke Award for Fiction

The author with the John Esten CookeAward for Fiction, standing beside aportrait of Col. John Mosby who wasthe inspiration for the main characterin the novel Noble Cause.As some of you may know, I recently received the John Esten Cooke Award for Fiction from the...

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