Life in the Past Lane

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

Final thoughts on Civil War Book Tour

The final day of my book tour for my new historical fiction novel, Noble Cause, I went to Patriot's Point where cannons were fired to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War (on April 12).During my travels in South Carolina, I was somewhat surprised...

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Day 5: Civil War Sesquicentennial History Tour

It's time for a post on Day 5 of my Book Tour for my historical fiction novel Noble Cause. After a relaxing day in Charleston, my niece and I were graciously invited to tour Middleton Place. The terrace and Butterfly Lakes at Middleton Place.I'm not sure I can put...

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Day 4: Civil War Sesquicentennial History Tour

Market HallAfter signing copies of my historical fiction novel Noble Cause at Boone Hall Farms and the Beaufort Bookstore, I took it easy the following day with some shopping in downtown Charleston at the historic open market.Market Hall stands facing Meeting Street...

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Day 3: Civil War Sesquicentennial History Tour

OK, it's not really Day 3 of my book tour for my new historical fiction novel, Noble Cause. It's Day 5. But it's hard to keep up with touring, signing, and blogging when the sun is shining outside. Today, I'm writing about Day 3, which is the day I spent in beautiful...

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Day 2: Sesquicentennial Magical History Tour

Oak Alley at Boone Hall PlantationI started the second day of my Book Tour for my new historical fiction novel Noble Cause at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., just outside of Charleston. You can't help but be awed by the long tree-lined drive...

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Civil War Sesquicentennial ‘Magical History Tour’

Well, I'm here -- in the land of blooming flowers, Spanish moss and hundred-year-old live oak trees. The sun is warm already at 7:30 a.m., and I'm looking forward to a visit to Boone Hall Plantation and book signing at Boone Hall Farms today.It was fun to watch the...

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Book tour in S.C. for Civil War sesquicentennial

A beautiful day in southern Pennsylvania, but it was only a tease. More cold weather is expected tomorrow. Lucky it is that I will be heading to South Carolina later this week to launch my new historical fiction novel, Noble Cause, and to witness the 150th anniversary...

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Mosby Rangers 1905 Reunion

For Confederate History Month, I will be posting every day some of the historical tidbits related to the Civil War that I have run across while doing research. Today's entry is a Washington Post article printed Aug. 22, 1905, about an upcoming reunion of Mosby's...

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Confederate History Month is here

April means warm weather, spring flowers -- and of course, Confederate History Month. This year is especially relevant as the 150th Anniversary “Sesquicentennial” of the War Between the States, 1861-1865, is now underway through 2015.The Confederate History Month...

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A visit to Point Lookout: Civil War prison camp

I just got back from a short trip to Southern Maryland, where I had the opportunity to visit Point Lookout at the very tip of Maryland. Located on a peninsula formed by the confluence of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay, the Point is a beautiful--yet somber and...

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