Life in the Past Lane

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

A love story from the days of slavery

(Continuing my blog post about my trip to the Amelia Island Book Festival and the sidetrips I took on the way and the way back).I will have to break my St. Augustine trip into a couple of posts because there was so much to see! When I left Amelia Island, I decided to...

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Southern Book Tour: Mixing history with pleasure

Fort ClinchContinuing my post on my journey South, I left Summerville, S.C., and drove four hours to Amelia Island, ending up in downtown Fernandina. I now have a new favorite small town!Known as the “Isle of Eight Flags,” Amelia Island/Fernandina has had an amazing,...

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Sights from my Southern Tour

Sunrise over Myrtle Beach.I'm back in Pennsylvania and obviously didn't do a very good job of keeping up with my blog while on my Southern Tour for the Amelia Island Book Festival. Honestly between cocktail hours, dinners, presentations, and trying to go sightseeing...

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Kick-off of Southern Book Tour

View from Balcony.Left home with temperatures in the 30s and arrived at Myrtle Beach with temps in the 60s--a BIG difference. This is the first leg of my journey to the Amelia Island Book Festival in Florida, and I'm already having a blast. I took a long walk on the...

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Southern retreat: An historic trip

BrookGreen Gardens near Myrtle Beach. This was one of my stops a few years ago.I am very excited to have been invited as a Featured Author to the Amelia Island Book Festival, and plan to make the most out of my trip! I love the South (especially in February), and...

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Love story from the Civil War

Valentine's card sent during the Civil War.Looking ahead to the "romantic holiday" known as Valentine's Day, I though I'd share this heart-warming story of a hand-made valentine that a Confederate soldier sent to his wife during the Civil War. It is one of the 25,000...

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Horses and the Civil War

Since the release of the movie "War Horse" there has been a lot more attention given to the role of horses in wartime. On a tour of the Brandy Station battlefield last summer I learned that for every man killed during the Civil War (around 625,000), three horses...

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Birthday of a Southern hero

“I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South its dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and have never seen the day when I did not pray for them.” - Gen....

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Civil War & Southern Literary Awards Contest

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!For those who wanted a signed copy of Noble Cause and didn't receive one from Santa, I have a great opportunity for you!The Military Order of the Stars and Bars, a fraternal organization made up of descendants of Confederate...

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