Life in the Past Lane

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

Civil War book signing at Manassas event

I'm looking forward to my next book signing at Prospero's Books in Manassas, Va. The signing will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the first large battle of the Civil War: First Manassas or the Battle of Bull Run.Since I launched my Civil War novel Noble Cause...

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Civil War novel wins award for Southern fiction

I'm not sure what happened that it is July already. Maybe it was the 85 hours I worked the last week of June at my part-time job? I didn't see my house except to sleep for almost two weeks, and am still in the process of catching up.Despite those long hours, I...

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Trailer for Civil War novel “Noble Cause”

I finally received all of the rights to post my trailer for my new historical fiction novel Noble Cause, so thought I'd go ahead and share it on my blog as well.It features the artwork of John Paul Strain, including my all-time favorite piece called "Fire in the...

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Civil War treasure hunting in Harper’s Ferry

Just a quick post about last weekend -- one of the few weekends I have off during the month of June. We took the short trip to Harper's Ferry to wander around the Flea Market there, and came home with an old wooden-handled hatchet and two baggies of Civil War items...

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Horses and the Civil War

Rooney LeeDuring the tour of the historic Farley plantation last Saturday, our guide Clark "Bud" Hall talked about Gen. Robert E. Lee's son, Fitzhugh "Rooney" Lee and his horse "Frantic," both of whom participated in the Battle of Brandy Station.Of course, when he...

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Lunch at Farley: A Civil War treasure

The historic house called Farleywhere we ate lunch after our ride.Note: This is Part 2 of my experiences on June 4 as part of the Mosby Heritage Area Association Brandy Station Battlefield ride.After a morning of horseback riding across the beautiful rolling hills on...

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Riding into history at Brandy Station

Union Colonel Benjamin"Grimes" Davis was shotnear here.Part 1The Battle of Brandy Station -- the largest cavalry battle ever fought on the North American continent -- took place on June 9, 1863. Of the 20,000 soldiers involved, about 17,000 were mounted. Brandy...

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The Great Train Raid event

I started the Memorial Day weekend as I try to do every year, by placing flags on Veteran's graves at Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg. Buried there are veterans of every war, including many from the Civil War. I seem to get assigned a different section every year,...

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Heritage Day book signing in Purcellville

I didn't take many photos at my book signing in Virginia on Saturday, but I sure had a great time! The event was Purcellville Heritage Day, an old-fashioned country fair that included a Civil War theme this year in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the...

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Noble Cause wins awards!

I am happy to report that my new Civil War novel Noble Cause has been named the winner in the Indie Next Generation Contest for Best Regional Fiction.Like my first novel, Shades of Gray, it also was named a Finalist in both the Historical Fiction and Romance...

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