Life in the Past Lane

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

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...

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150th anniversary of the Civil War events

Oh, my this is going to be a busy year! Hope you are all aware of the great historical events taking place across the nation to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the War Between the States.I will be in Charleston, S.C. in April -- yep, where it...

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A sure sign of Spring

Back when I was a newspaper reporter, the phones would start ringing the end of February or the beginning of March with people calling in their first sightings of robins. (Yes, that was back in the "old days," I know).Anyway, I didn't call my local newspaper, but...

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A trip into the past

Well, I promised some more photos from Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, so here they are.You have to appreciate the beautiful craftsmanship on some of these monuments and wonder about the amount of time it must have taken to create them. I am always drawn to those that...

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Noble Cause is here!

Yes, the 150th anniversary of the Civil War commemorative edition of the historical fiction novel Shades of Gray is finally here!The new title is Noble Cause: A Novel of Love and War. It is a hardcover edition, and came about as a result of numerous romance...

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Sorrow, hope and history at Hollywood Cemetery

 Tombstones overlooking the James.As most of you know, I had a Valentine's Day book signing at Shirley Plantation for my historical fiction novel Shades of Gray this week. With so much to see in Richmond, I went a day early--and stayed a day later. My first stop...

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Trip to Richmond

Stop over at my Life in the Past Lane blog to read about my trip to Richmond and the signing of my historical fiction novel Shades of Gray at historic Shirley Plantation.

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Romance and Civil War history on the plantation

Shirley Plantation main house. The tree is 350 years old.James River lies just behind.I'm back from my whirlwind trip to Richmond where I signed copies of my Civil War novel Shades of Gray at Shirley Plantation on Valentine's Day. What a great historical site...

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Test your visual skills with this puzzle by Jim Warren. Can you find the seven hearts hidden within?Answers above.Click on his name to see more of Jim Warren's unbelievable work.Hope you have a romantic day!Jessica James

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