Life in the Past Lane

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

Words of love with a Civil War touch

I know much of the country is white with snow right now, but with Valentine's Day approaching, it's time to have warm hearts even if the rest of us is freezing.In honor of the romantic occasion, I have put together a little booklet called "From the Heart: Love Stories...

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Southern Book Tour in Feburary

The Amelia Island Book Festival is now less than a month away, so I thought I'd post an abbreviated itinerary of where I will be during my trip to Florida for the Festival. Booksellers can contact me if they'd like to purchase books or have me stop by to sign...

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Birthday of a cherished son of the South

“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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Gettysburg churches a treasure trove of history

Trinity UCC, GettysburgI've been attending different church services the last few weeks--which may not seem like a topic for an historical fiction author's blog--expect that every church I have attended was used as a hospital during the Civil War. (Any church that was...

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Historic treasures discovered in bank vault

This is old news - the discovery of the two trunks having been made in 2002 - but I just ran across this article and thought I'd share it in case there are others who were unaware.The discovery of two long-forgotten steamer trunks crammed with family memorabilia from...

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Epilogue to Noble Cause

For the Epilogue to SHADES OF GRAY, Go HERE. “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...

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Please vote for Best of Gettysburg - and send around to your friends.I'd like to get as much input as possible! You may not be able to answer each and every question, but I'm hoping for at least 10 answers on each questionnaire.You can leave answers as a comment to...

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Civil War message in a bottle deciphered

Hard to believe that we are still making discoveries about the Civil War when we are just months away from commemorating the 150th anniversary of its start. The latest discovery is the deciphering of a message in a bottle that was intended for a Confederate general.In...

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