Life in the Past Lane

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

Big Civil War weekend in Gettysburg

It was a whirlwind weekend as Confederate History Month drew to a close on Saturday.First, I had a wonderful book signing event for my new Civil War novel Noble Cause at Pages of the Past Bookstore in Gettysburg. If you're coming to visit Gettysburg, you have to put...

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Obituary for Col. Mosby’s Civil War servant

I thought others might find this interesting. It is the obituary for Col. John Mosby's servant, Aaron Burton, who served with him throughout the Civil War. Anyone who has read of the exploits of Mosby, knows that Burton was quite a character.Dec. 23, 1902 The...

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Off topic: Spring Flowers!

It sure seems like Spring took a long time to get here this year. Traveling in the South to promote my new Civil War novel Noble Cause gave me a taste of warm weather and gardens in bloom, so I'm very grateful that we've now had a couple of days of sun for my own...

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Civil War novel Launch Party continues

April will soon be over, but there is still time to enter to win a free signed copy of Noble Cause in two different ways.#1: Hit the "follow" button on the left-hand column of this blog.Or#2: Go to my Jessica James Fan Page and hit the "LIKE" button.Do both, and get...

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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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