Life in the Past Lane

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

Civil War cooking at Belle Grove Plantation

I just got around to downloading video from my book signing event at beautiful Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va. that took place during the Cedar Creek Battle re-enactment in October. As you can see, the kitchen workers were preparing a full meal that included...

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Signed books make great gifts!

Some readers may not be aware that you can purchase a signed copy of my award-winning historical fiction novels  Noble Cause or Shades of Gray directly through me for just $20, plus $3 shipping.I'll even gift wrap your purchase for you!Contact me through the button to...

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Hummingbird adventure in Gettysburg

Rufous Hummingbird in GettysburgI spent Saturday morning watching a "bird bander" put a band on my little hummingbird that arrived at my feeder on Nov. 19. He was also measured, weighed and identified as a male Rufous from the Rocky Mountain area. Apparently these...

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Remembrance Day in Gettysburg

I had a great time signing my historical fiction novel Shades of Gray at the American Civil War Center in Gettysburg on Saturday as part of the annual Remembrance Day festivities in Gettysburg. I met many wonderful people from New York, New Jersey, and Ohio, to name a...

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Civil War book signing in Gettysburg

What a beautiful weekend is in store for us in Gettysburg, Pa.! It's Remembrance Day weekend and I think the weather is actually going to cooperate for a change.For those who are not familiar, Nov. 19 is the anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (1863), and it's...

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Magical Holiday History Tour!

Join me on my Magical Holiday History Tour set for the first two weeks of December. There will be lots of prizes including a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card and a signed copy of Noble Cause.Nov. 11 and Nov. 16: Though not officially part of the tour, this is a fun...

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Black Friday Civil War Novel Sale

Black Friday Sale - Noble Cause is just $18! I love books! I love reading them, I love writing them -- and I love giving them away as gifts. Because I believe that signed books make wonderful, lasting, loving presents, I'm offering the lowest price I've ever charged...

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’50 Great Writers You Should be Reading’

What a busy summer it was! I don't quite know where it went, but I love this time of year - especially now that the weather has turned cooler here. I have already helped to split and unload a truckload of firewood, something that will become a ritual every weekend...

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July through October Book Tour 2013

 24th July – Book Feature at Peace from Pieces 25th July – Author Interview at Mommy Adventures 26th July – Guest Post at The Bunny’s Review 27th July - Guest Post at Blog-A-Licious Authors  28th July - Book Review & Author Interview at Book Professor 29th July...

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Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the site of historical fiction author Jessica James. I'm glad you stopped by and hope you will come back again soon.For those of you who have just stumbled upon my site, I am the author of Shades of Gray: A Novel of the Civil War in Virginia (Jan....

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