Life in the Past Lane

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

Civil War novel gets “Wow” review

Just received a copy of the August issue of the Lone Star Review, where my historical fiction novel Shades of Gray received a "wow" review (far exceeds expectations). It's the highest classification given by the publication.A nice bit of news on this hot and sultry...

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Rare Civl War artifacts discovered in Georgia

According to reports, Georgia archaeologists have unearthed a number of rare Civil War artifacts after locating a Confederate prison camp.State officials announced the discovery of Camp Lawton, which was reportedly found by a graduate student studying archaeology at...

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A memorable Civil War weekend

WelbourneI have returned from two of the most wonderful days in my entire life. Really! Looking back on it now, I feel like I was in a time warp, or maybe I dreamed the whole thing. It was just too good to be true. It’s funny since the whole thing was kind of a...

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Successful crabbing expedition

It's been a busy summer - but not all work and no play. I spent two days at my brother's house relaxing in his pool and crabbing with my nephews and pop.We didn't do too badly either - 32 crabs in just two hours on the water. They were some of the best crabs I've ever...

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Upcoming Civil War events

What a crazy (and hot) summer. Obviously I have not kept up with my blogging, but I did want to post a couple of events that are coming up.Civil War at Welbourne and CrednalAug. 7The Mosby Heritage Area Association and the Valley Light Horse Cavalry will present a...

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Booksigning Events

2013 EventsJanuary 8: Lake Heritage ClubFeb. 17: Washington County Museum of Fine Art 1-5 p.m.March 9: Fairfax  150th Mosby Raid 4-5 p.m.June 22: Page After Page Bookstore, Elizabeth City, N.C. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.June 28 through July 7: Signing throughout Gettysburg,...

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Dear reader,With so many books now on the market, many new authors get overlooked. I’ve compiled a short list of books/authors that are worth taking a look at—from non-fiction history to YA historical fiction. Of course, since I have an interest in the Civil War, many...

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Civil War service offers glimpse into the past

I attended a church service a few Sunday's ago at the United States Christian Commission Civil War Chapel in Gettysburg, and have been remiss in not writing about it.As you can see from the picture at right, you really get a taste of how services were conducted during...

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A memorable Memorial Day

Don't know why it's taken me more than a week to write about my Memorial Day experiences, but I'm finally getting around to it. I thought I'd share because it was such an unusual set of circumstances that led to the discovery of some ancestors who fought in the Civil...

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Remembering what Memorial Day is all about

Since it has its roots in the Civil War, I've covered the history of Memorial Day in other blog posts. Today, I just wanted to remind everyone to remember what this three-day weekend is all about - to honor those who have fallen in service to this country.To help...

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