Life in the Past Lane

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

From snow to sun

I don't know if there is anything as majestic and serene as a Spanish moss-covered oak in the South. This picture was taken at Brookgreen Gardens, south of Myrtle Beach, S.C., where I'm relaxing and working on my next Civil War novel. To see more photos of my trip see...

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Down South

As many of you know, I am in beautiful South Carolina this week, and I can't think of a better place for a historical fiction author to relax and write.I am always looking for new plantations to explore, and was thrilled to find one close by called BrookGreen Gardens...

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Valentine’s Day and Civil War romance

In honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I'd print a post I did about the beautiful love letter of Major Sullivan Ballou.“If I do not return, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I loved you, nor that when my last breath escapes me on the battlefield, it will whisper...

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Shades of Gray, Virginia and Romance

What do my historical fiction novel Shades of Gray, Virginia and romance have in common, you ask? Well, just in time for Valentine's Day, Amazon has come out with its Top 20 List of Most Romantic Cities, and, as in previous years, Virginia is well represented.In fact,...

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Snow on Gettysburg Battlefield

I drove to Little Round Top back when we only had about three inches of snow to take a photo of the landscape - but the Park Service had closed the roads so I had to settle for these.Now, of course, the battlefield is covered with three feet of snow, so it will be...

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Robert E. Lee: A great American

I always like to do a post on Jan. 19 because it is Robert E. Lee's birthday - and the publication date of my historical fiction novel Shades of Gray. This year I chose to re-print President Dwight D. Eisenhower's comments about the character of Lee and why he was a...

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Great Americans born in January

In the South, and especially in Virginia, it is common to celebrate Lee-Jackson Day (Civil War generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson) because they were both born in January.I decided to look up other great American heroes that were born this month and...

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Witnesses to Battle of Gettysburg gone

It was heartbreaking to see the two historic witness trees in front of the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gettysburg being removed on Tuesday.The trees are reported to be about 170 years old so were there to witness the Battle of Gettysburg. Church leaders...

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Favorite historical fiction of 2009

Since I didn't have time to read any fiction this year, I thought I'd ask some book review bloggers to share their historical fiction favorites of 2009.Bookfan-MaryMary reads all types of books, but her top historical fiction picks for 2009 are:Cleopatra's Daughter by...

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