Life in the Past Lane

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

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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Favorite Civil War books of 2009

I came across a page for a 2010 American Civil War Reading Challenge, and thought I'd list my favorite Civil War books from 2009 in case anyone needs recommendations.I don't have time to read much fiction so my list this year is non-fiction. 1. My absolute favorite...

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A Christmas tradition from the past

As an historical fiction author, I love reading about old traditions. So when I ran across an article about Belsnickling - a Christmas Eve tradition that was once a part of the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage, I thought I'd share it.Never heard of it? Me neither. But...

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Need a last-minute gift? Make a donation

Christmas is fast approaching and Mother Nature threw a curve ball to those who live on the East Coast with a storm that crippled traffic and kept everyone out of the malls.Since this is the season of giving, I thought I'd list a few of my favorite charities as...

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