Life in the Past Lane

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

Waterford’s past makes it special

Despite having a sore throat, I had a nice time at the Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit on Friday and had a very successful book signing of my Civil War novel Shades of Gray to boot.Anyone within 100 miles of Waterford, Va., located in northern Virginia, really...

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Nature Note

Still seeing Monarchs on the Butterfly bush. Poison ivy is turning red and Poplar leaves are getting a tinge of gold to them. This is my favorite time of year.

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Heritage Day book signing in Warrenton

I'm getting ready for a fun day tomorrow at the Warrenton-Fauquier Heritage day in Warrenton, Va.The Heritage Day celebration honors the 250 years of history in Fauquier County and Warrenton's National Designation as a "Preserve America Community."I attended last year...

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Book signing an historic treat

Some authors enjoy doing book signings at bookstores, but I prefer meeting people in a less formal venue while getting to see parts of the country that I might otherwise never get to see.On Saturday I had the pleasure of doing a signing for my historical fiction novel...

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Civil War soldier from Antietam buried

Experted from an articleBy Air Force Senior Airman Jameel MosesSpecial to American Forces Press ServiceSept. 17, 2009 - The remains of a Union Civil War soldier found at the Antietam National Battlefield were buried today in his home state of New York on the 147th...

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See you at the Ole Time Festival Saturday

What a dreary day! Good for sleeping, but I've got so much to do!I'm trying to get all the guests posts and interviews done for my Shades of Gray "Virtual Blog Tour" in December, and I feel like I'm running out of time. It's only September, you say? Ha. Well, just...

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Nature Note

Shaping up to be a beautiful September day. Walnuts are starting to fall - loudly when they hit the tin roof of the shed. Hummingbirds are still here, but I expect them to leave any day.

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Mixing pleasure with Civil War history

It's been such a busy September that I haven't even had time to post about my mini-vacation to Ocean City a week ago. It turned out to be a drab, cloudy, rainy three days set between week-long runs of sunny weather, but we had a great time. As you can see we had an...

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Proud to be an American!

I was joined by a couple hundred thousand of the country's greatest American's today in Washington,D.C.For those of you who watch ABC, NBC, CBS, or MSNBC and therefore didn't hear about it - the march on Washington was called the 912 Project. It was intended to get...

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Southern spy’s Civil War album

I'm in the process of reading Charles Mauro's new book A Southern Spy in Northern Virginia, and wanted to take a moment to share a few things that made me smile. The book is about the album given by Gen. J.E.B. Stuart to Laura Ratcliffe, a young girl in Fairfax...

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