Life in the Past Lane

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

So excited! Stop by The Writers Porch

Carol over at TheWritersPorch is celebrating her blog's One Year Anniversary by having ME as a guest! Carol posted a review of Shades of Gray and did a short interview so I hope you'll stop over and check it out. I have to admit I was a little worried about having a...

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The anniversary of Gone with the Wind

As most of you know, I'm in the middle of a Virtual Book Tour for my historical fiction novel Shades of Gray, with a drawing to be held next Tuesday, Dec. 15., for a basket full of Civil War goodies. What you may not know not know is that Dec. 15 is a very important...

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Are you looking for something?

If you've stopped by as part of techno-thriller author Denise Robbins' brilliant Connect the Dots promotion, you're in the right place!If you're not, but want to play along, go to Denise's blog. In a nutshell, I am posting the answers to yesterday's questions, which...

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Thanksgiving and the Civil War

I don't know about everyone else, but for me, Thanksgiving conjures images of Pilgrims and Indians sitting around a large table dining on turkey and pumpkin pie. While it's true the new arrivals to America did feast with the Native Americans in the fall of 1621 - the...

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Taking a step back in time in Gettysburg

I intended to write this post much earlier today, but my dog found something really smelly to roll in this morning so I had to throw her in the tub for a bath - and then clean the entire bathroom. (Still can't get that smell out of my nose).Anyway, I had a great time...

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Remembrance Day in Gettysburg

As I scramble around trying to get ready for my Shades of Gray book signing on Saturday, it occurred to me that people in other towns across the country may not realize what a special week this is.To some, Nov. 19 may just be a day that falls the week before...

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A day to thank our veterans

Nov. 11 is Veteran's Day, a U.S. holiday that stretches back to the end of World War I and commemorates the nation's thousands of combat veterans who fought in the service of their country.HistoryOn the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an...

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Review: Shock Troops of the Confederacy

Everyone who studies the Civil War has different interests, and I am no exception. My favorite topics are civilians, spies/espionage, cavalry units, and independent commands - all facets I touch on in my historical fiction novel Shades of Gray.I promised myself I...

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