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Life in the Past Lane

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

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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Shades of Gray part of Op. Desert Swap

I keep wondering if my package has arrived yet in Iraq as part of Operation Desert Swap. In case you haven't heard of it, authors all across the country have donated a copy of their book and "adopted" one of the 83 soldiers in Company C 3/25 Aviation Regiment, a...

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‘Tis the season: Book signings & blog tours

I have a busy week preparing publicity for my Remembrance Day book signing with Jeff Shaara at the National Park Service Visitor Center on Nov. 21, and finishing up interviews and posts for my blog tour in December.As a tease, here is a picture of the basket of Civil...

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Welcome Fellow Authors!

Want to get your book in front of readers who are in your target audience? I believe I've come up with a way to do just that. My hope is that self/independently published authors can promote their work to a wider audience by helping each other through social media...

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Historical fiction book review: The General

The General and Monaville, Texas By Joe G. Bax168 pagesEmerald Book CompanyTouching on a piece of history that I think is too often overlooked, author Joe G. Bax successfully paints a vivid picture of a small Texas town during the tumultuous period that followed the...

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Taking a step back in time with sealing wax

Being an historical fiction author, I enjoy doing things the old-fashioned way (maybe that's why I haven't caught on to text messaging yet). Pictured at right is my wax seal set - a wax candle, "J" stamp and spoon.I bought the set from an estate auction because I...

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The golden season of autumn

Love this time of year - though I don't feel I'm getting a lot done. My eyes are constantly drawn to the leaves tumbling and frolicking outside as if some giant being from above has cast golden tickets into the air and sent them spiraling to the ground.I took a few...

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Civil War etiquette in the Ballroom

When doing research for my historical fiction novel Shades of Gray, I was always intrigued by the rules of etiquette that were observed during the Civil War and Victorian era, and amazed at how far away from "polite society" we've moved. Here are a few examples of how...

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