Life in the Past Lane

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

Readers help writers get back on track

I enjoy the solitary life of a writer, but it is still wonderful to hear from readers. In fact, nothing can make my day like the wonderful comment I received this morning from Marie in Charlottesville, Va.In part, she said: "Just finished reading your book, "Shades of...

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Women soldiers in the Civil War

I'm reading a great book called, They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War by Deanne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook. As I was doing research for my historical fiction novel, I discovered a few women who dressed as men and fought as soldiers, but I am...

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A taste of life in the country

We have certainly been lucky in the northeast to have had one of the coolest July's I can remember. Usually the heat and humidity settle down on us the end of June and hot, sticky nights are the norm.This July, most days have been in the comfortable high 70s to low...

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Civil War general’s romantic courtship

"I have never, on the field of battle, sent you where I was unwilling to go myself; nor would I advise to go a course which I myself was unwilling to pursue. You have been good soldiers; you can be good citizens. Obey the laws, preserve your honor, and the Government...

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Reader pens poem about Shades of Gray

As I wrote in a recent post, I had a book signing in Isle of Wight County, Va., recently for my historical fiction novel Shades of Gray. A few days after the signing I received an email from Gwynne George, who sent me this lovely poem she had written after reading the...

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Independence Day

Happy Independence Day! Please keep in mind the reason we celebrate this day and remember that it took many brutal years of war before our independence was actually achieved. It is important that we remember what the founding fathers gave to us, and that we do not...

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Olden Day’s Festival a step back in time

I'll admit that I don't always look forward to doing book signings, but I couldn't have had a better time at the Olden Days Festival in Smithfield, Va., last weekend.For those of you who don't know the history of Smithfield, it is located on the banks of the Pagen...

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Signing Civil War book at Olden Days

I am really excited to be taking part in Olden Days June 26-27 in beautiful Smithfield,Va., said to be one of the state' best preserved seaports.According to its website, Smithfield is a quaint river-port town rich in Hams, History, and Hospitality. The town's Main...

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Mosby Ranger Descendant Reunion in Va.

What a great and historic day we had in Virginia on Saturday!The Mosby Heritage Area Association hosted the 2nd Mosby Ranger Descendant Reunion at the Inn at Kelly's Ford and had a great turnout!It was so wonderful to meet the descendants of the men I read about while...

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Mosby Ranger Descendant Reunion

I'm really excited to be attending the Mosby Heritage Area Association's 2nd Annual Mosby Ranger Descendant Reunion this Saturday at the Inn at Kelly’s Ford in southern Fauquier County. Most of you are probably familiar with the fact the the main character in my...

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