Life in the Past Lane

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

Economy, Civil War novel go hand-in-hand

As I write, the stock market is going up and gas prices are going down. Let's hope the worst of the economic roller coaster is behind us. Still, there is a lot of anxiety out there, so I thought I'd share a little snippet I wrote for Amazon on why this is a great time...

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Off topic post – a three-legged stray

I've been wanting to write about the newest member of my family for some time now. Since it's the middle of a busy work week, now is as good a time as any.First, for a little background, I live on a fairly secluded patch of land that is mostly wooded and hides a...

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John Mosby – A rebel even after the war

I received my latest copy of The Southern Cavalry Review today and read it cover to cover. Many thanks to the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society's new newsletter editor Valerie Protopapas for an outstanding job. For those of you who are not familiar with Colonel John S....

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Book-signing event a step back in time

My Friday book signing in Waterford, Va. at the 65th annual Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit started out with a nice writeup in the Loudoun edition of the Washington Post. (It's nice to get publicity with good timing, though I'm not sure it helped).I was...

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A real walk in the past lane

If you read my "Glamorous Life" blog post you know I had a book signing in the beautiful Virginia town of Warrenton last Saturday. While there, I took some pictures of houses that I have passed hundreds of times, but like most people, never really stopped to think...

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The Glamorous Life of an Author

Today I thought I'd share with readers a small glimpse into the life of an award-winning author. For anyone out there who is not yet published, or who is published but has not yet done a book signing, here is a peek into the lifestyle of the not-so-famous.Saturday,...

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Crossing the Potomac

Sept. 1, 2008As most Civil War buffs know, there is just something about standing on the actual spot where events occurred that transforms words in a history book into something real and tangible. Such was the case on Saturday, Aug. 30, when I took part in the 10th...

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The Valley “Yard Crawl”

Well, in my last post I said time was flying and now here it is, the end of August, with Labor Day right around the corner.I did manage to make it down to Virginia this summer for the Yard Crawl on Rt. 11 through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. I highly recommend it...

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A May Visit to Mosby Country

I made a hurried two-day trip to Virginia on Thursday and Friday which included stops in Winchester, Front Royal, New Market, Warrenton and Delaplaine. I made it a point to stop at some of my favorite Mosby spots and take some pictures for those who don't live close...

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The glamorous life of an author

Today I thought I'd share with readers a small glimpse into the life of an award-winning author. For anyone out there who is not yet published, or who is published but has not yet done a book signing, here is a peek into the lifestyle of the not-so-famous.Saturday,...

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