Life in the Past Lane

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

Busy with Book Signings

It seems like only yesterday it was Memorial Day and now the Fourth of July has come and gone. Before we know it, Labor Day will be here!I have a little bit of an excuse, I guess, to be so long in writing another post. I worked about 65 hours a week for most of June...

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First, I want to remind everyone again that it is Confederate Heritage Month. You can check out the Confederate Heritage Minutes each day of April on the left-hand column of this blog for informative little tidbits about Confederate history. Also, this Saturday, April...

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Happy Confederate Heritage Month!

Hello to all. Hope you haven't forgotten that April is Confederate Heritage Month!Thanks to the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, I plan to post a "Confederate Heritage Month Minute" each day of April. (I am hoping to keep up with that anyway).I am...

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April is Confederate Heritage Month

Those who live in Southern states may be aware that next month is Confederate Heritage and History Month. But if you're not lucky enough to live in Dixie, you likely won't hear a word about it.If you are like me and have an interest in Confederate history even though...

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Fredericksburg’s role in Civil War novel

People often ask me where the inspiration for Shades of Gray came from. Those familiar with where I live assume that I write about the Civil War because I reside in Gettysburg.Truth is, it was a house in a Civil War town in Virginia that really inspired me to take the...

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Visiting the heart of Civil War Virginia

I took a quick trip to Virginia today - the first in a long time thanks to high gas prices. When I was writing Shades of Gray, I used to go at least once at week (often more), but I have not touched the sacred soil there for months now.For anyone who has never visited...

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A Civil War saga of ‘love, loyalty and honor’

Reviews for Shades of Gray are really starting to come in now (at last), and they are all very complimentary.I especially enjoyed Kristen Pace's of bookpleasures.com, who says, "the intense sorrow, frustration, and ultimately love, seem to transcend the pages to...

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Love and duty during the Civil War

I thought I'd continue my Civil War love letter theme, since it's hard to stop reading them now that I've started. They are so beautifully written and contain such poignant and moving words--especially when one considers the strong men behind those thoughts.One would...

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Civil War warriors had soft hearts

In the midst of the chaos of today's society, it is sometimes hard to imagine the type of devotion that plays out in the novel Shades of Gray. One would not expect, after all, to hear sweet murmurings of love from those great soldiers we have come to know as hardened...

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The book inside me after Shades of Gray

Many people ask me when my "next" book is coming out, and frankly, I don't have an answer. I know it is called "Above and Beyond" and that it is practically finished, but I've not really had the time to think about all the work involved in actually getting it out...

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