Life in the Past Lane

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

Shades of Gray release date is no accident

I can't help but smile every time someone notices the Jan. 19 release date of my novel "Shades of Gray," and mentions it to me.For those who are not aware, Jan. 19 is the birthday of one of the South's most honored and respected generals, as well as one of its most...

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PLEASE HIT THE CONTACT ME BUTTON ON THE TOP OF THE PAGE TO REACH ME OR SIGN UP FOR MY NEWSLETTER. I try to answer all emails, but it may take a few days, so be patient. You can reach me at: writefromthepast(at)yahooDOTcom Facebook.com/RomanticHistoricalFiction...

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Good day to read a Civil War novel

I had a busy schedule planned for today... I really did. But with my chair facing the view outside, I can't seem to get motivated. I find my eyes drifting up, and then my mind drifting away, as I watch a steady shower of snow cascading onto the tree limbs and bushes....

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‘Damn the Yankees’ – not the correct oath

I am always interested in reading first-person accounts of the Civil War, and so was pleased to find an article in my inbox this morning concerning the unpleasant task imposed upon Southerners of taking the oath of allegiance.After the War Between the States, loyal...

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Patriot Press signs fellow Civil War author

It's been a busy week in Gettysburg, Pa., with my publisher, Patriot Press, signing author Michael Aubrecht to print his latest title "The Southern Cross: A Civil War Devotional."I'm very excited to see this work published and believe that both the Christian community...

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Early reviews in for Shades of Gray

Perhaps the hardest part of being a writer is sharing your work with the public for the first time... and then holding your breath as you wait for their reaction. So far, I have been relieved and pleased with the results!Heather Froeschl of the Book Review Journal...

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All about “Shades of Gray”

Welcome to my site! For those who have read Shades of Gray and stopped by to take a peek, I'm so glad you did!This is a place where I intend to share with readers the blood, sweat and tears that went into writing the novel (yes ,there were many tears), and to provide...

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Civil War novel reviews

2013Thoughts of a Dedicated BookwormBooked Solid with Virginia C.2012My Life Blog" I enjoyed this page-turner and couldn't put it down. It is worth every star of its five star rating."Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star: October, 2011"Author Jessica James ably blends the...

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2009 Virtual Blog Tour

Nov. 30: Interview at BookWormsDinnerDec. 1: Interview at RomanceAtHeartDec. 2: Interview at BookPleasures Dec. 3: Guest Post: "Civil War Romances Reveal Fine Line Between Love and Hate" on WeWriteRomanceDec. 4: Guest post on researching historical fiction at...

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