Life in the Past Lane

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

A trip to Valley Forge

Reproductions of cabins used by soldiers at Valley Forge.It seems like I have been running non-stop since leaving town the last week of June to attend a book signing in Elizabeth City, N.C. From there I spent a few days on the Outer Banks, and then it was back to...

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Poignant Civil War poem

Had to share this beautiful poem that was printed on June 30, 1863 in the Poughkeepsie Eagle in New York. Author unknown. Send Them Home Tenderly Send them home tenderly,The sleepers at rest,With hands meekly foldedOn each silent breast;Let them come back to...

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A Yankee raid during the Civil War

Belle Grove, home of Amanda Edmonds during the Civil War.I had a spectacular time in Virginia last Sunday, touring homes that were known as Mosby Safe Houses during the Civil War. As many of you know, Confederate officer John S. Mosby was the inspiration for the...

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Touring homes in Mosby’s Confederacy

Several of the homes known to be safe houses for Mosby's Rangers will be open for tour this Sunday, thanks to the Mosby Heritage Area Association. The homes include Seven Springs, the Hathaway House, Brookside, Belle Grove, and Oakham. I cannot wait! This is a rare...

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Man’s best friend

Found this interesting and heartbreaking account of war in the Gettysburg Compiler, January 12, 1864:Singular Fidelity of a Dog on the BattleFieldOn Monday last, as Hon. John Covode, in company with a number of officers, was passing over the battlefield beyond...

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Print version now available!

Hello everyone! Hope you're staying cool! I'm happy to announce that the print version of Above and Beyond is available on Amazon for only $10.95! That's more than 25% off the retail price of $14.99, so order it today. It will be officially released on July 25!Click...

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Hit #1 in Christian Historical Fiction

New Civil War novel by Jessica JamesI just wanted to write a quick note and thank EVERYONE who purchased a copy of my new historical romance novel ABOVE AND BEYOND on launch day and during the first week!Thanks to you it hit #1 on Amazon's best seller list in the...

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Above and Beyond is finally here!

Yes, it's official!My new Civil War novel Above and Beyond will be officially released in e-book format on May 23 and in print on August 15.I will be running a contest next week to help spread the word so check back here or learn the latest news on my Romantic...

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Flowers, flowers everywhere

Blue bellsThose of you who see me on Facebook know that I post a Flower Friday photo every Friday from March through the fall.This time of year, there are so many different flowers blooming at one time, I thought I'd post a few photos on my blog as well.It's fun to go...

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Tour of historic Waveland

Waveland, Marshall, Va.On Saturday, I had the great pleasure of volunteering with the Mosby Heritage Area Association for a fundraiser that included a tour of historic Waveland.  This beautiful house was home to John Augustine Washington, III, the great-great-nephew...

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