Life in the Past Lane

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

A star-spangled visit to Fort McHenry

It's been exactly a month since I visited "the birthplace of the National Anthem" for the 200th anniversary of the "Star Spangled Banner," but I am only just getting around to writing a post about it. I'm happy to report that my latest manuscript is with the editor so...

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Two-time winner of Southern Fiction Award

I can't believe summer is really here, and we are heading into the Fourth of July holiday weekend! I have been trying to get the garden in shape, but it's been slow-going this year. We do finally have some beans coming, along with broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, corn,...

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John Esten Cook Award for Southern Fiction

Honored to announce that my Civil War novel Above and Beyond has been awarded the 2014 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction. Noble Cause won the 2011 Award, so I am a two-time winner! Cooke was a Civil War soldier and one of the most important literary figures...

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Indie Book Awards Finalist!

I'm pleased to announce that my Civil War novel Above and Beyond was a Finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards contest in the Fiction/Religious category!The Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional...

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Updated Awards List

ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARDS 2014 Next Generation Indie Award Finalist in Fiction/Religious 2013 USA “Best Books 2013” Finalist in Fiction/Religious NOBLE CAUSE AWARDS 2012 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Bronze Winner in Romance 2011 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern...

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Patriots’ Day is launch day!

Revolutionary War novellaBy Jessica JamesI am pleased to announce that my latest book, Liberty and Destiny will be released on April 19, 2014 -- Patriots' Day!Set during the American Revolution, the novella tells the tale of two Patriots who show their...

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The miracle of Spring

A lone daffodil blooms among the rocks.I have always thought that autumn was my favorite season, but this year, I've changed my mind. After a winter that seemed like it would never end, I am seeing Spring as I have never seen it before.After being cooped up all...

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Landmark Civil War museum holding auction

The Lincoln-Douglas Debate display.If anyone is going to be near Gettysburg, Pa., on Saturday, you might want to stop by the American Civil War Wax Museum on Steinwehr Avenue, where they will be auctioning off old wax figures along with other items that made up their...

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A reluctant romance after the Civil War

Happy Valentine's Day! This is my fifth post on love stories and letters from the Civil War. SARAH MORGAN and FRANCIS DAWSON   Sarah Morgan The romance between Francis Warrington Dawson and Sarah Morgan was an affair of the heart that took place after the Civil...

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