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Killer Nashville 2023

August 17 - 20, 2023, Cool Springs, TN

Come Join the Fun!




Lipscomb University Lifelong Learning Fall 2023

"Book of the Week Sneak Peek" ~ Monday, August 28, 2023 ~ Longview Mansion, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN


10:00 A. M. - 11:30 A.M. In Person (Me!) and ZOOM


"The Sign of the Weeping Virgin" & "The Hearts of All on Fire"



AND THEN . . . 


Women's National Book Association 

Thursday, November 2, 2023

With Authors Bonnie Blaylock & Joy Jordan-Lake

(Private Event)

Let the good times keep rolling . . .




David Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN ~ November 17 - 19, 2023 ~ Register at the WriterFest Site.


Featuring Authors Patti Callahan Henry, Tyler Perry, Etc. Guid'Antonio and I will be there, too :)

Historical Novel Society Conference ~ June 8 - 10, 2023

San Antonio, Texas

Join me for "Creating a Compelling Protagonist: Taking Your Story from Good to Great" along with Author Patricia Hudson

Saturday at 2:45 ~ June 10



So happy to launch "The Hearts of All on Fire," Book II in the Guid'Antonio Mystery Series ~ Tuesday, 27th September, 2022, 6:30 PM CST ~ Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN. Thank You, Parnassus, Thank You, Dear Readers.

KILLER NASHVILLE ~ Live! In Cool Springs (Brentwood), TN ~ August 18-21, 2022

I'll be there with my Guid'Antonio Vespucci mysteries featuring Book I, "THE SIGN OF THE WEEPING VIRGIN," and COMING SOON Book II, "THE HEARTS OF ALL ON FIRE." Panels, signings, terrific guests of honor. I hope to see you there for chats about Renaissance Florence, Italy. 

I was thrilled to launch the paperback edition of The "Sign of the Weeping Virgin" at Parnassus Books in person in Nashville, Tn.  Saturday, May 14, 2022, 2-3 p.m.

At Parnassus Books (Nashville) with author Steve Womack signing his book "Fade Up from Black." Apri 2, 2022.

HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY CONFERENCE ~ Virtual from San Antonio, Texas ~ June 20 - June 27, 2021. {Next conference: 2023}



Nashville's annual book festival featuring authors of both adult and children's books, free panels & presentations, along with booths, music, games & lots of fabulous food. In beautiful downtown Nashville, TN. For a list of attending authors, follow the poster link to the festival site. 

Great fun sharing the love with author Phyllis Gobbell (in blue) regarding Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN.  Oct. 12 - 14, 2018 ~ "Today in Nashville," WSMV, NBC.

~ KILLER NASHVILLE ~ Aug. 23 - 26, 2018

Enjoyed my panel with historical mystery author, Anne Perry in Nashville, TN.

On Sunday, June 3, at 2:00, I'll be joined at Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN by author Phyllis Gobbell for "An Afternoon in Florence." We'll discuss our books, Phyllis's contemporary mystery, "Treachery in Tuscany," and my historical mystery, "The Sign of the Weeping Virgin," as well as works-in-progress. Please join us as we discuss fabulous Florence, where both books are set. There will be goodies! And secrets shall be revealed.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 ~ Parnassus Books' Independent Bookstore Day & Local Author Happy Hour!
Join me and a host of Nashville Authors ~ 5 pm - 6:30 pm ~ 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN ~ 37215 ~ 615-953-2243

At Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN
SCBWI Midsouth Fall Conference ~ Friday, Sept. 29 - Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 ~ Franklin (Nashville), TN

June 22 - 24, 2017, Portland, Ore. ~ Two Presentations: "Looking Back: Taking Your MS. From Good to Great," & "Writing Historical Fiction for Younger Readers," with Authors Kimberly Cross Teter & Rae Ann Parker

Sisters In Crime Middle TN Chapter Celebrating 30 Years ~ Birthday Party! Tuesday, July 11, 6 P, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

SOKY (Southern KY Book Fest) ~ Saturday, April 22, 2017 ~ COME NEXT SPRING ~ Bowling Green, KY ~ Western KY University Knicely Conference Center

The Classic Coming-of-Age Novel Set in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. "A likable cost of characters and even a romance." Horn Book Magazine

Lunch & Learn ~ David Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN ~ Tuesday, April 4, 2017 ~ "The Truth Outstrips My Pen: History & Mystery in Renaissance Florence & 18th C. Venice" ~ Alana White with "The Sign of the Weeping Virgin" & Kimberly Cross Teter with "Isabella's Libretto"

Library Journal Review: “Intrigue and danger . . . White's debut Renaissance mystery is overflowing with historical details and fascinating subplots . . . the author's knack for describing settings is stellar.

"Come Next Spring" Book Launch ~ Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN ~ Sunday, January 22, 2017, 2p. Alana White Partnering with Kristin O'Donnell Tubb, "John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy"

The Classic Coming-of-Age Novel Set in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. "A likable cost of characters and even a romance." Horn Book Magazine

From late October - mid-November 2016, I'll be in Florence conducting research for my next Guid'Antonio & Amerigo Vespucci historical mystery novel. I'm so excited about spending time there again. So excited, so blessed.

"Primavera" (detail), Sandro Botticelli, Botticelli Hall, The Uffizi, Florence

October 14 - 16, 2016, Nashville, TN ~ "A Celebration of the Written Word" ~ Stop by the SCBWI Midsouth Booth on Saturday Oct. 15th and visit me from 1 - 3 along with a host of children's writers.


Reviews Galore and Book Giveaways from Oct. 10 - Oct. 24, 2016!

2016 Midsouth SCBWI Fall Conference
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, Sept. 16 - 18, 2016, Franklin, TN

Thursday, Aug. 18 - Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, Embassy Suites Nashville South, Cool Springs, Franklin, TN. Join me for "Working Effectively With Your Publishing Team," Sunday ~ 12:45/1:45p, Oak Room. With agent Jill Marr, Publicist Julie Schoerke & Fellow Author, Stacy Allen

SCBWI - The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Winter Conference ~ New York City, NY ~ February 12 - 14, 2016

Congratulations 2016 Holiday Goodreads Giveaway winners! Autographed copies of "The Sign of the Weeping Virgin" are on the way to readers in MO and WA.

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY! Sign up here to win an autographed copy of "The Sign of the Weeping Virgin," set in Renaissance Florence, Italy. December 14, 2015 ~ January 14, 2016 Goodreads Giveaway


SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS ~ Nashville, TN ~ Oct. 9-11, 2015 ~ Nashville Main Library & Legislative Plaza


MADE IN NASHVILLE BOOTH ~ Centennial Park Pavillion ~ Nashville, TN ~ Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 ~ 11a-7p ~ Free, With Proceeds Supporting the Epilipsey Foundation of Middle & Western Tennessee

Historical Novel Society 2015 Conference
Denver, CO - June 26/June 28 ~ "The Art of Art in Fiction: Using Art to Advance the Story in Action & Dialogue"

Enjoy Vino & Biscotti During "An Afternoon in Italy" ~ Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden, Cheekwood Botanical Garden
Alana White, "The Sign of the Weeping Virgin," & Kimberly Cross Teeter, "Isabella's Libretto." Sunday, April 26, 2015 ~ 3:30 p.m. ~ In Partnership With Parnassus Books ~ Nashville, TN

Bellevue Library Opening ~ Nashville, TN
January 29, 2015 ~ 10. a.m.

Coffee County Public Library ~ Manchester, TN
January 17, 2015 ~ 10 a.m. - 1 p. m.


October 10 ~ 12, Legislative Plaza
Join me with the Sisters in Crime Panel on Friday Afternoon
3 - 4:30 p. m. ~ Rm. 31, Legislative Plaza

Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Conference
September 12/14, 2014, Embassy Suites ~ Franklin, Tennessee

TN/KY Historical Novel Society Chapter Meeting Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Downtown Nashville Public Library
Reservations Required
10 a.m - Noon - Room 3

KILLER NASHVILLE 2014 ~ August 21/24
Omni Hotel, Downtown Nashville, TN
Guests of Honor, Lisa Jackson & William Kent Krueger

11 January, 2014 ~ 10 a.m. You are cordially invited to join the Women's National Book Association (Nashville Chapter) & Richland Park Library Branch Book Discussion of "The Sign of the Weeping Virgin." 4711 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209 ~ I will be joining the discussion for a short while.

Thanks to all who entered the Goodreads Giveaway! The five winners (out of 650 entries) have received their copies of "The Sign of the Weeping Virgin" in the mail.

Murray State University
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 ~ Murray State University ~ Murray, KY
Guest Author ~ Jesse Stuart Kentucky Writers Series. Alana White's Reading, Reception, and Book Signing is Open to the Public. While in Murray, she will also visit with Murray students.



Women's National Book Association ~ Nashville Chapter
Guest Speaker ~ The Public is Invited ~ Come Join the Fun for "How a Gal From Kentucky and Nashville, TN Came to Write An Historical Novel Set in Renaissance Italy"
Thursday, November 7, 2013 ~ 6 p.m
(Social Hour & Dinner: 5 ~ 6)
Nero's Grille ~ Green Hills
Nashville, TN

My Portuguese Cover! I really do love it.

October 23, 2013 ~ Private Event
Green Hills ~ Nashville, TN

Southern Festival of Books
A Celebration of the Written Word ~ October 11-13, 2013 ~ Legislative Plaza ~ Nashville, TN ~ "The Past Comes to Life on the Page: Historical Novels," With Alison Atlee, "The Typewriter Girl." Saturday 11a - Noon ~ *With the fabulous Lynette Ingram Moderating*

Green Hills Public Library
Guest Author
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
6:30 p. m ~ 7:30 p. m.
Nashville, TN

Killer Nashville Writers' Conference 2013
August 23 - 25, 2013 ~ Fans vote "The Sign of the Weeping Virgin" A Finalist for the 2013 Silver Falchion Award for Best Book. (What is a falchion? A one-handed, single-edged sword of European origin! My Guid'Antonio Vespucci must have one in the next book.)

Historical Novel Society 5th North American Conference
St. Petersburg, FL - June 21-23, 2013
"Historical Fiction: The Search for Research" Panel with Alana White, Jack W. London, Susan McDuffie & Denise Di Fulco ~ Conference Guests of Honor ~ Anne Perry & Steve Berry

4 May 2013 ~ 20 May 2013: I was in Florence for two weeks researching the next book in the Guid'Antonio Vespucci mystery series!

International Studies Institute ~ Festival d'Europa
International Symposium ~ Palazzo Rucellai ~ Florence, IT ~ May 6 - 9, 2013
Music ~ Theatre ~ Dance

Friends of Beaman Library Guest of Honor, April 9, 2013, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

The Ponte Vecchio Over the River Arno. Picture me here!

The Florentine
This bi-monthly English-speaking news magazine in Florence is my favorite resource for current news and features about the present and past in the City of Flowers. A must for travelers to Florence.