Win a copy of The Sign of the Weeping Virgin by Alana White

In honor of Alana White's novel, The Sign of the Weeping Virgin, being released today Passages to the Past has one copy to give away to a lucky reader!

Happy Publication Day, Alana!!

*Alana will be touring with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours from February 11-22, click HERE to see the schedule of stops.

Publication Date: January 9, 2013
Five Star Publishing


Romance and intrigue abound in The Sign of the Weeping Virgin an evocative historical mystery that brings the Italian Renaissance gloriously to life. In 1480 Florentine investigator Guid Antonio Vespucci and his nephew Amerigo are tangled in events that threaten to destroy them and their beloved city. Marauding Turks abduct a beautiful young Florentine girl and sell her into slavery. And then a holy painting begins weeping in Guid Antonio s church. Are the tears manmade or a sign of God s displeasure with Guid Antonio himself? In a finely wrought story for lovers of medieval and renaissance mysteries everywhere Guid Antonio follows a spellbinding trail of clues to uncover the thought-provoking truth about the missing girl and the weeping painting s mystifying and miraculous? tears all pursued as he comes face to face with his own personal demons.

Praise for The Sign of the Weeping Virgin

“Fans of historical mysteries will thoroughly enjoy this chance to visit the Italy of 1480 in the company of real-life historical figure Guid’Antonio Vespucci, a Florence lawyer. Backed up by sure-handed storytelling and scrupulous research into the period, White creates richly evocative descriptions of Renaissance-era Florence certain to please the amateur historian and armchair tourist.” - Publishers Weekly Review

“A Florentine lawyer must solve a murder to keep his city from imploding. One hopes that White’s clever tale, meticulously researched and pleasingly written, is the first in a series that will bring Florence and its many famous denizens to life.” - Starred Kirkus Review

About the Author

Alana White's fascination with the Italian Renaissance led to her first short historical mystery fiction, then to a full-length novel, The Sign of the Weeping Virgin, forthcoming from Five Star Mysteries in December 2012. Set in Renaissance Florence, The Sign of the Weeping Virgin features lawyer Guid'Antonio Vespucci and his adventurous young nephew, Amerigo Vespucci, as they investigate crime in Renaissance Florence. Alana's articles and book reviews appear regularly in Renaissance Magazine and the Historical Novels Review. In young adult+ books, she is the author of Come Next Spring, a novel set in 1940s Appalachia, and a biography, Sacagawea: Westward with Lewis and Clark. She is currently working on her second Guid'Antonio Vespucci mystery.

Giveaway (Open Internationally)

- To enter, please leave a comment below and include your email address (only comments with email addresses will be entered in the giveaway). 
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- +1 additional entry each, please help spread the word by blogging, posting on sidebar, tweeting or posting this giveaway on Facebook or Google+. You can use the SHARE buttons below. 
- Giveaway ends on December 17th.

Good luck to all!


  1. Thank you for making this one open to all. So much appreciated.


  2. This is the first I have heard of this book and it sounds grand..I would to win it ! Lynda +5

  3. This book sounds amazing!

  4. Thanks Amy for another amazing giveaway!!
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  5. It looks wonderful.
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    kaiminani at gmail dot com

  6. This book sounds wonderful. Thanks for

  7. Looks like a great read!! thanks for hosting!!
    Beth :)
    Beth's Book-Nook Blog

  8. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Facebook follower-Lara Newell
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  9. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  10. This sounds wonderful- I'd love to read it!

  11. So pleased to see a new book set in the Italian Renaissance. Thank you for the giveaway offer!
    Marie Parsons
    Tweeted, Shared on Google+, Facebook follower.

  12. Hello!

    I follow on email ( and fb (Stephanie Rosch) and twitter (StephanieRosch) thanks!

  13. Love this period. thanks for the giveaway. I'm a follower.

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  14. I love historical mysteries.

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  15. I follow via email.

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  16. I am a member of the FB page. Lisa Holmes Garrett.

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  17. I'd love to win! I'm a follower of the blog, twitter and FB.

  18. THE SIGN OF THE WEEPING VIRGIN looks wonderful thank you.

    +5 GFC: Mary Preston

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  19. This sounds fascinating - thanks for the giveaway!


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  20. Thanks for the giveaway!
    as usual, I'm eligible for the +5, +3, +3, and also +1 with my tweet:
    Emma @ Words And Peace
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  21. I would love to win a copy. And I'm a follower. shoshanahinla(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. WOW! Most of my experiene in historical fiction has been limited to Medieval UK stuff...this sounds awesome! Good luck to everyone I guess but I sure hope I win! LOL

  23. I'd love to win a copy!

    carlyasilver at gmail dot com

  24. The Italian Renaissance is my favorite!!! Thanks for the chance -- sidhekist at gmail dot com


  25. I am a follower, here and on facebook.

    On facebook I am Margaret Cook

    Thanks, looks like a great book.


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