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Killer Nashville Seals Its Seventh Annual Event With an 'XO'

(June 25, 2012)

NASHVILLE, TN -- (Marketwire) -- 06/25/12 -- Two years after Jeffery Deaver was guest of honor at Killer Nashville (, the internationally-acclaimed bestselling author returns to the scene of the crime to give a keynote address and introduce a special performance by the Music City-based band featured on "Jeffery Deaver's XO (The Album)" (, the companion CD to the famed mystery and crime writer's new novel "XO."

Fronting the band will be singer Treva Blomquist, who is also the lead vocalist on the disc and reprises the "role" of Kayleigh Towne, the beautiful pop country singer/stalker victim protagonist of "XO."

The performance takes place at the Hutton Hotel on August 25, 2012, the third day of the seventh annual conference. Joining Deaver (who penned the lyrics), Blomquist, and the band will be Clay Stafford and Ken Landers, who co-wrote the music and produced the "XO" album. All will be available to sign autographs.

Killer Nashville's guests of honor this year include bestselling novelist C.J. Box (winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel in 2009); bestselling author, screenwriter and filmmaker Heywood Gould ("Fort Apache - The Bronx," "Boys From Brazil," "Cocktail," "Rolling Thunder," "One Good Cop"); and famed horror novelist Peter Straub, who wrote the landmark "Ghost Story" and has collaborated with Stephen King.

Over the years, Killer Nashville has become the premier conference for mystery, thriller and crime fiction authors and fans. The event opened its first year with 70 guests and has grown to attract over 500 people, including budding writers, authors, editors, lawyers, publicists, publishers and fans from throughout the U.S., Canada, UK, and Italy.

Killer Nashville's objectives are to assist writers of all genres and formats; develop a better understanding of the craft of the mystery, thriller, suspense, and true crime genres; discuss such topics as investigative techniques, verifying crime information, and manuscript submission for publication; and portray law enforcement and forensic science in a fair and accurate manner.

2012 also marks the first time for a screenwriting session track. Other distinct session tracks cover general writing; genre specific writing; publishing; publicity and promotion; forensics; and sessions just for fans. There will also be nine breakout sessions for intense small groups along with special sessions including Grants for Writers; Synopsis Writing; and Query Writing.

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Chrissy Sutphin
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