Thursday, November 8, 2012

Giveaway & Review ~ Fatal Fortune by Elizabeth Delisi

No one in Cheyenne, North Dakota believes in Lottie Baldwin’s psychic abilities; especially not Harlan Erikson, Lottie’s boyfriend and Chief Deputy in the Sheriff’s Office.

When a friend’s husband disappears, Lottie can’t leave it to Harlan to discover what happened to Harry.

Armed with her courage and her tarot cards, Lottie tries to solve the mystery herself, regardless of who attempts to stop her: Harlan, her friend—or the criminal.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Delisi wanted to be a writer since she was in first grade, and probably would have written in the womb if she could have convinced her mother to swallow a pencil. But life hasn't always gone the way she planned, and on her road to publication she worked as a motel maid, waitress, secretary, administrative aide, substitute teacher, and newspaper reporter.

Elizabeth is a multi-published, award-winning author of romance, mystery and suspense. Her time-travel romance set in ancient Egypt, Lady of the Two Lands, won a Bloody Dagger Award and was a Golden Rose Award nominee. Her romantic suspense novel, Since All is Passing was an EPPIE Award finalist and Bloody Dagger Award finalist. Fatal Fortune was a Word Museum Reviewer’s Choice Masterpiece. Elizabeth's contemporary romance novella The Heart of the Matter is featured in the Valentine's Day-themed anthology Cupid's Capers and was an EPPIE Award finalist. A Carol of Love is part of Holiday Hearts anthology and an EPPIE Award finalist. A Cup of Christmas Charm is part of Holiday Hearts 2 anthology and was also an EPPIE Award finalist.

Elizabeth is an instructor for Writer’s Digest University. She has taught Creative Writing at the community college level, has worked as a copy editor for several small publishers, and edits for individuals. She holds a B.A. in English with a Creative Writing major from St. Leo University.

Elizabeth is currently at work on Deadly Destiny and Perilous Prediction, the sequels to Fatal Fortune, and Knit A Spell, a paranormal romance.

Elizabeth lives in New Hampshire with her husband and feisty parakeet. She enjoys hearing from her readers.

Elizabeth loves hearing from her readers.

Find her on: Her Website / Her Blog / Facebook / Twitter


The Author is giving away a hand made beaded bookmark! The Publisher is giving away a copy of the book. And Every commenter will be entered in a Grand Prize Drawing!!! Yay!

The more you comment the more chances you have to win. You can find the whole Tour schedule here.


Author - Elizabeth Delisi

Book TitleFatal Fortune

Book GenreMystery

Book Publisher
Tirgearr Publishing

ReleasedJune 2012

Purchase - Amazon

Here's an excerpt:

“I can’t read minds and you know it. I read the cards. And sometimes I get...well…feelings,” Lottie said. “Janet came over to see me this morning. She’s very worried about Harry.”

“I know she is. Unfortunately, there’s nothing the sheriff’s office can do about it until he’s been missing for forty-eight hours, since there’s no reason to suspect foul play.”

Lottie leaned over and grasped Harlan’s hand. “Honey, I have a bad feeling about this. A real bad feeling. Something terrible has happened to Harry. I don’t know what, but it’s serious.”

“You and your feelings,” he snorted, shaking his head. “You know I can’t investigate based on your feelings.”

“Couldn’t you look into it? Just a little? Unofficially? I’m very worried.”

Harlan shifted uneasily in his chair. “I could get in trouble for it. Remember what happened the last time?”

“I remember the Sheriff read you the riot act. But, do you remember that I was right on target when I told you to look for that missing car in the drainage ditch on Route 9 north of town?”

“Yeah. And I’ll bet the Sheriff hasn’t forgotten it, either.”

Harlan was being stubborn; she’d have to try another tack. “No doubt. He doesn’t like me. No one in town does.” She pulled her prettiest pout.

“That’s not true,” Harlan protested on cue. “I like you. A lot.”


My thoughts:

I enjoyed Fatal Fortune. It was easy to get lost in the mystery of what happened to Harry.

This was a relatively quick story. The plot was full of who done-it goodness and some simple romance.

I felt bad for Lottie. I can't imagine living in a town full of people that didn't like you. :( I admired her for wanting to take care of her friend though. She went above and beyond for Janet.

I didn't figure out who was behind it until the last second. There were so many possibilities that figuring out who the culprit was took awhile! Being stumped was a nice change of pace for me as usually I'm pretty good at figuring things out fast.

If you like mysteries, you should read this. :D

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I really liked it and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others.

I'd love to know what you're thinking. Please leave a comment!


  1. Thank you for hosting our author, Elizabeth Delisi, today.

    And thanks to Brenda for her lovely review. We've updated Elizabeth's book page with the review and a link back to this page for future readers.

    More information about Elizabeth can be found at --

    Please note that anyone commenting today on Elizabeth's page, and through our two week tour, will be entered into our grand prize drawing at the end of the tour, 16 November. Post on more than one author's hosted page and receive additional entries. Be sure to include your email address!

    Today, Elizabeth is giving away a lovely handmade beaded bookmark to one lucky winner. Tirgearr Publishing will also be giving away a spot prize to the most unique comment or question.

    The grand prize includes a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of our full book list, which includes the final six books being released before the end of the year. Total retail value of $150! The winner will be randomly drawn on the 17th and announced on our website and media sites.

    Additionally, Tirgearr Publishing is hosting a 50% off sale on all of our titles through the 18th. If you haven't been a spot prize winner or the grand prize winner, you'll still have time to grab some amazing stories at half off!

    See our website for details --

    Enjoy the tour!

    1. It was my pleasure to host Elizabeth. Reviewing her book was no hardship I assure you! :D

    2. Thanks so much, Brenda, for hosting me and for the review. I'm so happy you enjoyed Fatal Fortune!

    3. You are most welcome! :D Thank You.

  2. Really looking forward to reading this one!

    1. I hope you'll enjoy it. Thanks so much for visiting, and commenting!

  3. Thanks for the excerpt and review today.

    Elizabeth, you are a new-to-me author and being unfamiliar with your work, I checked out your website. Looks like most of your work is paranormal or has touches of paranormal within the pages. Is that right? I noticed you did a time-travel story. What time-periods do you find the most difficult to research for your stories?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks for visiting, Karen. You're right, I tend toward a touch of the paranormal in most of my books. About time periods, the only period I've researched (so far) is ancient Egypt, and I already loved it, hence my desire to write a book set there. To give it the paranormal touch, I made it a time-travel romance rather than a straight historical. My husband can vouch for the many hours of research...he helped me on some of it!

    2. Thanks for taking the time to comment Karen! :D

  4. Thank you for the review, sounds like a good read.


  5. Sounds like a great story. The review was excellent.

  6. I enjoyed reading about your journey to writing. I love mysteries so I imagine I Would enjoy this one.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks, Debby, I hope you get a chance to read it and would love to know how you like it.

  7. This books sounds interesting.
    linkin1582 at yahoo dot com

  8. I enjoyed learning about your book and writing. Best wishes. This book sounds compelling. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. I just wanted to add my two cents--I loved Fatal Fortune!The unlikely relationship between the ethereal Lottie and Harlan the hard-nosed cop is both tender and funny. I'm not a tarot believer, but Liz works the cards in so smoothly that I almost wish I was. If you like a good mystery, you'll love this one.

    1. Thanks so much, Nikki! Maybe the cards will win you over yet...

  10. Lottie and Harlan are not very common names. How did you choose them? Do you have a process for selecting names or do they just come to you?
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Sometimes I use a baby name book and try to find a name whose meaning fits the character. But for these two--"Lottie" was the name of a character on the show "Here Come The Brides" when I was a kid, and I gave my Lottie some of her spunk. Harlan is the name of one of my favorite authors (Harlan Ellison), but also is a common name in that part of the country. Thanks for asking!

  11. It sounds really intriguing--congratulations on the release!


    1. Thanks so much! I hope you'll get a chance to read and enjoy it.

  12. Congratulations to kit3247, who won the prize of a handmade beaded bookmark. And thanks to everyone who visited and commented!

  13. Good luck on your tour, Liz. You have such a good book.

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    Congratulations to kit3247, the lucky winner of the handmade beaded bookmark! A big thank you to everyone who visited and took the time to leave comments. Your participation is truly appreciated!