CONTEST! Liora Blake & Tartine = True Devotion

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Liora Blake has a treat for our XOXOAD readers today! Not just a taste of her newest delicious romance, True Devotion (and don’t miss her first in the series, True North), but also a chance to win a prize pack from noted Bay Area bakery Tartine! Enjoy the read, and answer the question at the end of this post to be entered to win.


In an age of gluten-free everything, I’m one of those people who still worships at the altar of wheat flour. Even if I might benefit from a gluten-free lifestyle, I can’t seem to let go of my love for French bread and multigrain loaves, challah and ciabatta, even good ol’ white sandwich bread. As long as there is plenty of butter around, I’ll happily devour them all.

And, while I have tried my hand at making bread from scratch, it’s come with mixed results, so I almost always stick with the NY Times no-knead recipe, which never fails. But Devon, the heroine in my upcoming release TRUE DEVOTION, happens to love the slow art of bread baking. Despite her other hard-edged characteristics, baking is one way she has always indulged the people she cares about.

During this scene, she and Simon are on a road trip, making a stop at a bakery Devon has always wanted to visit:



Because the universe is apparently in perfect alignment today, the bakery I’ve loved from afar turns out to be everything I thought it would be. There isn’t one thing about my personal mecca that disappoints. Inside the humble corner building, the loud din of a space bursting with patrons is the only distraction from my private Xanadu. Simon is staring at me as I gawk about, a soft smile on his face, then he snakes his hand under my hair and rests it against my neck.

“OK, sunshine, what do you want to get?”

Fuck. I have to decide? Choose? I suppose answering his question by throwing my arms wide and then shaking my hands toward the entire display case might be a tad unreasonable. My eyes must have widened at the prospect of narrowing down a rabid desire for one of everything, because he laughs and gently squeezes my neck.

“Get whatever you want. Go crazy.”


The inspiration for this scene was Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. Last year, I was lucky enough to visit Tartine during a trip to the Bay Area. We had just spent a week in Big Sur, followed by a drive up the coast, which resulted in a lost afternoon drinking beer in Pescadero. We even happened upon some stellar walnut pie at a roadside farm stand and left with t-shirts that have the simple (yet profound) words EAT PIE printed on the back. Add in morning buns and pain au chocolat from Tartine, and I was a seriously happy camper—surrounded by carbohydrates in all their glorious forms: barley-based, sugar-melded, and joined forever with butter. Yes, yes, yes.

In keeping with all things carb-loaded, and to celebrate TRUE DEVOTION, I’m giving away a prize pack of Tartine cookbooks and three of my favorite romance titles (because you’ll need something to read while the bread bakes). To enter, post a comment below and name the one food you can’t live without.

Sorry, sweepstakes open to U.S. residents only. For complete sweepstakes rules, click here.

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True Devotion

True Devotion

Liora Blake

Find out if rock sensation Simon can break through tough-girl Devon’s steely exterior—if he can keep his head on straight, that is—in this second sizzling romance in the True series!

True North

True North

Liora Blake

What happens when a bad-boy celebrity rocker meets a small-town bestselling novelist? Find out in this first book in the sizzling new True series by Liora Blake!



33 comments so far

  1. sshapley

    Gouda cheese chunks and buttered bagels

  2. Lainey357

    Being raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in San Mateo and when really young my dad drove for Pisano before he died at 38. So I literally grew up on Sourdough and French breads. Add butter and yum. I miss those days and I never get any of the fresh, crusty bread nowadays. It’s probably my #1 food I miss and if there is a comfort food it’s that bread, fresh from the oven and a bowl of clam chowder. I may now live in Los Angeles County but you can’t take the San Francisco out of the girl. Sourdough yay

    • brighteyes2143

      I know what you mean! I miss the good old days when you could drive over to the Parisian bakery and get fresh sourdough on a Saturday morning!

  3. homemade dumplings

  4. Dark chocolate – the darker the better 🙂

  5. Warm, fresh yeast bread. Especially wheat.

  6. brighteyes2143

    For me it’s home made banana bread. I’ve just recently discovered how to make bread. But I’ve always loved banana bread. I loved in San Francisco for over 30 years and didn’t know about Tartine’s I’m kicking my own butt now that I’ve moved out of the state! Thanks for the chance.

  7. Zandalee

    Cupcakes! I know they’re not the healthiest, but they’re so darn delectable. I have a lot of fun baking and decorating them, so most of the time I don’t actually eat them. haha

  8. Definitely BBQ chicken wings.

  9. I’m totally cheating and choosing 2. Past of any form. and cheesecake!!!

  10. brigittenrich

    Apple’s. I was raised with the saying, “an Apple a day keeps the doctor away!” And so I make sure I have apples in our home, and have one almost everyday.

  11. featherlight

    Chips and salsa! I am also addicted to Chibani’s geek yogurt flips!! So good!

  12. kimberlybreid

    I can’t live without chocolate, thanks!

  13. One of my favorites is warm semolina bread right from the oven with butter. So delicious. Thankfully we still have a few Italian bakeries a few miles from home where we.

    • Sorry, it cut off. Just to say where we can go most weekends for fresh baked bread. Also my grandmother’s meatballs. So good.
      Carol L
      Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  14. kidisitor

    Pretty much any bread. (Probably why the Adkins diet never works for me.) lol

  15. kateivan

    While I do “loaf” bread whole-heartedly, I would have a more difficult time living without pasta!

  16. Farmgirl5353

    Ice cream and chocolate!

  17. Gooey chocolate brownies!

  18. I can’t live with out Key Lime Pie

  19. Tanya Guthrie

    Alfredo. It is my food weakness! Just thinking about it has my mouth watering, the rich creamy sauce.


  20. It’s a tie between two very important items, Pasta and Bread.

  21. Potatoes!! Love them in any form… 🙂

  22. camarogirl82

    For me it’s a tie between home made soup ( chicken noodle, potato, vegetable, & chili) and pizza with green peppers, onions, pepperoni and banana peppers!

  23. Joysnotes

    Even when I was a vegetarian the hardest thing for me to leave alone is fried chicken and any bread fresh from the oven! Challah, multi-grain, French, Italian bread, bread of any kind, is my downfall!

  24. For me, it’d be a tossup between wings and pasta. Thanks for the opportunity!

  25. My favorite thing to eat goes back and forth between pizza and nachos.

  26. Diane Sallans

    Cheese! I love it in casseroles, melted in sandwiches, in omelettes, or just sliced with crackers, fruit & wine.

  27. StormRavn

    Subs on french bread that is crispy on the outside and soft and flavorfull on the insdie.

  28. Amandanicolebooks

    Haha I can’t eat soy dairy butter eggs gluten wheat refined sugars or most vegetable oils. Soooo basically I can’t live without any of the foods I eat lmao. But all natural peanut butter minimally processed .. I add it to everythingggggggggggg

  29. bamaforever

    pasta! Most of my favorite dishes contain pasta.

  30. llovejoy66

    Anything pasta….Hot pasta or cold….Love it !

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