Sweeps Alert! Liora Blake gets fruity with FIRST STEP FORWARD

One of our all-time favorite authors Liora Blake is back and better than ever with a brand new series called The Grand Valley series! The first book, FIRST STEP FORWARD, will be out on November 29th, but in the meantime Liora wants to give you a chance to win a very special prize! 

As a native of Colorado—and one who grew up in a tourist town—I’ve crossed paths with my fair share of vacationers. Given that, it’s safe to say I have a pretty good idea what most out-of-towners think of when they think Colorado: mountains, skiing, craft beer, and snow (and for some, legalized pot . . . but that’s a topic for another day).

You know what doesn’t come to mind for most folks?


Yup, fruit.

The certified organic Suncrest Peaches, sold by Ela Family Farms, are the Colorado version of the fragrant, juicy, freestone peach made famous by David Mas Masumoto's Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm. The Colorado variety, which ripens in late August to early September, develops a different color than the California variety, typically grown in California's San Joaquin Valley. The South Pearl Street Farmers Market, running along the 1600 block of South Pearl Street, was started by Charlotte Elich and Carrie Vadas of 5 Green Boxes in September 2001. It has since grown to 22 weeks, every Sunday from June through October, with more than sixty vendors and thousands of shoppers.


But in a beautiful southwestern pocket of our state is an area called the Grand Valley. A place where cool nights, sun-filled days, and warming winds come together to make for a fruit grower’s paradise. Here, orchard owners are growing some of the country’s best peaches, pears, and apples—much of it organic, and all of it delicious.

To celebrate the Grand Valley and its ties to my upcoming release, FIRST STEP FORWARD, I’m excited to send a taste of our state to one lucky winner—one dozen peaches or pears (depending on availability) from Ela Family Farms based out of Hotchkiss, Colorado.

To enter, comment below with your answer to this question: Someone just gave you a crate of your favorite summer fruit . . . now what? Is it time to make pie? Jam? Or are you one of those responsible types who snack on fresh fruit just as it is?

Sweepstakes ends Friday September 30th. For official rules and terms & conditions, please click here.


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First Step Forward

First Step Forward

Liora Blake

Pro-football player Cooper Lowry is off the field and into some trouble—in the form of a very alluring, very free-spirited apple orchard owner named Whitney Reed—in the first installment in Liora Blake’s all new Grand Valley series.



18 comments so far

  1. I would eat them fresh, and freeze some for yummy smoothies

  2. I am one of those responsible types who snack on fresh fruit just as it is. I prefer the natural sweetness in a juicy peach or pear. Hits the spot every time I feel a sugar urge coming on. 🙂

  3. I love to can so I would make jam.

  4. I would make peach jam with cardamon for my daughter’s wedding. She wants to give them as party favors. She asked me to make 75 jars. So I would love some peaches.

  5. momof3boysj

    eat the fruit as-is or perhaps bake into something

  6. Enjoy peaches over cottage cheese.

  7. I’m not very good at making pies or jam. I will :

    1. Eat as much fruit as possible.
    2. Try to find recipes to use the fruit.
    3. Put the rest in freezer bags so that I can have some throughout the winter.

  8. I would eat the fruit fresh and freeze some for later.

  9. I love both pears and peaches and would find a recipe to make a decadent dessert from either fruit!

  10. I would make some awesome pies just in time for the family Thanksgiving dinner. A special treat for the special people in my life.

  11. valleylibrarian

    If peaches, I’d make smoothies, pears would be eaten fresh.

  12. Diane Sallans

    I start with eating some fresh, but others would go into a cobbler of rustic tart

  13. Eat some, freeze some for smoothies

  14. Homemade Peach cobbler or pearsauce…

  15. I would eat them fresh 🙂

  16. I’m the type who likes to eat them fresh as they are. Don’t get me wrong I love pie and jam, but eating them fresh is great for getting ready for the summer months.

  17. I would bake with them freeze them,make jelly and eat some.

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