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.