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Fresh Pick | THE HOMECOMING by JoAnn Ross
Fresh Pick / May 22, 2011

Shelter Bay #1 July 2010 On Sale: July 6, 2010 Featuring: Sax Douchett; Kara Conway 400 pages ISBN: 0451230671 EAN: 9780451230676 Paperback $7.99  Add to Wish List Romance Contemporary Buy at Remembering… The Homecoming by JoAnn Ross First in a heartwarming new series from the New York Times bestselling author Your first love never really fades away. Former Navy SEAL Sax Douchett has returned home to the small coastal town of Shelter Bay, Oregon, determined to put war behind him and get on with his life—which is easier said than done when everyone is hailing the former bad boy as a local hero. Adjusting to a new beginning becomes even more difficult when he unearths a long-buried secret that, in turn, reunites him with a cherished part of his past that he’s never forgotten. Drawn back into his life is Sheriff Kara Conway, his best friend’s girl for a long as he can remember—a girl who always held a special place in Sax’s heart. But as he cautiously reconnects with Kara and bonds with her young son, another long-held secret in Shelter Bay threatens their second chance at a forever-after love. Fans of JoAnn Ross will be thrilled with…

JoAnn Ross | Why I Hate Valentine’s Day
Romance / February 13, 2008

I’ll admit it. I’ve always hated Valentine’s Day. The pressure began back in first grade, when I stayed awake all night, worrying that I’d be the only kid who didn’t receive a card at the class party. The entire holiday could, in my opinion, be renamed “Unimaginative Consumer-oriented, Entirely Arbitrary and Manipulative, Shallow Interpretation of Romance Created by the Greeting Card, Florist, and Candy Industries to make you feel miserable Day.”Now, I believe in romance. I couldn’t have sustained a career for twenty-five years writing romance novels if I wasn’t a sucker for happily-ever-afters. But there’s so much pressure to have the most romantic night of the year that it’s almost always bound to fail. True romance, in my opinion, comes from those little unplanned gestures that remind you why you fell in love with the guy in the first place. But I do have one evening that will forever shimmer in my mind as a perfect Technicolor romantic experience. Back in 2001, nine days after 9/11, my sweetie and I traveled to Italy for a long-planned vacation. Really, really long-planned. When he’d proposed to me, he promised that some day he’d take me to Rome. Which he knew was…