AAD Spotlight & Contest: Amanda Bonilla

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Thanks so much to Jen and Romancing the Book for having me as a guest today!

If you’ve read any of my tweets, you probably know that I’m a lover of all things furry, feathered, or even scaly. You also might know that I live in a small Idaho town. Like, population of 5,000 people small. And while I’m occasionally bummed at the lack of Barnes & Noble, Target, or Starbucks, there’s plenty here to love. So here are my top five favorite things about my small-town life.

5. No Neighbors

My house is a twenty-minute drive from town and my house is sort of out in the middle of nowhere. Yeah, so we don’t exactly have block parties since our nearest neighbor is almost a half mile away, and the internet service sucks this far out of town. But I can totally walk around my house naked if I want. Or listen to loud music. Stomp around my house without someone in the apartment below banging on their ceiling. I’ll take solitude to close neighbors any day.


4. Garden

In the summer, we grow a pretty awesome garden. Between the greenhouse and outdoor beds, we’re pretty busy, but it’s all worth it when we’re eating fresh veggies and berries in the late summer and fall. No way could I have garden this size if I lived somewhere with less space. So even though there are no big bookstores in my town, I guess the fresh raspberries will have to do.



3. Peace & Quiet

This sort of goes hand-in-hand with no neighbors. I live so far away from everything that at night, the only sounds I can hear are crickets and frogs. It’s so nice not to have to deal with the rumble of traffic, blaring sirens, or any other city noises that drown out the sound of the wind in the trees, or the Sandhill cranes in the field.


2. Pets

I’m an animal lover. And one of the benefits to being out in the middle of nowhere is that I have the space to own a lot of animals and provide them with plenty of room to roam. Our dogs have the run of the property: acres and acres of fields and forest. There’s a ditch below our house where they can swim and dig up squirrels. I don’t have to worry about traffic or leashes where I live. The dogs can roam wherever they want. Likewise, we have plenty of space for our chickens, ducks, and geese. All I’m missing are a couple of pygmy goats. Or miniature horses. Or mini cows. Or donkeys! Really, I just want to own a menagerie of pint-sized animals. Too cute!


1. Lake 

The number one best thing about my small town is the lake. It’s the place where I seek my summer bliss and go to recharge my internal battery. The water is perfect on a hot summer day and I’ll sit on the dock for hours. My family has a cabin on the lake that was built in 1912. It’s old and quirky and it still sports the awful orange and yellow walls and curtains that my grandma decorated with in the 60s and no matter how often we talk about changing it, it’s still that gaudy orange and yellow. It’s my summer writing spot. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

What are some of your favorite things about where you live?



Amanda Bonilla lives in rural Idaho with her family. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshipper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. She loves the outdoors, black clothes, pink appliances and thinks junk food should be a recognized food group. In the summer, she can be found sitting by the lake, enjoying the view from her dock.

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Fated to Hunt…

As the local hunter, and a ward of the Sentry, a secret organization dedicated to eradicating the forces of evil, Jacquelyn has been protecting the small town of McCall, Idaho for the past five years. The hours are horrible, the pay is nonexistent, she has to work with her jealous ex-boyfriend – and forget about quitting. She’s in for life.

Destined to See…

When a rugged drifter comes through town, Jacquelyn immediately knows what he is – an Empath who can read emotions and sense what others are thinking – even though it’s clear the handsome stranger has no idea what, or how powerful, he is…

A Town in Peril…

When people in McCall start turning up dead, viciously ripped to shreds as if by a wild animal, Jacquelyn knows better. Furies are loose in Idaho and hell-bent on exacting revenge. But against whom? And for what purpose? Jacquelyn has until the full moon to stop the Furies’ killing spree and save the people of McCall, figure out how to work with her ex – oh, and there’s a handsome stranger in town who’s in desperate need of some schooling…



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17 thoughts on “AAD Spotlight & Contest: Amanda Bonilla

  1. Kathleen O says:

    I like the small city I now live in because it never takes me long to get anywhere around town. Within walking or driving there are two grocery stores, the library, drugstore, Dollar store, pizza, and coffee shop… What more could a girl want.. Well maybe a bookstore…

  2. Lais says:

    totally the beach!! I live in a city in Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean coast! warm water all the time!

  3. Deanna P says:

    I love being really close to the city but live in a quiet suburb. Farmlands surround the neighborhood.

  4. Great pictures. I love living in the country, too. No close neighbors, big garden and room for pets, although we don’t have a lake and the peace and quiet is broken nightly by the coyotes and my brave dog holding them off. Howling and barking for the next couple of months. LOL

  5. Nancy Beese says:

    Since I don’t drive (out of fear of getting into an accident and lack of directional sense), I like living where there are plenty of things to do and places to go within walking distance or where public transportation in nearby. I have the dentist down the block, restaurant and tattoo shop across the street…safe neighborhood and great school for my daughter and a beautiful library! I don’t particularly like the apartment I’m in, but the area is nice. Thanks so much for sharing your pics and your own happy home with us!

  6. Jess1 says:

    I live in a major city, so I would say the variety in the food restaurants and the stores available. Your photos show the beauty of your area.

  7. Susan S. says:

    I live in a suburb so I have lots of stores and restaurants available, but I think I would enjoy the quiet.

  8. Janet says:

    Another country girl. It’s all about the fog hanging over the ridge in the morning and coyotes carrying on at night 🙂

  9. erinf1 says:

    I live in the midwest in a mid size city. Big enough to have a city feel and all the amenities but small enough that people are still friendly (as long as they aren’t in a car on the interstate). Congrats Amanda on the newest release! You are one of my favorite authors 🙂

  10. Barbara Elness says:

    My favorite things about Central Florida are all the great amusement parks and other fun things to do in the area. I like all of the lovely oak trees and the squirrels that go along with them, as well as all of the wonderful tropical plants I see all over.

  11. I, too, live in a small town! Actually in the town I grew up in…no stoplights, less than 1,000 people…I love how quiet it is. I love that we don’t have crime taking place like in the big city. I love that my kids can play outside and I can feel safe.

  12. Janie McGaugh says:

    It’s a relatively safe community, has most of what I would need or want, and it doesn’t take forever to get from one side of town to the other, even at rush hour.

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