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.
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.
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!
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.
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…