Talk of a Small Town with Lynn Cahoon

The first weekend of August is always a party in my home town.  Kuna Days.  People come from all over theTreasureValley(Idaho) to partake in the parade, quilt show, carnival booths, food, and street dance.  Yep, the main street into town (okay the only street into town) is closed off, the band begins, and the beer flows.


It will come by no surprise that Kuna Days is where I first fell in love. Many a romance has started and ended during the weekend party.

When I started writing, I knew I wanted to include that small town atmosphere, where everyone knows your business but you’re too young or too caught up in your own life to realize the tongues are wagging about you. My first car accident, my parents found out because my sister was driving by and saw my car in the ditch and through the fence.  And then went out to the farm to get my mom and dad.

The town cop was lenient and I didn’t even get a ticket for reading a magazine while I was driving. (Hey, the farm was a long way from town.) But that’s one advantage of living in a small town. The cop knew me as the good kid and gave me a break.

Rodeo weekend takes over the town of Shawnee in The Bull Rider’s Brother. I loved bringing in the sights and sounds of a hometown rodeo including the parade and the party that takes over the town at night.  And like my hometown, rodeo weekend is a big party in Shawnee.  And like home, festival food like corn dogs, corn on the cob, and beer make even the tourist feel like they’re home.

So what big festival happens in your home town? And if you’ve moved away, what do you miss the most?

I’ll go first.  I.Miss.Corndogs.




Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters to modern cowboys. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want.  She blogs at her website, A Fairy Tale Life.




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