It’s Release Day for “The Hay Bale”!

Image of book cover for "The Hay Bale" with a solitary hay bale on the cover

It’s release day for my new novelette, “The Hay Bale”!

A little background:

In 2020 my daughter suffered a miscarriage. She got pregnant again, but that pregnancy also ended with a miscarriage. The second one was particularly difficult to manage emotionally. And I’m talking my emotions. What was she going though?

Both she and her sweet husband handled it with aplomb, grieving then moving forward.

But what happens to a woman who can’t move forward after two miscarriages, or three, or four? And what if she ended up in a rural setting where weird horrors arise?

Thus, my story’s protagonist, Claire, came to be.

Not since Shirley Jackson have I read something so dark and twisted. Bettis nails the creepy vibe of a tainted small town while redefining the power of a mother’s love. A must read for horror fans.

Staci Troilo, author of the Cathedral Lake Series

With “The Hay Bale,” Bettis delivers a bold yet haunting tale of a woman whose yearning and loss are overwhelming but not enough to destroy her capacity for love.

Lionel Ray Green, horror author and columnist at Read Green’s full review here.

I hope you’ll give “The Hay Bale” a read.
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p.s. Third time’s a charm. My daughter got pregnant again and recently gave birth to an adorable baby boy.

Image of baby with a blue blanket
Freakin’ cute kid!

Feature image is altered image of original photograph by Sindy Süssengut on unsplash.

Baby image by BrittanyJensonPhotography.

117 thoughts on “It’s Release Day for “The Hay Bale”!

  1. Congratulations on the book launch!! And also to your daughter – so glad all went well this time, and sorry to hear about her earlier losses, miscarriage must be so difficult :(. You’re right about your grandson – he’s adorable! Love the photo!

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  2. Congratulations on the birth of your book and the birth of your grandson. My copy is waiting on ice for me to get the time and the nerve to read it. Horror is not my thing. I made an exception for you. 😁

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  3. Congratulations all around! I just bought the Kindle of The Hay Bale. Quite a mysterious title. Can’t wait to dive in. We’re in frigid temps here in New York so a good day to stay in and read!

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    1. It IS cold there. I just took a peek at the weather map, brr! Thanks for the congratulations.:-) I am actually in the middle of your new story and loving it! I’ll submit a review as soon as I’m done.


  4. Congratulations on the book release! Oh my goodness, two back to back miscarriages must be so emotionally devastating. I’m glad your daughter got her adorable boy in the end. ^.^

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    1. Thanks, Teagan! How kind of you to read the story even though it’s not your typical reading genre.:-)

      You know the Beverly Hillbillies show? I was quite fond of Granny . . .


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