Kimberly A Bettes
Kimberly A. Bettes lives in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of southeast Missouri with her husband and son. No, she doesn't run moonshine. And no, she doesn't make moonshine, either. Although from time to time, one would think she had partaken of a hearty batch. And yes, she has all her teeth. While she doesn't wear overalls, she knows many people who do. Before you ask, yes, she wears shoes. And socks. Constantly. It's part of her OCD. Living in the Ozarks doesn't require you to tell people to squeal like a pig. It's completely optional.
Kimberly is a freelance writer and photographer. Her trademark seems to be photos of flowers with mysteriously appearing bugs that she doesn't notice while taking the photograph, only later. It's a good thing she mainly photographs flowers. God forbid she should be photographing say, a mountain and not see the grizzly bear charging at her. This would lead to a completely different Bio page. Or as some would call it, a Eulogy.
Kimberly has many hobbies including knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and quilting. It's not unusual to find her in a rocking chair, knitting. But don't think she's old yet because while she's knitting, she's singing along with Eminem or Rob Zombie. After receiving many complaints from her neighbors about said singing, Kimberly has decided to try to limit the singing to showers only. So far, she's failed to live up to her end of the compromise. Fortunately for all involved parties, Kimberly's winning personality keeps her neighbors on her good side and there doesn't seem to be an imminent law suit lurking in the near future. At least not for her inability to sing.
The hobby of Kimberly's that most worries those who know her is her obsession with serial killers. No, not people who hate Fruit Loops, but the people who make a dirty habit out of killing other people. They fascinate her. Not because she wants to be like them. That would make her weird. But what appeals to her is how at any second, anyone can cross that line. She likes to know what makes people tick. Other than Tourette's Syndrome. Don't worry. She doesn't write to them in prison or anything. After all, the price of stamps has skyrocketed lately. She doesn't have posters of murderers hanging on her walls. Her husband gripes too much about the thumbtack holes they leave. She just reads about them and studies them from afar. Seriously. It's completely normal. Let's call it...research. Yeah. That's it. Research for those crazy novels she writes.
Speaking of those novels, Kimberly is the author of Annie's Revenge, The Good Neighbor, Minutes to Death, Rage, and several short stories, poems and songs. She has many projects in the works. If she can keep herself from procrastinating, you can expect to find some more of her work available soon.
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The Hunger (A Short Story)
Things are different now. Life has been replaced by death. The population has decreased immensely due to the many dangers in this strange new post-apocalyptic world. Life—what of it is left—is different than it was before in every way but one. Those who are left still need to eat.
There’s just one problem.
The food supply is gone.
Transference (A Short Story)
Josh Bradshaw is a troubled man. Leah Johnson loves him in spite of his troubles. For two decades she has tried to convince Josh that the guilt weighing him down isn’t his to carry. What happened wasn’t his fault. But Josh has convinced himself that he’s to blame. One night, a twist of fate changes everything, and suddenly Josh's burden is lifted...and placed directly on Leah's shoulders.
The Kindess of Strangers (A Short Story)
It’s 2 AM. She leaves work and begins the long drive home, exhausted after another twelve-hour shift. Suddenly a tire explodes on a desolate stretch of highway, leaving her stranded at the side of the road. With no jack and no cell phone reception, her only option is to wait in the car…and depend on the kindness of strangers.
The Cabin on Calhoun Ridge
Leslie Lane sits on the porch of her rustic cabin, trying to convince herself that the whistling coming from the woods is only a bird. And she believes that.
Until she recognizes the song.
When a stranger descends on her house, Leslie's ordinarily peaceful night turns into a nightmare.
One from which she may not wake.
Billy and Tom set out to make the year’s last batch of moonshine. What Billy doesn’t know is that Tom owes some dangerous people a substantial amount of money and plans to kill Billy and take his. But what Tom doesn’t know is that Billy has an agenda of his own. To complicate matters further, the two stumble upon the infamous lost Confederate gold, changing both of their plans for the worse.
Once Upon a Rhyme...
From the author of RAGE and Held comes a diverse collection of rhyming short stories and poems. In true Bettes fashion, the author explores the darkest recesses of the human mind, shedding light on the evil deeds they do, only this time, she does it in the form of poetry.
Reporter Thomas Allen arrives at a meeting with an old man claiming to have a story. Figuring this to be another rural small-town scandal, Tom keeps his expectations low. But when Emmett Jacobson tells his tale, one of abuse, disappearances, murders, and cover-ups that have been occurring for years at the local nursing home, Tom realizes this story is much more than he bargained for.
Lisa is still in mourning after the death of her beloved husband Mike. Her depression has caused her to develop a bizarre habit, frowned upon by others but comforting to her. But an accident takes that habit a step further, turning it into a strange obsession.
*A short story.
The French Quarter
After a horrible run-in with a hitchhiker, Anthony finds himself in a minor car accident. When the officer arrives, things get weird. When a duffel bag of heads is discovered in the backseat, things get down right strange. Arrested and charged with multiple murders, Anthony fights for his rights, begging for justice. Then, at the last moment, he realizes that sometimes justice is macabre.
After breaking up with his girlfriend, rock star Ace Haven drives his beloved Shelby Mustang across the country to meet up with his band and continue their tour. Stopping off in a small town, Ace soon discovers that being a rock star isn't always a good thing. With his ego inflating and his car disabled, Ace overlooks the rules of the town. Too late, he realizes that sometimes justice is macabre.
The Last Resort
Ashley Carter prides herself on her street smarts. That's what's gotten her this far in life. But when she meets a handsome stranger in a roadside diner who invites her to his resort in the mountains, she ignores her instincts and goes. Seeking poetic inspiration, she soon discovers that she's found something far more sinister. In an effort to escape, she realizes that sometimes justice is macabre
Close to Home
With their vacation coming to an end, Clyde and his family are nearly home. Deciding to take a scenic shortcut would turn out to be much more than just a mistake. Summoned by three men living in shacks in the woods to help a sick woman, Clyde uses all his skills as a doctor but fails to save her. Blamed for her death, Clyde and his family are about to find out that sometimes justice is macabre.
The Loneliest Road
Chris Peters takes a road trip to ease his woes after losing his wife. Stopping at a roadside diner in a town not marked on a map, he notices the waitress looks eerily like his wife. Unwilling to leave, he gets a room at a nearby hotel. When the waitress ends up dead, Chris stands accused of her murder. His world spirals out of control. He realizes too late that sometimes justice can be macabre.
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- Losing Myself (Short Story)
on Sep. 22, 2011
VERY well-written story! I have to admit, this went in a completely different direction than I thought it was going to go, but not in a disappointing way. It's a great read.
- Hunting the Vampire (Short Story)
on Sep. 22, 2011
I was expecting a similar ending, but NOT this! Surprising little twist which I LOVED! Morrell is a fabulous story-teller. He doesn't overwhelm you with unnecessary details and always gives you that little twist I love so much. Can't wait to read more!
- A Letter to Brody
on Oct. 13, 2011
As a mother, this has been a fear of mine since the day I discovered I was pregnant. I can't imagine losing my child, though this story gave me a glimpse into the sadness that would become my world if it were ever to happen. Very well-written, this is a heart-touching story.
Kimberly A. Bettes, author of The Good Neighbor and Annie's Revenge
- Rod and Staff: A Short Story
on Oct. 13, 2011
Very moving story about a man struggling to accept things beyond his control. It touched on my inner fears as a parent and couldn't have possibly been written any better. Guthrie is a brilliant writer who knows exactly what to say to evoke the emotions we all try to hide.
Kimberly A. Bettes, author of The Good Neighbor and Annie's Revenge
- Dead Heart
on April 18, 2012
The description for this story grabbed my attention and made me want - no, NEED to know what happened. And it did not disappoint.
The story is brilliant, and absolutely perfect. (The premise of those dealing with the deceased being corrupt is one that I can't believe hasn't been written about more.) I loved everything from the dialogue to the characters, and of course the storyline. I was shocked a few times, and pleasantly surprised at the end.
I don't want to give anything away, so I'll leave it at that. But you should do yourself a favor and read this story.
Kimberly A. Bettes, author of RAGE and Held
on Nov. 18, 2012
Fabulous short story! Did NOT see the ending coming. Well written and gripping tale. I'm very much looking forward to reading more works from this author. Keep your eyes on this one, folks. She's a keeper.
Kimberly A. Bettes, author of RAGE and HELD