Saturday, April 30, 2016

Z is for Zero Mercy #atozchallenge






WE MADE IT! 
Thank you for coming by, reading and commenting and making this a successful challenge for me!


Z is for Zero Mercy: The Evolution of Pierce Wellington III
Zero Mercy: The Evolution of Pierce Wellington III is the story of Pierce and why he is who he is.  You can't buy Zero Mercy. It's available for free. All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter. No spam. I won't sell your email. I'll just let you know when there is something cool going on in the world of Scarlett Braden.  You can read a short insert here and below you can join the newsletter list if you like. I will email you the Zero Mercy: The evolution of Pierce Wellington III file. 


Copyright © 2016 Scarlett Braden   
 On the 25th day of September in the year of our Lord 1968, I was liberated from the womb. As I burst forth into this world, my Army camo was so effective no one noticed it, and they damn sure didn’t pick up on the army blood running through my veins. But it was there, I’m truly certain it was there.

I’m Pierce McCord Wellington the III. I was born Army, I lived Army and I’ll die Army. The good Lord saw fit that I didn’t die on a battlefield, but to my way of thinking that just means I have more missions to complete.
My ancestry goes all the way back to the pilgrimage and every man in my family has served. Hell, I even have a niece serving now. I always knew I would be a soldier. The first twelve years of my life were like most every other military brat, moving from base to base. I say most because all of our moves were between bases outside the borders of our fifty states.
When I reached the eighth grade, my father, now a four-star general, decided it was time to begin my military education. He never said so, but I always felt he was a little disappointed that out of his three children I was the only son. And in his mind the only one worthy of military duty. My father was of that generation who believed a woman didn’t belong on the battlefield. In a MASH hospital was okay, but short of being a nurse, no woman belonged there.
So at the tender age of twelve, I was enrolled in the McArthur Military Preparatory Boarding School. It was the first time in my life I actually lived in the United States. I lived there 345 days a year until I graduated. I visited with my family for ten days at Christmas and ten days in the summer. That first year, I felt abandoned. Alone. My mother sent me a letter once a month. My sisters wrote me more often and told me Momma cried every time she wrote that monthly letter and cried all the way to the mailbox. I didn’t quite understand. I thought I was the one who should be crying. Of course, that was strictly forbidden in a male gendered Wellington, but I sure didn’t understand what she was upset about. I was the one who was sent away.
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54 comments:

  1. You made it through Scarlett. Congratulations. Liked the excerpt.

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    1. Jo you kept me going! I knew if I didn't post you would be waiting on me. I hope you are enjoying Harvesting the Hummingbird. Thanks for your support!

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  2. Congratulations on completing the challenge! I'm intrigued by your story so I will be checking it out. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Here we are at the end of the A to Z Challenge and I just now discovered your blog (followed your link from a comment you left on mine). This sounds very intriguing and I plan to return and read the other A to Z posts and learn more about these characters (and your books)!

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  4. Love that opening line.
    Congratulations on competing the challenge. And thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. :)

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  5. Like Miss Lily I would like to say thanks for visiting and making a comment it is always good to see someone new or as Miss lily would say Someone Nude. . . . . She is a one that Miss Lily

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  6. Congratulations on completing the challenge! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for sharing your writing gift. Be well!

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  7. Congratulations on making it through. Did we have any doubt, nope! I still have a few of your characters meet and will wander back through to check them out. Love your creative mind.

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    1. Thanks Robin! I appreciate your comments!

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  8. First things first ..Congratulations On completing your journey..

    Lovely Blog post.

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  9. Congrats on finishing! Being half asleep I initially read one of the Armys as Amy, and was very confused with the way the story was going... I'd concocted a whole Army who could insert soldiers into the womb of unsuspecting women to inflitrate and spy on their enemies... note to self, have at least one coffee before reading A to Z posts!

    Mars xx

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    1. I dunno, might make for a great Sci Fi! Thanks for coming by, reading and commenting!

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  10. Congrats on making it to the end! Your story is very intriguing and I'll be returning to read more! Thanks for visiting me!

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  11. Congrats on making it to the end!
    So glad to have completed the challenge, Yeyyyy!
    Cheers!

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  12. I enjoyed reading your stories this challenge and I'll be signing up! Congrats back to you!
    Stephanie Finnell
    @randallbychance from
    Katy Trail Creations
    Stephanies Stuff

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    1. Great! I'm delighted to have you as a follower, thank you for reading and commenting.

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  13. Indeed, we did it. I am following you, too.
    McGuffy's Reader

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  14. Congratulations on completing the challenge, Scarlett!
    hope you have a great weekend! ♥

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  15. Congrats on beating the challenge!

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  16. Hi Scarlett, Great excerpt! I'm coming in on the tail end of your challenge but if Z is anything to go by you've done a great job.

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  17. That's terrific writing that keeps one on the edge:)

    https://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/a2z-challenge-zinda/

    https://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/10328/

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  18. Congratulations on surviving the 2016 A to Z, Scarlett! Zero Mercy looks interesting. I enjoy books that deal with society's expectations of people and how people react. :O)

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    1. Thanks, Zero Mercy is a short story and therefore free for newsletter subscribers.

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  19. Congrats on finishing A to Z, and thanks for visiting my blog!

    Yvonne V

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  20. Congrats for a great finish to A/Z!

    betty

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  21. Congrats on an awesome finish to the challenge!

    Nilanjana.
    Madly-in-Verse

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  22. I think it would be hard for a mom to send her child away. I like that you are offering your story to read for free. That is quite generous.

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    1. Thank you! Zero Mercy is a short story and free to newsletter subscribers.

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  23. You've crossed the finish line on a very high note. Your character bio for Zero Mercy is intriguing. I look forward to reading more about his adventures.

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  24. Congrats, Scarlett! I agree great bio~
    I am intrigued

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  25. Now that sounds like a harsh childhood! Yikes.

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  26. This was a very enjoyable experience. I'm so happy that I completed it and met so many excellent people.

    @Kathleen01930
    Kathleen Valentine's Blog

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  27. Congrats on getting to the end of the challenge!

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  28. Thanks for the snip! And congratulations on reaching the end of the A to Z *confetti*

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