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March 29, 2014


excerpt from  Martin - Free Novella
Martin leaned forward to rev his bike impatiently. He needed to time this right. He watched anxiously as Olivia’s date finally stood to leave. Martin jumped on the chance and rode his motorcycle across the street. He stopped it right in front of a very surprised Olivia.“Mon dieu!” Olivia exclaimed. She put her hand on her heart, pulling her blouse taut against her breasts.Martin revved the engine once then turned it off. He kicked the stand and dismounted the bike in one smooth move. He stepped towards Olivia, offering his hand.“I’m Martin, you must be Analisa’s friend.” He flashed his best smile.Olivia was star struck for a moment. Martin was beautiful. He had wavy black hair and a chiseled jaw. His handshake was firm but the skin was soft. For the very first time in her life Olivia wondered what that would feel like on her body.“Oh. Yes. Olivia. My name is Olivia.” she blushed. “But Analisa left.” Olivia pointed over her shoulder in the direction that Analisa took.Martin smiled again. He liked the way Olivia couldn’t quite make eye contact. “Analisa had a fight with me. I think there is no more me and Analisa.” He was still holding Olivia’s hand. It was small in his. Soft and warm. “But I promised to come meet you and your boyfriend. Did I miss him?”Olivia laughed nervously. “Boyfriend, no. Just a date.” She looked up at Martin finally and smiled. “I think he went home to his mother.”“Well,” Martin smiled. “it was nice to meet you.” He slowly reached for his helmet.“Wait!” Olivia surprised herself and blushed furiously. “Can you stay for a drink?”Martin nodded and shook his hair out. Olivia had a sudden urge to pull his head towards her breasts. She blushed again and giggled slightly. They sat and had a glass of wine and then a light snack. Martin talked about his mother and younger sister in Northern France. They live just near the German border. He had met his father only twice. Once when he was a little boy, the man lived with them for a few months. Martin noted wryly that was likely when his sister was conceived. The last time he saw his father was in Stuttgart. Martin tracked him down to find that he was a successful businessman with wife and family. The man coolly disavowed any knowledge of Martin’s mother and the two children he produced with her. Yet since the visit a regular stipend of money was transferred to his mother’s bank account.Olivia watched Martin’s face. He looked up in surprise. “I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone that.” He shrugged deliberately to get the memory off of him. “How old is your sister?” Olivia asked gently. She was mysteriously drawn to Martin. His confession made him seem vulnerable, accessible.“She’s 22.” Martin’s face exploded in to a grin. “Very sweet. She has all of the good qualities of my mother.” He frowned slightly. “You remind me of her.”They sipped their wine quietly for a moment. “Do you live nearby?” Martin knew exactly where she lived. He followed her home after the last date. Just out of sight. Just to watch her.“I live in the 19th with my father.” Olivia looked at her watch. “Merde!” She jumped up suddenly. “I have to go.”Martin stood. “Oh.” He didn’t want her to leave. “Stay for one more? Or a coffee?”“No,” Olivia looked worried. “I must go check on Papa.” She hesitated for a moment. “This was nice.”“Yes.” Martin nodded. “Let’s meet again? Tomorrow?” He was unusually eager. It was rare that he had to pursue a woman.Olivia gathered her things quickly. “Yes. No. Not tomorrow,” she was flustered. “I mean, soon, yes. I really must go.”“We’ll meet back here?” Martin called out hopefully. Olivia was almost sprinting to the Metro Station. He thought he saw her nod and wave.
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Published on March 29, 2014 13:59 • 62 views

August 29, 2012



Allo.  My name is Lucy Quinn, I mean Lucy Slavin.  I’m an Irish nurse, living and working in London.  It’s a big City, but I’m here with my best friend, Tom.  I’ve known him all my life.  I can’t imagine doing any of this without him.  We have been together through all the milestones in each other’s lives.  He was even at my wedding.  I know that regardless of what happens to us, I will always love him.
Hey there, I’m Tom Nolan.  My girlfriend, Lucy and I moved to London recently.  She’s an amazing nurse and I’m finishing my postgraduate medical training.  Lucy and I grew up in Dublin together.  She’s the only woman I’ve ever loved.  We’ve had our share of tragedies, but through it all I know we have each other.   Our life together is full of love despite the struggles and challenges in a new City.  It all changes one fateful night when we meet a young Frenchwoman and her dashing husband.
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Published on August 29, 2012 10:05

August 28, 2012


Nice to meet you, I am Ayati Patani.  I live a very privileged life in London with my husband on our massive family estate.  We share our home with my husband’s boyfriend and the boyfriend’s wife.   I also escape to my own house to meet my lover.  All the relationships are discrete.  We have to maintain this delicate balance, this charade, to satisfy the traditions of our parents.  We will do everything we can to uphold the reputation and legacy of the family name.
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Published on August 28, 2012 09:12 • 62 views

August 27, 2012


Rajesh Patani is my name.  I am a successful businessman with international holdings and my family has a well established reputation in many industries.  My business partner and I sit on many boards and charitable organizations.   I live in London with my wife.  My whole life is built on a lie.
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Published on August 27, 2012 08:15 • 65 views

August 24, 2012


I’m Simon Parnell.  I live in London with my partner.  My partner has a wife.  I have a wife.  We attend everything together; parties, charity events and vacations.  We always look happy in the society papers.  Sometimes things are never what they seem to be.  It’s complicated. 
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Published on August 24, 2012 08:12 • 62 views

August 23, 2012


Hello, Henry Clifden here.  I am a proud Englishman trying to cope with the fast pace of Paris.  I thought I was happy, until I met a young Frenchwoman who changed everything.  She turned my world upside down and made my life complete.
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Published on August 23, 2012 08:43 • 58 views

August 22, 2012


Bonjour, my name is Olivia Girardin.  I was loved by a bad boy, then an older gentleman. Now my husband is rich and gay.  I have known the touch of many hands. Some hold me back, some push me away, some hold me close.  I need to find my own way in life, by my own hand.
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Published on August 22, 2012 07:31 • 68 views

July 20, 2012

I have a lot of friends and family that are very interested in my efforts.  They're eager to help me promote my novel and brand, even if they aren't actually reading my book.  You can now join them in getting the word out about Branche Olive .  We've just opened an online store with custom merchandise featuring all the Branche Olive Designs.

Grab a t-shirt and mingle with people on the subway.  Sport a cap and water bottle during a run though the park.  Wear one of the aprons at your next BBQ.Use a tote bag or reusable shopping bag at your next trip to the supermarket.Stick a bumper sticker on your car, it will increase it's "Blue Book" value dramatically.
Get anything with one of the iconic Branche Olive images and tell everyone you know the author.

Tell them what a great story Fleur de Lis is.  Mention that they can read Martin for free.

Let them know they can be in at the beginning of a sensation sweeping the literary world.

Hey, it could happen -
http://www.cafepress.com/BrancheOlive
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Published on July 20, 2012 09:15 • 2 views

July 11, 2012


Yesterday was a great day in the world of http://www.facebook.com/BrancheOlive. In 11 short days we've had over 60 hits on Martin http://www.branche-olive.com/free.htm; I've also had fantastic feedback from Lisa Gely, Michelle Amoroso, and Tara Leung; as well as a brilliant 5 STAR review from Norma Iris Hernandez http://www.branche-olive.com/reviews.htm

We also had a few Fleur de Lis' sell. They were "stranger" purchases, people we don't know.

I am happy. Keep it going. Come see what all the fuss is. Read and Rate :-)
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Published on July 11, 2012 11:19 • 68 views

July 3, 2012


I've written a free chapter called Martin.

Martin is a prequel to the Branche Olive trilogy, setting the stage for the world we discover in Fleur de Lis. Martin’s story reveals the contrasting misogynistic and Madonna complexes that dominate his relationships. As a bastard child he struggled without a male role model, giving him an unbalanced view of women. This shortcoming is at the core of all of Martin’s encounters. When he meets Olivia he tries desperately to break free of his old habits and establish a real relationship.

Martin is a standalone chapter. It can be read before or after Fleur de Lis and the Branche Olive Trilogy. Loyal readers will remember Martin and gain insight in to his life with Olivia before she meets Henry. For newcomers to the series this chapter will give you an emotionally fraught introduction to the Branche Olive trilogy.

You can read/download Martin from my site:  http://www.branche-olive.com/free.htm

...as well as Goodreads, Smashwords and Amazon.  We're trying to get the silly $0.99 price at Amazon dropped.
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Published on July 03, 2012 08:31 • 64 views