Please welcome Rebecca Cohen to the blog today chatting about her new book Not All Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks and it’s setting in Basel, Switzerland.
My new release, Not All Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks, is set in Basel, Switzerland. Basel isn’t a quaint little ski village, but is instead a small industrial city. Now don’t go thinking it’s a horrible grey place! True, depending which way you look down the Rhine, you’ll see the headquarters of two big pharmaceutical companies, but let me show you the Old Town, including places mentioned in my novella.
The city is old, dating back to the Romans, but much of the quirky buildings in the rabbit warren streets, date from medieval time. Looking up from the banks of the Rhine, you can see the Munster (cathedral) on the top of the hill.
Meander down the sides streets from the Munster and pass by rows of pretty houses and get surprise when fountains pop up from seeming nowhere (and the water is drinkable!)
Carrying on through the more modern shopping streets, and you’ll arrive in Marktplatz and the amazing red build, the Rathaus, which is the town hall – simply stunning!
Title: Not All Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks
Author: Rebecca Cohen
Cover Design: Brooke Albrecht
Release Date: Janurary 12, 2017
Page Count: 148
Neither of them wants to fall in love, but getting exactly what they don’t want might be the best thing to ever happen to them.
Mark hopes his boredom with his current job will be alleviated by a short stint in Basel, Switzerland. When he meets Steffen, who struck out on his own from an old-money family to establish an IT firm, Mark expects some fun, great sex, and a clean break when his job is done. The arrangement is perfect for Steffen, who has been content with casual after a betrayal—and has a taste for British men after attending university in the UK. But as they explore the city’s rich history and traditions, Mark begins to see Steffen as much more than a tour guide with benefits. If he isn’t careful, the trip meant to break the lull in his career might end up breaking his heart instead….
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Mark remembered Kaz’s comment about Steffen’s family. “There was something else I wanted to ask you. Kaz said having you on board helped because of the Gryse name—what did she mean by that?”
“I love that you don’t know.”
Mark scowled. “What’s that meant to mean?”
Steffen leaned in closer, smiling, apparently not caring that he was showing they were so obviously a couple. “That you love me and not my name. I have lost count of the number of men who have tried to catch my eye only once they knew who I was.”
“I bet you have used it to your advantage more than once,” Mark replied, raising an eyebrow.
“I might have used my name to get what, and who, I have wanted, but as I said, I love that I did not need to with you. You love Steffen, not Dr. Gryse.”
“You still haven’t said why I should care.”
Steffen stood up, surprising Mark. “Our stop.”
“You’re being a bugger.”
Steffen laughed as they got off the tram. “I have always liked that English insult. Sounds so lovely unless you know what it really means.”
“Steffen, stop teasing. Don’t make me have to google you—fuck knows what I’ll find.”
“The Gryse family was what was known as a Patrician Family of Basel. We are what you would call old money. I made no secret that we are rich, and four centuries ago, we were very powerful. Still we have our influence.”
Mark’s Swiss history was worse than his German language skills, but he grasped that Steffen’s family was not like his own common roots. “You’re really slumming it with me. The Timmels have no sway or influence, although I’ve never missed a rent payment, well, not since graduating.”
“I would not have it any other way. Is this an issue?”
They reached Steffen’s apartment, and Mark was relived to get out of the cold. “No, don’t be stupid. I’m just annoyed I wasn’t able to rub my sister’s nose in it that I had a rich and powerful Swiss boyfriend. You’re not some duke with a castle you’re not telling me about? That would be incredible.”
“Not anymore.” Steffen unlocked the front door. “I think that went the way of the Holy Roman Empire. But we have some very nice properties—no castle, though.”
“That is disappointing. I’m sure you can make it up to me by cooking dinner.”
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Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and young son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.
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