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Tipping Point by Emily Benet - Book Tour



Tipping Point
The sun ... the ocean ... the farmhouse ... the scammer... the police... the 3-legged dog?


George and Ellen have retired to sunny Mallorca. Social butterfly Ellen is itching to make yacht-owning friends while George's heart is set on a secluded farmhouse in the country. In fact, now that they're no longer living busy London lives, they're beginning to realise they have very different ideas of happiness.

Private investigator Salva specialises in cases of adultery. That's why it's particularly embarrassing that he didn't realise his long-term girlfriend has been cheating on him. He has no time to nurse a broken heart, since his family are the victims of a property scam they urgently need him to solve.

Robyn Chase is giving talks on her self-help book, No More Toxic Relationships - 7 Years, 7 Lessons. She's finding it awkward being a relationship guru when her own boyfriend is avoiding her.

The sun is shining in Mallorca and everything looks beautiful. But the residents of one particular apartment block are about to discover it all might be too good to be true.


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Author Q&A
1. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
I was sitting on the floor with a book about a lost sheep and I suddenly realised I could read the words. I must have been about 5 or 6. I read it over and over again. I still have the book. Today I read it to my toddler while she pretends to look for the sheep around her bedroom.

2. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
Not Mr Darcy because that would be too cliché... Are clichés always bad? The problem is, when I say Mr Darcy, I think I really mean Colin Firth in the 1998 BBC production of Pride & Prejudice. Oh dear.

3. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
I don't really need a fantasy world. Mallorca amazes me with its sparkling turquoise waters and rocky mountains every day. I'm besotted. 

4. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
Yes! I completed my first novel when I was about 11 years old. It was based on the Red Wall Series by Brian Jacques, which feature lots of animal characters. The wood mice were the goodies, the rats were the baddies. In my version nothing very much happens until the last page! On the upside, it has illustrations... 

5. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
Guinea pigs. I had the tamest fluffy white guinea pig when I was growing up. She was called Nes. Sadly I think she was eaten by fox. That was back in London. Sometimes I entertain having guinea pigs here in Mallorca, but I think the poor things would get roasted on the balcony. I also haven't forgotten that I spent most of my weekends cleaning out hutches when I was little.

6. Have you ever met anyone famous?
Probably. Random celebrities, especially from TV shows, don't rouse much curiosity in me. I wouldn't mind a chat with Stephen King though, or David Attenborough's cameraman...

7. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?I have a really inefficient technique. In between every novel I get published I start one about 50 times which doesn't. I have to write so much to realise what it is I really want to write. Novels with multiple characters and clever plots is my aim and it takes time working it all out. I would say about 2 years. I write for a magazine full-time so fiction gets written around that!
8. How do you select the names of your characters?A name pops into my head. I ask myself: Do I know anyone with this name? If the answer is no, I'll use it. If yes, then I'll search for an alternative. Sometimes I Google names from different countries. Once I found a list of popular Latin names for girls and boys... Number 33 was Emily, Number 33 was the name of my husband, Juan Diego. The fact that Emily is hardly a Latin names makes it even more lucky. We were clearly meant to be! Ha!
9. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?NOW. I sometimes wonder how Shakespeare and Cervantes managed to finish anything what with having to write with a quill. As a journalist I'm so grateful for being able to record interviews and as a novelist so grateful to be able to use a computer. Oh, but I momentarily forgot we are living in very uncertain times indeed... best thing to do is pick up a novel and escape for a while!


Author Bio –
Emily Benet is a journalist, award-winning blogger and author of contemporary fiction. Her books include the blog-to-book Shop Girl Diaries, Wattpad hit Spray Painted Bananas and social media romcom #PleaseRetweet. She lives in Mallorca with her husband and daughter and the sunny island is the setting for her latest novels The Hen Party and Tipping Point. She writes regularly for the luxury lifestyle magazine abcMallorca.


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