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Jess’s life was turned upside down when her blog went viral. Now, with hundreds of thousands of followers, Jess is now navigating the trials and tribulations of a world online.

Being a mummy blogger was original an escape, but now it seems to be turning into a career. And after one wrong post on her social media channels, Jess discovers that life in the spotlight isn’t always peachy.

With a new baby on the way, the possibility of starring in a reality TV show and a husband who’s struggling with his wife’s new-found fame, Jess has a lot going on.

Jess needs to decide whether this is everything she wanted it to be or whether this is all a bit too much for her? Can Jess persevere against the haters, rise up above the pettiness and find the perfect balance of life in the real world and life online?

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I received a copy of this book from Head of Zeus- Aria in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Mum’s Big Break is another enjoyable chapter about Jess, her family and her life as a successful mummy blogger. Now a ‘celebrity’ social influencer Jess finds that blogging isn’t the escape it was.
Amusing anecdotes and an insiders insight into the world of mummy blogging and social influencers make this a delightful read.

Mum’s Big Break is a contemporary, engaging, and humorous story about life as a mummy blogger.

Excerpt From Mum’s Big Break – Louise Emma Clark

Truthfully, she’d been a bit surprised by how much time had been demanded by the staff at the hotel, but it was too late now. She’d accepted the holiday and she had to do the work – even if that meant being dragged away from her sunbed to listen to a monologue about the interior design decisions behind an overwhelmingly brown conference hall. 

It was a few hours before she was able to say her goodbyes and scurry back to the pool, but when she arrived, Chris and Bella were nowhere to be seen. Looking down at her phone and realising it was now midday and Bella had probably been tired and grouchy, she made her way up to their room.

Suite 3008.

Floor 20.

She’d never set eyes on a hotel suite before this holiday, let alone stayed in one, and when they first arrived and were shown to their room, it had taken them a good five minutes to explore, eyes wide with shock. There were two bedrooms, joined together by a large lounge. Wardrobes opened up to reveal storage space the size of small rooms just for their clothes and shoes. Everything inside the suite was perfectly matched in hues of dark wood and warm tones of caramel-brown, and vast, floor to ceiling windows showed off the view to its absolute best.

From their balcony, they could see the whole of Jumeirah Beach stretched to the left and right of them. The white sand, the colour of the sea a perfect reflection of the cornflower-blue sky above, hotels dotted along the coast, the impressive Burj Al Arab hotel shaped like the sail of a boat to their right, and a big wheel that seemed to be sat on its very own island to their left. 

Looking directly down from their balcony to the hotel grounds, a series of pools stretched invitingly in front of their hotel.

‘Seven pools, to be exact,’ their concierge had informed them on that first night. ‘Three general pools that everyone can use, one saltwater pool, one shallow pool for children, one adult-only pool, one pool for swimming laps, and a swimmable canal that connects them all.’

The biggest pool was directly below them, with the words ‘THE MERRYGOLD’ stamped on the bottom in large, black letters. And as swimmers disturbed the surface of the water, the letters shimmered and danced in the sunlight. 

It was, without doubt, the most impressive hotel that Jessica had set foot in.

In fact, the room alone was so inviting that Jessica was quite tempted to spend the full week inside it, relying on room service and gawping at the views, but with a nearly-two-year-old in tow, that was never going to happen.

Jessica made it back to the room and stood in front of the heavy mahogany door with 3008 monogrammed in gold letters, pulling her key card from the pocket of her bag to unlock it. As the light flickered green, she pushed the door as gently as possible. 

CLICK.

‘Sssshhh,’ Chris hissed, turning towards the door from his armchair. ‘F**k’s sake, Jess, please don’t wake her!’

‘Seriously?’ Jessica whispered. ‘What was I supposed to do? Beam myself through the door?’

Chris rolled his eyes.

‘You know,’ Jessica continued. ‘This hotel room is nearly as big as our house. She’s got her own room, Chris! You’re sat out here lording it up with your iPad and she’s fast asleep in her own room, with the door closed. How was I ever going to wake her?’

‘Lording it up with my iPad?’ Chris repeated slowly. ‘Good one. That’s obviously what I’ve been doing while you’ve been swanning around conference rooms for the last couple of hours…’

‘Oh whatever,’ Jessica said, shaking her head. ‘Anyway, what have you been doing while I’ve been gone? Has she been OK?’

‘No,’ Chris said. ‘She’s been a bit of a bloody nightmare actually. She was tired and hungry, and she wanted Mummy as soon as you disappeared. We waited for as long as we could, as I thought it would be nice to have lunch together, but I needed to give her something to eat in the end. Not that she enjoyed the chips I ordered her… Most of them ended up on the bloody floor, so she’s probably gone to bed hungry.’

Louise Emma Clarke

Louise’s blog, Mum of Boys and Mabel has over 100k followers. Having moved to Dubai with her family she’s now back in the UK and is enjoying writing. From Mum with Love was her debut novel. 

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An Infinity Dreams Blogging Award From the Lovely Shehanne Moore.

I’ve been tagged for an Infinity Dreams Blogging Award by the lovely Shehanne Moore, author of these fabulous historical romancesblogmakwImage credit: http://www.shehannemoore.wordpress.com

I am an avid follower of Shehanne’s interactive blog, which you can find here.

Infinity Dreams Award

The Rules of the award are as follows:

  • Thank and follow the blog that nominated you. 

Click on the link below:

to read Shehanne’s Infinity Dreams Award post.

  •  Share 11 facts about yourself

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  1. I  love animals.

  2. If I won the lottery, I would rescue as many animals as I could.

  3. DSCN1359I am reclusive, so the solitary writer’s life suits my introverted personality.

  4.  I wanted to be a romantic novelist when I was 18 but life had other plans for me until much later.DSCN1375

  5. I love my maiden name ‘Jolliffe.’

  6. My daughter was born on my 29th Birthday, the best present ever. 🙂

  7. I  have a phobia about enclosed spaces.

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    I am at my happiest walking, with my husband and dogs in the countryside.

  9. I hate crowds.

  10. Mushrooms are my favourite food.

  11. I would love to research my family tree and write some novels about the things I discover.

  • Answer the questions set for you by the nominator.

    1 . Do you dream much?

  • I think I probably dream more than I realise but I usually remember things from my dreams at least a couple of times a week.

2 How would you describe yourself?

  • I am an optimistic person, who is at my happiest reading, spending time with my family,walking with my dogs and of course writing.

3 Why did you start blogging?

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  • I started blogging when I’d finished writing The Dragon Legacy, as a way of communicating with other writers and my potential readers. It was a good decision. Now two years and over 400 posts later, I love doing it and amazingly people seem to like reading, my writing journey posts and book reviews, which is very rewarding.

4 If you could spend a year anywhere in the world where would it be?

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  • Northumberland. Its such a beautiful unspoilt place full of rugged coastline, castles and stunning countryside. Living there for a year would be a dream come true.

5 Have you ever broken the law?

  • Not to my knowledge. I’m too much of a worrier 😦

6 How would you describe your year this far?

  • Frustrating to start with because I was doubting my ability to make it as a writer but as I say I’m an optimist so I carried on and now I am writing and enjoying sharing some of my work on #wattpad. Its encouraging when you can see how many people have read your work.

Wattpad Button7 What do you hope for most career-wise?

  • I would love to build up a following for my books and make a living as a writer.

8 What’s your favourite alcoholic drink?

Champagne

9 What are you most afraid of losing?

  • My close family, I have already lost my mum and dad and it still hurts everyday.

10 Who would you most like to dream of?

  • No one person. My dreams are always full of action and symbolism. If I remember them, I enjoy interpreting them, looking for the hidden meanings.

11 What’s your favourite karaoke number?

  • Ain’t Nobody.

Nominate 11 Bloggers for this award and set 11 questions for them to answer.

  1. Tima Maria  Lacoba _ http://timamarialacoba.blogspot.co.uk/
  2. Eve Devon – http://www.evedevon.com/blog   
  3. Tracey Rogers http://traceyrogers.com/blog/
  4. Lisa Medley–  Write , Blog , Read , Repeat – http://lisa-medley.com/
  5.  Jane Linfoot -http://www.janelinfoot.co.uk/blog
  6. Kristina Rienzi– http://kristinarienzi.com/blog/
  7. Nikki Moore – https://nikkimooreauthor.wordpress.com/
  8. Kate Redwood/Felicity Kates – http://katereedwood.blogspot.ca/
  9. Rae Rivers – http://www.raerivers.com/
  10. Jessica Baker – http://jessbaker.net/
  11. Aimee Duffy – http://aimeexdx.blogspot.co.uk/

My Questions:

  1. Do you believe that dreams are symbolic?

  2. Why did you start blogging?

  3. Are you an extrovert or an introvert?

  4. Do you think authors make good bloggers? 

    If so why?

  5. Do you remember any of your dreams. 

  6. Are you interested in the meaning of dreams?

  7. Do you dream in colour?

  8. Do you find writing a lonely occupation?

  9. Are animals an important part of your life?

  10. Do you listen to music when you write?

  11. Do you devise playlists for your books?

 Happy Wednesday x