‘Literally Sand’ Author Event At Sandworld Weymouth

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Credit to Sandworld - Grand Opening Poster

Credit to Sandworld – Grand Opening Poster

Today (05/04/14) many people gathered at SANDWORLD WEYMOUTH to view the new exhibit ‘Literally Sand’. Five local authors; Kate Kelly, Kit Berry, Laura E James, Kathy Sharp and Carol Hunt met down at Sandworld in the Marquee to set up with their stalls and promote their books. Kit Berry was selling her ‘Stonewylde’ Series, Carol Hunt was selling ‘The Portland Chronicles’, a collection of books, Kathy Sharp was selling her book, Isle of Larus, Kate Kelly was selling her book, Red Rock (I have reviewed already) and Laura E James was promoting her books, truth or dare(adult) and Romaniac Shorts; Fashionably Brief (short stories).

truth or dare and Romaniac Shorts are E-books (available on Amazon now), by Laura E James. The authors read an extract from their books and that drew people in the talk to the authors and buy the books.

The Romaniacs is a group of friends who write together and self-published (Romaniac Press) Romaniac Shorts.

Sandworld is a centre where international sand sculptors carve into sand to create amazing exhibits, following that year’s theme. 2014 is LITERALLY SAND, and there are exhibits including, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Lord of the Rings, War Horse, Jungle Book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and more. The local authors were invited to come down and talk to the people visiting about writing and sell their books. It drew a lot of interest and many people listened to the readings before proceeding to buy the book. All the authors were very eloquent when reading and read their chosen extract with a lot of character.

I enjoyed the day and talking to each author was very interesting, as well as looking at the exhibits.

I would suggest a visit to Sandworld Weymouth and buy the books, many are set in Weymouth/Portland and the Dorset area:

*Red Rock – Kate Kelly

*The Portland Chronicles – Carol Hunt

*Isle of Larus – Kathy Sharp

*Stonewylde Series – Kit Berry

*truth or dare (adult) – Laura E James

*Romaniac Shorts; Fashionably Brief – Laura E James

Thanks to Sandworld for an amazing day 🙂 🙂



The Mortal Instruments – City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare


The blue based cover showing Clary Fray and her fiery red hair

The blue based cover showing Clary Fray and her fiery red hair

Haunted by her past, Clary is dragged deeper into New York City’s terrifying underworld of demons and Shadowhunters – but can she control her feelings for a boy who can never be hers?


The second in the series and it brings even more excitement and drama to the story. You meet new characters such as Maia and some of the New York werewolf pack. I really like books when they bring new characters into the plot, and the City of Ashes is written in such a way that each new (and old) character has their own trait making them unique but also bringing them together. We find out more about some of the older characters like Jace, Clary, Alec and Valentine, and we have new knowledge on some of the Runes/Marks.

The story has a lot of drama written very well into it and the suspense grows until the point where you can’t handle it before revealing all. The book cover conveys a lot but you do have to look hard to see it. It shows Clary with some Runes and the sea. Most of the cover is blue, suggesting water and the only part of the imagery used on the cover that really stands out is Clary’s hair.

I would gladly suggest this series to anyone from teens +.

Author Comments

Holly Black – Tithe – Cassie’s writing makes my toes curl in envy. She is the rare writer who can write fast-paced dramatic fantasy with gorgeous language and memorable characters that you grow to love and worry about, as well as really funny bits that will make you honestly laugh… It is rare to find someone who can do any on of those things well; to find someone who can do all of them is just dangerous