AN AUTHOR - who has enjoyed a special serial kissing marathon - visits Penarth Pier this Sunday (August 4) between 11am and 3pm to sign her new book, "From Piers to Eternity".

Hazel Preller, aged 43, and husband Jay, 55, have enjoyed a kiss on 60 piers across the country, including Penarth, after first meeting on the Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, in 2007, where they fell in love and had their first kiss. In June 2008, after the the Weston pier and Fleetwood Pier in Lancashire burnt down, the couple idly wondered just how many piers there were left in the country to have a kiss at the end of. And so the journey began.

Initially thinking they would have to visit about 54 piers for kisses, the couple travelled more than 7,000 miles during two years to complete their kissing marathon, ending up on Brighton Pier in 2010 where they had their 60th kiss – and got married.

When not hard at work in their respective jobs, the couple may be found in a passionate embrace at the end of a pier near you, and Hazel said: "We are very keen to promote piers in order to preserve them for future generations to enjoy."

The book recounts the history and vital statistics of the 60 piers and the fascinating and beautifully descriptive story of these quintessentially Victorian seaside status symbols, with photographs, is told with a delicious sense of humour.

"From Piers to Eternity" (£9.99) is published by Indepenpress Publishing Ltd and available from Amazon, Waterstones, Tesco and all good booksellers. Further information about the couple is available on their website -