Percy Chattey Books

Author of Thrillers: Genre: Murder, Mystery & Crime

Death for a Starter

pcbdeathforastartercover1600x2400There are many ways of writing a story and I am certain all Authors write differently. Some plan the whole narrative before writing, other sketch the beginning, middle and end before putting pen to paper. I know one who has the beginning and the end but not the middle.

I don’t like either way, I think the story reads more natural when it takes on its own meaning and develops as one writes. And so it was with ‘Death for a Starter.’

The original idea was a detective story set in the eighteen hundreds during one of the periods in Ireland when the potato crop had failed and families were dealing with real famine. It came close to the original thought but it is more thrilling than that. We were delighted when it went on to win ‘Best Historical Fiction’ at the Pinnacle Awards.

It was also the beginning of a trilogy as after its completion I went on to conclude the chronicle of the family in ‘The Dauntless Factor’ and finally ‘The Cormack’s’ taking their history from the mid eighteen hundreds to the nineteen twenties.

Death for a Starter can be found on Amazon by following the link
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Plastic

It was during the eighties when as a Councillor in a Local Authority, at regular meetings we frequently discussed how to deal with the dangers of plastic waste and the expansive use of it. There was a mass of information at that time for the handling and the disposal of it, but nothing was achieved.

We were concerned at the environment of the world and how it would cope with the ever increasing need of the material, with the certain knowledge there would come a time when the earth would be swamped. Although I don’t think we imagined for one moment how dangerous it really was and within such a short time our way of life would start to choke on the stuff.

Various schemes were proposed at that time for using it as fuel and developing power from what is a useless material once it has been discarded. The proposals were normally wiped out at birth, and never got off the ground because of one fear or another, whether it was destroying the green belt or the horror of contaminated air from the burning and the ‘not in my back yard’ attitude. Of course by that time man had gone to the moon and back and yet there was not the will to find a way of burning plastic without it causing pollution.

Nearly forty years on and there is still no sign of a real answer to the dilemma except multi bins outside houses to separate it from other waste material, which is no answer at all for the Authorities still do not know what to do with it. Frequently there has been some help as various proposal have been put in place to destroy it…maybe that should have happened forty years ago.

In the last twelve months or so there have been reports of numerous fires. I am not only talking forest, where acres have been destroyed around the world, there have also been the burning of buildings, for instance the terrible event of the Grenfell Tower being destroyed. In the past there have been fires in high rise building but they were kept under control. I am sure I am not the only one thinking it is odd as we hear of another building burning, the latest one is a famous museum in South America with priceless artefacts inside burnt to the ground.

On a more positive note Casa FuenteLargo our Holiday Home in the real Spain continues to flourish and we are looking forward to the next season. Please go to http://www.fuentelargo.com for further information.

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Trust? What happened to it?

Merry Christmas from Percy Chattey BooksThe Rain in Spain…

It’s December and we are in an usual deluge of rain here on the Costa Blanca. The Spanish Weather office have issued “amber warnings” for severe weather and record levels of rain for the next few days. Yuk! Last night was exciting with the rain hammering on the roof and Meg, our guard dog, scared out of her wits and jumping on the bed for comfort, not because of the rain but because one of the smoke alarms was issuing regular beeps to tell the world – that is our world – that the battery was running low. I do not know why our little lady does not like beeping noises, it must be something in her past as they drive her into a bundle of trembling fear.

Christmas Squeeze and Batteries

We are all aware of the barons that control our lives through holding the reins on the conglomerates that sell us everything from Christmas chocolate tins, which every year stay the same price but shrink in size, to cornflake packets which stay the same size but the produce inside only comes half way up the container. We have a heavy use of ‘AA’ and ‘AAA’ batteries and when I saw rechargeable ones at half price all eight beautifully wrap on a card in a store I was happy to buy them. The months have gone by and there was a need to open the packet to insert one of them into a holder, that is when I discovered why they were cheap as they are slightly over size for a double ‘A’ battery.

It seems now there is very little one can trust. Stores determined to squeeze every penny they can out of a transaction and if that upsets a customer then it does not matter as in most cases they have the monopoly so you have a need to go back. Perhaps that statement is a bit strong but it appears to me customer services have declined.

The Trust has Gone

Trust! What happened to it? It was not long ago, alright fifty years, when you could leave your front door open or the keys in the ignition of the car with the confident knowledge nothing would happen to either. People helped each other and there was always a warm welcome for a stranger. I think the decline first started when the Government, I’ll let you guess of what colour, decided its duty to the populace could be modified and not all people were equal under the law. It was the mid sixties and the requirement to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle became a firm rule.

However after an outcry from turban wearing Sikhs the law was changed so it did not apply to them, perhaps that is where other religious requirements outside common law have been allowed as it set a precedent.

In the late nineteen hundreds the worst single item in my mind for teaching children to cheat, lie and steal was when the famous Walkers Crisp Company constantly ran an advert on Television of a famous footballer sitting at a table and stealing crisps off a child. How or why that was allowed I do not understand, but I firmly believe it in itself was detrimental to teaching the young how to behave, as if stealing was a common act and a joke.

It’ll Soon Get Lighter

A few more days and the shortest day of the year will have been and gone and the evenings start to get lighter. We are looking forward to a busy year with two new novels out and Casa FuenteLargo looking great in the sun. Happy Christmas to everyone http://www.percychatteybooks.com If you like the blog please share.

Blog: Guard Dog!!

Authors: We need your short storyGuard Dog!! I would bet the vision that has come to mind is an Alsatian, a Doberman or something similar snarling and showing its teeth whilst straining at a chain daring an intruder to go near it. Let me introduce Meg, a darling little black and white little lady about the size of a Jack Russell, our Guard Dog! I would not say she is lazy but she does things very differently, not for her snarling and running up and down – no she sits on the settee and studies the CCTV monitors, and if anyone comes in sight then she barks even before they have got to the door bell.

Democracy

I see there is another Top of the Bill Show on in London, this time held at the Law Courts, mind you it is only on for four days, with a sequel in January. I understand if you can get in to see the activities there is no charge although you may be frisked for any concealed weapons. The eleven stars of the show are well paid in any case by you and me, they are there on some charade pretending they are part of a democracy which most people are starting to doubt exists. What is the point of having a General Election and giving Parliament the power to run the country, followed by a referendum which Members of the Government had agreed it would implement the result, when that can be ignored and overturned by a group of unelected ‘Judges’ who have been given power by an equally unelected Quango? To me it all seems a lot like jobs for the boys and girls and any excuse to sit in judgement. It should never have happened especially as it is at our expense.

Get my Books on SmashWords

Great News! You can now download my books via SmashWords in various formats… more of my books are coming soon. And even better they promise to distribute them in other popular e-book formats and release to other popular on-line books stores such as iBooks! Here’s the link to the Percy Chattey Books SmashWords page.

Spanish Holiday Rental

Spanish Holiday Rental Hondon Valley, SpainIt is said in this part of Spain we average 36 days of rain each year, well it stopped this morning so I guess we have had our quota for the last twelve months and our Spanish Holiday Villa “Casa FuenteLargo” is looking fine again in the sun.  (You and your family can hire this tranquil Spanish hideaway at http://www.fuentelargo.com).We are continuing making improvements to the property and it is the turn of the upstairs bedrooms, as this week we are installing tea/coffee making facilities so guests will not have the long trek to the kitchen in the morning.

Don’t forget to send your short stories to percybooks @ outlook.com we will acknowledge receipt.

My Book Covers!

pcbfacebookheaderall8booksBook covers are quite important to attract attention. Afterall book publishers and authors employ expensive designers and marketeers to create a book cover that has impact, style and speaks to the prospective reader. With so many books for sale, its cover design might be the difference between it being noticed and considered or left on the shelf.

So we must judge a book by its cover right? Of course the cover does not guarantee the quality of the contents or a great story but it helps us see the genre or gist of the plot. Here’s a preview of my book covers. (click to enlarge)

But what makes a good book cover? And if book covers were all a plain colour, would it it be harder or easier to pick a book to read? We might instead look for book reviews or read the synopsis on the back cover. We might ask friends for recommendations. We might be led by what the retailer pushes to the front. There’s a good article about book design on the Creative Indie website.

My initial book covers were done in Word or  Powerpoint and I hadn’t a clue how to design book covers or use graphic software. Thankfully I found a good web designer and graphics company “Digital Idiom” to help me out. Once I have a book plot I am already thinking of the cover design. I meet the designer and we discuss and identify the colour, feel and possible graphics for the covers. He takes the ideas and dies the magic! Just about every time he has got it spot on, just how I imagined it to be.

Linda Irene Piper says: I have read all your books Percy Chattey and they are a brilliant read. Looking forward to reading your new one x

Dawn Northrop says: Thank you Percy. I just finished Watchit ! There’s love about. A great read looking forward to next one. xx

BOOK AWARDS SO FAR…
Pinnacle Award 2014 Best Historical Thriller “Death For A Starter”
Pinnacle Award 2013 Best Autobiography “Blitz and Pieces”
Pinnacle Award 2013 Summer Best Thriller “Politically Incorrect”
Pinnacle Award 2013 Fall Best Thriller “The Black Venus”
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We’re on SmashWords

Great News! You can now download my books via SmashWords in various formats… more of my books are coming soon. And even better they promise to distribute them in other popular e-book formats and release to other popular on-line books stores such as iBooks!

Here’s the link to the Percy Chattey Books SmashWords page.

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Short Stories Required

Authors: We need your short storyWe are searching for short stories.

‘Percy Chattey Books Publishing’ is looking for short stories to be published in book form. We are interested in short writings of about 500 to 1000 words they can be humorous, serious, fact, fiction or verse.

We will publish your work* in book form possibly by next spring acknowledging the person who wrote it. We cannot enter into discussion on any work and we reserve the right to alter and edit submissions.

CONTACT US NOW: In the first instance please email a copy of your short story to percybooks @ outlook.com or by real mail to Percy Chattey, Apartado de Correos 89, Aspe, 03680, Alicante. You should include name, address, and telephone number and your email address.

Thank you. http://www.percychatteybooks.com

*IMPORTANT: The work must be personal to yourself, original and certainly not copied, adapted from elsewhere or copyrighted to another. And they cannot to be detrimental to persons or organisations either directly or by implication.

The Dauntless Factor

pcbdoublebookbuynow“The Dauntless Factor “(a thriller book) is available on-line…

This exciting novel: ‘The Dauntless Factor’ by Percy W. Chattey is an easy read thriller of suspense and anticipation. It is set at a time when cars were an unusual sight. He tells the continuing story of the O’Dowd family who had emigrated from Ireland to escape the potato famine in the eighteen hundreds to discover their fortune in North East England.

It is now the start of the 1900’s and we learn of Katherine, the American girl, who comes to England to find love with all its twists and turns. There is also Sir Patrick, the Chief Executive of the Dauntless Motor Works, who with the help of his son Robert, built it up from nothing. Both are respected people in the community of Liverpool, however dark events which happened in the past, are suddenly brought to the fore.

Plus, another thriller of mine is just being re-published as “A Common’s Mistake” (formally ‘Politically Incorrect’)….

All my books are available on-line via Amazon and (soon) Smashwords… just search for “Percy Chattey Books” on Google.

Thank you for your support and if you read (or have already read) any of my books I’d love to hear your thoughts on them.

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