Percy Chattey Books

Author of Thrillers: Genre: Murder, Mystery & Crime

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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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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.

Your Free Holiday Thriller Book!

bnr-time-bookIt was sixteen years ago last August when Jean and I moved to Hondon de los Frailes, a little hamlet in the Spanish Mountains not too far from the golden sands of the Costa Blanca.

At that time there were only about seven hundred Spanish people living in the village and we were the only English couple, now it has a population of about three times that many. We fell in love with the place and still feel that way and have watched as it has developed into something quite different, in that tourist and holiday makers find it homely, quiet and peaceful away from the celebrations and crowds nearer the coast.

Now the village has differing types of restaurants offering fine cuisine, some with frequent entertainment, and of course there are the small bars where you can mix with people who live in the real Spain.

At this time of year we are preparing, and also improving our rental villa: Casa FuenteLargo, for the next season, it is starting a little earlier this year as we have guests staying over Christmas and another group for the New Year Celebrations.

This coming year I will be giving away my new and latest novel ‘Time Gentlemen’ free of charge to each group as a way of saying thank you for visiting our holiday home.

» HOLIDAY VILLA IN SPAIN : www.fuentelargo.com
» PERCY CHATTEY BOOKS www.percychatteybooks.com

The Digital Age & Smashwords

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I do not know how others feel but my lovely wife Jean, and I are traditional type of people, we like mature items tested by time.

For instance one of these new modern fitted kitchens with shiny surfaces with clashing colours everywhere would make me feel ill to work in. I much prefer the old oak kitchen doors they look more natural. Or to see a traditional train chugging along a railway line blowing smoke and steam is exciting, one does not get the same thrill watching a large ugly diesel engine pulling carriages.

The cars of long ago, the E type Jaguar or the Triumph and MG sports cars looked like cars, all independently designed and built with care. Nothing like the present day versions, which are more like space craft with no thought to how they individually look as they are all similar, with no character.

Books, when you first receive one and admire the work that has gone in to it, to create it, and you are privileged to open the cover for the first time with that beautiful musty smell, the feel of the crisp paper of the pages as one glances through it – no, no never the last page.

All that is to announce we are slowly coming into the real world, well at least ‘Percy Chattey Books Publishing’ is, as it is going digital. All my work, that is eight novels is being downloaded on to ‘Smashwords’ and when that is complete we will then add all of them to ‘E Books.’

There will be no compromise with the story lines and Percy Chattey Books will still be available through Amazon, if you prefer to have a real book. As it is a lot of translating to be done, nearly a million words and of course the stunning covers, it will take some time and we are aiming for the third week in November for the transition to be complete. Happy and enjoyable reading. www.percychatteybooks.com

2016 Writing in Progress!

bnr-time-bookMy new novel is coming on fine and is about twenty percent complete and when finished it will be the third in a series. It is the follow on from ‘The Dauntless Factor,’ which was the continuing story of the Cormack family who originated in ‘Death for a Starter.’ This novel was my fourth win in the Pinnacle Awards when it won as the Best Historical Fiction.

At the beginning of the summer I offered to write a story with our ten year old Lilly-Ella one of our Grand children, on the basis of writing fifty words each on an alternating basis and was very pleased when she accepted. It is a lovely little story and currently approaching three thousand words. At the moment it is my turn to write something as she has kept up her side of the arrangement.

My last novel ‘Time Gentlemen’ out now on Amazon, is receiving good reviews’ it was a difficult story to write with a host of characters but we were pleased with the result. The end I puzzled over for some time and I know I got it right, when reading it do not peek at the final pages as it will destroy the thrill of the story. All my work is displayed on my web site http://www.percychatteybooks.com and are available on Amazon and Kindle.


Book: Time Gentlemen by Percy Chattey
Pages: 280
Publisher: Percy Chattey Books (1 Sept. 2016)
Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0995489033
    ISBN-13: 978-0995489035

“Time Gentlemen” : A horrific event perpetrated by a young woman wanting revenge. It’s closing time and awaiting the clientele other innocent and not so innocent pursuits. We learn of the terrorist gang plotting to destroy a well known location when it is at its busiest with patrons relaxed and enjoying themselves. It is also the story of different groups of people, unknown to each other, heading for the same shocking destiny. There are the two couples bored with their sex life and make an arrangement to exchange partners. The young couple soon to be married as they sit down to dinner with their close family and associates.

There is also the group of British Army Officers, enjoying an evening with friends. A room full of people, with soft lighting and popular dance music in recital. It is a thrilling story, and spins an exciting tale of diverse everyday people dressed in their finest, and looking forward to an exhilarating evening watching and enjoying the cabaret, eating fine cuisine. But why was the evening brought to an outrageous close before the customary shout of “Time Gentlemen.”

A stunning novel from the award winning master of thriller story telling.

A Common’s Mistake

bnr-commons-book1Book: A Common’s Mistake

  • Pages: 294
  • Publisher: Percy Chattey Books (1 July 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN ISBN-10: 0995489017 / ISBN-13: 978-0995489011
  • Book Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm

“A great read with a stunning end.” : Declan Murphy, Northampton

This novel depicts a political assassination plot along with a romantic web of betrayal. “A Common’s Mistake” by Percy Chattey follows a British businessman as he attempts to salvage his empire from a socialist regime but at the cost of his family’s happiness.

This book is a web of intrigue that begins with a jaded British businessman’s fight against a socialist government who are proposing legislation that would destroy his life style and forces him to take extreme measures to do what he believes is right.

“Very good… what a surprising end!” : Richard de St Croix, Spain

When Colin Sheer-Wood is faced with ruin at the hands of a small political party with a tiny majority in parliament, he refuses to go down without a fight. Sheer-Wood hires assassins to kill members of parliament so the administration no longer has a majority. He fails to realize that one of the three people on his hit list is his daughter’s fiancé, begging the question – will saving his business empire tear apart his family?

Genre: Thriller.
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The story line is…

Hi everyone. Let me start by giving you a puzzle – you are sitting in a room with the air conditioning on, however the setting on it is not right and it is not cold enough. To make it colder – do you change it up or down? Answers on a Post card please to Casa FuenteLargo. What is the matter with the people at the BBC, it would appear they are only interested in broadcasting soaps, cooking, nature and the weather.

It is old news now of getting rid of Jeremy Clarkson and throwing away fifty million pounds a year in profit from the man’s talents, even a company the size of Apple or Microsoft would baulk at the prospect of casting that sort of income out of the window, and of course another giant in this world, Amazon, has quickly thrown it’s hat in the ring, that is if it has a hat, and signed a contract with him and his team. If the story line in one of my novels was in a similar vein as the action of the British Broadcaster, the reader would have put the book down as rubbish.

Of course story telling is fiction and one can create all sorts of situations, but if it is a tale about life then surely it has to be believable. No doubt others would disagree with me. Oh! Come to think of it I just contradicted myself. My new work ‘The Main Course’ is coming on fine, it is a follow on from ‘Death for a Starter’. Creating a fictional family is fun and interesting I am sure when it is on the book shelves it will be enjoyed by the reader.

My books are available locally

My work is now available in El Condor’s Bar in the Square in Frailes, also obtainable in Christine’s Book Shop in Hondon de las Nieves – it is called Celebrations, as you leave the village going towards Aspe it is on the left hand side just before you get to the petrol filling station. And of course my thriller novels can be found on Amazon / CreateSpace and Kindle. If you wish to stock and sell my novels then please be in touch we would be very pleased.

Praise

And finally it is always nice and a good feeling of pride when we receive emails like the following from guests who have recently stayed at our Hondon Holiday Rental: Casa FuenteLargo: ‘Dear Jean & Percy, We have now settled back into our routine at home and I just wanted to write to say thank you for a very enjoyable stay at your villa. I know Conall really loves his book and we are both quite a way through our books and enjoying them immensely. All the best & kind regards, Carol & Richard x’

2015! Looks like a good year ahead

Well 2014 finished on a high with:
1) the Launch of my latest Thriller “WatchIt Too!” (available through Amazon and Kindle)
2) My FOURTH Pinnacle Book Award for “Death for a Starter”
3) And of course the EXCITING NEWS that “Blitz and Pieces” my wartime memoirs and autobiography is to be published in hardback this year. The same publishing company are also looking over my thrillers with a view to other publishing deals. HAPPY MAN I AM !!

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I’ll keep you posted on events of course (via the website, FaceBook, Twitter and this blog). I am also about 10,000 words into my next novel, again a thriller and I have a working title to be revealed soon. So all in all a great 2014 and already looking promising for 2015.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!
Keep healthy, keep smiling and share your joy! :-)

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