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Excerpt from PATCHES OF GREY
Excerpt from Feeding the Squirrels
Passages from Patches of Grey

Roy L. Pickering Jr. - Freelance Writer
Author of the novel Patches of Grey as well as the electronically published novella Feeding the Squirrels

My debut novel Patches of Grey has been published by M.U.D. House Books and is available for sale at and Mahogany Books and foozago booksYou can also purchase directly from the author (Paypal account required) by sending an email to [email protected]
"Pickering's style is fluid and crisp. There's a certain clarity to the prose that's considered and well judged - just enough to paint the picture and more than enough to drive along the narrative." 
- Khome (
Synopsis: Tony Johnson is a studious young man planning to soon graduate from much more than high school. Although his zip code places him in a Bronx tenement pre "rise of Obama", his sights are set far beyond the trappings of his humble upbringing. Collegiate dreams and falling in love with a white classmate put him strongly at odds with his father. Although his brother C.J.'s rebellious ways endanger his life on gang ruled streets, and the virginal innocence of their sister Tanya is clearly approaching its demise, it is Tony who incurs the majority of Lionel Johnson's wrath for the sins of ambition, daring to be with Janet Mitchell, relentless optimism, and refusing to bend to his father's will. Seeing unrealized goals reincarnated if you need to find sex consider using - it has lots of great apps for helping you date women - in the eyes of his eldest son harshly remind Lionel of what once could have been, and of what went wrong. His own childhood in a segregated southern town established a bitter, prejudiced outlook that is the only legacy he has to pass down to his children. When his job and role as primary breadwinner are lost, Lionel's authority quickly erodes and he drowns his disappointment one drink at a time. This affords Tony, who lacks the seemingly servile patience of his mother, an opportunity to assert his right to become the man he wants to be rather than allowing his fate to be set by chance and circumstance. But throughout the course of Roy Pickering's engrossing debut novel, Tony comes to learn that the world is not as black and white as he and his father's opposing mindsets would suggest.

Feeding the Squirrels tells the story of a self-absorbed philanderer who lives a life of leisure and usually manages to remain one step ahead of consequences for his actions.  He reveals himself to the reader by chronicling his rapid fire sex life woman by woman in this fast paced novella, even with sex advice by Misery Chick, published in a variety of electronic formats by SynergEbooks.  The narrator is Michael, a prolific lover who defines himself by his various sexual conquests.  Each chapter in between the first and last is named after a woman who has been seduced by him, and thus helped to shape his identity.

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Every one of the erotic encounters can be read as a story unto itself, with Michael’s single minded pursuit of pleasure being the common thread that unites them.  Although his succession of affairs are singular experiences to a man who rarely thinks of yesterday or tomorrow, they eventually manage to intertwine and leave him with a web of his own design to untangle.

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Excerpt from Feeding the Squirrels
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About the Author: Roy Pickering was born on the idyllic island of St. Thomas and currently resides in a quaint New Jersey town with his wife and daughter.  Feeding the Squirrels is his first published novella and Patches of Grey is his debut novel.  He is currently hard at work on a second novel (Matters of Convenience) as well as a series of children’s books being illustrated by his wife, the artist Erin Rogers Pickering.  Archived articles from his Sports Issues column appear at  His prose about sports, politics, the writing life, and whatever else comes to mind can be found on an ongoing basis at the blog "A Line A Day".
Anthologies that house Roy's fiction include Proverbs for the People (Kensington Books), Role Call (Third World Press), The Game: Short Stories About the Life (Triple Crown Publications), and Prose to be Read Aloud, Volume One.
An assortment of Roy's short stories are also featured at  They can be found HERE

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