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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. His debut novel Patches of Grey is published by M.U.D. House Books. His novella Feeding the Squirrels is published in electronic format by SynergEbooks - http://www.synergebooks.com/ebook_fee...


Patches of Grey was named a 2012 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree

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FEEDING THE SQUIRRELS: A Novella (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: “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 literary novella by award winning author, Roy L. Pickering Jr. The narrator of “Feeding the Squirrels” 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. 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. Available for sale at: http://www.synergebooks.com/ebook_feedingthesquirrels.html
Excerpt from PATCHES OF GREY (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated May 24, 2009 01:17PM
Description: Patches of Grey has been reviewed at Alvah's Books - http://www.alvahsbooks.com/?p=417 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, his sights are set far beyond the trappings of his humble upbringing. Collegiate dreams combined with falling in love with a white classmate put him strongly at odds with his father. Although his brother C.J.’s rebellious ways place him directly in the path of danger 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, and refusing to bend to his father’s will. Seeing unrealized goals reincarnated 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 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. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0578005816/ref=nosim/porfessionalp4-20

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“My talent is looking into a woman's eyes and instinctively knowing what I need to. If she's lonely or bored; neglected or abused; timid or adventurous; satisfied or confused; looking to recapture the past or re-invent the present; making plans for tomorrow or merely concerned about tonight. I discover what a woman is looking for and promise it to her. If all she wants is a good time, she gets everything. If she wants more, I lie and take what she has to give. Then I move on.

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“My travels have been numerous, though no topographer could chart the shores I have landed upon. For it is not places that have been my destination, but women. I am drawn to them by a force I have never questioned. To their infinite variety of charms I am helpless. But the hold of none has been strong enough to keep me from wandering aimlessly to others.”
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“Life, like love, holds many secrets for us to discover. Some we unearth early on. Others take us most of our days to stumble upon, even though they are hidden in plain sight.”
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“A tightrope walker uncertain if he could make it to the other side probably would not. A race car driver wondering if he was taking a turn too fast was likely to lose control. If a man feared death, whether his own or the taking of another's, death would surely come calling.”
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“My talent is looking into a woman's eyes and instinctively knowing what I need to. If she's lonely or bored; neglected or abused; timid or adventurous; satisfied or confused; looking to recapture the past or re-invent the present; making plans for tomorrow or merely concerned about tonight. I discover what a woman is looking for and promise it to her. If all she wants is a good time, she gets everything. If she wants more, I lie and take what she has to give. Then I move on.

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Roy There have been days I thought that perhaps Patches of Grey has become dated. While the USA is certainly not a post-racial land due to the election of President Obama or for any other reason, had enough fences been mended and divides bridged for the racial tensions chronicled in my debut novel to largely be the stuff of yesteryear? But when I see so many vehement polar opposite viewpoints to headline news stories such as the killings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, there is no denying that regardless of how far we have collectively come, there are still a great many Americans with a long long way to go towards realizing Dr. King's dream of a nation of people judging each other strictly by the content of character.

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Roy There have been days when I thought that perhaps my novel Patches of Grey has become dated. While the USA is certainly not a post-racial land due to the election of President Obama or for any other reason, had enough fences been mended and divides bridged for the racial tensions chronicled in my debut novel to largely be the stuff of yesteryear? But when I see so many vehement polar opposite viewpoints to headline news stories such as the killings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, there is no denying that regardless of how far we have collectively come, there are still a great many Americans with a long long way to go towards realizing Dr. King's dream of a nation of people judging each other strictly by the content of character. http://www.amazon.com/…/057…/ref=cm_s...


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Roy https://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/1... I'd really appreciate your votes for Patches of Grey to be December's selection by The Blerd Book Club. All it requires is following the link and clicking on my book cover (3rd one down). Thanks! https://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/1...


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Roy I'll probably finish Zadie Smith's NW this weekend so a trip to the library is in order. What should be NEXT?


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Roy Congratulations to the winners of my book giveaway contest for Patches of Grey and Happy Halloween to all!!! p.s. - I've posted a new (to you, I wrote it years ago) short story at A Line A Day. Hope you take a minute to check it out. If you do, be sure to let me know what you thought of it. http://lineaday.blogspot.com/2014/10/...


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Roy Mark your calendars if you haven't already. Kindle ed. of Patches of Grey will be free 10/24 - 10/25 at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0039PU9X6/r...


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