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Hello and welcome. I'm Roy Pickering, an author who greatly appreciates hearing from his readers so please don't be shy.


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SYNOPSIS OF PATCHES OF GREY

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 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.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0578005816/ref=nosim/porfessionalp4-20 - print edition

http://tinyurl.com/ydoamc3 - Kindle edition

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. Among his published works is Feeding the Squirrels, a novella that SynergEbooks produces as an ebook. He maintains a website to showcase a number of his short stories online, posts editorial style pieces to his blog A Line A Day, and is one of the most widely read authors on TextOnPhone. While promoting his debut novel PATCHES OF GREY he is also hard at work on a second novel as well as a series of children's books that his wife is illustrating. Anthologies featuring Mr. Pickering's writing include Proverbs for the People (Kensington Books), Role Call (Third World Press), The Game: Short Stories About the Life (Triple Crown Publications), Prose to be Read Aloud: Volume One, Menage a 20: Tales with a Hook, and Forever Travels.  He counts every great book by every wonderful writer that he's read as inspiration, with special nods of appreciation to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, John Irving, and Toni Morrison. 

Birth Place
St. Thomas,  U.S.V.I.
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PATCHES OF GREY at Amazon.com
Patches of Grey is a tale of reckless ambition, boundless optimism, ironclad convictions, bitter disillusionment, the complexity of race relations, the confusion of self exploration, naïveté of first love, inevitability of heartbreak, and the demise of innocence. Its narrative focus alternates among members of the embattled Johnson family throughout the course of a tumultuous year. In this time, Tony's collegiate aspirations and interracial relationship put him at odds with his father. Seeing unrealized goals reincarnated in the eyes of his eldest son harshly remind Lionel of what could have been, and what went tragically wrong. Tony's brother is entangled in gang culture; the chastity of their sister is tested; and their mother shoulders the load of marriage to a man drowning his disappointment one drink at a time. When things fall apart, their last hope is that the blood they share will be strong enough to hold them together.

Feeding the Squirrels: A Novella
“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.

A Line A Day - Blog
Among my various ramblings an excerpt from Patches of Grey can be found at my blog.

Good Reads page
An excerpt from Patches of Grey can be found here along with my personal library of book reviews.




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