Praise for Patches of Grey
Short stories of Roy L. Pickering Jr. currently featured online
Excerpt from PATCHES OF GREY
Excerpt from Feeding the Squirrels
Passages from Patches of Grey

News about the author's upcoming signings and readings will be posted on this page, as will reviews of Patches of Grey as they come in.  This plus much more can be found at the blog: A LINE A DAY.  Stay tuned and stay well. - RLP



Matters of Convenience, my second novel, has been completed.  As soon as I have news about its publication plan, you will be joyfully notified. For now, check out select passages presented at A Line A Day.

My novella FEEDING THE SQUIRRELS is presented in serial format at A Line A Day. Follow along and enjoy the tale.



Check out Issue 4 of Reader's Shadow where an excerpt from Patches of Grey is featured.



If you're a Kindle reading Amazon Prime member who utilizes their Lending Library, Patches of Grey is now in the program (PRESS RELEASE).  Readers have the option of either buying or borrowing both the print and ebook editions.  Or they can take advantage of a promo day at Amazon and download it to a Kindle for FREE. You’ll need to be in Maplewood, NJ to find a printed copy in the public library though, at least for the time being.


Patches of Grey has been named a 2012 B.R.A.G. Medallion™ Honoree.  I am humbled to be among the group of independent authors that they recognize and recommend at indiesBRAG.  To read the official announcement at my blog A LINE A DAY go here.
Very pleased to find Patches of Grey placed respectively on Top 20 and Top 10 lists of books read in 2011
The latest bookseller to carry Patches of Grey is the Independent Author Index. If you're looking for PRINT books from INDEPENDENT AUTHORS, be sure to stop by and check it out.
Patches of Grey now has a FaceBook fan page
Check out audio recording of excerpt I read from Patches of Grey.  You'll find it HERE
Just in time for the holidaze travel season - Forever Travels  Short story collection that includes my tale Dear Google
Check out my interview with Lexi Flint at her Author Alcove.
Randall Radic of Alvah's Books has reviewed Patches of Grey.  Click HERE to read the wonderful things he had to say. 
My short story DOUBLE FAULT appears in the anthology of authors - Ménage à 20: Tales with a Hook
Scroll down page to find my interview with Whispers of the Muse
The first first four chapters of Patches of Grey are featured at Authonomy.  Simply click on "Read the Book".  But be warned - once you start you'll want to keep on reading, and to enjoy the remainder of the story you'll need to have a copy of the book on hand.
A few of my favorite quotes for your enjoyment:
Saying that men talk about baseball in order to avoid talking about their feelings is the same as saying that women talk about their feelings in order to avoid talking about baseball.
--- Deborah Tannen
I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.
---Benjamin Franklin
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
---Albert Einstein
"It is not true that life is one damned thing after another - it's one damn thing over and over."
---Edna St. Vincent Millay
Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.
---Lawrence J. Peter
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
---G. K. Chesterton
It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
---Leo Tolstoy
Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.
-- Charlie Brown
There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.
---James Branch Cabell
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
---Robert Frost
When our memories outweigh our dreams, we have grown old.
---Bill Clinton


The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected.
- Frank Dane


In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. - Robert Frost

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
- Noel Coward
Desire is half of life, indifference is half of death.
---Kahlil Gibran
Be slow of tongue and quick of eye.
Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down.
---Kobi Yamada
The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.
---Quentin Crisp
If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time.
---Edith Wharton


In answer to your unspoken question, yes, I do Tweet.  Doesn't everyone?  My Twitter page is
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