Red, White, and the Blues: A Long and Hard Ride over Treacherous Terrain
by John R. Hall

John is the founder of the writers blog. He studied journalism, communications, psychology, and the dramatic arts while attending City College in San Diego, California. A lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, John has been a street performer, cab driver, magician, IT/IS specialist, long-haul trucker, soldier, and oil field worker—all while struggling with PTSD, childhood abuse, parental abandonment, and dyslexia. At sixty-two, John now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he penned the stories of his travels while hoping to get back home to Seattle, Washington.

“Keep the shiny side up.”

Biker, street performer, cab driver, magician, IT/IS specialist, long-haul trucker, soldier, and oil field worker John Richard “Little Ricky” Hall has done damn near everything in this life—and taken more than his fair share of hard knocks in the process. Red, White, and the Blues is both a riveting account of a fateful cross-country motorcycle ride and a searing indictment of the American dream.

In 2011, North Dakota’s Bakken oil boom was turning the earth (literally) and men (figuratively) inside out, even as it generated unprecedented wealth. John R. Hall was on the verge of securing his future in the Bakken when a confrontation with a coworker led him to leave it all behind and head across the US on his Harley “Deuce.” Pursued by the screeching demons of abuse, financial distress, and his own tortured thoughts, John would find heartache and rough terrain on the open road—but also the kindness of strangers and sights of heartbreaking beauty.

Part memoir, part collection of essays, part political treatise, Red, White, and the Blues is a must-read for motorcycle enthusiasts and anyone who’s struggled to find their place in the world. At turns funny, emotionally devastating, and incisive, Hall’s work will enthrall readers as he offers affecting commentary on racism, politics, and depression—as well as friendship and the incomparable freedom of riding long and hard.


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Meet The Team


Gordon A. Friday
Patron (Friend Extraordinary)

"I can only quote Montaigne to explain my friendship with Mr. Friday: 'If a man should importune me to give a reason why I loved him, I find it could no otherwise be expressed than by making answer: because it was he, because it was I'" (John R. Hall).

James Gallagher
Editor (Confidant)

James Gallagher is a copy editor with more than twenty-five years of experience. A member of ACES: The Society for Editing and the Editorial Freelancers Association, James serves clients through his company, Castle Walls Editing. James is happiest when working on a manuscript and edits books across all genres, including nonfiction, memoir, horror, suspense, and romance.

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Steven J. Catizone
Graphic Designs (Visionary)

Steven is an internationally-recognized cover artist specializing in artwork and illustrations across all book genres, including nonfiction, memoir, horror, suspense, and romance; in addition, Steven creates album covers (full CD packaging/vinyl/iTunes), card sets and more. He is always thinking and envisioning outside of (and way beyond) the circle. Steven continuously raises the bar for graphic designers. His book covers and artworks have sky-rocked numerous books into Kindle's bestseller's list. Steven is the quintessential and consummate artist.

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Debbie Bishop
Interior Design (Typesetting)

Debbie has twenty years of experience in design, marketing and printing. She enjoys helping clients launch new products, grow their companies, create materials for sales presentations and speaking tours, and enhance branding. She designs for print and digital formats, from whitepapers, books, e-books, brochures, packaging, event banners, social media, ads, trade show materials, websites, website images, newsletters, workbooks, magazines, email marketing, journals, presentations, logos, displays, signage and more.

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Kenneth Robinson
Audiobook Production and Narration

"Ken" was born and raised in Washington State and has traveled a remarkable and, in his words, “a somewhat dubious road.” After completing high school, Ken navigate his early adulthood while studying broadcast communications, public information, and theater. Ken then took to the open road and followed the path of “radio gypsy” and “traveling journalist.” He traveled from northern New York to America's west coast. He has spent time in the Native American Navajo Nation, and many years in Latin America, Eastern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Ken settled down on the coastal plains of western Mexico where he transitioned into full-time voice/narration work. He now lives with his wife, Marcela Lubian, who is a notable Mexican artist (, in central southern Arizona where they are raising a teenage daughter and a son who’s entering young adulthood. Profile

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Media Inquiries

The launch date for date for Red, White, and the Blues is set for August of 2020. 

Select media outlets may be provided an advance promotional copy of the book. The promotional copies will be available in July of 2020.

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