Red, White, and the Blues: A Long and Hard Ride over Treacherous Terrain by John R. Hall takes its reader on a compelling nonlinear journey. Its narrative centers on an unforgettable true story of a man coming to terms with his own demons the only way he knows how: by losing himself on the open road. This is the story of a man, of a country, of debilitating lows, and, ultimately, of redemption.

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John R. Hall
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John said "The real problem with writing a book in this day and age and trying to get it noticed is that America is a soundbite society with an attention span which is measured in nanoseconds."

He is the author of Red, White, and the Blues: A Long and Hard Ride over Treacherous Terrain and the founder of the Hunting For Thompson.com writers blog.

John 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.

On the the process of writing a book, John said, "It is not unsimilar to the process of rehearsing before a performance. The preparation is a lonely, private affair—even if collaborators are involved. Throughout the entire creative process, there’s an unrelenting, nagging knowledge that an audience will be exposed to one’s art, and this gives one great pause. The reality and constant awareness that people will see one’s creativity permeates the whole process, triggering anguish over each verbal inflection and physical motion for the performer—and over each word, punctuation mark, font stylization, sentence transition, design, and layout of the final product for the writer. It’s not natural to stand exposed for all to see. It is enticingly nerve-racking. It’s yin and yang at its finest. It is a curse to be an artist.”

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.

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Gordon A. Friday
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Gordon is an avid traveler of both space and time. He recently toured the United States of America in his RV. John met Gordon in North Dakota and said "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.'"

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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 is an internationally-recognized cover artist specializing in artwork and illustrations across all book genres, including nonfiction, memoir, horror, suspense, and romance; in addition, he creates album covers (full CD packaging/vinyl/iTunes), card sets and more. Steven is always thinking and envisioning outside of (and way beyond) the circle. He 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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Kory is a professional book designer and owns Little Cabin Press. He enjoyed a few years of circuit skiing while earning a BS in Land Rehabilitation from Montana State. He bicycled the Olympic Peninsula before cycling down the the West Coast, with a surfboard in tow. He's written, photographed, designed, and published books about his journeys. He has lived in a van; in Mexico; without running water; in a small cabin in the woods; and now lives on the Olympic Peninsula where book designing and publishing reigns supreme while taking walkabouts.

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