“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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John R. Hall
Writer and Blogger

John 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.

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.

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Excerpts, Pictures, Videos & Info

The below pictures and excerpts are from John’s 2011 cross-country, coast-to-coast, motorcycle ride. They are presented in chronological order and are divided by weeks. The pictures and excerpts are displayed four to a page/grid. Below the pictures will be a paging navigation system to view the following set of four pictures.

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Gordon A. Friday
Patron (Friend Extraordinary)

Gordon is an avid traveler of both space and time. He recently toured the United States 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
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, 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 Kirby
Typesetting (Interior Design)

Kory is a professional book designer by trade and owner of Little Cabin Press. His passions include photography, writing and outdoor activities. Kory holds Bachelor of Science in Land Rehabilitation from Montana State University. Kory now lives in a small cabin, surrounded by trees, deep in the woods on Vashon Island in Washington State. There is no running water inside of his wooden abode, but there is ample time: time for Kory to design books, and to enjoy the great outdoors as often as possible. You might say, “Kory’s got it made in the shade.”

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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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