SOURCE: Steve Johnson

December 08, 2006 12:00 ET

Humorist's Life in Walla Walla Whets Appetite for Fun

Insights, Musings, Local Characters Combine for Delightful Read in Walla Walla Trilogy

WALLA WALLA, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 8, 2006 -- Swapping his life as a big-city venture capitalist in favor of the simplicity of a small town farm, author Steve Johnson, writing as Sam McLeod, recently launched his third book, "Blue Walla." Full of his characteristic wit, humor and amusing anecdotes, "Blue Walla" continues to chronicle "Sam's" transition from corporate capitalist to new-fangled farmer. The final book in his user-friendly trilogy on life in Walla Walla, a sleepy farm town on the Eastern Washington prairie, serves up a hilarious and witty concoction of travel tips, local character insight, and the perils of trading in the urban lifestyle for country living.

With a mix of engaging stories, letters and colorful local characters, anyone who wants to escape the daily grid with a trip to this captivating little town should delve into Johnson's trilogy of books about Walla Walla, where among other things, you'll be introduced to the lost art of porch-sitting and the adventures driving and riding in the Detour Farm "rig." Along the way you'll be provided with the low-down on the best restaurants, wineries and art galleries, and amused by (sometimes tall) tales of fatherhood, fly fishing and newfound friendships. But Johnson's books are more than an insider's travel recommendations; he entertains with a natural storytelling ability that leaves you laughing out loud.

"Life in Walla Walla is slower, quieter, and closer to the earth," Johnson writes. "It's a place where other people have time for you and you for them. It's a place where you can do something different in your life." Johnson firmly believes that this undiscovered treasure is one of the top 100 places everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.

In "Blue Walla" Sam reminisces about his childhood in the South and reflects on family life as he prepares for his eldest daughter's wedding. With his characteristic anecdotal stories, McLeod shares advice and inspiration on life, family, expectations and the all-important topic of cooking. For the food and wine lovers, "Blue Walla" provides musings on culinary etiquette, user-friendly tips on enjoying the wine grown in his vineyard-rich community, and even a few of his favorite tried-and-true recipes. His humorous, witty stories continue to make the perfect bedtime or road trip read. Highly relatable to everyday life, Sam's latest book will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and re-energized by everyday life.

All three of Johnson's books, "Welcome to Walla Walla, "Botttled Walla" and "Blue Walla," are distributed and published by Partners/West and available at, and at select Barnes and Noble and other bookstores.

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