Publisher and Bookstore

Major Mitchell

Major Mitchell is the author of eleven novels and three children’s books. He lives with his wife, Judy, and their dog, Molly, in Northern California. A member of The Western Writers of America and a frequent guest speaker at historical meetings and schools on the West Coast, he has also written several songs, recorded a CD of traditional country/folk music, and takes the stage on rare occasions as a singer.

Major and his wife, Judy, are the owners of Shalako Press.

Books by Major Mitchell: The Doña, Mokelumne Gold, Manhunter,Where the Green Grass Grows, Poverty Flat, Canyon Wind, A Reason to Believe, The Valley of Decision, and for the children, Charlie Shepherd, I'm Molly and The Witch on Oak Street. He has also co-written Dusty Boots, Joker's Play, Refugio's Gold and Cool Water Justice with his brother, Jerry Mitchell.









The Valley of Decision


A faith-based  novel by Major Mitchell



First Lieutenant Cynthia Quentero is wounded in Afghanistan while trying to save the lives of several fellow soldiers. She returns home determined to learn to walk again, where she is unwittingly caught up in a political game built on lies and deceit, which drives her to despair. A faith-based story about self-doubt, love and hope.

 Cynthia uses the same qualities that made her a Marine, as well as relying on her faith in God, to overcome life’s difficulties and find her way to a new life.”—Tom Alberti, author of The Gun Trail