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March 18, 2021


Update: **Published**

My fourth novel, Ghosts of the Past, is now available. This is the sequel to Breck's Quandary, about a sheriff in a small Colorado mountain town. 


Ghosts of the Past was published March 18, 2021. It is available as a paperback and e-book, everywhere books are sold. While it is certainly on Amazon, I encourage everyone to buy the paperback directly from Sunbury Press.

Also, listen to my new 5-track instrumental album called "Wildridge." It's on Bandcamp, and it's free, so enjoy and please share with your friends.








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Breck's Quandary


Living in a remote mountain ski town called Quandary, Sheriff Breckenridge “Breck” Dyer has a lot of problems. The sheriff's department is broke. He’s down to one deputy. The cell phones barely work and he can’t even afford a decent patrol car. Seems like the city council keeps cutting and gutting his budget every time he turns around. But things can get worse and they do. A Mexican drug cartel called Los Equis sends two men to scout out the high country and squeeze out competitors. Caught up in a haze of drug dealers and dirty politics, Breck gets accused of corruption himself. Can he stop the illegal drug trade before anyone gets hurt—or winds up dead?

 2018 Peacemaker Award Nominee 

 Best Western Novel Category 

Hard To Quit, Mark Mitten

Hard To Quit

In a boom camp like Creede, most people want to get rich either mining silver or playing cards. LG and Davis have a different plan—sell beef. Fighting the bitter temperatures and the winter storms of the Colorado high country, they string wire and bring in cattle. But there are things more dangerous than the weather. Having run out of luck and out of Denver, con man Soapy Smith brings his gang up to Creede to start over. His vision of success if different than anyone else's, and it involves rigging the odds in his favor. No matter who it affects, or how far he must reach.


"Fast-paced and at times gripping,

this book was difficult to put down."

—Historical Novel Society

"Gripping material indeed."

—Western Fiction Review

 2013 Peacemaker Award Nominee

 Best First Western Category 

Mark Mitten, Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave

Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave


It is 1887. Snow is falling in the high country of Colorado. Bill Ewing led a bank heist in the small mountain town of Kinsey City — but just woke up tied to the back of a mule. "Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave" is an epic novel chronicling Bill Ewing’s gang of thieves and the posse that takes after them, the cowhands of the B-Cross-C, and the unexpected turns of life which bring them all together. Following the Great Die-Up, the harshest winter to ever hit the West, LG Pendleton and Casey Pruitt lead a mixed herd of Polangus and Durham cattle down the stage road in Lefthand Canyon. Their way of life is fading with the changing times. Fences cross what once was open range, locomotives are eliminating the trail drive, and both Casey and LG must learn to change with it — or fade away themselves. At once both personal and immutable, "Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave" is a sweeping tale of randomness and destiny, reminding us of the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

"Lyrical, fresh, and an impressive debut."

—Roundup Magazine


"Mitten awakens images of Gunsmoke and The Magnicifent Seven ... Certain to be a favorite of equestrians, modern ranchers and history buffs."

—The Summit Daily

"Dialogue and actions resonate with authenticity."

—Western Fictioneers