Eileen Charbonneau

Eileen Charbonneau is an award-winning author of eleven published novels, short stories, and non-fiction. Her latest is an historical romantic suspense novel series Code Talker Chronicles...

Great news!

Book 2 in Code Talker Chronicles, Watch Over Me, has won a Chanticleer Award, the Chatelaine, in Women's Fiction/Romance!

I traveled to Bellingham, Washington for the Awards Ceremony and Writers Conference.

Thanks to all the fine folks at Chanticleer for a wonderful weekend in the great Pacific Northwest!

Winners' Table! I am surrounded by my nieces and daughter Marya...beside her is fellow winner Edward Rickford, winner of the Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction.


"...exciting, vivid and moving..." Historical Novel Society review

"The amazing thing about Charbonneau's writing is that she transports you into a world so completely that you forget that you were not born to that world, coming to believe that you live in that time and place. "

--Juilene Osborn-McKnight, author of Song of Ireland

Luke Kayenta and his childhood friend Nantai Riggs are young shepherds of the Navajo reservation in Arizona. They volunteer for an experiment: to come up with an uncrackable code based on the Navajo language to be used by the US as it enters World War II. They fly into New York to join the spy agency the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). While on the airfield, Luke catches sight of a young woman. He is first enchanted, then heartsick when he finds that Kitty Charante is the devoted wife of his Canadian RAF pilot and instructor in espionage. Their paths will cross again.

In the mountains between Spain and Nazi-occupied France, Luke and Nantai practice the code between radio stations while helping on missions.

But off the coast of Spain, German SS agent Helmut Adler is celebrating his latest U-Boat conquest when he hears something crackling over the radio lines. As a young soldier of World War I, an American Indian language helped bring down his regiment in the Battle of Meuse-Argonne. He swears it will not happen again in this war. He sets his sights on the code talkers. The hunt has begun.

Book 2: Watch Over Me

It’s the summer of 1942 in New York City. War widow Kitty Charente’s night on the town with a man she thinks is her company’s visiting salesman turns into a hunting ground. Luke Kayenta is a Navajo code talker, and a Nazi agent is in pursuit. American isolationists are searching for Luke too. And his superiors at the the U.S. Office of Strategic Services want to know if he’s cracked under torture in Spain.

Kitty and Luke must evade capture from one enemy and death from another as they race from the Lower East Side to the Savoy Ballroom to Coney Island, aided by unlikely allies in the Canadian and French spy networks, a Harlem baker, and even Weegee, the city’s most famous tabloid photographer.

Audio version of

WALTZING IN RAGTIME, available through Audible.com.

Six of her titles are now e-books by Macmillan Publishing. Her non-fiction book, ELEMENTS OF THE NOVEL, is available through New Street Communications.

Eileen also does freelance writing and editing

for both published and unpublished writers.

You can learn about all from the links on this page.

Thanks for visiting!

represented by the Aponte Literary Agency.


Eileen enjoys hearing from readers.

email: eileencharbonneau@gmail.com

ELEMENTS OF THE NOVEL, based on Eileen's experience

and many years of teaching is now available!

Ask for it at your favorite local bookseller, chain store, or online.

It is also available as an e-book.


for more information.

Some reviews...

“Charbonneau has melded historical events, real people, and fictional characters into a compelling tale of clashing cultures, religions, and classes transformed by the challenge of the American frontier.” –Library Journal on Rachel LeMoyne

“Lively historical novel spiked with steamy romance provides

plenty of entertainment.”

--Publisher’s Weekly on Waltzing in Ragtime

"Narrative tension, and convincing characterization in a tale of suffering, revenge, redemption, and love, set in post-Revolutionary America…"--PW

Washington Post Book Word, Best of Year choice,

The Randolph Legacy

“Provocative, well-told, extremely entertaining tale…vividly illustrates the often violent resistance that the American conservation movement

faced in its infancy.”

Washington Post World, on Waltzing in Ragtime

The reader be fascinated by the tale of love and sacrifice, but will also be learning the wealth of history which isAmerica's legacy to her people.” —The Literary Times on Rachel LeMoyne

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