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charmstoneMystery, history and love set against the spectacular landscape of Monument Valley on the Navajo Indian Reservation. This tightly plotted contemporary romantic suspense will keep readers turning pages as lapsed socialite Amanda Bell travels to this remote desert to fulfill her deceased father’s last wish—deliver and archive his Southwest literary collection, a gift to the fledgling Navajo Cultural Center.

To Durango Yazzie, the Center’s intensely driven Navajo director, her arrival is an intrusive reminder to an already superstitious community of her father’s dead body somewhere in the desert never properly put to rest. Their courage and ideals are tested as they unearth unsavory truths from the past involving missing antiquities, rumors of scandal, secretive teenagers who spend too much time in the desert, a scheming small town newspaper editor who knows everything but tells nothing, and a menacing presence watching their every move.

THE CHARMSTONE is available from Amazon.


“C. C. Harrison’s excellent writing produced a gripping novel that combines a love story and murder with an insider’s view of the Navajo culture. A valuable book!” – Tony Hillerman

“…top-notch romantic suspense…” – Booklist

“With its focus on the Navajos, both past and present, this story could read like a history textbook instead of the entertaining novel it is. Harrison’s writing is fresh and lively…” – 4 Stars from Romantic Times

“THE CHARMSTONE is an intriguing tale, peopled with strong and interesting characters. The setting—Monument Valley—has its own magnificent story to tell.” -Linda Lael Miller

“This tightly plotted romantic suspense will keep readers turning pages…” – Fresh Fiction Reviews


Award winning author C.C. Harrison lived in Monument Valley on the Navajo Indian Reservation as a VISTA volunteer. When she’s not writing, reading, or working out at the gym, she can be found in the mountains of Colorado or in some far-flung corner of the Southwest. She is currently at work on her next novel, DEATH OF A TWO-TIMING MAN. Visit her website at, and like her on Facebook.