Aren Montrell has heard tales of the Oestend wraiths – mysterious creatures which come in the night and kill anyone who’s not indoors. Aren’s never had reason to believe the stories, but when he takes a job as a bookkeeper on the BarChi, a dusty cattle ranch on the remote Oestend prairie, he soon learns that the wraiths are real. Aren suddenly finds himself living in a supposedly haunted house and depending on wards and generators to protect him from unseen things in the night. As if that’s not enough, he has to deal with a crotchety old blind woman, face “cows” that look like nothing he’s ever seen before, and try to ignore the fact that he’s apparently the most eligible bachelor around.
Aren also finds himself the one and only confidante of Deacon, the BarChi’s burly foreman. Deacon runs the BarChi with an iron fist and is obviously relieved to finally have somebody he can talk to. As their relationship grows, Aren learns there’s more to Deacon and the BarChi than he’d anticipated. Deacon seems determined to deny both his Oestend heritage and any claim he may have to the BarChi ranch, but if Aren is to survive the perils of Oestend, he’ll have to convince Deacon to stop running from the past and finally claim everything that’s his.
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Currently out of print. 2nd edition coming Summer 2020.
- Il canto di Oestend – Italian
Awards and Reviews for Song of Oestend
1st Place for Best Gay Fantasy in the 2011 Rainbow Awards
1st Place for Best Character Development in the 2011 Rainbow Awards
Also an honorable mention for Best Gay Novel in the 2011 Rainbow Awards
A finalist for the 2012 CRW Award of Excellence for Paranormal/Fantasy
Note on Pronunciation: It’s not as hard as you might think. I actually took it from the Spanish word for west. Just say oh-EST. If you say it really fast, it sounds like “west”. Now, add the “end”. Oestend. (Simplified: oh-EST-end). 🙂
Watch the video trailer, made by the fabulous Heidi Cullinan, here.