Song of Oestend

Symbols have power…

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 will have to convince Deacon to stop running from the past and finally claim everything that’s his.




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 honourable mention for Best Gay Novel in the 2011 Rainbow Awards

A finalist for the 2012 CRW Award of Excellence for Paranormal/Fantasy

Read the 5 Star review from Top2Bottom Reviews here!


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). :-)

Ebook ISBN: 978-0-85715-630-3

Print ISBN: 978-0-85715-747-8

Watch the video trailer, made by the fabulous Heidi Cullinan, here.

32 Responses to Song of Oestend

  1. Amneris says:

    i am in the middle of reading this one. i have almost read all of yours. and what amazes me the most is how incredible versatile is your writing. it’s not just the mm stories, which i guess it’s not such an important distintion between writing genres or categories, but the your ability to introduce the reader into the world you are depicting at that very moment, and the different varieties of worlds you are able do depict; then the great ability to master and show the personality of the characters, being main or less important. At the beginning of this one, i felt like being again amongst the foggy and misterious landscapes of Stephen King’s Dark Tower books, but as getting more and more into the story i found myself snapped into Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain short novel (not the movie, that I did not like so much as the short novel, that one really greatly written).
    I like reading your books because they have stories, landscapes, characters and passion. And this goes beyond the MM or whatever the contemporary literature divides into. Thank you for your writings!

    • Marie Sexton says:

      Thanks so much for your comment! For what it’s worth, the Oestend books are my favorite of my own work. It’s always wonderful to hear that somebody is enjoying them. :-)
      Thanks again!

  2. Rachelle says:

    I just finished and I must say that I LOVED it! I loved the length, it really allowed you to get to know the characters which I love. Once you get invested in the characters you really want to know more and I am glad that you are writing a follow up, but where is Aren? and what do you mean no Menage? lol

    • Marie Sexton says:

      Thanks Rachelle! I’m so glad you liked it! The follow-up is about 2/3 finished right now. It’s Frances and Simon, plus Dante and his new love interest on the Austin ranch. But don’t worry. You’ll get to see Aren and Deacon again, too. :-)

  3. Divalcious/Erika says:

    I just finished reading this and ummm…wow!!! It was fabulous… I loved it from start to finish, loved the characters, loved the kinkiness (very different for u and so good!), it was just great. Looking forward to anything else you do, as usual.

    1 question though: do you have pictures of what Deacon and Aren look like? I looked all over the site but couldn’t find them…lol.


  4. Viera Z says:

    Just finished the last page. Amazing book 😉 A bit spookish,but couldn`t put it down for last 2 days 😉 Definitely my second favorit, after the Promises.
    You are amazing writer and I`m totally lost in your stories, wish for some part with Frances or even Dante (maybe in your next book,hehe).

    Thank you! You made my day.

  5. Frenchy says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful book ! I loved it from the first page to the last one.
    The characters and the world you created really touched me.
    I must say that I love all your books and I can’t wait to read more.


  6. graziella says:

    Am I the first one to say “thank you” for that wonderful book since it’s been released? Well I must say that like all your books, I am not disapointed since I just loved this one too.

    Not only it made me travel in a very faraway and unknowned land you really managed to make real to me but you also have a way of building wonderful and profound characters that touch us in one or another way, with a spice of humour. …And I don’t talk about the kinky side! Who would have thought you had it in you, LOL? But it was an unusual and very sexy turn I liked taht I hope to find some more in future books. It was like “the cherry on top of the cake” like we say in French, very… yummy and sweet…

    Seing this book was more tha 200-page-long made me bounce and I just devoured it in a few hours only. Please, tell me it’s gonna be printed… Pretty please?

    • Marie Sexton says:

      Thanks, Graziella! I’m so glad you liked Oestend. Yes, it was a bit naughtier than my others. Once I put Aren and Deacon together, there was just no holding them back. 😉

      The book will be released in paperback at the end of October.

      Thanks very much for your comment!

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  9. Heather C says:

    Heidi is smart. You should listen to her. 😉

  10. Heather C says:

    I agree with Bryan! But I also want to know what happens to Dante

    • Marie Sexton says:

      Thanks Heather! I’m so glad you ended up liking Oestend! Heidi has been telling me all along that I need to write Dante’s story, too. It’s not outside the realm of possibility. 😉

  11. Bryan says:

    Awesome story…couln’t put it down. I love all your books, although promises is my favorite, Song of Oestend comes in very close as second. Although I was wondering are Frances and Simon going to have their own story, or is Frances correct when he says Simon isn’t like him an Aren?

    • Marie Sexton says:

      Hi Bryan, and thanks for your comment! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It was such a departure from my norm, but it was fun to do something new. A story for Frances and Simon has been brewing in my brain ever since I first introduced the characters. I don’t know if it will ever come about, but it’s certainly a possibility. 😉

      Thanks again!

  12. Laura says:

    Marie the cover looks AWESOME, so excited for you

  13. Heather C says:

    I will have to keep saying it over and over til I get it right!

  14. Laura says:

    I had O-east-end, LOL, then Marie explained the Oh-west-end, I guess I don’t know my directions 😉

  15. divalcious says:

    Yayyyy!!! Can’t wait! :)

  16. It’s too late. It’s ‘OSStend’ in my head forever now. Which is a shame. The right way is so pretty.

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