Author Ann Lister on Zac’s Mulligan, Guarding The Gods: Book One ~ Exclusive Excerpt

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Title: Zac’s Mulligan, Guarding The Gods: Book One
Author: Author Ann Lister
Publisher: Amazon
Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis at Book Cover by Design
Genre: Gay
Release Date: 08/09/2016


Zac Mulligan is a former Marine now providing personal security for the infamous rock band, Black Ice. Seeing all the guys around him in committed relationships reminds him of his childhood best friend . . . the only person Zac has never managed to get out of his head or his heart.

Ben Holland is an artist. Falling deeply in love with his best friend in his teens, Ben is left alone when Zac leaves him for the military. Ben heads off to college and lives his life “out and proud” as a gay man and creates a brand name for himself with his artwork. Throughout all the years that pass, Ben never forgets his childhood friend, Zac, or the feelings they once shared.

Zac realizes a decade is too long for Ben not to have a presence in his life and finds Ben living on Cape Cod where they spent their summers as kids. Meeting each other as adults stirs up a lot of memories for both of them.

Zac is looking for a mulligan, a “do over,” with his childhood best friend. The question is: Can Ben find a way to put aside his old hurts and fully open his heart to Zac for a second time? Or maybe the past is something better left buried on the beach where it all began.


“I don’t have a lot of down time, so there isn’t much of an opportunity for fucking too much,” Zac answered and cleared his throat.  “What about you?  I suppose you’re getting laid so often you’ve got dick chafe.  Am I right?”
Well played, Ben thought.
Ben chewed on the the end of a French fry to try to hide his grin.  “I use lots of lube to prevent the chafe.”  He winked and then watched something flash in Zac’s eyes.  Zac was able to school whatever emotion he was feeling and met his heated gaze straight on again, but he could tell something had changed inside Zac.  Whatever it was, it seemed to put some distance between them and he didn’t like it one bit.
Honestly,” Ben started.  “I’m kinda done with the hooking-up.  Have been for quite a while now.  I decided to put the focus back on me and learning to be happy with myself.  It’s safer that way.”
It’s also lonely that way,” Zac added.
“It is, but I’m not willing to settle anymore for what I want, either.”


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About the Author


Ann Lister is a native New Englander currently living on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with her husband. She has pulled details from her years living in the New England area and uses many local settings and landmarks in her novels.

After graduating art school, marrying, and raising two daughters, she established her own video production company. Her nearly two decades working in video production included work within the music industry and won her a coveted Telly Award. Her ‘behind-the-scenes’ exposure to the music world and her love of rock music is the inspiration for her erotic rock star romances.

The Rock Gods series gave her Bestselling Author status on Amazon. Beyond The Music, Book 7 in the series, reached #1 in Gay Erotica in the Pre-Order and held that spot for several weeks. The last book in the series launches the spin-off series, Guarding The Gods, which is releasing in early summer 2016.

Fall For Me, Book One in the series was a Finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Award. Each book in this series brings her two favorite elements together: musicians and the love between two men. These stories focus on what it truly means to love; love unconditionally, love without restrictions or labels, love without fear or judgment – to just simply love.



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