Version 2You’re only paranoid if the threat isn’t real.


Books One and Two of the Hit the Ground Running Trilogy are available from Blue Moon Publishers.



Hit the Ground Running

Version 2“Eric—Mom and Dad are gone. I don’t know what happened, but I’m going to find out.”

Eric might not be getting along with his family—or anyone else, for that matter—but he’s pretty sure a boarding school in another country isn’t the answer. So be it, he decides. Do the time and get out. Flow like water. But when he gets a cryptic message from his brother telling him their parents have been abducted, and then his brother disappears, he realises they weren’t punishing him, they were hiding him. To find them, Eric has to discover the secrets of his parents’ research, but the conspiracy he uncovers threatens more than just his family. With help from unlikely new friends, he soon learns that some secrets don’t want to be found, and others have a way of revealing themselves at all the wrong times.

Flow Like Water


Book Two of the Hit the Ground Running Trilogy.

“Run, Eric—go as far as you can as fast as you can. I will find you.”

Eric Bakker’s search isn’t over. The conspiracy revealed by his parents’ research goes deeper than he could have imagined, into a place and an organisation with as much history—and secrecy—as any in the world. Getting in won’t be easy, and he’ll need help from his friends more than ever. But when one of them commits a personal sacrifice so Eric can escape from the killers known as the Vidi, the fallout threatens to split the group apart.

Tess has been there from the beginning, but with the addition of Angel, the daughter of another researcher, she begins to doubt her role. Soon after, new information about her father’s death puts her at a crossroads that will force her to choose between Eric’s search for answers and her own.

For Eric, overcoming physical and mental obstacles is built in to his parkour training philosophy, but the farther he goes in his search, the bigger the obstacles become. What he eventually discovers no one was ever supposed to find. Ultimately, his path leads to a violent encounter in Sicily, this time with no plan and no idea what he’s up against. Eric knows that whatever he encounters, he will have to adapt and react. As the saying goes, he will have to be like water. And like water, he will flow or he will crash.


Mark is originally from Truro, Nova Scotia. His parents were teachers, which means he could have grown up around books, and he did, but mostly he marked biology tests for his dad and dissected whatever they had for dinner (true story). He attended Dalhousie University in Halifax to do his science degrees and continued to cultivate the writer seed planted as a kid. He’s always been involved in high-level sport, as an athlete through university and as a coach afterward, and he maintains that sport has given him the chance to succeed in art, something he’s sure he couldn’t have done otherwise. As a result, though, he eats the same breakfast every morning and he always puts his left shoe on first—bad things will happen if he doesn’t.

Mark and his wife live outside Halifax with their two children. Books are big in their house; Mark’s favourite thing is Bedtime with Ry (come on, Mom, who can sleep during the Quidditch World Cup?). As a reader, he’s always been slow, preferring to savour, which drives his wife nuts—she’s a devourer. He is often drawn to books that are beyond his ability to comprehend, which is only frustrating when the words aren’t beautiful. He also has an unnatural attraction to chai lattes. It’s a problem. He’s OK with it.



Date   Location   Description   Info
Sep15, 2-3pm   Word on the Street Halifax, Central Library   Launch Day! In the CBC Tent, Front Plaza, along with Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes, author and illustrator of The Case of the Missing Men, hosted by Tom Murphy from the CBC.   Info
Sep21, 1-4pmET   Reddit AMA   Reddit Books Ask Me Anything, live online Q&A with Reddit readers.   Info
Oct13, 1-3pm   Indigo Sunnyside, Bedford, NS   Multi-author book signing.   Info
Oct14, 1-3pm   Chapters Halifax   Book signing with the very talented BR Myers.   Info
Oct27, 1-3pm   Chapters Dartmouth   Book signing, again with BR Myers.   Info



To contact Mark, email him at Mark [at] MarkBurley [dot] ca or through this form, or connect with him on Facebook or Twitter through the links below.

For distribution inquiries or other information from Blue Moon Publishers, contact Talia at Talia [at] DigiWriting [dot] com.