Mark Burley is the author of Hit the Ground Running, soon to be released in digital and print formats from Blue Moon Publishers. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Mark can be reached through the Contacts page or the social media links below.

Hit the Ground Running

“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.


Coming April 25, 2017, from Blue Moon Publishers.



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.








April 25, 2017 Publication Day In stores & online Info
April 29, 2017 1-3pm Launch #1: w/ BR Myers Chapters Halifax Info
April 30, 2017 2-4pm Launch #2: Friends & Family The Turtleback Tap & Grill Fall River Info
May 13, 2017 1-3pm Book signing Coles Truro Info
May 27, 2017 12-3pm Book signing Otis & Clementine’s Books and Coffee Tantallon Info
June 6, 2017 6-8pm Panel discussion w/ BR Myers Halifax Central Library Info
June 10, 2017 12-2pm Book signing Chapters Dartmouth 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.