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In No Turning Back, author Dan Burns shares an eclectic mix of stories that expand the boundaries of genre and imagination. Told with realistic and thought-provoking prose, each of the stories shine light on characters who, as a result of a particular experience, realize that they can't go back—in time or to the way life used to be. Moving forward is the only option, and what comes next is anyone’s guess.

Published by Chicago Arts Press, this beautifully crafted hardcover edition includes story illustrations by Chicago artist Kelly Maryanski and an original cover design by world-renowned graphic artist Hugh Syme (album cover designer for the rock band Rush). Additionally, the author accompanies each story with his personal notes regarding the thoughts and ideas that inspired him to write the story, adding a unique behind-the-scenes perspective of the writing process. CLICK HERE for more details.

Hardcover, Illustrated, 280 pages, signed by the author.
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Winner of the 9th Annual 2015 National Indie Excellence Award for Short Fiction

Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Short Story category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards

Honorable Mention - 2014 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Awards

"A variety of intriguing plots that will entice readers' interest."Kirkus Reviews

"No Turning Back is an excellent collection of stories that span genre and subject matter.
Every story is written with the finesse of an expert." Windy City Reviews

No Turning Back is an anthology of stories based on ideas plucked from a fine author's fertile and intelligent imagination."






Chicago architect Peter O’Hara had a plan, a blueprint, for how he wanted to build his life. He had goals and ambitions and his path was clear. He had a loving wife and son, career success, and his final career goal was close within reach. The opportunity to become a partner in his firm was there for the taking. He almost had it all.

But life and fate do not consider such plans. An unbelievable and unplanned event sets off a domino effect of repercussions that turn Peter’s life upside down, pushing him to his limits and causing him to re-evaluate everything he thought was important.

"Recalled to Life turns everyday life on its head, and begs the reader to look more carefully on the flimsy fabric and hard work that hold together happiness. This is a modern story of generational family life in which the parts don't neatly make a whole."

Don Evans, Director, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

Eckhartz Press, Trade Paperback 275 pages, signed by the author.

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The story, Recalled to Life, was originally written as a feature film screenplay to rave reviews.

Nominated for Best Screenplay, 2017 Naperville Independent Film Festival





THE FIRST 60 SECONDS: Win the Job Interview Before It Begins

In a past life, my company helped more than one thousand people obtain their next great career opportunity. This book is the culmination of fifteen years of experience and the essence of all the best job interviewing and career management techniques.

It All Happens In A Minute!

A hiring manager makes a decisive qualification of a job candidate within the first 60 seconds from the time they meet. This simple fact changes everything about how the individual needs to approach the job search process.

"A revolutionary way of looking at the job interview and how to effectively manage your career."

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Sourcebooks, Trade Paperback, 275 pages, signed by the author.

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Book Cover for the Successful Chinese Translation

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