COVER REVEAL for SOUND of SILENCE by Mia Kerick and Raine O’Tierney

Today is a big day for us- it is cover reveal day for our new YA novel, Sound of Silence CREATED by  the AMAZING and TALENTED AARON ANDERSON!!


Raine has history of co-writing with other MM authors, but this experience is a first for me. Co-writing was an amazing process, because although we had a strong idea of where the plot of Sound of Silence was going, our characters were able to play off each other in a different way than could multiple characters  created in a single mind. Sometimes Seven and Renzy threw each other curve balls and other times they melted in each other’s arms. We had to become our characters as we responded in writing to unexpected actions as we journeyed through the plot.


Here is the blurb for SOUND of SILENCE:

Renzy Callen exists on the periphery of life, and not just because of the horrific childhood event that robbed him of the ability to speak. Walling himself off from the rest of the world as a means of protection, he occupies his time with art, music, and an obsession with self-help groups—whether he needs them or not. His isolation protects him, and he’s immune to drama and emotional games… or so he believes. Everything changes when he meets Seven and Morning Moreaux-Maddox, the wealthy, jet-setting siblings who move from a life of sophistication in Europe to humdrum Redcliff Hills, Missouri.

Both Seven and his sister are impossibly beautiful and elegant, like the stars in magazines and high-fashion models on the runway. When Renzy is pulled into their push-and-pull of affection and rejection, he realizes there is more to both haunted Morning and cold, diamond-sharp Seven than meets the eye.

The three teens embark on a quest to learn the reason behind Renzy’s selective mutism, and something more than friendship blossoms between Renzy and Seven. It’s during this trip of a lifetime that the three realize the truth they seek might be found in the sound of silence.

Sound of Silence will be released from Harmony Ink Press on January 23, 2018.

Here is the link so you can pre-order this romantic and mysterious novel:


And here it is….

COMMENT CONTEST for $10.00 AMAZON e-GIFT CARD (hand drawn from a mug in Mia’s kitchen as I’m not technical). Raine and I want your impressions… what do you think of our cover? Our blurb? I will draw the name of a winner on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018. All you need to do is leave an email address and a comment!

Can’t wait to hear from you!!

<3 Mia



21 Replies to “COVER REVEAL for SOUND of SILENCE by Mia Kerick and Raine O’Tierney”

  1. Wow! That’s a powerful cover. The first minute reveal was intriguing and the full reveal has major impact. Love the blurb. Impossibly beautiful and elegant makes a statement and clashes with immune to drama and emotional games. This sounds like heartbreak and finding oneself. Well done!

    1. Thank you, Jodi, for the constant support. You are appreciated. I think the cover is quite profound, too. When I first saw it I was immediately drawn to it, as it suggested the power in silence.

  2. TWO authors who tend to be auto-buys for me collaborating on a story that sounds awesome, this is super exciting.

    And as someone with a obvious and socially stigmatizing disability (TS), I love MCs who have struggles that I can relate to in that way.

    1. Thanks for the support, Winter. We did a lot of research on selective mutism. It was fascinating and reminded me of a few children I knew as a teacher.

  3. This book looks like it’s going to be amazing! I cant wait to read it! The cover is gorgeous. Just looking at it you can get an idea of what the book will be about. I’ve come across very few books, that with the cover alone, you can sense what you’re about to read. Great job!!!!

    1. That’s an awesome comment, Ashley-it let’s us know that the cover hooked you, which is our goal. I love the three characters- Seven who is very much my style of a bad boy character, his sister Morning who has endured so much, and Renzy, who is a Raine O’Tierney classic! I hope you enjoy the book!

  4. The cover is intriguing. Especially the expression on the model’s face. Since it is obscured, can’t quite tell what he is feeling. Plus, the blurb sounds fantastic.


    1. I fell in love with this cover when I saw it, too. Aaron Anderson is an artist. I like the way he see things. He did It Could Happen’s cover and I have requested him for my summer release, My Crunchy Life. I also love the expression on the cover model, it its to the intrigue. Renzy, the character pictured, is a mystery in many ways. His past… his silence… Seven and Morning have to pay close attention to know what he is thinking. Thanks for the comment!

    1. This is a depiction of our character, Renzy, who is tattooed and artistic and a self-help group groupie. I see him as a bit more shaggy in the book, but the facial features of the model and the coloring and the gesture were just too perfect to pass up! Thanks for your comment!!

    1. I know- the gesture was the selling point for us!! The dynamic between characters is intense– they are very different people. Thanks for the comment!

  5. To be completely honest, my first impression of the cover was it’s for a horror or at least a mystery-filled novel. And did I ever find myself wrong after reading the blurb. It’s totally a surprise & I do think that it fits the story in spite of my initial assessment. In my head, the guy made the silencing motion & I think it’s great since a larger part of the story revolves around the selective mutism. And then I saw the roots on the guy’s hand, & I immediately thought of how rooted Renzy was to his routine, how he isolated himself so that he can protect himself better . Of course, that changed when he met the siblings. Additionally, the raised finger doesn’t just symbolize Renzy’s mutism but it also symbolizes that part of him silencing the fears & the doubts that are constant fixtures in his head, encouraging him that engaging with the siblings is one of the freeing things he’s done in his life for quite a long time. Needless to say, it speaks of COURAGE to be who he want to be & to be accepted for who & what he is. <3

    1. I used to be a teacher and James, that is an A+ assessment of the cover and blurb. Originally, we had chosen an image of frightened young man with a hand over his mouth–you couldn’t tell if it was his own hand or someone else’s–for the cover. We loved it, but there were technical issues with the model. I searched and found this one. I agree that the gesture is symbolic of Renzy silencing himself. His silence allows him to avoid his fears, but also to choose a different way to communicate with the world. I love your thoughts about the roots. He is actually quite tattooed on his hands and arms, but he is also very much rooted to his habits. Until he meets Seven and Morning… and everything changes. Thanks so much for the awesome comment.

  6. Wow, very powerful cover! Is his hand tattooed? It looks amazing. My one question about the blurb: It’s intriguing, but does Renzy not remember what happened to him that made him become mute by choice? It’s hinted that he doesn’t remember, but not completely clear, at least to me.
    I love everyone’s names, by the way. 🙂

    1. First, Dianne, Renzy is very much tattooed, particularly on his arms and hands. It is one of the ways he expresses himself to the world. And Renzy does not have complete memory of the traumatic event in his childhood, but he is haunted by vague memories of a woman who terrifies him. I’ll have to look at the blurb again to see what it says in that regard. And Seven and Morning are embarrassed by their names; they see their parents as narcissists who gave them those names to appear hip. But I love the names, too. Thanks for the comment!!

  7. The cover definitely makes you want to read the blurb. The hand, is that a tattooed tree symbolizing his family is the reason for his silence or is that veins symbolizing that his silence is the reason he has his life? Looking forward to reading. Congratulations!!

    1. Amazing insights to the tattoos. I like both of them. And it is true that his silence protects Renzy and allows him to survive. To hadn’t thought of the veins but I wish I had! I love the idea of the family tree as a tattoo because his family truly is the reason for his pain and silence. Thanks for commenting. I will announce winner tomorrow.

  8. CONGRATULATIONS, WINTERSONG, on winning the ten dollar Amazon gift card! I emailed it to the address you left here.

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