I Like My Coffee Black, Just Like My Metal

I just want to say that I am no longer unreasonably caffeinated.

I was. For like a month.

Also, I cooked zero things, ignored all forms of social media, listened to my music way too loud, and neglected to brush my hair.

The payoff? The Space Between has gone to copyedits! Which is two steps off from becoming an actual book. (Okay, more like three or four. But whatever.) It’s so close, you guys—it’s almost there!

So, in celebration of reaching this not-insignificant milestone, and because I can’t share my cold Chinese food with the internet and you probably don’t want it anyway, I have something for you.

This is not actually me revealing a secret, because The Space Between is already listed on Amazon, so the thumbnail’s been floating around for awhile. But I wanted to hold off on sharing it here until I had a nice big shiny file and yesterday, my editor sent me one!

So, here is the cover for The Space Between. And it is perfect.


What is this pretty red (red, red) book about, you ask? Well, here is the official copy from Penguin:

Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this?

Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped—and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible.

Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie’s whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.

Now, all I need is an ARC—just one ARC, held in my greedy little hands—and it’s going to feel real. Like a real book. That is happening.

Okay, maybe I am still slightly caffeinated. That doesn’t change the facts:

  1. I wrote another book
  2. It is pretty
  3. It is red
  4. It is a love story (Because when you get right down to it, aren’t they all?)

64 thoughts on “I Like My Coffee Black, Just Like My Metal

  1. how gorgeous!! you’re right… that cover artist *is* basically awesome!
    and now i have another book to look forward to *runs to amazon and adds to wish list*
    you did such interesting things with a changeling – i can’t wait to read your take on angels and demons :)

    • I’m so ridiculously happy with it (the book and the cover) and can’t wait until it’s a real solid thing I can actually pick up in my hands, and more importantly, share with people :)
      And yes, like my take on changelings, my demons are a little bit . . . customized :)

    • Jennzah, I’m SO excited about this one! It’s definitely more of a romance that The Replacement, but has the same dark hidden-world feel. Also, the covers are side by side in the Penguin catalog and they look so nice together :)

      • it looks gorgeous. and i love the description of the story…. sounds right up my alley! (wish i could read it now, as i’ve just finished something of a stinker book!!)
        Brenna, i would read anything you put out. THE REPLACEMENT is my favourite book of last year (and competing for of ALL TIME) :) <3

    • I know I’m not supposed to play favorites (conversely, it’s probably normal to be biased toward the New Shiny), but I really, REALLY like this book and I’m so excited to be able to share it with the world!

  2. Wow! That cover looks fantastic! The red with the gray really make it pop! I had to just leave it on the screen and stare at it for a minutes to take it all in. :)
    Congrats on finishing the copy edits and getting one step closer to holding your next book in your hands. The cover plus that summary make me want to read it that much more! I loved The Replacement so I know this one is going to be great too! Congrats again :)

    • I’m such a sucker for Judeo-Christian apocrypha, so I’m excited about this book to what is probably an inappropriate degree—and I can’t WAIT to see it on shelves! (But I will have to . . .)

    • Thanks! :D
      Re: review copies, I just realized that I . . . do not know. There used to be an address on the Razorbill site, but it’s been under construction, so for now you might try poking around the Penguin Children’s site and see if they have a possible email address there?

  3. That’s a cool cover. Staying away from social media is a good idea. I’m due to visit Amazon so I’ll pre-order. Love and peace, Simon

  4. Wow! Looks gorgeous, sounds fantastic (not to mention a nice original spin on a trope that so many people seem to be writing about at the moment). I can really see your lovely lyrical writing style doing fantastic things in that sort of world.
    Congratulation, Brenna. Maybe you should stick to camomile tea for a week or two ;O)

    • Maybe you should stick to camomile tea for a week or two
      Hahahaha—well, I am cutting back, but I’m sadly caffeine-dependent. So far, I’m down to flavored black teas, which somehow seem less serious than black-black teas. I may be deluding myself . . .

  5. I think…my brain might be exploding…
    You’re the winner of the hook contest that fangs_fur_fey put on in 2007!!!
    I completely fell in love with your hook all those years ago and I wished more than anything that you would be successful and get that story published.
    I loved The Replacement, and I absolutely cannot wait to booktalk The Space Between in my library.
    PS. Have you let the folks at fff know that Hook #102 is now a real book?!

    • Whoa, whoa, whoa, *your* brain is exploding? :D Seriously, I’m having a totally surreal moment right now. I can’t believe you even remember that!
      YES, it is the same book! And no, it’s not remotely the same book . . . because I took all the bad words, which was most of them, and replaced them with better ones, BUT it’s still a story about the same characters, with all the same themes and the ideas and everything I’ve always liked best about this book, and I can’t wait for it to be out!
      (I am so impressed that you remembered—you have no idea.)

      • Wheeeeee!!!
        I am so excited that you continued to work on this story! I was so in love with that hook, and I wanted to read the story so badly. As soon as I read the first sentence of the official blurb on Goodreads, I knew exactly what it was :)
        I’ve ordered copies for my library (I’m a teen librarian) and I can’t wait to get my own. My only complaint is that November is much too far away…

  6. First of all, I must say that as a historian, this story makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. When I was in high school, I was that crazy kid handing out flyers about Louis XVII, because I thought that everyone needed to know about his tragic life (Seriously. I’m not exaggerating). Basically, my job now is to do what #4 did, in the sense that I think a lot about what ordinary people’s lives were like and how larger historical currents affected them (I feel like I just revealed the depths of my nerdiness, but oh well…).
    As far as group work, I’ve never been a big fan, even in college when everyone more or less pulled their weight. It always felt like more work to assign tasks and figure out how to do things than it would have been if I had been doing it on my own. I did enjoy the social aspect, though.

  7. David has everything imported already, because he is proactive, but thank you for the offer. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out where I should move to (because I never over-think things—no, not at all), and decided on wordpress because if we want to, we can actually host my whole site there.
    If forced to admit it, I actually do understand this stuff. Sort of. I just hate thinking about it.

  8. I hope I can be like Mr. Tully then, as I am now back in school for degree #3 so I can be a high school English teacher.
    After nearly 10 years as a public health educator in one form or another, I don’t think I’m as turned off by people who come to me with problems as would other people or teachers. (Heck, when I was the sexual health educator at a huge university it seemed that people only came to me when they had problems.) I’m also a lot more open to non-traditional kids (those who don’t fit within expected norms) b/c of my experiences and personal beliefs, so I hope that will serve me well too.
    I’ll guess I’ll have to report back after five years in the educational trenches and let you know how I’m doing. :)

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