Reboot Blog Tour Kickoff- Excerpt, Guest Post and Giveaway!

We are excited to be kicking off the Reboot tour for the author, Harper Teen, and Mundie Moms!  If you want to follow the rest of the tour, check it out here.  Then scroll down to read a portion of the book, check out more about the author and enter to win your own copy!

I was dead for 178 minutes.

I didn't cry.

Leb walked to the front of the shuttle and gripped the edge of the open door as he peered inside.

"Ready," he said to the officer piloting the shuttle. He pulled the door closed and I head the locks snap into place. We lifted off the ground as Leb slid into his seat. 
I shut my eyes until I felt the shuttle land with a jerk. The Reboots silently filed out onto the rooftop, and I resisted the urge to look back at Forty-five one more time as I brought up the rear. 

I joined the line, pulling my  long-sleeved black shirt off to reveal a thin white undershirt The cool air tickled my skin as I tossed the shirt over my shoulder, spread my legs, and held my arms out like I was trying to fly. 

I saw a Reboot fly once. He jumped off the top of a fifteen story building with his arms spread, hit the ground, and tried to drag his broken body to freedom. He made it maybe two feet before they put a bullet in his head. 

A guard, a human who smelled like sweat and smoke, quickly patted me down. He could barely keep the grimace off his face and I turned to look at the squat little buildings of the slums instead. The guards hate touching me. I think they flipped for it.

He jerked his head toward the door, wiping his hands on his pants like he could wash the dead off.

Nope. I'd tried. 

By: Amy Tintera
Published by: Harper Teen
To Be Released on: May 7th, 2013
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Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders

About the Author:

Hi! I’m Amy Tintera, and I write novels for young adults. I grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism. After receiving a masters in film at Emerson College I moved to Los Angeles, where I promptly discovered I didn’t enjoy working in the film industry, and went back to my first love, writing.
HarperCollins/HarperTeen will publish my debut, REBOOT, a young adult novel about teens in a future Texas who reboot after death and are subsequently forced into slavery. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000. I am represented by Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong. (source)
Visit Amy via her: Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Facebook 

REBOOT’s Road to Publication

I often tell people that Reboot’s road to publication was fast. Right after the book sold, I remember saying to my friends that I couldn’t believe how quickly everything had happened. It felt like a whirlwind, like I wrote this book and it was immediately snapped up by an agent, and then immediately snapped up by a publisher.

Except it wasn’t actually like that. I know I may be the first person in the history of publishing to say this, but: Things actually happened a lot slower than I remember them.

First of all, I wrote eight books before Reboot. I started writing novels some time in middle school, and I had six completed by the time I graduated high school. I took a break from writing (well, I took a break from finishing anything. I was still writing), and when I came back I spent a year writing a paranormal YA novel and a sequel. I queried over 70 agents and they all rejected it.

So I wrote Reboot. It took me about nine months to get from first page to third draft. I got a lot more requests this time around, but I also got several rejections in the six weeks of querying before Emmanuelle Morgen offered to represent me.

Then we spent three months revising Reboot together. Emmanuelle is quick turning manuscripts around, so this time period flew by for me. In late January, when she said it was time to go on submission, my reaction was “aaaaahhhh what?!?!? Already? Aaaaahhh!” (In my head, anyway. To her I think I said something like “great!”)

Then things really did move fast. We had immediate interest from publishers and an auction nine days after I went on submission. Reboot got a home at Harper Teen, and the next day, Fox called asking to buy the film rights.

When I tell people about my publication journey I think I should probably say, “some parts were really slow, and some parts were really fast.” It took about 20 years of writing before I hit on The One, but it only took nine days for a publisher to buy it. I queried Reboot for about six weeks, and the novel before it for three months, but it only took Emmanuelle one day to request, read, and offer.

I’ve talked to other authors about this, and many of them agree. Publishing happens in waves. You don’t hear a peep for months and then suddenly you have a cover and blurbs and an edit letter and interview requests and EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED RIGHT NOW.

So I always tell pre-published authors not to get too discouraged with the slow parts of publishing. The fast parts are coming. Probably when you least expect (or are prepared for) them.

The Giveaway:
Thank you Harper Teen, one lucky blog tour follower will win a copy of Amy's REBOOT. To enter, follow the tour or fill out the form below (this form will be featured on each blog stop).

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