Friday, September 30, 2011

Krissi Dallas: Pep Rally!

Go Team!

Welcome to the official kick-off of the Phantom Island Pep Rally September 30 – October 15, 2011. I am excited to introduce you to Author Krissi Dallas, and share with you her continued success in publication. Teacher, author, and all around great person— Krissi is touching the lives of many.  

Her books, Windchaser and Windfall will release nationally through a commercial publisher in December. But pre-released autographed copies are available on October 1st through The White Island Shoppe  - They will be on special sale at first.

Krissi has touched the lives of her students and what better way than to allow her students to tell us about Krissi and her books.

Please meet Amelia...

"Hey, Karlene! Thanks for letting me come on here to kick off the Phantom Island Pep Rally! For those that don’t know, I am the REAL Amelia, on which Krissi Dallas claims she based her fictional bratty, preteen character in the Phantom Island books. (When I say REAL, I mean the COMPLETE opposite of everything Krissi wrote. Gotta love all those brat jokes she makes...) Anyways, I'm a senior in high school and have known Krissi since my 7th grade year. I first met her as my Sunday School teacher. Sunday school teachers always have this knack for helping you through any situation in life. This has been true of my relationship with Krissi from that time on, and if anyone can tell you about Krissi, it's me! I've been with her to multiple book events and traveled all over the world with her. We've been to Argentina, Florida, Washington D.C., and even China this past summer!

Amelia and Krissi at The Hot Pot restaurant in China this summer
 One thing you’ll find out in chapter one of Windchaser is that the main character, Whitnee, has a fish phobia. This is actually a real Krissi-ism and reminds me of the “fish incident” we had this summer in China. We went out with our Chinese friends to their favorite restaurant called "Hot Pot." You basically put all kinds of raw food into a central pot in the table and cook it. Clueless about Krissi’s phobia, one of our Chinese friends offered Krissi a tray full of WHOLE RAW FISH – eyeballs, gills, mouths attached. Krissi turned green when the tray was thrust in front of her and I thought she was going to puke! I had to jump in and tell the girl we were fine without the fish. But that's what's so cool about the books - Krissi puts her own quirkiness into Whitnee's character so you get to experience a new world not only with Whitnee, but with Krissi as well! That spunky personality of hers transfers straight into her books.

Amelia and Krissi at the White House last Spring Break, 
Acting as "news correspondents"
The Phantom Island books are magical. The characters and their story grip you and keep you from page one. You won't be able to put them down. I am an avid reader and I have never read books that can be compared to Windchaser and Windfall. They’re unique and you'll be on the edge of your seat until the last page and then want more! As you travel to the Island you'll feel like you belong. Whether it's in the Earth, Wind, Water, or Fire tribe is up to you and your personality. Phantom Island allows you to be yourself and fit in with people from another world. Like the character of Amelia, I'm a Pyradorian (Fire is CLEARLY the best of the four!) and I have so much fun reading about people who think, react, and feel as I do. This book is an experience for anyone who ventures to open to the first page. Don't miss out on ordering your pre-release copies TOMORROW and definitely follow the pep rally as it continues with Courtney and Sarah over at the Fuzzy Coffee Books blog tomorrow!"   

Thank you Amelia, for a great review and a special look into this amazing Author—Krissi.  Before you go, Amelia, I would like to award you your official Pep Rally button, thanks to Courtney over at Fuzzy Coffee Books. For anyone who wants to take the quiz and learn what tribe you belong to, click HERE

I am definitely looking forward to reading the series, and we appreciate your candid review. Keep reading Amelia!

More about the Wind…

“One fateful summer night, when one rule is broken, five teenagers will discover an unexpected adventure full of magic, romance, and true friendship.”


High school senior Whitnee has spent six years rebuilding her identity after her father’s mysterious disappearance left her with more questions than answers. With her two best friends, Morgan and Caleb, she returns as a mentor to the summer camp of her childhood. Nestled in the Texas hill country, Camp Fusion is everything Whitnee remembers—except for the haunting visions that only she can see. One fateful night, Whitnee and her friends embark on a magical voyage where unexpected adventure and heart-stopping romance collide—a journey that might unlock the dark, complicated mysteries of Whitnee’s family history.
But will she find the answers she is looking for?

WINDFALL: BOOK 2 ... Transported along with four friends onto a mysterious and magical Island, Whitnee Terradora wants nothing more than to return home safely—until she starts performing supernatural feats such as cyclones, healing, and communicating with the plant she accidentally set on Fire. Suddenly, finding the Island seems like more than just a coincidence. When an ancient prophecy causes a controversy among the leaders of the White Island, Whitnee questions who is looking out for her interests, and who is interested only in gaining power. Even Gabriel, her one ally on the Island, has secrets that both confuse and allure her. Who can Whitnee really trust to find out the truth about herself and her missing father? Could Whitnee really be the answer to the White Island’s problems and if so, is it worth the danger of never returning home?

Krissi, I wish you continued success. You’re an inspiration to all writers.

The Pep Rally will continue until October 14 and you can enter to win free books and customized tribal goodies by clicking HERE 

Tomorrow… Saturday, October 1… is a special day!

Jump on over and visit Courtney Ussery at Fuzzy Coffee Books for the continuation of the Pep Rally.  But just as important, click HERE to purchase your copies of Windchaser and Windfall.  

Follow Krissy on her blog by clicking HERE and join the fun. And definitely check out her official Website

Enjoy the Journey ~ and the Pep Rally 

XOX Karlene 


  1. Go Team Go! Go Team Go! I'm so excited about the Pep Rally and learning more about Krissi and her students. Thanks Karlene and Amelia for starting us off with a bang! :D

  2. Great interview, Karlene. Anyone who's interacted with Krissi online knows she is an amazing, upbeat, energetic and talented writer. Congrats, Krissi!

  3. Great kick off to the Pep Rally! Great job!
    Very excited for Krissi!

  4. It's so great to meet the real Amelia who inspired the character in the book! I've read Krissi's original version and LOVED it. I'm so excited for her leap into traditional publishing and to read the new versions!

  5. P-H-A-N T-O-M ....Go, Island! :) Great kick-off post, I'm excited to get my copies of both Windchaser and Windfall!
    Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books

  6. Thank you Tina. Go Team is the statement of the day!

  7. Thank you Linda. Yes, very fun getting to know more about Krissi.

  8. Thank you Yelena. I love a good kickoff! Thanks for dropping by.

  9. Thanks Heather. It was fun meeting Amelia, and you got to read the original? Yeah, that will be fun to read the new versions.

  10. Courtney... coming to see you tomorrow! Thank you for the comment and the buttons.

  11. Thank you for starting the Pep Rally off PERFECTLY, Karlene! I appreciate you hosting Amelia and starting this party RIGHT. :) You girls are the best! And thank you, Amelia, for being like a little sister to me - and protecting me from the evil fish! I have to say - that was a pretty awful experience. Usually I can save face in front of people - that time I could NOT. Good thing Amelia was there to save me! Hahaha.