Friday, October 7, 2011

Phantom Island Pep Rally

I'm honored that my good friend Krissi Dallas has chosen my little blog for a stop along her Phantom Island Pep Rally. For those of you who don't know, Phantom Island is Krissi's debut novel from Tate Publishing and follows high school senior Whitnee who 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?

The official national release date is set for December 13, 2011 and pre-release copies are still selling at The White Island Shoppe. Register for free books and Phantom Island Swag here and join the Phantom Island Pep Rally by following the tour. Next stop, will be the lovely Tina Moss' blog on Monday, October 10.

And now, one of Krissi's good friends, (and a cutie pie), Patrick, has graced this little blog with his take on the author, (and her sense of humo
r), and the wonderful world she's created:


Hi, Tee! Thanks for letting me visit today and introduce one of my favorite authors (and people), Krissi Dallas. I'm a sophomore in high school and I’ve known Krissi for about five years at church. Countless times she's told me that I'm most definitely her favorite student EVER. (Shhhh.) I've assisted her in VBU (Vacation Bible University) with our new 6th graders several years in a row. She just has a really neat way of connecting with new students – it’s like she gets on their level. She has a sense of humor about most things and I think that is one reason why we all feel comfortable around her. One year in VBU, Krissi was in the middle of an important lesson when one of the other teenage guys accidentally interrupted with a loud fart. You should have seen Krissi’s face! She was so outraged in such a funny way that she made him leave the classroom immediately and march down to the bathroom. I actually remember her yelling after him, "Do NOT desecrate the temple of my classroom with your farts – EVER AGAIN.” She wouldn’t let him come back in until he promised he had “emptied” himself of all gas. It was hilarious and we still laugh about it. Krissi has definitely seen just about everything when it comes to teens. And she just rolls with it.

The Phantom Island books are excellent with imagery – usually from some of Krissi’s own experiences. I’m a high school guy, but my favorite part in the books really is the “exploding kiss.” (You’ll know the part I mean when you get there.) It was intense – and really good at showing the conflicting emotions Whitnee had! But even in the middle of that drama, Whitnee makes me laugh. Like Krissi. I once took the tribal quiz online to see which Phantom Island tribe I'm in and I’m a Geodorian, in the Earth tribe. Not only am I a Geo because I ROCK, but being a Geo means I’m grounded and down-to-earth. Windchaser and Windfall are nothing short of awesome. They make you feel every sort of emotion there is. I was hooked from the very first chapter and I think y'all will be too! But don’t just take my word for it – read what all the other teens said who participated in the Phantom Island Pep Rally. And don’t miss hearing another guy’s perspective on Monday at Tina Moss’s blog!

-Patrick



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70 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love this blogspot, thanks for showcasing Krissi. Love the story about the farts...Such a boy thing and such a boy story...BGI

Heather said...

Patrick, thanks for this inside look into one of Krissi's funnier moments as a teacher. She is pretty amazing, no doubt about that. Her sense of humor is one of the most beautiful things about her!

TS Tate said...

Patrick is a funny guy (and yes, quite the cutie pie...who, oddly enough, looks very similar to my daughter's bf...he has a twin!) I loved his story and hope everyone will find Krissi's work as incredible as we all do. Thanks, Patrick and thanks, Krissi for letting me host the pep rally! :)

BookJunkie said...

Ha ha! I loved reading this! It's so refreshing, because it seems like sometimes it's so hard to get guys to talk about books. Or read books. Or act like they like books. :)
Yay!
Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books

Krissi Dallas said...

Thanks so much, Tee, for having Patrick on here! He IS a cutie patootie. Haha. :) And I do remember when he read the book back in 2009, the first thing he said to me was, "Wow. That kiss was intense!!" And being his youth pastor's wife, I was like, "Oh no...did I freak him out?!" LOL. Nothing freaks Patrick out, though. :)

TS Tate said...

Thanks, Courtney and thanks, Krissi for letting me host. :)

YelenaC said...

Patrick is a cutie! lol Thanks Patrick for sharing your expriences with Krissi it was really fun to read.

Stephanie Barko said...

Hi TS-

Did you receive the request for review at LitStack that I emailed you on 10/12/11 thru their e-dress?
The book was "Unrest in Eden".

Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist
Austin

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Thank you Krissi and Patrick for sharing this part of your writing journey -- very fun to read. All the best to both of you :-)

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