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Saturday, October 1, 2011

We've Got Spirit! (The Phantom Island Pep Rally!)

Yes We Do! We've Got Spirit, How 'bout You?

You've heard (seen/read) me talk about it on the blog before, but I can finally say, that TODAY, pre-release copies of debut author Krissi Dallas's books Windchaser and Windfall are on sale at The White Island Shoppe!

And to celebrate, we're having a little Pep Rally! I'd like to invite to the dais (keyboard) one of Miz Dallas's former students to tell us a little bit about both the author and the books!

Hi Sarah! Welcome to Fuzzy.Coffee.Books!

Hey, Courtney, thanks for hosting me on your blog – especially since you’re a fellow OSU fan – go POKES! I’m in my first year of college at OSU and have known Krissi Dallas since she was my middle school Pre-AP English teacher. As a nervous middle schooler, I didn’t really know what to expect going into her advanced class. However, I soon found that she had a gifted way of working with students. She kept class interesting at all times, even allowing for special fun days when we got to read our awkward journal entries or discuss how we use toilet paper in the bathroom. (Do you employ the fold, crumple, or wrap method with your toilet paper? According to Krissi, everyone has a method.) She had a way of making strong bonds with all of her students with her goofiness and ability to just be real. To this day, we still joke that I am the daughter she never had - a good balance between her Aero personality and her husband’s Geo instincts. (Don’t know what that means? Read the book and discover your tribe!)

As I have always been an avid reader of fantasy and fiction novels, Windchaser and Windfall immediately appealed to me. Not only is the fantastical part attractive (finding the White Island and discovering super powers!), but the characters are also extremely relatable. You can feel the love and friendship shared between Whitnee, Morgan, and Caleb as the story unfolds. I’m also a sucker for romance, so I always get caught up in the dramatic love triangle between Whitnee and Caleb vs. Gabriel no matter how many times I read it. (I <3 Gabriel.) It is written in such a way that you never really know what could happen next or who to trust.

After reading this series, I know that I am a full-fledged Aerodorian – a member of the Wind tribe! I have always been an extremely artistic, musical person like the Aeros. The atmosphere of the Aerodora village appeals to me more than any other tribe in the book – a city in the treetops? With a music and dance club? Yes, please. I would definitely be born on the White Island with a dragonfly birthmark on my shoulder! I believe that every person who reads these books will find a place to call home on the White Island. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop! Check them out and don’t forget to learn more about Krissi and her books through the eyes of her students as you follow the Phantom Island Pep Rally! (The next stop will be on Monday at Yelena Casale’s blog!)

Sarah and Krissi at Hello, Cupcake!------------------->

Thanks for stopping by to tell us a little about Krissi and her debut series, Phantom Island, Sarah! Go Pokes!! I <3 Gabriel too, and I am a proud Pyradorian! The first two books in the series, Windchaser and Windfall will be available nationally from a commercial distributor in December. But pre-release copies are available today at The White Island Shoppe! You guys are gonna love this!

Summary: 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?
Summary: 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?

I just wanted to say a few things about this book(s). It was first published in 2009 as one volume: Phantom Island: Wind. Well, one day back in 2009 I was browsing my local Borders looking for some books to take on my vacation. I saw a table display with this purple covered book on it, and picked it up. After reading the summary, I added it to my stack and carried my haul to the checkout lines. Well, I didn't get a chance to read it while I was on my trip (I always take way more books than I can finish, anyone else do that?) and a couple of months passed. Then I told myself that I wasn't going to let myself buy any new books until I read the unread ones still on my shelf. Phantom Island: Wind was one of the first books that I picked up when trying to accomplish that goal.

And I read it in one sitting.

I'm pretty sure I didn't even make it to the couch. I think I read it laying on the floor of my home office. When the blue walls of my office came back into focus (and I realized, sadly, that I was not on the Island), I called my best friend Lacy (who lives in DC) and told her that she had to get this book. Well, it took us a few days to realize that, as a self-published book, it wasn't available everywhere, so I got her a copy here (in TX) and sent it to her. And she and I have been looking forward to more Phantom Island ever since. This series has stuck with me since it's first publication - it's that good. It's one of "those books." You know the ones I'm talking about. The ones that you remember reading for the first time, and relive that excitement every time you open the cover once again. It's always one of the first books that comes to mind when I think of books that can just transport you to a new and magical place with characters so real that they become your friends! Now, this book that I fell in love with, has been re-published with Tate Publishing as the first two books of the Phantom Island series!

So head over to The White Island Shoppe to order your autographed pre-release copies of the first two books of The Phantom Island series: Windchaser and Windfall, otherwise you'll have to wait until December! You can also check out Krissi's website where you can take the quiz to find out what tribe you belong to! (I'm a Pyradorian!)

And make sure you check out Krissi's blog, for a fun giveaway of Phantom Island swag. Commenting here is one way to earn Spirit Points! The more points you have, the better chance you have of winning!

But don't forget to add Windchaser and Windfall to your TBR lists! Goooooo Team!

Cheers and Happy Reading! Oh, and don't forget that I'll be tweeting from Austin Teen Book Festival today, @FuzzyCoffeeBks - hashtag #ATBF11


  1. You read that whole volume IN ONE SITTING?! :-O That's hilarious! Thank you for hosting Sarah on here - I call her "O Brilliant One" because she's seriously one of the brightest and most creative kids I've ever taught! And, you rock, Courtney - that cheerleader is the CUTEST!! Hope you're having fun at the book festival!

  2. Wow, these books sound amazing! I'm adding them to my list and can't wait for them to become available. Thanks for such an enthusiastic heads up!

  3. Wow, these books sound amazing, new folower


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