The Novel Approach welcomes author Meredith Russell today, on the Fallout blog tour, book four in the Flight HA1710 series. Meredith chats a bit about how she became involved in the project, the thought process behind it, and she’s also offering the chance to win not only a $15 Amazon or ARe Gift Card but the choice of TWO e-books from her backlist titles or an advanced e-copy of a future book. Just click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.
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When RJ Scott approached me to be part Flight HA1710, a series based around a plane crash, she presented the idea as not some big blockbuster disaster movie or even necessarily the crash itself, but rather how a massive event might affect people, their lives and their relationships.
In Fallout, a series of actions and decisions lead to my characters, Harrison and Elijah, not even being on the plane and this left them with a whole lot of what-ifs. What if events before the crash had happened differently? What if they had been on the plane?
I was asked to think about the times events or decisions made a difference to my life, or maybe they left me with thoughts of what if?
Up until this year I would say any of the decisions I’ve made or directions my life has taken, I would never look at them as something that could have turned out to be something horrible. If I hadn’t picked a certain university, or my parents hadn’t divorced, a family member hadn’t died, or I hadn’t found a TV show fandom, my life might be different but not necessarily anything worse than I have now.
The start of this year I was involved in a car accident. A car pulled onto the wrong side of the road while overtaking and hit me. I remember sitting there, seeing the headlights and thinking, What is he doing? I have nowhere to go. The next thing I know I’m in darkness, my eyes are open but I can’t see anything, just hear people in low voices asking me questions. Only when my vision cleared and I’m face to face with a paramedic, a collar round my neck and they’re cutting the roof off my car as my legs are trapped, did I suddenly realise—he hit me.
I remember telling the paramedic and officers my sad little tale leading up to me being in the car. I’d started a diet so there was no chocolate in the house, but all I wanted at about 7.30 on a Saturday night was some Dairy Milk. For 45 minutes I’d ummed and ahhed, tried to decide how naughty it would be (I’d only been on the diet a week), but then my husband said, “Bring me back something nice too,” and so off I went. Decision made.
I was plagued by what-ifs, still am. What if I’d gone out straight away? What if I’d said, “No, no chocolate for me,” and stayed in? What if I’d decided to go to Morrisons instead of Tesco? But also, what if it had been worse? What if I’d had my husband with me? What if I’d had my sister’s kids in the car? (I’d just got a car seat for the back so I could transport her 3 yr. old around)
It’s something that has affected me. I still think about it some nights, the headlights coming at me, play over was there something I could have done differently. Bits still ache and my leg still feels numb in places. Driving has gotten easier, though I’m more hesitant, try and avoid busy junctions or times of the day, and I have very little trust where other cars on the road are concerned. Maybe I need to get a bumper sticker with Trust No One on it.
We make decisions all the time. Have you ever been left thinking “what if?”
When Harrison Kelley is banned from getting on Flight HA1710, it seems to be the perfect ending to a crappy couple of days. Not only did he wreck a wedding, but he’s drunk way too much and been on the receiving end of the groom’s brother’s fists. Being escorted out of the airport by security was just the icing on the wedding cake.
Elijah Pettifer has lusted after Harrison from afar for years but Harrison never sees him as anything more than a friend. If he ever saw him at all. While attempting to defend what little honor Harrison has left, Elijah gets caught up in the wave of chaos surrounding his teenage crush. But missing his flight home because of Harrison’s mess might just be the luckiest thing to ever happen to him.
With a 24 hour ban imposed by the airport, and having only each other for company, the two men grow closer. But will the fate of the airplane they should have been on be the push Harrison needs to walk away from the toxic relationship of his past? And can Elijah make Harrison see exactly what he’s been missing out on because of it?
Flight HA1710 Series:
- Book 1 – Retrograde, RJ Scott
- Book 2 – Velocity, Sara York
- Book 3 – Flashbulb, Clare London
- Book 4 – Fallout, Meredith Russell
- Book 5 – Aviophobia, Serena Yates
- Book 6 – Fracture, Amber Kell
About the Author: Meredith Russell lives in the heart of England. An avid fan of many story genres, she enjoys nothing less than a happy ending. She believes in heroes and romance and strives to reflect this in her writing. Sharing her imagination and passion for stories and characters is a dream Meredith is excited to turn into reality.