Fallout (Flight HA1710 #4) by Meredith Russell.
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?
The reason I’m in this job and can say I am a published author, the reason I got to write Fallout is pretty much down to one man. That man is Jensen Ackles.
Having lusted over him when he played Alec in Dark Angel, I spotted in the TV guide he was starring in a show called Supernatural. Now I had obsessed about shows before, namely The X Files, Roswell, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but it was mostly a solo thing. I had friends who watched the shows who I occasionally shared thoughts with, what we wanted to happen to characters, we even wrote a story for an X Files episode on lined A4 paper. I also went to a lot of collectors’ fairs with my parents so had a bunch of models and trading cards, bought all the videos (then had to replace them with DVDs) and must have saved every magazine article I came across.
Supernatural was the first time I really delved into a show and was able to do so via the internet. Sure I’d Googled (or maybe Yahooed or Asked Jeeves or something) pictures of characters from those other shows, but now there were more glorious things to find, including LiveJournal, which led me to fanfiction, fanvideos, forums for the show, and also made new friends. I’d never had that kind of community around a show before, and if I hadn’t read Jensen Ackles was starring in it, I might have let the show pass me by.
Because of Supernatural, I found a genre of stories I fell in love with. Because of a TV show, I dared to share some of my writing for the first time with strangers. I connected with people I might never have had the chance to. People who gave me the encouragement and opportunities I might never have had otherwise. I love storytelling. I have done since I was a child, sneakily passing paper back and forth with a friend in class and building a world of wizards and witches and heroes. Without Jensen Ackles and Supernatural I don’t think I’d have found the strength I got from connecting with new people to actually put myself out there. So thank you, Jensen Ackles.
Sometime things come along at the right time and maybe take your life in a different direction. Big or small, what kind of things have influenced the direction of your life?
Can missing a fatal flight be the wake up call Harrison needs?
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
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.