T.J. Newman’s debut novel Falling is not only a riveting thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, but a beautifully crafted depiction of life in aviation. The story follows Captain Hoffman, a commercial airline pilot, as he faces a decision at cruising altitude unlike any other: to save his family or to crash the plane.

Unlike most aviation-themed stories, Falling highlights the critical role of flight attendants on board the aircraft and provides an accurate account of life in aviation. Drawing from ten years of experience as a flight attendant, Newman writes such intricate detail of day-to-day duties so that the reader feels as though they are part of the crew themselves. While this may seem like a far-fetched tale at first, the author takes a fresh approach to the classic thriller imploring the reader to reflect on their own lives and the decisions that they have made. While Falling is a work of fiction, Newman created very real characters that encourage us to find empathy and reflect on our own behaviors and how we impact the world that we live in. It’s a lot to ask for a debut novel – but T.J. Newman knocks it out of the park.

T.J. Newman is a flight attendant turned author. She wrote her debut novel Falling on cross-country red-eye flights while passengers were sleeping.

After 9/11, flight attendants finally began to receive recognition for their role as safety professionals. Hearing stories from the aircraft of heroic crew members such as Betty Ong from American Airlines Flight 11, allowed the public to realize that flight attendants truly are aviation’s first responders. Yet when we see flight attendants represented in the media, they are still so often portrayed as shallow, promiscuous, rude, and often clueless. This book gets to the heart of what the flight attendant role is all about – safety. The flight attendants in Falling are dynamic, resourceful, real, and resilient. The author’s pragmatic illustration of the flight attendant life (going through KCM, being shorted trash bags from catering, and the way creamer splashes on your hand upon opening at 35,000 feet) immediately transports the reader into the story and it is captivating.

The bottom line is, Falling is a must-read whether or not you are a member of the aviation community! The story is chock-full of exciting twists and turns, heartfelt moments between characters, and even a couple of jokes for comedic relief along the way. Grab a copy of Falling today and we promise, you will not be able to put this book down! We can’t wait to see what’s next in store for T.J. Newman.

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*Please note that while we did receive advance complimentary copies of the book, we have NOT been paid to promote this book or to write a review.*

Instagram Giveaway Winners!

We hosted an Instagram giveaway in honor of T.J. Newman’s book release on July 6th to give away five signed copies of her new book! Congratulations to the following giveaway winners:


If you are a winner, please DM @twoguysonaplane with your name and mailing address to claim your prize! A special thank you to author T.J. Newman for providing copies of her book and allowing us to be a part of her debut book release! We always love partnering with fellow members of the aviation family.

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