Today I am so pleased to welcome Vinni George to Joyfully Jay. Vinni has come to talk to us about her latest release, A Foot in the Door. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

“Mommy, I can see that guy’s underwear,” a little voice exclaimed, and I glanced up to find a towheaded kid staring at me over the back of the faux-leather seat, a pair of Lightning McQueen headphones hanging around his neck.

The mom didn’t even peek up from her phone as she said, “That’s not nice, Joey.”

“But Mom, look!” Joey bounced in his seat, and his mother peered over and into my suitcase. She raised her gaze to meet mine, and I shrugged. She huffed and turned around, pulling Joey back into his seat and shoving the headphones over his ears. But the damage had been done, and I felt several other waiting passengers turn to stare, though I refused to look around and make eye contact.

There really is nothing quite like unpacking and repacking one’s underwear in the middle of the airport while strangers looked on, but hey, at least I’d packed my nicest pairs—my best clothes in general—so they couldn’t judge me for having shitty things. And after I threw my old bag into a passing garbage cart, I felt marginally better.

Until I got on a flight that took me from Chicago to Nashville with a two-and-a-half-hour layover plus a forty-five-minute delay due to weather before continuing on to Boston while the “most adorable”—insert heavy sarcasm here—child kicked my seat and watched some show about a British dog at a decibel level even my noise-canceling headphones couldn’t even compete with.

And, after all that, it was absolutely no surprise that the weather that had caused the delay from Nashville had practically turned into a blizzard when I finally got off the plane in Boston. I supposed I should be grateful the Uber I’d taken from the airport to the hotel had only skidded through a single red light instead of getting into a full-on accident.

And that I’d narrowly caught myself on a luggage rack when I’d almost wiped out on the marble floor of the posh hotel where the conference attendees were staying because it was attached to the convention center. But any gratitude I might have felt at thus far surviving the day from hell was negated when the receptionist at check-in told me there was no reservation in my name and that the hotel was fully booked with not a single room, broom closet, or chair in the lobby to spare.

I was attending this conference to get a foot in the door with several big-name data analytics companies, but with the way things were going so far, it might have been better to stay home. Though not showing up to present at the student panel I’d been selected for wouldn’t be a good look. Then again, if I had no place to stay, bedraggled and unshowered wouldn’t be much better, even if I had brought my best suit.

But the straw that broke the camel’s figurative back was catching a glimpse of Dr. Beckett James, hot-as-sin statistics professor from MacMillan and my completely inappropriate faculty crush, chatting with an equally gorgeous Black man across the lobby as I threw myself into the only vacant cushy club chair in the room. Hopefully, he hadn’t seen me, not that I was naive enough to think he’d recognize me.


foot in the door coverOpen Doors, Book 3

The student…

If he wants a job when he finishes grad school, Tanner Brown needs to get a foot in the door. But when he arrives at the country’s largest statistics conference to find he has nowhere to stay, he’s not sure it’s worth it. Especially when he realizes his hot faculty crush just witnessed his embarrassment from a front row seat.

The professor…

Dr. Beckett James is happily focused on his career until one of his former students slides into his line of sight. Tanner is brilliant and engaging, and when he ends up without a room, Beckett has no choice but to offer him a place to stay for the weekend. Even if it means testing his restraint.

The problem…

When their conference fling turns into an on-campus complication, Tanner and Beckett will have to control the variables that threaten to keep them apart or risk losing their chance at a happy ending before it’s even begun.

A Foot in the Door is the third full-length novel in the Open Doors series featuring a statistics professor who makes a mean curry, a ginger-haired student with a bright future, and an offer neither can refuse.


vinni george avatarVinni George has been a lover of romance novels (of all shapes, sizes, and colors) since she first got her hands on one of her grandmother’s Harlequins and has never looked back. She lives in Ohio with her two favorite guys (her husband and son) and, hopefully—one day—a dog. When not writing her own stories, she can be found helping to polish other people’s novels. In her spare time, Vinni dabbles in performance art, quilting, and various culinary pursuits and enjoys traveling.


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