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Release day: Doctor January

7 August 2014

Today is the official release of Doctor January by Rhoda Baxter (paperback, Choc Lit). Here’s the blurb:

Doctor JanuaryIf you keep looking back, you might miss what’s standing right in front of you …

Six months after a painful break-up from Gordon, Beth’s finally getting her life back on track. She has faith in her own scientific theories and is willing to work hard to prove them. She’s even beginning to see Hibs, her dedicated lab partner, as more than just a lousy lothario in a lab-coat and goggles.

So when Gordon arrives back from America without warning and expects to be welcomed back into Beth’s arms, she’s totally thrown. She also quickly begins to see that Gordon isn’t the man she thought he was … Hibs has always held a candle for Beth, but he can only wait so long for her to realise there’s more to life than being patronised and bullied by the one who’s meant to love and protect her.

Will Beth forsee the explosive nature beneath Gordon’s placid surface before he destroys everything she’s worked for, both inside and outside the lab?

Rhoda dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

Doctor January started off as a book about why so many women with scientific training leave science. The heroine, Beth, is smart and capable, but lacks self-confidence. I put her in a microbiology lab, because it’s a setting I know well (I used to be a microbiologist). Exaggerating this problem with self-confidence in her personal life slowly gave rise to a character who is emotionally oppressed by her bullying boyfriend, Gordon. The hero, Hibs, is the epitome of self-confidence. He’s great with women, but when it comes to Beth, he can’t tell her how he feels. Of course, the fact that Beth thinks she’s in love with Gordon really doesn’t help matters. After some research, I realised just how hard it must be to watch someone you love being emotionally abused. It’s even harder to make them understand that they’re being abused … until they believe they are in trouble, there’s no way to persuade them out of it. Hibs is caring, gentle and supportive. Gordon is dominant, changeable and scary. Yet at some point Beth loves them both. I was talking about the book with a friend, who suddenly said – “Oh, I see! You’ve separated out the two sides of Edward Cullen. There’s the side that is powerful and dangerous and controlling…and the side that’s tender and caring.” I hadn’t thought of it that way, but I can see where she’s coming from. So yeah … That’s it. What she said.
And I absolutely intended it to be that way all along. Honest.

You can find out more about this book at Rhoda’s website and buy it from Amazon.


  1. angelabritnell permalink
    8 August 2014 5:36 am

    Congratulations, Rhoda, and it sounds a fun story!

  2. 7 August 2014 10:21 pm

    I think that I have to download this to my Kindle …

  3. beverleyeikli permalink
    7 August 2014 9:36 pm

    That’s fantastic, Rhoda. Congratulations on the new release! It’s already on my TBR pile and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

  4. 7 August 2014 8:00 pm

    Thanks for the interview. I’ve reblogged this on my site.

  5. 7 August 2014 7:59 pm

    Reblogged this on Rhoda Baxter and commented:
    Here’s me talking to people from the other side of the world! (Australia)

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