Title: The Heart Of Doctor Steele.

Author: Colette Dixon.

Genre: Historical romance.

Publication Date: 6th October 2020.

Standalone Novel

Estimated Page Count – 325.

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Are the rumors about him true? She intends to find out.


The mysterious Dr. Steele has taken up residence next door, and scandalous rumors about him are spreading through Margaret Landeau’s small Massachusetts town. Rumors of women he’s ill-used and exploited for his experimental surgeries. Never one to believe gossip, Margaret arms herself with a basket of baked goods and ventures to discover the truth from the man himself.

John Steele has lost everything. His parents, his aunt, too many women he intended to save, and his good name. All he has left is his aunt’s home in a far-flung village and a library he’s stocked with whiskey. He has nothing to offer anyone. Especially not the bold woman next door whose passion for healing reminds him of the man he once was.But when a dangerously ill girl arrives on his doorstep, pleading for help, Margaret is thrust into his world.

She will learn who the real Dr. John Steele truly is, and soon, not even his dark past can stop her from fighting for the brilliant doctor she now loves. But he must deny his crushing desire for her—loving a man like him can only cast a shadow over her own bright future.

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Author Q&A:

Author Bio– Colette Dixon writes steamy stories with heart and humor about slightly tortured people who learn how love can heal. For more years than she cares to admit, she worked in a hospital while dreaming up love story plots. A farm girl who landed in Chicago, she loves to eat (food made by others), drink tea, and sun herself at every chance she can get to survive the Midwest winter.

Q: Where did you get the idea for this story?

A: I am a huge historical romance fan and I’m also interested in the history of medicine. As I was reading a book on the pioneering doctors in early gynecology, I came across a couple of anecdotes of amazing surgeries and started to imagine how a male doctor may have had professional difficulty treating women in a time of intense propriety in America.

Once I had the idea of this misunderstood, brilliant, and tortured hero, I couldn’t let go. I knew he had to have a love interest who was curious and strong enough to understand him and face the societal challenges. I stumbled across a time in history rich with new philosophies, when science and medicine were undergoing big changes, and a women’s rights movement was brewing—a fascinating backdrop for a whole series.

Q: What is one of your favorite historical romances?

A: I adored Not Quite a Husband, by Sherry Thomas. The book features a female doctor and has medical drama, action and suspense and a beautiful, heart-wrenching romance.

Q: How do you write strong, feminist heroines in a historical time when women had so many restrictions?

A: There have always been strong, capable women pushing the boundaries of their “place.” I love creating a heroine who knows she’s better than her restraints while maintaining the sensibility of a historical era. Research helps to make the character’s actions believable.

I research the religious, political, and social context of the era to help understand how she might act. She can’t do everything a modern woman can do, but she can dream big and take risks. In historical times risks a woman took may seem small to us, but often had high personal stakes—which creates good story tension.

Q: Do you outline the plot ahead of time?

A: I don’t outline entirely, but I do try to get a sense of the conflict and the pivotal scenes before writing. I usually first start out with an idea of a character and their conflict and grow theplot from there. I try to give the heroine a flaw that rubs up against the hero’s flaw to build-in conflict—then the plot starts to write itself based on how these characters would act and react.

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Q: Who is your favorite character out of your stories and why?

A: I love Dr. John Steele. He is a misunderstood man with a mind ahead of his time and a heart of gold who is trying to do right by women. What more can you ask for in a hero

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