Heidi Cullinan Guest Post: Made Family

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Hi there! Thanks for having me today. I’m here to talk about my new book The Doctor’s Date, available in ebook, trade paper, and mass market from Dreamspinner Press. It’s book two in the Copper Point: Medical series, and it’s the story of Erin Andreas, no-nonsense hospital administrator, and Dr. Owen Gagnon, the cantankerous anesthesiologist.

In all of my books, there’s a running theme of made family, both for characters who just can’t find that connection in their biological family and characters who make a different kind of protective circle with other characters in the story. Usually in my stories at least one character has either an entirely supportive bio family or at least some member who treated them well and remains a kind of tentpole for them. In The Doctor’s Date, however, both heroes come from families that not only didn’t support them, they outright harmed them. Neither case had to do with the characters being gay. These are simply two sets of incredibly inept and dangerous parents and two men who survived them.


All of us in our lives need made family, whether or not our biological family is healthy; people who have harmful parents and family situations growing up, however, need that made family even more. Erin and Owen spend a lot of the book coming to terms with the losses of their youth—in Erin’s case, he’s first got to acknowledge he was abused at all. While Owen’s situation appears more stark, with his father being physically abusive to his wife and son, Erin’s family is guilty of abandonment, an absence of caring or support at all. Both types of abuse have left scars on the men that, though they’ve achieved great success in their personal lives, keep them from full joy.

The community that grows in a series like this, not only within the relationships but the town itself, is one of my favorite things. Erin and Owen heal each other, but they also find solace in their friends and the friends of their friends. Their increasingly expanding made family not only supports one another, they help make their community a better place.

I’ve been blessed with a lot of made family, and in fact I have several different circles that surround me. The strongest by far, however, is the group of friends who come for our made family Christmas party. We pile presents under the tree, eat a delicious meal, wear silly paper hats, take a Christmas quiz, and go around town to see the lights. We stay up late talking and playing games and linger the next day over breakfast, remembering why we’re connected and forging deeper bonds. We also have a family snapchat group where we send daily snippets of our lives, sharing joys and pains.

I hope you have a wonderful made family (or two) too. I hope, like my made family and the families in my stories, they support you and help you grow, carrying you to places you didn’t know you needed to be. I also hope you enjoy The Doctor’s Date as you witness Owen and Erin not only find their happy ever after, but their safe places to be.

Title: The Doctor’s Date (Copper Point Medical #2)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 18th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 448 pages
Reviewed by: Dieter, Belen, Kristin F. and Kirstin A.


The hospital’s least eligible bachelor and its aloof administrator hate each other… so why are they pretending to date?

Dr. Owen Gagnon and HR director Erin Andreas are infamous for their hospital hallway shouting matches. So imagine the town’s surprise when Erin bids an obscene amount of money to win Owen in the hospital bachelor auction—and Owen ups the ante by insisting Erin move in with him.

Copper Point may not know what’s going on, but neither do Erin and Owen. Erin intends his gesture to let Owen know he’s interested. Owen, on the other hand, suspects ulterior motives—that Erin wants a fake relationship as a refuge from his overbearing father.

With Erin suddenly heading a messy internal investigation, Owen wants to step up and be the hero Erin’s never had. Too bad Erin would rather spend his energy trying to rescue Owen from the shadows of a past he doesn’t talk about.
This relationship may be fake, but the feelings aren’t. Still, what Erin and Owen have won’t last unless they put their respective demons to rest. To do that, they’ll have to do more than work together—they’ll have to trust they can heal each other’s hearts.

Copper Point Medical

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Author Bio

Author of over thirty novels, Midwest-native Heidi Cullinan writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. Heidi is a two-time RITA® finalist and her books have been recommended by Library Journal, USA Today, RT Magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading novels and manga, playing with her cats, and watching too much anime.

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