Blog Tour Guest Post and Excerpt | The Doctor’s Secret by Heidi Cullinan

Copper Point may be known as a small northern Wisconsin town famous for not wanting to change, but things are certainly shaking up at St. Ann’s Medical Center, the city’s quirky, county-run hospital. Secret romances, fake relationships, second chances at love, scandalous liaisons in an elevator—all while longstanding and shockingly deep corruption are exposed. St. Ann’s young new leadership and upstanding team of doctors will lead the way to truth, and to love. 

DoctorsSecretThe Doctor’s Secret by Heidi Cullinan
Copper Point Medical #1
Contemporary Romance M/M
Dreamspinner Press | April 23, 2019

About the Book:  

The brilliant but brooding new doctor encounters Copper Point’s sunny nurse-next-door… and nothing can stand in the way of this romance.

Dr. Hong-Wei Wu has come to Copper Point, Wisconsin, after the pressures of a high-powered residency burned him out of his career before he started. Ashamed of letting his family down after all they’ve done for him, he plans to live a quiet life as a simple surgeon in this tiny northern town. His plans, however, don’t include his outgoing, kind, and attractive surgical nurse, Simon Lane.

Simon wasn’t ready for the new surgeon to be a handsome charmer who keeps asking him for help getting settled and who woos him with amazing Taiwanese dishes. There’s no question—Dr. Wu is flirting with him, and Simon is flirting back. The problem is, St. Ann’s has a strict no-dating policy between staff, which means their romance is off the table… unless they bend the rules. 

But a romance that keeps them—literally—in the closet can’t lead to happy ever after. Simon doesn’t want to stay a secret, and Hong-Wei doesn’t want to keep himself removed from life, not anymore. To secure their happiness, they’ll have to change the administration’s mind. But what other secrets will they uncover along the way, about Copper Point… and about each other?

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I want to give a big Bookworm welcome to Heidi Cullinan here on Birdie Bookworm. Thank you so much for writing a guest post and allowing your fans to share it. I’ve never listened to Kpop, so I found this a great way to be introduced!

The Joy of Kpop

In The Doctor’s Secret, Simon is a huge Kpop lover, and therefore several songs are referenced in the book. You’ve probably heard about Kpop at least tangentially even if you don’t listen to it. Kpop is short for Korean pop music, and yes, most of it is in Korean. Listening to it is a joy on its own, but the music videos are so stunning they’re half the fun.

Here’s a recent release by BLACKPINK, “Kill this Love.”

Korean artists do frequently get called out for appropriating Black artists’ styles and moves, and you can see a little of that in this video, with some braids most notably. You also, though, get to see the girls dancing in a bear trap. Which doesn’t happen every day.

One of my favorite Kpop songs and videos is “Lucifer” by SHINee. It’s a little sad, though as the lead singer died by suicide not long ago.

This song was used to great effect in the TV show Lucifer when Lucifer broke into a Korean karaoke house where Korean drug lords were hanging out.

You’ve probably heard of BTS, though, because they’re having a real moment right now, especially in the US, and you’ve probably heard “DNA.”

There’s also Red Velvet, one of my favorites, and the video for “Peek-a-Boo” gives me life.

But there’s more than just Kpop. There’s Cpop too, or Mandopop: pop music from China. Jay Chou is a BFD, and his music and videos both are stunning. Check out this one, called “Bedtime Stories.”

Then there’s JJ Lin, and this song I reference in the book, if I recall correctly.

This is only the barest brush against Kpop and Mandopop; a quick tour through Spotify and YouTube will introduce you to SO much more. Go give these songs a listen. Let me know if you find something you love!

“Are you all right?”
Breathless, dizzy, Simon glanced up at Hong-Wei. Oh, he was so close. So handsome. Simon could still feel the ghost of the heat of Hong-Wei’s chest against his back, that temporary feeling of being cradled. Now Hong-Wei stood in front of him, one arm braced against the brick as he leaned in close, his face full of concern.
Simon ached for him. He knew he shouldn’t, knew he couldn’t,but in that narrow space, with the object of his affection a literal breath away, there was no way to stop himself.
Especially when Hong-Wei’s hand rose to stroke Simon’s face. Nothing more than a brief, lingering brush, but Simon shuddered all the same, his lips parting on a gasp as he stared, caught in Hong-Wei’s gaze.
“I’m sorry I got you involved.” Hong-Wei rested his hand on Simon’s elbow. “Are you hurt?”
Unable to make a sound, Simon shook his head. He couldn’t move, couldn’t look away.
Simon chided himself for letting his fantasies run amuck. Hong-Wei was simply checking on him after an intense encounter. Any second now he’d smile, release Simon, and they’d go to the OR for surgery.
Except Hong-Wei didn’t smile, and he didn’t let him go. If anything, he moved closer. His smell engulfed Simon: spice, crisp linen, and Hong-Wei. Simon’s hands itched to fall to Hong-Wei’s hips, and he had to ball his fists, resting them on his thighs so he didn’t reach out. Hong-Wei leaned closer, his lab coat draping around them as his arm bent against the wall. His gaze never left Simon’s.
Wu is into you.
Simon couldn’t exactly argue with Jared’s assessment any longer. The question was, what did he want to do about it?
Never mind, that wasn’t a question. Simon wanted him like he’d wanted nothing in his life. But he didn’t know if he should have him. Not the doctor he worked with. Not with Andreas’s policy hanging over his head.
What he should do was an easy answer. Funny how knowing that didn’t motivate him to move at all.
Hong-Wei touched Simon’s cheek again, stroking with more purpose this time, his thumb scraping Simon’s chin, lingering on his neck. “Should I stop?”

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. Find out more at

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