Journeys of the Heart

An author's journey

Meet Author Kathy Kulig

Ellora’s Cave author, Kathy Kulig is my guest today. Her erotic science-fiction novella, Dragon Witch will be released today.  This is her first foray into science fiction so I asked her to share with us some of the authors who influenced her and how she came up with the idea for her story. 

Thanks, for inviting me, Kathy.

I remember my interest in the paranormal and SciFi started in the third grade. As most writers, I loved books from an early age. Two books stick in my mind from my third grade class: The Dark Side of the Moon and Secret Cave. After that, my bookcase in my bedroom was filled with books like: Strangely Enough, 1001 Ghost Stories, Twilight Zone, etc. And later, books by Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Anne McCaffrey, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Larry Niven, Isaac Asimov, many others. 

Few books stay in my mind because I don’t have the greatest memory, but I do remember reading a number of Anne McCaffrey’s books and her Dragon Riders of Pern. Maybe that’s an old memory that finally sparked an idea for this story. I can still imagine Ms. McCaffrey’s world, see the dragons flying and the dangerous thread shooting down from the sky. It’s every writer’s dream to build a world and write a story that readers remember. I’ve always wanted to write a science fiction book but never thought I had the skills. Back then I didn’t. So Dragon Witch is like a dream come true.

Blurb: Biologist and witch, Jaida Chel combines nature magick with herbal science to protect Kai, the last shapeshifting dragon on her world of Somerled. But when Captain Brayden Stokes reenters her life not only is Kai’s life at stake, but so is Jaida’s secured position in the colony. Brayden and Jaida can’t resist the sexual heat between them, even though she knows a relationship would be doomed. Fleet pilots don’t stay planetside for long.

 Jaida is torn between Brayden and her dragon and companion, Kai. When Kai morphs into a human twice a year, his sex drive is ravenous. He must mate for twenty-four hours or die. Unrestrained passion between Kai and Jaida temps Brayden into a forbidden encounter. With Jaida’s sassy, wicked ways, the three cross boundaries, exploring eroticism beyond their imagination. When secrets and betrayals are revealed, Brayden must risk everything for one last chance at love. 


The jungle and marshy ground became dryer and less dense with vegetation. After passing several trail markers, something pungent assailed his nose. “What’s that smell?” he asked. “Kai setting something on fire again?”

“Mineral springs. We’ll stop here for the night.” Jaida dropped her backpack on the ground and approached a small pool of steaming crystal water.

“Can we jump in?” Brayden asked anxious to get the dust and sweat off of him.

“Yes, but in a minute. I need to do a ritual.” She still seemed pissed. Taking her wand out of her backpack, she drew symbols in the white sand next to the steaming mineral pool.

“What’s that?”

“Shhh.” She sat cross-legged beside the pool and took several breaths, then leaned forward and gazed into the water.

Brayden started walking toward her, but Kai dropped down in front of him, blocking his path. His wings spread wide as if in a challenge and warning not to go farther. “Okay Kai, I get the message.”

The dragon seemed to understand because he lowered his wings, but didn’t take his piercing green gaze off him.

Brayden saw a flash of movement and heard Jaida mumble something. She leapt to her feet, still staring into the pool. Then she picked up a pebble and tossed it into the water and pointed with her finger. Her lips counting silently. She frowned and made a fist, then picked up another pebble and tossed it in, then again began counting. And two more pebbles. She swore and spun around and headed into the dense growth of palms and pine trees.

“Jaida, what’s wrong?” Brayden charged after her and caught up in a few strides.

She continued the march, ignoring him. “You’re not staying the full year. You lied to me.”

“How do you know that?”

“Water gazing and water spell. I saw you leaving and I counted the rings when I tossed in the pebbles. I asked if you were staying the full year and counted an even number of rings—a no.”

He shook his head, confused.

“A form of divination. Forget it,” she snapped. “I should’ve known things wouldn’t change.

She’d tossed in four pebbles, what else did she ask? And how accurate is her magic? “Maybe the Fleet will reissue my license sooner. If they need me, it’s possible. I could leave sooner.” He really wasn’t lying to her, just not being completely honest. Hell, he was lying.

Again, what choice did he have? “C’mon, Jaida. Don’t worry about this.” He picked up his pack. “We can get in a few more miles before it gets dark,” he said cheerfully.

She shook her head as she started to unpack a small tent. “No. We’ll camp here for the night.”

Was she deliberately delaying their trip?



September 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment