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Guest blogger: Catherine Evans

10 March 2019


Do you believe in destiny/fate?

I’ve never been entirely sure. In some ways I have believed in it, but I also strongly believe in free will and free choices. Timing is more what I’ve relied on—the belief that things work out if they’re meant to. I’m a little fatalistic like that. Let me share a couple of examples.

In 2016, ARRA sponsored a romance panel at the Wollongong Writers Festival and I was asked to be a panellist. Afterwards, a guy who’d been in the audience asked if I was interested in a collaboration with him and his mate. We kicked around a few ideas, shared our work, and had a rough plan of what we might do. It was pretty exciting, but in the end, he got work away from the area and the idea fizzled.

In 2018, I did a workshop at the Wollongong Writers Festival and met another writer who lived near me. We didn’t write in the same genre, but we caught up for a cuppa and talked. Later, I received an email from her … would you be interested in writing a story for a romance anthology for Valentine’s Day? The invitation came out of the blue, catching me by surprise even as it excited me.

Collaboration is always fun. I’ve been in quite a few. I enjoy learning from others. I enjoy seeing things from different perspectives. I enjoy the camaraderie with a group venture, when everyone has a similar goal.

Sometimes collaborative ventures don’t work. I can never pick which will work and which won’t. This one had a lot of negatives going for it:

  • We had a hugely tight deadline over a crazy busy time of year.
  • I’d just met Kim Petersen and had never read a word she’d written. Plus, Kim wrote paranormal stories with romantic elements.
  • Her friend, Beth Prentice, wrote cosy mysteries and, again, I’d not read any of her work.
  • We didn’t write anything like the same sort of stories, so how would an anthology work?

On paper, this should fail. Yet it felt right. My gut instinct was telling me to go for it. Luckily, I’d said yes before I came up with all the negatives!

At our first three-way chat, Kim and Beth both had a good idea of what their stories were. Me … I had a scene—a horse, a man who was injured, and a woman. Kim and Beth’s stories had a bit of a thread about destiny/fate, so we went with that. It was broad enough that I could use it for my story too.

Untamed Destinies was born.

All those negatives listed above, turned out to be unfounded worries. We met our tight deadlines. I loved Kim’s and Beth’s stories and their writing. We created a book with three unique stories. We’ve became friends, and found we have friends in common. We all belong to ARRA, yet we’d not met before.

(Above, L: Catherine Evans, Ann-Maree Howarth and Beth Prentice; R: Kim Petersen and Catherine Evans)

Fate/destiny seems to have ensured we crossed paths, and then it smoothed the way so we could produce something from our meeting.

It’s a little eerie, and beautiful, all at the same time.

Have you ever had fate/destiny smooth a path for you?

Untamed Destinies

Sometimes, love is inescapable

Snuggle up, relax, and prepare to fall in love as you journey through three of the most romantic tales you might ever experience!

Untamed Destinies is the brand-new romance anthology from bestselling authors, Beth Prentice, Kim Petersen and Catherine Evans.


The Ivory Veil by BETH PRENTICE Sweet
Wildflower by KIM PETERSEN Sexy
Storm Struck by CATHERINE EVANS Sweet

Untamed Destinies is three uniquely different novellas, with differing heat levels, and different genres, but at the core of them all is finding your soul mate.

Catherine Evans writes a gorgeous rural romance, Kim Petersen drifts into the mystical world of paranormal, and Beth Prentice pens a sweet romance with a touch of mystery. Together we’ve created a book where the reader can escape into diverse worlds with contrasting styles, and hopefully discover their next favourite author.


  1. 10 March 2019 11:49 am

    Nice hearing how your collaboration came about. I’ve read the book and the three stories and I particularly loved your story, Storm Struck.

    • 10 March 2019 12:17 pm

      Thank you, Lily. It was a very strange coming about! Thank you so much for reviewing our book, your constant support, and for loving Storm Struck.

      Cath xo

  2. 10 March 2019 11:29 am

    Lovely blog, Cath.

    • 10 March 2019 12:18 pm

      Thank you, Cathleen, for visiting and commenting.

      Cath xo

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