Catholic Arts and Letters Awards finalists

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  • Children's/YA Fiction:Playing by Heart, Carmela Martino
  • Adult Fiction: My Brother's Keeper, Bill Kassel

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From Our Blog

  • CWG Book Blast! “The Perfect Blindside,” by Leslea Wahl

    Michael Fraley
    August 18, 2018 - 12:00am

    This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Leslea Wahl’s book, The Perfect Blindside.It is a CWG Seal of Approval recipient! When a teen snowboarding superstar reluctantly moves to a small Colorado mountain town, he must abandon his ego and team up with a studious and standoffish local girl to solve a mystery at the abandoned gold mine, ultimately discovering who God wants him to be.


    He’s an egotistical snowboarder with a silver medal.

    She’s a judgmental honors student with a flair for photography.

    Slashed tires…. False accusations…. A coded message…. When all they can see is each other’s flaws, how can Jake and Sophie work together to figure out what’s really been happening at the abandoned gold mine?

    Follow Sophie and Jake into secret tunnels as they unravel the mystery and challenge each other to become who God wants them to be.


    Truth is, I’ve coasted since the Olympics. When the pressure hit last week I couldn’t handle it and freaked. Is that really who I’ve become? What happened to the kid who did things for others simply because it was the right thing to do? What happened to the person who worked hard in school, in sports, in life? If I get out of this situation in one piece I’ll gladly take it, stress and all. I’m not gonna back down from the challenge— never have before.

    And no more whining about living in Silver Springs. Ironically, I complained because this town was boring. I wouldn’t mind a little boring about now. When I longed for excitement, running into drug traffickers wasn’t what I had in mind. Most importantly, if I hadn’t moved here I never would have met Sophie. First thing I’m going to do if I get out of here is explain everything to her and tell her how I really feel.

    Her words about God’s specialty being his ability to clean up our messes, comes to mind.

    I close my eyes and completely humble myself in prayer.

    Instagram @Leslea_Wahl


    Leslea lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband and children. Leslea has always loved mysteries and hopes to encourage teens to grow in their faith through these fun adventures. For more information about her faith-filled Young Adult mysteries please visit

    Buy Link:


    Follow Sophie and Jake into secret tunnels as they unravel the mystery and challenge each other to become who God wants them to be.


The CWG Prayer

Holy Family, guide our minds, our hearts, our hands, as we write, speak, illustrate – help our words to live in union with the Word.

Teach us discipline and skill to use the talents God gives us.

Give us also insight and courage to convey God's love through our craft, and humility to be open to His divine will, shaping our lives, in loving loyalty to His Church.

In Christ's name,


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