Guild Election

The election results are in! These are your Guild officers for 2019:
  • President - Joe Wetterling
  • Vice President - Carolyn Astfalk
  • Secretary - Laura Lowder
  • Treasurer - Cesar Chacon
  • Committee Coordinator: Nancy Ward
A huge thank you to our outgoing Vice President Arthur Powers and Secretary Dave Law for their generous service to the Guild as officers.

Seal of Approval

Congratulations to our Q4 2018 Seal of Approval recipients:

  • Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon, Corinna Turner
  • Testing Liberty, Theresa Linden
  • The Execution of Jesus Christ, Dr. Mark Kubala
  • Be: The Journey of Rol, Ric Colegrove
  • A Christmas Story with St. Joseph, Geri Guadagno
  • Perilous Days, Kathyrn Swegart
  • Secrets to Successful Financial Planning, Dan Gallagher
  • A Printer's Choice, Bill Patenaude

From Our Blog

  • CWG Book Blast! “A Life Such As Heaven Intended,” by Amanda Lauer

    Michael Fraley
    7 hours 41 min ago

    This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Amanda Lauer’s book, “A Life Such As Heaven Intended. It is a 2018 CWG Seal of Approval recipient! A blow to the head stole the Confederate soldier’s memory. The beautiful fraulein who nurses him back to health steals something even more important — his heart.


    The Civil War rages around her, yet Brigid McGinnis has her life planned out. That was, until she stumbles across an unconscious Confederate soldier on her father’s property.

    A blow to the head stole Dominic Warner’s memory. The beautiful fraulein who nurses him back to health steals something even more important — his heart.

    For political and societal reasons, Brigid and Dominic must go their separate ways. They each get caught up in the war and put their lives on the line to remain true to the values and faith they share. Follow Brigid and Dominic from the battlefields surrounding Atlanta, along slave escape routes, to Little Rock, and eventually to the plains of Eastern Texas, as they learn to trust, forgive, love, and surrender to a plan greater than their own.


    Thank goodness no one was around because Brigid couldn’t help but gawk at the unconscious man’s handsome facade. Something about his features made her heart pound even faster than it had moments earlier. He had black eyelashes that were sinfully long for a man and eyebrows the same hue as his hair. She couldn’t help but wonder what color his eyes were. He had dark skin — whether it was from the sun or his heritage, it was hard to say. Stubble covered his rugged square jaw. Stepping in a bit closer, the color drained from her cheeks. There was dried blood in his hair, and he had a gash extending from his temple to behind his right ear.

    A sense of compassion overtook her, and she had to hold herself back to keep from touching her fingertips to his forehead. She looked him over and tried to determine what her next step would be, but she didn’t get far in her ruminations. In the blink of an eye, a hand streaked out and wrapped around her ankle like a steel vice. Brigid let out a yelp and almost tripped over herself trying to get away, but she was trapped.

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    Wisconsin resident Amanda Lauer saw her debut novel published October 29, 2014. A World Such as Heaven Intended hit the no. 1 spot in its genre on Amazon two months later and was the 2016 YA CALA winner. The second book in the trilogy, A Life Such as Heaven Intended, was published April 1, 2018. Both books have earned the prestigious Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval. Book #3 in the Heaven Intended series will be published in 2019.  Lauer learned the technical aspects of writing as a proofreader in the insurance, newspaper and collegiate arenas. Over the last 15 years she has had nearly 1,500 articles published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States, plus she is the co-writer of the movie The Islands, scheduled to be released nationwide in 2019. In addition to her proofreading, copyediting and writing career, Lauer is an actress and is involved in the health and wellness industry. She and her husband John have been married 37 years, have four grown children and five adorable grandchildren.

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    A Life Such as Heaven Intended by @amandalauer33 @ellengable #bookblast #historicalromance #SoA

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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