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.

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From Our Blog

  • CWG Book Blast! “Ornamental Graces,” by Carolyn Astfalk

    Michael Fraley
    4 hours 44 min ago

    This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Carolyn Astfalk’s book, Ornamental Graces. It is a CWG Seal of Approval recipient! Dan’s spent six months in a tailspin of despair, but could a chance meeting at a Christmas tree lot make Christmas worth celebrating?

    Summary:

    After his duplicitous girlfriend left, Dan Malone spent six months in a tailspin of despair and destruction: emotional, physical, and spiritual. Just when his life seems to be back on track, he meets Emily Kowalski, younger sister of his new best friend. Emily’s the kind of girl he’d always dreamed of—sweet, smart, and sincere. But he’s made a mess of his life and ruined his chances for earning the love and trust of a woman like her. Could Dan be the man Emily’s been waiting for? How could he be when every time they get close he pulls away? And will he ever be free from his shady past and the ex-girlfriend who refuses to stay there?

    Excerpt:

    The man had lifted a Douglas fir from where it leaned against the rope Dan strung across the lot. He stamped its trunk on the frozen, dry ground a couple times and then twirled it around so the woman could see every side. It was a woman, wasn’t it? No telltale pink gloves or hand-knit, sparkly scarf. No expensive boots designed for gawking rather than walking. Just a puffy, navy jacket and white tennis shoes. It could be a skinny dude.

    The person spent less than three seconds observing it before planting hands on hips and signaling disapproval with a shake of the head. Yeah, definitely a woman.

    Dan rolled his eyes. Another one. If nothing else, this job had given him an unforgettable real-life lesson in male-female dynamics—a lesson that would’ve been helpful a couple of years ago. The man would ferret out the best-looking tree, well-shaped and full, and the woman would turn up her nose, forcing them to cycle through four to seven more trees before one met her approval—sometimes the same tree the man had first shown her.

    Poor sap. He had at least three more trees to go.

    Website:  www.carolynastfalk.com
    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CarolynMAstfalk
    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CMAstfalk
    Instagram:  https://instagram.com/cmastfalk/

    Bio:

    Carolyn Astfalk resides with her husband and four children in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where it smells like either chocolate or manure, depending on wind direction. She is the author of the inspirational romances Stay With Me and Ornamental Graces and the coming-of-age story Rightfully Ours. Carolyn is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild, Catholic Teen Books, Pennwriters, and is a CatholicMom.com and Today’s Catholic Teacher contributor. True to her Pittsburgh roots, she still says “pop” instead of “soda,” although her beverage of choice is tea.

    Buy Link:

    http://a.co/d/bW7fMgt

    Tweet:

    A Christian Christmas romance set in #Pittsburgh with a hint of lavender, Paris, and a chocolate chip cookie-baking grandma. “Ornamental Graces,” by Carolyn Astfalk. http://a.co/d/bW7fMgt  #ChristmasReads

     

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,

Amen.

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