Southern festivals, folk music, families falling out & returning- "Shana writes a magical story that stays with you long after the final page. As with one of the characters, 'She knows real magic.'" -Virginia Brown, author of Dark River Road & the Dixie Diva mystery series​ READ MORE...

AVAILABLE NOW. The second volume of our yoga journal delves into the poignant journey of yoga as it heals, restores, and revitalizes life after life. The contributors embrace the human touch of yoga and its spiritual passages, physical inner presence, & timeless messageREAD MORE...

An OnPoint Radio suggestion as Best Summer Reads 2014! 

Set on the Massachusetts coast, The Mosquito Hours is a multi-generational story about how the women in a family attempt to keep secrets about their desires, spirituality, and motherhood. READ MORE... 

AVAILABLE NOW! BreatheYourOMBalance: Yoga and Healing, Volume Two, is now available for purchase. Click here: Breathe Book 

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listener is so bored that he realizes there is no point to the story, etc.? Does your main character exaggerate? Is he too modest when talking about his personal past and accomplishments? Does he tell stories to strangers that he meets, say, on an airplane or in an uber? Remember, interestingly, in this scene, you are now telling two or more stories by creating this type of situation in your overall story. For an added bonus, try to fit these words into the story...






​For 2018, our publisher started a new prompt style for The Nudge. Every week, she provides us with a group of words that are not necessarily related. Choose to approach this prompt style in a variety of ways. You could use this as a challenge to add words to your story that you might not otherwise have used. Another option is to learn definitions of the words, if you don’t know them already, and practice usage of the words, and/or learn word etymology, delving deeper into the meaning of the word throughout history, and bringing that knowledge into your writing. Be creative. Challenge yourself to use all of the words in a single poem or short prose piece, or even to use them in conversation during the day. Take note of which words are easy and which are difficult or awkward to incorporate into your spoken vocabulary or your particular style of writing.​ 

For the 2017 thematic style of The Nudge, click below...

Weeks 1-9 here                     Weeks 10-18 here
Weeks 19-27 here               Weeks 28-37 here

Weeks 38-47 here                Weeks 48-60 here

Share your love for yoga with us in the upcoming Instagram challenge #FindYourOmBalance and you could win a copy of our latest release, vol 2 in the BreatheYourOmBalance series, or some other prizes. Joining this challenge, starting on May 18th, also means you're posting for a cause.  At the end of the challenge, a donation will be made to the participant's favorite charity.  

For more details, visit the Instagram page of one of the challenge hosts: @arielbowlin, @gibby_smalls,, @sherilin328, @the_amazing_arielle, @thesoulotraveler, @yogajourney015

All challenge hosts are contributors to BreatheYourOMBalance: Yoga and Healing, Vol. 2.


​​BreatheYourOMBalance: Yoga and Healing, volume two (April 2018), delves into the poignant journey of yoga as it heals, restores, and revitalizes life after life. This second volume about yoga embraces the human touch of yoga and its spiritual passages, physical inner presence, and timeless message of wellness. Kelsy Timas, founder and CEO of Guiding Wellness Institute Inc., introduces the many voices in this compilation of poetry and nonfiction about what makes the healing practice of yoga so unique. Join us each week to meet the contributors as we lead up to the celebration for the book.  Read more here. 

Week 72, May 2018. 



6:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2018, at Yoga Mat. BOOK LAUNCH for BreatheYourOMBalance: Yoga and Healing, Volume Two. Join us as we celebrate the release of our second yoga book! After-Party and Wine Down to follow in the same location.



The adventures to pawnassus

​by shana thornton & Brittany brown

FORTHCOMING 2018. A Momentary Darkness is the first novel in the dreamstate series, Awake While Dreaming. A Momentary Darkness explores the realm of fantasy by experimenting with alternate worlds and lives. This is a story within stories that can be enjoyed by anyone who dares to wander into their dreamscape. READ MORE...

African-American Legacy Trail for Clarksville/ Montgomery County: Shana Thornton is working with Jerome Parchman and other local historians to develop a Legacy Trail emphasizing the importance of African-American history and culture within the Clarksville/Montgomery County community. They are working with a group of design students from Rossview High School, and the students are creating the trail pamphlet.  More information coming soon...

Breatheyourombalance: yoga and healing, volume two

Event is FREE and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the launch. Bring a dish and/or snack and/or drink to share and join us as we celebrate Vol. 2 of our yoga book! Click here for the location information: Yoga Mat in Clarksville, TN. 

Grab a blank notebook, a manuscript already in progress, or open a new note in your phone. Each week, our publisher will give you the writing elbow~ a nudge to write on... 



Every WEEKEND: Join author and yogi Nikki Martin @nikki_possibilities on Instagram for #weekendwordsmiths

CLICK HERE to see a #weekendwordsmiths post from Nikki. 

Authors have proclaimed that this novel is a "literary gift" & that "book clubs will love this." Talking Underwater explores the balance between the elation of family summers at the ocean & the ways we navigate unbearable heartache to find new ways of being.​​ READ MORE...

Hailed as "a deeply moving story, one not given to easy resolution," Grace Among the Leavings is a child's perspective of the Civil War.

The book has now been adapted to the stage by playwrights, Kari Catton & Dennis Darling. Contact us for details about bringing it to your local theatre. READ MORE...

Ellen Masters's husband has been repeatedly deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq for a decade, and during that time, Ellen cares for their young family and home, starts a career, and searches for her own strength by training for a marathonREAD MORE...

S. Teague is joined by 30 contributors in this first collection of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction that celebrates the life-changing practice of yoga. These writers reveal how yoga opened new pathways of self-awareness and creative expressions.​​ READ MORE...

Thorncraft books are available in trade paperback, ebook versions, and in some cases audiobooks.



FORTHCOMING 2018. Journey with Luna & Salty on their Adventures to Pawnassus, where they meet the literary dogs of their time and try to fulfill their dreams. After being abandoned, Luna finds a home close to Nashville, but her troubles are not over, and she needs the friendship of Salty, the Texas raccoon, to inspire a belief in the future. More details coming soon...

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S. Teague & Shana Thornton write a book that inspires creativity by offering affirmations, prompts, and expressions about the seasons of life.​​ READ MORE...



​Create a scene in which your main character tells a story to a minor character. This could be a story about herself or off topic from personal revelation altogether, but use the storytelling moment to reveal your primary character's ability (or inability) to tell a story to someone else. How do they tell a story? What does she give away to the listener too quickly, or does she go on and on until the