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She covered her face with her hands. She cringed at her uselessness that day at Cattail. What was the thing she could have done that would have changed everything? It was like searching for that small lost thing. She thinks she remembered where she saw it last, ​but it was never

AUGUST 2012. 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 marathon

AUGUST 2015. 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 news ways of being.​​ 

MARCH 2016. S. Teague and Shana Thornton co-author a book about creativity with meditations, affirmations, expressions of gratitude & mindfulness to help you through the seasons of life. We hope you will use this book to inspire you, prompt meditations, and/or as a creativity journal.

MAR 2015. 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​

APRIL 2014. 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. 

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Every Wednesday, we'll share an excerpt

from one of our books. Enjoy!

Week 8, February 2017. Keep your toolbox open.
Tool: RESEARCH (History, culture, and/or place). 


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.​​ 



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... 

AUGUST 2013. 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.



To read about Volume One, click here: BreatheYourOMBalance: Writings about Yoga by Women. Visit the Yoga Mat website here: Yoga Mat.

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​Feb. 15-22, 2017

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A New Interview with author Melissa Corliss DeLorenzo. She appears on the television program, "Books in the World" with host Bob Silverberg. They talk about her novel, Talking Underwater, the inspiration she finds at the beach, why she wrote the story, her blogging platform, and more. Watch here

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BreatheYourOMBalance, Volume 2:

Open Submission Reading Period!

We are now accepting  submissions via email and in-person workshops for BreatheYourOMBalance: Yoga and Healing, Volume Two. Click here to read the official submission guidelines. Thorncraft Publishing has partnered with Yoga Mat studio in Clarksville, TN, to create this next volume in our yoga book series. 

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The Nudge

Consider adding another layer to your story by adding actual historical information, data, political events, cultural events and trends, and/or architectural structures to specific settings in your story and/or the plot/events of the story as related to time period in history when the story takes place (or via flashbacks). If your story's time in history is current or futuristic, you could still include references to actual places and work in that information or create new places as if they have been established (in a futuristic work...think about the novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and how Orwell pulls this off). When you add any of the above styles, it's important not to sound like a textbook or tour guide style of book, so try to share this type of information in a creative way through a character's experience(s). 

Additional advice for nonfiction prose and poetry: Explore a cultural practice that has changed over time and/or through the generations. Write about the shifting perspective of a cultural practice that's related to history and/or tradition.

from Talking Underwater

by Melissa Corliss DeLorenzo

where she checked. It's got to the somewhere, she'd think. Then she'd never find it. But everything is somewhere. The answer had to be that simple. There must be something and then it would make sense. 

​The water began to boil. She steeped her tea, dunking her teabag in and out of the water. She tried to think of nothing, hoped the answer would come through the silence. She drank the tea and peered into the cup. She looked for the dark specks of tea leaves. She moved the cup into the light.
She peered into the cup and looked for tea leaves, divining. She looked hard, her eyes ached.

She leaned away from the light. Hers was not loose tea--it was the kind in a bag. Of course there were no leaves in the bottom of the cup. And she didn't know anything about reading tea leaves. She wouldn't know what they were saying. She didn't know their language. (...)

This excerpt is from Talking Underwater, a novel about two sisters and a tragedy that occurs between them by Melissa Corliss DeLorenzo. Available at all major book sellers and as an ebook, Kindle, Nook, iBook and more. Watch an interview with Melissa on "Books in the World" with Host Bob Silverberg.
Melissa is the author of two novels, Talking Underwater and The Mosquito Hours. Read more here.