Make Your Life Sweeter founder, Yasmeen Tadia ’04, transformed standard-issue carnival cotton candy and popcorn into gourmet indulgences with a line of sweet sensations in fun packaging, including artisanal mini cotton candy, gourmet popcorn, organic cotton candy and more creative treats.
Craig Lucie ’04 published the children’s book Hold You. Inspired by his young daughter who said, “Hold you!” when she really meant, “Hold me,” Hold You is Lucie’s story about the endearing phrase that was just too cute to correct. The book serves as a reminder to all to make time for each other.
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife is a thriller inspired in part by author Ashley Winstead’s ’16 10-year SMU reunion. Her debut novel “explores how returning to a college alma mater with something to prove can have devastating consequences,” according to Texas Lifestyle Magazine.
Sallie Stratton ’79 recently published her memoir Losing Chuck, Finding Sallie: The Thirty-Six Year Odyssey of a Wife Whose Husband Was MIA in Vietnam. David Tarrant of The Dallas Morning News, wrote, “As emotionally powerful a story ever written about the families of the missing and unaccounted-for in Vietnam, Sallie’s journey ultimately takes her on a path of her own choosing: A way forward without forgetting her past.”
Elizabeth “Sissy” Jeffett ’83 published Crude Intent (Defiance Press, 2020), the sequel to Silent Partners, an Alex Sheridan thriller and the second book in the Alex Sheridan series. From the book’s description: “Is a suspicious explosion at one of Alex Sheridan’s oil wells in the Colorado national forest just an accident or part of a diabolical plan?”
Birthright: Recall is the debut novel by Dale Thomas Vaughn ’06, a rising star in science fiction and fantasy circles. Birthright: Recall is the first in a new trilogy, and is perfect for fans of TV shows such as Firefly, The Expanse and Star Trek. It’s available in hardcover and paperback and on Kindle.