Dish and Tell: Six Real Women Discuss How They Put Themselves at the Top of Their To-Do List


It's easy to feel like we're alone in our struggles, but when we're able to share our stories with other women, we realize how alike we really are. There is comfort in numbers and knowing that we're not alone.
? Patricia

As women, we take care of everyone else before ourselves. Now is the time to put your needs at the top of your to-do list,...

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It's easy to feel like we're alone in our struggles, but when we're able to share our stories with other women, we realize how alike we really are. There is comfort in numbers and knowing that we're not alone.
— Patricia

As women, we take care of everyone else before ourselves. Now is the time to put your needs at the top of your to-do list, because if not now, when?
— Annie

We realized we're not perfect, and we're pretty sure we're not alone. Besides, beauty — and being a "bombshell" — is more about being courageous than curvaceous.
— Mercedes

Although these are our stories, we're really just the "stand-ins" for all women who struggle to juggle. This book is about things most women can totally relate to but would never discuss in public.
— Tammi

Maybe having it all isn't having it all at all. We're trying to be happy with "enough," so let's lower the bar a little and start enjoying the lives we've created for ourselves.
— Sara

We created our Bombshell Circle to provide unconditional support to one another. Dish & Tell highlights the power of girlfriends. Read the book and start your own circle (and make sure you have plenty of wine and chocolate!).
— Lydia

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Editorial Reviews

Dave Barry
“Not since The Vagina Monologues has there been a book for women like this... WHOA!!!”
Miami Herald
“The Miami Bombshells may be poised to become a phenomenon.”
Albany Times Union
Some of the essays are very moving; others are downright hilarious.
Miami Herald
“The Miami Bombshells may be poised to become a phenomenon.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060777722
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/3/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

The "Miami Bombshells" are:

Patricia San Pedro: the original bombshell, who brought the other 5 together. She runs a very successful PR firm in Miami.

Annie San Roman: a school psychologist who works with troubled teens and has turned around many a violent and hopeless kid. Also a devoted wife and mother.

Tammi Leader Fuller: is a producer for NBC's "The Today Show", Fox TV, "Extra", "America's Most Wanted" and others.

Lydia Sacasa: successful banker who works seventy hour weeks and is obsessed with cooking, designer clothes and being a good mother to her three children...even if that means staying up till 6 a.m. to make homemade costumes for the school play!

Sara Rosenberg: this power player travels the world speaking to publishing groups about innovation and change.

Mercedes Soler: one of the most influential Latina newscasters, more recognizable among Hispanics in the U.S. than Oprah. She's a five time Emmy award winning newscaster for Univision.

The original "Miami Bombshell", who brought them all together, Patricia is a three-time Emmy award-winning producer and media executive who now runs a successful marketing and PR firm. She has 12,000 people in her contact list, making her the most "connected" Bombshell. She's a spiritual being, who believes everything happens for a reason. Patricia is childless, single and loving every minute of life.

Naturally blonde and blue-eyed Annie is a school Psychologist who worked with troubled teens for many years and is now counseling students who are emotionally handicapped. She is a committed mother of two, who after 24 years of marriage, is throwing in the towel, and she can't believe she is going to be single again at 46.

This single mother runs her own TV production company, creating programming for "The Today Show", "EXTRA" and others. She struggles to juggle while chasing news across the globe, and feels so guilty about this that she overcompensates by doing things like faxing her daughter an IOU note from the Tooth Fairy.

This power player travels the world speaking to publishing groups about innovation and change.

A successful mortgage banking executive who works 70 hour weeks, Lydia is obsessed with work, food and designer everything. The only Grandma in the bunch, this Cuban American Princess takes pride in being a good mother...even if that means staying up all night to finish a costume for a school project.

One of the most recognized Hispanic broadcast journalists in the U.S., Mercedes is a five time Emmy winner who found God while reporting on a story. A devoted mom, she thinks the concept of "quality time" is way overrated and would like to just spend "real time" with her children. Period. Always perfectly coiffed, Mercedes is the only Bombshell still married to her One and Only.

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Read an Excerpt

Dish and Tell

Six Real Women Discuss How They Put Themselves at the Top of Their To-Do List
By Emily Miami Bombshells

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Emily Miami Bombshells
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060777729

Chapter One

Occupational Hazards

Work. It rules our lives, causing us to be cranky, tired, and stressed. Hard work has taken most of us to the top rung of the corporate ladder, and the money we make helps us justify our inability to balance the demands of work with a regular life, which includes time for family and friends, many of whom have dumped us. Most of us have put in our forty hours by Wednesday, and eat at least five meals a week in our cars or at our desks.

"Hooray! I'm all alone! I can do whatever I want!" Lydia shrieked with glee as we wrapped up a recent Bombshell meeting at her home one Sunday afternoon. She was jumping up and down like a small child at an amusement park. Her husband had taken the kids out of the house, and Lydia looked around like she had never really seen the place empty before. Her home was always filled with people: children, Mami, her granddaughter, or friends.

"What do you want to do?" asked Pat.

"Whatever." It didn't matter. Lydia never had time like this to herself, with no errands to run, e-mails to check, or calls to return.

Some of us look at her questioningly. "I'vebeen working like a maniac," she explains, "twelve- to fourteen-hour days, every day. I work at home, I work on Sundays." As a mortgage banker, Lydia has work to do at all hours just to catch up on what piles up during the week.

"She works in her sleep," interjects Pat, laughing.

"Yes, I wake up at three in the morning thinking of solutions to issues in the office," says Lydia, completely unaware that Pat's comment is a joke.

"It wears me down. I want to spend more time with my children, I want to be able to see them; they're growing up too quickly. But I made my bed with designer sheets," Lydia is fond of saying, "and now I have to lie in them."

She'd like to slow down one day; we'd all like to at some point. Or maybe we wouldn't, and just fantasize about having the financial freedom to choose where we work, when we work, and why we work.

Both Sara and Pat left their cushy corporate jobs to start new businesses. Each had hoped that the life of a consultant would allow for flexible working hours and more time for themselves. But it didn't happen that way, admitted both Sara and Pat, who now grumble when working 24/7, since every hour is a billable one and a mortgage payment is always sneaking up on them.

Annie, on the other hand, is a school psychologist who works 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We tease her that she's the one with the real banker's hours. Her stress, which is probably more real than any of ours, comes from counseling emotionally disturbed teens. But when Annie goes home, she leaves her work behind. She's the only one of the Bombshells who does.

When we got the call from our New York literary agent telling us six publishers were interested in our Dish & Tell book, we immediately called and made our travel reservations. All of us except Annie, who felt guilty about leaving her family. But after encouragement from a coworker and flak from the other Bombshells, twelve hours before takeoff, Annie changed her mind.

It was her first official business trip. As we boarded the plane from Miami to New York, Annie, still in disbelief, confessed, "I can't believe I'm going to New York to meet with book publishers. This is so big time! The farthest I've been from home, for work, is ten miles when I've gone to local school conferences to discuss the changing role of school psychologists!"

"That's our Annie," smiled Tammi. "This is why we need you. You're the only normal one of the bunch."

Tammi is anything but. Her work as a television producer takes her out of town at least eight days a month, so when she's in town, she overcompensates, driving extra carpools, rushing to pay overdue bills, waking up at 4 a.m. to answer e-mails and catch up before jumping on a plane again. We don't expect her to make every Bombshell meeting, but she calls in to almost every one.

She even dialed in from a satellite phone while shooting on location on a glacier in Alaska. Tammi has always taken her work very seriously, even when she was teaching aerobics, topless, in the Caribbean. Life's a beach!

The deadlines that came while writing this book were not easy on any of us. During the presidential elections of 2004, when the whole country was on hold awaiting the final outcome, the Bombshells were crashing to revise stories for our final manuscript. As a senior correspondent for the Spanish TV network Univision, Mercedes was really under the gun. She worked till midnight on election coverage, went home, only to be awakened by her boss at 5:30 a.m., who was sending her to Columbus, Ohio, immediately. "Ohio's become the new Florida," she told her. "Your flight leaves at 7 a.m.; you connect with your photographer at New York's La Guardia airport and arrive by 1:30 for a 5 p.m. live shot."

In the short time she had to pack, shower, and drive to the airport, Mercedes took a moment to log on to her computer, and e-mail herself the Dish & Tell stories she still needed to work on, so she could later access the work from the hotel business center after her seventeen-hour workday was done. Being a famous newswoman may seem glamorous, but the workload can be unbearable. Mercedes did manage to sleep all of two hours that night, and she met her deadlines, albeit with bags under her eyes.

The Miami Bombshells are six very strong women with very different perspectives on how to make work, work. All of us are striving for balance, and each has learned, in her own inimitable way, that there really is no such thing as having it all. But we may die trying.


Excerpted from Dish and Tell by Emily Miami Bombshells Copyright © 2006 by Emily Miami Bombshells. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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