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Calysta Jeffries is the hottest black actress in daytime and the diva of the soap opera world, known for her role as Ruby Stargazer on television’s most popular soap opera, "The Rich and the Ruthless."

After fifteen years, three returns from the dead, two failed pregnancies, one alien abduction, and overcoming retrograde amnesia, Calysta still hasn’t managed to snag the biggest award in daytime drama: the Sudsy. Now is supposed to be her moment. But Calysta’s onscreen/offscreen ...

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Overview

Calysta Jeffries is the hottest black actress in daytime and the diva of the soap opera world, known for her role as Ruby Stargazer on television’s most popular soap opera, "The Rich and the Ruthless."

After fifteen years, three returns from the dead, two failed pregnancies, one alien abduction, and overcoming retrograde amnesia, Calysta still hasn’t managed to snag the biggest award in daytime drama: the Sudsy. Now is supposed to be her moment. But Calysta’s onscreen/offscreen rival Emmy Abernathy wins the award for the fourth time. The drama begins when journalist Mitch Morelli asks Calysta for a quote after the award show and her true feelings for her costar slip out.

Ripped from the headlines of Soap Opera Digest and straight off of the television screen, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva will give readers plenty to talk about as they try to guess where the real world ends and Rowell’s imagination begins.

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Editorial Reviews

Essence.com
“An impressive leap into fiction with her instantly likable heroine Calysta Jeffries.”
SoapCentral.com
“A true must-read for anyone who has ever devoted any of their time to watching "the stories."
From the Publisher
“An impressive leap into fiction with her instantly likable heroine Calysta Jeffries.”

“A true must-read for anyone who has ever devoted any of their time to watching "the stories."

"Juicy, gossipy, and entirely fit for the beach."

Library Journal
Real-life soap star Rowell (Drucilla from The Young and the Restless) spins a glitz-and-glamour tale in this debut. Calysta Jeffries, black diva of the daytime television world, has been impatiently waiting for years to win a Sudsy award. When she loses once again to her rival, she makes the mistake of letting a reporter know exactly how she feels. Uproar ensues. VERDICT Juicy, gossipy, and entirely fit for the beach. [Ebook ISBN 978-1-4391-6484-6.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451647389
  • Publisher: Pocket Star
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,433,269
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Rowell

Victoria Rowell, best known as Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless, is the author of Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, The Women Who Raised Me, received The African American Literary Award and two NAACP Image Award nominations. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

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    What a great summer read!!

    This book was a page turner from beginning to end. If you love drama in your books then this is the book for you. Who knew that Victoria Rowell could give such excitment not only on screen but in black and white? The way she wrote this book its like you were watching on tv, you could visualize everything that was going on. I finished this book in a weekend because I couldn't put it down. This book deserves more than five stars! Just wonderful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2014

    I could not get past the poor writing.  I tried.  I wanted to li

    I could not get past the poor writing.  I tried.  I wanted to like this book because I loved Rowell on Y&R, but her constant repetition of the same details and her overly affected descriptions led me to give up.  I taught English for many years and it reminded me of students who thought that the way to lengthen a paper was just to add adjectives or description that did not develop or expand the plot..  Really BAD writing.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

    Good first try - dru

    Started out slow but picked up. Took 4 days to read on my e reader

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