No one does drama quite like Victoria Rowell. Last year many Young & the Restless fans were delighted to hear the actress would resume her legendary role as Drucilla Winters on the top-rated CBS soap. However, in true suds fashion it turned out this Twitter talk was just talk; Rowell would not be reprising her role. This news was bad for loyal Y&R viewers but, as it turns out, good for readers. Join us on Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00 PM EST when the daytime diva will dish about her oh-so fast, appropriately furious and fearless second novel, The Young and the Ruthless: Back in the Bubbles (Atria, $15) on our second ESSENCE Book Club Twitter chat.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Ruthless once again charts the fall and rise of irrepressible fictitious daytime drama diva Calysta Jeffries. As the novel opens, our heroine has left drug rehab and returned to her iconic role as Ruby Stargazer on Rich and the Ruthless. Her return doesn’t sit well with some of her petty castmates, who go for the lowest blow they can throw at Calysta/Ruby. Yes, they coerce the execs to hire Ivy, Calysta’s stunning real-life daughter, on the show. It’s life daughter, on the show. It’s enough to drive Calysta back to rehab, which is, of course, the point. Does Calysta survive this latest betrayal? Duh.
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A PREVIEW: For my first public appearance since rejoining the soap, The Rich and the Ruthless’s interim executive producer, Veronica Barringer, had chosen me to be the featured star of the main trapeze act in (WBC’s prime-time reality hit Circus of the Soap Opera Stars), overriding objections by the World Broadcast Company network, R&R executives, and certain viperous costars. While they’d been forced to do a civil façade since my return, blistering hatred and jealously thrummed underneath. I kept it movin’….
MEET VICTORIA ROWELL: The award-winning actress and best-selling author will join the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Stage at the ESSENCE Festival on Friday, July 6, along with Shirley Strawberry, Niecy Nash, and others to talk about being “Sexy at Any Age.”

Join our Book Club Twitter Chat on Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00 PM EST! See you there!


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