Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this past year, you’ve probably heard of the GA candidate for governor Stacey Abrams who managed to be in the headlines every day, despite losing the race, due to her wild and vociferous claims of voter suppression.
She also, reportedly, was very influential in helping flip the two House seats last year to the Dem column.
According to a report on Fox News:
Abrams is likely to challenge Kemp when he seeks re-election in 2022. She has never conceded her 2018 loss to him and has described the former Georgia secretary of state an “architect” of voter suppression. However, voter turnout surged that year compared to in 2014, however.
Following her defeat, Abrams dove into voter activism through her group Fair Fight Action, and she has been widely celebrated by the mainstream media and Democratic Party for her turnout efforts, which helped flip Georgia to Biden’s column in 2020.
But if you think that Ms. Abrams’ list of accomplishments ends there, think again.
Apparently, in her free time, Ms. Abrams writes sexy romance novels.
And they’re selling pretty well!
Berkley, a Penguin Random House imprint, will begin reissuing the books — “Rules of Engagement,” “The Art of Desire” and “Power of Persuasion” — in 2022. https://t.co/uwONB8V69q
— NBCBLK (@NBCBLK) May 5, 2021
Although they are in the process of being reprinted, a used copy of Selena Mongomery aka Stacey Abram’s romance novels sells for around $100, according to The Wrap, which (as you can read below) were not too thrilled with Tucker Carlson’s jesting last night about Abrams smutty side-gig:
Tucker Carlson is fixated on voting rights activist and former Georgia Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams, but this time it’s not for her political stance — it’s for her past life as a romance novelist.
Abrams used to write romance fiction under the pen name Selena Montgomery (or, as Tucker kept calling her, “Steamy Selena”) about two decades ago. The first three of her books — “Rules of Engagement,” “The Art of Desire” and “Power of Persuasion,” will be reissued by Berkley, a division of publisher Penguin Random House, later this year.
Abrams’ first three books, one of which she wrote while in her final year at Law school, have been coveted for years. Used copies can sell for upwards of $100. Tucker wants his hands on a copy too, he said, and promised Fox News viewers a “dramatic reading” of one of Abrams’ steamy stories by the end of this week.
Apparently, at least some people on Twitter found Tucker’s book reading amusing:
Publisher To Reissue Stacey Abrams’s First Three Romance Novels. (Book News). https://t.co/diAvgJe6Qt
— Rogue Press (@Rogue_Press_) May 5, 2021
— Colie Gutzler (@ColieMarieL) May 4, 2021
If Stacey Abrams can write 9 "romance" novels, I should most certainly be able to write my own book on "Systems (for everyone/everything)" based on my decades of experience as an Aerospace Engineer. What do you think @JoshuaLisec ?https://t.co/4tuyd0PEoJ
— Michael Jay LaRue | Aerospace Engineer (@MichaelJayLaRue) May 5, 2021
Going to buy 100 copies of Stacey Abrams smut books and just keep wrapped copies in car and office for when I inevitably forget birthdays anniversaries etc
— Mike Howell (@MHowellTweets) May 5, 2021
In an article in the Federalist, Emily Jashinsky writes this about the books:
As a romance novelist, Stacey Abrams leaned heavily on the word “plunder.” Her books are filled with bursting, cresting, and arching. There’s a fair amount of savoring. Men’s thighs are described as “muscled” and “corded.”
That should give you some idea of the Georgia Democrat’s literary style. Abrams moonlit as a novelist for years under the spectacular nom de plume Selena Montgomery, producing eight very steamy books between 2001 and 2009. In the noble pursuit of journalism, I’ve skimmed five of them. It wasn’t easy, but then again, neither are her female protagonists.
Abrams is fighting what RealClearPolitics currently ranks as a “Toss Up” race against Republican Brian Kemp. Oprah is campaigning for her, as is former President Obama. Strong voter turnout could make Abrams the next governor of Georgia. In that case, you may want to keep your kids away from her books.
Stacy Abrams, however, is not shying away from her not-so-secret identity.
According to Forbes, she is proud of her work:
“The act of writing is integral to who I am,” Abrams said in 2018. In addition to her romance novels, Abrams has also penned multiple books under her own name, with the latest, a political thriller titled “When Justice Sleeps,” set for release May 11. The politician’s history as a romance novelist has inspired the romance writer community to step up and support Abrams’ causes, with several novelists forming the group Romancing the Runoffs ahead of the Georgia Senate runoff elections in January. The group ended up raising nearly half a million dollars for Fair Fight, the New Georgia Project, and Black Voters Matter as of December, they reported, and Abrams donated a signed copy of “Rules of Engagement” to their auction that netted $3,200.
However, according to the Daily Beast, even Ms. Abrams showed some embarrassment when Colbert started reading out loud from her novel while she was on his show last year discussing, among other things, a possible Presidential run:
When Colbert revealed that he had brought an excerpt from one of the novels with him, Abrams let out an, “Oh dear God.” Then, as he prepared to read the sections that CBS Standards and Practices said were acceptable, she asked, “Can I leave now?”
“If you’re going to write a romance novel, make it a bodice-ripper,” Colbert said, asking her if she had a preference as to which one he chose.
“God no, I don’t want you to read any of these,” she replied. “I want people to read them in the quiet of their home.”
In the interests of common decency (mine, not hers) I will not be reposting excerpts of the book here, although they can be found with a simple Google search.
But I guess, even though I was embarrassed to even repost them, I understand why she is not embarrassed to acknowledge she wrote this stuff.
In the big scheme of things, these cringy books are not nearly the worst thing Ms. Abram has done or will probably do.