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Prior to becoming a national political figure, failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams reportedly used to be a “naughty novel writer” who enjoyed using titillating terms like embracing, bending, brushing, voracious and turgid.
FYI, “turgid” is an adjective that refers to something that’s “swollen, typically by fluids,” according to Vocabulary.com, *cough*.
Abrams penned steamy novels under the equally steamy pen name Selena Montgomery.
All this matters because her current publisher, Berkley Books, is preparing to re-issue three of her first novels, according to The New York Times.
The novels — “Rules of Engagement,” “The Art of Desire” and “Power of Persuasion” — “form a trilogy about a fictitious government organization that recruits civilians to do undercover work,” as reported by the Times.
— K.D. Waring (@BooksByKDWaring) May 4, 2021
And like any romance novel, they feature a whole lot of bump and grind, or so sayeth Fox News’ Trace Gallagher.
During a report issued Tuesday on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” he read one passage from “The Art of Desire.”
“In their kiss, he tasted passion, forgotten chemistry, and her alarm at the loss of control. He felt her tremble as he kissed her hand in the moonlight,” he said.
In response, host Tucker Carlson burst out laughing and promised his extremely large audience “some dramatic readings” from the book sometime soon.
“We’ve got our producers on the case, and we’re going to have some dramatic readings for you because we can’t resist,” he said.
The reason her books are being reissued is apparently because they’re currently out of print, meaning there’s no new supply, and so because of rising demand (from leftists), the price has skyrocketed. It’s basically economics 101, of which, ironically, Abrams herself isn’t well-versed in.
According to Gallager, copies of her book — which also include such salacious titles like “Hidden Sins,” “Secrets and Lies” and “Never Tell” — are selling for as high as $3,200.
Speaking with far-left comedian Stephen Colbert in 2019, Abrams revealed that the reason she’d chosen to go by a pen name was because she and her editors had been worried that her more serious works on politics and other subject matter might turn off her potential readers.
“My name was boring — I wrote my master’s thesis on the unrelated business income tax. That’s what my editors thought. So we decided — and this was at the advent of Google, so if you Googled my name, you would have pulled up that and an article I had written when I was in high school on Mesopotamian astronomy,” she said.
“So it would have been like reading romance by Alan Greenspan or Alan Lightman, neither of which is exciting. So I came up with the pseudonym Selena Montgomery,” she added.
According to the Times, the novels were originally published by Harlequin Enterprises, but Abrams “recently secured the rights, which Berkley bought from Ms. Abrams a few months ago.”
Her first three novels — the ones to be reissued — are the most important to her.
“As my first novels, they remain incredibly special to me. The characters and their adventures are what I’d wished to read as a young Black woman — stories that showcase women of color as nuanced, determined, and exciting,” she said in a statement.
“As Selena and as Stacey, I am proud to be a part of the romance writing community and excited that Berkley is reintroducing these stories for new readers and faithful fans,” she added.
Because of her political aspirations, future novels seem unlikely.
“I would love to, but right now what’s calling me — and what this moment demands — is that I figure out how I can be most effective in preserving and advancing our democracy and challenging the policies and the politics that are continuing to exacerbate poverty,” she told The New York Times Magazine in 2019.
Yet her own political maneuvers have done the exact opposite.
For instance, she’s incessantly lied about the election reform bill that was signed into law earlier this year by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, and in doing so, she’s cost the state jobs.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 27, 2021
Her lies ignited a movement to boycott the state. The movement was adopted by a number of corporations, including Major League Baseball, which decided to relocate its annual All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia to Denver, Colorado. But according to Darrell Anderson, a black businessman, this decision hurt those in need.
“As the owner of a transportation service in Atlanta, I know firsthand how badly our community wanted the All-Star Game played here. The $100 million in revenue to this area was going to be the opportunity for all of us to recover some of the losses that we incurred during the pandemic,” he said last month.
“Now, not only is that revenue gone, we may lose even more because conventions that were planned for Atlanta are now up in the air, thanks to this decision by the MLB,” he added.
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