Before becoming a standout figure for voting rights activism and a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, Abrams wrote eight romance novels under the Selena Montgomery pen name.
During a segment of his Tucker Carlson Tonight show on Friday, Carlson told viewers his staff had obtained one of Abrams’ “steamier novels” and that one of the show’s senior producers had volunteered to read some extracts from the book.
With a dramatic music playing in the background, excerpts were in fact read on screen. One of them read: “Heat, like an inferno, blazed in his veins. Temptation, like a song, clouded his mind. It demanded that he slide his arms around her, that he trail his hand along her spine to sink into the silken curls at her nape.”
However, it’s safe to say Carlson appeared to be far from impressed with Abrams’ literary work.
“She tormented his flesh with her palms. We were tormented as we read it,” he said after one of the excerpts was read.
“As we read it more, we noticed our thighs were also getting harder, much harder. […] The book is called Hidden Sins, and frankly, we feel we’ve just sinned in public. You can have that feeling too for the low low price of just $7. Get it. But go easy on your thighs. It’ll wear them out.”
During the Tuesday installment of his show, Carlson had described Abrams as a “naughty novel writer”, whose books were “steamy,” “sexy” and “soft-core porn.”
According to an archived version of her personal websites, Abrams wrote her first novel, Rules of Engagement, during her third year at Yale Law School. Her last book as Selena Montgomery, Deception, was published in 2009.
While none of the novels can be classified as best-sellers, Abrams’ personal websites claims the books have sold over 100,000 copies in total.
While the latter five novels have been regularly reissued, Abrams’ first three books – Rules of Engagement, The Art of Desire and Power of Persuasion—have proved harder to come by.
Originally published by Arabesque, a publisher that focuses mainly on Black romance writers, the trilogy will be reissued by Berkley—an imprint of Penguin Random House—next year.
“As my first novels, they remain incredibly special to me,” said Abrams in a statement last week.
“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.”
A storyline connects the three books, which all feature a different couple as Black lead characters who work for an espionage organization within the U.S. government.
The soon-to-be-reissued versions will feature both Abrams and her pen name.
“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.
Abrams, who served as representative of Georgia’s 84th and 89th districts between 2007 and 2012 and 2013 and 2017 respectively, has also written two non-fiction books under her real name, Minority Leader and Our Time Is Now.
Next week, she will release While Justice Sleeps, a political thriller set in the U.S. Supreme Court, which will mark her first novel to be released under her real name.