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Rules of Engagement
Released in 2001, Rules of Engagement ($99) is the first novel Abrams wrote under her Selena Montgomery pen name. It tells the story of Dr. Raleigh Foster, who goes undercover to infiltrate a terrorist group and winds up being assigned to pose as the lover of the handsome Adam Grayson.
Stacey Abrams is not only a politician, lawyer, voting-rights activist, and all-around fearless advocate for democracy, but she's also an author, making us believe her days must consist of more than just 24 hours. Abrams was influential in helping Joe Biden win over her home state of Georgia during last year's presidential election, as she worked tirelessly to fight against voter suppression and to register voters of color in the southern state.
Somehow, amid creating and running various voting-rights organizations - including The New Georgia Project and Fair Fight - the former Georgia representative has published 11 books, including two nonfiction books under her own name and eight romantic suspense novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery. She also has a new political thriller, titled While Justice Sleeps, set to release this month.
Many of Abrams's books can be purchased online, although some of her earlier releases are a bit harder to come by (and quite pricey!). Luckily, as Penguin Random House imprint Berkley announced on May 4, the publisher will be rereleasing her first three romance novels - Rules of Engagement, The Art of Desire, and Power of Persuasion - next year. "As my first novels, they remain incredibly special to me," Abrams in a statement. "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." The trilogy of books will be reissued in hardcover form and will feature both her pen name and real name.
Ahead, learn a bit more about each of Abrams's books, and show her some well-deserved support by adding any that may pique your interest to your online shopping cart.