Publisher to Reissue Stacey Abrams’s First Three Romance Novels

“It’s a bit of romantic suspense featuring international espionage,” Ms. Hwang said. The books were originally published by Harlequin bo...


“It’s a bit of romantic suspense featuring international espionage,” Ms. Hwang said.

The books were originally published by Harlequin books, one of the biggest romance publishers. Ms. Abrams recently secured the rights, which Berkley bought from Ms. Abrams a few months ago, Ms. Hwang said.

The reissue comes as more diverse writers are breaking into romance writing, a genre whose major publishers have long tended to focus on white characters and heterosexual relationships. A study conducted by the Ripped Bodice, a bookstore in Culver City, Calif., found that out of the 3,752 romance novels released by 20 major imprints in 2017, only around 6 percent were written by nonwhite authors. Many Black authors have described facing racism in the romance industry.

“The Art of Desire,” published in January 2002, seems to have been well received by romance reviewers.

Selena Montgomery “has solidified her position” as a principal “in this genre among those striving to create romantic suspense,” the site Romance in Color wrote in an early review, according to the Ripped Bodice.

The inside flap of “Rules of Engagement,” according to Amazon, offers this summary: “A plan formed as Adam remembered Raleigh’s reaction to their embrace. 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. And today, when he moved too close, he witnessed the mixture of fascination and trepidation. If insults didn’t chase her away, perhaps fear of his touch would.”

After publishing the trilogy, Ms. Abrams went on to publish five more romance novels under the name Selena Montgomery.

Ms. Abrams said in 2019 that penning another novel, however tempting, was not her priority, telling The New York Times Magazine that she was focusing on politics.

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