The first book in the deal, Honeymoon for One, a queer romance set in the Canadian mountains, will publish in eBook and audio in November 2022 – it’s described as Sophie Kinsella meets Lindsey Kelk.
Smith said: ‘From the moment I escaped to Canada with Robin and Neve, I was hooked – from the snowy setting to the sizzling chemistry, I couldn’t wait to see what happened. It’s incredibly important that we publish fiction that is representative of the world around us, and with this story, Rachel has created a rom com with two incredibly vibrant, strong women at its heart which readers are going to fall in love with. This story is the perfect festive treat.’
Bowdler added: ‘I’m absolutely over the moon that Honeymoon for One, my first completed novel ever, has found such a wonderful, welcoming home with Embla. This has been a dream of mine since I was a teen and fulfilling it has been an unexpected but amazing whirlwind. I’m so excited to see my festive queer rom com released into the world, and I can’t thank my agent, Clare, at Liverpool Literary Agency and Hannah at Embla enough for believing in Robin and Neve’s little love story.’
The second book under contract will publish in Spring 2023.