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Only One Summer by Award-Winning @kmdaughters is a Christmas and Holiday Book Festival Pick

Title: Only One Summer, Book 2, Sisters of the Legend Trilogy

Author: K.M. Daughters

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Book Blurb:

Summer Layton’s prophetic dreams tell her that a friend from her past, Vinnie Carlucci, is in trouble. Soon she learns that the FBI has suspended him from duty, after he is framed for a crime he swears he did not commit. Being a high-powered, no-nonsense defense attorney, Summer takes Vinnie on as a client, but damning evidence against him continues to mount.

When unexpected sparks fly, Summer and Vinnie find themselves entangled in more than a fight to get his job back. If Summer fails to prove his innocence, she’ll lose the man she loves…and he’ll lose his freedom.


“It’s so warm. It’s hard to believe this is Christmas Day.”

“Actually, some Christmases we’ve had temps in the eighties here. Christmas has kind of taken second place to the wedding this year.”

“I don’t think so. It was really nice last night watching Ella open up gifts. I think she’s delighted with spending Christmas here.”

“She’s a doll, that’s for sure.” Mike broke into a jog, running at an even pace.

Vinnie fell into step. To his left, he spied frenzied movement. A cadre of florists weaved garlands of white roses around a three-legged pergola situated near a copse of towering palm trees at the back of the inn. The palms were dotted with twinkling, fairy lights and the air carried a sweet floral scent. A red silk butterfly perched on top of each of the three posts of the wedding canopy.

“Father of the bride,” Vinnie said. “You must be bursting with pride.”

“I am. A little melancholy, too. I hope the whole bit about, ‘you’re not losing your daughter, you’re gaining a son,’ applies.”

“Oh yeah. Jack’s a good guy. A family man. I don’t think you have any worries there.”

“Seems so. I liked him from the first meeting. Are you a family man, Vinnie?”

“All the way. I’m really close to my parents and my sister and her two boys. I think you’d like them.”

“I know I would.”

Mike picked up the pace. Vinnie was exhilarated by the endorphin rush he experienced. What was it about the beach that untethered worries and set them sailing like the gulls and pelicans swooping over the whitecaps? Professing his love for Summer to Mike and receiving her father’s blessing of sorts had made his legal problems seem inconsequential compared to the promise loving her represented. The brisk breeze and the clean air filling his lungs were like a Baptism of freedom and light heartedness.

Vinnie agreed with Bree’s long held belief that the Outer Banks were magical. The whole seascape had him entranced.

Adding to the magic, he thought he glimpsed a dorsal fin above the sea’s surface. And then another. And another in sequence. He halted, shading his eyes with his right hand and gazing out over the water. “Did you sight dolphins offshore?”

Mike pulled up at his side. “Maybe.”

Vinnie concentrated on the area of the last sighting. He gasped as three reddish-silver dolphins appeared on top of the crest of a breaker and surfed the wave into the shallows about a hundred yards ahead of him and Mike. “Wow did you…”

He swallowed the rest of the sentence and his jaw hung open.

Summer, Bree and Skye, clad in pine green bikinis, their maroon hair of varying lengths slicked back off their porcelain faces, cavorted in the shallows exactly at the end of the dolphins’ ride.

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Share a holiday family tradition:

We watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade drinking hot chocolate (Kathie) or coffee (Pat) and eating pumpkin bread while writing out our Christmas cards. No matter where we are, without fail, when Santa arrives at Herald Square at the end of the parade, we call each other to celebrate the official beginning of the Christmas season – and usually cry when we say goodbye.

Why is your featured book perfect to get readers in the holiday mood:

The story takes us to NYC for the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, and then to gaze in wonder at the tree in Rockefeller Center. New York City during the Holidays dazzles. Huge lighted bows adorn office buildings. Lights sparkle everywhere adding shimmering luster to trees lining the sidewalks and buildings’ facades. Romance and child-like delight are in the air. And then, there’s a Christmas Day wedding on the beach outside The Inn of The Three Butterflies laden with Holiday spirit. At her sister’s wedding our Bridesmaid heroine realizes with stunning clarity that she wants to walk down the aisle to the Best Man hero on her wedding day.


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Author Biography:

K.M. Daughters is the penname for team writers and sisters, Pat Casiello and Kathie Clare. The penname is dedicated to the memory of their parents, “K”ay and “M”ickey Lynch. K.M. Daughters is the author of 15 award-winning romance genre, women’s fiction and Christian fiction novels. The “Daughters” are wives, mothers and grandmothers residing in the Chicago suburbs and on the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Visitors are most welcome at

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1 Comment

Barbara Bettis
Dec 13, 2019

What a sweet family tradition!! Thanks for sharing. Best of luck with your book!

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