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Book of the Month
Everglades Wildfire

After a summer of hot sex with alligator rancher Rick Belleair, Amber Hill returns home to complete her graduate studies. As much as she wants to forget the dominating man who haunts her reckless fantasies, she must go back to him one last time. Her plan: is to get what she needs, then leave.

Dark family secrets keep Rick tied to his painful past and make him determined to protect those he loves, even if he has to hurt them to do it. When Amber returns to the Everglades, asking Rick to release her once and for all, he agrees to her request, but he has one of his own.

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When I think back on this summer, I'll remember two things: going to the beach and working on my book, The Bingewatchers Guide to Riverdale. Both of these endeavors have been a blast. 

I've gotten to go to many beaches around my home state of Michigan. To me, the beach is fascinating .  It's the place where two worlds come together and represents so many possibilities. I've always been intrigued by water and the hidden life inside it. In celebration of the mysteries of the water, I've selected Everglades Wildfire as our book of the month.

When not at the beach, I've been working on The Bingewatchers Guide to Riverdale. This book will have trivia, quizzes, analysis, espisode summaries, and witty comments. I've watched each of the 76 epiosdes at least three times. So, right now, I am brimming with facts and fun throughts on the CW's ultra-popular teen noir show. I'm putting the finishing touches on the book now. Stay tuned for release news!

If you only watch one episode
CW's gritty and glam show: Riverdale

Watch the finale of Season 3.

Entertainment Weekly declared this Season 3‚Äôs Chapter Fifty-Seven, ‚ÄúSurvive the Night,‚ÄĚ the best season finale to date and with good reason. This action-packed episode delivers some serious reveals viewers have been waiting for but, if this is your only episode, you aren‚Äôt going to care about that. Here‚Äôs what you will care about.

The Sisters of Quiet Mercy & The Farm

From our first introduction when Penelope sends Cheryl there for a cure, we know the Sisters of Quiet Mercy is neither quiet nor merciful. Before being closed in the middle of season 3, the Sisters of Quiet Mercy was a home claiming to be dedicated to reforming the troubled youths of Riverdale. While claiming to aspire to honest and good values, such as meaningful work and spirituality, the so-called ‚ÄėSisters‚Äô ran an illegal distillery and gave the resident teens Fizzle Rocks, a drug that induces hallucinations. A truly rockin‚Äô place.

It turns out Betty was right when she mocked her sister Polly for joining the Farm. The group was a cult, led by Edgar Evernever, who, in addition to messing with the followers’ heads and hearts, sought to harvest their organs.

It also turns out that Betty was confined in both institutions. She first escapes the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Once out, she learns that her mother stayed there. Betty’s struggle to get away from Alice’s influence and control continues with her interactions with The Farm, where she is also confined. Again, her mother is involved. This time as a current resident.

These two plotlines, The Sisters of Quiet Mercy and The Farm, ultimately resolved in Survive the Night, are definitive examples of how the sin and secrets of the Riverdale adults continually shape and motivate the plotlines, pulling the teens away from each other and forcing them to protect themselves from the adults.

Griffins and Gargoyles and The Gargoyle King

The role-playing game, Griffins and Gargoyles, is another example of how the sins and secrets of the Riverdale adults’ causes endangers and harms to the teens. All throughout Season 3, viewers have been waiting to discover the identity of the G&G Game Master, the one behind the resurgence of this treacherous, decades old game, a game their own parents played but, after a game-related death, swore to never discuss G & G again.

That confidence is kept until Penelope Blossom coerces Betty, Veronica, Archie and Jughead to the Blossom hunting lodge. We learn that she is the G&G Game Master, Chic, who isn‚Äôt dead after all, is the Gargoyle King, and that they once again will pay the price for the misdeeds of their parents. Over dinner, Penelope reminds the gang that they are the sons and daughters of the original Midnight Club, the Gryphons & Gargoyles game-playing group their parents formed. Her intent is to punish the teens for what the entire town of Riverdale did to her years ago. Her revenge‚ÄĒone last deadly round of the game. The four teens must journey through the forest surrounding Thornhill, the Blossom estate. The woods are filled with lethal challenges‚ÄĒone for each of them.

Penelope Blossom’s G&G revenge journey through the woods demonstrates how the teens continually fight through the conflicts caused by the action of the adults of Riverdale. As the head of the most established family in town, the vengeful Penelope represents Riverdale’s special brand of corrupt power, the wicked need to control, and concealed violence. Archie’s quest, to fight the grizzled beast, and Jughead’s quest, to battle Chic, the Gargoyle King, are strength-proving and individual. Betty’s quest, to decide whether or not to kill her father, the Black Hood, and Veronica’s quest, to drink from a potentially poisoned chalice to save her friends, are character-proving. All the quests are connected to conflicts created by the town of Riverdale. Penelope’s appearance at the successful conclusion of the quests is a reminder of the constant threat the town represents to the friends. Cheryl’s rescue arrival with her bow-and-arrow armed Pretty Poisons solidifies the truth that in Riverdale, the teens must protect each other from the consequences of the adults’ actions and attitudes.

EXCERPT FROM: The Bingewatchers Guide to Riverdale

Cocktail of the Month
Rum Runner


  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce blackberry liqueur
  • 1 ounce banana liqueur
  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum or aged rum
  • Splash grenadine
  • Optional: Add 1 ounce Bacardi 151 to float on top

Directions: Fill glass with ice. Add the liquid contents and stir. Pour the 151 in the straw or on the top.

This month's recipe from USA Today Network.

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