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Originally published Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:15 AM

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New Bloodlines novel; a ‘cure’ for shyness; a paean to playing

New books by Seattle-area authors include a new Bloodlines novel by Richelle Mead; a memoir of goat-herding and self-discovery; a young girl’s shyness cure may be worse than the disease; and a new picture book by Nikki McClure.


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“The Ruby Circle” by Richelle Mead (Razorbill, $18.99). The Seattle-area author produces the sixth and final book of her successful Bloodlines series. In this one, the secret romance between Sydney and Adrian is exposed and because of it, the young lovers find themselves facing the wrath of “the Alchemists and the Moroi.”

“A Long Way From Paris” by EC Murray (Plicata Press, $16). Author Murray, who teaches writing at Seattle Community College and Tacoma Community College, writes about her transformation while herding goats. The book tells her story, of a young woman who hitchhikes from Paris to a remote farm in the south of France. Her responsibilities grow, the world around her changes and she learns valuable life lessons.

“Charisma” by Jeanne Ryan (Dial, $17.99). For young adults — a shy girl, Aislyn, is offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy guaranteed to make her “shine.” She indeed becomes popular and vivacious, but problems soon arise, forcing her to make a tough decision. Ryan lives in Seattle..

“In” by Nikki McClure (Abramsappleseed, $16.95). For ages 2-5, A boy and his toy giraffe enjoy a day inside, even transforming a big wicker basket into a rocket ship. It’s a story of embracing the pleasures of imaginative play. McClure, of Olympia, both wrote and illustrated the book.



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