Love and Romanpunk (Twelve Planets Book 2)

By Tansy Rayner Roberts

Millions of years in the past, Julia Agrippina wrote the real background of her kin, the Caesars. The record was once misplaced, or destroyed, nearly immediately.

(It incorporated extra monsters than chances are you'll think.)

Hundreds of years in the past, Fanny and Mary ran clear of London with a debauched poet and his sister.

(If it was once the poet you're taking into consideration, the tale could have ended way more fortunately, and with fewer humans having their throats bitten out.)

Sometime within the close to destiny, a group will dwell in a reproduction Roman urban inbuilt the Australian bush. It’s a sight to behold.

(Shame in regards to the manticores.)

Further sooner or later, the final guy who guards the key heritage of the area will observe that the previous has a manner of coming round to chew you.

(He didn’t even recognize she had a specific thing for pointy teeth.)

The international is in better threat than you ever suspected. ladies named Julia are better than they seem. Don’t allow your little brother make out with silver-eyed blondes. Immortal heroes relatively don’t fancy teenage ladies. while love dies, there’s nonetheless opera. kin is every little thing. Monsters are in every single place. convinced, you do need to put on the damned toga.

History isn't really what you think that it is.

LOVE AND ROMANPUNK.

Table of Contents

advent via Helen Merrick

Julia Agrippina’s mystery kin Bestiary

Lamia Victoriana

The Patrician

final of the Romanpunks

Afterword

"Connie Willis meets Gail Carriger over greater than a cup of tea" - Helen Merrick

Nominated for the Award for most sensible assortment. "The Patrician" received the Washington technological know-how Fiction organization Award.

Twelfth Planet Press is an self reliant publishing condominium tough the established order with books that interrogate, commentate and inspire.

The Twelve Planets are twelve boutique collections via a few of Australia’s best brief tale writers. different throughout style and magnificence, every one assortment bargains 4 brief tales and a different glimpse into worlds formed through a few of our favorite storytellers. every one writer has taken the short of four tales and as much as forty 000 phrases of their personal course. a few are quartet suites of associated tales. Others are tasters of the diversity and elegance of the author. every one unencumber is a standalone and brings whatever unexpected.

The Twelve Planets

Book 1: Nightsiders by means of Sue Isle

Book 2: Love and Romanpunk by way of Tansy Rayner Roberts

Book three: Thief of Lives by means of Lucy Sussex

Book four: undesirable strength by means of Deborah Biancotti

Book five: Showtime via Narrelle M Harris

Book 6: via Splintered partitions by means of Kaaron Warren

Book 7: Cracklescape by means of Margo Lanagan

Book eight: Asymmetry by means of Thoraiya Dyer

Book nine: warning includes Small components by means of Kirstyn McDermott

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They didn't dare problem the main robust girl in Rome. Julia significant fell since it was once Livia who decreed she shouldn't be forgiven, and Julilla additionally. Julia’s boys died, one after the other, or even my very own father Germanicus was once now not secure as soon as he had rebelled opposed to her keep an eye on. I blame Livia for all in their deaths, and i'm now not the single one. ‘Be type to Livia,’ my mom advised us once we lower back to Rome, fatherless and damaged. ‘Be solid to Livia. certainly else, be important to Livia, and we may possibly reside. ’ Caligula was once the easiest at it. He had a expertise for fascinating outdated women, and positioned it to nice influence. Livia warmed to his lovely fa ce and eloquent tongue, and allowed him into her internal circle. He could usually convey his sisters alongside, supplied we dressed properly and smiled sufficiently. My tongue was once the sharpest and most simply given to sarcasm, and Julia Livilla used to be too younger to correctly shield herself, so Drusilla grew to become his favorite companion in crime. greater than as soon as, whilst Caligula had visited our great-grandmother on my own, I observed marks on his neck that will were bites. Livia used to be continually rosier of cheek and extra friendly corporation after a kind of visits. Drusus and Nero, our older brothers, have been known as in for such meetings themselves, and afterwards appeared gradual and uninteresting. Caligula, notwithstanding, thrived on Livia’s attentions, and may come clear of her feverish and excitable. no matter what my brother might have been; she replaced him. If there's lamia blood in all of our veins, then it used to be brightest in his, and that i think it used to be her proximity that introduced it out in him. i used to be purely by myself with Livia as soon as, the day she advised me that she had prepared my marriage. i used to be 13, and sufficiently old, in order that they all stated. I observed a silvery sheen to the outdated woman’s pores and skin, and a gleam in her eyes that she used to be often greater at hiding. ‘Are you happy at this information? ’ she requested, as though I may still clap my fingers with pleasure fats and aged senator were sufficiently bribed with the present of an imperial spouse. ‘Of direction, grandmother,’ I instructed her. ‘Marriage is the aim of a girl, Agrippinilla. ’ I nodded and smiled, preserving my distance from her. ‘Come, kiss me then. ’ I iced up for under an immediate, horrified on the idea, then recovered myself and got here ahead to provide her a dutiful peck at the cheek. She felt fevered, and grew to become her head on the final second to obtain my kiss at the mouth. i'll scent hot blood, and questioned which of my brothers she have been feeding on. ‘Your sons will serve me,’ she breathed. ‘My sons will serve the Empire,’ I agreed. She nodded and smiled, as though she had now not spotted the excellence I made. ‘I have made Tiberius promise,’ she stated. ‘When I die, i have to be a goddess. i'm going to sit down at Augustus’ correct hand as his actual spouse. Caligula has promised me this in addition, should still Tiberius fail me. and also you — you'll train your sons, will you no longer? That Livia has to be a goddess? ’ ‘Yes, grandmother,’ I controlled to assert. Her palms have been gripping me, smooth, puckered dermis over bone. How lengthy did she intend to reside, if my little ones have been to have a say within the topic?

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