Penelope Salvo and Impossible Red


Book 1 of 8 in the Penelope Salvo adventure series

Teenage punk and underachiever, Penelope Salvo, finds herself days away from living on the streets of New York City. Desperate for a way to survive, she responds to a vague help-wanted ad in the Village Voice that leads her to the dark alleys of Chinatown. There, she finds a long forgotten flower shop and a room to live in. But the longer she lives in the shop, the more strange and mysterious things seem to happen. Eventually she comes to discover a supernatural world that exists in the shadows of the Big Apple.

Penelope unwittingly becomes the target of a Voodoo spirit's affections, partners up with a 1998 Toyota Corolla who can talk and fly, and she befriends a pair of fairy tale princesses cut off from their fantasy world and trapped in the Bronx. The more she learns about this strange new world, the more things point to the Westland Corporation and their plot to change the Earth and fulfill their evil agenda.

Penelope Salvo is both the devil on our left shoulder tempting us to do evil, and the angel on our right shoulder begging us to do good.

Science Fiction Chronicles

Justin Zaruba has found a way to combine mythology, science fiction, fantasy, and comedy in such a way that you will absolutely never know what is going to happen next.

David Remi, SFCC