Pinned follows Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane, two high school seniors, as they embark on the most important winter of their lives in a quest for the New Jersey state high school wrestling championship.
She's the lone girl on the Ashton High wrestling team, grappling with opponents who refuse to compete against her, a few who want to crush her, and a coach who's less-than-pleased having a female in his practice room. At home, Mel's parents forbid her from seeing her new boyfriend, her grandmother insists she start preparing for her future by taking a dready office internship, and her infuriating older brother, who's the varsity team captain, flirts with her best friend, Jade. Just when it seems things can't get any more complicated, an off-handed comments puts Mel at odds with her teammates, her brother, and her coach.
Kyle Saint-Claire is everything Jonny Fehey wishes to be: A star on the soccer field, a straight-A student, and king of Millburn High's social ladder. Jonny unhappily accepts his position on a lesser rung, until fate steps in and Jonny scores the go-ahead goal in the county soccer championships...and it looks like he will finally make it into the popular crowd. But at the victory party, a classmate is raped and Jonny's world begins to unravel.
Set in the mythical Wild West, an aging cowboy deals with the passage of time while recalling a life-defining moment with a woman of his youth. Alfred C. Martino is the author of the novels Perfected by Girls, Pinned, and Over The End Line as well as,the short stories "Quiet Desperation" and "Grad School Daydreams." A resident of Jersey City, New Jersey, he is a graduate of Duke University and the Marshall Graduate School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Imagine for a moment you're Marcus Cooper. A slick stranger meets you in a bar. You're drunk. You talk a lot. Without realizing it he's learning about you. Your desire for money and women. By night's end he makes you a million-dollar proposition to cause a drunk-driving accident. Sounds crazy to you? Maybe, maybe not. You're out of work. Bills are piling up. You owe your bookie six grand. But mostly you're twenty years removed from being the high-school football star you once were, doubting how much longer life is worth living.
Consider the countless streets, roads, and avenues you've traveled over your lifetime. Ever imagine you could have the choice to name one of those streets? This recording discusses four methods - and the steps you will need to take - to get a street named after yourself or a hero you admire or changed to a name you petition for. Though the process is typically neither quick nor easy, it is possible with enough patience and determination.
In this short story, a traveling businessman settles into yet another motel room. This one just like every other one. Same dull curtains. Same faded wallpaper. Same stale stink. As the world moves on in a rush outside the motel door, he assesses his career and his life, asking, "Where am I?"
Waiting for a Friend is the story of a 50-year-old man who has an unexpected meeting with a best friend from his teenage years, and they catch up on each other's lives, renew their friendship, and lament the passage of so many decades.
I have never murdered, and I have never been murdered, but I have dreamed of both. Alfred C. Martino is the author of three highly acclaimed novels, Perfected By Girls, Over the End Line, and Pinned. Mr. Martino was born and raised in Short Hills, New Jersey, and graduated from Millburn High School. He is a graduate of Duke University and The Marshall Graduate School of Business at the University of Southern California. He currently lives in Jersey City.
Hear a lecture given by young-adult author Alfred C. Martino to high-school students as he discusses the craft of writing and his novels, Perfected by Girls, Pinned, and Over the End Line. Martino was born and raised in Short Hills, New Jersey, and graduated from Millburn High School, where is played varsity soccer and was captain of the varsity wrestling team. He is a graduate of Duke University and The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He currently lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.