Alfred C. Martino


I am thrilled to announce the publication of my newest novel, "Perfected By Girls," about sophomore Melinda Radford, navigating life while being the lone girl on her high school wrestling team.

"Perfected by Girls" follows my 2009 novel, "Over The End Line," and my debut novel, "Pinned," published in 2005.

My novels have been positively reviewed in Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, VOYA, Booklist, AudioFile and Kirkus. In addition, "Pinned" was chosen as a Jr. Library Guild Selection, Capitol Choices nominee, and nominee for YALSA's 'Best Book For Young Adults.'

I regularly have speaking engagements at public libraries and schools to discuss writing, being an entrepreneur, audiobook publishing, and the importance of education with middle and high school students.

I am a proud graduate of Duke University and The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and the co-founder and president of Listen & Live Audio, Inc., the premier independent audiobook publishing company in the US.

With over 600 titles, Listen & Live Audio has worked with some of the finest narrators in the audiobook industry, including film legend Burt Reynolds, Penn Jillette of "Penn & Teller," Frank Muller, Grover Gardner, George Guidall, Simon Prebble and the incomparable Katy kellgren. The company has won 3 consecutive Odyssey Honor Awards, 10 Audie Awards, and dozens of AudioFile 'Earphones' and Publishers Weekly 'Listen Up' Awards.

The company has also had the privilege of recording many high-profile books, including the New York Times bestseller "The Jane Austen Book Club," "The Darwin Awards" series, "The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook" series, as well as, authors Donna Hanover, Carol O'Connell, David Rosenfelt, Leil Lowndes, LA Meyer, Barbara Corcoran, Karen White, and Cassandra King.

A native of Short Hills, NJ, I have has been a resident of Jersey City, NJ, since 1998. Most importantly, I am the proud companion to two wonderful rescue dogs, Daisy and Sara.

Where to find Alfred C. Martino online

Where to buy in print


The Boy and Girl: A Parable
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Coming of age
A parable about a boy and girl who build nearby sand castles on the beach.
Waiting For A Friend: A Play
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,050. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2017. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Waiting For A Friend is a one-act play about a fifty-something-year-old man who has an unexpected (or maybe not) meeting with a best friend from his teenage years, as they catch up on each other's lives, renew their friendship, and lament the passage of so many decades.
Over The End Line: A Novel
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 59,030. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense, Fiction » Coming of age
Kyle Saint-Claire is everything Jonny Fehey wishes to be: a star on and off the soccer field. Jonny unhappily accepts his social status—but then he scores the winning goal in the county soccer championship and everything changes. Jonny is invited to a victory party with the in-crowd. But in his moment of glory, a classmate is raped. Jonny's world begins to unravel, and someone is out for revenge.
Breathing In Rio: A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,130. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Rio, a place of beauty, excitement, and wonder. A place where you are free to dance until your feet ache and sing until you can no more. A woman and her mother experience this and more during their visit to Brazil's most famous city.
Where Am I?: A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,850. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
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: A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,960. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Biographical
A 50-something-year old man confronted by the unexpected visit of his best friend who died tragically when they were in high school. The man must come to terms with his lost youth and innocence, and the unstoppable passage of time, while a painful but heartfelt conversation with his teenage friend puts into perspective a life cut short versus what it means to have lived a full life.
I Have Never Been Murdered: A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Urban
A short story bubbled up from the grim violence in Los Angeles, as the protagonist explains, "I have never murdered and I have never been murdered. But I have dreamed of both."
Grad School Daydreams: A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 600. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A whimsical story, set at a Southern California university, about a grad school student who daydreams and pines for a beautifully exotic woman sitting next to him in class.
A Cowboy's Journey: A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Western
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.
Quiet Desperation: A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,180. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A stranger meets you in a bar. You're drunk. You talk a lot. Without you realizing it, he’s learning about you. He makes you a million-dollar proposition to cause a drunk-driving accident. Sounds crazy? 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 hero you once were. Do you take the chance?
Perfected By Girls: A Novel
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 68,570. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
Melinda Radford is the lone girl on the Ashton High wrestling team. After an off-handed comment puts Mel at odds with her teammates, and, worst of all, her coach, Mel is given an opportunity--through a twist of tragedy and fate--to accomplish something no girl in her school has ever done. Is she strong enough to handle the pressure?

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