Emiliene Alemkeng

Lino Publishing is elated to introduce another budding author who is talented and blessed with the gift of storytelling. Her maiden novel, Charlotte: A Coming of Age Tale is coming soon and we are dropping the first two chapters for your reading pleasure. Not to let the cat out of the bag, this tale is enthralling and includes all the intrigues of youthful teen shenanigans that is part of the journey of self-discovery.
Kindly read and leave your comments, also be prepared to buy copies when the book drops soon.
Louisa Lum, (PHD)
Managing Editor, Lino Publishing and Communications

Episode 1

Its 5:25 in the morning and Charlotte’s alarm clock was snoozing for the third time already. She raised her left hand and switched it off, as she dragged herself out of bed still half asleep. She staggers around in her scanty bedroom as she made an effort to break from the grip of sleep. It was always a herculean task for Charlotte to get out of bed every morning even though she had been doing it for a long time. The idea of getting to school late penetrated her consciousness and brought her to complete wakefulness.
She had to leave the house by 6:00am every day in order to escape traffic that was a hallmark of the city of Douala. She then hurried to the kitchen to clean it up. Unfortunately for her, the kitchen was a mess. Neither Brother Chris nor Yan had bothered washing their dishes last night after dinner as usual. She hastened to finish the chores while simultaneously heating the leftover fried rice they had for dinner the previous evening. Done with the cleaning, she hurried to the bathroom and luckily, no one was there so she closed the door and took a quick shower.
At eighteen, Charlotte was preparing for the GCE Advanced level which was a very stressful period in her life. She really wanted good grades in order to go to the University of her choice. She was confident in her capacity for hard work since the name Charlotte Tazi had never been associated with failure in the past. She was the last daughter of Ben and Linda Tazi, Bangwa natives who had made Douala their home for over two decades. Charlotte had two elder brothers who loved her dearly though they were extremely over protective and even overbearing sometimes. They were not rich but sacrificed to hire a personal driver to chauffeur her to and from school daily. This was extremely embarrassing for Charlotte because her classmates choose their preferred mode of transport.

To be continued…