BK Book Lounge is the official home on the web for readers of my books. It isn’t a fan site or a personal blog, it’s a community website, where Brookelynites can complement their reading experience with relevant content, while reading, or after reading, stories told by me.
BK Book Lounge, the name at least, started on Facebook. I’d changed my group’s name from Brookelynites Café to Brookelynites Book Lounge because I wanted more of a social atmosphere filled with opportunities to discuss my books.
Life happened while running the group and I took a hiatus while pregnant in 2020 and after having my baby girl towards the end of that year. Time constraints made it difficult to maintain the group after, but I didn’t want to archive it. While thinking of how to relaunch it, I had the idea of creating an extension website where readers can go to find complementary content and references to add to their reading experience. I’ve done this by creating a Character/Settings Glossary and most noteworthy, a way to revisit characters and their lives after their happily ever afters through Glimpses.
To be honest, the glimpses are my favorite part of this website and the motivation behind creating BKBL. I always get asked by my readers if certain characters will get another story, and often they won’t. That’s because any continuation wouldn’t be worth a novel, novella, or even a short story.
But short, short stories (essentially vignettes, which are a kind of flash in and outs of my characters’ lives) I can do! In fact, it will be through those glimpses that I can determine if their stories can continue.
BK Book Lounge is my way of saying thank you for being a reader. My focus moving forward will be to delight the readers who, when I was a new to them author, they took a chance, enjoyed what they read, and returned for more. They fell in love with the characters and formed a connection to them. So here is where the connection will deepen.
For all the readers who have ever asked for an update on a character, who have wanted to know more about those characters and their stories, or if you have wondered if their stories will ever continue, this is for you.