A few weeks ago, I decided that the best way to talk about this year’s top picks would be: to ignore me (you get all my top picks all the time anyway!) and instead, have several of our favorite authors on Binge on Books for an open discussion with them about the reads they liked best from 2015. Along with fellow book reviewer, Onnica from I Love Romantic Fiction, the fabulous Amy Jo Cousins and Nalini Singh stopped by to chat everything they enjoyed, from science fiction to contemporary romance to historicals to BDSM. It was entertaining and enlightening and gave my Kindle a huge boost in terms of reading material.

If you missed hearing Nalini and Amy Jo talk about the books they loved? Well, listen to it now: Author Chat: Best Books, part 1

We had such a blast talking with those two that Onni and I got two more of our favorites on board for a round 2! That’s right here today to discuss the books they loved and the themes that worked for them are…J.R. Gray and Jessica Hawkins!



Too eager and in need of great reads to listen to the podcast? Or did you listen and just want to see them before you buy them? Complete lists from both authors can be found here:

JR Gray

J.R. Gray’s’ Top Picks of 2015 (in no particular order)
Jessica Hawkins
Jess Hawkins’s Top Picks of 2015 (in no particular order)
Honorable Mentions (not mentioned in the podcast)
Onnica is the sole reviewer of I Love Romantic Fiction, a site dedicated to…you guessed it, romance! Onni hails from England and if she wasn’t reading and reviewing, she’d probably wither and die – it’s her passion.  She believes there are always more amazing authors out there to discover and she’s always looking for good recommendations, so don’t be shy!

When not staying up all night writing, J.R. Gray can be found basking in the warm glow of the Miami sun, or at the gym where it’s half assumed Gray is a permanent resident. A dominant, pilot, and sword fighting enthusiast, Gray finds it hard to be in the passenger seat of any car. Gray frequently interrupts real life, including normal sleep patterns, to jot down nonsense. The bane of Gray’s existence are commas, and even though it’s been fully acknowledged they are necessary, they continue to baffle and bewilder.

If Gray wasn’t writing…well, that’s not possible. The buildup of untold stories would haunt Gray into an early grave or possibly a mental institution where the tales would end up on the walls in crayon and finger paint.

Get in Touch with J.R.: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest


Jess Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

Get in touch with Jess: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


Intro and outro of today’s podcast comes from: Songs From Your Collarbone (Myndra) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 / portion of intro used


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