Best Romance Novelist

Jaid Black

When single mother Tina Engler started self-publishing romance novels out of her Akron apartment in 2000, she never imagined the hobby would turn into a media empire. But seven years later, Engler, pen-name "Jaid Black," is one of the biggest sellers in the romance-novel industry. She gives women what they want -- stories that writhe somewhere between the fantasy world of romance and the dirty talk of a real bedroom. This brand of steamy lit has been dubbed "romantica," and she's been heralded as the "Queen of Steam," as her company, Ellora's Cave, nets $6 million a year and boasts a roster of 400 authors. And there's something for everyone -- from cunnilingus-loving vampires to bondage and backdoor loving on the prairie. Best part is, the entire Ellora's Cave catalog is available in e-book format, with books going for as little as $4 a pop.