Jaid Black is the pseudonym of Tina Marie Engler—the founder/owner of the former Ellora's Cave Publishing and a longtime civil rights activist. Engler has been featured in every major news outlet from the New York Daily News and L.A. Times to Forbes, Publisher's Weekly, Salon, Time Magazine, to national TV news stations, major radio shows (Sirius XM,) and television talk-shows such as Montel.
Ellora's Cave, and thus Ms. Engler, was officially recognized by Romantic Times Magazine with their first ever Trail Blazer award for being the mastermind of erotic romance as you know and love it today, as well as for the pivotal role she played in popularizing the e-book. Writing as Jaid Black, her books have received numerous distinctions, including a nomination for the Henry Miller award for the best literary sex scene written in the English language.
Pets: 1 dog & 4 cats
Rapper Name: Skittles - parodies available at Cave Chaos Radio
Favorite childhood movies: Wizard of Oz, Grease, King Kong, and Willy Wonka
Favorite political movies: Braveheart, Planet of the Apes, and The Kingdom
Favorite TV: Bill Maher, John Oliver, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead franchise, The Strain, Absolutely Fabulous, Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, and Golden Girls
Theme song: Sadeness by Enigma
Favorite Color: turquoise
Mottos: "Women... live your lives in such a way that when you get up in the morning the devil says, 'Oh fuck, she's awake.'" ~ Author Unknown
"For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are those 'It might have been.'" ~ John Greenleaf Whittier
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." ~ Anais Nin
"When to the heart of man Was it ever less than a treason To go with the drift of things, To yield with a grace to reason, And bow and accept the end Of a love or a season?" ~ Robert Frost
"I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. ~ Robert Frost
Little Known Fact: Jaid/Tina is a direct descendant (great-many-times-over granddaughter) of Marcus Antonius (better known in English as "Marc Antony") & his fourth wife, Octavia the Younger, who was the sister of Augustus, the first Roman Emperor.
Marc Antony left his wife while she was pregnant with Jaid's great-many-times-over grandmother, Antonia the Minor, to rekindle his romance with Cleopatra. The Egyptian queen was willing to finance Antony's army, which sought to destroy Augustus' empire.
Antonia the Minor married Nero Claudius Drusus, the military commander who eventually defeated and destroyed her father's army. Antonia bore Nero three children, including Germanicus, father of the Emperor Caligula.
“A wonderful satirist!” ~ Emilio Estevez, actor/writer/director, on Jaid Black
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