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  • Voters can only vote ONCE and for ONE author.  Votes can be cast between March 15 and midnight April 15, 2007.
  • An e-mail address must be entered by the voter.  He/she will receive a verification e-mail message with a link, and verification of each vote will be required before the vote is officially registered.
  • Only one vote can be cast from an individual computer.  This measure is set in force to eliminate “cheating” (i.e., people voting more than once with different e-mail addresses to try to circumvent the system).
  • Once a person votes, he/she can view the existing voting numbers and percentages and can check them continually.


March 9, 2007 -, which has the largest selection of African-American products on line, is sponsoring its second annual 2007 Best New Author Award.  The award will be announced June 1, 2007 and the grand prize is an all-expense paid 7-day Caribbean cruise with Cushcity staff and featured authors in September of this year.

The award process commenced Jan. 5 with nominations, and ended on Feb. 28.  Over 3,000 nominations were received for more than 150 authors.  The 20 authors who received the most nominations and will move on to the next phase of the award process are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Author's Name Most Recent Book and Publication Date Home Town
Montre Bible Heaven Sent (2005) Dallas, TX
Kimberley Rogers Crouch Mother To Son:  Words of Wisdom, Inspiration and Hope for Today's Young African-American Men (2006) Canton, MI
James T. Freeman Even As the Soul Prospers:  The Journey of Worshippers (2006) Pittsburgh, PA
Endy In My 'Hood (2006) Kansas City, MO
Stacey Harris Passionate Misfortunes (2006) Boston, MA
Ann Hines-Brown Mandy (2006) Memphis, TN
David H. Horton II Negro Intellect:  A Guide for Young Black Males (2005) Mableton, GA
J. T. Keitt Secrets of My Soul (2006) Belleville, NJ
Raleigh McMillon Chicken and Dumplings:  A Poor Man's Diary (2005) Middle Island, NY
Ana Otis Trashy Novel (2006) Bloomfield, NJ
Naiomi Pitre Broken Vows (2006) Gonzales, LA
Kesha K. Redmon On My Own (2007) Memphis, TN
Teresa Seals Taylor Made (2006) St. Louis, MO
Toya Morton Swanson Caught Between a Bitch and a Hard Place (2006) Glassboro, NJ
Mr. Talley No Candles (2006) Smyrna, GA
LaToya Townson Shattered Dreams (2005) Washington, DC
Martha Tucker The Mayor's Wife Wore Sapphires (2006) Compton, CA
Larriane Wills The Knowing (2006) Dewey, AZ
Adra Young The Everyday Living of Children and Teens Monologues (2005) Clinton Township, MI
Bonita Young Our Daddy, Their Father (2006) Conyers, GA

Book readers and other supporters may vote for the author of their choice starting March 15, and the voting process ends a month later on April 15.  The ten (10) authors with the most votes and book sales at during this period will become the finalists.  The list of finalists will be publicized no later than April 25.

The guidelines for an author nominee were:
1) Writer must have a debut novel, book of poetry, or non-fiction work released within the past two (2) years (copyright in 2005, 2006 or 2007). Author may have a second or third published work, but debut book (ANY BOOK OF ANY GENRE OR KIND) must have copyright in 2005, 2006 or 2007.

2) Writer must be a U.S. citizen and reside within the contiguous United States.

3) Book must be published in a standard, perfect-bound format.

4) Book cannot be pornographic in nature; however, erotic books with tasteful artwork will be considered at the discretion of

5) An author may nominate him/herself and/or be nominated by friends, family and business associates. An individual may nominate more than one author, but may NOT nominate the same author more than once. is the most highly trafficked African-American e-commerce web site in cyberspace, receiving more than 2 million hits per month.  Willie and Gwen Richardson, co-founders of, Inc., were featured in the January/February 2006 edition of Black Issues Book Review in the article "The Power Behind Black Books."  The Richardsons and/or Cushcity have also been featured in Ebony, Essence, Upscale and Black Enterprise magazines, as well as The New York Times Business Section. The 2007 cruise will showcase several best-selling authors, including Dwayne Joseph.

Information regarding the Best New Author Award is available online at the following location:

Media inquiries may be directed to Gwen Richardson, Co-Founder and Web Site Manager at, Inc., at (281) 444-4265.








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