MeeGenius editors are also allowed to choose their favorite stories to move on to the next voting round (in addition to the top reader picks). (They haven't said how many books will move on to the next round.)
Thanks for all your kind words and asking friends, family, parents, grandparents, and co-workers with Facebook accounts to vote. I greatly appreciate it. This author challenge has given me a window into how George Bailey must have felt when everyone in town helped out at the end of It's A Wonderful Life. Truly humbling.
A thousand thanks!