I'm very pleased to let you know that SHOVEL READY has been shortlisted for a 2015 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. You can see actual verifiable proof of this — and all the nominees — here.
This is a great honor for me, since the Edgars (named for you-know-Poe, pictured above) are basically the Pulitzers of mystery writing. Or the National Book Award. Or whichever award you think is important. Plus, the other nominees are a who's who of fantastic current crime writers. Plus, there's a dinner! So: all good.