The Fussy Librarian Promotion


Zion: A Louisiana Mystery


Thanks to all of The Fussy Librarian readers of Zion: A Louisiana Mystery, my latest novel. I hope you like the book. Zion is 99 cents on Thursday, September 15, 2016. My Kindles, audio books, and paperbacks are available here. Ask me any questions about the novel.

Enjoy the trailer for the audio book.


Let me know what you think of the book, and leave an honest review. Much obliged. Thanks.



Free ebook giveaway on May 28 & 29, 2015

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On Thursday and Friday, May 28 and 29, my newest novel will be a FREE ebook. Please enjoy and share. Zion: A Novel.

Read a recent review below from the prestigious Image journal in Seattle:

Tom Hardin, the main protagonist in Dayne Sherman’s new novel, Zion, is a man of conviction. It’s that conviction—and perhaps it should really be called obstinacy—that drives the plot, which twists and turns across the back roads and small towns of rural Louisiana. Hardin is struggling to keep connected to his wife and son, but also the rest of the world, which seems to be leaving him behind. The more he digs in his heels, the tougher it gets for Hardin, who will remind readers of characters from the stories of O’Connor, Faulkner, and Welty. In these characters, Sherman truly shines. They come to life in back rooms and church pews, making for a strange déjà vu—these are people you know. These are people who make you wonder if they actually exist somewhere in the swamp. Those familiar with the south will immediately recognize old friends, old haunts. And those who haven’t spent time in that part of the country will be taken on a tour of a place that has influenced Sherman’s work deeply. He pulls off what many writers can’t: a literary novel that is also a compelling read.

All of my books and many of my story collections are available online.

Thank you.

Dayne Sherman is the author of the novels Zion and Welcome to the Fallen Paradise. Signed first editions available from the author. And he does not speak for any of his employers.


Free Ebook Feb. 26 & 27, 2015


FREE Ebook: “Security,” Dayne Sherman‘s comic short story about a Louisiana log truck driver trying to keep his job, is available FREE on Thurs. and Fri. of this week. Download the story as a Kindle. No strings attached. If you like the story, write a review on Amazon. And please tell others it’s FREE. Thanks.

Book Description:

For Peebo Grizzle, life is supposed to be simple: a good wife, a loveable bulldog, a Mack log truck to drive, and plenty of cold beer to drink on the weekends. But this Louisiana paradise falls apart after too many tickets and a personal fight with the Department of Public Safety. The conflict has him fired from his job and separated from his wife. He plots his revenge and tries to get back what is his, both job and family. “Security” is about survival, and Peebo nearly triumphs in his own wickedly funny way.

This is the first story in a series of Peebo Grizzle fiction. More stories will be released in the near future, and the full novel will be published as a print, ebook, and audio. “Too Stupid to Love” is Story No. 2 in the series.

“Security” was first published in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi Valley at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

A Darned Good Southern Story

Inspired by Hurricane Katrina, Dayne Sherman wrote a story about the aftermath of the storm on one family.  The short story was published at LSU-Eunice in Louisiana Review. It’s a “long story,” and sells for 99 cents.


Collection 4: One More Disaster: A Short Story. Ebook, only 99 cents.

“One More Disaster” is the tale of a young attorney displaced after Hurricane Katrina. A prosperous lawyer with a beautiful wife and family, all was lost when he landed in a FEMA trailer park outside of Ruthberry, Louisiana, in rural Baxter Parish. As the marriage breaks under pressure, life is made anew in the Little Sicilian Bar. Readers will love Kyle Vancleave and what he becomes after he loses everything.

Thanks for reading and sharing.

Black Friday Book Deal

The Black Friday Book Deal: We have copies of Zion, Dayne Sherman’s new Louisiana mystery novel, signed and numbered (1-500) for $20 each with free shipping, and we’ll pay the sales tax. All additional copies are $10 each. We also have first additions of Welcome to the Fallen Paradise (paperbacks) for the same $10 price. All purchases help make Accendo Books a sustainable micro-press. You can pay through PayPal or check. [PP - or Accendo Books, 1905 W. Thomas St., Ste. D., 137, Hammond, LA 70401]. Let us know if you have any questions. Thank you and please share.


A new review of Zion by a librarian

Louisiana Revealed, November 26, 2014
By L. Smith “librarian and vampire aficionado” (Near New Orleans)
This review is from: Zion: A Novel (Paperback)
Sherman’s first book was very good. This one is better. I happen to live in the real-world parish upon which the fictional Baxter Parish is based and Sherman has truly caught the character of the people in southeastern Louisiana. Even though the novel is set in 1964 and 1974, the area is still much the same as in the story. Church, family, work, hunting, and scandal are the pillars upon which the community is built. Into this rich background Sherman has dropped some truly memorable people. On top of that he’s layered a pulse-pounding mystery. The book is a rich gumbo of excellent ingredients combined with great care. I think you’ll find it very tasty.

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Zion is FREE Nov. 14 & Jim Engster Show

On Friday, November 14, from 5-6 PM, Dayne will be on the Jim Engster Show on 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge and elsewhere through the Louisiana Radio Network. Jim is one of the best interviewers in the business. Please call in (1-877-217-5757 -or-

The topic: Louisiana politics. Here’s the link to the show:…/…/185618-The-Jim-Engster-Show.html

And Zion, a Louisiana mystery, will be free all day on Nov. 14th:

A recent review of Zion:

Jam-packed with local color, Dayne Sherman strives to continue the tradition of William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and other writers who rooted their human dramas in the soil of rural America. Zion paints a vivid picture of the rural South of another era. Sherman shows readers the dark side of rural southern life: the small town corruption and cronyism, the racism, and the religious hypocrisy, but, thankfully, he does not stop there. Nobility is there too, and that is one of this novel’s strengths. It avoids the extremes of demonizing the rural southerners (a popular pastime these days) and excessive romanticizing of the “good old days.” Not all of his “bumpkins” are stupid. Tom, his main character, is a self-educated scholar even though his intelligence might not be obvious to outside observers. (My great-grandfather was that kind of rural intellectual. He was a mailman and subsistence farmer, but he read history books for fun.) I confess it took me a couple of chapters to really warm up to the characters, but once the story started moving, it was worth the wait.

Thanks, Dr. Timothy D. Wise





Successful Book Launch for Zion

Is anything better than a good mystery?

The October 30th book launch was a great success for Zion, a Louisiana mystery novel. It’s now in print and ebook with audio on the way. We had a shindig and reading in Dayne Sherman’s hometown with about 150 people. The book was offered as a free Kindle ebook, and 1606 readers downloaded Zion. It reached # 4 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries on Amazon Kindle. The ebook is now for sale as a $2.99. Just click here:

Should you want a signed copy, a First Edition of Zion, the best way is to order direct. Checks made out to Accendo Books for $20, and we’ll handle tax and shipping costs. Or PayPal: accendobooks [AT] The mailing address is Accendo Books, L.L.C. 1905 W. Thomas St., Ste. D., 137, Hammond, LA 70401. We have plenty of first editions left, and some numbered 1-500. They make great Christmas gifts. Please share.

Brand new 5-star review on Amazon for Zion. L. Daniel writes: “Dayne Sherman keeps you stuck to his stories like sap to pine bark. The characters are personal and the twists are genuine. I loved ‘Welcome To The Fallen Paradise’ and am loving ‘Zion’ more. It is a complex story, simply told, about simple people in complex situations. I feel as though I know Tom Hardin and his family; a hard working rural family with a deep sense of personal morality in a world of thwarting challenges and their struggle against the greed and avarice of those who would take advantage of their plight.”

A $2.99 ebook download. Thanks, L. Daniel.

Zion in a box

Come to the Book Launch Party on Oct. 30.

You are invited to the Zion book launch with a signing and reading. October 30th. Live music with Davy Brooks on guitar, and free refreshments. Everyone will get a free ebook copy of Dayne Sherman’s new novel. From 4-6:30 PM and the reading is at 5:30 PM, done in time for the New Orleans Saints game. Come and go as you please. Paperback copies for sale. Thank you. (Location: 217 E Thomas St, Hammond, LA 70401 –