Category Archives: Writing as J.M. Snyder

First look at Not Another One Hit Wonder — coming next month!

Check out my next novel, Not Another One Hit Wonder, to be published November 19!


When best friends Jamie Eckert and Derek Duran realized they were in love, they took their relationship to the next level. But then Derek’s budding music career took off, and so did Derek.

Twenty years later, Jamie still lives in the small town of Ashbury, Virginia, where he grew up. He’s grown up and moved on — now he owns the family funeral home business and is raising Riley, his six-year-old adopted daughter.

But emotions Jamie thought long buried are stirred up again when he gets an early morning removal call. The deceased is Derek’s mother and Riley’s babysitter, Mrs. Duran. Now Derek’s back in town for the funeral, and he turns to Jamie for support … in more ways than one.

Angry at Derek for not keeping in touch, and angrier at himself for still loving the man who left him behind, Jamie is torn between his professional duty and his feelings for Derek. Will he be able to put aside his past with Derek to carry out Mrs. Duran’s final wishes? Or is Derek interested in rekindling their relationship after all this time?

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#FridayFiction — Not Another One Hit Wonder

Today’s snippet comes from my current WIP, an M/M romance as yet untitled (are you surprised by that?).


Jamie Eckert grew up in the small town of Ashbury, VA, where his family owned the local funeral parlor. Now in his forties, Jamie’s taken over the mortuary and is the father of a six-year-old girl named Riley.

The story opens with an early morning removal call. On the way, Jamie plans to drop Riley off at the home of Mrs. Duran, the mother of his former best friend (and one-time boyfriend) who now watches his daughter after school. But soon Jamie learns Mrs. Duran is the one who’s passed away, so he has to make other accommodations for Riley.

Her passing means Derek Duran will be coming back home … and Jamie hasn’t seen the man in over twenty years.

Derek left Ashbury after high school with big dreams of hitting it big. He must’ve succeeded, because he had a hit song on the radio back in the nineties. But he’s fallen out of the limelight since, and Jamie hasn’t been able to keep up with him.

When he returns, will they pick things up where they left off all those years ago? Or will Jamie keep Derek at bay to prevent losing his heart a second time when Derek leaves again?

Not Another One Hit Wonder, excerpt

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I’m All Shook Up

If you like disaster survival stories, try my historical gay erotic romance novella, All Shook Up.

I’ll let you in on a little secret — I’m fascinated by volcanoes. After reading several nonfiction books about violent eruptions in the past, particularly those of Vesuvius in Italy and Krakatoa in the South Pacific, I decided to write a story set in such a tumultuous clime.


The year is 1883. Eduard van De Lier is a Dutchman overseeing a spice plantation on the island of Java, in the South Pacific. His obsessive attraction to dark-skinned men is just one of his many secrets. His wife Marien knows of his indiscretions, but as she’s content with their Colonial lifestyle, she stays silent.

Until a former lover of Eduard’s shows up in their parlor with thoughts of blackmail.

Reza was a crewman on the ship that brought the van De Liers to Java. During the passage, Eduard spent many a night in the younger man’s arms. Two years have passed, and the last person Eduard expects to find in his drawing room is Reza, a letter in hand that could destroy the life he and Marien lead.

Seeing him again ignites Eduard’s lust for his first dark lover. He hopes to retrieve the letter, either through seduction or subterfuge, and the longer Reza eludes him, the more his desire grows. But they’re on shaky ground, and before things can heat up between them, their world explodes — literally — when the unstable island of Krakatoa erupts.

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