Paul Michael Peters


Author of Thrillers, Suspense, & the Unexpected

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Top-selling author Paul Michael Peters is an American writer of thrillers, suspense, and the unexpected. He is best known for his twists and take on the quirky tangents of contemporary life. Combustible Punch, a thriller, is scheduled for release August 13, 2019.

His upcoming novel, Combustible Punch, explores the psychological dance between that most unlikely of odd couples: a serial killer and a high school shooting survivor.

Stay up to date with Peters' latest book releases and author news by visiting his website, where you can sign up for the newsletter as well as find more short stories and other online content.

What others say about author Paul Michael Peters

Peters’ evenly paced novel is a riveting look at a serial killer, even if only in glimpses.”

Combustible Punch is a great suspense story with interesting characters, a complex and twisted plot and great writing from Paul Michael Peters.”

This writer has a very engaging style. I really enjoyed reading this book. Great summer read.”

Paul Michael Peter’s novel “Insensible Loss” is a truly unique piece of literature that seamlessly combines a little bit of slightly futuristic fantasy and magic with a realistic story of empathy and the struggle of witnessing human suffering and the death process.”

I've read books by Mr. Peters before, and as always, his style is what sticks out. If you've never read his books before, you are missing out. He has a rare, distinctive voice, and it's worth reading his books for that alone. But the plot and characters here are good too! :)”

I have read all of Paul Michael Peters' books - and this one ranks right up at the top of the list. It was fascinating and certainly did not end the way I thought it would.”

“This book is the definition of Don't Judge a Book by the Cover. Looking at it, you have no idea what it's about or how wonderfully written it is. You don't know that you will likely lose sleep to read "just one more chapter".

Paul Michael Peters, author of thrillers, suspense, & the unexpected

Paul Michael Peters, author of thrillers, suspense, & the unexpected


Combustible Punch by Paul Michael Peters

Combustible Punch by Paul Michael Peters

Rick Philips isn’t a fighter – but he is a survivor

Haunted by memories of a high school shooting, not even the bottle can wash away the gnawing guilt and creeping feelings of inadequacy that batter Rick’s conscience daily. 

His life has been a mess of broken marriages, writer’s block, terrible choices, and the morbid pity of others.

When he meets Harriet at a writer’s conference, the record doesn’t scratch as he falls back – only this time, he may not get up.

Harriet Bristol Wheeler is a dark temptress – and self-confessed serial killer

Harriet has no problem killing – and even fewer issues blending back into the background after the act with the cool, calculating eye of a practiced social chameleon.

Manipulative, unpredictable, and exceptionally intelligent, she’s Rick’s worst nightmare – and the ideal subject for his next book.

A book that they are both desperate to write. 

Time is running out – but the sadness will last forever

Rick has no choice but to enter the cracked twilight of Harriet’s world and confront the history of her murderous choices up close.

As Rick starts to gather the evidence for his long-anticipated book, he finds himself looking into answers that put him in even more danger than before – but this time, he may not survive at all.

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An enthralling and unnerving probe into the complex mind of a murderer.”

- Kirkus Review

It had a page-turning plot and a perfect amount of humor.”

- RJ Beam

Once I started this book I had to stay with it and finally finished it at 3:00 a.m.

Paul Michael Peters The Complete Collection of Short Stories: 2012-2018

Tales that are perfect for coffee breaks – but beware; like chocolate, they lure the reader into just one more. Paul Michael Peters has created a magical collection of stories that help the reader look at the day from a different perspective. This is a collection that once you start you can't put down. Stories are perfect for anyone trying to fit reading into a busy day.


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If you had the chance to live forever, would you take it?

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Hank Hanson’s family is not only blended; it’s pulverized by the weight of its own perfect symmetry

Insensible Loss

If you had the chance to live forever, would you take it?

2053: An old man, Viktor Erikson, lies on his deathbed. Alone and with no known relatives, he is tended to by Olivia, a nurse. He has only one request: that she reads to him.

The request is not unusual, but the battered, leather-bound tome she must read is no ordinary book. Written in 1839, it chronicles the discovery of the fountain of youth by Morgana de la Motte – and Viktor Erikson.

What starts off as a swashbuckling adventure on the high seas in search of riches and eternal life soon transforms into something quite different: a clash between two personalities bound by love and deceit, locked together by a terrible burden of necessity.

What lengths would you go to – and what price would you pay? 

As Oliva reads through the ancient book, she discovers a quest for truth and meaning as Viktor and Morgana relive the greatest sufferings and sorrows of humanity, over and over again.

In such a timeless loop, can Viktor or Morgan save their own true selves? Or will their unstable alliance, forged on the fine line between love and hate, turn into a tangled web of deception?

Insensible Loss is a dark historical thriller, breathlessly following Viktor and Morgana through a centuries-long adventure. Switching between the present and the past, Peters’ masterful storytelling make this fast-paced, imaginative epic a bold exploration of a past spiraling out of control – and a future that has never been more uncertain.

The Symmetry of Snowflakes

Hank Hanson’s family is not only blended; it’s pulverized by the weight of its own perfect symmetry

To the casual outsider, Hank Hanson’s life might seem idyllic. As a successful businessman on the verge of a major business deal and an all-around good guy, few get close enough to see the troubled soul underneath his open face.

The product of a family fractured many times over by his parents’ multiple remarriages, Hank spends his Thanksgivings running a miserable, thankless gauntlet of visiting multiple family members.

One Thanksgiving, he takes an unscheduled detour and meets Erin Contee, a woman who might just be too good for him – but at the same time, perfect. As the two grow closer together, Hank believes he has finally found the missing piece in his fragmented life.

He has a beautiful girl, great friends, a business, and a family – so why does he feel so bad?

Just as Hank starts to believe that he has finally found everything, Erin reveals a dark secret own past, shattering Hank’s romantic vision with the blunt force trauma of reality.

As Hank struggles to come to terms with Erin’s past and their future together, he must also deal with his family’s drama creeping into his home and business. Will Hank be able to do the right thing – or will he succumb under the weight of his own mistakes?

The Symmetry of Snowflakes is not just another contemporary love story. Peters has created an intricate, yet symmetrical world for readers to explore and ponder on the endless complexity and fragility of human relationships – and the unyielding drama that inevitably accompanies emotional realities outside of the romantic ideal of true love.