Lauren Grimley
Author, teacher, dreamer
Contact: lauren @

All That Glitters

My current project:

I teach middle school, so September through June my world is YA. I read their books, watch their television shows (yup, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries fan here), and listen to their stories. It was inevitable that I eventually would write a novel for and about teenagers. 

All That Glitters is that book. 

“All that glitters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.”

Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice (2.7.69-73)
My writing playlist: (Thanks to my seventh graders for helping me find some music my main character, Zoe, might listen to!)

Little Broken Hearts by Norah Jones
Monster by Imagine Dragons
Echo by Jason Walker
Standing In Front of You by Kelly Clarkson
Monster by Kris Allen
Demons by Imagine Dragons
Distance (feat. Jason Mraz) by Christina Perri
Dark Side by Kelly Clarkson
In Your Room by Halestorm
Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J) Katy Perry
Treacherous by Taylor Swift
What If I by Ben's Brother
When I Look At You by Miley Cyrus
The Mess I Made by Parachute
Disaster by JoJo
Erase This by Evanescence
The Great Escape by P!nk
Safe With Me by The CO
Out Alive by Kris Allen
Unbroken by Demi Lovato

To listen to the full playlist go to Spotify: All That Glitters
All That Glitters
by Lauren Grimley

Having the golden touch with boys might seem like a high school girl’s dream, but it’s become Zoe’s nightmarish reality.

High school junior Zoe August has never liked a guy who didn’t end up liking her in return. She's not drop-dead gorgeous or exceedingly popular. She's just lucky—or so she thought. When Zoe’s ex disappears and is presumed dead days after dumping her, she begins to fear her gift is a curse. He’s not the first boy to have a mishap after breaking her heart. Finding a few cryptic clues from her MIA father, Zoe realizes she needs to find him or forever live in fear of falling in love. Her quest becomes more urgent when she meets Kiran O’Rourke, the dangerously handsome newcomer who’s moved to town after his mother’s sudden death. Zoe can’t walk away once she discovers they are both searching for answers from her father. Nor can she repress her growing feelings for Kiran, even if surrendering to them means risking her heart and his life.