Georgana (Nina) Grinstead, Owner & Publicist, Valentine PR
Nina Grinstead began her career as a corporate and nonprofit media specialist. She studied at the University of Texas in Austin before earning a degree in public relations and advertising from Georgia College State & University. Romance books, although not on the official curriculum, were her favorite subject then and continue to be long after graduation.
Her professional and personal lives inevitably came together in 2012, when she began blogging as a new wave of romantic fiction swept the literary world. Her knowledge of social media and her passion for promoting authors led her to a boutique public relations firm as a publicist, where she learned the industry from the inside out. Now, Nina heads her own firm, Valentine PR & Literary Management, and is thrilled to utilize the full force of her knowledge and contacts to bring HEA’s to wider audiences everywhere.
A true southern girl, Nina grew up in Texas and is currently living her happily ever after in Georgia with her handsome husband, two beautiful children, and three rescue dogs.
Kim Cermak, Director of Client Relations
Living on Target runs and coffee, Kim resides in Ohio with her husband Tom, two children and two wheaten terriers who are forever keeping them on their toes.
Kim fell headfirst into all things book-ish back in 2015. She soon became a blogger & virtual personal assistant and hasn’t gone a day since without a book in hand. She lives for rom-coms, office romances and the hero you love to hate. She enjoys talking with readers from all over the world and adding to her never ending TBR list.
Valentine Grinstead, Junior Publicist & Influencer Marketing
Valentine is a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, where she studied Interior Design. While working her first job in Nashville, Valentine discovered her love of reading. Not really ever a fan of the written word but a huge fan of tv shows such as One Tree Hill, The Vampire Diaries and Yellowstone, Valentine was asked to be in a book club and from there has found her love amongst the pages of books by Colleen Hoover, Penelope Douglas and Krista & Becca Ritchie to name a few. After getting bit by the reading bug, Valentine decided to come back home to Georgia and work for the family company which is aptly named after her.
When not reading, Valentine can be found shopping, traveling to new places, discovering new restaurants and spending time with her three rescue dogs. She is excited to talk about books and loves meeting authors and influencers.
Tiffany Bullard, Client Relations for Valentine Grinstead
Tiffany is a Carolina girl running on good books, messy buns and Starbucks. She earned her marketing degree from Appalachian State University and has over a decade of professional marketing experience.
While Tiffany grew up on the words of Judy Blume, her whole world changed in high school when she was assigned The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Total game changer! Ever since, burying her face in a book has served as an escape from everyday life. Her favorite reads are from the new adult genre.
Tiffany currently resides in Raleigh with her husband, two teenagers, and a furbaby named Boone.
Christine Miller, Executive Assistant, Vendor Relations
Christine is a 40-something mom who rediscovered her enjoyment of reading with The Fifty Shades trilogy in 2015. Since then she has immersed herself in the book world.
Christine joined KU Book Reviews where she met so many wonderful readers and authors who shared her passion. She is an admin in The Korner book group where she loves interacting with her fellow readers and audio listeners. She discovered audio books a few years ago and rarely drives anywhere without one playing in her car.
Christine lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two teenagers and three dogs. When she isn’t reading she is soaking up family time before her oldest heads off to college in the fall. She loves movies, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, volunteering at a local dog rescue and spending time with her family and friends.
Kelley Beckham, Director of Marketing
Kelley began working alongside Nina and dove into the book world in 2018 near the end of her journey of raising three beautiful girls. She is enjoying a new life as an empty-nester with her husband, who is her best friend, her real-life Alpha hero and her college sweetheart.
Her previous experience at a boutique PR firm in Dallas as well as chairing fundraising events for the Catholic Schools and other charities has allowed her to work closely with business owners and give them guidance to help their businesses grow exponentially. While working with our authors, she is looking for new ways to market and add value to their business and make them flourish!
Kelley is a Texas girl, loves living in Dallas, wants to travel internationally and enjoy more steamy books preferably near the ocean and sipping her favorite wine. Just like her relationship with her husband, she loves her romance characters to be passionate, sexy, strong, feisty, but also romantic and sensitive.
Sarah Norris, Director of Promotions & Graphic Designer
Sarah has had a joy for reading since she was a young girl, and would stay up late, reading into the night. She loves all genres from fantasy and paranormal, to classic literature, but has a special place in her heart for anything romance.
Growing up Sarah dreamed of becoming an artist, and feels most at peace with a pencil in her hand, or with her nose in a book. She combined her love for reading and art by channeling her creativity into promotional graphics, where she specializes in flat lay styling. Prior to joining the book world, Sarah spent 10 years in dentistry, although claims to still be afraid of going to the dentist.
Sarah was raised in Northern Idaho, where she and her husband now raise their own children. They say they’ve been blessed with the best of both worlds, with both a son and a daughter. Together with their children, they love going on evening walks and hikes with their St. Bernard/Rottweiler mix, Rella.
Debra Akins, Director of Influencer Marketing
Debra has been an avid reader and emotionally attached to fictional characters since childhood. She attributes much of who she is to the many lives she’s lived between the pages. She immersed herself in the online bookish community in early 2020 and is now a multi-platform content creator. As a certified mood-reader she loves flip-flopping between all genres, but romance holds a special place in her heart (and her Kindle, of course).
Debra lives in Georgia with her husband, Zach (reader marries gamer- the perfect duo) their cat, Penelope, and their dog, Alice. Some of her other favorite hobbies include teasing the aforementioned fur babies with a laser pointer, anything outdoorsy, and convincing Zach how her most recent read really is ‘the best book ever’.
Amy Dindia, Influencer Marketing for Valentine Grinstead
Amy was born and raised in a small town in the foothills of Yosemite in central California. Having grown up in such a sheltered community, her best way to see more of the world was tagging along with her mother, New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy to book signings. Amy has essentially grown up in the romance publishing industry and has always been fascinated with what happens behind the scenes. Now she’s ready to start her own journey in the book world, and is looking forward to working in the industry with Valentine PR.
In her free time, you can find Amy exploring the outdoors, spending time with her friends and family and traveling around the world. She loves meeting new people and being social and can’t wait to get to know more people in the romance book world!
Shelbe Hrnicek, Promotions Assistant/Assistant to Kim Cermak
Though Shelbe is an Alaskan and will always remain one at heart, she’s since expanded her roots and settled in North Carolina. As for books; the moment she began reading her mother’s Nora Robert’s, tucked away beneath the covers with a flashlight, she was sold. Now, years later, her Kindle follows wherever she goes. Her favorite genres are romance and fantasy (especially the grumpy/sunshine trope), but she’ll devour anything that’s fictional.
She has a background in marketing, and is thrilled to combine experience with her passion for literature, and all it encompasses.
Shelbe spends her free time with her husband, two dogs, and her army of house plants. Additionally, you may find her dabbling in photography, exploring new destinations, or cooking alongside her husband.
Charlie Grinstead, Co-Owner – Business Manager
Charlie was born and raised in Georgia. He graduated from Georgia College and State University where he was destined to meet his Texas Rose: his future wife and business partner, Georgana.
He is our business manager. Using his many years of experience in banking and accounting to handle all things finance and accounting related for Grey’s Promotions and Valentine PR & Literary Management.
Charlie’s loves are his wife and 2 kids, all of whom make him proud, his 3 rescue dogs, and his motorcycle. He loves a great road trip and is always searching for what’s around the next bend!