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.
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, Client Relations and 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.
Megan, Client Relations and Marketing
Megan is a 30-something proud Valley Girl, shark lover and semi-professional tv binger. She was born, raised and currently residing in sunny L.A. with her husband and if she can bug him enough, eventually a dog or seven.
While she has done just about everything there is to do in digital media she is so excited to bring her love of romance books to the Valentine P.R. team. Books have always been a safe place for her and she can go on and on for days about her favorites. Seriously, don’t tempt her.
Sarah Norris, Promotions & Influencer Marketing
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.
Kim Cermak, Promotions & Influencer Marketing
Kim is a 40-something mom who lives on Target runs and coffee. Living in Cleveland, Ohio she is married to her own personal book boyfriend for 20 years. They have two teenagers and two wheaten terriers who forever keep them on their toes.
After taking a chance on a book everyone was raving about, Kim fell headfirst into the book world 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.
Kim is also a blogger and a Virtual Personal Assistant helping authors get their books into the hands of readers. She enjoys talking with readers from all over the world and adding to her never ending TBR list.
Charlotte Harris, Social Media Specialist
Charlotte’s excitement for reading caught fire around middle school, with her love for Nicholas Sparks. Having spent all her summers in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, it was easy for her to get swept up in his collection.
Graduating from Texas Tech University with a Musical Theatre degree, Charlotte added a new genre to her reading repertoire: plays! (Hey! It’s still a form of reading.) Her love for the arts, and a good plot twist, helped unite two of her interests.
Charlotte currently resides in Houston, and loves all things H-Town especially the sports (Go Astros!), food (BBQ of course), and socializing (before Miss Rona made her appearance)!
Mary Dubé, Strategic Planning Consultant
Mary Dubé is a displaced Texan, former burrito roller, and retired number cruncher, who is now living and reading in sunny California. With a degree in accounting and management information systems, she worked in public accounting until joining her entrepreneur husband in growing a restaurant concept from startup to popular chain. After selling the company in 2007, she now teaches indoor cycling classes, volunteers, and pretends not to hover over her teenager. She is an avid reader and wrote reviews and book-related articles for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog, Frolic Media and All About Romance.
Brittany Elliser, Creative Content Manager
Brittany’s must-haves are coffee and books (in that order!) and she has a passion for all things romance- whether it be sweet, dark, or taboo- anything goes with her.
She is a self-proclaimed speed reader, she enjoys chatting about books she loves with other readers and being involved with an author from the start of the book to release day. It was her love of books and reading that got her into blogging in 2017. She comes from a family of librarians, so it’s in her blood to love books, especially romance! Her main passion is Instagram and she loves nothing more than helping others grow their audiences- from taking pretty book pictures, creating fun and interactive content, to brainstorming ideas of how to better connect authors and readers! She has also dabbled in a few website designs for authors.
Brittany is also a southern girl that lives in the Deep South where she wrangles 2 boys and is married to the love of her life where they are known as the B Family.
Leah Francic, Social Media Specialist
Leah is a 30-something mom and wife that lives in small-town Pennsylvania. She is an avid romance reader who can devour 3+ books in a day if given the opportunity.
She is a bookstagrammer, blogger, podcaster, and virtual PA so she is immersed in the world of romance on a daily basis.
You will never find her without a coffee mug, not necessarily with coffee in it, and her kindle.