Updated June 25, 2019

I know we’ve only just met, but I can feel were going places together. But because were still in the getting to know you stages, I wanted to tell you more about what you can expect from me and in our relationship. 

I want to make sure that you are safe and comfortable.

I value your privacy.

Because I care about you, even though this is new between us and we don’t have any official labels. I don’t want your information to be stolen, for you to be spammed or for your data to be stored without your knowledge. I want to be upfront, no hidden cameras here. I use SSL (encryption) to protect your data in transit to and from this site as well as robust security software to protect the integrity of this site, and in turn your data.  No need to check the I am not a robot box, click all the squares that have bicycles’, lights or vehicles’ or to type those fuzzy letters and numbers that you see.

This is the best protection, if used properly to make sure we both stay safe. No virus’ passed between us.

The only information I will keep to remember you by is what you provide freely, whatever you are willing to give. 

Newsletters

Interested in seeing what I’m doing or what’s coming soon and don’t feel like logging on to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.? You could give me your name and email address and I could send you some teasers for new books that I have coming out. Or maybe sometimes something about me. I’m a woman of mystery in other things, but for my newsletter what I send you will be clear cut.

Your email will be checked by a third party.  No, not Google. But (CleanTalk) to make sure you are a real person and not a spammer or troll trying to break my heart by Catfishing me. Although spammers and trolls are often real people, too, we’ve broken up and my restraining order keeps them away from me and you.

Decide you’re not interested in what I have to say? Lucky for you, you’re not my husband who has to stay. You can leave whenever you want. No need to give me half. To make a clean break Click unsubscribe at the bottom of any newsletter.

In the effort of transparency, to be clear and be honest, the newsletters do send a message back to my website when opened. This information helps me learn what you like, Red or White, dogs or cats, love or Love to better design future content. 

Comments

I’d love to hear what you have to say and listen with ears wide open, mouth tightly shut and fingers at the ready. My husband’s not a talker so I hope you are. My son is still learning but it’s not always clear so please post comments and let’s discuss.

When you comment, the information collected includes your name, email address, ip address also known as your computer’s address or digits as I like to call it, and your comments. If you ever wish to have your comments removed, (I mis-spell things all the time), or after some thought you don’t want it up, send me a quick note through the contact form and I’ll remove them.

Now one thing about comments, not everyone can post. This site is the hottest club and CleanTalk is my bouncer, my wingman and my friend. CleanTalk will check over your comments and if you’re a spammer, you’re out. CleanTalk is cool, they only store your information for a few days. So if you get stopped at the door and I know you’re on the list. I can get you in to VIP. I’ll let them know you’re with me.

Website Activity Tracking

We’re all busy, I’m currently keeping up not just with the Kardashian’s, because really who has time? But I’m keeping track of a one year old, a husband, travel plans, meals I want to make, my hopes and dreams for the future and the stories I want to write. Since I’m up to my ears in lists and tasks, my hosting company gives me basic data on those who access my site. Data stored in this manner is not traceable back to any individual and is deliberately generalized, so no one knows that you don’t actually enjoy chocolate…the horror or that coffee puts you to sleep, true story…from a friend.

 It provides me with information related to the country of origin of site visitors, what browser they are using, and how long they stayed on the site. If you want to read about what I use and if you’re still here it means you like to read. Or you think I’m funny and who wouldn’t agree.  Here is a good article.

I’m also using Google Analytics to learn why you are visiting my site. (It’s because I’m cool and cute in a quirky way…right?) How did you get here? (Train, plane, but probably a search engine) Why are you here? (My witty sense of humor, steamy scenes, or food.) Do you like me? (I’m betting you do 😉 ) Scary, but Google knows these things. I figure, I might as well look at the information. It will help me write what you like and who doesn’t like it when someone does exactly what they want? (Hint: Nobody said, ever!)

Along with Google Analytics, I am using Google AdSense which may customize the ads you see on my site to things that might interest you and are relevant to what my site and blog posts are about. (I don’t know how they do it, but fingers crossed for lots of ads for sweet vacations, chocolate and get out of work passes.)

 

In addition, Google and other search engines track website visitors. This is something that happens whenever you use the internet. If you do not want to be tracked, because you are looking for stealth, please consider using a private browser window.  The information that these search engines store is not traceable to one individual and is very generic in nature. I do not store this information, however I do occasionally look at it to see what people are searching for when they come to my site. 

This helps me provide more relevant content.

Don’t want me to know? Consider using that private browser!

I’m also an Amazon Assoicate and I earn from qualifying purchases. 

Use of Cookies

I use cookies and not the edible kind, because they don’t last long out of the oven in my house.  These non-edible, seemingly worthless cookies are used on this Site to ensure the integrity of the registration process and to personalize the Site. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. 

Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a Web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. For example, if you personalize a web page, or navigate within a site, a cookie helps the site to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of delivering relevant content, eases site navigation, and so on. When you return to the Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the site’s features that you customized.

Web beacons, also known as clear gif technology, or action tags, may be used to assist in delivering the cookie. This technology is a tool used to compile aggregated statistics about web site usage, such as how many visitors clicked on key elements (such as links or graphics) on a Web page, blog or a newsletter. I may share aggregated site statistics with partner companies who have provided customization software for use on my site. No private or personal information is transferred in this way.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Many Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can modify your browser settings to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of this or other Web sites you visit.

But let’s be real. The only cookie that you’ll probably want set is the one to remember who you are the next time you comment. That’ll make your life easier. Now if only it delivered real cookies.

Changes to this Statement

Change happens to us all. I may occasionally update this privacy statement, like if I add a new plugin or feature that might also collect some data. 

 When I do, I will also revise the “last updated” date at the top of the privacy statement. 

For material changes to this privacy statement, I will notify you by placing a prominent notice on the home page of my Web site. 

It will probably because I thought of something else funny I wanted to add, or the answer to your question about what five things I would want if I was stranded on a dessert island. Because how are we going to get to know each other better if I don’t answer and we can see if we’re a match?

I encourage you to periodically review this privacy statement to stay informed about how I am helping to protect the personal information I collect. Also, I might have actual cookies, but I will probably be eating them so you better be quick

Your continued use of the service constitutes your agreement to this privacy statement and any updates.

A Note to International Users

This Site is hosted in the United States. If you are accessing the Site from outside the United States, by providing your information to the Site, you are consenting to the transfer of your information to the United States for processing and maintenance in accordance with this Privacy Notice. You are also consenting to the application of United States law in all matters concerning the Site.

Questions or concerns? Contact me.

 

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