This page is intended to let you know what personal information I collect about you, why I collect it, what I will do with it, and how you can choose how I use it.
Privacy is very important and I take your privacy seriously. This policy will provide you with what information I’ll ask you for, and how I’ll use it.
Some other instances where cookies are collected are if you leave a comment on our site, or try to contact me, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. (More on this below.)
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
If you log in to any areas of the site or where there is a ‘log in required’ plug-in, this may also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed. (Note: this info is NOT collected or maintained by me. I have no access to it. GoDaddy or the plug in you're logging in to, would have this information.)
For additional information please see the following for more information on what is collected by some of the services this site uses to find out what information they collect and how they use it:
When leaving a comment on this website, you will be asked for the following:
This information may also be used by the spam filter to help stop my site from being flooded by spam, trolls, and spammers.
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. (Note, I can delete the comment so it’s not viewable, but that doesn’t mean the metadata goes away.)
In addition, if visitors leave comments on the site the site the data collected includes the information in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. (This is one way how some products tell your real comment from fake accounts/spam.)
Mailing list & Email Communications
You may see my email sign up on my site—as a pop up, on the side bar and using the embedded Google Form(s). When you sign up to my mailing list, I ask you for a variety of information including but not limited to:
If you agree to receive email communications, your name and email address will be used to send you my email newsletter. I tend to send out a newsletter and/or email when I have a new book out, when I’m running a deal on a book I’ve already published, have excerpts or deleted scenes to share, cover reveals, publishing news, or if I’m involved in an ebook promotion, among other reasons. You can unsubscribe from my newsletter at any time by updating your profile, unsubscribing, or contacting me.
If you provide contact me via this website or a contact form on it, personal data may be captured. I will only keep the contact form info for business purposes, and hold on to it as long as I need it for that reason only. For example, if you, a reader, contacts me to discuss a book, then I’ll keep it so that I can continue our email chain conversation. If someone uses a form on the site, or the newsletter to send me spam messages, it gets deleted. If someone uses a contact form to tell me they don’t like my book(s), well I don’t read reviews (authors never should), so that would go in a “do not read ever” email folder with the entirety of it deleted on a periodic (at least once a year) basis. Bottom line is, I keep it only as needed and I do not, and will not ever, use the information submitted through them for marketing purposes unless that purpose is expressly stated such as a newsletter sign up form wherein you will have to opt-in to receiving same. See mailing list section, above).
A note about media. Through my blog and website, I don’t have it set where others can upload media. So, you won’t find that, or that option here. (It just slows down the site, in my experience.) However! If media is ever uploaded here, by someone other than me, please be aware that if you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website. So, don’t do that! Or, remove that data!
Embedded Content & Links
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Customized Online Advertising
I don’t really use customized online advertising. But, if and when, I do, and you have agreed to that (this option is in the newsletter signup form and can be changed using the preferences option in the bottom of the newsletter/email I send to you), I may use your email address to help better target ads on Facebook, Google and/or other social media sites, or to show you ads on these platforms. You can object to the use of your information in this way at any time by updating your profile (that is the easiest way since it give you the control) or by contacting me.
Please note that opting out of customized online advertising doesn’t mean you’ll never see ads for my website, or my books, or for anything else for that matter. Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram, and similar platforms can still show you ads of all sorts unless you amend your preferences on those specific sites. I don’t have any control over what social media sites show you so if you object to that, you need to change your preferences within those platforms and/or contact them directly per their separate privacy policies.
Once again, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Thanks for stopping by!