Privacy Policy

Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form as well as the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

When you comment on this website, the website stores your comment, your name, and other information you choose to enter into the comment form. By commenting, you are giving us permission to hold on to that information and to display it on the website. We do not do anything with this information. It is retained solely for the purposes of your comment being displayed.

When you leave a comment, our anti-spam software compares the information, such as IP address or email, to the database of known spammers, and if your comment matches it, it will not be displayed and will be moved to spam or pending folders. This website uses Kismet to perform this function.

Some of you choose to use Gravatar. Gravatar allows you to upload a picture, which is then used as the avatar/profile picture when you comment. Our website communicates with Gravatar to properly display your picture. We do not view or have access to any information that passes in this communication. The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

Contact Forms

The contact forms on this website are connected to a Gmail account, so if you complete it, your data will be shared with Gmail email services.

You can read Gmail’s Privacy Policy in full here: policies.google.com/privacy

Purchase Information

If you purchase a book directly from our site, we collect your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and payment transaction number for the purpose of delivering your book to you. All payment details are held by our payment processor, not us.

Newsletter Sign-Ups

When you sign up for our newsletters, your provided information (email and name) will be saved and stored on our servers using Amazon SES. This information will not be shared with any third party.

You can read the Amazon SES privacy policy here: https://aws.amazon.com/privacy/

Contests and Surveys

From time-to-time our site requests information via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you may choose whether or not to participate and therefore disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address) and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.

Embedded Content from Other Websites

We may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.) in articles on this site. Embedded content from other websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Cookies

This site offers opt-in newsletter and email subscription services, and cookies may be used to remember if you are already registered and whether to show certain notifications which might only be valid to subscribed/unsubscribed users.

When you submit data through a form, such as a contact or comment forms, cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.

In some special cases, we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties, including:

Google Analytics: This helps us understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.

For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage

If you do not want your information collected, Google provides you with a browser add-on, which you can download here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Social Media: We use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work, the social media sites (including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) will set cookies through our site that may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

Use of Your Personal Data

We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we use your personal data to:

  • process and manage your use of our website;
  • respond to your questions, comments, and requests;
  • where you have opted-in to receive marketing from us to deliver communications that are relevant to your preferences or that may be of interest to you;
  • improve our services and website through analysis of information.

How Long We Retain Your Data

We will use and store your personal data only for as long as necessary, bearing in mind the uses of your personal data as described in this privacy policy and otherwise as communicated to you.

All data provided for newsletter sign-ups will be stored until you opt out of a newsletter by unsubscribing.

Sharing of Your Personal Data

We take your privacy seriously and will not share your personal data with others, except as permitted by applicable law or as set out below:

We share personal data as necessary with third parties who provide services or functions on our behalf and who require the information to provide those specific services to us. These third parties may include social media advertising platforms such as Facebook for the purpose of custom audience generation and the development of targeting criteria for other audiences. Please note that we have appropriate data privacy safeguards in place with third parties with whom we share personal data and who are providing services or functions on our behalf.

Your Rights Over Your Data

If you have left comments on this site, made a purchase, or signed up for a newsletter, you can request to information about the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. To do so, contact [email protected]

Other Information

Rebecca Chastain is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, Rakuten Marketing, CJ Affiliate, and Apple Affiliate. These affiliate advertising programs are designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com, kobo.com, barnesandnoble.com, and apple.com.