Disclaimer and Visitor Privacy

Author Georgia Carter Mathers provides this website https://georgiacartermathers.com as an entertainment service and is the official website of Georgia Carter Mathers.

While the information contained within the site is periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in this website is correct, complete, and/or up-to-date.

The materials contained on this website are provided for entertainment and general information purposes only and do not constitute legal or other professional advice on any subject matter.

Georgia Carter Mathers does not accept any responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information contained on this site.

All love stories published on this site remains the property of Georgia Carter Mathers. All characters are fictional and any resemblance to any person is purely coincidental.

Permission is given for the downloading and temporary storage of one or more of these pages for the purpose of viewing on a personal computer. The contents of this site are protected by copyright under international conventions and, apart from the permission stated, the reproduction, permanent storage, or retransmission of the contents of this site is prohibited without the prior written consent of Georgia Carter Mathers.

Some links within this website may lead to other websites, including those operated and maintained by third parties. Georgia Carter Mathers includes these links solely as a convenience to you, and the presence of such a link does not imply a responsibility for the linked site or an endorsement of the linked site, its operator, or its contents (exceptions may apply).

This website and its contents are provided “AS IS” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement.

Reproduction, distribution, republication, and/or retransmission of all material contained within this website are prohibited unless the prior written permission of Painless Editing and Publishing, Georgia Carter Mathers or Georgia Carter Mathers has been obtained.

Your Privacy is Important

We recognize that your privacy is important. This document outlines the types of personal information we receive and collect when you use Georgia Carter Mathers, as well as some of the steps we take to safeguard information. We hope this will help you make an informed decision about sharing personal information with us.

Georgia Carter Mathers strives to maintain the highest standards of transparency, decency, fairness and integrity in all our operations. Likewise, we are dedicated to protecting our customers’, consumers’ and online visitors’ privacy on our website.

Personal Information

Georgia Carter Mathers collects personally identifiable information from the visitors to our website only on a voluntary basis.

Personal information collected on a voluntary basis may include name and email address.

This information is collected if you request information from us, participate in a contest or sweepstakes, and sign up to follow Georgia through the email list or request some other service or information from us.

The information collected is internally reviewed, used to improve the content of our website, notify our visitors of updates, and respond to visitor inquiries.

Once information is reviewed, it is discarded or stored in our files.

If we make material changes in the collection of personally identifiable information we will inform you by placing a notice on our site.

Personal information received from any visitor will be used only for internal purposes and will not be sold or provided to third parties.

Use of Cookies, Facebook Pixel, and Web Beacons on this website

The popups and comments used on this website use functional cookies. Cookies are identifiers that are transferred to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser to enable our system to recognize your browser. The cookies are valid for 365 days.

The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have come to the site for the first time, or have returned to a specific page.

If you personalize the site’s pages, or register with any of our site’s services, a cookie enables Georgia Carter Mathers to recall your specific information on subsequent visits.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying settings in your browser; however, if you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the site.

This means that if you have already been presented with a popup and you have declined the cookies, the system may not recognize you.

It may think you are a new visitor to the website and present you with the same popup.

The types of popup software this site uses does not use cookies that store personally identifiable information.

Georgia Carter Mathers uses web beacons and the Facebook Pixel. The Facebook Pixel is used to track how users use the e-commerce parts of this website. It helps me more effectively market and make sales so that I can continue to write and provide you with a fun site. The Facebook Pixel does not show identifying information about you, but it does help me to make sure that my marketing is effective.

A web beacon is a transparent image file used to monitor your journey around a single website or collection of sites. They are also referred to as web bugs.

They are commonly used by sites that use third-party services such as Google Analytics to monitor website traffic.

Social Media Sharing and privacy

This site uses a social media sharing plugin to make it easier for visitors to share the information and pages they want to share with their friends.

The plugin sends a request to third party APIs via your web browser to fetch information (like social shares). This request is made by the web browser, and it may include your IP address, which can then be seen by the social media application. This API request doesn’t include any personal data other than the IP address. The plugin data is stored within the database of this website, but is not available to me. It is just data useful to the functioning of the social media plugin.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a common tool used by many businesses that own websites. This information collected is also accessed in some way by Google. I am not an expert webmaster, by any means, but I know that this information is monitored by Google. Please read more about Google’s privacy policy here.

The information provided by Google Analytics helps businesses to decide whether they are providing content that interests their audiences.

Georgia Carter Mathers uses Google Analytics to monitor the activity, country, gender, age, and interests of visitors to this site in association with cookies to understand how visitors interact with the pages and content on this site.

This, however, does not mean that the gender, age and interests of any one visitor can be determined, rather, the information is general in nature.

Browsers can be set to accept or reject cookies automatically, or notify you when a cookie is being requested. Privacy software can be used to override web beacons.

In compliance with the EU GDPR, this website uses software to allow you to accept or decline cookies, however, you may experience repeated popups, or this may effect your experience of the site.

This data is kept on the Google Analytics system for a period of 26 months, after which it is deleted. Google Analytics doesn’t collect any personally identifying information.

Advertising on Search Engines and Social Media (Updated 19 July 2018)

I’m passionate about connecting with more readers. This is why I advertise. I may pay to advertise georgiacartermathers.com on Google Shopping, Google Search, Google Partner sites, Gmail, YouTube, as well as on Facebook at certain times.

When someone engages with a Google advertisement and visits this website, this website uses cookies to recognize that a visitor has landed on the site as a result of the advertisement. As above, you have a choice to accept or reject cookies. This engagement with the advertising can be seen by Google. When you see an advertisement on Facebook, Facebook can also see this interaction.

This means that when a visitor lands on my site, the cookies track which advertisement attracted the visitor to the site. It’s like asking a customer how they heard about the business. These cookies also track which advertisement resulted in sales on this site, so this is like finding out which newspaper advertisement resulted in more customers for a business. The cookies are non-personally identifying.

Google and Facebook use cookies on this website to decide whether to show you another advertisement based on whether you are interested in what I or another similar author/business has to offer. This is called re-marketing.

I use the re-marketing features of Google Analytics, Google Adwords, and Facebook to focus my paid marketing efforts in the most effective way. The cookies can recognize that you purchased a book within a certain timeframe after first  visiting the site earlier. This window is usually one week. Again, this is non-personally identifying information, but it helps me figure out the most effective paid marketing, in order to stay in business and keep writing and selling great books.

If you want to opt out of Google’s advertisements, please see this page.

You can also use this site to opt-out of interest based advertising.

Affiliate Income

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

This means I make a very small amount when you click on an Amazon link. Not all, but many of the links I have on the website are affiliate links and contain code in the link that tells Amazon I sent you to Amazon. This information is non-personally-identifying. I can’t tell who clicked the links or who bought what.

On average I make about $0.06 when a reader buys a book through one of my links. It’s not much, but it helps to keep food on my table, and it helps me to keep this website going, produce more books, and keep providing more reviews.

If you’ve read my reviews for a while, you’ll know I review honestly, and I will often make it a point of outlining issues such as poor editing that discourages other readers from purchasing. It’s completely up to you as to whether you purchase, and you don’t pay any more or less for the book, but it means it is one more way I can support my family.

What happens when I comment at Georgia Carter Mathers?

When visitors leave comments on the site without logging in, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Newsletter subscriptions

Your information remains private if you decide to follow me by signing up to the newsletter at Georgia Carter Mathers. I use this information for the sole purpose of providing you with the most entertaining content I can.

You can unsubscribe at any time using the unsubscribe link included in any of the newsletters I send. The newsletter subscriptions are set up to send you content you’re interested in, such as reviews of particular types of books that you might want to read, promotional discounts, and much more.

Upon subscribing, you will be sent only the kind of information requested (only reviews or only promotional discounts or only new release information). After you’ve subscribed, you will be sent a welcome newsletter and website updates according to your preferences.

If you have not chosen a particular area of interest (i.e. reviews, or free six chapters of Trelloran Seduction), you will be sent a selection of website updates and information about my new releases. You can indicate your specific area of interest at any time through the preference link included in each email I send.

Basically, I will only ever send you content you’re interested in, and if I am not hitting that mark, please don’t be afraid to send an email to romancegeorgiac@gmail.com. I will do everything I can to rectify that.

Instafreebie giveaway signups

If you decide to subscribe during the process of an Instafreebie giveaway, your information (name or email address) is not provided to any other parties automatically.

Instafreebie receives your information and uses this information for the purpose of sending you the book you want to read.

Unless you subscribe to an author’s or the Instafreebie mailing list, then nothing else is done with that information beyond sending you the book.

Georgia Carter Mathers uses Instafreebie giveaways as a quick and easy way to give the reader a chance to decide whether they like the story before they buy.

In the process of claiming an Instafreebie e-book giveaway, the reader is also given the opportunity of signing up to my newsletter and becoming a member of the community here.

Up until May 10, 2018, the reader subscribed in return for the free book. However, as of May 10, 2018, to subscribe to the newsletter through the Instafreebie method, the reader will need to check the box that appears when the reader clicks on an Instafreebie book.

This ensures that the reader has definitely given consent to join the newsletter and this community here.

Newsletter Communications and MailChimp

Georgia Carter Mathers uses a third party email company called MailChimp to send you email communications.

MailChimp is a large email provider that is widely used by many different types of businesses.

When you subscribe to one or more of the newsletters, all information is kept on the MailChimp servers.

Surveys, Quizzes and Polls

Surveys and polls on this website collect information that help me provide content that you want to consume. I don’t collect personally identifying information through these surveys. All the information is anonymous.

Some quizzes and surveys include an option to sign up to a newsletter. However, the quizzes and surveys don’t automatically sign up the user to a newsletter. The user has to manually enter their details and then click on the confirmation link sent to their email to subscribe to a particular newsletter, so the user is completely aware of what they will be getting.

Surveys and polls administered through MailChimp collect similar information, but it is possible for me to see which of you gave which response. Although this information is available to me, generally, I am only interested in the percentages. For example, if I ask you to rate whether the newsletter was informative and most of you rated it as a 3, this would indicate to me that I need to provide you with better content.

MailChimp Web Beacons

MailChimp uses web beacons to monitor behavior such as who opened the emails and who clicked the links and provides this information to me about the emails I’ve sent.

Web beacons allow MailChimp to collect information about when you open the email, your location, your browser, and other similar details.

Apart from the MailChimp service, no other entity has access to this information. It is collected purely for the purposes of staying in touch with you and to provide the best possible content I can.

If you click on a link to one of my books without purchasing, I usually send you a thank you email with a discount coupon.

However, because of the size of the newsletter list and the fact that I am busy writing books, I never interact with subscribers’ information on a one-to-one level. I am really only interested in whether open and click rates have declined, in which case, I have to pull my socks up. 🙂

If you respond to one of my emails with a reply, this is the only time I will interact with you on a one-to-one basis.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

This website is directed to individuals eighteen and over; it is not directed to individuals under this age. All of our marketing and outreach efforts are direct at individuals over the age of eighteen, and indeed my analytics indicates that no one under eighteen views this site. The majority are aged over thirty five.

I operate this site in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and will not knowingly collect or use personal information from anyone under 18 years of age.

What happens when you purchase a book from me?

When you purchase a book from me, I receive notification from Paypal that a purchase has been made. Paypal provides me with your email address. I use this email address to send you the book you purchased.

I’ll send you a personal thank you and links to the mobi (Kindle) and epub files associated with the book you’ve purchased. I’ll also send you a customer service email two weeks after your purchase to check on how you went with the book. I use MailChimp to send you the thank you and customer service emails, so please read the privacy considerations above.

Your contact details are NOT used for any other purpose, and you are not automatically subscribed to a newsletter when you buy something. I hate that when that happens to me, and I wouldn’t do it to you. If you want to subscribe however, go to the home page and fill in your details in the follow box. 🙂

I use Google Adwords to drive traffic to the product pages, and I track the effectiveness of this advertising through tracking code. This tracking code does not identify you at all. It only tracks a users journey to  website, through to the purchase pages, so that I can see how effective the advertising is.

Non-Personal Information

In some cases, we may collect information about you that is not personally identifiable. We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. The information collected is used solely for internal review and not shared with other organizations for commercial purposes.

Release of Information

If Georgia Carter Mathers is sold, the information we have obtained from you through your voluntary participation in our site may transfer to the new owner as a part of the sale in order that the service being provided to you may continue. In that event, you will receive notice through our website of that change in control and practices, and we will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the purchaser honors any opt-out requests you might make of us.

How You Can Correct or Remove Information

We provide this privacy policy as a statement to you of our commitment to protect your personal information. If you have submitted personal information through our website and would like that information deleted from our records or would like to update or correct that information, please click on the Contact page.

Updates and Effective Date

Georgia Carter Mathers reserves the right to make changes in this policy. If there is a material change in our privacy practices, we will indicate on our site that our privacy practices have changed and provide a link to the new privacy policy. We encourage you to periodically review this policy so that you will know what information we collect and how we use it.

Agreeing to Terms

If you do not agree to Georgia Carter Mathers Privacy Policy as posted here on this website, please do not use this site, purchase any of the books or any services offered by this site. Your use of this site indicates acceptance of this privacy policy.