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Privacy Policy

COPYRIGHT © 1992-2019 Vicki Hinze

Effective Date of Privacy Policy: January 1, 2016 (as amended below)

Vicki Hinze, Vicki, respects your privacy concerns and values her relationships with visitors. This Privacy Policy describes privacy practices on information collected through the website and linking online services. By using the Site, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Site. Rights to modify or amend the terms of this Privacy Policy at will and without notice are reserved. Your continued use of the Site post term changes being disclosed herein means you accept those changes.


Two types of information are collected with use of the Site: (1) personal information, which is any information that identifies you (e.g., your name, email address, telephone number, postal address, credit card information) and (2) non-personal information, which is information that does not personally identify you but may include information about your interests, demographics (e.g., age, gender, 5-digit zip code) and use of the Site. This information in collected in the following ways:

Information You Provide when you:

Sign up for any email newsletters or notifications, Purchase from the Site, Enter a contest, Engage in surveys or special promotion activities, or on our social media accounts or communities/forums, Submit content, and Volunteer information on any other part of the Site (e.g., contact or requests you submit).

Information Collected Using Technology:

In addition to any information you provide directly, the Site and our third party service providers may use a variety of technologies that automatically collect certain non-personal information when you interact with the Site or emails sent to you, including the following:

Device Information

We may collect information about your computer or other device that you use to access the Site, including IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language, and other transactional information. This information lets us know how to best display information for your best viewing experience.

Usage Information

We may log certain information about your use of the Site (e.g., logs, data, and reading history of the pages you view, your search terms and search results) and additional “traffic data” (e.g., time and date of access, software crash reports, session identification number, access times, referring website addresses). This enables us to determine what you find helpful and what you do not, and if communication problems are occurring between the Site and your computer.

Location Information

Your current location, if you have that feature enabled. If you elect to have a location-based search saved to your history, we will store that information. If you do not enable the location-based service, or if an app does not have that feature, the app will not transmit to us, and we will not collect or store location information.

Cookies, Flash Cookies and Web Beacons

Like many websites, we use cookies, flash cookies, web beacons or similar technologies. “Cookies” are small text files that are stored on your computer or other device when you visit certain online pages that record your preferences and actions. We use cookies for a variety of purposes, including remembering you and your preferences, tracking your use of our Site. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but, if you prefer, you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies. However, please note that refusing a cookie may limit your access to the Site.

A “flash cookie” is a data file placed on your device via the Adobe Flash plug-in, which may be built-in or downloaded by you to your computer or other device. Flash cookies may be used for various purposes, such as enabling a Flash feature and remembering your preferences. If you adjust your Flash privacy settings in your device, some features of the Site may not function properly.

A “web beacon” (also known as an “action tag”, “tracer tag”, or “single-pixel GIF”) is an invisible graphic that collects non-personal information about your use of our Site or emails sent to you. Web beacons may be used to count visitors to the Site, monitor how users navigate the Site, count how many emails were opened or how many links were viewed, and provid you with content customized to your interests.

Targeted Advertising

We do not control third party technologies, and they are not subject to this Privacy Policy. We do not authorize third party network advertisers to use this technology to collect personal information about you and they do not have access to your personal information from us. They may, however, track your Internet usage anonymously (without the ability to identify you) over time and across other websites in their networks beyond our Site.

Do Not Track Notice

Some browsers offer a “Do Not Track” feature that lets you tell websites you do not want your online activities tracked. We do not respond to these “Do Not Track” signals. At this time, we do not track your personal information about your online activities over time and across third party websites. We also do not authorize third parties to collect any personal information from you on the Site for these purposes.

Collection of Information From Other Third Party Sources

We may also collect personal and non-personal information about you from other sources to, among other things, enable us to supplement the information contained in our database.


We use the information we learn about you to help us personalize and continually improve your experience with We may use your personal and non-personal information in the following ways:

General Uses

Provide you with the products and services you request, Post your user generated content to our Site as you request, Communicate with you about your transactions with us and send you information about features on the Site, Make you aware of changes to our policies, Send you newsletters and/or email notes you’ve requested of special offers and promotions for our products and services, or special events, Personalize content on the Site and within emails sent to you, including recommendations based on your preferences. Advise you of items of interest on the Site and elsewhere online, based on previously collected information, including your activity on the Site or activity on third party sites and applications
Conduct contests, promotions, surveys, and other interactive activities; Improve our goods, services and operations; Detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate our policies or be illegal; Perform statistical, demographic, and marketing analyses of users of the Sites and recipients of our emails, including browsing and purchasing patterns.


Personal Information

Except as stated in this Privacy Policy, we do not use or disclose your personal information to any companies. In no event will we sell or rent your personal information.

Third Party Service Providers

Our third party service providers (that perform functions on our behalf, such as hosting, billing, marketing, analytics, customer service, fraud protection, etc.) have access only to your personal information as required to perform their duties. They are obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of that personal information and not to use, sell, distribute or alter this information in any way other than to provide the requested services.

Third Parties With Whom We Do Business

We may share your personal information with our specific third parties, such as our site workers, data base maintainers, so that we can provide you with special offers, newsletters, and similar materials of interest. Although our treatment of your personal information is governed by this Privacy Policy, the third party’s treatment of your personal information will be governed by its privacy policy.


We may share your personal information with affiliated entities for a variety of purposes, including business, operational and marketing purposes.

Other Third Parties When Required By Law or In Emergency Situations

We may also use or disclose personal information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to applicable law or comply with legal process served on us or the Site; (b) protect and defend our rights or property, the Site or users, and (c) act under emergency circumstances to protect the personal safety of us, our affiliates, agents, the users of the Site, or the public.

Non-Personal Information

Nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to restrict our use of your non-personal information, and we may disclose or share non-personal information in any manner that we deem appropriate or necessary.


The Site may provide you with the ability to interact with third party social media services, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and others. These features may enable integration and/or access to your social media accounts. We do not control these social media services or your profiles on these services, and we do not establish privacy settings or rules for how your personal information on these services will be used. If you choose to log on to or submit information through any of these social media services, your personal information will be subject to the applicable social media service’s terms and conditions and your current privacy settings on such social media service. By accessing any social media service, you will be assuming the risk that the personal information you provide on that service may be viewed and/or used by third parties for any purpose. You agree that we are not responsible for any acts or omissions by these social media service providers.

In addition, by choosing to log in to our Site using your credentials from a social media service, you are asking that service to send us certain information from your account with the service, and you authorize us to collect, store and use such information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.


We take reasonable care to help protect and secure your personal information, but no data storage or Internet transmission is guaranteed a hundred percent secure so cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us. Therefore, you understand, acknowledge and agree that you transmit your personal information to our Site at your own risk.


The Site may contain content hosted or served by third parties or link to websites operated by affiliates or third parties. Please be advised that this Privacy Policy does not apply to information gathered by these third parties. We are not responsible for the actions and privacy policies employed by any third party or affiliate, and our hosting of third party content or linking to third party websites does not constitute an endorsement of the content or business practices of those third parties.


Please remember that any information you share in public areas becomes public and anyone may take and use that information. Exercise caution in what you disclose and do not post any personal information that you expect to keep private.


The Site is published in the United States. We attempt to protect the personal information of all users and attempt to comply with local data protection and consumer rights laws to the extent they may apply to’s services, but the Site is located in and targeted to United States citizens. Our policies are directed at compliance with those laws. If you are uncertain whether this Privacy Policy conflicts with your applicable local privacy laws, you should not submit your personal information to


If you are located outside the United States of America, you should be aware that your personally identifiable information will be transferred to the United States of America, the laws of which may be deemed by the your country to have inadequate data protection. If you are located in a country outside the United States of America and voluntarily submit personally identifiable information to us on the Site, you thereby consent to the general use of such information as provided in this Privacy Policy and to the transfer of that information to, and/or storage of that information in, the United States of America.


As the Site continually develops, we add new services and features and amend others. Should changes affect our Privacy Policy, or if laws necessitate changes to the Privacy Policy, this document will be updated. Continued use of the Site indicates your consent and acceptance.


You may always opt-out of receiving future commercial emails and newsletters from We provide you with the opportunity to opt-out of receiving such communications from us by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link within the email you receive. Please note that your request not to receive unsolicited commercial emails from us will not apply to messages that you request or that are not commercial in nature.


If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, you may contact us as follows:

By mail:
Vicki Hinze
ATTN: Website, Privacy Policy
P O Box 235
Niceville, FL 32588-0235


Affiliate/Associate Disclosure

Some books sold on this website provide affiliate or associate earnings to us. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. We also participate in similar programs at Rakuten (Kobo), Barnes and Noble, and the  Independent Booksellers Association.  There is no additional charge to those who purchase books from this site.

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NO AI TRAINING: Without in any way limiting the author’s [and publisher’s] exclusive rights under copyright, any use of these publications to “train” generative artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to generate text is expressly prohibited. The author reserves all rights to license uses of these works for generative AI training and development of machine learning language models.  This applies to all Vicki Hinze works.



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