What Is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as log-in, language, font size, and other display preferences, or items in online shopping carts) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep reentering that information whenever you come back to the site or browse from page to page. Not all cookies collect information that identifies you, however. Some just collect general information such as how users arrive at and use a website, which helps website owners evaluate and find ways to improve features and content.
First-party cookies are cookies that relate to the functions and features of this website specifically, and are set by this website, not a third party.
This website uses the following cookies, which are essential to the efficient and consistent operation of the site and to offering a personalized experience for users:
Cookie Name: wpca_consent
This cookie retains your cookie preference, that is, to either accept or decline all cookies except those necessary for the site’s function and basic features. This cookie does not require or store any personal data. It is set to expire after 30 days and can be revoked by clearing your browser cache.
Cookie Name: pamelaburford-alternate-theme
This site uses a special theme for smartphone devices, and this cookie is placed if a mobile user specifically chooses to view the desktop site from their mobile device. It is not automatically placed and does not require or store any personal data. This cookie expires when you close your browser and can be revoked by clearing your browser cache.
Newsletter Pop-up Window
Cookie Name: etBloomCookie_optin_1
This cookie retains your preference for a period of time with respect to dismissing pop-up windows containing the newsletter signup form, to prevent the pop-up window from opening every time a you visit the site. This cookie expires after 24 hours, or you can clear your browser cache to remove it sooner.
Cookie Name: wordpress_test_cookie
This cookie is placed only if you happen upon the login page for the site. It does not retain any personal data but simply checks to see if your browser has cookies enabled. You should never see this cookie, but just in case you do, we wanted you to know what it does.
This site also uses some third-party services that may place cookies on your computer when you interact with the service or third-party content (such as booksellers, Bookbub, or social media sites). Third-party cookies are specific to the third party’s domain or service. Some third-party services used on this website may place Google Analytics cookies in your browser. The owner of this website does not have control over the cookies themselves or what personal data they may gather. The website owner cannot view or manage the data related to any third party’s cookies.
Most browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, etc.) are configured to accept cookies but allow users to manage those cookie settings and provide ways to delete cookies. Note that if you turn off cookies, some of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly.
These are the official instructions for major browsers: