Amazon Announces Giveaway Program

Here’s the latest press release from Amazon announcing their new Giveaway Program:

Introducing Amazon Giveaway – The First Self-Service Giveaway Tool

Customers, marketers, bloggers, artists and more can now use Amazon Giveaway to host a giveaway, creating buzz, rewarding their audiences and attracting new followers

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 10, 2015– (NASDAQ:AMZN) — Introducing Amazon Giveaway, a new self-service tool designed to modernize the time-tested radio giveaway. Today, people are more likely to encounter giveaways on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, where the word “giveaway” is used more than a million times every day. Everyone from authors, aspiring artists, non-profits, brands, bloggers, social media gurus and more, can now use Amazon to create a giveaway, choosing prizes from millions of eligible physical items. Amazon Giveaway is an intuitive tool that allows anyone to create and host their own giveaway, to generate awareness and reward their audiences.

“The idea of running giveaway promotions is easy. They are a really effective way to attract attention and build engagement, but giveaways often come with hidden costs and complexities which makes the reality of running one hard,” said Steve Shure, Vice President Consumer Marketing. “Amazon Giveaway is the first self-service tool that takes care of all the hard work of a giveaway, from setting up all of the rules to shipping prizes directly to winners.”

Win Free Stuff with #AmazonGiveaway

In celebration of this new tool and to introduce customers to fun ways to use Amazon Giveaway, Amazon and participating brands plan to run hundreds of giveaways across social media channels. Follow Amazon on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Snapchat and search #AmazonGiveaway to discover new giveaways every day. Customers can also visit to find giveaways to enter today.

Introducing Amazon Giveaway, a new intuitive self-service tool designed to modernize the time-tested radio giveaway...Introducing Amazon Giveaway, a new intuitive self-service tool designed to modernize the time-tested radio giveaway – allowing anyone to create and host their own giveaway, to generate awareness and reward their audiences. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Become a Giveaway Host

Anyone who wants to host a giveaway can get started at or simply visit Amazon to find the eligible item they would like as a prize and click “Set up a giveaway” near the bottom of the product detail page. From there, the host determines the giveaway details, enters custom content and decides whether prizes will go to many entrants or to the first few entrants. Hosts receive a unique link that they can share with their audiences how, when, and where they choose.

Eligible prize items are shipped and sold by As many as 50 prizes can be awarded per giveaway, with a total value of up to $5,000. To learn more and create an Amazon Giveaway customers can visit

About Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

Aegis Rising wins Best Debut Author Award

Thank you Feathered Quill for this amazing recognition! Thank you readers for your awesome support!

Here’s an excerpt of the announcement from Feathered Quill:

“We are excited to announce that the book “Aegis Rising” has won the Silver/2nd Place in the 2015 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program for the Best Debut Author category! Congratulations! We had a HUGE response to our annual awards program, with many excellent books vying for top places. Your title rose to the top and you should be justifiable proud…”
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Aegis Incursion – New Release Date

Dear Readers,

I hope you have gotten off to a great start in 2015 and wish you only the best in this new year.

A quick update here about the release date for Aegis Incursion (Book Two of the Aegis League Series). As you may know, I was initially hoping to launch the novel at the end of 2014. Although the manuscript was completed in early December last year, I realized soon enough (and in discussion with my editor) that some -rewriting would be required to bring you the best read possible. As such, I estimated (incorrectly as it turns out) that the novel would be ready for release at the end of January 2015. Now here we are in the last week of January and as I sit here looking at the manuscript, I am stumped at how I could have misjudged the timeline and the extent of work needed to bring the complex strands of the plot to a satisfying completion! However, with the clarity that I have gained so far, I think I am now able to confidently inform you that Aegis Incursion will be available in March 2015. I am factoring in all of February for the back and forth with my editor till we have the perfect read for you.

I apologize for this delay and would like to assure you that (based on the solid thumbs-up I’ve received from our advance readers) Aegis Incursion will be well worth the wait! Thank you for you patience.



ps: In the meantime please enjoy this excerpt from the book 🙂

Jag Sanchez bolted upright in his bed, gasping for air. As he caught his breath, he stared at the wall ahead, not realizing he was sweating but very aware that every part of him was trembling. He ran a hand over his face and shut his eyes tight.
That voice. That voice had been haunting his dreams for the last nine months, since …
He looked at his phone beside his bed and yelped when he saw the time. Late for school, again. He leapt out of bed and stumbled around his room as he got ready, then grabbed his bag and flew down the stairs toward the front door, not bothering to stop for breakfast. How was it that he lived only five minutes from the high school but was constantly late, even when he put the alarm on?

……..Jag was still jamming his feet into his shoes as he headed out the door. He hurried along the sidewalk that turned up into the school grounds. As he rounded the turn, he stopped short. A group of four guys his age were laughing and sneering at someone on the ground. To one side, a wheelchair had been overturned and the contents of a backpack were strewn over the grass.
When Jag took a closer look at the boy on the ground, his heart sank for a moment before anger overtook him and he made his way over. “What do you think you’re doing?” he growled.
One of the boys, a stocky fellow with a gray ball cap, looked up in surprise. When he saw it was Jag, he smirked. “Hey, look who it is. One of the five Amnesiacs.”
Jag said nothing. He straightened the wheelchair as the undaunted black teenager who’d fallen off it sat up on the ground and glared defiantly up at his intimidators. He got a pat on the head from one of the guys.
Jag saw it and growled again. “Roderick isn’t a dog. Show some respect.”
The one who’d patted Roderick on the head laughed. “Roderick’s a tough guy, he can take a little shoving. You, on the other hand… heh…”
“Don’t test me.”
“Jag, don’t bother,” Roderick said quietly.
“What’s up with you anyway, Jag? You don’t get into fights as much anymore.” The boy with the ball cap lowered his voice and whispered mockingly, “Was it the aliens? Did they take away your urge to fight? The same way they took away your memories of last summer?”
“Shut up.”
“Did they probe you, too?” The boy guffawed, as did his friends.
Jag’s amber eyes were twin flames of anger as he stepped forward. “You’re garbage. You and all the other rats around here have done nothing but harass my friends and me since we came back. If I hear another rotten word coming out of your filthy mouth, I’ll gladly make you eat your teeth.”

– End of excerpt from Chapter One –Aegis-Book-Two-3D-V5a

Aegis Rising on Will Roberts Radio Show

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The Weeks Book Report is centred on Author S.S. Segran and her novel titled, Aegis Rising. Some of the highlights that I found when reading this book are that it is tailored for Young Adults. Aegis Rising tells the story of the survivors of an ancient civilization who live secretly in a hidden valley in northern Canada, awaiting the ‘chosen ones’ from their prophecy, and a secretive corporation with a global reach led by a shadowy figure who has a dystopian vision for the planet. The two worlds are about to collide and five teenage friends find themselves cast into the middle of this devastating conflict. It is a classic good versus evil story with a modern twist to it.   What are others saying about “Aegis Rising?”   “RECOMMENDED. A title like this is screaming for adaptation as a successful film…” ~The US Review of Books~ “THRILLING!…grips onto the reader and never lets go!” ~Feathered Quill Book Reviews~ “FIVE STARS. Unique and compelling. Delivers on every level…” ~Readers’ Favorite Reviews~ “RIVETING! Takes you on an intriguing ride through mysterious forests and mist-covered mountains to corporate boardrooms and global schemes. Prepare to be swept away on a breathtaking journey!” ~SAGE Foundation~ “As a fantasy fiction writer I have to admit that I am a harsher critic when it comes to novels in this genre. Books in this class I feel should be able to captivate the imagination and place you in a different realm. AEGIS RISING accomplishes that and a whole lot more. It is truly a classic in the making!” ~ Michael Beas – Bestselling Author of ‘Strump’ ~

Social Media. Connect with S.S. Segran   Website: Twitter; Facebook:   Author page Amazon:

Author Biography   S.S.Segran spent a good chunk of her childhood exploring the enchanted forest of a million tales in the mystical land of books. In her early teens, she began crafting intriguing new worlds and conjuring up characters who came alive with the flick of her wand… err… pen. With the publication of Aegis Rising in her senior year of high school, she was surprised by the abundance of time that magically appeared right after graduation. She plans to use this new found resource to expand the arc of the Aegis Series. Her future plans include studying Cognitive Science at university and helping youths in developing countries realize their potential through her non-profit organization, Aegis League (   When not devouring a book or writing one, S.S.Segran can be found standing behind the cauldron of life, stirring a potion made up of chores, parkour, gaming, drawing, horseback riding and–having recently jumped off a perfectly fine airplane at fifteen thousand feet – perhaps skydiving.

Aegis Rising wins 2014 Pinnacle Book Awards

Each year for the past 30 years, NABE, now known as

National Association of Book Entrepreneurs

Presents some of the finest books printed by its members with the

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.

Aegis Rising and was selected as the winner in the Science Fiction Mystery category for fall of 2014

Please visit the Pinnacle Award Winners page here:


First Anniversary of Aegis Rising Book Launch

First anniversary of the launch of Aegis Rising today! Seems like only yesterday that family and friends gathered at the Old Mill Boathouse in Port Moody to celebrate this special day with me. I am forever grateful for the amazing support, radiant smiles and kind words of encouragement that made this day truly special, one year ago.

With love and gratitude for each one of you,
Shirin ❤

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Aegis Rising awarded the 2014 B.R.A.G. Medallion

The process of writing a novel is a journey through uncharted territory for many first time writers. A journey where I found myself moved by the awe-inspiring vistas and eye-opening discoveries on one day and exerting to the point of exhaustion as I trekked across a rough terrain blanketed by fog the next day.

Every once in a while a beam of light would cast precious illumination my way and light up this journey. It manifests in different forms; an inspiring email from a reader, a positive review from a blogger, reaching #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list and such. Occasionally instead of a beam of light, you are blessed with a star-burst. Once such gift arrived this morning in the form of an email that stated that my novel Aegis Rising ( has been awarded the coveted B.R.A.G. Medallion.

This is indeed a very special honor as the selection criteria for this award is very stringent and just ten percent of the books submitted for consideration are awarded the Medallion. I am indeed honored by this recognition. It is the perfect catalyst to charge up the coming days and weeks as I make strides to complete my second novel, Aegis Incursion, in time for a November/December release.

The following is from the :

BRAG Medallion is owned and operated by indieBRAG, LLC, a privately held organization that has brought together a large group of readers, both individuals and members of book clubs, located throughout the United States and in ten other countries around the globe. The word “indie” refers to self or independently published books, while B.R.A.G. is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation Group. Our mission is to discover new and talented self-published authors and help them give their work the attention and recognition it deserves. Our primary focus is fiction across a wide range of genres; however, we selectively consider non-fiction books as well.

All ebooks brought to the attention of indieBRAG, LLC are subjected to a rigorous selection process. This entails an initial screening to ensure that the author’s work meets certain minimum standards of quality and content. If it passes this preliminary assessment, it is then read by members drawn from our global reader group. They judge the merits of the book based on a comprehensive list of criteria, including;

  • Plot
  • Writing Style
  • Characters
  • Copy editing
  • Dialogue
  • Cover/interior layout

One final factor our readers use to judge a book is whether or not they would recommend it to their best friend.

On average, 50% of the books submitted to us fail to pass the initial screen and another 40% are subsequently rejected by our readers. Thus, only 10% of the books we consider are awarded our B.R.A.G. Medallion and are presented on our website. Conversely, we do not make public the titles of any books that were not selected to receive a Medallion, or the names of their authors.

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Home of the Bestselling Aegis Series Novels

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