Sunday, July 31, 2011

Celebrating The Print And eBook Release Of Erin Aslin's Debut Novel

Today on our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we're celebrating the print and ebook release of Erin Aslin's debut novel, THROUGH THE CLOUDS.

Erin Aslin was born and grew up in Ukraine, in the city of Kiev, and has lived in Chicago's north suburban area since 1992. Having earned a BS in civil engineering, she is working in the information technology field. Her passion, however, has always been reading and writing. She writes to answer the questions that life is asking. Having been on a spiritual quest through all her life, in 2007 she finally met her true teacher, Gangaji, who opened the floodgates of self-recognition. Erin is inspired by the vision and work of Gangaji, Papaji, Eckhart Tolle, and Adyshanti. Through the Clouds is her debut novel, and if anyone finds their answers in this novel, she is glad she wrote it.



"When Lisa Trubin falls in love with Mark Wally and discovers that he's not all he seemed to be, can she save herself from his seductive grasp and overcome his power over her?"

Lisa Trubin, a thirty-year-old single mother, is happy with her life. She works as a massage therapist to support her son, Irving, and although her life isn't the easiest, she doesn't feel as though it's lacking in anything. Then she meets Mark Wally, an attractive, confident and seductive man who overwhelms and excites her. As she falls in love with him, she realizes that she had been longing for something: a father for her son, a man to protect and support her, and a way to complete her family. But as Lisa gets to know Mark better, and their relationship progresses, she suspects that he's not the man she thought he was.

Readers will be inspired by the unfolding of Lisa's story, which is told in this insightful debut novel from writer Erin Aslin. Written from the heart, this novel will appeal to diverse audience, especially women, inspiring them to awaken to their dysfunctional relationships, and to see that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.


WIN - Leave a question for Erin today and your name goes in the hat for a copy of her new book in your choice of ebook or print! Please leave your email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner - Good Luck!


  1. Good morning Erin!!! And super congrats on the release of your debut novel - THROUGH THE CLOUDS!

    Nothing quite beats the celebration of a first novel, it's so many things wrapped up into one, a dream coming true and usually a book straight from the author's heart.

    I find it very interesting that you are a spiritual teacher too and equally interesting that you chose fiction to share your message.

    Please tell us a bit about your book and why you chose fiction instead of nonfiction to help readers find answers. And what's up next for you as a writer?

    I hope you enjoy your launch party and I hope your new book reaches a huge readership and helps them find some of the answers they are looking for.

  2. Congrats ! cant wait to read it :)

  3. Congrats on your new release! It sounds like a wonderful read and i would love to read it. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Wow! This book sounds like an emotional ride. Is this story based on an actual life experience (yours and someone you know)? I would love the chance to read it.

  5. Congratulations on your debut novel, Through the Clouds. This is an exciting time and I wish you much success.

  6. Congratulations on the release of your debut novel! What a joy this must be for you.

    What are your plans for future books? Do you have plans to write in other genres?

    Enjoy the launch party!


  7. Congratulations on the release of your first novel. This is a very inspiring story. I hope this story reaches many people.

  8. congrats on the new realease, the cover is beautiful and the excerpt was great. i can't wait to read the book.

  9. Dear DeNita,
    Many thanks to AuthorIsland for hosting the party today.

    My book was first released in December, 2009 in e-format and now it is available in print. I am very excited!

    Why novel? Well, I truly believe that spirituality cannot be separated from our day-to-day life stories. Spiritual awakening is not something one gets in a vacuum – instead, it begins in the midst of our life experiences. Dismissal of our life stories as trivial in the favor of “spirituality”, in fact, limits our possibilities on a spiritual path.

    That is pretty much why I decided to write a novel. At first glance, Through the Clouds” might seem as a typical romance, where the main heroine, Lisa – an attractive, compassionate and industrious single mother – meets and falls in love with Mark – a handsome professional man who is romantic and caring. However, that which in the beginning appears like a beautiful love story – GOD’s blessing – becomes for Lisa a gradual descent into the deep darkness created by Mark's crippled psyche.

    Lisa is able to break Mark’s “spell” and reclaim her life, but she asks herself questions – could she foresee her life with Mark when she first met him? Would she decide differently if she’d pay attention to red flags? – and she finds the answers deep inside of her own being.

    If anyone finds their questions and answers in this novel, I am glad I wrote it.

  10. Congratulation on your new release, Erin!

    It’s seems like a great book.
    I’m very exciting and cannot wait to read it.

    Do you have a next book in mind?

  11. Dear Erin!

    Congratulation on your new book, THROUGH THE CLOUDS!
    I wish you good luck and big success!
    Please, keep me inform when book will be available for purchasing.

    What are you writing now?

  12. Hello everyone!
    Thanks so much by stopping by and expressing your interest in my book! I hope you enjoy reading it!

    Jen B,
    This story is based on what I’ve drawn from my own life experiences, and experiences of those around me. And, of course, on pondering life questions, looking for the answers :)

    Karen, Lyuda, Alexei
    Yes, I am thinking of writing in other genres. Currently, my votes are in between paranormal and Spiritual :)

    Thanks for mentioning the cover. This is a new cover and I am excited about it.
    I am glad you liked the excerpt. Hope you’ll enjoy reading the book!

  13. Congratulations on a great debut novel Erin! It was a great book to read - it was very inspiring and I loved reading it. I know it will touch many others as well.

  14. Erin, congratulations on writing your first book! It sounds like a really good story and I can't wait to read it!

  15. Congratulations on your novel Erin! This book sounds like a very interesting read and it will be at the top of my books to read next. I wish you the best of luck with any future writings!

  16. Hello Virginia, Eugene and booksupstairs,
    Thanks for stopping by and thank you for kind words!

    And Virginia, many thanks for loving the book!

  17. Many congratulations on the completion of your first novel, what a great accomplishment! Sounds like a very interesting story and I am excited to read it!

    Wishing you much success,
    Julia :)

  18. Thank you Julia for stopping by and for warm words!

  19. Congratulations on the publication of your first novel. When I read the description the suspense instantly got me and it made me think of those great movies and television specials that were made. Glad I found your book.

  20. It's a joy to read a story that reveals both our humanity (such as the challenges of relationship) and spiritual truths that ring true in the heart. These two weave a rich experience for the reader.

    Congratulations-- I love the new cover! Alexandra

  21. Congratulations on your new novel Irene. Can't wait to read it. This is a great accomplishment. I wish you for more great books to come.

  22. Congratulations on publishing your first novel! It sounds like it will be a wonderful book and I would love to read it!

  23. Congratulations on your new novel. Can't wait to read it!

  24. Leni, Alexandra, vgalinsk, Natalie,and Julia,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and for expressing your interest in my book, and thank you for warm words.
    Alexandra, thank you for getting directly into the quintessence of this story :) I am flattered. If you read the book, let me know your feedback.

  25. Congrats on your new book. I am curious who you like to read.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  26. Thank you, Debby!
    I I like such novelists as Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts, Lisa Kleypas, Leo Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Vladimir Nabokov, to name a few. From the non-fictional or so called “spiritual” reading, my favorites are Gangaji, Eckhart Tolle, Adyshanti, Papaji (H.W.L. Poonja), Esther and Jerry Hicks. Currently, I am reading “A Course in Miracles.”

    It’s a great question. I am glad you asked :)

  27. Erin - this is an amazing accomplishment and truly an inspiring story. Congratulations not only on your novel, but also on your journey...and thank you for sharing these experiences with us. From the description that I've read so far, I'm excited to read the novel in its entirety. Wishing you much success with your future work.

    How long did this entire process take (to finish the book)?

    All the best,

  28. Thank you, Jenya!
    It took me a while to write this book - around 3 years or so :). I have a full time day job, which is not writing, so I worked on the book whenever chance I had – evenings, nights, weekends and vacations…Looking back, it was a challenging, but also rewarding time.

    If you read the book. I’d be glad to hear your thoughts.

  29. Dear Erin,
    Congratulations to you on writing this book. I met you while you were in the process of creating it. I know it took you long time to write it. I am definitely going to read it.
    What inspired you to write this book? How did you pick the topic and the title for the book?

  30. Thanks, Marina.
    It wasn’t my choosing, per se, instead it seemed that the story and its main characters chose me :).