Sheryl Knowlton Releases Historical Fiction, LOST PARADISE

Mahatma Gandhi once said, "I have worshipped women as the living embodiment of the spirit of service and sacrifice." Author Sheryl Knowlton believes that society must logically admit that women and men are equal, and that an egalitarian society is best for a brighter future. It is this conviction that inspired her to write her new empowering novel, "Lost Paradise" (published by Trafford Publishing).

Sheluna is strong and wise beyond her 14 years, and she is ready to assume her role as the next high priestess of Holy Ground. She has all the qualities of a great leader - she is open-minded, spirited and courageous - loved and respected by all the people and creatures surrounding her. Now her destiny rests on the other side of one crucial and dangerous test.

Set in Holy Ground, a real city that existed over 9,000 years ago and lasted for over 15 centuries in central Turkey, Sheluna's story is imaginative historical fiction based on fascinating facts gleaned from extensive research into the excavations of Çatalhöyük, the real city that inspired the story of Holy Ground.

Knowlton explains her inspiration for "Lost Paradise":

What is the truth about women? Are we evil and seductive, causing conflict in both the ancient and modern world? A woman isn't as important as man? The mores of society and their treatment of women worldwide prompted me to write this book about one of the most ancient cultures that admired and appreciated the gifts that only a female could bring to their lives. Women need to be treated as equals to men as they were for many millennia throughout history until three or four thousand years ago.

"Lost Paradise" pays respect to the strength and accomplishments of women in the past millennia, offering readers a retrospective look for a brighter future.

"There is no occasion for women to see themselves as subordinate or inferior to men...If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man's superior. If non-violence is the law of our being, the future is with women." - Mahatma Gandhi

About the Author

Sheryl Knowlton admits that she should have majored in archaeology rather than English literature, but that hasn't stopped her from studying Çatalhöyük. She grew up in Idaho and Oregon and now lives in Adrian, Ore. Whenever possible, she and her daughter, Jessica, can be found outside, exploring nature's many gifts.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an "on-demand publishing service," and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford's experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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