Author Elizabeth Bruening Lewis Announces the Release of ‘To Live or Die in Arizona’

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Woman with terminal illness attempts to outrun her problems.

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Will she live, or die, in Arizona?

Author Elizabeth Bruening Lewis conceived her 2011 novel “To Live or Die in Arizona” (published by Trafford Publishing) – which is getting a revived marketing push – after she received a successful transplant necessitated by polycystic kidney disease (PKD). As a journalist and historian, she tried to use her journalistic skills to publicize PKD, by far the most prevalent of all life-threatening hereditary diseases, but it was to no avail, even after the beloved Erma Bombeck died. “I guess kidneys just aren’t glamorous,” Elizabeth speculates. So she turned to fiction, using mystery, adventure and romance, to raise awareness for medical matters, as well as the environment.

When Abby Taylor, a single, accomplished, 40-something professor of Old English from Vassar College, is unexpectedly diagnosed with a serious kidney disease, the somewhat lonely professor realizes her life will never be the same. Attractive, well-liked and highly esteemed in her field, Abby has always stood up determinately to the buffets of fate. But now she finds herself running from the past with its personal tragedies, and from the disease that threatens her future with failing kidneys and impending dialysis. She runs – a blind reaction triggered by the instinct for survival.

She eventually settles in Flagstaff, Ariz., finding a moment of respite from her fright and loneliness with friendly neighbors, an intriguing new man and a darling, lost corgi dog. A great climate, breathtaking scenery and a peaceful, safe environment (as she reassures her sister), will be the perfect place to begin her uncertain journey. Or will it?

A stolen Alpha Romeo, the inexplicable death (or is it murder?) of a close friend, ominous goings-on in the forest with eco-warriors on the loose, all throw a dark shadow over the scene. From the moment of diagnosis, Abby has known that she would have to fight to maintain her sense of self in the face of the major life changes demanded by her disease, but will she also have to fight for life itself?

Will she live, or die, in Arizona?

To Live or Die in Arizona
By Elizabeth Bruening Lewis
E-Book | 224 pages | ISBN 9781426993190
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Elizabeth Bruening Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, a master’s degree from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University. She has been an Arizona Press Woman and a member of the National Federation of Press Women since 1964. She taught humanities at Arizona State University, as well as being a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. And finally, she is a wife, mother and grandmother who has put innumerable hours into community service, including serving on the board of trustees of the Arizona Nature Conservancy, the Arizona Advisory Board of the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies and the Arizona Center for the Book (affiliated with the Library of Congress). Lewis has published five books, including two other Arizona adventures – “Dry Death in Arizona” and “Deadly Deception in Arizona” – available in e-book form through Trafford. Four of her five books have won first place national awards and the other an honorable mention in Arizona. Lewis, her husband and their corgi, Terrwyn, divide their time between Phoenix and Prescott, Ariz.

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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