Find out the latest indie author news. For FREE.


Lynn Lok-Payne
Wake Up! Change Up! Rise Up!

2022 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award Winner in Self-Help!

A clear-cut guide to navigate challenges, let go of limiting beliefs and find joy. Reinvent yourself with this award-winning inspirational book to create a life you love!

Lynn Lok-Payne describes how she navigated the unimaginable loss of her husband, then just three weeks later watched her house engulfed in flames. Finding her own way out of overwhelming life changes, she is here to share the expert findings and everyday practices she’s put into action to help you emerge stronger than before and turn challenges into possibilities.

Wake Up! Change Up! Rise Up!: Practical Tools for Personal Transformation is a clear-cut guide and workbook for people ready for the next chapter of who they are meant to become. By joining research compilations with her own experiences, Lok-Payne lays out an easy-to-follow framework for hurdling obstacles and overcoming self-doubt. Written in straightforward language, like you were talking to a friend, Lok-Payne nudges you to think differently and take action toward living a more authentic life.

In Wake Up! Change Up! Rise Up!, you’ll discover how to:

  • Use gratitude to elevate your healing
  • Break down internal barriers and redefine your self-talk
  • Let go of blame and shame so you can embrace the freedom of being yourself
  • Finally make the changes you’ve been waiting for
  • Create a deeper presence throughout life with heartfelt affirmations, meditations, playlists, writing exercises, and much, much more!

Wake Up! Change Up! Rise Up!: Practical Tools for Personal Transformation is an empowering insight into navigating change and cultivating real self-love. If you like building a growth mindset, need a confidence boost, and want to achieve authentic contentment, then you’ll love Lynn Lok-Payne’s inspiring book.

As Glinda in The Wizard of Oz told Dorothy, “You’ve always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.”

Buy Wake Up! Change Up! Rise Up! today for a road map to create your greatest life and thrive!

Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10


Plot/Idea: Drawing on her own life-changing experiences, Lok-Payne is able to share her story to help others overcome tragic events. Her advice is not only based on her own story; she includes guidance from experts through her research and knowledge. This transformative guide offers something for everyone. 

Prose: The upbeat prose shines through Lok-Payne's struggles. Each chapter focuses on techniques for the reader to consider applying to their own circumstances. The workbook allows for personal introspection, while the author’s positive attitude will leave a strong impression on readers.

Originality: Drawing from experts and her own experience, Lok-Payne organizes the helpful information well and stays focused, while providing a variety of resources and tools for readers.

Character Development/Execution: Lok-Payne provides a winning blend of personal narrative and self-help. Readers will value her empathy and words of encouragement.

Date Submitted: October 24, 2022

Fatima Aladdin, Reedsy Discovery 2021 Top Reviewer

An interesting book about taking control of your own life and owning every part of it! What makes this book unique is that it feels like a conversation with a friend rather than a how-to book. The author doesn't shy away from delving into her own personal experiences, she even shares her struggles and failures with the very tips and tools and exercises she's recommending, highlighting how healing takes time and how we all move at different paces and how we can all 'get there' someday with enough faith and practice. I highly recommend the book for anyone who's been through pain and doesn't know where to start in getting his/her life back together. — Fatima Aladdin, Reedsy Discovery 2021 Top Reviewer

Gail Storey, author of "I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacif

A treaure of lived wisdom. In WAKE UP! CHANGE UP! RISE UP! Lynn Lok-Payne has given us a treasure of her lived wisdom. She illuminates her personal story of the unexpected death of her husband followed by a fire in her house, while raising a young daughter, with her journey into the air and light of trust and transcendence. I was astounded at the scope of her insights into gratitude, service, stillness, meditation, compassion, heart-centered self-care, grief, art, music, dance, courage, fear, listening, inspiration, and much more. The book is ingeniously structured to reveal how each of these flows one into the other. The beautifully written chapters include her direct experience, quotations from her exceptionally wide reading, creative and helpful exercises, and even playlists of uplifting songs relevant to each topic. Among Lok-Payne's profound insights, I especially appreciated her fresh expressions of the peace in letting go, and how instead of dwelling on loss, finding what gives joy. Lok-Payne's journey from the vitality of her inner transformation to the blessing of WAKE UP! CHANGE UP! RISE UP! is capsulated in her affirmation, "Passion is the 'I' and compassion is the 'we.' "

Ramona Marshall

Refreshing and Inspirational! Wake Up! Change Up! Rise Up! gave me the perspective and inspiration needed to get through the past year and emerge even stronger. We've all become so busy we don't take the time to reflect on our habits and relationships to assess what we need to change and how to make those changes. Lynn's book was a guided tour of how to do this and made it enjoyable! Thank you for providing a framework and guiding me through my personal transformation and being such an inspiration!

Susan Wilkerson

I highly recommend this this thoughtful and enlightening book! Lok-Payne shares the difficulties of her personal story and how she navigated through them to find peace and joy. This is a book that is helpful to everyone with beautifully written chapters that include Lynn’s direct experiences, quotations, creative exercises and a playlist of great songs which I truly enjoyed. The depth of Lynn’s insights into gratitude, service, meditation, compassion, self-care, grief, courage, and love and how they are all connected and flow together to bring joy are the keys to the door of purposeful life. This is a beautiful inspirational book everyone should read!